The newly opened Tumu Toka Curioscape in Curio Bay is an essential stop for all visitors to the south.
Situated at the southern entrance to the Catlins, Curio Bay (Tumu Toka) is home to a 180 million year old petrified forest and rare, endangered wildlife. Visitors can view Yellow-Eyed Penguins (Hoiho) returning to their nests, experience the unique geological formations of the petrified forest, take a short bush walk through living forest, and view New Zealand Sea Lions (Whakahao) and Hector’s Dolphins (Upokohue) in their natural environment. Few places offer such scenic, wildlife and recreational values in one small area.
Tumu Toka Curioscape is a world-class interpretive centre intended to educate and share the special stories of Curio Bay; its wildlife, its people, and its history. Curioscape’s Gateway Experience presents interactive touch screens, allowing you to tailor your own individual experience - plus an immersive theatre that is a must-see. A mobile guide will also be available to visitors, allowing them to interpret the physical environment as they navigate it.
Curioscape is the amazing culmination of the local community’s vision to show off this special place to the world, while at the same time protecting and preserving it for future generations. The centre also houses an excellent café and a gift store showings local wares, and provides accommodation for visitors at a scenic campground.