NZ is gorgeous, even a poor amateur, first time DSLR owner such as myself can take some good photos
The landscape really does do all the talking, one just needs to set up a camera and listen
In Queenstown (where we spent some of our time) there is a myriad of tours you can do and I am certain LOTR is one of them (after all its one of NZ's biggest cash cows
Glow Worm Caves (Te Anau)
Hiking along the Routebourne track (just a 3hr walk up to the alpine summit nature walk) (I really recommend this to ANYONE going to Milford Sound (its along the way) as its so beautiful and as you walk up the track the landscape changes from Beech Forests to brush/scrub and finally to Tundra. At Alpine summit there are also bogs/marshes (reminisant of LOTR))
My wifes a Kiwi so we get to over quite a bit
Also for anyone who is aviation enthusiast, they have "Warbirds over Wanaka", a mainly historical airshow that runs every two years. Wanaka is only about 1hr drive from Queenstown and its usually on during the easter school holidays. It's the best historical airshow in the southern hemisphere. Last time I went I only had a PAS but was still impressed with the results. Now that I have a DSLR I am pining for a return visit!!!