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Explore and Experience
The perfect place to begin your Catlins journey, Curio Bay has something for everyone.
Situated at the southern entrance to the Catlins, Curio Bay is a truly special place. Best known for its rare 170 million year old petrified forest, it is also home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin and Hectors dolphin. Its spectacular coastline showcases the beauty of the area, a place seemingly untouched despite its numerous natural wonders.
In order to protect the endangered species who call Curio Bay home strictly no dogs are permitted in the area.
Petrified Forest and Lookouts
An international treasure, Curio Bay’s 170 million year old Petrified Forest is recognised as one of the best examples of...
The Living Forest
The Living Forest is a direct descendant of the Petrified Forest and thought to be the only place in the...
Porpoise Bay Swimming Beach
Porpoise Bay is a beautiful sandy beach perfect for swimming and surfing.
Slope Point is the southernmost point in the South Island and 20 minutes’ drive from Curio Bay.