Explore the Catlins
The Catlins is a coastal stretch on the South eastern end of the island and this region has absolutely everything you would look for in a travel destination; wild seascapes, less people (I can’t emphasise the importance of that enough), superb roads, spectacular sceneries, remote and luxurious hotels, adventure activities and most of all- some extremely beautiful and rare wildlife! You can find some of the rarest species here, with the Hectors dolphins being a permanent resident in some of the coves to the yellow eyed penguins, who return every year to the same spot to mate and breed. If you visit around January/February, there’s a high possibility that you would get to see them feed their chicks.
Another one of my favourite activities, I recommend – Go surfing in the turquoise waters! Hectors dolphins are known to be playful and they may just surprise you and swim alongside.