Curio Bay Penguin Watch

Curio Bay Penguin Watch

Reviews

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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 11 months ago

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw a penguin and the fossil forest was awesome.

Reviewed over 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 about 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 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 4 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 4 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 about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Saw penguins - very nice!!

Reviewed about 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ennico

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

So close, quiet.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Kellie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Daniel McAlpine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great natural wonder.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Renate

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We were very lucky watching a young one being fed.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tom Somers

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Good information panels.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stientje van den Heuvel

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting, nice to come that close to the trees and penguins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Enna Keet

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

beautiful too see the penguins. However we had too wait very long to see about 5 penguins...

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Frans Derks

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Well constructed entrance to beach. Beautiful penguins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Manuela and Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

We saw Yellow-Eyed Penguins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Lucie

France

Ranking: 10/10

Best place to see Yellow Eyed Penguins - AMAZING!!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Alan Brady

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great daytime viewing of Yellow Eyed Penguins while investigating petrified trees at Curio Bay.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Andreas Schacke

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting, quite interesting watching the penguins coming ashore at dusk.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Fritschi

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Have seen penguins very close to me.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gabriele Wendt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of lovely walks, cathedral cave ($5 only low tide!), Walks to waterfalls through rainforest, walk along Curio Bay, Petrified Forest, yellow eyed penguins.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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John A Jerome

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent penguin territory.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rebecca Doehl

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Good view from the campground, unfortunately many people stay too close to them on the ground, frightening them, but still a great experience.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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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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Stefanie

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

A great place to get close to penguins - but you have to be patient.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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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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Leroy Dimitri

France

Ranking: 10/10

Yellow eyed penguins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ian & Gill Johnson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Again a close encounter with a rare penguin.

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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Mel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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!!

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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Gary Koehler

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Knowledgeable and dedicated.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jacob

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great location and if you are lucky you will see some yellow-eyed penguins come ashore at the end of the day!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Nicolas

France

Ranking: 9/10

Wildlife around the beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Unspoilt, regulated by DOC, brilliant experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Natthien Le Gall

France

Ranking: 9/10

So nice penguins, very crowded in!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Teum and Orselien

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

The people were very helpful in pointing out where the penguins were to see and when.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Andy Martin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Hartmut Vogt

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Free. Observe penguins coming ashore around 5-6pm - Great

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Yvonne German

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Watching the penguins coming out of sea + walking over rocky beach to their nest + seals

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Elizabeth E

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Need patience - need to go at dusk. Can't get close - nature of the animal .

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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kay and colin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Observed the return of the 'Hoiho' Yellow Eyed Penguins on their return to their nests.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Lehmann

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very good to see the wildlife in the nature for the whole family.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marsden

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic to see animals and birds in their natural habitat.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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J Kempeneers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot to see the penguins come ashore to feed their young. Also seals. Watch the signs where to go!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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John Mathers

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Watching yellow eyed penguins in the company of two knowledgable wardons sure beats paying at Oamaru.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andrea and Craig Swinson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Why pay to see penguins when you can come here for free to see yellow-eyed penguins up close?

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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koellner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago