Thanks for your message. Shame I missed you, I didn't get here until 21st Oct.
Good idea about the Polytechnic in Dunedin, though it is a long run from here. There might be a possibility a little closer, but I am yet to check it out.
I haven't met any photographers yet! but plenty of other interesting and friendly people.
I hope you enjoyed your trip...and the weather was kind. It has been beautiful since we got here, though as yet I haven't shot much film...I must improve!