(Closed) Honeymoon in New Zealand? Should we go for it

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  • Post # 2
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    This is what I’m doing! If you can, GO FOR IT! Fiance and I are taking 2 months off (vacation time + unpaid leave) to travel after our wedding. We figure this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, before we have a morgage, dogs and kids to take this chance. The next time we could do this would be when we retire, right?! Live your best life – if you’re in a position to do this and it’s a dream for you, absolutely go for it and make those memories. 

    I was really nervous about getting personal leave, but I talked to my manager and HR partner about the possiblilty pretty far out – about 9 months. Even though I didn’t know anyone who had taken leave at my company, turns out it’s pretty easy. They don’t legally have to guarantee your same position when you return, so there’s always the chance I may come back to an unglamorus position if things move around while I’m out, but I’m fine to roll with that and look elsewhere if needed.

    A lot of companies have policies for unpaid personal leave – go talk to your HR partner and find out if you and your Fiance have options for a personal leave or sabbatical. If you are in a lucrative industry, it’s probably even easier to get leave – if there’s competition for your skills they’d rather retain their talent then be forced to do a new hire. 

    Good luck!!!!! 

    Post # 3
    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I wouldnʻt quit my job for a trip but maybe if I didnʻt love it. And we were also just talking New Zealand last night!

    Post # 4
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2017 - The George, Christchurch

    I live in NZ and you will not be disappointed. The south island is just beautiful. Scenery, walking, driving, coastal towns, beaches, glaciers, glow worms, mountains, skiing, hot pools, gondolas….. the list goes on. 

    You could come in summer time (Dec – feb),  or winter (jun-aug sept). Autumn is beautiful colours. 

    The north island as has its perks. Hot pools, gondolas, driving and scenery. 

    You can’t go wrong and a month is a good amount of time to see a lot (example driving from christchurch on east coast to greymouth in West coast takes just over 3 hours). 

    Good luck 😊

    Post # 5
    15287 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There is no way I’d quit my job without another one lined up, esp not for a vacation.   Maybe if it was just one, whos income wasn’t essential.  But both?  yikes, i’d definitely be nervous and not entertain the idea.  As much as I love to travel (we did a month in NZ and Aus as our first big trip together), I love financial security too.

    ETA: I also don’t think it necessarily has to be a once in a lifetime trip.  While it’s true we haven’t taken a full 4 week off since this trip, we’ve done 2-3 week trips almost every year since and travel internationally twice a year.  If you balance iyour housing budget well, and leave lots of buffer to save for vacations, you can still travel.  And we’ve actually found that while endless travel sounds great in theory, after 2-2.5 weeks, we’re pretty read to come home.

    Post # 8
    43 posts
    • Wedding: January 2018

    Hey bee, go for it!! We visited my best friend (she’s gonna be my maid of honor!) in nz last year from thanksgiving weekend to dec 10th. It was a great time frame because it’s picking up to their busy season, but not too crowded as of yet. It is an absolutely incredible country that I recommend for everyone to see! 


    That being said, we had plenty of adventuring within a 2 week period rather than a longer trip. If you do plan on going, I can send you the itinerary my bff made. She’s very type a! 


    We spent a good amount of time in Wellington (where she lives) and took a drive up to Matamata where the Hobbiton set is. Then we did some stuff around Rotaroua as well. The entire second week, we drove from Golden Bay Area down to Queenstown. We didn’t get to see the whole country, but we felt like we saw a lot and had an incredible adventure in the 2 week period. Good luck on the long flight! 

    Post # 9
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2017 - The George, Christchurch

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    irishbride2018 :  we married in February in nz. I feel it’s staying warmer longer so maybe March April is a good time for you if you like autumn. 

    Enjoy planning your trip. You won’t be disappointed. 

    Post # 10
    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We decided our honeymoon was very important to us, so we spent what we wanted and I regret nothing. However, it really didn’t put us in a bad financial situation and there is no way I would have quit my job over a trip, even as amazing as it sounds. Have either one of you talked to your employers?

    Post # 11
    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    We took a month off for our honeymoon (in South America), and then last year, we took 3.5 weeks off for New Zealand! NZ was amazing, and we could have stayed forever! But 2.5 weeks on the south island and 1 week on the north island was a great experience.

    On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have done it if it meant losing my job. DH and I are lucky because we get ~20 vacation days each year. While our bosses probably don’t love the fact that we like to take long trips and use most of our days all at once, they let us do it!

    Good luck!

    Post # 12
    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    PS – Also, it can help if you plan a long trip during “slow” times at your work. Most of my department takes a week or two off sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and so things seem to get quiet and slow down a bit. So, we planned our NZ trip from mid-December to mid-January, got to experience lovely weather there during the NZ summertime, and we weren’t “missed” as much around the office, since everyone else was taking at least some vacation, too. 

    Post # 13
    80 posts
    Worker bee

    We honeymooned in New Zealand this June! It was such a great trip, albeit very chilly at times. But, that’s what we wanted! A winter honeymoon with plenty of snow capped scenery, hot chocolates and coffee, fireplaces… 

    Ours was only in Queenstown, as we decided that being exhaused from the wedding we’d prefer to stay in the one town. Plenty of day trips from the centre though, so we had lots to do but could also have lazy days. 

    Post # 14
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We honeymooned in New Zealand. I took unpaid leave (4 weeks) but dh had full pay… we started in Auckland and drove to Christchurch. It was absolutely amazing- we went in Sept. Our wedding day in Aus was a balmy 25 degrees, so it was quite cool really when we got over there and by the time we got back it was HOT in Aus. I would move there in a heartbeat and we’ve considered buying a holiday house there one day. 

    Post # 15
    6432 posts
    Bee Keeper

    irishbride2018 :  there is absolutely no way I would quit my job for a holiday without having one lined up. The job market is just so tough at the moment, there are zero guarantees you would be able to just walk straight back into a job. So if you were doing that you would need enough set aside to cover your outgoings for at least 3 months IMO to be on the safe side. 

    I have found most employees will grant extended leave. I’m taking 16 days off (not including weekends obv) this September, in term time, and my contract stipulates I can’t take time off in term time, and can take a maximum of 10 days at one time. I had to get special approval, but it was granted with zero issues. So. Speak to your employers; they may be able to meet you half-way and give you 3 weeks which would still be a nice amount of time/they may be able to give you some of the time unpaid/etc. Do also do as PP said and try to go in a quiet time if possible. 

    If you can get the time off, I would go for it. We have spent an absolute fortune on holidays over the past decade and I have zero regrets. 

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