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 resort and very central location for all your sightseeing needs. We are the perfect mid-point to all the Catlins attractions, which means you get to spend more time exploring the attractions, less time driving to them, saving you time and fuel! Richie McCaw’s 10 New Zealand Must Do’s
1. Wildlife Experiences in the Catlins | Southland This incredible coastline is home to the world’s smallest dolphins, most endangered sea lions and rarest penguins. Visitors to Curio Bay during the summer and autumn can often see Hector’s dolphins playing in the surf, and at low tide you can view the 180-million-year-old Jurassic forest which is revealed on the shoreline. Low tide is also the time to go to Cathedral Caves which have amazing acoustics and are one of the world’s largest sea cave complexes. “I’d love to have a family holiday exploring the Catlins” says Richie.
The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar competed in the "NZ Supreme Pie Awards 2017 and 2019", placing in the Top 5 both years, in the "Cafe Boutique" section. 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 (Available until 1st of May) 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 reduced priced house tap beers & selected 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
Support Local! 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, under "More+" in the navigation tab.