(Closed) New Zealand honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

What time of the year are you going? 

Your itinerary looks good- other recommendations I have are the Marlborough Sounds if you’re going from the South Island up to the North (there’s a ferry), and Golden Bay.

Also wouldn’t bother with Auckland- it’s just a big city and nothing special. Wellington is a much nicer city IMO.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We are planning, very vaguely, the South Island. My Fiance  hasn’t been there so I thought it was a good plan for our honeymoon. 

How are you planning to get around? Last time we drove, but be aware they drive on the left hand side. There are also hop on hop off buses. The transalpine train is beautiful, as is the train from the ferry from between the islands to Christchurch. 

Doubtful Sound is beautiful, and it was less busy than Milford Sound. 

Go for a hangi in Rotarua, that was fun. And there is a national park on the North Island whose name escapes me at the moment which had some amazing volcanic lakes – if you google frying pan lake it should be easy to find.

So much to do! Duck tours. Chasing the aurora Australis in Queenstown. 

The Cadbury factory in Dunedin. With the worlds biggest chocolate pour.

Use the tourist information centres when you get there. They can book accommodation and activities and they know what is good and they did a bit of bargaining for us, which was kind of amusing. 

Helicopter flight to Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, or if you are adventurous there are hiking/camping tours through there too. Hot springs on the South Island.

 

Btw, we did a lot of this in 2 weeks, even after being snowed in at Rotarua for 3 days (that was unusual, and if I had thought about it I knew it was coming as we got really late snow that year in Victoria)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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akm57 :  unless you are going north from Aukland I wouldn’t worry too much about going there.

only spend a day in Rotarua then as apparently it gets very sulphuric smelling (think rotten eggs) in summer. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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MrsKing212 :  I agree with you about Aukland. I think Hamilton looked nicer. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Don’t miss abel tasman park, it’s wonderful there!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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akm57 :  Ah winter changes things! Def not the best time of year for the sounds or Golden Bay/Abel Tasman. Even Milford will be freezing! (Not the best time for kayaking) 

Auckland is a good base point for many things, but honestly the SkyTower is not that impressive and massively overpriced (and attached to a massive Casino..) 

Queenstown is AMAZING in Winter, as is nearby Wanaka. Hobbiton etc is by Wwellington. Rotorua and Taupo are stunning and also great in Winter.

Here’s a good link

http://www.newzealand.com/int/winter-holidays/ 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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MrsKing212 :  They will be there in northern hemisphere winter so NZ summer. From what I hear South Island is better in Summer. Would you agree? I’ve only been there in spring, so I am going on what friends have said.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I live in NZ!

I would add in:

-Lake Tekapo (south island)

-Doubtful Sound (South Island)

-Wairarapa region (north island) : if you like wine, stay a few days in Martinborouh, hire bikes and go to wineries- it’s a lot of fun!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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karamellokoala :  no, what I mean is they are there in NZ summer – from friends I have heard Rotarua gets very sulphuric and Aukland can get stifling hot, so South Island is better than the North in summer.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We’re also going to New Zealand for our honeymoon. I’ve been to the South Island before (this is where my step mother is from) but not the North. My Fiance has never been, so we’re planning to do a bit on both islands.

I actually wasn’t a fan of Queenstown, although I’m pretty sure I’m in the majority as lots of people love it. Even so, we’re going to do a day trip there from Wanaka (we’re staying with my step mother’s family there) so we can go on the gondola. I’ve never been to Milford Sound but my dad and step mother have said it’s beautiful (another stop for us). On the South Island, the glaciers are also amazing. I’ve visited the Fox and Franz Josef ones before, which we’ll probably do so again, but there are a few more (their names escape me right now) to also visit. Mt Cook is also pretty impressive.

We’re flying into Auckland but everyone I know who’s been there have said it’s nothing special. My step mother likened it to Melbourne (which is where we live). We’re only spending one night there before heading out. We’re also going to see Hobbiton and I’m so excited lol!! I know a few people who’ve visited and said it was amazing. We’re also visiting Rotorua and nearby Taupo – both places have lots of mineral springs and thermal pools to enjoy. I wanted to visited the glow worm caves but they aren’t on our route unfortunately. We’re making out way from Taupo down to Wellington (more of my step mother’s family are there) and then getting the ferry across – if it’s a clear day the ferry is meant to have amazing views, so we’ve got our fingers crossed.

When are you going? We’re going late December (Boxing Day) and coming back a few weeks later.

Post # 15
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Newbee

A very late ‘honeymoon’ for us because of the military, but we are going to New Zealand in September and we used First Light Travel out of Auckland to help plan our trip. They planned every little detail, which I would have found difficult to do. (I seriously tried and felt like I was leaving fun things out.)

Ours in based around all of the Lord of the Rings tours and outdoor activities and we are starting in Auckland and ending up in Queenstown. Everything is seriously a fangirls dream; we are even going to stay in a Hobbit hole for a night. 

Highly recommend at least looking at their website as they have detailed itinerary’s even if you want to plan everything on your own.

Good luck!

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