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Curio Bay Camp Ground

601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
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Albany, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You don't need to stay at the camp ground to visit here, but you do need to come through in order to visit, but fortunately it's possible to do so as a day visitor. The surrounding area is stunning, with great coastal views, and if you're fortunate like us you'll even see some penguins.

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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think half of what your opinion is comes from what your preconceptions are. We stayed here one night in a 6 berth motorhome based solely on wanting to be at the Petrified Forrest for low tide early the following day. This site is basic and rugged but with all the bays set into the reeds you get great privacy... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great wee spot by the beach, wildlife comes to life in the evening - all day seagulls fly over, the waves gently rock in one side, and crash into the rocks on the other. The camping sports are surrounded by flax bushes which gives an interesting view, gives good protection from the wind which is needed.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This place is hard to describe other than interesting. There is not much here in amenities. Your camp site is in very tall palm grass and you do have power if you need it, other than that there are no other services. The scenery makes up for any shortcomings though. The cliffs overlooking the water are breathtaking and a short... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Whilst the surroundings were cool, beaches cliffs etc the campsite was a little weird. The pitches are in a maze of long grass that could be tricky to navigate. And the facilities on site were well past there best buy date. At $20 a head I would expect a little better amenities. But great location on the plus side.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Went to have a look and got told off by the lady at the office for looking around. She was really rude. The showers are a big health hazard wouldnt even wash my dog in them incase it caught something. There are plenty of nicer places to stay then this run down health risk so call camping ground.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 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 

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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

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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