Your Catlins Base Camp

For a perfect stay

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.

Learn What We Have To Offer

Park Facilities

Sit back and relax in the warm and inviting atmosphere of “The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar” during a break in your journey or after a day of Catlins adventuring.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage or a delicious hot meal, accompanied by our spectacular sunsets from the heated & enclosed sun deck. Listen to the melodic bellbird chorus and the chirping calls of our resident “Whistling Tree Frogs”.

This central  Catlins resort is conveniently located just 400 meters from the Cathedral Caves access road. Walk from your accommodation of choice and hang out with the locals. Our desserts are ‘world famous’, in the Catlins. We even have a wood-fired pizza at ‘Happy Hour’…!

Enjoy the ambience and guest internet access. Catch up with friends, taste hand-selected New Zealand wines, craft brewed beers on tap and in the bottle, plus fresh-brewed, “Zee” espresso coffee.

This ‘city quality’ restaurant features chef Tom’s, carefully prepared local seasonal cuisine with edible flower garnishes from our greenhouse, including our beer battered, NZ deep ‘Southern Ocean’, Blue Cod, plus ‘grass fed’ beef, free-range chicken, vegetarian salads and risotto plus gluten-free dining options.

The restaurant is fully licensed and open from 10.00am to 9.00pm daily, based on demand. Please be seated before 7 pm. Bookings are recommended.

  • Seasonal Menus locally sourced produce whenever possible
  • Craft Beers on tap even our own labels
  • Wide selection of New Zealand Wines

The restaurant closes from 5 June until mid September. Please contact us if you have any questions.




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


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


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



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