It was a wonderful 3 week honeymoon. We were on the move every couple of days in New Zealand, and then relaxed for one week in Fiji. The travel agency in New Zealand had it all in order, and everything went smooth. Our only issue was that our hotel room was not ready when we first arrived in Queenstown. This was a bit annoying as we had just traveled over 30 hours, and had to wait a few hours to shower. This was the only poorly planned piece of our New Zealand trip.
In Fiji, Pacific Destinationz was our on the ground point-of-contact, and they were accessible. They met us when we landed and were extremely friendly. On the down side, we had three flights cancelled while in Fiji, and we were not notified until the very last minute. We actually were forced to fly home a day late, and Pacific Destinationz said that the costs associated with this delay were our responsibility. We are currently working with Uniquely New Zealand (our US-based agent) on trying to get refunded, but the initial response was disappointing, considering the cancellations were not our fault.
New Zealand- The landscape and beautiful countryside. We drove from Queenstown up the west coast all the way to Blenheim. Then from Napier to Auckland. It was so diverse and scenic.- Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park- Hiking the Tongoriro Alpine Trek/Crossing (19.4 km)- Visiting wine country -- Central Otago, Marlborough, and Hawkes Bay- The view from the top of the gondola in Queenstown -- overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables
Fiji- The hospitality and warmth of the people at Matangi Island Resort- Horeshoe Bay
In New Zealand, we would probably consolidate things a bit more, and not try to see too much. We had a couple of 6-8 hour days of driving to get to new areas. It was a fantastic way to see the countryside, but it ate up a lot of time. We probably would have cut out one of the areas that we saw, and really try to be based in one city for 3 nights (as opposed to 2) and allow for a bit more relaxation, and spend more time in the specific city/area.
In Fiji, we would probably research an island that had better beaches. We did discuss this with our agent, as Matangi was more tropical and had great diving and snorkeling, but the beaches were very small, and the water didn't allow for us to get into the ocean. Luckily, our resort had a very nice pool.
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