I am a 23 y/o male from Washington, D.C. (USA), and, for a number of reasons, I decided this morning to book a trip to New Zealand which leaves next Saturday (3/6/2010) and extends through March (16 days). While I've got my Lonely Planet guide, and have some friends who have given me suggestions about where to go, I am sort of overwhelmed at all there is to do/places to see and want to make sure I hit all the high points while I'm there.
Also, if you're reading this and looking for a mate to accompany you on any of your travels - or are looking for someone to bunk with at one of the many Youth Hostel's (I'm thinking Nomad, maybe Queenstown Central) let me know, because again, I'll be flying solo and would love to meet new people! Whether it's a day excursion, grabbing a drink, getting extreme (hike/bungy/skydive/hang-glide/surf/etc.), getting our party on, or meeting new people together - let's get in touch and try to meet!
OK- So back to the matter at hand. I have my ticket booked, but don't have an itinerary finalized and so I'm looking for help (e.g. "no, don't go there, go here"; or "you should check out 'xxx'"). I am a total adrenaline junkie, and so obviously I plan on spending a good portion of my time in Queenstown. Since Queenstown is the focus of my Journey, that is where I plan to fly in and plan on staying at least 3 of my 14 days there. Since I have many to do's in Queenstown I'm thinking that I might end up staying there for 5-7 days, so I can do one exciting activity each day:
 Saturday (Day 1): Travel day
 Sunday (Day 2): Settle in
 Monday (Day 3): Bungy jumping
 Tuesday (Day 4): Sky Diving
 Wednesday (Day 5): Rafting,
 Thursday (Day 6): Kayaking
 Friday (Day 7): debatable
After I have my week of fun (and hopefully meet a ton of great people along the way), I want to head out of Queenstown and travel around (which is where I'm sort of getting overwhelmed). Here are the things I want to do, and I was hoping that people could give me suggestions about the best places to go/how to get there for the following:
 Spend time at an amazing beach or lake - 2-3 Days (Saturday-Mon: Day 8-10). I hear Dunedin is amazing, and was thinking about taking the Taieri Gorge Railway from Queenstown to Dunedin. As far a best places to go for beaching/beautiful waterfront escapes - is Dunedin good, or is there somewhere else I should consider? I'm planning on doing my fair share of partying/drinking in Queenstown , and while I'm not opposed to going out in Dunedin/[insert beach/lake town here], I was thinking that Days 8-10 should be spent somewhere which is low key (or at least where I can go 'off the beaten path' and unplug).
 Find a great, scenic, countryside to hike in (Tuesday - Thursday: Day 11-13). I know there are probably a lot of great places for this, and I've heard of the 9 great hikes - but I've also heard that the 'typical' hiking spots are tourist traps - and I'm really looking for somewhere that's literally 'off the beaten track'. Any ideas about a good place to hike where I wouldn't constantly be surrounded by other people?! Also, if you have a suggestion, any idea about where to stay? I'm trying to keep this trip as budget as possible, so hopefully I can find a Youth Hostel, or someone to take me in on this stretch (or I could camp outside, any thoughts on that?), but any suggestions would be helpful!!
 I fly out on Sunday (Day 16) and want to spend the last two days back in Queenstown, to sort of come full circle on the trip (Saturday-Sunday Day: 15-16), which leaves Friday (Day 14) open to whatever. I don't have anything in mind, so any suggestions, must-do's, personal recommendations would be greatly appreciated for Thursday: Day 14.
I know this is a super long post, but I've got less than a week before take-off and need to get my plan ironed out. Thanks for taking the time to read it, and, if you respond - thank you so, so, so much in advance for doing so and lending me advice for my exciting trip! If there's anything I need to know/pack/bring/look into - any and every suggestion would be so extremely, super helpful!