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#1 Titch

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 11:31 AM

I can't wait to book this! We've decided to definitely go to NZ for 12 nights and the Cook Islands for 4 nights. biggrin.gif

I would LOVE some recommendations of places to go in NZ especially. We will fly into Auckland and then hopefully travel south from there, taking in a few natural wonders on the way. We don't want to spend too long in cities and are happy to travel by plane, train or automobile to see everything.

The honeymoon is our gift registry and we are actually choosing activities for people to buy us so they feel they have really given a present. So for example, a trip through Milford Sound, whale watching, dinner for two at a Cook Islands Beach BBQ etc.

Any suggestions for activities would therefore also be appreciated! cool.gif

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 12:06 PM

Ooh Rachel, that sounds wonderful! NZ is just beautiful - and at that time of year, you can ski if you want to too!

Queenstown is the obvious place to spend a bit of time if you want various activities, a gorgeous little town & lots of sightseeing nearby. We spent a week there a few years ago, and went horse riding, jet boating & white water rafting. The latter was brilliant, I was really nervous but Jon really wanted to do it (he rows surfboats so loves that sort of thing) - the bus trip there was the scariest part, along this hideous narrow road on the edge of a cliff... A great experience though!

I haven't been to the north island since I was 5, but I do remember mud baths & natural springs, glow worms & lots of mountains! (That's probably not much help to you - I think we have some NZ residents here who may be more helpful!)

I'd suggest hiring a car (or campervans are really big there), make yourself a to-do list & do it at your own pace. You'll need to fly or get the ferry across from the north island, I don't think it takes very long.

How exciting, you'll have an awesome time! smile.gif

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 12:16 PM

Thanks Amy!

Its an especially big thing for us as we're both English before it has always been the 'other end of the world' for us and so very exciting and beautiful.

I'm a wee bit scared to go white water rafting, but like your OH, Andy would love it so I'll have to be brave!

I love the sound of glow worm caves hot mud springs and mountains in the North - I'd love to see those. I would also like to go to the South where I believe we can see fur seals and dolphins - I'm a real nature girl at heart! I do like a bit of luxury though so we hope to stay in the only castle in NZ for a night as a treat.

We've been flicking through brochures and books and have made a big 'want to see' list but some of them may not be worth seeing, or may be too hard to get to on our limited timescale - I guess that's where the Kiwi members come in!

I'm itching to get it all booked up! Not sure if we'll go in July straight after our wedding, or wait until November when the weather will be a bit warmer - either way, I'm sure we will love it smile.gif

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 08:58 PM

Hi Rachel!! We are going to NZ for our honeymoon too!! My brother is working over there at the moment (my family is actually from there) at Mount Cook. He said he likes Queenstown but that it is very touristy and expensive! I guess it is all personal opinion though.
Personally I reckon you must at least drive throught Rotorua/Taupo on the North Island - the geysers and mud pools and stuff are there. Napier and Hwakes Bay has some awesome wineries and is very art deco. We plan to spend more time on the South Island as I have never been there and I am absolutely DYING to get to Dunedin and see Lanarch Castle, Baldwin Street and the Cadbury Factory.
I am very excited!! If you would like to chat more - PM me!!
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#5 Titch

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 02:08 PM

Hi Gretchen!

I am very keen to see Mount Cook and the mud pools etc but we are also planning to spend most of our time on the South Island. We are booking a night in a posh room at Lanarch Castle as a honeymoon treat - it looks amazing doesn't it!

I'm sending you a PM - its great to have a honeymoon twin!

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 12:31 PM

Oh my God!!

We are doing nearly the same sort of thing!

We are spending 4 days at the Outrigger in Fiji and then Campervanning it around NZ for 14 days..

Some people think we are crazy spending two weeks driving in a campervan.. but we dont care.. its soooo us! We love driving and exploring!!! I cant wait!!! laugh.gif

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 09:10 PM

We've just booked half of our honeymoon. 5 day trek through the Milford Sound in NZ. It took me quite a while to get used to the idea of hiking through the mountains for 5 days as our honeymoon BUT I've seen the stuff Getaway have done on it and it looks magical. That was his choice, mine is to then spend the next 5 days sitting on my bum in a car playing tourist of the south island.

I've made sure that darren booked the queen size bed and ensuite room for each night of the trek. I didn't want to go bunk/dorm style on my honeymoon - not that after walking for 8 hrs we're going to feel up to doing anything!

Now I'm looking forward to it - I'll have to start walking each day!

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Posted 21 August 2004 - 12:38 PM

QUOTE (cheriewaters @ Aug 17 2004, 02:31 PM)
Some people think we are crazy spending two weeks driving in a campervan.. but we dont care.. its soooo us! We love driving and exploring!!! I cant wait!!! laugh.gif

Definitely go the campervan! My hubby and I did that two years ago - 2 weeks just the North Island - there's so much to see! It was the best holiday I've ever had (apart from now our honeymoon a few months ago!)

