This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.
At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.
Here are the top 20 spots for green-fingered visitors to Southland ahead of the Bluff Oyster Festival.
Lake Heron is a glittering haven, which drains northwards into the Rakaia River.
There's plenty to see and do on this winding coastal route.