First of all, I have completed the part on Fiji. In the next couple of days, I will do the post trip extension and a summary.
As far as clothing is concerned, you have a trade off between warm/cool weather clothes and luggage limits. Qantas is the first airline that I have seen that carefully wieghs and measures carry-on luggage, so pay attention to their limits. To put the latitude in perspective, Milford Sound is about as far from the equater at Portland ME. Fiji is the equivalent of San Juan PR. I assume that you are from NJ,, based or your name. We are from MA, just north of Boston. Layers are the key to the weather. Fleeces and windbreakers are a good combination, as well as a warm hat and gloves. Nylon zip off combination pants such as The North Face, Columbia, etc., are pretty impervious to wind and rain, without being too warm. They also dry quickly if you have to rinse them out.
I had not really remembered how many optionals we had done, until I was writing the blog. It does not appear that as many are currently offered. It looks like Milford Sound is now included. We are glad that we did all that we took. Ann had done a hot air balloon, but I had not, so I figured that this was as good a time as ever. Im sure that it could not stand up to Capadocia.
I would not be too concerned about sea sickness, none of the boats are really in open water and subject to much in waves. Even the sail in Aukland is very steady,
Yes, there were plenty of fast foof and reasonable restaurants in the area of all the hotels except in Fiji. We are not into fancy dining, so we were fine.
If you have any further questions, we would be glad to answer them, and if you want to make direct contact, we can figure out a way.
We are off to Paris in a couple of weeks for The Seine: Paris to Normandy. As we will have available Wi-Fi, i had planned to write a blog while on the trip, so I figured that I should try writing one before going. I really enjoyed doing this, as it brought back good memories. I hope to go back and do earlier trips.
Enjoy your trip, and please let us know how you liked it. It is a shame that Christchurch is no longer on it, but Rotorua should be very interesting as well.