Post # 1
Fiance and I will be honeymooning in December/early January (probably including Christmas) and will have approx. $10k to spend (it’s possible we’ll have more but it’s hard to know how much). We’re planning on doing a honeymoon registry in addition to a regular registry since we’ve been living together for two and a half years to offset the cost of some meals/activities (but not for flights or basic accomodation).
Is it possible to do New Zealand (and maybe Australia if possible) for $10k (at least two weeks if just NZ or three weeks if doing both AUS and NZ)?
If not, how would you spend $10k in December if you’re not really tropical people (but don’t like cold weather)?
Post # 3
I think 10K should be plenty, depending on how upscale you want the hotels to be. Definitely check out the Great Barrier Reef while you are there, it is gorgeous! However one week in Australia is not a lot, it is a huge continent so travel between places takes a while. Are there any places in particular you really want to include on your trip?
Post # 4
It depends on how much traveling aroud you will do and what kind of accomodations you want to stay in. It’d be easy for 2 weeks, 3 is probably going to be tight. We did 4 weeks Dec – Jan, 2 weeks NZ, 2 Aus, and it totalled about 12k. We stayed did a lot of camping in NZ too, and budget accomodations, and cheap eats.
This was our breakdown: (Air was pretty high cause we had like 5 flights hoping around Aus)
Post # 5
NZ is a LOT cheaper than AUS, so maybe count that you can get about 20% further in NZ than in AUS. You can easily do a holiday for that much in NZ – get a rental car, bring a tent (weather is AMAZING dec/jan) and you can probably do a road trip Auckland down to Bluff (full country length!). Your tickets to get here are likely to be your biggest cost.
Post # 6
I think 10k is enough for a three week holiday, even if you include Australia – essentially, I think you might be ok with 3k a week in Australia but if you want to do activities etc then you might need more money but if you spend the most of the time in NZ, you don’t have a problem because NZ is nowhere as near expensive as Australia
Do note that Australia is massive so plan carefully what you want to do. I.e. if you want to go to the Great Barrier Reef, cool. However, do note that Cairns (sorry!) really isn’t a great holiday destination if you want to go somewhere with beaches. However, the GBR is pretty amazing if you’re interested in snorkelling/diving – i.e. a year ago we went there and stayed on a boat for two days and were provided all the snorkelling etc geart. I think it was only about 800 AUD a person, including food! Staying the night at the GBR is awesome as then you can also go night-diving and see sharks!
On the other hand, if you’re interested in awesome beaches, Western Australia is the place to go (honestly, you can’t even compare Bondi to them…), in addition to which it has lots of vineyards to offer. However, a bit more off the beaten track compared to the East Coast with Sydney and Melbourne.
Sydney and Perth ARE expensive, whereas Melbourne is cheaper. I.e. in Perth a normal meal (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about 30 AUD per person and even the hotels that aren’t that great range from 200-300 AUD per night. I’ve understood that Sydney is more expensive.
Despite the fact that Australia is expensive, it can be pretty amazing too. My family comes to visit us often and they love the beaches and the desert – for non-Australians it can be quite breath-taking to drive through a red desert. Or, even better, catch a train from Sydney/Melbourne to Perth – a two/three day train journey through the Australian desert while stopping in some random places for a few hours at a time. I’ve done it and, honestly, it’s one of the best experiences in my life!
Post # 7
NZ should be fine on $10K. You’ll probably spend $4K in flights for the two of you (will have to fly out of LA or SFO).
My DH (who is Kiwi) is pretty sure it’s doable (defnitely fine for 2 weeks) but it’ll depend on type of accomodation as others noted.
Food isn’t super cheap so maybe rent an apartment for a few days so you aren’t eating out all the time. IT’s not crazy expensive, but it’s not cheap either.
As PP’s pointed out you can rent cars and drive around (vs. having to fly everywhere). There are some nice beaches close to Auckland and in the northernmost part of the North Island.
The south island is stunning and definitely worth driving to see the landscape change so drastically…desert, rainforest, volcanoes….NZ has it all.
Post # 8
@hgwells: I’m a local in north Queensland, Aust. The other thing to take note of in Australia (the north at least) is that Dec/Jan is summer, can be quite hot/humid & in some areas we can even get cyclones (yay!)
Still an awesome place to visit – but you should be aware of what it’s like over here at the time you’re thinking of coming.
Post # 9
I would just go to New Zealand. Two weeks is just barely enough to get a sense of the country, and three weeks is definitely not enough for both, especially since, as other have noted, Australia is HUGE.
Your budget should be adequate for a wonderful NZ stay, depending, of course, on what your airfare costs turn out to be. NZ has an amazing variety of types of accommodations, and even the less expensive ones are usually squeaky clean.
It’s a beautiful, beautiful country and much more manageable for a 2-3 week honeymoon trip, If you tried to work both countries into that time frame, you’ll find yourself frantically running around with very little time to relax and do the kinds of things that honeymoons are meant to make time for 🙂
Post # 10
Really it depends on what you want to do and what level of accommodations you like. Even a moderate hotel like a Hilton or Marriott is going to run you $500/night in Sydney or close to it!
Post # 11
I just got back from my honeymoon which included 1 week in NZ, the accomodation costs were exactly the same as Aus, and food was more expensive. I would say that 10K is plenty. If you want to look up hotel deals try wotif.com. Sydney and the NSW coast is very nice around Dec/Jan and you can easily find accomodation cheaper than $500 a night!