Post # 1
DH and I plan on taking our honeymoon over Christmas this year. We would like to take a 10-12 day vacation. Ideally we’d like to do a guided tour over the eastern coast of Australia and of the northern island of New Zealand. Just would like some feedback from fellow bees of their experiences or suggestions!
Post # 3
New Zealand by far, but check out French Polynesia since its on the way…
Post # 4
I will have to do that! Could you tell me a little more about French Polynesia?
Post # 5
South Island New Zealand!!!
but Im biased..
Post # 6
@kate_goat: We aren’t opposed to going to the south island 🙂 What would the weather be like in December? Suggestions of places to see, things to do, etc would be great!
Post # 7
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
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
December is the height of summer so great weather!
Ill list places to go for each island for you
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!!
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
I love the southern island!!
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
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
32 Fly Home
Post # 11
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
@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
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 # 14
Thank you all so much for the quick replies! We were wondering if we’d have enough time to see Cairnes and Sydney in Australia but it seems like we’d be better off spending more time in New Zealand. DH and I are very adventurous and it seems like the South Island has more to offer along the lines of hiking, biking, and sightseeing. Would temperatures still be reasonable in the South Island in December?
Post # 16
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!