You have to see Rotorua - smells awful, but the sights are spectacular. The gloworm caves are incredible too - quite awe inspiring, and the mentioned other sites of Hawkes Bay (a must if you love wine!) and the only castle in NZ - definitely.

Titch - feel free to email me with your list of places and I'll try and help you out with where's good to go and what places are just tourist traps that aren't really interesting. I'm more familiar with the North Island though!

Use the web to check out things before you go.

Have fun!
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#9 Titch

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 10:35 AM

Hello again NZ fans! I've just checked this thread for the first time in a couple of weeks so sorry for the delayed response!

We have decided to extend our trip and spend 14 nights in NZ and 6 in the Cook Islands (3 on Raratonga and 3 on Aitutaki). We're going to fly into Christchurch and work our way North, ending in Auckland so we can catch our flight to the Cooks. We will hire a car to get around and stay at standard hotels/B&Bs with the odd wow-factor place thrown in as a treat!

We thought of hiring a campervan but my friend did that last year as her honeymoon and said she was ready to kill her husband by the end of it. I have to add though that they also had their 10 month old baby with them!


This is our itinerary so far - its just a rough draft but any advice appreciated! (Joanne, thanks for your offer of help, I will send you a PM)

South Island:

Christchurch
Mount Cook
Dunedin
Te Anau
Milford Sound
Queenstown
Franz Joseph and/or Fox Glaciers
Greymouth
Picton/Blenheim (we want to stay at St Mary's Convent and tour the vineyard)

Cross the Cook Strait to

North Island:

Wellington
Napier
Lake Taupo
Rotorua
Waitomo (Glow worm caves)
Auckland

Let me know your thoughts!

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:12 PM

What about the Bay of Islands (nth of Auckland), they are absolutely beautiful.

I have been to the Nth island quite a few times (FSIL lives in Napier), I find Wellington is nice, the scenery absolutely beautiful and Auckland really boring!
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#11 Titch

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:29 PM

Hi Nat

We thought about the Bay of Islands but it would add quite a bit of time to our trip and because we live in QLD and are headed for the Cook Islands we decided that the beaches (though I'm sure they are gorgeous) are the one thing we can afford to miss!

We're just spending one night in Auckland before catching our flight to the Cooks and thought we would take a harbour dinner cruise. I have heard that Napier is gorgeous - I'm really into Art Deco stuff and had to insist this was on the agenda!

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:16 PM

Well I am biased as I was born in Napier and still have family there so I think it is a gorgeous place and well worth a look! smile.gif

Rachel you're itinerary sounds fab!! It is much like ours but in reverse. We haven't decided precisely what we are doing or where we are going but we have definates that we want to get to.
I'm getting very excited now - 11 days till the wedding which means 12 days till the honeymoon - wahoo!! biggrin.gif
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#13 Titch

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Posted 02 September 2004 - 10:07 AM

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11 days till the wedding which means 12 days till the honeymoon - wahoo!! 


Wow, you must be so excited! Make sure you post a honeymoon report as well as a wedding report so I can see which bits you liked best!

We need a more detailed itinerary than most because we are having a honeymoon registry where people buy us actual trips and experiences rather than just contributing money so we need to know our route so we can pick things like 'a mud bath at Roturua', 'a swim with dolphins' etc. But if we get on the road and find somewhere wonderful that we want to see then we are hoping to be flexible enough to include it.





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#14 Gretchen

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Posted 02 September 2004 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (Titch @ Sep 2 2004, 10:07 AM)
We need a more detailed itinerary than most because we are having a honeymoon registry where people buy us actual trips and experiences rather than just contributing money so we need to know our route so we can pick things like 'a mud bath at Roturua', 'a swim with dolphins' etc. But if we get on the road and find somewhere wonderful that we want to see then we are hoping to be flexible enough to include it.

What a cool idea!! I'm sure you'll ge lots of fab stuff to do!! Kinda wish we'd thought of that....biggrin.gif
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Posted 02 September 2004 - 07:59 PM

NZ is unreal! We went there last year for 2 weeks and it wasn't long enough. We hired a campervan, and I thought that it was unreal (and a lot cheaper). Anyway, I found that the South island is much more prettierthan the north, and there is so much more to see in the south. I absolutely loved Christchurch and Queenstown.
We went jet boating in Queenstown and it was great.
Because our aussie dollar is a bit stronger than the nz$ things aren't dear at all. Same prices as in Oz, well I thought so.
We were over there in June/July, and it's great.
You'll have a blast!
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