Always meant to come back to this and fill in some details, mostly really minor ones like what happened on the second half of the traverse. But I am very lazy.
I probably will eventually and I at a guess I'll be back in NZ for the summer season of 12-13 lugging a tiny raft through Fiordland -- lot of time between now and then, but if you're one of the handful of people that thinks that's not the worst idea ever, please drop me a line.
This season, I'm off walking ~4000km from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Noting that I am useless, going low effort and am going to try my hand at providing updates, photos and poorly spelt sarcasm using a Twitter account:
You should follow it. Get out there!