How can we preserve the magical feel of this special part of the world, commonly referred to as the “forgotten coast”.

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." That has been the goal of the owners, Paul and Lynn Bridson, and to preserve the special character and feel of this hidden space, not too far from the cities of Dunedin and Invercargill on the now popular Southern Scenic Route, while still offering travellers high quality amenities to enhance their travel experience.

Hi, I’m Paul Bridson – Owner/Operator, of the Whistling Frog Café and Accommodation/RV Resort. We are located in the heart of the Catlins Coastal Conservation Park. Lynn and I suggest that you make the Catlins your wilderness mid-point overnight stopover, when you are travelling the great Southern Scenic Route, from Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill or Dunedin. Located an easy day’s drive from these main cities, you will experience the amazing scenic diversity of the Catlins podocarp coastal rainforest with exquisite beaches and waterfalls.

Plan your overnight stay where you will be pampered with excellent food, modern eco-friendly camping and accommodation facilities.

Ideally located in the geographical heart of the Catlins Coastal Conservation Park, the Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park and Whistling Frog Café a provide a unique Kiwi experience and will allow you a safe, clean and relaxing overnight stopover.

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 forget.

Once you arrive at our base camp, you will find many iconic attractions within minutes of our resort, including, the magnificent McLean Falls, colossal Cathedral Caves and serene Lake Wilkie. We suggest you plan to get an early start so that you don’t miss a thing. The Catlins have a remarkable array of ‘must-do’s’.