Yes, I am back in the land of the kangaroo, the emu, and "Spicks and Specks"-- feeling quite energised, although I feel I could sleep for a week. I'll be posting pictures here later in the week. Perhaps the biggest shock of the trip came from my continuing battle with the telecoms in this part of the world. Using my mobile in New Zealand to make calls to Australia was expensive (about $3/minute*), and a 10-minute call from my hotel room cost me $80. I didn't use the internet much either, as the hotel charged $30/day for the service. Despite those minor inconveniences, I look forward to seeing more of NZ on a future trip. The South Island is still my undiscovered territory.
*All prices roughly converted to Australian currency.