After waxing lyrical on the relatively unspoilt attributes of remote Glenorchy "up the lake" from Qtown, David Farrar on Kiwiblog then goes on about the difficulty of getting out of Dodge in the form of the second ranked population center of the southern lakes district, Wanaka.
His options were apparently the gouging cost of $400 to fly, 9 hours in a coach, a rather inappropriate image of dressing to gain a hitch, getting to the "capital" of The Lakes district, Qtown for a hire car or cadging a lift from someone via his blog.
Welcome to one of the hazards of 'Provincial NZ' David.
Accessing places such as Timaru, Oamaru, Nelson, Blenheim, Gisborne and even the twin cities of Hastings/ Napier are extraordinarily expensive and difficult to schedule due to low volumes and fluctuating demands.
It is so easy for travel on the mainline CHC, WGN, AKL. at prices as low as $50 return and add in Dunedin, Palmy and Hamilton on that line and an ignorance that exists as to the difficulties of flying from say Oamaru to Gisborne comes into clear focus
So David, just get on the bus and spend time safely and comfortably taking in the relative serenity of some of the wealth creating rustic New Zealand, that a few of us understand as very 'normal and tend to take for granted.