Fashion your very own knife on a day-long course in Barrytown, 17km south of Punakaiki. Under the expert tutelage of Steve and Robyn, who host the courses in their home, you'll hand-forge the steel blade and craft its handle from native rimu timber. Bonuses include axe-throwing, a big swing, and a stream of entertainingly bad jokes from Steve. Bookings essential.

Courses begin with an enthusiastic greeting from the dog and feature a sandwich lunch.

Ask about reserving cottage accommodation from $120.