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one of the highlight of Southland Region.

make sure you are there is low tide and at sunset time so you will get to see those magnificent yellow eyed penguins

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 May 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2015

make sure you are there is low tide and at sunset time so you will get to see those magnificent yellow eyed penguins

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

The signage and access/ viewing platforms were surprisingly good for being so far out of the way. Gorgeous location and wonderful natural treasures. Definitely a must if you're going to the area.

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Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014

Barely an hours drive from Invercargill is the wonderful beach side of Curio Bay with its petrified tree stumps and trees - best visited at low tide. If you are there towards sunset you may be lucky enough to see the yellow eyed penguins coming ashore after their day at sea.. Directly behind this is the wonderfully safe area of... More 

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Langley, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

A beautiful beach spotted with petrified trees in the rocks, so cool as you can see full trees and stumps. A real treat is the rare yellow eyed penguin nests in the shrubs so if you go at sunset you may see them come in for the night. It was so worth the wait as we sat for 1.5 hours... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Curio Bay is a beautiful, quiet spot on the coast of the Catlins. The petrified logs and stumps are fascinating. We couldn't get over being on a beach and looking down to see woodgrain in the rocks! The tide was coming in while we were there, so we couldn't see as much as we would have liked to have seen.... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Unfortunately, because we had stopped off at Cathedral Caves, which you can only go to at low tide, by the time we got to Curio Bay, the tide was halfway in. Nevertheless we still got to see the petrified logs. There are steps down to the bay and there are also excellent interpretation signs. The rugged coastline is very scenic.... More 

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mold
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

yep low tide so we saw the petrified fores before that we saw 3 hectors dolphins just off from the cafe and the walked round to the other side of the campsite to where the penguins were and saw 1 large penguin preening itself so yes you can see all three if you are lucky

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We visited early evening when the Centre itself was closed however the outdoor attractions are there for all to see. There is a campsite/caravan park which appears well organised and sheltered. Access from here to the petrified forest and yellow-eyed penguins at Curio Bay is a few minutes along the road and down a well established stairway. There is also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

There was lots to explore on this beach. It is actually a petrified forest and you can see the pertified logs and stumps very clearly. On the beach you can find yellow eyed penguins and also spot dolphins out at sea. There is a bushwalk opposite the car park which takes you though the difference levels of the forest. Lovely... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Went here with the lite of a Jurassic fossilized forest and was a bit disappointed. Having seen petrified wood at the Moreaki Boulders area, this area didn't have anything else notable for me. And the sand flies were biting. There is a possibility of penguins, but we were there midday so didn't see any.

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