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“Nature at its best”

Reviewed 26 February 2013

We stopped at this beautiful bay on a hot February day and were lucky enough to find a delightful Bed and breakfast unit without pre-booking. The camp site at this bay only caters for camper vans, tents and caravans so it is wise to pre book accommodation at peak times. We hit the surf (not overly warm water) and found we were swimming with dolphins, walked down to see the petrified forest and were amazed at the quality of information on the forest rock formations and the Yellow eyed penguins. We returned at dusk (7 pm) to see the penguins dotted around the bay at vegetation level, calling out to their partner or parent who popped up out of the kelp and started to waddle in land. This was a slow process so allow plenty of time if you want to see them reach their family. A ranger kept an eye on the birds,, and visitors to make sure their territories were not breached and was available to talk to.

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Reviewed 11 January 2013

We spent 4 nights at The Curio Bay Campground overlooking Porpoise Bay & what a great place. Amazing views, including Hectar's dolphins, NZ fur seals & yellow eyed penguins all close by. And what a stunning beach, with enough surf to have fun in, plus a rocky headland for the kids to go exploring along !! And warm enough in Jan to swim in without a wetsuit, on a good day !! And lastly, friendly staff at the campground, even if the facilities are somewhat dated...!!

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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Easy access via well kept boardwalk and stairways. Have your camera ready. The main attraction is the fossil forest, best seen at low tide when you can walk round the fossil stumps. If you're lucky there may be a few yellow eyed penguins. Please keep you distance, they are very timid.

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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Curio Bay is the site of one of the world’s finest fossil forests. The platform of petrified stumps, fallen trees and fern imprints are easily accessible two hours before and after low tide, or can be viewed from the platform above.

We visited the Fossil Forest at dusk - a magic time when you can bask in the soft evening glow of the setting sun, and watch in amazement at the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin (YEP) return to shore after a hard day work out in the sea. What a beautiful creature in all natural settings. There are no "hides" from which to view the cute little things, but please bear in mind that the YEPs are extremely shy. Keep a distance and talk quietly.

Highly recommended! It is one of NZ's best kept secrets.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017
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