Curio Bay is located on the Catlins coast just 7kms from Waikawa. Visiting or staying at Curio Bay is an idyllic way to spend time whether you are relaxing or swimming and surfing in the safe waters of Porpoise Bay. Take a walk or settle down on the headlands of the Curio Bay Reserve for a picnic and watch the impressive waves crashing on the rocks. There are only a small number of permanent residents’ homes dotted along the coastline, but the numbers swell in the summer season.
History - The area has a long history of Maori occupation and, as with the rest of The Catlins, was an important food source area for Maori. The area was later settled by European whalers and sealers in the 1850s and 1860s.
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Location: 1 hour 25 minutes drive from Balclutha, 1 hour 13 minutes drive from Invercargill