Kaikoura's annual summer music festival is the perfect cocktail of music, people and place, says musician James Coyle.
Poppy's homemade icecream shop has seen "phenomenal" numbers of customers this summer, said owner Karen Barwick.
If it's a true Kiwi camping experience you're after, stay at Marlborough's Momorangi Bay.
Once known as "Laughing Bob's Bay," this little beach at the base of Victoria Domain has been the scene of family picnics for generations.
Songs will fill Blenheim's main theatre this weekend when performers vie for the judges' favour in an annual music contest.