(Closed) Opinions and advice please – New Zealand honeymoon

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@VeggieBee:  Yes, my Darling Husband and I went to Australia and New Zealand for our honeymoon, and we loved it!! New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful country, and there are tons of things to do there. I could go on and on, but here’s my blog posts about our honeymoon:

Wallabies Down Under: The Beach at the End of the World

Wallabies Down Under: Adventures in Queenstown

Wallabies Down Under: Sydney I’ll Come Runnin’

Hopefully that’ll give you some ideas! I also wrote a post about how to save money and travel on a budget, maybe it’ll help if you do decide to book a trip to NZ!

Tips for Travelers: Budgets, Bookings, and Free Wi-Fi

Post # 5
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@VeggieBee:  Sure! If you have more specific questions or if you’d like me to email you our whole honeymoon spreadsheet w/ costs and where we stayed, just PM me. We need to go back because I feel like we hardly brushed the surface – there’s just so much to do.

Post # 6
Member
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Mrs. Wallaby:  We have been tossing around the idea of going to NZ as well, would love to read your posts about it – thank you for the links!

 

Post # 7
Member
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I loved New Zealand so much that we looked into moving there. For real. That’s one gorgeous country that has it’s sh!t together, haha.

A few tips – a road trip is the way to go if you have the time and can afford it (car + gas can be quite pricey). Drive yourself to Milford SOund if you decide to see it so you can ogle the drive there thoroughly and stop constantly. Stay in Te Anau, NOT Queenstown, unless you enjoy a 6 hour round trip drive to go on an hour and a half cruise. I have no idea why they insist on bussing people from such a far away place. SOunds awful.

Absolutely do the Alpine Crossing in Tongoriro. It was the most impressive hike i’ve ever been on, and i’ve backpacked through about 30 countries on all continents.

Try to stay in more off the path places. We stayed in what was technically a hostel on the Otago peninsula, but was really a sheep farm with the most delightful owners and amazing views (private room, of course!). There was a local beach where no tourists go that penguins waddle in from their afternoon feeding. It was….ridiculously amazing. I think it was called Billy Brown’s Backpackers?

Skip tourist traps like Rotarua. New Zealand’s true value is in it’s spectacular scenery and wonderful locals.

Post # 9
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@crayfish:  Great tips!!!

@VeggieBee:  I would add that we LOVED Nelson, New Zealand. It’s on the east cost of the south island, and that area is definitely off the beaten path – most tourists go to Christchurch and Queenstown. If you want to get the “real” New Zealand experience, check out Abel Tasman National Park. The views and scenery are simply stunning. And you’ll have the whole place to yourself. We went to many beaches and hiked along many trails without encountering a single other person – it’s so romantic! We stayed at Adrift at Golden Bay, near Abel Tasman National Park, and it’s one of my favorite places I ever stayed. I blogged about it, and we’re hoping to go back there this year or next!

Post # 10
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@crayfish:  Great tips!!!

@VeggieBee:  I would add that we LOVED Nelson, New Zealand. It’s on the east cost of the south island, and that area is definitely off the beaten path – most tourists go to Christchurch and Queenstown. If you want to get the “real” New Zealand experience, check out Abel Tasman National Park. The views and scenery are simply stunning. And you’ll have the whole place to yourself. We went to many beaches and hiked along many trails without encountering a single other person – it’s so romantic! We stayed at Adrift at Golden Bay, near Abel Tasman National Park, and it’s one of my favorite places I ever stayed. I blogged about it, and we’re hoping to go back there this year or next!

Post # 11
Member
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@VeggieBee:  There’s been a couple threads about this lately. I posed my itinerary in this thread:

New Zealand Itinerary

It seemed to be well received =) We rented a campervan and explored South Island for 10 days. 

We LOVED kayaking in Abel Tasman and heard the hiking is great (similar to Hawaii & California though). Saw lots of seals and explored caves in our kayaks. Very fun experience.

If you stay in Te Anau, beware of sandflies!!!

We also loved Nelson; eating the fresh fish was unreal. Super delicious. Our second to last night, we parked our campervan on the beaches of Kaikoura — it was amazing.

 

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