Decided on a honeymoon! Advice needed
Posted 02 September 2004 - 09:46 PM
I've been looking online at the shotover jet where you come with millemetres of the rocks and it looks terrifying!
Posted 04 October 2004 - 05:08 PM
How nice to see everyone so excited about New Zealand!! I am a kiwi recently moved to Aus, (4 1/2 years ago) and i love NZ to bits!
I have a very biased opinion of the South Island, being home, so if anyone would like ideas or opinions of places to go, give me a PM...would be delighted to help....
Just a snippet of my favs;
Stewart Island, the little island at the very bottom of the south island is gorgeous for somehwere different....population about 550, mainly national park and marine national park (and all the beautiful wildlife associated with such a place)..lots of beautiful walks and treks of however many days you want, reasonable accomodation and really nice people....
Christchurch is very pretty, known as the garden city...the West Coast (Greymouth, Westport, Hokitika) is stunning, very rugged coast line, lush and green, amazing! Blenheim/Nelson is relaxed and generally warm, some alternative lifestyle spots there too, it is coulourful and crafty, Back down south Dunedin is generally cold but picturesque, university students make it colourful and interesting and the cadbury factory is there!!, it has history and a Scottish sort of tone and look....Otago (Queenstown, Arrowtown, Te Anau) is beautiful , specially in Autumn and of course winter if you are skiers....
blah, blah, blah...could go on forever!! as I said PM me if you wanna chat more about itineries or ideas, I must say every time I go home i find the place more beautiful than before...
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Posted 09 October 2004 - 10:06 AM
I noticed you are going to Greymouth then Blenheim. Nelson is a gorgeous town which I would thoroughly recommend and I understand there is a drive that takes you from Greymouth through Nelson to Blenheim. I would personally spend more time in Nelson than in Blenheim.
Now I will put a plug in for my hometown!! New Plymouth is about 2 hours south of Waitomo on State Highway 3. It is right on the coast and is where 'The Last Samurai' was filmed. Gorgeous rugged beaches, and Mt Taranaki (sometimes referred to as Mt Egmont) is stunning (similar in shape to Mt Fuji - hence the choice for the film). There is heaps to do there and is severely underrated by NZers and tourists.
Taupo (in my opinion) is quite overrated - I wouldn't spend more than 1 day there (not even overnight to be honest). See the lake, Huka falls and there isn't much else (don't mean to offend Taupo fans).
Rotorua is great and there is heaps to do. You will get used to the smell.
Good luck with your planning.
11 December 2004
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much"
Posted 11 October 2004 - 11:05 AM
Thanks for posting, its great to have so much input, just gets my more excited every time I see a new post!
Driving a route that takes us through Nelson sounds like a great idea. The main reason we are going to Blenheim is because we want to stay at St Mary's Convent and tour the vineyard so I'm happy to spend more time at Nelson on the way.
Your home town is gorgeous! Just saw a pic of Mt Taranaki on the internet - its stunning. We will certainly look into incorporating it into our itinerary.
The only thing I was really keen to see in Taupo were the Huka Falls, its good to know that we probably don't need to stay there - it frees up our time to spend elsewhere.
My H2B is in the process of changing jobs so we want him to be settled before he asks for holiday leave - but as soon as he is we are booking it!
Posted 11 October 2004 - 03:44 PM
I'm gonna bookmark this thread!!! Thanks for posting it!!
Alan and I are thinking of NZ for our 'proper' honeymoon next year sometime. (We are only going away for a couple of days after our wedding since he has family coming out from Scotland).
So I wanna hear ALL about NZ ok!
We saw the Milford Track on Getaway (or something) and it looked AMAZING.
Posted 11 October 2004 - 05:15 PM
Anyway, my highlight was the helicopter flight of the Glaciers, i notice thats on your itinery, so you should check them out.
Youre going to have the best time!
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Posted 12 October 2004 - 01:01 PM
Thanks Antoinette - I will definitely avoid black water rafting, I don't think I would like that at all! I need to ask you a silly queation about your helicopter flight - did the helicopter have doors? We'd LOVE to fly onto the glacier and do a bit of a hike but the one time we have been in a helicopter before, my H2B felt quite scared because it had no doors! (he is a bit afraid of heights and felt like he was going to fall out).
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