Hello there! I thought I'd answer Thomas's question about wildlife photo opportunities in NZ under a new subject heading!
There are many opportunities to photograph wildlife in New Zealand. As Thomas mentioned, there's easy access to an Albatross colony at the end of an attractive peninsula in Dunedin, lots of spots around South Island coast where you may glimpse seals or tiny penguins, and of course the whale watching made famous near Kaikora. There are also lots of dolphins, especially when you go whale watching, or on boat tours in the Fjords or around the Bay of Islands.
I was lucky enough to see penguins, seals, dolphins and a weka during a wonderful overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound in the Fjordlands last year. Here's some pics, all taken with a 70-300mm lens.
It's also easy to get off the beaten track when hiking and be confronted by many tiny birds. During a lovely hike on the Dart track last weekend, I was surrounded by loads of what looked like little green wild budgies! Here's a crop from a photo taken with the Nikkor 18-135mm on a D80.