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601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

To be honest, the facilities were pretty basic - coin showers and a strange little hut for a kitchen - but that's not why you come here. The campsite is fantastically located for wildlife. The yellow-eyed penguins come right up to the shore and you can see them from a very close distance as they play and waddle around and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

You go to Curio Bay for the penguins and dolphins and this is the only place in the area to camp. It has very basic toilet and shower facilities. Frankly, I prefer the DOC campgrounds we stayed in in other parts of NZ.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Amazing location for a campground with very sheltered sites. Perfect for exploring the area and seeing lots of wildlife, sea lions, penguins and hectors dolphins. The camp is very basic with very dated facilities, a little paint would go a long way. Don't be put off though, the showers are great, nice and hot and powerful. Recommend having your own... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We stayed here for one night at a powered site. We arrived late-ish at 7pm and asked for change for the laundry and showers. When we went to go and use the washing machine we found the hut it was in locked, and it stayed that way until 10am when we left the next morning. The toilets and showers need... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Fantastic site and very relaxing plus nice tent sites as well and we had great views over the bay to watch Hectors dolphins playing in the waves. Would say however that the facilities need URGENT attention, kitchen was one of the worst I've had to use and showers were also in need of an update, and make sure you take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Lovely location, fantastic staff, excellent value for the money ! You can't go wrong here. It's certainly not a five star hotel but dollar for dollar little competes with the value offered at this wonderful campsite . We love it

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The campground is situated at Curio bay. A really stunning location! The sites are very private, because they are seperated by high reeds. The facilities are poor. We only used the toilets, because we didn't have our on in our van. They were dirty and didn't have lights. The other facilities didn't look very inviting, so we didn't use them.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

if you go to the campgrounds website they provide self contained cottages as well. one of them is called annies cottage.because everything was booked out at tiny curio bay we booked that cottage. 170 dollars incl.linen rent as beds are not made up. the whole house doesnt look in the slightest as in the web page. instead you will have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

being born and breed in new Zealand I only got to curio bay last year because my son goes diving there I don't no what I been missing excellent site and very friendly at camping ground some people just don't no how lucky we are will be back this year that's for sure

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Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa

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