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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 14 January 2016

A great wee spot by the beach, wildlife comes to life in the evening - all day seagulls fly over, the waves gently rock in one side, and crash into the rocks on the other. The camping sports are surrounded by flax bushes which gives an interesting view, gives good protection from the wind which is needed.

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 13 December 2015

This place is hard to describe other than interesting. There is not much here in amenities. Your camp site is in very tall palm grass and you do have power if you need it, other than that there are no other services. The scenery makes up for any shortcomings though. The cliffs overlooking the water are breathtaking and a short...

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Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Whilst the surroundings were cool, beaches cliffs etc the campsite was a little weird. The pitches are in a maze of long grass that could be tricky to navigate. And the facilities on site were well past there best buy date. At $20 a head I would expect a little better amenities. But great location on the plus side.

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Thank Rikt87
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Went to have a look and got told off by the lady at the office for looking around. She was really rude. The showers are a big health hazard wouldnt even wash my dog in them incase it caught something. There are plenty of nicer places to stay then this run down health risk so call camping ground.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

Well sheltered campsites, close to beach, aswell as penguin colony. Watched penguins arrive in the evening from our tent site above which was amazing, toilets and other facilities could definitely do with a bit of a spruce up.

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Thank Pilts018
Braunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2015

Stayed here 14 years ago...returned plus our kids aged 6 and 9, and nothing has changed..just how we like it. I suspect that some reviewers want the boring homogeneity of nice playground, tick, lovely showers, tick, good laundry... The showers and toilets here are old and random. Don't try and use the kitchen. Come prepared. The flax cocoons are great...

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Thank Keda P
Reviewed 1 April 2015

We stayed here with out family of 5, 3 children under 10. The price was appropriate to the facilities which do need a upgrade. The showers we didn't use due to condition and only 2 toilets each sex which were basic to say the least. But saying all this the sites were well protected from the wind and the bay...

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Thank Avaroryewan
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

This campingsite is dated but very beautiful as it is created. Everybody has a sheltered spot and if you are lucky with direct ocean view. Seeing sunset is remarkable over here. And as at many spots in NZ you can enjoy the stars during the night. Camping is a 5 minute walk, to petrified forrest with the yellow eyed pengiuns....

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 March 2015

We stayed here 2 years ago and love it so much we stayed again this year. I agree with some of the other reviews, especially the showers etc, I wouldn't use them, in fairness, but my hubby said nice and hot. Last time we stayed in amongst the grasses but this time decided to pay just $20 for a non...

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Wimborne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2015

This campsite trades on its location and the attraction of being so close to the lovely beach where the Hector's dolphins come in to the shallow water to play with swimmers or you can walk to the rocks in the evening to hopefully see little blue penguins emerging from the sea. Great natural events but this campsite is a man-made...

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Address: 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Waikawa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa
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“Reception closes at 7pm reopens at 10am”
 of 5 bubbles Aliv635, 4 Mar 2016 | Read review
“I think a non powered site overlooking the bay is a good option, especially if you are self contained.”
 of 5 bubbles jools011, 9 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Pick the spots with the ocean view looking at the cliffs on the West side and you'll get the BEST sunset you've ever seen in your life!”
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 of 5 bubbles iVolitans, 20 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Select a site close to the showers and toilet otherwise you'll get lost!”
 of 5 bubbles Korora, 30 Nov 2014 | Read review
“Some find the sites among the flax a little claustrophobic. There are some spots on the cliff that will likely suit them better.”
 of 5 bubbles BrahminyKite48, 17 Mar 2014 | Read review
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