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Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre

#55 of 143 things to do in Southland Region Features Animals
New Zealand
+64 3-246 8494
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There's always the trees

We visited the day after some wild and windy weather and the seas were still rough. No sign of... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Bathurst, Australia
via mobile
A walk back in time

There are not many places where with a bit of imagination and reading the free signage you can walk... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the day after some wild and windy weather and the seas were still rough. No sign of wildlife but the petrified trees are worth a visit in their own right. There were some university staff conducting their research and they were more than...More

Thank Nmsj1957
Reviewed 24 April 2017

There are not many places where with a bit of imagination and reading the free signage you can walk back in time millions of years for free. Assuming you are passing when the tide is low enough for you to be able to see the...More

Thank plunet
Reviewed 20 April 2017 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...More

Thank sabine_andreas
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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
Reviewed 2 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
Reviewed 31 December 2016

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...More

Thank Sarah_the_F00die
Reviewed 25 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
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank Burty77
Reviewed 22 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...More

Thank Yoni G
Reviewed 19 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
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