Went to Christchurch a year ago, beautiful public gardens and museum, but sad to see the state of the city after the earthquakes. Like a war zone. They have low volume toilets so I didn't get to experience the opposite rotation thing. Mt Cook was amazing if you're into alpinism/hiking at all, and there are a couple beautiful lakes on the drive there from chch. If you can by any means possible get to the fiordlands that sounds like the place to be. Have fun, it's a 13 hour flight from San Fran to Auckland.
Rising Sun Bio
2F "Brahma" + Lockright, tach, Warn 8274, FJ60 Power Steering,
no more Sanden OBA
1FZ-FE factory lockers +
Safari intercooled turbo, CDL switch, cup holder, Metric TLC leather, heated seats, JDM switches, PUMA OBA.
Warn M12000 waiting for a bumper.
Limited TRD 2UZ-FE SOLD