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“Modern beachfront apartment with classic view”

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Curio Bay Accommodation
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokanui
Certificate of Excellence
Biggar, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
771 reviews
159 hotel reviews
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“Modern beachfront apartment with classic view”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

There are a few options when staying with these hosts - Curio Cottage, two Boutique Studios and the Beachhouse Apartment. We chose the latter which is attached to the owners home and in October 2013 it cost $180 per night.

Nick and Dani have a working farm and may not always be around however details of key collection, etc are provided with the booking confirmation email so we found it quite straight forward and in any case Nick was there when we arrived.

The apartment is on ground level, open plan and has its own entrance at the side of the building. Guests are requested not to wear outdoor shoes inside which has wooden floors. There is a kitchen area at the entrance with fridge, hob cooker, microwave oven, kettle, washbasin, crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc which would be fine for self catering - they even provide a large selection of teas and coffee. There is a small dining table and chairs. Breakfast is not included as part of the arrangements for staying here.

The bed is large and very comfortable with fresh, soft linen and was a treat to get into at the end of the day. There is also a settee to relax on whilst listening to some music - a CD player and some discs are provided. In lieu of television or internet access you have a wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling patio door which allows you to look straight out at Porpoise Bay and if the weather is favourable you can sit out on the decking and admire it from there. At the time of our stay it was a bit cool for that but nonetheless it’s a great view. As some others have mentioned there is only a thin curtain so be prepared to see first light in the morning (although the other windows do have blinds).

The ensuite is very spacious and has a bath (with a window looking out to sea) and a sizeable walk-in shower with very good water pressure (this has a rainfall option). All the fitments are modern and good towels are provided.

The only downside we found was that there was no storage space for clothes in the apartment and on occasion we would hear Nick & Dani’s children clattering about in the room above. As we were only there one night the absence of storage wasn’t a great issue and as for noise it was us who were a bit conscious of making too much later in case the kids were sleeping.

We took the opportunity to walk down the track from the lawn onto the beach and if you wander along to the right you come to the Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre and the caravan park. Passing through here and five minutes up the road is the access stairway down on to Curio Bay shoreline with its petrified forest. It’s a pleasant walk and doesn’t take that much time. The fossilized trees weren’t that obvious to the untrained eye but our main aim was to see if we could observe the yellow-eyed penguins coming ashore at dusk to their nests in the dunes. There were quite a few other visitors with the same intention. Sadly some of them didn’t seem to understand about keeping their distance and several with enormous zoom lenses, capable of taking photos from the other side of the bay, were intent on getting within a few feet of the penguins as they came ashore. Unfortunately there was no DoC presence to control these over enthusiastic people which slightly spoiled the experience for us - and no doubt the penguins! That said, we did see a few penguins battling through and eventually when we returned along the coast there was the added bonus of a glorious sunset.

We had come prepared for the lack of eating places in the area and dined at the apartment on soup and sandwiches! There might have been a glass of wine involved too. (Nick had mentioned giving Niagara Falls Cafe a phone earlier if we wanted to check it was open).

As we settled in bed for the night we heard a strange snoring noise coming from outside the patio door - the penguins had also arrived back for the night! Some apparently nest under the house but fortunately either we were very tired or they were quiet thereafter because we slept well.

In the morning Nick and Dani’s young son was a bit too keen on getting out to cut the grass in front of the apartment and was reigned in by his parents. (Fortunately neither of us was sitting in the bath at the time admiring the view!). When it came to settle up and depart we managed to have a chat with Nick and Dani (whom we discovered was originally from Germany) - and as my wife comes from a farming background they had common interests. As we departed she was smiling at seeing the young kids each being given their chores to do, much as she had been when growing up on a farm - happy days!

It’s a lovely place to stay in a fantastic setting and if we get back in this direction we’d probably stay a few nights to chill out and explore a bit more. There’s lots to see and do in the area - or you could just relax.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We loved this place so much we decided to stay an extra night. The apartment is great. Spacious, fantastic views, and really well appointed. Sunrises in the morning from the enormous bed, dolphins in the bay, sea lions and seals close by, and yellow-eyed penguins all made for a great break. When we weren't scanning for wildlife we really enjoyed surfing and just walking on the beach. We especially loved the coffee beans and the coffee grinder provided!

Room Tip: Left hand apartment may get a better view of the sunrise?!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We watched a storm blowing whilst tucked up in the massive bed in this cottage and felt really cosy. The location is great, you could stare out to the sea for ages and it feels quite remote which is great if you want to relax and unwind. The lack of wifi and a TV was exactly what we needed. We had the best night's sleep of our entire trip here!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

This place is amazing! This was our second visit to the Curio Bay Boutique Accommodation and it was even more spectacular than the last time. This time we had South African friends with us who were 'blown away' by the place. We were particularly grateful for the wonderfully comfortable bed and the cottages are well equipped.
Dani & Nick are great hosts. The Surf Beach was in pristine condition as was the weather.
The Dolphins cruising along the surf make a great scene.
Stunning sun rises appear to be the norm here.
Thank you Dani & Nick, until next time.

Room Tip: Both Apartments are equally fantastic. Shared Laundry between Apartments is certainly a bonus.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We stayed in the beachfront apartment attached to the owner's home. There's a private entrance, and inside all the furnishings are top-notch and clean. The bed is extremely comfortable. We cooked and enjoyed our own dinner the one night we were there, and enjoyed the mini kitchen very much. Although there is no TV or Internet coverage, there's music available as well as games, and books on hand if you are so inclined. We couldn't get enough of the view from the large windows. One thing to note is the curtains do not cover the windows entirely and are pretty sheer, so no possibility of sleeping late--the morning sun comes streaming in. We enjoyed several walks on the beach. Heard and saw multiple penguins. We never saw the owners; upon arrival, we simply took our keys which were hanging outside the primary entrance and let ourselves in. When it was time to go, we simply hung the keys back up. This is a wonderful place to stay if you are traveling on the SSR.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night on a tour of Otago and Southland. We stayed in the studio Accomodation that was attached the owners house. We received a lovely warm welcome from Dani on arrival and was then left to our own devices. The studio was perfect for what we needed. The view onto the beach was stunning at sunset and sunrise.
For us I think the highlight was the generous bath and toiletries, as we don't have a bath where we live we made sure took advantage.
The other highlight was the extremely comfortable bed, what a brilliant end to a wonderful trip down south.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

Wow...it's hard to describe how wonderful this place really is. The cottage is just gorgeous...clean, very well equipped and views to die for. We saw dolphins frolic in the surf, heard penguins chatting under and around the cottage at night and woke up to the most beautiful sunrise...just perfect, wished we would have booked for longer.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Curio Bay Accommodation

Property: Curio Bay Accommodation
Address: 501 Waikawa Curio Bay Road, Tokanui 9884, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Tokanui
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tokanui
Hotel Class:3 star — Curio Bay Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Curio Bay Boutique Hotel Tokanui
Curio Bay Accommodation New Zealand/Southland Region - Tokanui

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