New Zealand or South Africa?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: If you were choosing between the two, where would you go on your honeymoon?
    New Zealand and Cook Island (or Fiji) : (15 votes)
    75 %
    South Africa : (5 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    NZ!

    I’m biased because FI is a kiwi, but it really is absolutely beautiful. We were actually back for a visit in May (we live in Canada), and did a ton in the time we had.

    We spent a lot of down time in Wellington, but we also flew up to Auckland and did the surrounding areas up there.

    Wellington has gorgeous beaches and has a pretty cool “scene”, lots of independant coffee shops, theatres and restaurants. If you want to go surfing, Lyall Bay is always packed. Zealandia is a bird sanctuary that does night-walks where you might get lucky and see some kiwi birds. Wellington Zoo has a one-legged kiwi named Tahi, so you’re guaranteed to see one there! Te Papa is a must see museum. It was an awesome place for us to “land”, because it’s at the bottom of the north island. So, you’re really able to hop on a short plane ride and be at the top or the bottom of the country. <br /><br />Auckland itself was nice, but we didn’t spend too much time there, honestly. From there we hit Rotorua for the hot pools (which was incredible, but be prepared, it stinks like eggs from the sulfur!), and Waitomo for the glow-worm caves (this was so surreal, very touristy but worth the drive & experience!).

    When we got back to Wellington, we spent a few days relaxing and then drove down to Nelson Lakes. We hit a few wineries along the way, and then spent a few days in his family “bach” (cottage). Nelson Lakes is gorgeous. A great place to go if you’re into hiking (or tramping as they call it), and theres something very romantic and secluded about it. It was probably my favourite part of the trip. Again, tons of wild-life! Kiwis (you can hear them at night), countless birds, eels, fish, etc.<br /><br />The thing with New Zealand is, it’s expensive but you can really see highlights of the country pretty easily in two weeks. And if you book a bach instead of staying in hotels, you can do it much cheaper than you’d expect! You can even rent cars for free, because the companies can’t always relocate the cars back and forth between the islands. They basically let you drive it back for them.

    Also, when we booked our flights we went with Air New Zealand, it ended up being about $1000 less than it would have been with Air Canada. We ended up on an older plane (we boarded in Vancouver), so the entertainment system wasn’t as great… but the food and the service was amazing. I’m not sure where you’re located, but I know that they are running their newer planes out of LA, and those things are insane. Reeeeally nice new fleet!

    Bach Rental:<br />http://www.bookabach.co.nz/

    Cheap (or even free) rental cars:<br />https://www.transfercar.co.nz

    Waitomo (glow worms):<br />http://www.waitomo.com/waitomo-glowworm-caves.aspx

    Rotorua Hot Pools:<br />http://www.polynesianspa.co.nz/

    Rotorua Hot Springs/Geysers:<br />http://www.rotorua.nz.com/geothermal.aspx

    Nelson Lakes National Park:<br />http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/nelson-lakes/

    Zealandia:<br />http://www.visitzealandia.com/

    Te Papa:<br />http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/pages/default.aspx

    Air New Zealand:<br />http://www.airnewzealand.com/airfare-deals-new-zealand

     

    I’m sorry this was such a ramble. I’m at work and am no good at multi-tasking! I hope there’s at least something of use in here!<br /><br />P.S. The formatting of this looks all screwy to me… not sure why 🙁

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    Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper

    I have never been to either but NZ is on my bucket list! I would go in a heartbeat!<br /><br />

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

     

    happycamper8:  I would say NZ for the mere fact that the Ebola virus is spreading like crazy in western Africa. I would also be afraid to plan any sort of trip to Africa in fear the the US government will ban travel to and from there at some point.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’ve already been to South Africa, so I’d say NZ! But I absolutely LOVED SA, especially Cape Town. I really don’t think you can go wrong either way.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    happycamper8:  please check the state dept website before listening to any misinformation about South Africa. The continent is HUGE and no health concerns in the western region of Africa apply to tourists going to South Africa (the country). 

    i highly recommend South Africa. It was an amazingly romantic trip and the best restaurants were within our budget. Go to capetown (visit the wine country nearby also) and go to Durban. Nothing much interesting in other big industrial cities. It is simply beautiful. Capetown is like a piece of Europe on a bay but w much better prices. 

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I will be doing my weddingmoon in either Fiji or Bora Bora, but I just got back from a 1.5 month study abroad trip to SA and it was AMAZINGGG!! 

    We lived in Stellenbosch which is huge in the wine industry and visited Cape Town every weekend on our adventures. We went to the water front, Cape Point, Table Mtn and Robben Island. We also did safaris in Zimabawe and Botswana. We spent a night in Joburg but I wouldn’t go there on my honeymoon lol It was an awesome trip and would definitely recommend it, even if it’s not your honeymoon! 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    First, West Africa and South Africa are really far apart! I wouldn’t worry about Ebola.

    Second, my husband and I did a safari honeymoon and I’m thrilled with the decision! We looked into South Africa and Botswana, but ended up going to Kenya and Malawi. It was the best trip we’ve ever taken and the nature is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s like driving through the discovery channel!!!

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    New Zealand for sure! I’d go back there in a heartbeat! 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    NZ!

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    happycamper8:  If you end up going to SA, pm me- I will give you recommendations for the absolute best dessert I had in years (at this capetown Indian restaurant) and let you know other things I loved there.  

    Stellenbosch is great.  

    Fully ignore joburg- no reason to go there for tourists/honeymooners at all.  

    I just don’t know that anywhere beats SA’s mix of amazing beaches, gorgeous preserves (ngorogoro crater was spectacular), semi-wonders of the world (the view from table mountain, cape point, some botanical garden that was unreal), amazing cultures and foods (some of the best indian food and fried fish I’ve had & also tons of good meat), unbelievably rich history, spectacular wine (didn’t know I loved white wine til I had SA white wine), and none of it broke the bank.  Dang, I want to go back.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I lived in NZ for a while but have not been to SA. 

    You would definitely not regret NZ! Bear in mind that both are in the Southern Hemisphere and October will be (potentially very rainy) spring. Last time I was there, summer didn’t really start until January.

    I’ve got a whole list of things I sent to a couple friends who were going to NZ…PM me if you want it. 😀

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