The old whaling station is a charming little town featuring a dramatic cliff beach, century-old buildings, and the beautiful Caroline Bay. The bay has been voted one of the Top 10 beaches in New Zealand! If you are not into swimming or walking the dunes, get yourself to the Caroline Bay Carnival for a refreshing ice cream and classic rides. Plus, it’s a great place to watch little blue penguins.
The tiny town of Geraldine only 3,500 inhabitants, surroundings included makes it a perfect pitstop on your way to Aoraki Mt Cook. Embrace the atmosphere of a traditional New Zealand country town. While in the area, take the time to explore Rangitata for some tumultuous white water rafting and the Peel Forest for its ancient trees, native birds and horse riding.
The rural town of Temuka is home to one of the largest dairy factories in the Southern Hemisphere, which is located at Clandeboye. The town is small and easy to explore, makingit a perfect place to stretch yourlegs after driving. For those that can’t stand a minute without taking a picture, the Victorian buildings will be great subjects for your newInstagram shot.
4. Pleasant Point
Small does not even begin to describe how tiny the settlement of Pleasant Point is. But it’s the locals that put “Pleasant” in the name, with a friendly atmosphere and they are incredibly helpful. The main attraction of the town is its steam train maintained by a group of volunteers passionate about New Zealand’s railway history.
5. Mackenzie District
The whole Mackenzie districtencompasses a large area including Failie, Twizel, Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo. The latter two are a must-do in New Zealand with Aoraki Mt Cook being the tallest mountain inthe country and Lake Tekapo having one of thebluest lakes in the country. Plus, the area is an International Dark Sky Reserve opening the doors to the most mesmerising night skies. So there you have it: fourpitstops in one!
The town is well-known in New Zealand for its fertile lands producing some delicious berries. The locals are so passionate about it that they even organise an annual Strawberry Festival. Aside from the berry craze, Waimate’s main landmark is its wallabies farm the largest in New Zealand. Why even bother going to Australia?