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Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

Well sheltered campsites, close to beach, aswell as penguin colony. Watched penguins arrive in the evening from our tent site above which was amazing, toilets and other facilities could definitely do with a bit of a spruce up.

Thank Pilts018
Braunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2015

Stayed here 14 years ago...returned plus our kids aged 6 and 9, and nothing has changed..just how we like it. I suspect that some reviewers want the boring homogeneity of nice playground, tick, lovely showers, tick, good laundry... The showers and toilets here are old and random. Don't try and use the kitchen. Come prepared. The flax cocoons are great...

Thank Keda P
Reviewed 31 March 2015

We stayed here with out family of 5, 3 children under 10. The price was appropriate to the facilities which do need a upgrade. The showers we didn't use due to condition and only 2 toilets each sex which were basic to say the least. But saying all this the sites were well protected from the wind and the bay...

Thank Avaroryewan
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

This campingsite is dated but very beautiful as it is created. Everybody has a sheltered spot and if you are lucky with direct ocean view. Seeing sunset is remarkable over here. And as at many spots in NZ you can enjoy the stars during the night. Camping is a 5 minute walk, to petrified forrest with the yellow eyed pengiuns....

1Thank Chris v
Pulborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 March 2015

We stayed here 2 years ago and love it so much we stayed again this year. I agree with some of the other reviews, especially the showers etc, I wouldn't use them, in fairness, but my hubby said nice and hot. Last time we stayed in amongst the grasses but this time decided to pay just $20 for a non...

1Thank jools011
Wimborne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2015

This campsite trades on its location and the attraction of being so close to the lovely beach where the Hector's dolphins come in to the shallow water to play with swimmers or you can walk to the rocks in the evening to hopefully see little blue penguins emerging from the sea. Great natural events but this campsite is a man-made...

1Thank BandS2015
Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

This camp ground offers the most basic services. It is ideally situated, giving access to both the bay where the rare Hector's dolphins can be seen and the shy yellow-eyed penguins can be observed. That said...the camp facilities are horrible...toilets didn't flush, water is not potable, the kitchen was small and poorly equipped, didn't risk the showers!

Thank wprincess4
Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

We stayed here with our two kids for two nights in a tent on one of the unpowered tent sites in the sheltering 'flax forest'. Whereas the site facilities were very basic (1 star deduction) the site is beautifully located right on the cliffs of Curio Bay and offers the most unique experience to camp right next to a small...

1Thank Mitweltler
Oamaru, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 January 2015

They have good sites for camping with more open areas to camp or individual spots secluded by flax plants. This was our second trip there and could fairly easily get a spot to camp but weekends are more crowded. The bathrooms aren't the best but the view of the bay, dolphins, penguins, petrified forest and waves make up for it...

Thank Katie M
Healesville, Australia
Reviewed 20 January 2015

This place was the highlight of our trip. Cheap and with one of the best views we've ever had. You can see sea lions early in the morning and penguins late in the evening --> DO NOT DISTURB them as they might die from stress. Totally worth it :)

Thank Marco R

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Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa
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“This is a campground”
 of 5 bubbles Bikehikers, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Reception closes at 7pm reopens at 10am”
 of 5 bubbles Aliv635, 4 Mar 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, 9 Mar 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!”
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 of 5 bubbles iVolitans, 20 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Select a site close to the showers and toilet otherwise you'll get lost!”
 of 5 bubbles Korora, 30 Nov 2014 | Read review
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