@backpackerchickLocale: Planet Earth
I just wrote a really long piece only to lose my internet connection. :( Always do a command/control before sending on BPL! A few bits.
"LP Tramping in NZ" ! Check out the DOCS NZ site. They are great and answer their emails. Note walking times are for SLOW walkers. Check out the Ozzie/Kiwi school holiday schedule (varies by state in Oz). All booking and payment through DOCS. Often day of no shows. In huts not requiring reservations, always room for one more — whose gonna kick you out. Nothing wrong with staying in huts. Great way to meet interesting people! Milford a PITA. Don't forget the North Island — esp. Tongariro. Stewart Island worth the rough ride.