The planning for the next trip continues, but there's been a bit of a difficulty - my car has broken down and I don't have time to find a new one before I'm scheduled to leave, so I'm going to complete the trip in a rental car.
I'm in Christchurch at the moment and have been browsing Car Rental Christchurch to see what the best option might be. I've found the site incredibly useful and would recommend it to anyone - there's information of a variety of rental car companies, and some very handy information for getting free rental return vehicles. My plan right now is to get hold of one of these relocation rentals and drive it from Christchurch to Auckland, which shouldn't be too difficult to find as plenty of them come up. I'm just waiting for one that offers the right number of free days.