I spent last weekend at a multi-day birthday party in the Wairarapa - a part of the country that I had never visited before . The Wairarapa reminds me of a slightly more tropical Central Otago, lots of rolling hills and vineyards. The highlight of the trip, at least from a scenic point of view, was a walk to see the Putangirua Pinnacles.
The pinnacles are amazing structures, almost impossibly tall for such crumbly looking rock. You can follow the stream bed all the way up into the hills until there is literally not enough space between the towering columns to squeeze through. The walk along the river is easy enough although good shoes are a must, we took the steeper route trough the bushy hills to see the formations from above, which is well worth the extra effort.