We're are from the US and are planning a honeymoon in New Zealand. 2 weeks. Unlimited budget. A few questions.
1) how would you plan the itinerary? We're focused more on exploring and experiencing the beauty of new zealand than hanging out in a big city (we live in NYC).
2) What hotels would you recommend. Is hula lodge worth it, or blanket bay, or perhaps something more rustic?
3) we want to spend a few days on a beautiful beach, given our limited time (2 weeks) does it make sense to take a quick trip to Fiji, or are there better alternatives in new zealand? Location/hotel recommendations?
Come Tandem Skydiving in beautiful Lake Wanaka. Lake Wanaka is a very beautiful village/resort town to stay at - I can reccomend Whare Kea Lodge - just the most incredible place and they have their own chalet in the mountains. Queenstown is lovely and Blanket bay perfect - I have stayed there and loved it ! Feb or March are the best months and Fiji is a perfect stopover ! almost 8 years agoAnswered by Jools Hall via Travellr.com
Check out these guys re: route plans. http://www.magicbus.co.nz/
Obviously they cater for the cheap end of the market, which I did, so I can't advise on posh places to stay. I visited around December/January which is in their summer, not the scorcher Oz gets. almost 8 years ago
If you've got an unlimited budget then you can pay me for some good advice! almost 8 years agoAnswered by Ex pat American via WorldNomads.com
One of the best ways to experience NZ is to self drive - the landscapes are amazing! Plenty of people hire camper vans, but with a bigger budget, why not hire a car and drive to hotels. and resorts. Be aware that over the winter months (May - August), there's great skiing in NZ, but this also means that it's cold for sightseeing.
There's some great accom in queenstown & great snow. Spend some $$ on the Milford Sound trip - I did a scenic flight in/cruise and then Helicopter flight back out - amaaaazing!~ And much better than the really long drive.
As for beaches - NZ's are wild and beautiful, but often cold to swim in. Fiji has some picture postcard beaches with 30degree C calm, water. Depends what you want to do on the beach? One thing to remember about Fiji is that most of the fantasy beach photos are of the smaller islands, not the mainland. You can easily get to these by boat or helicopter, but just don't book the "Denarau Island" resorts and think you'll also get a clean white beach. Denarau is reclaimed land joined by a causeway and whilst the resorts are fancy, there's no real beach.
If I had unlimited budget, I'd do 9/10 days in the South Island of NZ, driving and staying in beautiful remote eco-lodges. And then 4 days in Fiji staying somewhere like this: http://www.likulikulagoon.com/home.cfm
Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon! almost 8 years ago
New Zealand is a fantastic place for a honeymoon. Personally in regards to visiting Fiji I would rather spend a little extra time in New Zealand, when I travelled there I was rather underwhelmed.
By Hula lodge did you mean Huka Lodge? If so its a really nice little place that I would definitely recommend. My wife and I honeymooned in New Zealand three years ago with Turquoise Holidays (http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) We decided to go for three weeks as opposed to two and inevitably felt we still had so much more to see. I would personally recommend The Coramandel and Bay of Islands in the north and Lake Tekapo, Queenstown (to visit Milford Sound) and Fox Glacier almost 8 years agoAnswered by Craig via Travellr.com