(Closed) Weddingmoon to New Zealand

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

Lol I just commented on your other post about NZ, but you didn’t mention budget on that thread, so I’ll respond here 🙂

I think $15k should be plenty. We spent between $9k and $10k on a 17-day honeymoon to New Zealand and Australia, and it included some pricey things like white water rafting, snorkeling, and a few expensive dinners. Are you eloping or do you need to set aside a good chunk of the budget for a wedding with a reception?

We stayed in a B&B for 4 nights near Nelson, and we definitely saved money by cooking all of our meals there. There was a grocery store a couple miles away, and we bought lunch and dinner supplies there – the B&B included breakfast! Meals in Queenstown were very expensive, since it’s a touristy place, so we really regret not staying at a B&B or an apartment there, or at least some kind of suite with a kitchenette. We didn’t like spending a minimum of $30 or $40 NZD for dinner, that’s more than we usually spend on dinner here in Houston at a casual restaurant. Like I said on the other post, PM me if you want me to email you our spreadsheet – it doesn’t include food, but it does include flights, rental cars, taxis, activities, hotel rooms, etc.

Post # 4
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14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

15k sounds like plenty for 2 weeks.  We managed to get by on 12k for 30 days, 2 weeks in Austrailia and 2 in NZ.  Eating is a bit expensive, espeically if you go to west side of southern mtn around the glaciers or anywhere touristy, eating out was about $20-$25/dish.  There are grocery stores that are a little cheaper too. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did New Zealand on a budget a year ago, and spent way way less than 15k (around 4k for 4 weeks, I believe, but we used air miles for the air tickets).

Make sure you do amazing things like the Tongoriro Crossing, DOubtful/Milford SOund (stay in Te Anau or closer – do not try to do them from Queenstown, it’s too far!! You’ll waste the whole day on a crowded bus).

I’d really factor in a rental car into your budget and tool around that way. So much to see when you can stop anytime you want :-)! Have fun! New Zealand is my most favorite place on Earth!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, and campervans are mad expensive. Honestly, we had lovely private rooms at places that were technically hostels but were really nice, and it was way cheaper. All of them had kitchens, too!

Post # 10
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14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Chunkyswifey143:  We didn’t do a camper van, we just had a regular car rental and brought a tent and sleeping bags and stayed at holiday parks.  We actually loved it and cancelled some hotels to stay at some more.  For a tent site it was only like $15 a night.  The one by Franz Josef was really nice – huge kitchen, bathrooms, showers, tv room.  We loved how flexible it was (you could just show up without reservations, we didn’t have any issues with availability) so we could (and did) rearrange some of our plans.  We did stay at some hotels too, not B&B, that I booked through hotels.com and they were roughly 125/night.  Our car rental for 2 weeks was through Europcar for 675NZD (500USD).   We spent about 2k not including the car rental and airfare onces on the ground in NZ.  If you want to pm me your email, I can send you my cost sheet and trip write up if you’re interested.

Post # 11
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Chunkyswifey143:  I never thought about renting a campervan, I didn’t realize how popular they were until we saw them all over the place in NZ. We rented a small compact-sized car for super cheap from Pegasus Rentals in Nelson, and it totally worked for us, since we stayed in hotels/B&Bs and didn’t have much stuff with us. Are you and your Fiance big campers? I LOOOVE to go camping but Darling Husband isn’t so keen on it, so we skipped camping on the honeymoon. I have to admit, after long days of hiking and getting dirty, it was really nice to return to a warm, cozy room with a hot shower. We were there in late November, which is technically springtime, and it wasn’t all that warm. We even both caught colds from the windy, cold weather at Whaihairiki Beach. If you’re  going in November or earlier, check the temperatures to see whether you’ll be comfortable camping. I’m sure it’s fun, though – like I said, I am really big on camping myself.

You can buy things similar to Groupons through GrabOne – you should subscribe to their emails, we got steep discounts for activities, and we would’ve gotten hotel deals if we had planned right. You can also get discounts for booking through Wotif.com, which seemd to be more popular in New Zealand than Expedia (which I usually use to book hotels). When you’re looking at rental car costs, see if you can rent a car through your car insurance company – we got a 25% discount that way, which was great. Anyways, I think your budgeted $3k for hotels is more than enough!

We actually did the day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and I loved it. We were a little worn out from hiking and doing all kinds of other things, so it was nice to chill on a bus. It’s a super scenic 3.5-hour drive each way, and we did it on a glass-roofed bus, which was seriously awesome (especially driving through the mountains, and seeing rugged peaks through the roof!). We did a lot of driving around Nelson, so it was great taking a break from being behind the wheel and letting someone else do the driving.

 

Post # 13
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14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Chunkyswifey143:  Just regular hotel room. Oh yes, it was pretty rainy in Dec too.  They said it rains 1/3 days on the west side, but then the east side was dry and amazing.

Post # 14
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Chunkyswifey143:  Yes, I think $4500 is plenty!!!! I think you’ll have plenty of money leftover, or you could splurge more on accommodations. We spent $120 each on the Milford Sound tour (which included the glass-roofed bus and a 2-hour cruise), about $150 each (but was actually $75 each with a coupon) for white-water rafting, my Darling Husband spent $200 on a helicopter to a glacier (I have hearing problems and was worried about the loud sound of the helicopter, so Darling Husband went solo for that activity), and we paid for a few more similar activities, but plenty of days the only money we spent was on food, because we were out hiking around and adventuring. I think the best stuff in New Zealand is free. Especially Abel Tasman National Park…Seriously, go there, it’s incredible!

Post # 15
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@crayfish:  we loved , loved, loved our camper van =) we were really lucky and able to get the nicest one for 30% off which did make it cheaper than renting a room. We loved falling asleep to incredible views and not being rushed into checking out/in of hotels.

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