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529 Curio Bay Road, Curio Bay 9884 New Zealand
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#2 of 4 Speciality lodging in Curio Bay
Panoramic views of Curio Bay from the balcony. See dolphins swimming in the surf, penguins nesting & seals basking in the sun. Split level accommodation. 2 kitchens & 2 common rooms - plenty of room to spread out. Minutes walk to petrified forest & penguin viewing platform. Private access to the beach. Friendly, helpful host. Double, Twin and Shared accommodation available. Great place to get some time out.
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GMRAJ wrote a review Jan 2019
Cary, North Carolina413 contributions21 helpful votes
The whole place needs some serious uplifting. The beds were terrible and the sheets were smelling. The fridge has stuff rotting. The one things I don’t understand in NZ is everything is expensive but the quality of things are just bare. The location is very good.
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Date of stay: January 2019
Response from Pamela Y, Owner at Lazy Dolphin Lodge
Responded 7 Jan 2019
Hi That is very disappointing, and unacceptable. I will discuss this with my staff.
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kiwitourist wrote a review Nov 2018
2 contributions
comfortable bed , nice chill out facilities,well equipped kitchen , and a friendly helpful host. place is kept clean and tidy.close to the beach and wildlife. would definitely stay there again when coming back
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Date of stay: November 2018
Response from Pamela Y, Owner at Lazy Dolphin Lodge
Responded 16 Nov 2018
Thank You, hope you enjoyed your trip.
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MagicGirl57 wrote a review Sep 2018
Wales179 contributions22 helpful votes
My daughter is backpacking in NZ and booked this hostel. She arrived at about 3.00 and there was a note saying the manager would be back at 5.00. Not convenient after a long journey but she hung around. By 7.00 there was still no sign. My daughter left 3 voicemail messages on the number on the notice. There was no one there at all, although my daughter could get in she could only access a dorm room. Luckily about an hour later another girl showed up. They found another unlocked bathroom and kitchen around the back. Still no sign of manager and no calls returned. About 9.00 a couple turned up. They all decided to sleep in the same dorm and lick the door as the door to the hostel was still open. The manager finally arrived after 9 the following morning! What a shambles. This is
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Date of stay: September 2018
1 Helpful vote
Response from Pamela Y, Owner at Lazy Dolphin Lodge
Responded 6 Oct 2018
Hi, I sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. There is know way that this should have happened, and I will be having serious discussions with my staff, who were supposed to be working during the day. I hope the rest of your daughters trip around NZ went well. I thank you for bringing this to my attention.
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LTP-BCC wrote a review Aug 2018
Brisbane, Australia194 contributions140 helpful votes
Located conveniently in Curio bay, this lodge caters to those that don’t mind sharing bathroom facilities. Double bed, comfortable, warm room, bedding ok but nothing more in the room. Bathroom is basic but functional. Communal cooking, common lounge area supplied with DVDs, books etc. Rustic and rough but adequate as there is limited selection in the area. Easy access to the beach, quiet (surroundings) and good location to star gaze.
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Date of stay: August 2018
George I wrote a review Apr 2018
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The dorm we had was comfortable with ample storage space. The communal area upstairs was kept spotless, was cosy and comfortable. It is large/spacious and has a speedy wifi connection. There is parking out front and if all the spaces are taken we were able to park on the road next to it. The guy running it was really helpful, he had lots of tips for beaches and waves. He was always about if we had any questions and was polite and welcoming. Would recommend and would book again!
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Date of stay: April 2018
US$53 - US$57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionCurio Bay
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