Preferably with a knowledge base of the South Island. I was all set to land in Christchurch for a five-week tour on November 5, but due to work commitments, I may be unable to go at that time. What I want to know is, exactly how busy does the South Island get over the Christmas/New Year period -- and which areas suffer the worst from the tourist traffic. How about early December -- exactly when does it normally pick up?
Riding in heavy traffic doesn't bother me unduly (I'm used to Gold Coast tourist seasons -- and the notable thing here is that the locals are generally even worse than the tourists!), however I do find noisy cluttered campgrounds quite annoying -- not to mention places where tent sites need to be booked in advance (I've seen those too). I did a tourist season tour in Tasmania a couple of years ago and didn't encounter any problems (largely due to knowing where all the obscure free sites on the West Coast were), but I wouldn't want to try it in some of the other places I've been.
So how much of an effect does tourist season have in that part of the world?