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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Another fantastic place to visit in The Catlins, Curio Bay has so much to see before you even walk down the steps on to the beach you get a very good view of the petrified forest laid out on the rocks below you. As you walk around the bay the waves are crashing against the rocks in the background and keep your eyes open as you might be lucky enought to spot a yellow-eyed penguin and when i was there last November we saw about six of them going about their business and they're so wonderful to watch but please remember to give them plenty of space. Also on the right hand side of the bay is a deep gully which the waves rush up and makes the giant sea kelp dance about and when you manage to get this close to the kelp it's amazing just how large it is and it looks like you could even walk across it! I've been lucky enough to visit Curio Bay three times and it never fails to be spectacular.

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Most things about this place were already said. It was one of our favorites in Catlins. If you have time plan whole day in Curio Bay and stay overnight. We wished we could have set up our tent on a hill with the view on beach and bay where dolphins swam... There was no time for that unfortunately. This is picturesque place, heaven for nature lovers. Petrified forest is very interesting and we loved the opportunity of walking across the rocky cost in search of fossils. Or penguins... To wrap it up, in Curio Bay there are nice places to walk, a few options to do some water activities and spots just to sit and admire various views. Really great place to stop for longer time.

1  Thank PiotrNH
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

I returned for a second visit to Curio Bay in April, the rain shortened our stay, but it was still an amazing place. A great place to play a game of "Spot the petrified log"! Some delightful young visitors from Brazil were surprised at what they were standing on, that added to the fun of our brief stop.

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Not much I can add about this place that hasn't already been mentioned but it is just a magical place. The view is very unique (2 separate bays, large rock bluffs, open ocean), you can view penguins and dolphins (we saw both), there's petrified forest, and the nearby campsite is cut out of large reeds (of some sort?) that makes it a very unique experience.

I should qualify my review by saying that the weather was sunny, clear and warm while we were there and wind was relatively light (it can be quite cold and windy). Sunsets were incredible. Also there was a full moon and views of that were very nice.

Curio Bay just gives you the feeling of being in a remote, natural, edge-of-the-Earth kind of place but it isn't all that remote. In my opinion this is a place that you should not miss if you are visiting the Catlins.

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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We were only here an hour or so (at low tide before sunset) and saw how several yellow-eyed penguins came out of the water and shyly moved step-by-step over the plateua with some petrified stems towards their nests in the bushes. This experience was so much better than the very distant viewing of yellow eyed penguins in the Nature Guide Otago.
The access from the parking down to the sandstone plateau is well organised with stairs and a platform with explanations about the petrified forest, but unfortunately the instructions to the visitors to keep a good distance to these shy penguins is lacking.
Some Korean visitors with 60 cm telephoto lenses walked within 3 meters of them, whilst they could have taken that picture from 20 m away as well. Some people told them to stay back which they reluctantly did.
From people we met during this viewing we heard that the dolphins were playing around the surfers in daytime.

Thank huys25
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