We made it to the South Island, and I've managed to drive on the left side of the road for 5 or 6 hours without crashing. We're currently staying in Nelson, a nice little town which seems to shut down around dinnertime. This is the jumping-off point for exploring the famous Abel Tasman national park, so tomorrow we're going to jump off and explore.
On the drive up, we passed through Malrborough, which is famous for its Suavignon Blanc. This wine is internationally renowned, and descriptions range from "Kiwi fruit" to "cat piss." The bottles on the former end of the spectrum are pretty spectacular. Although we only managed to hit one winery before they closed down for the day, we were lucky, and it was pretty good. We ended up buying three bottles of the Suavignon Blanc, which we will either drink or take home at our discretion.
Well, off to dinner, wine, and kayaking. Hopefully I can find some wireless soon and show some pictures -- this place is absolutely stunning.