Named for the Maori place of the canoe, Owaka is the largest settlement in the naturally beautiful Catlins with a small population of around 300. The undoubted highlight is the quirky display of teapots in every shape, size, colour and heritage in a garden and neighbouring house on the main road through the tiny town. The letterbox comes in a classy white ceramic appearance while doves thrive in their teapot-shaped roost. The house next door showcases a variety of more valuable teapots including a fine collection of English countryside versions. On leaving, toss a couple of dollars in their donation box – not surprisingly, a teapot.