Post # 1
Sorry, I haven’t been posting much on here. 🙁 However, I am 10 days away from flying out to NZ for our weddingmoon!! My question is… is $5000 enough of a budget for 2 people for 14 days out there realistically? The hotels and everything is already paid for. We will need a car, food, activities, gas, and gifts. Does this sound reasonable? Keep in mind – a few of these days will also be completely paid for so technically it’s for about 10-12 days. 🙂
Please lemme know, I’m freaking out!!
Post # 3
@Chunkyswifey143: You should be fine!! Make sure you check with your hotel if you can get any package deals for touristy things! Where are you heading? I maybe able to recommend some fun/cheap things to do 🙂
Post # 4
Kiwi living in Australia… I’d say that’s easily enough :)! Where are you heading to in particular? Enjoy 🙂
Post # 5
No need to stress, at all – your budget is more than adequate. New Zealand is one of the easiest countries in the world to travel around, and some of the very best things to do are free.
Post # 6
@FirstComesLoveNZ: Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. We are staying in 4 different cities, traveling up the South Island. Flying into Queenstown, then taking the overnight cruise through Milford Sounds, then to Wanaka, from there to Mt. Cook, and then finally to Christchurch. Any ideas for those areas?? I’ve heard wine-tasting is a must!
@goingtotherooftopoflove: Hey! So excited to head to your hometown! We are heading up the South Island to Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Mt. Cook, and then leaving from Christchurch.
@wahine777: OOoohhhhh, any recommendations? The more we can save, the better!
Post # 7
@Chunkyswifey143: I’ve spent so much more time in North island than South Island; I’m sure there are many bees more qualified than me to make specific recommendations for your itinerary.
But in general, Kiwis love the outdoor life and the accessibility of beautiful (and free!) strolls, walk and hikes is truly incredible. Even just driving around is a pure pleasure! The variety of sights and vistas that await a visitor around every turn in the road never fail to delight me.
I’d recommend not cramming too many paid activities into your trip, and leave plenty of time for just exploring and getting to know the country. Strike up conversations wherever you go – you’ll almost always learn something interesting and maybe even be invited to get to know the locals better.
I’ve had incredible expereinces doing just that – including one day spent with a Maori community at some canoes races and being invited to their after-party at the marae, with delicious food and lively haka, and another afternoon that I ended up spending at an elderly sheepdog breeder’s farm, while he showed me how he trained his dogs and showed me his many awards.
Even if you don’t end up making some local friends, just giving yourselves time to explore on your own can lead to some priceless experiences . . .
Post # 8
Easily done on 5k. It will be warming up as well – do a lot of tramping/hiking, wine tasting,possibly swim with dolphins?
Post # 9
@Chunkyswifey143: Exciting for you! A new website has just been launched – and it offers some good tourity things at decent discounts – worth a look: http://www.gobook.co.nz/queenstown-wanaka – it has other regions too. We are doing a 16 day road trip to the South Island over Christmas and New Year so have been researching excitedly too. Have fun!
Post # 10
@Chunkyswifey143: $5,000 should be enough. Things are a bit pricey compared to here, but remember EVERYTHING already includes tax in the sales price (i love that!) I too, have spent most of my time in North Island, but whale watching and beautiful scenery are popular in the South. Plenty to do!
Just wanted to say have a great time!!! I miss New Zealand, it is truly the most beautiful country in the world!
Post # 11
@Chunkyswifey143: Wine tasting and if you’re upfor it in Queenstown you could go jetboating or bungy jumping. Milford sounds is beautiful 🙂
Im from the north island but I frequently go to Christchurch to visit family. Orana park in christchurch is quite nice. It’s a zoo with really big and nice enclosures.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the responses ladies! We can’t wait to leave next Saturday! Sounds like we will be covered so no more worries for me, just excited jitters. 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Chunkyswifey143: Have fun & congrats in advance! You’ll be tooootally fine on that budget – esp with the exchange rate!