Oct 2020, started waiting at 5 pm. The penguin arrived at 8:40 pm and it was too dark and they were too far away to see them. It’s a pretty beach, and if you’re fine waiting there and not seeing a penguin then go ahead, but I really wanted to see a Yellow Eyed Penguin so I was very disappointed.
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!
Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.
Stunning place, penguins did not show up, probably because we went there too soon.
Best place to see penguins. You can go down to the beach next to the penguins.
Spot the endangered yellow-eyed penguin! It is for free! Be there at 7pm.
On a petrified forest beach, magical! A must see in the South Island - worth the drive.
Exceptionally near viewing of yellow eyed penguins, gorgeous site. Weather really bad, not much chance to see dolphins or hike in the area.
Nice to see them in their natural habitat.
Nice camping nearby, 7pm to 10pm penguins come to land.
Nice spot to see yellow-eyed penguins for free!! And you can be very close to the penguins, like 10 metres!!
Saw penguins - very nice!!
We saw a lot of seals and penguins for free.
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!!
Anne and Steve Bartlett
Saw Yellow Eyed Penguins. Had to be patient but saw 3 of them.
So close, quiet.
An amazing natural phenomenon next to crashing waves. The only downer is people getting near to the Yellow-eyed penquins and disturbing them on their way to their nests.
Great natural wonder.
We were very lucky watching a young one being fed.
Good information panels.
Stientje van den Heuvel
Interesting, nice to come that close to the trees and penguins.
SO magnificent to see how these animals live in their own habitat. Lots to see for free in the Catlins! A volunteer answers all your questions!
beautiful too see the penguins. However we had too wait very long to see about 5 penguins...
Well constructed entrance to beach. Beautiful penguins.
Manuela and Thomas
We saw Yellow-Eyed Penguins.
Best place to see Yellow Eyed Penguins - AMAZING!!!
Great daytime viewing of Yellow Eyed Penguins while investigating petrified trees at Curio Bay.
Beautiful setting, quite interesting watching the penguins coming ashore at dusk.
Have seen penguins very close to me.
Lots of lovely walks, cathedral cave ($5 only low tide!), Walks to waterfalls through rainforest, walk along Curio Bay, Petrified Forest, yellow eyed penguins.
John A Jerome
Excellent penguin territory.
Good view from the campground, unfortunately many people stay too close to them on the ground, frightening them, but still a great experience.
Rain stopped for 30 minutes, very impressive, be there in the morning so no other people, saw penguins, everything peaceful and quiet.
A great place to get close to penguins - but you have to be patient.
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!
Yellow eyed penguins.
Ian & Gill Johnson
Again a close encounter with a rare penguin.
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.
Next to the petrified forest is a penguin colony. They come to land in the evening. Thanks to the DOC ranger Anne for keeping them safe and letting us watch!!
Nice place to spot penguins, dolphins and sealions.
Knowledgeable and dedicated.
Great location and if you are lucky you will see some yellow-eyed penguins come ashore at the end of the day!
Wildlife around the beach.
Unspoilt, regulated by DOC, brilliant experience.
Natthien Le Gall
So nice penguins, very crowded in!
Teum and Orselien
The people were very helpful in pointing out where the penguins were to see and when.
Wander the bay just before dusk to see yellow eyed penguins returning to their nests - only eight pairs, but accessible and not phased by humans, as long as you don't block their approach to their nests.
Free. Observe penguins coming ashore around 5-6pm - Great
Watching the penguins coming out of sea + walking over rocky beach to their nest + seals
Need patience - need to go at dusk. Can't get close - nature of the animal .
kay and colin
Observed the return of the 'Hoiho' Yellow Eyed Penguins on their return to their nests.
Very good to see the wildlife in the nature for the whole family.
Fantastic to see animals and birds in their natural habitat.
Beautiful spot to see the penguins come ashore to feed their young. Also seals. Watch the signs where to go!
Watching yellow eyed penguins in the company of two knowledgable wardons sure beats paying at Oamaru.
Andrea and Craig Swinson
Why pay to see penguins when you can come here for free to see yellow-eyed penguins up close?
Gorgeous little fellas. If you are lucky you will see 2 - 6 coming ashore between pre dusk and sunset. Worth going but dress warm and bring patience.