NZ/OZ redux

My trip to New Zealand and Australia took place in February, and I still haven't finished collecting my thoughts, scanning my photos. I may never finish, and my memory of some portions has gone fuzzy, but I'm ready to share what I've got. If you're planning a visit to New Zealand, maybe you'll find some useful tips on what to see while you're there.
Maybe it's just me, but New Zealand seems to be the destination du jour. Everyone I know seems to be planning a trip there or have gone there in the past year or two. Popularity of anything, whether it's a travel destination or a music group, often leads to a loss of street cred, but that sentiment arises from a very small-hearted, selfish view of the world. NZ is incredible, and everyone should pay a visit.