- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
There’s a few ladies planning on the New Zealand pages (under Local). I live in NZ so any questions you have, fire away 🙂
If we are trying to do NZ and Aust in the same vacation do you have two cities that you would suggest as a pairing?
I’d suggest Sydney (can daytrip into the Blue Mountains, shop, zoo, museums, etc) and probably follow up with Christchurch (although I live in Auckland). My reasons?
Christchurch is a great place to use as a jump off to other mini-destinations. Within 2 hour drives are a fantastic thermal resort (google Hanmer Springs) and Akaroa, the only French-settled area in NZ. Within Christchurch itself there are fantastic restaurants, a fabulous museum and art gallery, cute boutiques, a gorgeous park and botanic gardens… I could go on. We last holidayed there in July and we also added in a drive up to Kaikoura (whale and seal watching) and a trip to Lake Tekapo (some of the most gorgeous scenery you’ll see – ever) to go snow tubing and soak in the hot pools there.
If you let me know more about what you are into, I can certainly make more specific recommendations
I agree with Scribbles on Christchurch-it is a really great jumping point to the rest of NZ, and the south island is so gorgeous. For Australia…I personally prefer Melbourne (very artsy, big foodies) or Brisbane (just fun!) to Sydney, but that’s just my opinion :P. Honestly, you get more of the “real” feel of both countries by going to the smaller towns or off the beaten track than by going to the big cities.
I guess it really depends on what you want out of the holiday – do you want the city experience or do you want to relax on the beaches? I would suggest Melbourne over Sydney too (but I live here and am biaised!) because it has a fantastic food scene, lots of really cool bars, great shopping and you can go to the Yarra Valley to experience the wineries and beautiful mountains.
I would also suggest Cairns and going up to Port Douglas – then you can go to the great barrier reef and see the rainforest. It is absolutely beautiful and very relaxing!
Ive lived in both NZ and Aussie.
NZ is a great place to drive around and you can pack a lot in, Aussie is huge and people tend to misjudge the distances.
Sydney is my favourite Aussie city, would certainly recommend coming here. Its then only 3hr flight to NZ. The south island of NZ is beautiful, if it was me Id have a few days in Sydney then fly to Christchurch hire a car and drive down to Queenstown over a few days. Amazing scenery along the way, then drive back to ChCh along the other side of the island. Whale watching in Kaikoura and maybe a spot of wine tasting in the marlborough region.
I do like busy holidays though, for a more relaxing time I’d just go to somewhere like Carins and stay put. 🙂
both are great options. NZ is easier to get around. Aust has many wonderful places – I’d suggest somewhere in the Queensland state best for a honeymoon – try the Whitsundays area where you can snorkle! I perosnally think that wouod be better than any city.
@Pia2010: Definitely agree on the Whitsundays!!! Most beautiful islands I’ve ever been to!!! I’d recommend Hayman or Hamilton Island though over Daydream. FI and I stayed on Daydream a couple of months ago and felt like it was Dirty Dancing heads to the beach! They had a schedule of organized activities every day – i.e. beach volleyball, salsa lessons, and charades – no lie! Still though, Whitsundays are AMAZING!
Thanks for the info! We’re going to NZ to do an adventure tour of the South Island. We’re arriving in Auckland, and then we’ll have two days before we have to fly to Christchurch to start the tour. Does anybody have any suggestions of a romantic honeymoon-like place to stay in/around Auckland before we start our non-traditional adventure in Christchurch? We originally thought we would crash at a beach resort to overcome the jet lag, but looks like beach resorts aren’t really a NZ thing.
@fleur99: Waiheke Island sounds perfect for you guys – away from the big smoke, lots of vineyards, only a 40 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. I’ve had friends stay at Palm Beach Bungalows and said it was the most amazing experience. You have a multitude of different beaches, restaurants and experiences available to you on the island and you can really kick back and relax.
I haven’t been to NZ, but Australia is awesome. I don’t dive but I was able to go on a tour to the Great Barrier Reef and snorkled. It was one of the most impressive experiences I’ve ever had. There is this whole magical world going on down there that defies description. If you like that kind of thing, don’t miss it!
Syndy has some lovely views on the water and you can take a ferry over to the zoo. Very cool place as it has animals you have probably never seen (like a Platypus!). It is a very large country so I would plan carefully so you don’t loose too much time traveling. HAve a great time 🙂
Thanks so much for the help bees! I am going to shwo all of the tips to my FI and see what he thinks, I may have some follow up questions in the next few days. Thanks again!
Thanks for posting this – we were talking about the same idea. I’ve spent a while already traveling around Aussie so we were talking about NZ, but our wedding is in June and it’s winter there. S. Pacific bees: would a honeymoon on the south island in June be too cold??
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