Hector's dolphins are a common sight at Curio/Porpoise Bay in South Otago's Catlins. A resident population of around 15 dolphins use the bay to play, feed and rest.
The NZ summer and autumn seasons (November through May) are the best time to see these small and rare dolphins at Curio Bay.
Please take care around these special creatures - don't feed them or chase them; they'll come to you when they want to.
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We arrived at this beautiful beach on the afternoon and after waiting for 30 min we saw a couple of dolphins. It was amazing! They were very close! But it was so cold, so I could not imagine swimming with them... I regret to don't sleep 1 night in that place. In the other side, we also could see penguins, so it was perfect!
Very nice beach, nice weather and swimming with dolphins.
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It was a not a paid activity which makes it more amazing. I will never forget swimming with a dolphin in this natural habitat.
Great spot for surfing and even to see dolphins and seals.
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Around 20 wild dolphins live at Curio Bay and if you are lucky you can swim with them. Even without the dolphins the bay is beautiful and a nice place to relax.
Spectacular location. The bay is a shelter for a lot of dolphins. Also beautiful for surfing and just hanging around.
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Ronja and Lena
You can see dolphins there (we didn't).
Roman and Liz
Very nice and long beach. Unfortunately we did not see any dolphins at all.
A-MA-ZING! You can watch the dolphins from very close and even swim between them! They're not scared at all, really lovely. Although the water is freezing cold... But really worth it, and free!
Great experience to see these animals in the wild!
Great to see dolphins swimming out at sea whilst sunbathing/swim in sea. In evening watch the penguins come ashore and looking at fossil forest. Clambering over rocks. All free - carpark included!
Beautiful landscape, nice campsite, cliffs, beach, ocean and dolphins coming to the beach.
Just awesome! Got into the water and waited while the dolphins passed by. But the water was pretty cold.