As mentioned in the title, I have had my interview at long last and was told that my visa has officially been APPROVED!
Timeline on the day:
8.30am - Arrived in Auckland City a bit early due to traffic being lighter than expected (yay for school holidays?) So I parked my car in the Downtown parking and took my time walking, stopped to get some breakfast.
9.15am - Arrived at consulate. Was told I was still too early, but was welcome to wait around. Was let in at 9.25 after booking my phone and keys into a locker.
9.30am - Went up to Window 5 as instructed and was greeted by Elle (whom I had talked to previously in e-mail communications) - fingerprints were taken and I was told to pay my fee at the next window ($397.50)
Approx 10am - was called to Window 2, the interviewer was very polite and friendly, asked the standard questions about how my fiancee and I met, how long we had been an item, what kind of work I planned to do in the USA, when we planned to get married.
Whole interview took about 5 minutes, then I was told I was approved! Was also told that my passport and package would take around a week to arrive as this weekend is a public holiday here.