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Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre

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Address: New Zealand
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penguins and dolphins

we saw a few dolphins in the bay. some people went swimmig and surfing there, but it was way to cold for us. in the evening we saw to penguins at the penguin viewpoint. they... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

we saw a few dolphins in the bay. some people went swimmig and surfing there, but it was way to cold for us. in the evening we saw to penguins at the penguin viewpoint. they arrived before sunset. unfortunately two idiots and their children went realy close to make better pictures and the penuin escaped to the bushes. please, give... More 

Thank sabine_andreas
Tel Aviv, Israel
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2,661 reviews
2,243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,035 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were expecting to see some dolphins here, but the sea was too rough, so instead we opted for the walk to see the ancient trees fossils.

Thank TheShis
Litvinov, Czech Republic
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22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Wild and cold but nice and place. No much people are there. If you will be lucky you can see penguins. I reccomandet it.

Thank Roman_Litvinov_CR
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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216 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were jet-lagged upon arrival, and it was a stormy day. It was so windy that we didn't feel safe getting out of the car--perhaps our judgment was affected by our tiredness. We saw no penguins, but then we didn't see signs directing us to a blind. (It was the "right" time of day for them.) We saw bays that... More 

Thank Sarah_the_F00die
North Bonneville, Washington
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28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

in a very short section of NZ coast you get a large variety of sights and experiences. dolphins, penguins, crashing sea, cliffs, beaches

Thank janb21757
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I initially thought "trees turned to rock" cant be interesting.....well once you walk around and see how the trees have fallen in a similar direction...the mind start to further appreaciate how this is formed. I would have liked to stay to see some penguins arrive...so my bit of advice if you want to see this...you may need to read up... More 

Thank Burty77
Singapore, Singapore
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127 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

The Catlins should really be on everyone's South Island itinerary, but then it might start feeling overly touristy like Hobbits or the Moeraki Boulders.. The fossilized forest was really interesting to explore. The place is wet, so recommend boots or water-proof shoe covering. The kids enjoyed jumping around the puddles and looking at interesting rocks. But the highlight was the... More 

Thank Yoni G
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

Beautiful area for solemn contemplation, nature photography or just some fresh air. Spent some time here while driving the scenic southern route and would highly recommend a visit!

Thank Demii G
Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015

the petrified forest is amazing. you need to be there though around low tide. at dusk the penguins return to feed their young. marvelous, but keep your distance!

Thank bartdebeer
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70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great place to visit and lots to see. Chilly on the day we went but lots of fun. The steps down to the rocks are a great improvement to what used to be there. Information boards were very helpful.

Thank lordyclaudy

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