I'm late into this conversation as well
I only really got into BBS's in 1990 when I bought an internal 2400 modem from TL Systems for my 286! I was a regular on the Invercargill BBS's and used to hang out with some of the sysops (a group of us would spend all night talking about nothing over at the "home" of Baud of the City with sysops Kathy and Scott!).
Over the next year or so I started fiddling around with various BBS packages, and ran a point while I was at 'varsity in Dunedin, can't remember where my fido feed was from but I also got a Familynet feed from CCC in Auckland. Binkleyterm, Squish and msgedsq.
Right at the start of Jan 94 I started A Place to Stand BBS in Invercargill, on Invernet (a small local FTN), Fidonet and Familynet. Binkleyterm, Squish and Maximus.
Interesting sideline, 26/1/94 a young guy from Monowai logged in and asked for sysop chat, had nothing better to do, he found out I was into Christian rock music so passed me on to his sister... I phoned her on the 28/1 and we talked for hours... drove out to visit her 30/1 (90min drive into the middle of nowhere)... we were engaged 12/3 and married 6/5/95
Unfortunately the writing was on the wall, in Oct 95 we bought a house and the cost structure changed dramatically, me on a graduate salary and Taniamaree a student, the BBS went down for good at the end of December and we cancelled Sky UHF at the same time! Still being around BBS' at their peak and being a sysop for two years near the end of the era was an amazing experience.