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Papatowai Beach

Papatowai Beach, Papatowai, New Zealand
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Amazing beach

When the tide is in the light on the water is just beautiful. Great walks where you go right... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Catherine F
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Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
SUPERB BEACH AND BUSH

This was our first visit to the Catlins. We had driven down from Dunedin and we went on to... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
HACKER69
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AUCKLAND
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“gypsy caravan” (2 reviews)
“catlins” (4 reviews)
“tide” (2 reviews)
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Papatowai Beach, Papatowai, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

When the tide is in the light on the water is just beautiful. Great walks where you go right around to the surf beach and then onto a track and down a short road back to the beach carpark. Fantastic place for kids to play....More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This was our first visit to the Catlins. We had driven down from Dunedin and we went on to Invercargill. Go left at Papatowai village and go down Mirren Street to the Reserve and beach. The Reserve is a lovely spot to have lunch with...More

Thank HACKER69
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic beach very close to the main road. Clear sand and miles of flat beach. When we went there in the morning, there was no one else other than us in this miles long beach. Highly recommended

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

So here you are driving around twisty roads with spectacular views around every corner - and you come to this little village with a slightly hippy flavour. You take a side road to the beach - and you find a spectacular sandy expanse, with oh...More

Thank Nigel T
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Lovely stroll through the native bush and along the foreshore. Spotted a sea lion on the move.. Papatowai beach is just another stunning example of this beautiful, unspoilt part of the South Island. To be enjoyed and protected for generations to come.

Thank Bob s
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Easy access to yet another gorgeous beach without people, lots of space and some interesting wildlife. Got briefly chased by a sealion as I disturbed his sleep. Hilarious. Great memories

Thank gorgle
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Lovely little spot, follow the road signs to the Beach. Near the small car park is a picnic spot with a few tables, you will be joined here by a variety of small wrens and finches. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch before walking down to...More

Thank George C
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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

I'm not sure if this is the right beach, but we got there by taking a short trail down the back of the doc campsite. The weather wasn't that great while we were there but the beach was beautiful nonetheless. There was a long row...More

Thank Rwc142014
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Far from the crowds. Perhaps only New Zealanders, just a few parents and their kids. Otherwise we had the place to ourselves. Beachcomber spot. Not drop dead beauty category, but a pleasant stroll on the beach.

Thank vguifguyngo
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

In NZ just before the sunrises, there is a phenomenon known as "The Morning Chorus". Every native (and introduced) bird sings it's little heart out! The Picnic Point track goes thru a patch of mature coastal podocarp temperate rainforest and is a favourite roost site...More

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