(Closed) New Zealand or Australia Honeymoon Anybody?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

New Zealand by far, but check out French Polynesia since its on the way…

Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

South Island New Zealand!!!

but Im biased..

Post # 7
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did both for our Honeymoon – we did 3 weeks in Queensland and 1 week on the N. Island before coming home.  In Queensland, I HIGHLY recommend the Daintree Rainforest, but everything we saw was amazing.  We flew in/out of Cairns (we went in June), rented a car, went from Cairns to Yungaburra to Mareeba (could skip) to Chilago to Cooktown to Daintree and back to Cairns.  If you div, definitely dive the GBR!!  In NZ, we stayed with friends in Taupo and went to Wairike Terraces (amazing hot springs), “Mt. Doom” (I forget the actual name of it and am too lazy to look it up), and Aukland.

Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions!  And have fun on your honeymoon!

Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Port Douglas in Australia is a great vacation spot. Little shops and restaurants, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree Rainforest all in the same place!

Post # 9
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

December is the height of summer so great weather!

Ill list places to go for each island for you

South Island:

Christchurch, Akaroa, Waimate if you want to see wallabes, Oamaru if you want to see penguins, Dunedin, Te Anu, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Franz Josef, fox glacier, Hokitika/Greymouth (the west coast isnt that exciting) Nelson and up around the top there are some great places apparently. Ive only been up as far as picton and nelson but everyone goes up there for new years. EVERYONE!!


North Island:

The north island and south are very different, tbh when I think I want to go on holiday somewhere and I look at the north island nowhere really interests me. The south island is where all the picteresque landscapes are, the clear blue lakes, the mountains, the glaciers. north island has boiling mud and steam coming from the ground. The only places Ive been in the north are wellington, taupo, rotorua, hamilton, auckland. I would recommend all those except hamilton. and I would add mount maunganui, tauranga, coromandel and Ive heard the top of the north island is nice, also if you could afford it..the bay of islands

Anyways hope that helps

Post # 10
15531 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@kate_goat:  I love the southern island!! 



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@Cummins59:  How much of eastern Austrailia did you plan on seeing?  10-12 days is pretty short and would be a pain to do because of all the moving around and flying if you planned in hitting the major cities – I’m assuming Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane?. For that amount of time, I’d say go to NZ instead where you can rent a car and just drive around at your leisure.  We spent two weeks in NZ and two weeks in Austrailia, and I have to say we definitely enjoyed NZ more.


This was our itinerary:


1    Fly to Christchurch    
2    In flight
3    Arrive Christchurch    
4    Explore Christchurch
5    Check out of CHC    Drive to Franz Josef (4.5 hr)
6    Franz Josef
7    Franz Josef
8    Leave Franz – stop by     Drive to Wananka (3 hr)
9    Lake Matheson    Wanaka
10    Wanaka
11    Leave Wanaka    Drive to Te Anau (3 hr)
12    Te Anau – Milford cruise
13    Te Anau
14    Leave Te Anau    Drive to Mt Cook (5 hr)
15    Leave Mt Cook, overnight in Akaroa
16    Return to Christchurch (3 hr)
17    Fly to Darwin    
18    Kakadu National Park
19    Kakadu National Park
20    Fly to Melbourne    Melbourne/Winery
21    Penguin Place
22    12 Apostoles
23    Fly to Sydney    
24    New Year in Sydney
25    Explore Sydney
26    Fly to Gold Coast    Beach
27    Fly To Mackay    
28    Whitehaven Beach
29    Cairns
30    Cairns
31    Cairns
32    Fly Home   


Post # 11
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@kate_goat:  I’ll agree – but I’m equally biased (also from Christchurch 😉 )


ETA – I spent 5 years living in the North, including Hamilton, and agree 100% with your assessments!

Post # 12
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Cummins59:  Are you sure you can’t take more time off? That just seems like such a short trip to go to the other side of the world.  Remember it’ll take you probably 24 hours or more just to get there so donno if flying is included in the time frame you mentioned but that’s 2 days right there.  Anyway I’ll PM you as well.

Post # 13
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance and I spent a month backpacking last January around the north island of NZ and the east coast of Australia. I’d heavily suggest just picking one country for a 10-12 day trip. I’ll throw my vote for New Zealand, which I preferred by a landslide.

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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@farawayviolet:  Yay! Glad you agree!

Post # 16
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I agree with PPs who said it’s a short amount of time to see both Oz and NZ. Obviously I’m biased towards Australia but I think NZ would be better suited to a 10-12 day trip. You can spend some more time exploring places you love rather than feeling rushed.

I would definitely recommend Australia at some point though!

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