(Closed) New Zealand Honeymooners!! (Have done or are going to…)

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Chunkyswifey143:  Coming from the states, you might be shocked at how expensive things are in New Zealand. Not to alarm you, but the general cost of living is pretty high – altho maybe not too much higher than in CA, not sure. It really depends on how you want to travel. In October, the weather isn’t great so travelling can be cheaper than in the summer months. If you’re willing to go rustic and go tramping, you can make life pretty cheap – and see parts of NZ that even some people who live here don’t see. If you’re really looking to go rustic – campervans in Oct can be pretty cheap, but that doesn’t really sound like honeymoon material to everyone πŸ™‚ If you have specific questions about places in the SI, message me. But otherwise my general advice is avoid Queenstown at all costs. It’s a tourist trap and very expensive, and plenty of towns just near there are much nicer and not as crazy. Eating out, even in cafes, can be pricey… but the produce is generally great so I’d suggest finding a place where you can do some cooking if you want to cut down on costs. But really, it depends on the types of activites you want to do!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Chunkyswifey143:  I’m a kiwi, happy to help you once you have a clearer idea of where you want to honeymoon πŸ™‚ Great choice getting married in NZ!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hello @Wellington Bride , this is my first post on this website. I am planning a honeymoon to wellington ad rotorua next year . I would LOVE ideas from a local.  Thankyou kindly

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I live in Melbourne now but grew up in NZ and have travelled all over the North Island.  I’m not so sure I’d be helpful at budget (although when I went to Vegas last year I was shocked by how cheap everything was, so I’m guessing you might find the cost of living expensive as previously mentioned).  But you will LOVE New Zealand.  I’m still incredibly fiercely patriotric πŸ˜›  Best country ever in my opinion.  I’m just glad I have a free place to stay and get to come home a couple of times a year πŸ˜€

I think you’ll miss out on some great stuff by only staying in the South Island but then again if you need to keep your budget down, don’t let me change your mind.  But missing Wellington and Auckland, and some fun and culture in Rotorua, would be a shame.  I’m not so good at the South Island but definitely the Queenstown area would be worth it.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

it really depends on what you want to do, how you want to sleep, and where you eat.  I’m a bit confused by how much money is allocated for travel.  Each activity will be around 100 + pp, but you can stay in cabins which are quite affordable.  Eating out is expensie but you can cook your own food at campsites.

You need to figure out what activities you want to do and see how much they cost and go from there.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m from NZ so I can help! We did a two week tour of the South Island a couple of years ago and I think we spent about $3000 for the two of us. We generally stayed in cabins at camping grounds or reasonable hotels, cooked our own food, but splashed out on other things (jet boat ride Queenstown, hiking the Franz Josef glacier etc). I guess it depends on whether you want budget or luxury. 

A few must dos – Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, the drive along the West Coast from Wanaka to the glaciers, climbing Franz Josef (make sure you do a tour, it’s dangerous otherwise), Marlborough Sounds.  Don’t bother going to Auckland! Wellington and Rotorua are also cool and there are some beautiful beaches up the top of the North Island. I’ve also heard Milford Sound is amazing.

Let me know if you have any other questions. 

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