Curio Bay Penguin Watch

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Watch penguins return to their nesting grounds.

At Curio Bay, watch Yellow Eyed Penguins return to their nesting grounds in a stunning coastal setting.

These are very rare birds so please respect and keep your distance.

Watching a penguin waddle home is a true life memory - Enjoy!

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56 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The petrified forest was absolutely incredible. Didn't manage to spot the penguin, despite waiting patiently from 4pm-6pm, but that's nature for you!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Martina

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning place, penguins did not show up, probably because we went there too soon.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Konstantin Bücheler

Ranking: 10/10

Best place to see penguins. You can go down to the beach next to the penguins.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Sandra

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Spot the endangered yellow-eyed penguin! It is for free! Be there at 7pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lindsay Dell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

On a petrified forest beach, magical! A must see in the South Island - worth the drive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sue Strebe

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Exceptionally near viewing of yellow eyed penguins, gorgeous site. Weather really bad, not much chance to see dolphins or hike in the area.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Samuel Tohko

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice to see them in their natural habitat.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Regula Hammer

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice camping nearby, 7pm to 10pm penguins come to land.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anouck Roudet

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot to see yellow-eyed penguins for free!! And you can be very close to the penguins, like 10 metres!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Saw penguins - very nice!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Hadar

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of seals and penguins for free.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sarah Strong

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Went down approx 7-7.30pm. The ranger was fantastic and suggested a rock for us to sit on, penguins walked past us about 3 metres away!! Great couple of hours!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

56 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

Melinda Pyke's avatar

Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The petrified forest was absolutely incredible. Didn't manage to spot the penguin, despite waiting patiently from 4pm-6pm, but that's nature for you!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Martina's avatar

Martina

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning place, penguins did not show up, probably because we went there too soon.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Konstantin Bücheler's avatar

Konstantin Bücheler

Ranking: 10/10

Best place to see penguins. You can go down to the beach next to the penguins.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Sandra's avatar

Sandra

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Spot the endangered yellow-eyed penguin! It is for free! Be there at 7pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Lindsay Dell's avatar

Lindsay Dell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

On a petrified forest beach, magical! A must see in the South Island - worth the drive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Sue Strebe's avatar

Sue Strebe

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Exceptionally near viewing of yellow eyed penguins, gorgeous site. Weather really bad, not much chance to see dolphins or hike in the area.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Samuel Tohko

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice to see them in their natural habitat.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Regula Hammer's avatar

Regula Hammer

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice camping nearby, 7pm to 10pm penguins come to land.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Anouck Roudet's avatar

Anouck Roudet

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot to see yellow-eyed penguins for free!! And you can be very close to the penguins, like 10 metres!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Award-1-24px Congratulations Curio Bay Penguin Watch

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Penguin Watching Winner

Trine Ellegaard's avatar

Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Saw penguins - very nice!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Hadar's avatar

Hadar

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of seals and penguins for free.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Sarah Strong's avatar

Sarah Strong

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Went down approx 7-7.30pm. The ranger was fantastic and suggested a rock for us to sit on, penguins walked past us about 3 metres away!! Great couple of hours!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014