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Curio Bay Camping Ground
Reviewed 22 February 2014

We stayed here for one night at a powered site. We arrived late-ish at 7pm and asked for change for the laundry and showers. When we went to go and use the washing machine we found the hut it was in locked, and it stayed that way until 10am when we left the next morning. The toilets and showers need to be updated, even a lick of paint would do. And one small outside basin for the women's toilet block was poor. $2 for a 3 or 4 min lukewarm shower is not great, particularly as we were told it was for 5 mins and I had shower gel on my hands when the water stopped without warning. On the plus side, the site was clean and the plots are private, a generous size and very natural. The campsite is in an amazing location with penguins on one side and dolphins on the other. But we got the impression that the owner does not care about the site nor his customers and is in it for the money.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mark and Heide B
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Fantastic site and very relaxing plus nice tent sites as well and we had great views over the bay to watch Hectors dolphins playing in the waves. Would say however that the facilities need URGENT attention, kitchen was one of the worst I've had to use and showers were also in need of an update, and make sure you take your own food as there is basically NOTHING here and no shops within 50km!!
Service was good though and hopefully get to go to the area again one day.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

Lovely location, fantastic staff, excellent value for the money ! You can't go wrong here. It's certainly not a five star hotel but dollar for dollar little competes with the value offered at this wonderful campsite . We love it

  • Stayed: January 2014
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1  Thank NZUKCouple
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

The campground is situated at Curio bay. A really stunning location! The sites are very private, because they are seperated by high reeds.
The facilities are poor. We only used the toilets, because we didn't have our on in our van. They were dirty and didn't have lights. The other facilities didn't look very inviting, so we didn't use them.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marigold1205
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

if you go to the campgrounds website they provide self contained cottages as well. one of them is called annies cottage.because everything was booked out at tiny curio bay we booked that cottage. 170 dollars incl.linen rent as beds are not made up. the whole house doesnt look in the slightest as in the web page. instead you will have a very,very filthy and run down house FULL with dead and alive big flies. the "new shower" was maybe new long time ago. it was just dirty. the bath tub had black streams and the toillet was yellow as it hasnt been cleaned since long long time. the furniture is very old and the beds were disgusting.very old mattresses and teared pillows. i can recommend them to make up the beds so the guests dont see the mess underneath!
the whole house is very filthy and full with owners stuffs. old magazines and old food and potts.
when i tried to ask for a lower rate. 150 instead of 170 the care taker nick got very grumpy and told me that he usually rents it out for over 200! i couldnt believe that people really would pay that money to stay in filthy run down cottage which must have looked very nice many many years ago!!! shame to let a place run down like that!
the only positiv thing about the cottage is the beautiful view where you can see the dolphins jumping into the surf.other than that i would recommend you avoid this place if you have another choice!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank suicideangel3000
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

being born and breed in new Zealand I only got to curio bay last year because my son goes diving there I don't no what I been missing excellent site and very friendly at camping ground some people just don't no how lucky we are will be back this year that's for sure

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is a pretty basic holiday park but in a stunning location and it cost only $16 for 2 people to park a campervan on a non-powered site. There isnt any internet there but there are toilets and showers as well as laundry facilities.
The best thing about this site is how close it is to the Petrified forest where you can see fossilised trees and also the yellow eyed penguins (worlds rarest) which come ashore at dusk at the same location. Some people were getting a bit too close to the penguins as there isn’t anything stopping them but you can still get closer and better views than at Nugget Point, further up the coast in the Catlins.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank fobl11
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Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Waikawa
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
CAMPGROUND UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - 1st OCT 2017. Curio Bay Camping Ground is a unique coastal park with private sites surrounded by flax. Fall out of bed onto a magnificent safe swimming beach, which is often frequented by the Hector dolphins. Enjoy the splendour of a 180 million year old fossil forest accompanied by a yellow eyed penguin colony in their natural habitat. A unique coastal camping area with natural alleys of flaxes providing sheltered sites. Tent & powered sites; camp shop for hot food, snacks & supplies. Great swimming & surfing beach. 80km east of Invercargill on the Southern Scenic Route at the very south of the South Island. Fb# Curio Bay Camping Ground ... more   less 
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