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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Clean, cozy cottage with spectacular views. We loved every minute of our stay at this place. Peace, tranquility and a warm fireplace....just perfect! We hope to be back one day. Thank you for a great experience.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ursula S
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

I stayed in one of the Boutique Studios, and it was wonderful. Nice decor, beautiful bathroom with amenities, and right on the beach. A lovely spot for a peaceful visit and time to enjoy the nature and sights of the area. You get a lot for a good price. The blue penguins come in and nest under the house - a treat if you see them come in, but be aware they are also noisy little creatures at night so light sleepers will want earplugs.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank USExPatInNZ
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

The views were spectacular - would have been awesome if we could have seen the blue penguins. Seeing the yellow eyed penguins made up for it a little!
Our cat hosts made us feel so welcomed and loved. Wish we could have stayed a lot longer!

Stayed: October 2016
Thank Hannah C
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

The Curio Bay Boutique Studios are one of the main attractions of our trips to New Zealand. Our most recent stay was the fourth time we have stayed. Sitting in the giant bed looking out at the surf (watching the dolphins if they make an appearance!) just cannot be beaten. Be warned though - it's really hard to take your eyes off the view once you're there!

The studios are located right on the beach, with a track leading straight to the sand. The track is shared by the penguins who nest in the front garden and use it to go out to sea and back (you'll often be able to see their footprints in the sand).

Part of the appeal of the studios is how remote they are. Once you're there, you won't want to leave to make the long trip to the nearest dairy, so make sure that you take all of your supplies with you. Cooking facilities are a two ring hob and a microwave, so there's plenty of options available.

It's just a short walk (about 5 minutes) to the Petrified Forest and the beach is literally on the doorstep, so a great place to get away from it all. If you do feel the need to stay in touch with the outside world though, the recently added wifi is surprisingly reliable.

The studios are the perfect place to relax and make a great romantic getaway.

Stayed: March 2017
2  Thank MortimerUk
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Luxury accommodations at a bargain price! The studios are on the beachfront, with large windows and a sliding glass door to maximize the gorgeous view. Everything about the place speaks of class and quality -- from the comfy king sized bed and quality furnishings to the well-appointed kitchen. I hadn't planned on doing laundry, but the washer and dryer (with detergent provided) were right outside the studio, so I took advantage of its convenience. In Queenstown, Akaroa, Kaikoura, and other busy tourist hubs, the price would be double, if not more.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Anne H
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