Surat Bay, South Island, New Zealand and Moeraki Point, South Island, New Zealand:  On our 4th night in the camper van, we drove to the Catlins, another peaceful bay on the east coast of the South Island. The walk along the beach where the bay and ocean come together was deserted and quiet, and we were able to enjoy this cozy (and cold) spot near the southern-most tip of the South Island (hello, Antarctica).

Moeraki is a sleepy fishing village we discovered completely by accident (a good reason to cross-country camp without a plan). We chose a campsite overlooking the bay where a handful of fishing boats gathered, and we wandered over to the jetty where we were delighted to discover Fleur’s Place, a gem of a spot with breathtaking views of the sunset. This little village is a must-see for others meandering down from Oamaru to Dunedin.