This little piece of heaven is Curio Bay. Curio Bay is located in the Catlins, a region in the very south of New Zealand’s South Island. As an area of extraordinary wildlife and stunning natural beauty, one would think it swarms with tourists. But not so. Admittedly, it is quite literally off the beaten track; despite its vicinity to the Southern Scenic Route, Curio Bay is still a long way for most visitors to New Zealand. It is difficult enough for most tourists to fit in touring both islands in 2-3 weeks, that many never take the time to go this far south.
However, the drive there is rewarding, and so is the actual destination. Not only can you learn to surf in Curio Bay’s steady waves while dolphins play next to you; there’s a petrified forest, great camping and plenty of wildlife (which may get even too close for comfort).