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Reviewed 22 February 2021

This is a large house which has been converted into a combination backpackers lodge and rooms to rent, with a large kitchen, dining area and lounge, but note that parking is an issue. Unload at the door, carry tour bags inside (removing footwear) and then go back and park on the road. Facilities were good: plenty of gear in the kitchen and nice lounge chairs. Showers worked well. The place was up for sale when we stayed, which might mean that the grumpy owner has now moved on. There’s not a lot of choice in accommodation in Curio Bay and this place was comfortable enough for a night or so.

Date of stay: January 2021
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Pamela Yorke, Other at Lazy Dolphin Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2021

Thanks John for your comments, but the grumpy owner wasn't there, as I wasn't there that day.

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Reviewed 31 August 2020

Stayed here in 2011 and made a point of coming back 9 years later. Still the great place we remember. The manager now, Pushpinder, is a treasure. She keeps the place organized and clean, and is there if you need anything, but she's always inobtrusive, so you feel like you're in your own place. Always an interesting mix of people here too. An easy walk in the evening to see the penguins come ashore.
Hope it's just the same the next time I visit, hopefully before 9 more years.

Date of stay: February 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

This hostel must have one of the best settings ever, overlooking the beach at Curio Bay where you can see dolphins playing in the waves in the morning. At night if you’re lucky you will see Yellow eyed penguins come up on another beach if you are lucky - I was.

The hostel itself has a very large kitchen/lounge area upstairs overlooking the beach and a balcony to sit out on. Very clean and hospitable. Wish I’d stayed longer.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 January 2020

Stop for one night at Catlins area we chose this lodge. It was really nice stay, very good spacious room with triple comfy beds, and very quiet at night for really decent sleep. The shared bathrooms and toilet were clean and good. The shared kitchen was OK with some kitchen stuff available, next to the dining table and living room with TV, sofa and some brochures and books, the deck outside is good for sitting and enjoy the landscape and the bay at the distance. Location is at walking distances to the CurioSpace and Petrified Forest, all good.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Reviewed 31 December 2019

Great base for Catlins exploration. Walk to Curioscape and Petrified Forest with wildlife on your doorstep. Small rooms but nice garden w3ith big bathroom and kitchen. Like staying with mates. Pushpinder was magic on the front desk!

Date of stay: December 2019
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