(Closed) Honeymoon to NZ

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh fantastic! We’d love to go for the world cup but probably won’t be able to afford it. Hopefully we’ll get there during their summer instead. Sorry no advice but looking forward to reading what others have!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

ooh!  I’m going in Dec so I dont have any advice yet but we could sure bounce research ideas around!  We’re only spending two weeks in NZ before going to Aus, and only going to get to the southern part.  Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, and Fiordland + some surrounding wineries and stuff.  I read about the glowworm cave up north that I really want to check out, but its too far.  Helicoptor tours look really interesting too.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ooh exciting!  Fiance and I are doing a delayed three week honeymoon to NZ next year as well!  We haven’t really looked into too much yet, although we know we want to hit Rotorua on the north island, as well as the glow worm caves.  We want to hit the fjords in the south but haven’t yet looked into the feasibility of all of this. 

Can’t wait to see what other Bees have to say about NZ!  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re planning to honeymoon in NZ too! (in March/April) Suggestions would be great! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re doing 19 days in Australia and NZ in May– definitely interested to hear suggestions for either!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I’m from NZ and in terms of what not to miss in the South Island here goes;

Nelson/Bays area (includes Abel Tasman National Park – great hike), lots of winerys here and in Marborough (top of South)

Kaikoura (on Eastern side) – WONDERFUL whale watching (do not miss)

Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, and Fiordland – all great

Wanaka (much nicer than the more popular Queenstown)

Lake Tekapo (sooooo beautiful)

Have been living in the South Island for the past year, originally from the North Island. The South is definately beatiful, you might want to try the North if you are here during Summer (although Nelson is pretty nice during summer) as it is a lot warmer. The North is also the place to be if you want to see Maori cultural shows etc, the South Island is a lot ‘whiter’.

Hope this helps, pm me if you need help πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

Yay! NZ rocks πŸ™‚

Like reneeheartssam said, the South is more beautiful and rugged, while the North is more urbanised, but also more multicultural.

If you want to see some fun cultural shows, boiling mudpools, and geysers then Rotorua is the place to go. Nelson is GORGEOUS (ha but Im biased seeing as it is my home town). Lovely beaches, the sunniest weather in NZ, and close to a couple major national parks and lots of hikes. Further south, you cant miss Fiordland and Queenstown. Hmm..what else…Mt Cook is great! If you do happen to go to the far, far North then they have lovely beaches up there too.

Message me if you want to know anything more specific about the Nelson area, because that is the place I have the most experience with πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Born and raised in NZ (now living in Australia) I have to say i love my hometown, Christchurch… not so much to look at now after the earthquake. BUT nearly the whole of the south island is beautiful!

Lake tekapo is beautiful… and Mt Cook, i took my partner over to NZ when we first started going out back in 2005 (we had been together 3months) and it was amazing! it snowed at one point between Mt cook and wanaka <3

Hamner Springs is a nice place too, loved going there as a kid… so many memories.

Hope you have a wonderful time over there!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Kiwi based in the North Island here (in the buzzing Auckland metropolis). If you are into history, I’d definitely recommend 3-5 days up in Northland – visiting some of the oldest buildings in NZ, Russell (our first capital), Waitangi (where the treaty that our modern society is based on is signed) and some beautiful beaches. If you’re keen for more info on that, please feel free to PM me. I would probably stay on Waiheke Island rather than a hotel in the CBD – about a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland and one of the most beautiful places around – hikes if you want them, vineyards a plenty and beaches to relax on. The other ladies also have some brilliant ideas!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Wellington all the way baby!

 

Southern – go to Wanaka rather than Queenstown.  

Lots of people go down there for snow season, but it’s going to be summer in December!  So you want to go somewhere with beaches and fun things outdoors.

I suggest going to Kaikoura and maybe Christchurch if it’s up and running again.  Then head north and go to the Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the sun and wineries, and then head over to Taupo and do some cool lake things, and then Rotorua and some touristy things (if you wanna see the tourist spin on our Maori culture).  Auckland is also a place with cool shopping and nice restaurants.

But seriously, you can’t beat a nice Wellington day in summer.  We have parliament and the national museum – Te Papa.  We have lots of cafes and art galleries and stuff like that.  πŸ™‚ 

Jump on grabaseat.co.nz and grab yourself some cheap flights to get yourself around the country.

Enjoy your trip!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You’ll have a blast! I am a Kiwi so maybe a little biased….

I can definitely recommend the able tasman national park for a good hike. You stay in huts along the way and you can do it in 3-6 days. There are limited numbers so you do have to book but it means you get a bunk at night and the track isn’t too crowded.

If you only have a day or two then you can walk in and walk out  – there are plenty of shorter tracks around but the huts are a true kiwi experience.

PM me if you have any questions about that – but that is my top tip!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I LOVE Hamner Springs! It was the best ending to our vacation to NZ! You have to look it up and try to stay at the bed and breakfast instead of a hotel… you won’t regret it! We just wandered into town without reservations and had the most amazing time there!

Christchurch was awesome too! We also really enjoyed Auckland – lots of good affordable food.

Oh! You have to have their hokey pokey ice cream (or gelato…the gelato in Auckland right in the harbor…to die for…or at least travel 24 hours for…mmmm)

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