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The Tautuku Forest Cabins are situated in the Lenz Reserve, a 550-hectare conservation land owned and managed by Forest & Bird. 

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To make a booking or for a full list of prices, use our online booking form. Membersreceive subsidised rates.

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They are set within walking distance of beaches, wetlands and forest tracks.

Our cabins provide a great base for exploring the beautiful Catlins and observing the local native wildlife including sea lions, Hector's dolphins and hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins).

We provide discounts for Forest & Bird members. Group and long-term bookings are available at member rates.

 

About the cabins

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The Tautuku Forest Cabins include the main lodge, the Coutts cabin, and an A-Frame cabin.

Each cabin is for the exclusive use of the parties who have made the booking.

All cabins are self-contained, with electric cooking and heating.

Visitors need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow case, bathroom and dish towels, and rubbish sacks.

Please, note that dogs and other animals are prohibited.

  Sleeps Description
Main Lodge 10 Two four-bunk bedrooms, with two additional beds in the lounge. A well equipped kitchen includes stove, microwave, fridge, and baby’s high chair. A washroom is reached across a covered way.
Francis Coutts’ Cabin 4 Two two-bed bedrooms off kitchen/living area. Kitchen/living area includes stove, microwave, and fridge. Toilet, hand basin, and shower are in a block a few steps away from the cabin.
A-frame 2 One bedroom with two single beds. Small kitchen/living area includes a hot plate and electric frypan, a microwave, and a small fridge. A toilet, hand basin and shower are in a block a few steps away from the A-frame.

Location

Chaslands Highway, Southern Scenic Route, 32km south of Owaka (south-east Otago).

Price

We provide discounts for Forest & Bird members. Groups using all three facilities are charged at members’ rates.

Main Lodge & Francis Coutts’ Cabin

Members $15 per person, per night
Non-members $20 per person, per night
Children (school age) $5 per person, per night
Children (under 5 years old) No charge

A-frame cabin

Members $10 per person, per night
Non-members $15 per person, per night. 
Children (school age) $5 per person, per night
Children (under 5 years old) No charge

Bookings

We accept bookings up to nine months in advance. A deposit of 50% must be paid to secure your booking. This deposit is refundable in the event of cancellations made one month or more before the booked date.

Information for visitors

Power mains

Main Lodge If power is not already switched on, do this by opening the meter box on the left of the Main Lodge door (using one of your keys). With the exception of public and school holidays, please switch off power on departure.
Coutts’ Cabin Switch on power at the mains box inside the cabin. If water in the ablution block is not hot, switch on hot water main at the switch above the hand basin. With the exception of public and school holidays, and if the A-frame is not occupied, please switch off power on departure.
A-frame Switch on power at the mains box inside the A-frame. If water in the ablution block is not hot, switch on hot water main at the switch above the hand basin in the Coutts’ Cabin ablution block. With the exception of public and school holidays, and if Coutts’ Cabin is not occupied, please switch off power on departure.

Cleaning and rubbish disposal

On departure, please clean all buildings and appliances that have been used. Leave open fridge doors. Take away with you all rubbish (a rubbish disposal service is available at the Papatowai shop).

Departure and arrival times

Accommodation is available from mid-day on the day of arrival. Please vacate by mid-day on the day of departure unless prior arrangements have been made with the caretaker.

Local services

For information on public transport, contact the Owaka or Balclutha Information Centres. There is a general store and petrol station at Papatowai. No mail or telephone facilities are available at the lodge complex, and the area does not receive cell phone coverage. In the case of an emergency, the nearest telephone (private) is located at the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre (3 kilometres north of the lodge complex), or at the Papatowai store (coin phone). The nearest doctor is at the Catlins Medical Centre, Owaka (phone 415 8006).

Lodge Contact

Name
Keith Olsen
Phone
03 415 8244
Email
diana-keith@yrless.co.nz
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