Post # 1
I’ve been lurking for a while now, and thought I could use your input.
Has anyone been to New Zealand for their honeymoon, particularly in January? This is the best time of the year for us to take a honeymoon due to work schedules. We love wine and ym FI loves adventure. I am up for some adventure as well, but also love relaxing!
Any words of advice would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m Canadian but Fi and I lived abroad in Australia 2 years ago and during that time we did a 2 week cruise to New Zealand (both islands) in January. New Zealand is fantastic with so much to do. A few of my favourite things we did were cruising through the Fjords, off roading along a mountain to this little beach with seals all over it, luging (essentially going down a mountains on a go kart – so much fun!), an amazing spa in natural volcanic springs.
My favourite thing we did was we went kayaking and unexpectedly encountered hector dolphins (which are essentially very small dolphins) which came and swam all around our kayaks and followed us for so long. It was the BEST moment of my life! I will never forget it! It was magical 🙂
if you have any other questions please feel free to PM me!
Post # 4
My DH is Kiwi. We usually go to NZ to visit in February. Jan should be great, it’s mid-summer.
Spend some time in Auckland (see Piha beach for a cool black sand beach) for sure but fly or ferry to the South Island and spend time in Queenstown driving around to the wineries. You can do tons of adventure stuff (bungee, canyon swing, off-roading.) Rent a SUV for sure!
Post # 5
!! DH and I spent the Entire month of January in NZ a few years ago for our honeymoon!
it was killllller! We rented a car and just drove around exploring the north island (though I’ve heard the south is super rad too if you’re into outdoor activities).
Post # 6
Thanks, bees!! I am getting excited! Does anyone have any recommendations on nice places to stay? We like really nice hotels!!!
Post # 7
@Stiletto13: I live in Christchurch, NZ so maybe I am biased towards the South Island…there was a thread a few months ago on where to go in NZ that I commented on and might give you some more ideas http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/new-zealand-itinerary#axzz2a8SLcgoS
Once you know what you where you want to go, just shout out and some of the Kiwis on here can give some more thoughts on where to stay. A good resource is also bookabach.co.nz, is a site for private house/vacation rentals. I saw you like nice hotels, these are the nicest in NZ http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/221/australia-the-south-pacific/new-zealand
January is a good time to come, the only thing you should know is kids get the entire month off so popular spots/beaches will be quite busy – it is their summer vacation! It can also mean some of those spots and rentals will be more expensive as well.
I personally think Abel Tasman (national park, you can kayak into spots or take boats) is AMAZING, then Marlborough has all the wineries, Kaikoura is on the coast and can eat your fill of crayfish, Christchurch is a good hub to visit places like Akaroa and has an airport as well, Tekapo has an amazing glacier lake, then Lake Wanaka is stunning and a short ways to Queenstown. Everywhere here people are very active/outdoorsy so you can get your fill of hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, bungee jumping or whatever you want to do!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Stiletto13: We went to New Zealand for our honeymoon, and I blogged about it – here were my blog posts about Abel Tasman and Queenstown (including info about where we stayed and ate):
Post # 9
DH and I are planning on honeymooning in NZ for four weeks in December/January. It seems so hard to narrow down where to go!
Do any of you who have either honeymooned or vacationed there have some sort of budget? I’m not really sure how much money we should be putting aside. As a note, we’re pretty flexible and are okay with fairly rustic accommodations.
Post # 10
Lived in NZ for 7 years of my childhood. It is an AMAZING place. Are you staying in North or South island? I lived in Rotorua centrally located in North Island and a huge tourist spot. It has all the geysers and hot pools. If in that area visit Polynesian Pools and Spa – you will feel so relaxed! Hells gate is a neat hot pool spot to visit. Take a trip to the Burried Village which is a village they left standing after a huge volcano eruption. The huts are so fascinating. Take a hike around Hamurana Springs. Go to the Gondalas and Luge down the mountain. Also a very cool tour – you will have to look up the name sorry! But you get on a bus and are taken “to the past” where people dress in traditional tribal attire and perform songs and dance for you, you can tour the village and then have a traditional Hangi meal!
Whale watching is best in South Island. Either island is beautiful! You will have a great time!