As much as I'm sure I'd like to live in New Zealand, I'm guessing it would be a good idea to actually [I]visit[I] first.

I haven't ruled out living anywhere in NZ (wherever the opportunity is), but I'm much more inclined toward the South Island (specifically Otago and Canterbury).

Anyone have any suggestions on how to make the most of a visit in terms of scouting out the possibility of making the big move?

Thanks in advance for advice and suggestions!