Head north towards Kaikoura, a beautiful coastal town known for its abundance of marine life and delicious seafood. On the way, stop and enjoy a long lunch in Canterbury’s Waipara Valley, the country’s fastest growing wine region.
Few places in the world can boast such natural wonders as those offered in Kaikoura. A boat cruise will get you up close to all kinds of marine mammals including several species whales, playful dolphins and untold marine birds. If you prefer dry land, the spectacular Peninsula Walkway is a great way to see seals sunbathing on the rocky coast.
While you're here, don't forget to taste the local crayfish from which Kaikoura takes its name.