Curio Bay Camping Ground, Southland, NZ - 124 travel reviews for Curio Bay Camping Ground
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Ralf Koeckler's avatar

Ralf Koeckler

Ranking: 5/10

Internet not on the campsite, access maybe in kitchen, but full of people, no place. Later very slow. Only three showers. Most tent sites are not flat. No numbers - please search a place, but where? Public picnic place on the camp - road through the camp. Not so good for 2 person $30 per day and $1 for shower. No recommendation.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Fantastic location on a headland between curio bay and penguin bay. Great for seeing the penguins and the dolphins, but.....
The site was very busy, wouldn’t take bookings over the phone as it was first come first served. We were lucky to find a spot on the camp field but another couple arrived and paid for a powered pitch but then couldn’t find one as they were all taken - not good.
Also the toilets and showers suffered from excess numbers and were a swamp by 7pm and impossible to get into in the morning. The kitchen also suffered from overuse. Overall the location deserves a 10 but the facilities lose it marks so only a 6 from us, which is a shame.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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UK 50-something couple

Ranking: 2/10

Very busy, with very cramped pitches, tightly hedged in by the flax. With a 7.5m campervan we booked for a powered site but were unable to find anything that would fit, despite being told there were a number to choose from. The best we could find was on quite a slope and the power outlets for the odd pitch we could find were poorly sited, requiring some long runs across areas where vehicles had to drive. This site is in a beautiful location but we ended up driving on elsewhere.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2018

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Karen Forsyth

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing location and isolated. We rang ahead and what we thought was a booking. On arrival we we told to look at 3 spots to put our van as there were a few available. This wasn’t the case, all sites suggested were taken so it’s a bit of a first come first served and the management aren’t really sure who is where. Showers were very grubby by the end of the day and not sure if they were even cleaned over night. Park showers are $1 and you have 5 mins but do take longer than 2 minutes to heat up if they haven’t been run. Kitchen/laundry was a decent set up. There are other showers in the old section for $2 open to public. Wifi didn’t work for us. Jurassic fossils, penguins and dolphins were fab.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Lizzie V

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A great place to pitch a tent for only $15 a night for one person. I overlooked the amazing coast line and ocean from my tent, in a nice quiet spot. The showers cost a bit extra, and there is an office with snack foods and helpful staff. It is a large campsite surrounded in flax bushes with the beach close by.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Millka Pietikainen

Ranking: 8/10

Very clean showers and kitchen in new block, although had to queue in the morning. Powered sites were not assigned at reception and the place is a bit of a maze to find a spot. Bay is lovely, saw many dolphins.

Reviewed 4 months ago