i'm planning a honeymoon for new zealand in early november, and before delving into all the specific research of putting together an itinerary, i thought it might be wise to secure well-priced airfare, and then sort of "work backwards" and plan my trip from there. i'm looking to spend approximately 12 days in new zealand and strike a nice balance between moderate outdoors activities and quiet "honeymoon" time.
i'm certain i'll be spending more time in these forums as i begin to plan my trip, but for now i just have one question: is auckland the best city to fly into? that is, should i just go ahead and a buy a round-trip ticket from los angeles to auckland?
i'm asking because we're considering starting our trip on the south island, and eventually making our way up north and flying out from there. however, there only seem to be direct flights from LA to auckland, and none to queenstown.