I will be traveling to NZ for 8 nights/9 days at the end of February, flying in and out of Auckland. I am traveling by myself and trying to decide if I should go to the North or South Island as a first time visitor to NZ. I am inclined to stay on the north island due to smaller size and my relatively short stay and make plans to go back to south island at a later date. I have been researching spending time in the north of the north island and the last couple of days in Wellington. I love the outdoors and enjoy a mix of city/beach life. Thoughts or suggestions? Should I consider South Island instead?