I think the most amazing thing about this trip was that it was the very first time I was completely alone in New Zealand. I had just spent 5 months traveling with friends, and I was now completely alone, at my own will.
I almost drove straight past this national park. But I was so bored from driving that I had to get out of the car and take a look around. It wasn't until 2 pm when I decided to do the 8 hour hike... eek. But it was all worth it.
I'm not one for viewing from a car, but the safety and comfort tends to draw you in. I can compare it to working out: you never want to go to the gym, but once you get there, you feel great.
I backpacked for 6 months in New Zealand, and I swore to myself that I'd never go again... at least not for a few months :-)
I don't know how Skurka does it.