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Think & Grow ‘Eco-Rich’…in The Catlins (N.Z.)

22 March, 2018

The Catlins is a dramatic and beautiful part of New Zealand and a major highlight of the Southern Scenic Route in the South Island of the country. Situated off the beaten track, the Catlins encompasses the area between Kaka Point and Fortrose. You will journey through rural heartland and podocarp forests, past rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.


The ‘Eco-tourism’ industry is growing at approximately 10-30 percent per annum, with many of these visitors coming from Australia, the United States, Europe and increasingly, China and Asia. There is a wealth of attractions to tempt visitors to the The Catlins, and a growing range of activities ensures visitors to the area will find plenty to do and see.

Whether you are looking for relaxed solitude in an untouched part of New Zealand or the challenge of exploring rugged and remote coast and rainforests – there is something for all tastes.


Catilns_map4Walk along deserted sandy beaches, forest tracks, beside rivers and absorb the feeling of isolation and solitude. Visit areas where flocks of seabirds including Shags, Gannets and Shearwaters and occasionally penguins can be seen. Royal Spoonbills nest on one of the islands off the coast. Other spectacular attractions include the McLean Falls, the highest and arguably the most spectacular water-falls in the Catlins, and the Cathedral Caves, one of the largest sea caves complexes in the world. The area abounds with interesting native flora and fauna. It is one of the only places where Hoi Ho Penguins, Fur Seals, Hookers Sea lions and Elephant Seals coexist. And visitors can see the rare Hector’s dolphins in their natural habitat.

As an emerging Eco-tourism destination this area is poised for a steady increase in visitors from around the globe. As such we are very lucky to be able to offer two great businesses for sale:

The Catlins Gateway Motels were originally developed and have been owned by the same family for many years. With just eight units plus a house (for owner/manager) this is a currently a relatively small operation but there is substantial untapped potential to build additional units on the spare land and create something truly special. The strong forward bookings suggest that there is ample scope for further accommodation. This is a genuine opportunity to  purchase a freehold Motel business at only USD$573,000 and establish additional equity by working hard to develop and build over the next few years.


By contrast The Whistling Frog Resort is a substantial freehold property and business in the hub of the Catlins region that represents a strategic opportunity for a significant operator and/or investor to establish a dominant position in the area.

This property would be regarded as the largest, most comprehensive eco-tourism complex in the growing Catlins region. The concept was to provide a one-stop dining and accommodation experience in a pristine environment to complement the many local attractions on offer. High-end adventure tour companies are now increasingly utilizing the resort for group stop-overs so that visitors can take in the spectacular attractions in the area. The resort offers a variety of accommodation units and the on-site restaurant/café caters to large groups with quality food.

As a genuine eco-tourism hub and destination, the Whistling Frog Resort already delivers solid revenue but has genuine potential for significant development and growth.

For further information please complete the contact form below.



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