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Catlins Whistling Frog Cafe & Holiday Park For Sale

Catlins Coast, Otago
Freehold Price:
Over $5M (NZD)
Lease Asking Price:
$1M - $5M (NZD)
Sales Revenue:
Available on request
Cash Flow:
Available on request

The Whistling Frog Resort is located in the Catlins, along the Southern Scenic Route, linking Invercargill to Balclutha-Dunedin. The Catlins is a popular tourist destination, known for its well established coastal rain forest, beaches and waterfalls. McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves are located in close proximity.

This stunning property and business is available For Sale or Lease. It is expected that a Lease arrangement (to be negotiated) could include the first right of refusal to purchase the freehold in the future. A lease should also suit an overseas party who may be prohibited by the NZ Overseas Investment Act fro purchasing freehold land in N.Z. This provides a relatively risk-free entry and an opportunity to understand the business and development potential together with progressing an application to secure the freehold if desired.

This thriving business has a serious cash-flow with resulting bottom line profits for the new owner of this business. Only experienced holiday park / food and beverage / hospitality operators will be considered for this exciting business opportunity. The current owner is in the process of obtaining a resource Consent for staff accommodation on their adjoining property.

The Whistling Frog Resort (also known as the "McLean Falls Holiday Park" and "Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park") was established in 2006, after the Southern Scenic Route was tar sealed. “The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar” followed soon behind, featuring a range of chef-prepared gourmet meals. It is an eco-wise establishment and try to renew, reuse and recycle where possible.

Premises Description
Erected on this site are a number of separate buildings used as a restaurant/cafe and accommodation for the Whistling Frog business, which we describe individually as follows:

Manager's Residence (Gatekeeper's Lodge)
Layout provides for a kitchen/dining/living room, three bedrooms with bathroom and laundry. Facilities include ample kitchen joinery, 4-plate gas range, pantry, formica bench top, with comer shower, vanity and toilet to bathroom.

Reception I Cafe I Bar plus detached toilets
Built around 2007, main building consists of the reception area for the business, restaurant & cafe, bar, kitchen , storage and public toilets. A verandah extends around part of two sides of the building, with timber deck to remaining side.

Built in 2009, these five units provide for an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, with partitioned bedroom and toilet off. Facilities include open timber finished cupboard joinery, two element gas range, rangehood with shower, toilet and basin to the bathroom. Electric panel heaters are provided, with gas, water and cooking facilities.

Bellbird Cottage
Built in 2005, this building has a gross floor area of approx. 53m2, with attached deck. Interior partitioning provides for kitchen/dining/living area, two bedrooms and bathroom. Facilities include ample cupboard joinery to the kitchen, with shower, toilet and basin to the bathroom.

Motel Units (307-313)
Each bedroom has an ensuite off containing shower, toilet and basin. Kitchen contains built in bench unit with 5-plate gas range, rangehood and island bar containing a twin sink unit. A walkway links all these units to the kitchen, together with a central deck.

12 separate cabins include timber piles, timber framing and floors, weatherboard exterior cladding, timber window joinery with Galvanised steel roof. Internal linings include hardboard and composite timber dado wall linings with pinex ceilings. Attached verandahs have timber floors, timber framing with Novalite roof panels.

Laundry/ Staffroom
Layout provides for a laundry room, central hallway, sitting room, kitchen, toilet/shower room, storeroom and hallway.

Ablution Block
Layout provides for a kitchen, separate male/female toilet facilities, disabled persons toilet and laundry. Male toilet facilities include three showers, two basin urinals, two partitioned toilets and twin sink unit. Female toilet facilities include three showers, three partitioned toilets and stainless steel twin wash hand basin. Kitchen has stainless steel bench top, cooking facilities with central dining trestle table.

Workers Accommodation Block
A substantial new development to provide on-site accommodation for up to 40 workers plus potential guest 'overflow' in peak periods has just recently completed.

TV Sitting room
This 39m2 building also enjoys a 24m2 veandah allows for a comfortable relaxation area for guest.

Other Improvements
A full gravel driveway provides motor vehicle access around this complex, with large car parking area adjacent to the Whistling Frog Cafe/Restaurant. Campervan sites are further included, with power heads and water provided. A line of trees provide shelter to cabin buildings, and to the restaurant itself, with a stand of trees near the property entranceway

Strategic location:
The property is strategically situated at the busy intersection of the Southern Scenic Route and Rewcastle Road, which services the tallest and many would say the most spectacular water falls in the Catlins. The park is at the gateway to the popular Cathedral Caves access road.

The McLean Falls access, is on a ‘no exit’ road. Visitors must pass the venue twice if they wish to see the falls. They usually arrive around lunch time. Visitor numbers to the “McLean Falls” each year exceed 30,000.

Brokers comment:

This is a very rare opportunity for an experienced couple or family already exposed to the tourism accommodation and hospitality sectors to secure a freehold going concern which is a unique operation and in such a special location. Please contact the Accommodation Business Broker, Peter Gale by submitting the "Contact this Seller" form below.

Property Information

Real Estate:

Available as lease or with real property included

Other Information

Lease asking price:
$1M - $5M (NZD)

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