(Closed) New Zealand Itinerary… Advice please!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds busy! But fun! I went about 10 years ago when I was a kid and it was a blast. I don’t remember where we went exactly but we did some river rafting which was incredible. The glow worm caves were beautiful. The gyser things are stanky and not all that exciting.

Shopping is expensive so don’t plan on too much of that 🙂

FYI you will be jetlegged as hell when you get home, so just be prepared.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

@mskoloa:  That’s almost exactly what we’re doing for our honeymoon in about 6 weeks! We’re planning on going to the observatory at Lake Tekapo http://earthandskynz.com/earthandsky/) since we’re both super nerds and they help you setup for astrophotography.

Your itinerary sounds great. Good luck with the trip!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mskoloa:  Wow, that is a lot of driving!  We did just about the same path on the southern island in two weeks, but your itineray is totally doable.  We added a day to hang around Christchurch, and an extra day at Franz Josef cause it POURED all day the first day we were there so we didn’t do the glacier hike until the next day.  It rains 2/3 days in the summer (Look for coupons in the local books and don’t book through the hotel if you’re not booking until you get there, I think they had 10% off coupons in there)  Driving aroudn is so gorgeous it’s almost as good as the destination.  Mt Cook is extremely rainy also, we couldn’t seen anything and couldn’t really enjoy it so we left to head back to Christchurch, but had an extra day so we decided to go to Akaroa, about an hour from Christchurch.  It’s super cute and the drive there is gorgeous.  If you have time on your last day or find yourself ducking out of Mt Cook early, I’d recommend that.  Also bring or get bug spray.. they got these sandflies on the west coast, which make mosquitos look like angels.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mskoloa:  I take it since you’re doing a camper van that you know about their ‘holiday parks’?  We stayed at a few of the Top Ten ones and they were great, espeically the one by Franz Josef.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mskoloa:  Cool, we stayed at a DOC one night, the price was definitely perfect and then went Top Ten the rest of the time.  We had a little car and brought a tent and sleeping bags, but what killed me was the Portapotties and lack of showers at DOC.  The DOC by Franz also looked like it was in the middle of construction or somethign with piles of dirt around and just didn’t feel right to me.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@mskoloa:  ah that is basically the trip I did a few years ago.. Except we gave it 5 weeks!! Haha I would recommend the black water rafting in the glow worm caves, and see if you can stop in a vineyard in Marlborough/Martinborough. Are you hiking Fox or Franz Josef? We hiked Franz Josef and then sky dived over Fox 🙂 totally amazing!  When in Queenstown make sure you visit Fergburger-OMG I still dream of those burgers!!!

You’re going to have an amazing time!! JEALOUS!!!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@mskoloa:  My Darling Husband and I went to Australia and New Zealand for our honeymoon, and I blogged about it for Weddingbee: http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/12/12/queenstown-honeymoon/ and http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/12/11/new-zealand-honeymoon-3/

We didn’t make it to the North Island but we absolutely loved Nelson – it looks like it doesn’t fit into your itinerary, but ya’ll have plenty of other fun things planned 🙂 I’ll tell you that Queenstown is very touristy, so you’re good to only spend a bit of time there (and with the day trips you’ve planned you won’t have much time for the city anyway). Are you planning on spending the night in Te Anau or  driving to Te Anau/Milford Sound for the day and then back to Queenstown? Because honestly, I would give yourself a little break from driving and take a bus to Milford Sound. We did the glass-roofed bus tour (it was cheap, too, through Naked Bus) and it was incredible. It was such a long drive, it was really nice to let someone else do it while we could enjoy the views. 

When you are in Queenstown, the main park is super beautiful! And Flame has the best steak I’ve ever had…Such good food.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sounds AMAZING! Lots of driving. I spent 6 months in New Zealand when I was in college and had a blast.

I loved everything about NZ, except the glaciers which I found very underwhelming.  I did the glacier hike (Franz Joseph) and didn’t think it was worth the $$.  I’d skip that and spend an extra day in Queenstown.  Lake Tekapo is the most gorgeous place on earth. Zorbing is SOO much fun. Milford Sound is amazing. Wellington is cool, Hawke’s Bay is so scenic.

What an amazing honeymoon!

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