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Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre

Where in the world can you visit a Jurassic Petrified Forest, view rare and endangered species and enjoy a range of recreational activities in a spectacular, unspoiled setting by the sea?

Welcome to Curio Bay/Tumu Toka, home to:

  • An INTERNATIONAL TREASURE, a 180 million year old Fossil Forest recognised as one of the best examples of Jurassic Fossil Forest in the world.
  • A┬ánesting site for New Zealand’s unique Yellow Eyed Penguin/Hoiho.
  • A┬ábeautiful sweeping beach at the the adjoining Porpoise Bay, where a resident pod of rare Hector Dolphins jump and play in the surf.
  • Seals and Sealions enjoying a well deserved rest.
  • Its campsite nestled subtly into the flaxes.
  • Its spectacular wild waves crashing onto the cliffs.