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Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre

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New Zealand
+64 3-246 8494
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Underrated South Island Attraction

The Catlins should really be on everyone's South Island itinerary, but then it might start feeling... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2015
Yoni G
Singapore, Singapore
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Beautiful area

Beautiful area for solemn contemplation, nature photography or just some fresh air. Spent some time... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2015
Demii G
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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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
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
Reviewed 12 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
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Fantastic area to visit. The information is very well presented and interesting. viewing of the yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat is wonderful. amazingly rough, rugged and fascinating beach.

Thank Barb R
Reviewed 26 May 2015

This was a fantastic place to visit even when the weather was windy and cold. We saw seals near the lighthouse and the petrified forest was really good to explore. Just make sure to wrap up in warm, weatherproof clothing to enjoy the fresh Southland...More

Thank wilde0ne
Reviewed 22 May 2015

make sure you are there is low tide and at sunset time so you will get to see those magnificent yellow eyed penguins

Thank adimeidan
Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

The signage and access/ viewing platforms were surprisingly good for being so far out of the way. Gorgeous location and wonderful natural treasures. Definitely a must if you're going to the area.

Thank Cori H
Reviewed 29 December 2014

Barely an hours drive from Invercargill is the wonderful beach side of Curio Bay with its petrified tree stumps and trees - best visited at low tide. If you are there towards sunset you may be lucky enough to see the yellow eyed penguins coming...More

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 1 October 2014

A beautiful beach spotted with petrified trees in the rocks, so cool as you can see full trees and stumps. A real treat is the rare yellow eyed penguin nests in the shrubs so if you go at sunset you may see them come in...More

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