Five days in the South Island. Best place - Kaikoura - a small seaside town surrounded by snowy mountains. We went there to see whales and were lucky enough to see sperm whales and humpbacks as well as Hector's dolphins and albatross. I really wanted to see whales in their natural habitat and whenever we're walking along clifftops near the sea I'm always looking out for whales but I've never seen any. But even though the whales were great the fur seals were my favourite. They were everywhere along the coastline swimming and lazing in the sun on the rocks and you can get quite close to them. So cute.
Reading: The buddha of suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. This was written in 1990 and made into a four-part TV serial. Have you seen it? I'd love to.