I'm getting married on Dec 30th and we're going to be spending 4 days in Sydney/NSW, 3 days in Auckland/North Island and 6 days driving all over the South Island. As a newby who's never been to Australia or New Zealand I can use lots of suggestions.
I'll break our rough schedule down so you know where we'll be.
In Sydney/New South Wales, we're going to do the cliff walk from Bondi to Coogee stopping to take two hours of surfing lessons on Bondi. We're then washing off and doing a quick scenic drive (no more than an hour or two so your suggestions for the best photo ops would be appreciated!), we're going to hit the Sydney Aquarium for it's last two hours (half price tickets!). So for Sydney eating, I would really like to try your Balmain bugs unadulterated somewhere and get a quality kangaroo steak for my fiancé. Where would you suggest trying to go during our trip? I imagine that there must be someplace for bugs near or on that Bondi to Coogee walk. Then we need a place for kangaroo steaks. I'd rather have both the Bugs and kangaroo with little preparation to cover up the natural flavors. Since we'll be salty and sweaty tourists, incredibly fancy places may not be appropriate. But I've always found that money has only a little to do with quality. In addition to the bugs and kangaroo for day one, we'll need a place for snacking and drinking at night. Any suggestions? Is the Australian Hotel open late and acceptable (the one with crocodile pizza)?
The next day we are going to the Blue mountains and the day after to Hunter Valley. Any suggestions for restaurants and drinking options over the next two days?
We definitely want to do one "traditional" hangi meal in New Zealand and we'll be all over the greater Auckland area, the central area of the North Island and pretty much everywhere on the South Island (although mainly in Christchurch, Marlborough, Kaikoura and the Fiordland area). Suggestions?
Outside of the hangi, we definitely want to partake in your famous abalone and lamb. Any suggestions for the Auckland or South Island?