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Thursday 22 October, 2015

New Zealand Honeymoon Holidays

No matter what style of honeymoon is on your wish list, New Zealand is sure to deliver the perfect solution.

If you’ve chosen New Zealand to celebrate your honeymoon, romantic escape or anniversary vacation, you have already made an exciting decision.  Now, much of its success will be made in the planning stages so here are some helpful tips.

New Zealand Honeymoon Accommodation

Where to go and where to stay will be at the top of your list.  New Zealand offers an excellent range of quality accommodation to suit every honeymoon budget and vacation priority. Perhaps you prefer to allocate less on accommodation and more on activities, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the basics. Self contained motels and apartments, with kitchen facilities, can be your “home away from home”.  Typically bigger than a standard hotel room, this style of accommodation is generally a high standard and very affordable. Many are Qualmark star rated which gives you reassurance that they have been independently assessed for quality and value.  Plus, by staying in motels you can save dollars and self cater sometimes if you like.  Perhaps test your culinary skills on some fresh local New Zealand produce, accompanied by an outstanding New Zealand wine!

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New Zealand Luxury Lodges

Of course, luxury lodges and hotels provide a level of pampering that is very welcome after the hustle and bustle of your wedding.  A few reclusive days to rest and recuperate together, letting the world pass you by, can help you recover your energy levels to ensure you maximise your plans for the remainder of your holiday.

Touring by rental car is great fun.  New Zealand roads are very manageable and easy driving, but be aware that drive times may be longer than you expect.  We are a small country, but freeways are few and far between making driving a little slower than you might be used to.  And you will want to have time to stop and admire the every-changing, breathtaking landscapes that appear around every corner.   Test your teamwork if you are self driving. While one navigates, the other drives.  You will soon work out who has the best GPS skills!

New Zealand’s great outdoors is the perfect landscape to share some very special experiences.  You can customise your honeymoon with your own special “brand”, be it food & wine, high adrenalin adventures, relaxation and togetherness.  Making footprints in the sand on a deserted golden beach, sharing a bottle of sauvignon blanc on a pristine lake shore or strolling natural bush walks… they all become your own honeymoon signature.

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Lifetime “firsts”, like a wedding, can include tandem skydiving, bungy jumping, outback safaris, hot air ballooning and tandem cycling.  These are truly sharing experiences that you will remember forever and are perfect for couples to experience together.

Planning your “must do” activities will ensure you return home with big ticks in all the boxes and have outstanding photos and videos to share with friends and family when you return home.  Getting as many boxes ticked during your honeymoon can be challenging when you are unfamiliar with the country, so getting some local expert help with your planning can be really useful.  Research some honeymoon itineraries to get an idea of what can be done within a certain budget and timeframe.  Make a list of your priorities and plan ahead at least 4-6 months to help reduce stress as your wedding day approaches.

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Well we're still a bit jet-lagged and feel on "Fiji time" but we had a fantastic holiday.

Thank you for organizing everything so well for the New Zealand leg of the trip.
It ended up being a lot more complicated than I'd originally thought with us overlapping with K and then E and C being able
to meet up with us for several segments - but that meaning we had to be near airports on specific days.
It all worked out perfectly and all of the bookings and travel went very smoothly.
I really appreciated the personal touch from someone who knows the country rather than trying to do everything myself online.

We'd been told by some Kiwi friends about New Zealand motels but to be honest, having had a somewhat dodgy motel experience in the US a few years back, we were somewhat sceptical.
But now we are converts. The accommodation was clean, spacious, even the "bronze", and great value for money. It was particularly useful on such a long trip often to have washing and drying facilities for clothes.
We also enjoyed the flexibility of being able to do some of our own cooking rather than eating out every meal.

Your brief itineraries with highlights of sights en route were very useful especially when combined with the 6 or 7 AA regional guides that are given away at the i-Sites and at many attractions.
And the drive times were pretty accurate as well - it's good to know when you'll only be able to average 60 Kph - Coromandel!
It was a nice surprise to meet you at Abel Tasman. That was a great side trip, although the Day 2 weather was very wet the lodges are very comfortable and with excellent food - and you get
more of a sense of achievement from the walk if it hasn't been all plain sailing!

Overall the whole holiday exceeded our expectations - which were pretty high anyway, Em had been talking up NZ - and it was undoubtedly our best trip ever.
Our only regret is that in so many places we only had a day where we could easily have spent a week.
We'll just have to come back!
Thanks again for all your help with the itinerary.

D & G, UK - Jan 2017
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