(Closed) Australia/New Zealand/Fiji honeymoon help!!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I haven’t had a honeymoon yet but I’ve been to Australia twice, although I’ve only traveled around Victoria and New South Wales. So basically all I can tell you is I think your proposed itinerary (with the country hopping) is too busy and would not be at all relaxing. Australia is HUGE. And AMAZING. And with two weeks you’ll only be able to see bits of it as it is. I would just make this trip about Australia if I were you! I totally get the impulse to do as much as possible while you’re in a part of the world that you don’t know when you’ll get back to, but I would scale it back and focus on quality over quantity (of places).

Honestly I could spend a week in Sydney easy. I love Sydney! (Melbourne is nice but more for cultural amenities/food than for natural beauty and I think you’re right to save Melbourne for another time.) 

Remember that it may take you a day when you arrive to get yourself on Australia time and not be dead tired. I can give you advice on how best to do that if you want! And then you don’t want to lose too much time towards the end of your trip flying to different countries. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, if you don’t have multiple weeks to spend in New Zealand, I would skip it. Auckland isn’t even scratching the surface. The best part of New Zealand is the nature – if you don’t have time to spend hiking there, then skip it and come back when you have more time.

Also, expect to lose 3 of your 14 days just on the travel time to and from the US alone. Factor in even more half days getting to airports, flying, etc to all the sub-destinations you’ve listed, and you’re basically spending your honeymoon on a plane.

Spend two whole weeks in Australia OR Fiji OR New Zealand. Don’t try to do it all. I’ve spent a month in Australia, a month in New Zealand….and still felt like it wasn’t nearly enough.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, Milford Sound isn’t in Queensland, Australia – it’s on the southern island of New Zealand. Were you talking about Queenstown? Yes, a lot of tours leave from there to go to Milford, but it’s a horrendous 10+ hours on a bus round trip…in one day…spending like an hour and a half on a boat. I would recommend what we did – get a cute place to stay in Te Anau, and drive yourself from there. There are so many great hikes, beautiful scenic spots, etc that you’ll want to stop at along the way that you won’t be able to do on a guided tour.

Also, Queenstown is like a spring break in Cancun + adventure sports on steroids. It can be fun if you’re into that, but it definitely isn’t “authentic” New Zealand.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@crayfish:  I agree with this.

Usually, I am all about running around and seeing as much as I can, but to try to fit all three in 2 weeks is pure insanity… I did a month, two weeks each Aus and NZ and thought two weeks in NZ was a good amount of time, but trying to fit even 5 cities of Aus in 2 weeks, espeically having to fly to each one was just exhausting.  If you want a more relaxing honeymoon, I recommend jsut 2 weeks in NZ and just drive around at your leisure and spend some time in a few different cities for some adventure trips.  Even driving 5-6 hours from one city to another in NZ is treat, it’s just so beautiful that you admire the scenery the whole way and the drive becomes as great a part of the trip as the destination.

I believe Whitsunday is only accessible by tour, there are no facilities on the beach there.  For Daintree, unless you book a tour from the city, you’ll need a car.  Port Douglas is a really cute port town, Cairns is more citish and not very impressive.  From what they told us, the further north and out you go, the nicer the reefs, so Port Douglas may be a better location to stay to get to slightly more colorful reefs.  I honestly wasnt too impressed with the reefs they took me to.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I agree with the PP- pick one country. We’re going to NZ for our honeymoon, and are planning on 3 weeks. I’ve been to NZ previously, and could easily spend 3 months there.

Since you’re planning on going to Australia at some point anyway, I’d suggest NZ or Fiji for your honeymoon. The simpler, the better!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the others that all 3 is too much!  We spent 1 week in NZ and 3 in Australia and we need to go back because we barely scratched the surface.

