The Whistling Frog Cafe and Bar


The Catlins New Zealand


  • "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. .Cafe is closed on Mondays at the moment. Dinner reservations recommended. 
    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.)"
    For evening dining, group bookings, function bookings and all accommodation bookings, please make your booking by contacting us on:
    Phone: ​(03) 415 8668 
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Postal Address: 9 Rewcastle Road, RD2 Owaka, 9586

    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 accompanied by herb crusted sweet breads, kumara potato mash with seasonal vegetables'

    Whistling Frog Menu

    Our menu is subject to change and specials are frequently added 

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 Ph 03 415 8338

Rewcastle Rd,
The Catlins,
New Zealand

On the Southern Scenic Route