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Curio Bay Camp Ground

601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Curio Bay Camp Ground
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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206 reviews 206 reviews
97 hotel reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 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 

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Healesville, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 :)

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Victoria, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Pitched our tent in a field we had all to ourselves. Very quiet and close to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin beach. Facilities limited and would not stay for longer than one or two nights in a tent but close to beach and proprietor very friendly and helpful. Beautiful area.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We arrived in an RV and took the last powered site available. Parking in amongst the flax bush offered great privacy. The area has great wildlife and great areas for the kids to explore. The kitchen and showers were basic, but having the RV, we did not use them. Getting a coffee from the shop is all I needed :-)... More 

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Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

For $20, we could pitch our tent anywhere on the property (except the hook ups for RVs, obviously) - and gorgeous ocean views abounded. The campground is basically on a mini-peninsula, so there were plenty of views to be had, depending on how high and exposed we were willing to be. We pitched up on the bluff, and enjoyed 270*... More 

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