Summer days in Western Southland stretch into endless twilights, tinged by stunning sunsets that last, quite literally, for hours. Western Southland’s main coastal stop is the port town of Riverton/Aparima – the Riviera of The South – which has developed a culture of artistic creativity. While in Riverton/Aparima, be sure to also visit Te Hikoi Southern Journey Heritage Museum for an engaging insight into the unique and dramatic history of Maori and European settlement. Surf’s up at nearby Colac Bay/Oraka, where ‘Porridge’ ranks among New Zealand’s top surfing spots. Look carefully from Te Waewae Bay and you may just catch a glimpse of New Zealand’s largest pod of Hector’s dolphins/Upokohue.