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Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay

Waikawa-Curio Bay Road, Southland 9884 New Zealand

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“Hector’s dolphins/papakanua, marine wildlife and the fossilised remains of an ancient forest can be seen at Curio and Porpoise bays, on the southern coastline near Invercargill.”

Wildlife, including Hector's dolphins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions, can be found at Curio and Porpoise bays. The area also contains the fossilised remains of an ancient forest and has an interesting history.

You can view the wildlife in the area. In the summer Hector's dolphins/papakanua play in the surf. Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho nest in the area around Curio Bay/Waikaawa, and fur seals and sea lions regularly haul themselves out of the water along the coastline.

The fossil forest can be explored at low tide from the viewing platform and information panel.

Porpoise Bay with its beautiful sandy beach is popular for swimming and surfing.

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Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay

Waikawa-Curio Bay Road
9884 New Zealand

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