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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only stayed the one night in an unpowered tenting site but thought it was excellent here. It pays to get here early afternoon and set up as it gets quite busy later on. This is especially so if you have a bigger tent as there are only a few sites suited to the big tents. The facilities are excellent...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great campsite in fantastic spot. There is now a brand new kitchen/laundry/shower/toilet block. Swam with dolphins and saw lots of yellow eyed penguins. Previous reviews have talked about the cost being too high. The campsite is run by the Catlins Community Trust and the money goes to a good cause, to help protect the area and wildlife that the visitors...

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Thank James F
Reviewed May 28, 2016

Great location, but camp facilities are very old. Suspect something political brewing over this property with tourism developers circling like sharks, meaning no money currently being spent on any upgrades. Scariest shower I have ever had in an old water tank with no light, at least the water was hot!

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

The most amazing spot, Steve was awesome close to beautiful beach spectacular cliffs 180 million year old fossilized forest, Dolphins penguins 😊 the campground was basic but protected from crazy weather- flushing toilets and a little shop for the basics

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Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed April 24, 2016

The natural beauty of this area is priceless. Local dolphins always within view and nearby for a swim, penguins to view at dusk, fossilised forests from the jurassic area. the entire area is fantastic. The camping ground itself is laid out well due to the fantastic flax surrounds that offer shelter and privacy. However, water ran out for the toilets...

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Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed April 21, 2016

A stunning destination to visit and although the actual little campsites are lovely with the large flaxes around each one to provide protection from the wind and give privacy the rest of the campground is sorely lacking. I didn't want to use the showers they are very old dingy concrete dirty looking shelters - very unappealing. The toilets were equally...

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Canada
Reviewed April 11, 2016

The flax palm shrubbery is definitely unique. There are sites with power. However, the other amenities as mentioned are not desirable. Toilets are dark and eerie, the shower room looks very run down and dirty. There are many garbage and recycling bins. The positives: the beaches are beautiful, go to the beach to see the yellow eyed penguins at sunset....

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Kilburn, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 4, 2016

Whilst the place has stunning views, close to the petrified forest, a beautiful beach, and a chance to see yellow eyed penguins and hectors dolphins, it doesn't offer much in the way of amenities. For $20.00 a night I would expect much better facilities. The concrete showers and kitchen are basically rubbish. The kitchen is tiny and is in no...

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Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

The peninsular campsite gives you the rural hideaway you need with stunning beaches. However the campsite is little to be desired. The toilet were a mental ring outdoor style. Could of also been a drop hole toilet and I wouldn't of know the difference. The shower were a big no go. You paid $2 for 5 minutes of which felt...

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Amsterdam
Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

To set expextations right: you have to give up on most amenities if you go here. No (decent) toilets, showers, kitchen, laundry facilities or even a dumping point. Yes there is power and drinking water. If you have your own campervan that is no problem (we stayed for two nights). You will then enjoy the unique surroundings, swim with the...

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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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“Reception closes at 7pm reopens at 10am”
 of 5 bubbles Aliv635, Mar 4, 2016 | Read review
“I think a non powered site overlooking the bay is a good option, especially if you are self contained.”
 of 5 bubbles jools011, Mar 9, 2015 | Read review
“Pick the spots with the ocean view looking at the cliffs on the West side and you'll get the BEST sunset you've ever seen in your life!”
  • Sunset view from our tent
 of 5 bubbles iVolitans, Jan 20, 2015 | Read review
“Select a site close to the showers and toilet otherwise you'll get lost!”
 of 5 bubbles Korora, Nov 30, 2014 | Read review
“Some find the sites among the flax a little claustrophobic. There are some spots on the cliff that will likely suit them better.”
 of 5 bubbles BrahminyKite48, Mar 17, 2014 | Read review
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