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Job Description:

Do you have experience working in a restaurant kitchen or the passion to learn? We are looking for fun, energetic and passionate people interested in entering a kitchen environment. Work you way up to cooking a wide variety of gourmet dishes, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Experience is necessary and you must have a passion for learning new techniques and skills in the food industry. 

Job Requirements:

We are located in the heart of The Catlins rainforest, Otago (1.5 hours North of Invercargill and 2 hours South of Dunedin on the Southern Scenic Route), so recommend people to apply who enjoy working and living in a semi- remote location, with lots of outdoor walks and activities available in the area to enjoy.

The benefit of this is that you can work lots of hours and save your money, without the temptation of the city life. Enjoy beautiful beaches, waterfalls, sea caves, mirror lakes and more. Having your own vehicle and a full drivers license is also recommended.

Earn from $990 per fortnight, before tax, based on skills, willingness to work and customer loadings. If you want plenty of hours then apply now!


We are a small team who can do a variety of tasks. Daily duties include prepping a variety of ingredients, stock rotation, dishes, cleaning and assisting our head chef. Work your way up to having more responsibiltity and cooking different components of a meal. Having a knowledge of food handling and safety is recommended but can be taught. 

Various on-site accommodation options is available for a fortnightly rent on site, alternatively a limited amount of accommodation is available nearby in the settlement of Papatowai, located a 15 minute drive away. Singles, Couples and Friends are able to apply. 

We provide adequate training to cope with the large number of guests over the summer season to ensure a fast, efficient and high quality of service to our guests.


As this is a seasonal business, contracts are made to end late May. A reasonable time period, but perfect if you need to fill a few months before travelling or just wish to enhance your kitchen skills.


Check out our other listings for job opportunities in the Cafe Front of House and Resort Housekeeping. A Valid New Zealand working Visa or New Zealand residency is required. Please do not apply if you do not have these working requirements. We also recommend people to apply who can attend an “in- person” paid trial, after the initial Skype interview. 

Please include a current photo of yourself, date of birth and current city in which you live in, in your application. 


Feel free to check out our websites: www.whistlingfrogresort.com and www.catlinsdiscoveries.com

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
Company Info
The Whistling Frog Cafe, Bar & Resort 10 Chaslands Hwy, Papatowai 9586
Papatowai, other, New Zealand 

Phone: (03) 415 8338
Web Site: http://www.whistlingfrogre

Company Profile


  • Classifications: Accommodation & Food Services
  • Company: The Whistling Frog Cafe
  • Work Type: Fixed Term
  • Sector: Private
  • Town: Papatowai
  • Region: Catlins
  • Country: New Zealand
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