Curio Bay Dolphin Watch

Curio Bay Dolphin Watch

Reviews

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Rikke Hessellund, Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marcal Serrallonga

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jan Sojka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice beach, nice weather and swimming with dolphins.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Matthias Hottex

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a not a paid activity which makes it more amazing. I will never forget swimming with a dolphin in this natural habitat.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Till

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot for surfing and even to see dolphins and seals.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Rahel Baufeld

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Leon Schotter

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Spectacular location. The bay is a shelter for a lot of dolphins. Also beautiful for surfing and just hanging around.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ronja and Lena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

You can see dolphins there (we didn't).

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Roman and Liz

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Very nice and long beach. Unfortunately we did not see any dolphins at all.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Lena Wesselink

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tobias Becker

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience to see these animals in the wild!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Ann Wilson

England

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Kathrin Deichmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape, nice campsite, cliffs, beach, ocean and dolphins coming to the beach.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Natalie Boehm

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Just awesome! Got into the water and waited while the dolphins passed by. But the water was pretty cold.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Vuillermet

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome because it is free and the dolphins come very close.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Charlotte

France

Ranking: 10/10

One of my favourite experiences in New Zealand. Dolphins came very close to the beach and swam around people.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Katarina

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Maria-Julia Frilaj

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Watching dolphins in the wild.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Elly Zimmer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Watching dolphins swimming around a man very close to the beach.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Gal Bero

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

The dolphins swim really close to the beach and if you get in the water they stay next to you.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Alexander Mukasa

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Dolphins swimming in the ocean.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tanja Schlagermann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We saw them very close to the beach, went into water and they were swimming around us.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Arno Leleu

France

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Katey Justice

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic to see these rare dolphins in such abundance and so close to shore.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Fabian and Teresa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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 :-)

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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D Pieter

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice campground (location) and nice people. Good information. We have seen Hector Dolphins and Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Marcel & Kim Meichtry

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Hector Dolphins can be watched from the campsite and even to swim with them is sometimes possible.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Dieter Mangold

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Rain stopped for 30 minutes, very impressive, be there in the morning so no other people, saw penguins, everything peaceful and quiet.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Francis Corrigan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Monika & Roger

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

If you want to see beaches, dolphins and seals, a really nice envionment and yellow eyed penguins, you should go here.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Jory Singer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice place to see sea lions from a near range, many signs with explanations, nice lighthouse.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Tony & Marina Greenaway

England

Ranking: 8/10

If you get the chance, swim in the sea - the dolphins will come and find you!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Stefan Mudl

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Watch sealions, yellow-eyed penguins and dolphins for free.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Mark Walker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Hectors Dolphins - Yellow eyed penguins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Christine

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Malcolm McLean

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Oppenoorth

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice place to spot penguins, dolphins and sealions.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jol Balder

Ranking: 9/10

See few of the 4000 hector dolphins in the bay, or go in the surf and let them come up to you within metres!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Judith K.

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

See Hector dolphins which are swimming nearby the beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Inbar Yizhar Barnea

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

We went dolphin watching in Curio Bay and ended up swimming with them for free, the beach is really nice as well.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Birgit Farwig

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We saw Hector Dolphins.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Lukas Blaauw

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful swell hitting the rocks hard. Drive up the hill. We saw Hector dolphins and sea lions in Porpoise Bay next to Curio Bay.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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MiepS

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Thirza & Roeland

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice, windy. But a totally different experience from where we came from (the sounds).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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johnst

England

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic experience just walking on the beach as the dolphins put on a full display.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009