Overall this was the trip of a lifetime. My wife and I worked closely with this travel agency to perfectly customize our honeymoon trip. We had a broad request of a mixture of travel/adventure in New Zealand, and then a relaxing time in Fiji. Our travel agency was able to take this request and find the perfect combination of what was requested and tailored a fantastic honeymoon trip. All correspondence with the company was prompt and the process made simple and easy. One point to mention, a few weeks before we were due to take our honeymoon, I needed to call our travel agent to finalize a portion of the trip and our travel agent actually took our call while she was actually personally visiting New Zealand. This to me showed the professionalism and commitment this company has to it's customers. We would both recommend this trip to any couple who is has a sense of adventure and open mind for new experiences, but also looking to end a trip on a relaxing note swinging in a hammock by the ocean.
Where to begin! Everything we experienced was enjoyable and very memorable. One of the activities we enjoyed the most though was the horseback ride through Dart River Stables. We were both new riders, with my wife having never ridden a horse previously. The guides a Dart were able to take this inexperience and clearly explain the best practices to have a safe and enjoyable tour. The tour was the best part with scenery right out of Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings. The mountains, rivers, and plains in New Zealand make it easy to see why New Zealand was chosen as the films locations. The dinner at Gantly's Restaurant paired with the Onsen Hot Pools was one of the best nights we had while in New Zealand. Dinner was prepared by a chef in a 3 course meal presentation and was phenomenal. The Onsen Hot Pools followed, and provided the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing and romantic night. The views out of the pools overlooking the Shotover River Canyon provided views neither of us will ever forget. Fiji was the perfect way to end the trip by relaxing before coming home. The resort was exactly what we needed to adapt to "Fiji Time".
If we could do it all over again, we might look for another horseback ride in a different portion of the country. The experience at Dart Stables was professional and we both loved everything about the tour. Another thing we might do differently would be to stay in Christchurch longer than one night. It seemed to be a vibrant city after still recovering from the earthquake in 2011. In Fiji one thing we would have liked would be to have a reservation of a nice restaurant such as Gantly's in New Zealand. Being able to try new things and experience the local culture food was something we both love to do and that would be just another way to try local Fijian food.
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