Honeymoon in South Island!!!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 22, 2012 7:45 AM Last Post By: tsreedhar
Dec 21, 2012 11:13 AM
Honeymoon in South Island!!!Hi everyone!!
Just looking for some advice and tips for our upcoming honeymoon!
We will be flying into Christchurch on Monday morning feb 18 and will be leaving from christchurch on tues morning feb 26.
We both love hikes, watersports etc.. and are looking to enjoy as much of a wide range as possible that NZ has to offer.
Also, we will be renting a car in CHCH and returning it there on the day we leave. I hope to not have to spend most of the time driving, so if anyone has suggestions on how I can limit that but still really enjoy as much as the island has to offer--- that would be great!
We definitely want to go on the boat ride in Milford sound and don't necessarily need to go to Queenstown (not gonna do skydiving etc.)
So please anyone who could help us with advice and tips we would really appreciate it!
Dec 21, 2012 11:26 AM
1Oh and one more thing---
We could extend the flight from CHCH to leave on Sunday March 3rd 9 am instead of tues feb 26 , which would give us a total of 13 days in the South Island.
However, we are flying to Melbourne from CHCH and this would limit our time in Australia from 14 days to only 10 or so (first time there also)
Just wanted to see people's opinions if they think it is worth it to extend our time in NZ and see more of what there is at a more leisurely pace.... but would come at the cost of limiting our time to travel in Australia ..
what do people think?? Is it worth it to extend it and have less time in Australia ?
Dec 21, 2012 11:42 AM
2apples and oranges, your call.
plenty of itineraries and drive times on here. For Milford Sound, base yourself in Te Anau, pick a sunny day if you get the chance. The night before, fill the tank with fuel and make up sandwiches and food for the day. Leave about 9:30am (should be after most of the buses), stop at the lookouts, park at the Divide and do the key Summit walk. Drive on to Milford Sound, should get you there about 1:30 - 2pm. Go to the cruise terminal and book on to the cruise that interests you - this is after the big boat ultra-busy ones. Do the cruise then stop for a snack on the seashore to watch the last planes leave and the overnight boats head out. Then commence the leisurely 2 hour 15 drive back to Te Anau.
Dec 21, 2012 11:50 AM
3Thanks for replying!
How does this sound as an itinerary for the 8 day option:
Day 1- land in CHCH and rent car and go to Kaikura to whale watch, then drive to Blenin and sleep there
Day 2- drive to Abel Tasman park and stay in Motueka sleep there
Day 3- stay in park again and kayak tour and sleep there
Day 4- Drive to Greymouth spend day there and then drive to fox galcier and sleep there for the night
Day 5- do ice climb and hike sleep there again
Day 6- relax spend day there and sleep there
Day 7- drive to Wanaka and spend day there and sleep there
Day 8- drive to Mount cook spend day and then drive to CHCH and sleep there
Day9- flight early in morning
thats if we were to leave on Feb 26th tues morning... if we were to extend the trip to leave Sun morning March 3rd, how would you change/edit this itinerary to make it better??
Dec 21, 2012 2:06 PM
4day 7 - the drive Fox-Wanaka is 6 hours plus stops, and there is lots to stop for. So you won't see much of Wanaka. I also think day 8 is way too much.
actually looking at it there is way too much driving, full stop. Don't trust google maps for drive times.
Dec 21, 2012 6:23 PM
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Dec 22, 2012 7:45 AM
7Be careful with drive times in the South Island as it is mountainous and what may look like a short distance could take you all day sometimes. Just saying.
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