What's this? A beacon of gastronomic hope, beaming out good vibes and delicious aromas along a desolate stretch of highway? This chipper cafe has soups, samosas, risottos and a rack of homemade cakes. Bigger feeds, …
It's worth stopping at McCracken's Rest, the most impressive lookout point along the Southern Scenic Route, for views of wind-lashed Te Waewae Bay (and, if you're lucky, Hector's dolphins and southern right whales).
Dubbed 'Gemstone Beach' for the slivers of quartz and garnet that supposedly churn ashore, Orepuki Beach is more likely to reveal smooth pebbles and sunbathing seals than semi-precious stones.
A former Māori whaling lookout, this grassy islet lies just metres off shore and is accessible at low tide. It's 4km southeast of Orepuki.