Palmy North here. Brewed extract, partial and now onto all grain (BIAB).
Brewed a fair few brews. Had my initial kit since St Paddy's day 2011 and brewed every weekend for a while. Moved into AG about 3 months ago and love it. Knowing what I know now, I think I would've hit AG first up.
I still bottle and it SUCKS. I have about 15 empty crates at any one time, so I have a shed load of bottles, but I really want a kegging system!!
Love brewing, much to the disgust of SWMBO, little bit to much money going out the door :-P
Happy to share anything I can with fellow kiwis, I'm no expert, but I loves me some beer!!!