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601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Yes, the facilities are very basic but that's not why we chose to stay at the Curio Bay Camping Ground. (The Camping Ground is managed by a Community Trust so the camp fee is a donation). A bit difficult to find your way around at first. We felt like we were in a flax maze. The showers were interesting with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Vermont
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8 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa

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