New Zealand for honeymoon– Kiwi's, help me out!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’ve been there a few times (I’m Australian – so it’s an easy trip) and I’d recommend the south island! You can do things like a boat cruise around Milford sound, ice climbing at fox glacier (this was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever ever done. I so recommend it!), wineries around Nelson and Christchurch (you’d probably fly into Christchurch as it’s the biggest airport down there, although may need a connecting flight from Auckland on the north Island, which is probably worth a couple of nights too). If you’re into it, Queenstown is where our want to go for bungee jumping and skydiving, or paragliding which is less intense but equally amazing for the views! Wanaka is absolutely stunning and set near this bright blue lake, it’s so romantic! 

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

And definitely rent a car – it’s the easiest way around and the views from the drives are simply stunning. 

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

The South Island is much more spectacular in terms of scenery – I was born and grew up in Christchurch. You may have to fly into Auckland but it’s only an hour’s flight to Christchurch from there. The other option is to fly from Auckland to Queenstown, base yourselves there and rent a car there – there are loads of wineries in the region, Wanaka and Milford Sound are easy drives from there and there’s heaps to do. It’a a six hour drive from Christchurch so you’d lose the best part of two days if you drove down. If you based yourselves in Christchurch, there are some great day or overnight trips from there – Hanmer Springs where there are hot springs, beautiful walks and some adventure tourism; Akaroa which was a French settlement and is a beautiful historic seaside town; the TranzAlpine train which is one of the top-rated scenic train trips in the world (AMAZING in winter!) and wineries just north of Christchurch. Chch itself is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2011 but is very vibrant and busy despite that. Happy to answer any more questions!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

mdcmod:  Like PPs said, the South island has the most beautiful scenery and is a lot less dense, population wise. The North island is a more city-based. What kind of things are you into, and what time of year will you be visiting?

If you’re travelling in the South island, I’d definitely rent a car and plan a road trip. If you’re into hiking then you have to go to Abel Tasman. If you’re not so keen you can also just do day trips out there for smaller walks and it really is stunningly beautiful.

Queenstown is great for adventure activities (bunjy jumping, shotover jet, snow sports etc). Christchurch is pretty different these days after the earthquakes but is a very interesting place to visit.

There are amazing wineries in Marlborough (South island), and the Wairarapa and Havelock North (North island) that make for enjoyable honeymoon visits!

Wellington is often described as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ but I’m a little biased, as I live there! It is a really ecclectic mixture of arts, good food, and culture, and there’s no shortage of things to do and see. It’s another good option for a city to fly into, and is right in the middle of the country. 

If you want an isolated retreat for a few nights of romance, it’s hard to beat the beautiful setting of the Marlborough sounds and you can get there from Wellington on the ferry. The ferry will show you some great scenery on the way.

There really is too much to describe and I’m not doing it justice at all. Will have a think and chat to my friends about what the must-sees are and report back. Have fun with your planning 🙂

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Buzzing bee

mdcmod:  hello! Lived in New Zealand for 8 years – however, i live in California now.

What city would you fly in to? I always fly into Aukland. It is a huge amazing city with so much to do! Great night life, if you are looking for that. The Sky Tower, kelly tarltons, rainbows end (theme park), zoo, museums etc.

Should we focus on the north or south side of the island? I lived in the north, so I am a little inclined to say North, but it really depends on what you guys are looking for. South Island is great if you are more the outdoorsy type – beautiful mountains, whale watching etc. 

Should we rent a car? Yes! You will not stay in one town and Public Transportation between towns is not cheap. 

What are some amazing, but non-touristy spots we should visit? Well i lived in a huge tourist town so… prob dont have the best reccomendations for that lol. I just reccomend eating different things – i miss the food! Even their mcdonalds is better haha. Maybe attend a rugby game? 

What are some touristy things that we should not miss? Waitomo Caves. It is an AMAZING place! It is a couple hours south of Auckland. You can walk through these historic caves and then take a little bpat ride through them. The caves are pitch black, but thousands of glow worms live on the cieling. It looks like you are sailing through the starry night skies!

I also suggest adding Rotorua to ur list. It is a big tourist town, but it has a lot to offer. The bath museum, the polynesian spa -make sure to get a mud bath!, hells gate (geysers and hot pools), gondolas (not the venetian boats) it takes you up a mountain for amazing views and there is some cool things to do at the top. There is also Rainbow farm and fairy springs which is a neat little place to visit if you like animals. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Oh, I forgot Kaikoura as an overnight trip from Christchurch – whale watching central!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I live in Auckland but I’m from Christchurch. I agree with PPs – South Island over the North, rent a car (but read the road rules first! We drive on the left), and remember that our seasons are in reverse to the northern hemisphere.

You’ll probably fly into Auckland as it’s the biggest international airport we have. Don’t spend too much time in Auckland, it’s just another city. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Milford Sound and Wanaka are much, much closer to Queenstown.  Weather in November should be fairly warm but possibly changeable (particularly in the Queenstown area as it’s quite high in the mountains).  Christchurch will be a bit warmer – as kids we were usually back in the pool sometime in November.  

Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown sits on its shore) is never warm – snow fed and extremely, extremely deep – you’d want a wetsuit for that and at that time of year, probably for Lake Wanaka as well.  Depending on the winter, you may even find ski fields still open in November – two of my cousins managed to snow ski and waterski in one day once!

There are loads of places to stay in both Queenstown and Wanaka (and Christchurch) – I wouldn’t think you’d have any trouble, regardless of your budget, but book early to be safe.  Also, if you go to Queenstown, make sure you visit Fergburger – it’s a world famous burger joint which is AMAZING! 

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