I’m considering a trip to New Zealand this winter (winter in Taiwan) and was wondering anyone here had any thoughts on the following:
(1) I am leaning toward the South Island because I’ve seen some really beautiful pictures of mountains, fiords, and other beautiful scenery there. Am I right to be focusing on the South Island if mountains and fiords and open-spaces are what I’m after?
(2) Has anyone done any camping there? Since camping means different things to different people – what I have in mind is renting a car, using a tent, and finding an accessible but out-of-the-way place where we can make a campfire and not be overrun with other people. I know that may be hard to find – does anyone have any suggestions?
(3) Anyone know of a nice bed-and-breakfast near Fiordland or other pretty places on the South Island?
(4) Any other ideas or suggestions for places to see or things to do?
I realize that there is plenty of information on the above on various websites and in travel books – and I’m looking at those sources too. But I just thought it couldn’t hurt to see if any of my fellow forumosans had any ideas that I might not have heard about.
I think I’ll have about a week to spend there, and I have a flexible/moderate budget in mind for this trip (i.e. I would have nothing against bargain/backpacker accomodations but also wouldn’t mind splurging on a nice hotel if it was worth it).