I went the south island trip about 10 days with my friends. maybe 30th of Apri to 9th of May.
The south island is very buatiful place I've ever gone. especialy my best place have to be the Franz Josef glacier:-) there was amazing place. we joined a tour the cost was $99 so I could walk glacier. before tour I thought there is cold but there isn't I took my jaket off, just t-shirt is enough. I wanted to eat glacier's ice before trip, I did:-) it was kind of. mind you, it was special ice so I'm happy.
anoter thing is, we met a girl she came from Netherland. after tour, we went some beach to see sunset. Actually, I don't know there name but we saw beautiful sunset and mountens. btw, she had a cookies it was yummy! so we bought it sometime after this day.
Anyway NZ's beachs are very beautiful. my hometown is Yokohama city and close to Shonan beach. I can compare Shonan beach to NZ's beach. I'd say Shonan beach is rubbish:-( it's sucks. couse too many people (wspecially in summer time) and really dirty. However, NZ's beachs are clean and not too much people although it's sammer time.
Anyway, the Franz Josef was fantastic place. I'd like to go there again. if I were rich, I would join expensive tour!