Incredible weather. Between riding buses and a rental car for six weeks from Cape Reinga to Wanaka in New Zealand, the only rain I had was for about an hour driving between Greymouth and Arthur's Pass. How lucky is that ?! I saw Queenstown on a previous visit, and highly recommend it and the bus tour to Milford Sound. The road into the Sound is great.
It has been a few years since I took a cruise, mostly because I travel solo, and the cruise lines really stick it to us. A cruise advertised for $400.00 pp double occupancy somehow goes to $2300.00 when I plug a 1 into number of guests. Yes, typically I would be quoted paying for two people, and one or two added taxes. Plus once you buy a cruise, you get that "enticing" offer to bid for an upgrade. Of course whatever you bid will be doubled for us solos if accepted. This was my fourth cruise, so I have comparables. A cruise has the appeal of: having a private, comfortable, ensuite cabin; waking up in a different town or island with no concern for reserving hotels or being stuck in a room due to inclement weather; how to entertain yourself; and food.
Well, I just took the NCL Jewel from Auckland to Sydney, Feb 4-14, leaving at 1800 on the 4th, arriving at 0600 on the 14th. It had a great price for a solo traveler. BUT, somehow this was considered a 12 day trip, and they tried to get you for $180.00 per person in service charges. Plus the party leaving the cabin, and the one replacing me were charged as well, so actually $210.00 in "tips" for that 12? day trip, not per cabin, but per person in that cabin that was over three years old, so figure on a bill for $540.00 in "tips" for a couple with one child.
It had all the basics, but was tight space wise. The bathroom had a weird layout in how the toilet was placed. Storage was ok for a solo, but I have been in inside cabins with room for an upholstered chair and/or small sofa.