Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway or a memorable
family adventure, one stopover well worth visiting is located
in the geographical heart of the Catlins Coastal Conservation
An easy day's drive for those travelling on the Southern
Scenic Route from Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill or
Dunedin is the Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar and McLeans
Falls Accommodation Resort.
Experience the amazing scenic diversity of the Catlins
podocarp coastal rainforest, with exquisite beaches and
waterfalls. Be pampered with excellent food, and modern
eco-friendly camping and accommodation facilities in a
dog-friendly resort, now in its fifth season.
There is no traffic noise or street lights, just the
moreporks, whistling frogs and amazing dawn bellbird chorus
to wake you gently the next morning. View the Milky Way, free
from ambient light, a star-filled night you will never
From the base camp you will find many attractions within
minutes of the resort, including the magnificent McLean
Falls, the colossal Cathedral Caves and serene Lake Wilkie.
Often two nights are needed to see this portion of the
Catlins properly. The Cathedral Caves are tidal dependent -
you can only visit them at low tide, so if you can, plan an
extra night. You must also see the unique bush glow-worms.
Relax, catch up on sleep and refuel with a great all-day
dining experience and coffee service.
‘‘People tell us this is the best sleep they have had on
their entire trip,'' says owner-operator Paul Bridson.
CAFE & BAR
The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar is open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner and features a choice of local dishes with
The chefs tempt all tastes with homemade baking, soups,
chowders, breads, snacks and entrees, including farm-raised
lamb and beef, local seafood and excellent vegetarian and
gluten-free dishes. Sample the organic local cheeseboard and
try the giant Catlins date scones with whipped cream, jam and
Evening meals are relaxing and sunsets spectacular from the
Enjoy beers with a difference. Invercargill-brewed beers
include one custom-made with Kamahi bush honey, from the
resort's own property, called ‘‘Wasp,'' a honey pilsner.
There is also an excellent selection of New Zealand wines
that won't break the budget, well represented by the bottle
The Catlins has a remarkable array of ‘‘must-dos'' so
download the resort's acclaimed free Catlins self-guide map,
so that you won't miss a thing!