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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!

Penguin - Curio Bay

Penguin - Curio Bay

Fiver Locker

Behold, the penguin has arrived!

Behold, the penguin has arrived!

Samual Mann

Yellow eyed penguins waddling through the petrified forest

Yellow eyed penguins waddling through the petrified forest

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

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.

Reviewed over 1 year 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 over 2 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 about 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 almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Saw penguins - very nice!!

Reviewed almost 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 about 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 about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Anne and Steve Bartlett

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Saw Yellow Eyed Penguins. Had to be patient but saw 3 of them.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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

Patrick's avatar

Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

Martina's avatar

Martina

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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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 about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

Sandra's avatar

Sandra

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

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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 about 2 years ago

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 over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Samuel Tohko

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice to see them in their natural habitat.

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

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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 almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Saw penguins - very nice!!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Award-1-24px Congratulations Curio Bay Penguin Watch

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Penguin Watching Winner

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Hadar

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of seals and penguins for free.

Reviewed about 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 about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Anne and Steve Bartlett

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Saw Yellow Eyed Penguins. Had to be patient but saw 3 of them.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014