I really liked the rainforest in Port Douglas and we went to the Ribbon Reef on a tour that left out of Cairns and dropped us at Port Douglas.  I don’t know how old you are, but you can’t rent a car there unless you are 25 so you might want to just look into tours for the areas you want.  That is what we did.  I’m not really sure if I would want to drive on the other side of the road anyway.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That sounds like a good distribution of time!  If you want to stay near Christchurch before flying out, check out Akaroa. It’s a cute little town about an hour away or an hour and a half away on the coast.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

The only thing I want to caution you on is that it is suggested you leave at least 24hrs between scuba diving and flying. Also don’t let your travel agent book you on Tiger Airlines in Australia- they are notorious for cancelling flights and have pretty bad customer service (no changes, if your late for checkin too bad etc).

Honestly it sounds really really rushed- because you have to rememeber that you will lose time flying- you are already at 13 nights with your last itinerary and you will be spending a lot of your honeymoon on planes! Plus we have some ridiculous airline rules like having to checkin (at the airport) at least an hour before your flight but it is safer to get there 1.5hrs prior (due to queues).

You can do a lot of the adventure sports you listed in Australia as well (except the snow ones but it will be late spring in NZ when you go over and this year is tipped to be a not so great snow year <we go to NZ to snowboard every year> so it could be a great place to visit another time?)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im an aussie (who dives) and spend the last 2 christmases in NZ and i wouldnt base myself in cairns and do day trips – you are spending a lot of time on cattle boats so look at basing yourself on an island

its not in the honeymooners category but for diving i would suggest Lady Elliot Island (you have to fly there on a small plane from either brisbane, hervey bay or bundaberg). the accomdation is basic, meals are served buffet style but the diving is really really good – i have dived all over the south pacific and LEI delivers a lot

and as someone said earlier, you cant dive and fly – you need a certain number of hours due to nitrogen buildup, especially if you are doing multiple dives on multiple days

NZ is big so when you have arrive queenstown, drive to fox glacier then one drive to christchurch – you are not allowing yourself much time to see/do anything

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I think your new itinerary sounds better. Cairns isn’t very nice for a honeymoon so Port Douglas or an island would be better for sure. Auckland (and the north island generally) isn’t very special so I think you’ve chosen a better part of NZ to focus on. I agree with the others that it’s pretty rushed and a packed itinerary with a lot of time on planes and in airports (even worse than planes in my opinion), but some people thrive on holidays like that! Things are expensive here so budget lots for accommodation and food, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We spent 10 days in New Zealand a couple of years ago and didn’t do nearly everything we wanted to. I would only do Auckland or Queenstown, not both, so you at least get a good, full experience in one of the cities. Many of the activities in Queenstown are either half day or full day events. For example, we went whitewater rafting on the shotover river (AMAZING) and were up early and got back late afternoon and barely left Queenstown for it. Milford Sound is an entire day (AMAZING). Our helicopter ride to a glacier was half a day. We weren’t able to go out and climb glaciers like I really wanted to or do many of the other extreme sports offered in the area on our 4 days there. We got a taste but not a full experience. 

We spent 4 days in Auckland and got a good taste of that city. A day exploring town and going to the aquarium, walking some of the dormant volcanoes and such. We spent a whole day driving back and forth to Piha (AMAZING). We spent a whole day on Rangitoto. We spent another day or so in town doing more shopping and exploring. I thought that was enough time to experience the city.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MsVoyageur:  the only queensland island ive stayed at was LEI as i usually go overseas for our dive trips. the accomodation is very basic, think demountable buildings turned into rooms so its NOT something i would recommend for honeymooners but for divers i do. mantas and turtles, leopard sharks and fish, its the most south of the great barrier reef and i think its missed by most tourists

you can book LEI directly via their website btw

IF you are coming to sydney/new south wales, 6hrs drive from sydney is South West Rocks for amazing grey nurse shark diving – last time i dived it i lost count at 40 sharks in the gutter

for Milford sound – the best way to get in and out is hiring a car. From Te Anu to Milford is about 2hrs one way, from queenstown to milford is about 5hrs and thats one way.  if you drive and are going to do one of the cruises you can get on the earlier boats and they are less crowded – the boats with the bus trips get crowded

i found the drive from Te Anu to Queensland not very scenic – we are going to do the glaciers this christmas so i havent seen them yet

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