when you arrive at the "T" intersection (if you are driving south on waikawa-curio bay road), the hector dolphins will be to the left (toward porpoise bay) & the penguins to the right (at the same site as the petrified stumps). an hour or so before sunset is supposed to be a good time to see them walk/waddle/hop from the water to their nests.
also, when you drive up to the porpoise bay car park to look for the dolphins, don't get tricked by the small parking area on the right that you come upon first (the body of water you'll be looking at from there is curio bay... you want to be looking at porpoise bay). instead, drive just a little further up to the first parking area on the left. park there and walk out to the beach/rocks. if you watch patiently (it only took about 5 minutes for us), you will eventually see the small dolphins playing in the water. :)
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