New Zealand Bees/Bees who have vacationed in NZ

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hi, I am an New Zealander but I currently live in Australia. Your itinerary looks pretty planned out, it doesn’t seem like you have left a great deal of time to do some things. NZ isn’t as small as everyone thinks. I’d say more time in Milford sound, less time at franz Josef. You are trying to fit alot into one trip, which means you may actually miss out on alot of things. I have lived in both the south and the north island and always say to people try and spend as much time in the South Island as you can as its just beautiful. 

I think you have done well but try give yourself a bit more free time. You might fall in love with a certain place and want to stay there.

Here are some places I can recommend for yummy food.

fergburger – queenstown. Amazing burgers

the chop shop – arrowrown, queenstown. 

New zealanders are really friendly so if you want to know anything most are happy to help you 🙂

If you want to know anything else just ask 🙂

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@hgwells:  Hi there, looks like a great itinerery. Are there any specific activities which you are interested in while you are here? I am guessing you want to see some of the beautiful sights and aren’t so worried about shopping/nightlife. Personally I prefer Taupo to Rotorua – Rotorua has some cool day activities though but lake Taupo is pretty stunning and has more eateries etc… Another thing I would like to add is that the driving around New Zealand can be a bit draining at times depending on the routes that you take so make sure you allocate a little bit of extra time for making stops and getting to your destinations. Most of the main state highways are pretty good though.

Regarding the costs of your activities there are a few voucher/deal sites which can provide some good bargains if you are into that kind of thing. It can be annoying having to print them off and most require you to sign up and send generated emails but the deals can be worth it bookme.co.nz offers discounted activities throughout the country. There are also others which offer activities, food etc… I am happy to put the names of the ones I know on here if you wish but would say for the restauraunts make sure you have a look on tripadvisor first as they can be a bit hit and miss. 

There are also a lot of great options for accomodation over here from camping (bring insect repellant to the west coast and milford sound) DOC huts if you decided to do tramping(walks) hotels, motels, anything you like really. I am sure you have lots of ideas already!

If you have any questions give me a yell!

Post # 6
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364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Wow you are trying to see a lot! You will end up doing a lot of travelling and not getting too much time to relax and enjoy the scenery which is the best part!

Just as a warning too that late December and all of January is school holidays so most accommodation will be more expensive during that time and some places like Waiheke and Abel Tasman will be really busy.

 

 

Post # 7
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274 posts
Helper bee

@hgwells:  Not about what to do with spare time, but while you’re in Rotorua, be extra careful. Not trying to freak you out, but it’s kind of the “scary” part of NZ. Just make sure you stick together and aren’t walking in dim-lit areas or desolite places at night. It’s the kind of place where someone might jump you to steal your shoes. My advice, other than that, is to make sure you look like you know what you’re doing, always. Even if you’re kind of lost, just walk into a shop like you belong there. Then you can poke around a regroup without looking like a tourist.

Now that I’ve scared you, NZ is gorgeous and so much fun! I spent a month there and had a blast. Hopefully you’ll see the beaches. Hahei was my favorite, followed closely by Ohope. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@KaylaFromAR:  Wow, I’ve never heard of Rotorua being a scary place and I’ve been there loads! 

I think your itinerary looks pretty packed, and you’ll spend lots of time travelling, but if that’s what you’re after then that’s great!  

Post # 10
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@KaylaFromAR:  rotorua scary?? Really? I lived in new zealand for 25 years and have been to rotorua heaps of time and was never scared once. I’d say Auckland being a big city is worse. Each to thier own I guess.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Yay for coming to New Zealand!

There are scary parts in every city in the world – Rotorua being no different.

I agree with the PP’s, you have a lot oftravel planned and very few relaxing days – but if that’s your style you will love all that you get to see. You will certainly need to book ahead due to it being our summer/main holiday season.

I can suggest a couple of lovely restaurants in Nelson – The Orangery & Jellyfish. Tekapo is beautiful, be sure to visit the little church.

Post # 12
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274 posts
Helper bee

@aribanana:  Auckland is much bigger, but I never got warnings about that place. I’m just reiterating what locals told me. Better safe than sorry.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@KaylaFromAR:  wow, ex-NZ bee here, never had that feeling there!

OP I know you’re trying to see everything but I honestly thing you’re trying to do too much in too little time.  Sorry to have to say that! For example days 3-4… that would be a ton to squeeze into 3-4 days let alone 2.  The driving is tiring, you,re not leaving yourself any buffer for random and unplanned exploration (a big part of the NZ experience!). and even though you’re trying to get max bang for your buck, at that time of year I’d want to schedule a day or two to plonk my backside on a beach somewhere in the bay of Islands or coromandel (although Waiheke ain’t bad).  That’s the best part of NZ in summertime.  And as others have said, the distances might not seem too long but some of the roads can be quite tricky – and particularly hectic at that time of year – and as horrible as it is to say, I recall a number of tourists ending up in crashes because they’re simply not used to the roads.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  agree about the driving. While the distances look short between different cities the roads can be really windy. Lots of tourists crash as they aren’t used to the roads in NZ.

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