The Waitaki region combines wild, windswept coastline with emerald plains and towering mountains. The middle of the region's coastline is home to the small town of Moeraki and it's huge spherical boulders. Scattered along the beach, the Moeraki boulders are more than 65 million years old and are easily accessed from the beach. Look out for the Hector's dolphins that are often seen playing in the waves beyond. Continuing north, stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing townscape that towers over a charming community. From here, you can hop on your bike and follow the Alps to Ocean Cycleway all the way to Aoraki Mount Cook. Heading inland, snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes contrast with the bare brown hills that rise up from the valley floor. Stop and see the Earthquakes, an impressive formation of limestone cliffs that are full of ancient fossils. Nearby you’ll find Maori rock drawings made from red ochre, charcoal and animal fat. The Waitaki River surges through the landscape, punctuated by three hydro-electric dams - Waitaki, Aviemore and Benmore. The Waitaki Dam was built with picks and shovels in the 1930s and Benmore is one of the largest earth dams in the southern hemisphere, and the only dam open for viewing. In summer, it's bright blue colour contrasts with the burnt-orange landscape that surrounds it.