A tourist's "manic trip" to New Zealand is catching eyes online.
Marlborough's tourism industry is on the up following an excellent summer of increased visitor numbers and more spending.
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.