Located near the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Curio Bay is a coastal area best known as the site of a petrified forest some 180 million years old. Curio Bay is one of the major attractions in the Catlins, attracting around 100,000 visitors per year.
The area hosts a yellow-eyed penguin colony, New Zealand Fur seals and along with Porpoise Bay is home to the Hector’s dolphin. Southern right whales have also been seen in the area.
The town of Waikawa has an information center for tourists, an interesting historic church and Museum. Make sure you get some excellent blue cod and chips from the fish and chip caravan parked across the road from the church.
Waikawa Bay from the Air
Curio Bay from the air – you can see the camping ground at the bottom left of the photo, a great spot! There are holiday houses and accommodation on the main road in the center of the photo. Waikawa is just over the hill at the top of the right hand side.
New Zealand fur seal – seals are often seen on the beach below the camping ground and apparently often in the camping ground! I don’t think he or she was too impressed with having it’s photo taken!
Another amazing day! Evening at the holiday house we stayed at for a couple of days on one of our trips to Curio bay. From the dining room table we saw dolphins surfing the waves and little blue penguins waddled past the house in the evening on their way to their nest, somewhere under the house.
Another beautiful area of the Catlins – see my other posts and you will see why it’s one of our favourite places.