Post # 1
Okay, this is kind of a personal question. Howvever – I am needing the itineraries and costs of people who have visited/honeymooned in New Zealand for at least 12 days. If you ARE going to honeymoon there, what is your budget for 12 days or more?
My situation: My fiance and I are getting married in New Zealand. For the first 3 days we are planning on getting wedding arrangements in order and those wont be as crucial. For the next 12 days we are still in the process of planning our honeymoon. Activites, food, hotels, etc… We haven’t booked the flights or anything yet (YIKES!). So far, we have the rings, the 50% deposit paid on the ceremony/hair/flowers/photography, 50% of my dress, and the passports paid for. In total, we have paid around $7k for all of that. However, in the grand sceme of things, we are trying to figure out how much the rest will cost to be comfy in New Zealand for 12 days. We are only going to be staying on the South Island… I’m wondering what other people have paid for hotels/B&B’s, food, activities and accessories. Our budget is about $12k for all of that. Will this be enough??? Seeing as how flights are around $3500 for 2 people, and the remainder deposit being $3k, will the remainder be enough for the other 50% on the dress, his suit ($160), my accessories and the honeymoon??
Sorry for such a loaded post!! I just need some serious advice. 🙁
Post # 3
@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 🙂 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
@Chunkyswifey143: I’m a kiwi, happy to help you once you have a clearer idea of where you want to honeymoon 🙂 Great choice getting married in NZ!
Post # 5
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
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 😛 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 😀
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
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 # 8
Thanks everyone for the ideas! We are looking into just booking the hotels and major activities and leaving the rest up for how we feel. Good idea or not?
Post # 9
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.