Sat in the morning for sunrise between 6.20-7.20 Bt saw no dolphins. Although, I hear people saw them sitting out on the headland at sunrise the day before. Beautiful view anyway! And I saw a penguin yesterday night at the other bay around 20.40pm. Been here mid Feb.
Rikke Hessellund, Denmark
Beautiful beach. And absolutely amazing with a group of dolphins swimming around us in the waves for quite a while. So long that it got too cold, and we had to get out of the water (it was the end of March) In the evening we saw one Pinguin at the petrified Forrest. All in all a super spot in NZ. Only minus was the water temperature and the sandflies.
Stunning beach, rain or shine. Hector’s dolphins playing in the swell with the swimmers and surfers. 2 cafes and a campervan site in close proximity. Lovely walk around the headland. Well worth a stop.
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.
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.
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.
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Just awesome! Got into the water and waited while the dolphins passed by. But the water was pretty cold.
Awesome because it is free and the dolphins come very close.
One of my favourite experiences in New Zealand. Dolphins came very close to the beach and swam around people.
Damn cold water. Make sure you will take neo socks and body neoprene. You can also borrow one but only with a surf. If you are lucky dolphins will make a show for you.
Watching dolphins in the wild.
Watching dolphins swimming around a man very close to the beach.
The dolphins swim really close to the beach and if you get in the water they stay next to you.
Dolphins swimming in the ocean.
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We saw them very close to the beach, went into water and they were swimming around us.
Amazing experience with very few tourists (not mentioned in travel guide) to spend hours with dolphins (Hector Dolphins), that come and play in the waves at the bay with you.
Fantastic to see these rare dolphins in such abundance and so close to shore.
Fabian and Teresa
The rare Hector's dolphins are common visitors at that beach and even if the water is really cold they will come right next to you and you do not have to pay anything :-)
Very nice campground (location) and nice people. Good information. We have seen Hector Dolphins and Yellow Eyed Penguins.
Marcel & Kim Meichtry
Hector Dolphins can be watched from the campsite and even to swim with them is sometimes possible.
Rain stopped for 30 minutes, very impressive, be there in the morning so no other people, saw penguins, everything peaceful and quiet.
Amazing to see Hector Dolphins so close to shore performing acrobatics over the waves at Porpoise Bay. Also see penguins waddling up the beach at Curio Bay (also famous for petrified forest fossils) - take a blanket to keep warm.
Monika & Roger
If you want to see beaches, dolphins and seals, a really nice envionment and yellow eyed penguins, you should go here.
Nice place to see sea lions from a near range, many signs with explanations, nice lighthouse.
Tony & Marina Greenaway
If you get the chance, swim in the sea - the dolphins will come and find you!!
Watch sealions, yellow-eyed penguins and dolphins for free.
Hectors Dolphins - Yellow eyed penguins.
There are two bays, we saw Hector dolphins in one and yellow eyed penguins and the petrified forest in the other - all in less than 24 hours!
Thrilling to see rare penguins come ashore out of the sea at dusk and then to watch dolphins playing in the waves the following morning.
Nice place to spot penguins, dolphins and sealions.
See few of the 4000 hector dolphins in the bay, or go in the surf and let them come up to you within metres!
See Hector dolphins which are swimming nearby the beach.
Inbar Yizhar Barnea
We went dolphin watching in Curio Bay and ended up swimming with them for free, the beach is really nice as well.
We saw Hector Dolphins.
Beautiful swell hitting the rocks hard. Drive up the hill. We saw Hector dolphins and sea lions in Porpoise Bay next to Curio Bay.
Just a beautiful area. We saw dolphins while eating our lunch on a beach near Porpoise Bay, seals visited the camp ground and in the late afternoon we saw the yellow eyed penguins come ashore in Curio Bay.
Thirza & Roeland
Really nice, windy. But a totally different experience from where we came from (the sounds).
Fantastic experience just walking on the beach as the dolphins put on a full display.