I'm planning on heading to New Zealand for a few months from October. I was wondering if anyone had ideas of the best way to travel and see as much of the country as possible as well as meeting people along the way - I'd like to avoid hiring a car if possible. Budget isn't too much of an issue (as long as it's not ridiculously expensive).
As well as seeing the sights I'd like to get involved in kayaking, canoeing and sailing as much as possible.
Any ideas would be great,