(Closed) New Zealand South Island and a South Pacific island?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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unicornsarefun:  You should definitely check out Queenstown

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Helper bee

Remeber it’s winter there that time of year.  Queentstown is nice, and they also have hot springs.  We went to Hammer Springs which is about 90 mins from Christchurch.

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We did New Zealand north island (2weeks) then the cook islands(10 days) in May. It was so amazing.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I’m a South Islander born and bred – I may be biasked but I reckon the South Island is much more beautiful than the North! I would imagine you’ll fly into Christchurch; the city was extensively damaged by earthquake in 2011 but is slowly rebuilding.  from Christchurch I would head over to Akaroa (just over an hour’s drive) and spend a few days there – it was a French settlement and is a lovely little seaside town with lots to see and do, lots of walks around the area as well.  Hanmer Springs, as a PP mentioned, is also well worth a visit as the hot springs are great! It’s an easy day trip from Christchurch.  

Definitely go to Queenstown – you could fly from Christchurch or drive, but be aware that at that time of year (although you mention June and then December? When are you planning on honeymooning?) one of the passes on the road between them (it’s about a six hour drive) may be closed due to snow.  They usually re-open it pretty fast but you could have to wait.  In the Q’town area also go to Wanaka, another gorgeous lakeside town which is less commercial than Q’town. 

In terms of hiking, while there is a huge network of tracks and huts all through the country, a lot of them aren’t recommended in winter unless you are extremely experienced and have all the proper gear.  Lots of day walks around Queenstown and Wanaka which are still accessible though.  Oh and Glenorchy, an hour out of Q’town, is another good day trip.  Loads of The Lord of the Rings films were shot up there.

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Buzzing bee

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unicornsarefun:  Echoing PPs here to remind you that it will be winter and winter on the South Island of NZ is COLD. Queenstown is beautiful but it can snow there so make sure you are prepared for that with boots, winter jackets etc. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

Never been to NZ so can’t really give you advice for that.

We plan on going to Bora Bora Feb 2016 which is also the rainy season there. I put the weather in my phone so I can gage it and see if we need to change the dates, but so far the past week that I’ve watched Bora Bora in Dec, it’s been storming, and it doesn’t look like it’s clearing up as far as my phone shows.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

It’ll be much warmer in December! I forgot to mention a trip to Milford Sound, which I think you can do from Queenstown – spectacular scenery but the road in and out is pretty rugged so a bus tour is much the easiest way.  Definitely worth doing.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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KiwiDerbyBride:  +1 !! im born and bred from christchurch and second everything you said,

unicornsarefun:  

also check out Lake Tekapo on the way down to queenstown, and if you have time go across to the lower West Coast and see the glaciers. amazing!!!

 

Also Nelson – Abel Tasman – is breathtaking but is the top of the south island so u might not have time. but also up that way is kaiteri beach, stunning, and marlborough sounds with lots of wineries , delish!!

 

SO much to see and do in our amazing country and especially the south island, much nicer than the north 😉

June will be cold, but can have crisp but clear days – december is our summer so its uuusually nice 😉

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We just got back from 3 weeks in NZ in December (1 week on the North Island, 2 weeks on the South) and we LOVED it. I can send you my itinerary if you want? It has all of the places we stayed, things we did (inc. tours and stuff), driving time between cities, cost, etc. If you want to PM me your email address, I can send you that document. 

Things I would make sure not to miss: Nelson/Abel-Tasman (stay at Adrift in Golden Bay — this was recommended to me by another Bee and it was, without a doubt, our favorite accommodation of our whole trip), Kaikoura (we swam in the open ocean with a pod of like 300 dolphins, nbd), Milford Sound (SO gorgeous — we did an overnight cruise and would definitely recommend it), Mount Cook (really great for stargazing if you’re into that kind of thing and some really great hikes), Blenheim (WINE). 

Hope that helps! 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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unicornsarefun:  think you’re doing a disservice to the north.  White Island is probably the most amazing place I’ve been to. Waiotapu wonderland is pretty awesome too

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