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Curio Bay Camp Ground
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Completely self contained motorhome so had no need to check out the facilities. Helpful camp manager who gave us time to sort out our preferred camping spot. Enjoyed watching the Hectors dolphins playing in the surf, pity the penguins were less in evidence but did see three youngsters.

  • Stayed March 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Set in a stunning location with good private sites. Shop on site, which is helpful as there is little in town. Facilities terrible (not brave enough to face the showers), but great for a night with easy access to both Porpoise Bay and Curio Bay.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We camped here for a night and absolutely loved the area. We had a campsite on a cliff, with the sea at our doorstep - stunning. You could see Hector's Dolphins in Porpoise Bay, we caught the Yellow Eyed Penguins at dusk, we went surfing with the local surf instructor - all fantastic experiences. However, be aware that the facilities are pretty poor. The toilets and showers are ancient, the "kitchen" is essentially a couple of hot plates and a kettle in a hut. We knew all of this from reading reviews before so just prepared accordingly - we heated water for tea, coffee and our dehydrated meal, we managed to shower, etc. Another downside is perhaps the reservation system for tent sites. We had set up our tent in what appeared to be one "site" according to the map provided, however another tent was set up behind us. It was a busy weekend (Easter) so I assume this isn't usually the norm.

All of the above said, however, the camping was the cheapest we had all trip, so perhaps the facilities are proportional to this? Mostly though, the location is so good I'm sure the campground can get away without maintaining facilities. It would be fantastic if they paid attention to these reviews, though, and renovated kitchen and shower facilities. They would be spectacular then!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank GabbyBeans
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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
116 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a great location. It must always be windy here going by other reviews, which was what it was when we were there. The site situated between 2 beaches, is great. Very private, between the hedges. Hectors Dolphins on one beach, playing in the surf along a lovely sandy stretch and rocks, seals and penguins on the other. The penguin beach was barred off, tho', so could only view (a lone penguin) from the distance. Apparently the seals come up to the campsite, which I was willing them to do, but we didn't see any. As said by one and all, the showers were pretty basic, we were willing to "have a go" but paying for them put us off, we used our own in the end. Didn't even look at the loos, but glad I didn't from the reviews. What a shame this site isn't better looked after. The hosts are friendly enough, the location is amazing and with just a few updates this could be a really amazing place to be.. All in all a good place to stay for a one night stop over.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Telford, Shropshire
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Catlins is a fantastic area but this campsite was the worst we stayed at during one month in New Zealand. Stayed for just one night on a powered site with a campervan. The actual plots are very private with tall flax on three sides. The fees were very cheap but we would have gladly paid more for useable facilities. The showers and toilet blocks were built at the time of Noah's Ark, were very small, dirty and cold, being open to the elements and the showers were at extra cost too. Some investment in new facilities is badly needed. When we were there, the weather was very wet, cold and extremely windy so we did not even set foot outside the van. Service was also very poor as the office/shop did not open until 9.00 am. and it was quite a distance to any shop. A shame we could not even go see the penguins. Visited the petrified forest next morning when at least it had stopped raining. Hope to visit the Catlins at some time in the future in perhaps better weather but definitely not at this campsite. There must be alternatives in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

This holiday park is in a absolute fantastic location. Beautiful!!! The sites are nice and private, but muddy (we had rain on the day we arrived). The toilets are okay. The showers are old, small and not very clean. The kitchen is very small. However the camp ground doesn't cost much so you get what you pay for. And we enjoyed it!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Superhilde
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San Francisco
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81 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

...but facilities are indeed quite basic. Nonetheless, for the pleasure of staying in this incredible place it may be worth forgetting about the high standards of the city life and just enjoy the nature and the beauty of this little gem.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Curio Bay Camp Ground
Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Waikawa

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