On our extended trip "down under", we fly from Australia on February 6, 2014 and spent three weeks checking out the sights on the South Island of New Zealand. We took the ferry from Picton on Feb. 25th to the North Island for an additional month. North Island video can be see here vimeo.com/101874134 . Note: The guidebook we highly recommend for the active hiker types is NZ Frenzy by Scott Cook. There are two books, one for each island. You can find them only on Amazon.