“The Whistling Frog Resort” (also known as the "McLean Falls Holiday Park" and "Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park" in earlier times) was established in 2006, after the Southern Scenic Route was tar sealed. “The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar” followed soon after, featuring a range of chef-prepared gourmet meals. Both establishments are owned and operated by the Bridson Family & extended family and are constantly growing and improving.
We have many events, gigs, parties, movie nights and more, being held over the winter and summer months. Everyone that stays with us enjoys the clean, crisp air, fresh rain water, abundance of wildlife and native birds singing outside in the rainforest, and the many walks in the area to waterfalls, beaches and caves.
This Catlins accommodation property is home to the introduced Tasmanian tree frog called “The Whistling Frog (Litoria verreauxii)”, which in fact do whistle and can be seen in their natural habitat if you are lucky. We have also named our cafe after these tiny Catlins tree frogs, as we too, have been introduced to the beautiful Catlins Rainforest.
Being an “eco-wise” establishment, we do our best to renew, reuse and recycle. We collect all of our own rainwater that Mother Nature provides and filter it to bring you the purest water we can. Please remember that water is a valuable resource here and we need your help to save it where ever possible. We also have a “NZ made” glass crusher, which we use to turn all of the cafe glass as well as our guests glass bottles back into sand. You may have seen the colourful sparkling sand distributed around the holiday park and outside of the cafe.
Most of these Catlins accommodation buildings within the holiday park have been “recycled and renewed” with a Kiwiana flair. The Kiwiana Cabins for example were once the single man’s quarters while working on the construction of the Fiordland Manapouri Powerstation in the 1960s. After the completion of the dam in 1971, the cabins were sent by truck around the south island, we were lucky enough to get 12 of them.
Our motel block was once the top story of the Fiordland motor lodge and then the Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau, which was then demolished and rebuilt. The motel had to be cut in half for transport and instead of joining it back up, we decided to build a communal kitchen for the motel guests to enjoy. Our “Staff Only” housekeeping building was once a classroom at the Invercargill Polytechnic and lastly our amenities block was once part of the Karitane campground, just north of Dunedin.
We maintain a culinary garden and run a functioning farm consisting of sheep, cattle and free range chickens. We grow, harvest and produce as much of our ingredients as possible that we prepare into delicious meals for you to enjoy, using many edible flowers to enhance the dining experience and add a little fun to our dishes. Catlins Kamahi honey is also collected on the family farm.
With the new introduction of Catlins Craft Beer on tap, you can now relax in our hop garden, where hops are in fact being grown, while sampling our two house beers: “The Whistling Frog Golden Lager” and “McLean Falls Ale”.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy the lovely sounds of nature. The Bridson Family
Whether you are planning a trip to the Catlins Temperate Rainforest for sightseeing or are just feeling like some "peace and quiet", we are a one stop location, specializing in tranquility, with a high quality restaurant within our grounds. Our central location along with being one of the largest accommodation providers in the area and close to all the marquee Catlins attractions, provides the ideal mid-point Catlins stop over.
The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar competed in the "NZ Supreme Pie Awards 2017", placing in the Top 5, in the "Cafe Boutique" section. Then the top beef pie in 2019. We have won Trip Advisor Awards of Excellence for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. The Lonely Planet Greendex Award for our outstanding care of the environment, and we are featured in the 2017 Lonely Planet New Zealand guidebook. Our cafe won first place in the Supreme Dish Competition 2015, as judged by New Zealand Master Chefs, Jaimie and Becs. Our holiday park also won the 2016 Booking.com Guest Review Award, where we reached an outstanding score from months of consistently positive reviews, each one reflecting another great guest experience & memory that was created. Please note the restaurant is closed for the season from the 1st of May until the middle of October, for the winter.
We are becoming a hot spot for celebrities and film crews and have had 100s of guests leave such wonderful comments in our guest books. When you stay with us, you can expect a high level of cleanliness, facilities, eco-friendliness and a touch of luxury in the Catlins rainforest. Book in advance and we will even turn your heater on so you know you will be arriving to a warm and cosy room.
We know how frustrating it can be to be caught out with added extras and not to recieve those comforts of home. You can relax with a hot cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit with our in-room facilities for our deluxe units and if you like your cuppa with milk, we have you covered, just let us know at check in! We also provide free WIFI so you can let everyone know all about the fun your having. Check emails and plan your next stop on your travels. You can also relax with a good movie, free of charge, in the comfort of your room with lots of great titles to choose from in our complimentary DVD library. For all you campers we also offer free hot showers and 100% chemical free rainwater for drinking. All of our guests enjoy free parking, which is safe and secure and a range of facilities. All guests also have access to self- catering kitchen facilities should you wish to cook your own meals. The Catlins Whistling Frog Restaurant is also available on site, featuring a delicious gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best part is, we'll even do the dishes!
Save 10% on your powered van site by presenting us with your Motor-Caravan Association card, *One discount per group, up to the value of $30, discount is off our full retail rack rate, may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
Whether you are looking for something more economical or more luxurious, we offer it all. A bed to suit your needs. We do our best to give good value for money by offering you not just a bed for the night, but many complimentary added extras for you to enjoy during your stay. For those of you wanting ultimate relaxation and to feel a little bit spoiled, we offer premium quality rooms with all the bells and whistles. Give yourself the feeling of being indulged, after all you are on holiday!
Accommodation Options 1x Two Bedroom Cottage - Great for families 5x One Bedroom S/C Chalets - Great for couples who like to relax and have all the modern conveniences 7x Ensuite Motels - A comfortable bed with amenities plus ensuite bathroom. 12x Kiwiana Cabins - Cosy and cute, in a private setting. Powered and Non-powered van sites Tent sites
The Whistling Frog Restaurant We have a great range of facilities available to our guests, including our famous award-winning gourmet restaurant, "The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar". We serve all day espresso coffee, baked goods, breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as exclusive guest 'Happy Hour,' 5 pm - 6 pm for tap beer & drinks!
Laundry There are coin operated laundry facilities for guests to use, with both washing machines and dryers. There is washing powder available for purchase at the cafe.
Self-Catering Kitchen and Communal Areas No matter what type of accommodation you choose, all guests have access to a kitchen. We provide kettles, toasters, grill ovens, stove tops, fridges and microwaves for our guests to enjoy. There are also sunny indoor seating areas available, and a wide range of outdoor picnic tables. All guests also have access to our communal TV lounge, showers and bathrooms.
Book your trip with Real Journeys We are also a booking agency for the 'Real Journey's' tour company. If you are planning a trip to Milford sounds, Doubtful sounds, Te Anau, Stewart Island, or Queenstown we can book the trip for you so you don't miss out!
Bring your family and pets to the Catlins. There are plenty of great places a couple minutes from our doorstep to take your dog for a run or your child for a nice outing, including bush walks and beaches. We have portable cots available for hire, complimentary family friendly DVDs and 'Tadpole Menu', in our on-site restaurant featuring a range of home-made meals, drink and activities bag to keep the hands and minds entertained. Non- molting dogs staying in our selected rooms incur a small cleaning fee and our pet policy agreement must be read and signed.
FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED
Enjoy a warm welcome and a smile when you arrive at our establishment. We are an independent family owned and operated cafe/restaurant and accommodation complex. We always enjoy a good 'yarn' and can offer many helpful tips about how you can make the most out of your time in the Catlins. Read more about our epic journey by clicking the "About Us" tab at the top of the page.