Overall, I was very pleased with both the trip and the New Zealand travel agency. This New Zealand travel agency did a great job of incorporating our interests into a tailored experience. Our accommodations and activities fit our taste quite well and I attribute that to the counseling Down Under Endeavours provided in our trip planning.
The two greatest highlights of our trip included biking around the Marlborough region of New Zealand and tasting delicious wines, and staying at the Azur Lodge in Queenstown in a beautiful villa overlooking water and the mountains. We spent a day-and-a-half in Blenheim and it was wonderful. The weather was great and the wineries were welcoming. Both the wine and the food were exceptional. The Azur Lodge was a special experience that we particularly enjoyed. One day we were almost happy that it rained because it gave us an excuse to stay in the villa. The lodge is beautifully appointed, the views are spectacular, and the staff is extremely attentive and friendly. We would also strongly recommend dining at Hopgoods in Nelson, New Zealand. In a relatively unassuming establishment, the food was tremendous.
If we had to do it all over again perhaps we would have skipped Fiji and opted for a beach in New Zealand. Fiji is gorgeous, but there really is very little to do on those remote islands. By day 3 we were getting a little restless. In New Zealand, I probably would have spent a day less in Nelson and skipped our afternoon trip to Founders Park, which is a cheesy tourist trap. I would have either tried to stop by another city in the South Island or spent a day touring the Central Otago wine region.
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