Your Catlins Base Camp

"Stay Awhile "

Pet friendly

Bring their comfy bed and he or she will be welcome in our accommodation - and in our camping areas.

Delicious Food

Our focus is to bring you fresh, clean and flavoursome meals that use local, home- made and home- grown ingredients..

Landscaped Grounds

Chalets, budget motels, backpackers cabins and powered and non powered camping sites with kitchen, TV lounge, BBQ, dump station and WIFI

Things to do

A great place from which to explore the Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls, Nugget Point, Curio Bay and the entire Catlins Coast on the Southern Scenic Route.

Your Catlins NZ experience

Catlins Park Facilities


"Sit back and relax in the warm and inviting atmosphere of “The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar” when staying at one of the many lodging or camping options on-site. Take a culinary, mid-point break in your journey through the Catlins Conservation Park.
You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage, dessert or a delicious hot meal, accompanied by our spectacular sunsets from the heated & glass enclosed viewing deck. We pride ourselves on speedy service during the day and leisurely evening dining experiences. 

This central Catlins resort is conveniently located just 400 meters from the Cathedral Caves on the McLean Falls access road.
Walk from your accommodation or campsite of choice. No driving required. We even have a genuine wood-fired pizza at ‘Happy Hour,’ most weekends…!

Enjoy the ambience and catch up with our free guest internet access. Taste our fine selection of New Zealand wines, craft-brewed tap beers or fresh-brewed, “Zee” espresso coffees, made by our trained baristas.

This creative restaurant features chef Tom Peake's award winning cuisine, complete with edible flower garnishes from our garden greenhouse, his best 'Kiwi' Pie winner and craft-beer battered, NZ Blue Cod & chips. Farm to table seasonal ‘grass fed’ beef, lamb, free-range chicken, vegetarian salads and risotto, including gluten-free dining options.

This restaurant is fully licensed and open daily, during the busy summer season from early October - end of May.
Dinner reservations are recommended as later evening meals may not be available during the quieter months.
(Choose your seating options at check-in or phone: (03) 415 8338.)"
    Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 3:00pm

    Tuesday - Sunday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Friday - Sunday 5:30pm, 6pm and 6:30pm seatings available 

    ​The Whistling Frog Cafe is Open from the 6th of October with the following hours:
    Mondays: Closed  
    Tuesday: 11-6pm
    Wednesday: 11-6pm
    Thursday 11-6pm
    Friday 11-8pm
    Saturday 11-8pm
    Sunday 11-8pm 

    If you are wanting to join us for an evening meal on friday, saturday or sunday, we recommend booking in advance with seatings available at 5:30pm, 6pm and 6:30pm. In some circumstances due to high demand and group bookings, we may have evening meals available on other days during the week.


    Chef Tom Peake and his creative team, present to you a seasonal range of delicious salads, fish and chips, burgers and more, all made fresh to order. 

    Our focus is to bring you fresh, clean and flavoursome meals that use local, home- made and home- grown ingredients. The best of the best. Enjoy!

    Ask us about our function and group dining options. We will cater for your needs, with set menu or banquet style options available. 

    Planning your summer break in the Catlins?
    Opening for the season: Our restaurant is open from the start of October until the end of May.

    Our restaurant is closed every Monday before Boxing Day, 
    After Boxing Day the restaurant is open 7 days until February.

    The restaurant is closed most Public Holidays (excluding January), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Open Boxing Day. Please contact us if you have any questions on these opening hours.


    We are thrilled to be joining the ranks of the best in the nation with our 2018 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award. Try our two signature dishes 'Premium Ribeye Steak served with a medley of wild mushrooms in a pastry vol-au-vont, triple cooked potatoes, jus served with seasonal vegetables' and our 'Roasted lamb rump accompaied by herb crusted sweet breads, kumara potato mash with seasonal vegetables'

    Visit their website for more about our listing and information on 


    Our menu is subject to change and specials are frequently added 




  • Self Contained
  • One bedroomed / own kitchen
  • Television
  • Garden view
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Packages Available

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Motel Ensuites

  • Private historical motel room
  • Free wifi, mini fridge, tea and coffee making
  • Access to fully equipped kitchen.
  • Garden view
  • Private ensuite Boardwalk patio

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Powered Sites

    • All- weather powered van sites on crushed Bluff Oyster shell
    • Communal TV Lounge with brochures, DVD player and Freeview box
    • Communal kitchen available.
    • Showers and toilets
    • Laundry Facilities

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  • Budget Options for singles, couples or friends
  • Tea & coffee making 
  • Communal kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Own covered patio
  • Garden views
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"One Day, One Place "

Stay awhile

You have come all this way, to the bottom of the world. Next stop, Antarctica.

The Catlins, steeped in history and swathed in the mists of time. Old whaling stations, home to a petrified forest, cascading waterfalls and wildlife that is thriving in an uncorrupted eco environment. 

So many people think of passing through the Catlins en route to other places. So many people are wrong.... The Catlins is a holiday in itself! 

“TWENTY years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Take your time and sit awhile. Explore the Catlins one day, one place, one day at a time.