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Curio Bay



Curio Bay is a fossilised Jurassic Park. It clocks in at 160-180 million years old and is one of the most comprehensive fossil forests in the world. If you go at low tide, you'll see petrified stumps (mineralised tree trunks) standing on the beach and fallen log fossils in the ground. This is New Zealand's testament to having been part of Gondwanaland or the ancient supercontinent. Scientists have identified tree ferns, cycads, and trees which resemble the kauri and matai which are similar to those which have been found in South America. The area is also a protected nesting ground for yellow-eyed penguins.


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