In Dunedin and Waitaki you'll discover some of the country's best gourmet treasures - like single malt whisky, haggis and boutique cheese.
The Waitaki Valley is one of New Zealand's newest wine regions, producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer. Lying between Otago and Canterbury, the area is known for its cool climate and distinctive fruit flavours.
Most of the Waitaki's vineyards are close to Kurow; the Kurow Winery is well worth a stop, as is the Vintner's Drop.
The town of Oamaru has a spectacular collection of Victorian buildings, which have been restored to their original glory. While you’re walking the historic precinct, look for the Star and Garter restaurant - the menu includes local treats such as blue cod, venison and Waitaki salmon.
A German bakery selling organic breads and traditional biscuits is another great food opportunity in this heritage area. For cheese connoisseurs, a tasting session at the Whitestone cheese factory is compulsory - be sure to try the award-winning Windsor Blue.
South of Oamaru is Moeraki, where the main attraction is a beach strewn with giant spherical boulders. At the local café you can enjoy seafood that’s fresh off the fishing boats.
Dunedin, the South Island’s second largest city, is sometimes known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ because it was founded by Scottish settlers. For anybody with a drop of Scottish blood in their veins, the haggis ceremony at Larnach Castle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You might also want to collect a bottle of Milford - Dunedin’s own single malt whisky.
You’ll find an excellent range of restaurants in Dunedin, and the large student population means that some of them have very friendly prices.
Speights Brewery also does a great tour.