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Curio Bay Camp Ground

601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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66 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Well sheltered campsites, close to beach, aswell as penguin colony. Watched penguins arrive in the evening from our tent site above which was amazing, toilets and other facilities could definitely do with a bit of a spruce up.

Thank Pilts018
Braunton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Stayed here 14 years ago...returned plus our kids aged 6 and 9, and nothing has changed..just how we like it. I suspect that some reviewers want the boring homogeneity of nice playground, tick, lovely showers, tick, good laundry... The showers and toilets here are old and random. Don't try and use the kitchen. Come prepared. The flax cocoons are great... More 

Thank Keda P
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28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stayed here with out family of 5, 3 children under 10. The price was appropriate to the facilities which do need a upgrade. The showers we didn't use due to condition and only 2 toilets each sex which were basic to say the least. But saying all this the sites were well protected from the wind and the bay... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This campingsite is dated but very beautiful as it is created. Everybody has a sheltered spot and if you are lucky with direct ocean view. Seeing sunset is remarkable over here. And as at many spots in NZ you can enjoy the stars during the night. Camping is a 5 minute walk, to petrified forrest with the yellow eyed pengiuns.... More 

1 Thank Chris v
Pulborough, United Kingdom
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231 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stayed here 2 years ago and love it so much we stayed again this year. I agree with some of the other reviews, especially the showers etc, I wouldn't use them, in fairness, but my hubby said nice and hot. Last time we stayed in amongst the grasses but this time decided to pay just $20 for a non... More 

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This campsite trades on its location and the attraction of being so close to the lovely beach where the Hector's dolphins come in to the shallow water to play with swimmers or you can walk to the rocks in the evening to hopefully see little blue penguins emerging from the sea. Great natural events but this campsite is a man-made... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This camp ground offers the most basic services. It is ideally situated, giving access to both the bay where the rare Hector's dolphins can be seen and the shy yellow-eyed penguins can be observed. That said...the camp facilities are horrible...toilets didn't flush, water is not potable, the kitchen was small and poorly equipped, didn't risk the showers!

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Berlin, Germany
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85 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We stayed here with our two kids for two nights in a tent on one of the unpowered tent sites in the sheltering 'flax forest'. Whereas the site facilities were very basic (1 star deduction) the site is beautifully located right on the cliffs of Curio Bay and offers the most unique experience to camp right next to a small... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

They have good sites for camping with more open areas to camp or individual spots secluded by flax plants. This was our second trip there and could fairly easily get a spot to camp but weekends are more crowded. The bathrooms aren't the best but the view of the bay, dolphins, penguins, petrified forest and waves make up for it... More 

Thank Katie M
Healesville, Australia
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46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This place was the highlight of our trip. Cheap and with one of the best views we've ever had. You can see sea lions early in the morning and penguins late in the evening --> DO NOT DISTURB them as they might die from stress. Totally worth it :)

Thank Marco R
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