Subject: Re: Good places for one person
Hi Sean,

As far as New Zealand is concerned the best times to visit is Spring, October/November and Autumn, April/May. In spring there is still a chance to do some skiing and all the spring flowers are out in all their glory. The days are usually warm but the nights can still be on the cool side. You are in between seasons and so the crowds will not be in evidence. You will always be able to meet the locals whatever season you choose to travel in. In autumn there will be some snow on the tops, making for great photographs. The colours of the leaves in their yellows and browns are a sight to see. There is less likelihood of rain if you wish to go tramping on the Fox or Franz Josef Glaciers. There tends to be less wind in autumn which allows for great reflections on some of our lakes. Of course this is only my opinion, others may disagree.

This year my wife and I are touring the South Island at the end of November and beginning of December. We hope to miss the crowds. I will writing a travelogue of our journey, including some photos, when I return.

I hope this helps.

Regards, Richard Bloomfield.(New Zealand)