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1. Posted by alanrrll (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

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Lets share my honeymoon iternary on mid Oct this year and pls give me some comment:
Day 1
Arrive Christchurch late night, stay in Christchurch Holiday Inn city hotel.
Day 2
Do some shopping in Supermarket in city (buy torch, Sandflies repellent, fruit - for backup when staying in Mt.Cook). Pick up car in Christchurch in the morning, Drive to Lake Tekapo. Lunch in KoHan Jap Restaurant in Lake Tekapo (haha..we love sashimi). After lunch, visit Church of Good Shepherds, then continue driving to Mt. Cook. Arrive Mt. Cook, Take the Helicopter tour in the late afternoon.(If the weather is not good, postpone to Day 8 in Fox Glacier). Stay in Hermitage hotel in Mt. Cook. Have dinner at Panorama Restaurant (heard that is much better than the $10 buffet nextdoor)
Day 3
Breakfast in Hermitage hotel. Drive downhill to visit the Salmon Farm at Twizel (Enjoy fresh salmon is a must). Then drive to Oamaru. Have lunch in Fleurs Place (typical sea-shore restaurant) in Moeraki Wharf. After lunch, visit Moeraki Boulders. Drive to Shag Point (Pass by), then ahead to Dunedin. Arrive Dunedin, visit Baldwin Street (Steepest street in the world), visit the Larnarch castle in Otago Peninsula. Back to city and visit Dunedin Railway station. Dinner in Conservatory Restaurant (Romantic feel restaurant). Stay in Dunedin Scenic Cirlce hotel.
Day 4
Breakfast in hotel. Drive all the way to Te Anau thru Gore & Lumsden. Arrive Te Anau. Lunch at The Olive Tree Cafe. Park the car in Safer parking, take the coach tour to Milford Sound. Pass by Mirror Lake, Eglington Valley, Knobs Flat (toilets), Lake Gunn, Pop's View, Falls Creek, Monkey Flat, Homer Tunnel and join the overnight cruise run by Real Journey. Dinner in cruise.
Day 5
Breakfast in cruise. Coach back to Te Anau. Lunch in The Ranch or The Redcliff Cafe (not decide yet). Drive to Queenstown thru Lake Wakatipu. Have a short rest in Queenstown. Drive to Glenorchy, Enjoy the scenic view along the road to Glenorchy. Stay in Blanket Bay. Relax and Have dinner at hotel.
Day 6
Breakfast at Blanket Bay, join Dart River safari tour in the morning. After tour, drive to Queenstown. Go up to the mountain top by Skyline Gondola, have lunch at Skyline gondola restaurant. Enjoy and Relax in Queenstown. If we have time will go to Deer Park Heights at Kelvin Heights (Is it worth?) to view the other side of Queenstown). Dinner at Wai's restaurant to enjoy the seafood. Night life: Minus Five bar (cool!).. Stay in Browns Boutique in Queenstown.
Day 7
Breakfast in Browns Boutique and leave Queenstown. Ahead to Wanaka. Pass by the Kawarau Bridge (Kawarau Gorge) to watch others bungy jump. (Just watch.. no dare to try..haha!) Return to drive into Crown Range Road (heard that is a very beautiful scenery drive), if not stay in the main road and go to Wanaka thru Cromwell. Buy fruit in Cromwell (seems everyone do that). Lunch in Wanaka: (Suppose we want to try Thai Siam Restaurant, but heard that they are not open in afternoon. so no idea yet...any suggestion??). After lunch. drive to Fox Glacier thru Haast (heard that is the most magnificent drive to West Coast). Arrive Fox Glacier in late afternoon. Dinner in Cafe Neve. Discover Glow worm Grotto in Fox Glacier at night. Stay in Te Weheka Inn.
Day 8
Get up early and visit Lake Matheson. Take pics while the lake is still calm. (If the helicopter tour is cancelled in Mt. Cook due to bad weather, we will have this tour in Fox). Otherwise, walk around Fox Glacier Valley. Visit Franz Josef. Lunch in Beeches Restaurant. After lunch, drive to Punakaiki thru Hokkita and Greymouth. Visit Punakaiki rocks in sunset time due to high tide. Have dinner and stay in Punakaiki Rocks hotel.
Day 9
Breakfast in hotel. Leave Punakaiki and drive to Greymouth. Return car in Greymouth and take Tranzalpine train to Christchurch. Arrive Christchurch, have dinner in Charlotte Jane B&B, but stay in Elm Tree House (to visit both nice B&B at one night).
Day 10
Breakfast in B&B. Christchurch city discovery e.g. Cathedra Square, City tram tour, Berry Farm in Sawyer's Arms Road. (If have time go to Mona Vale). Leave Christchurch in 3pm afternoon.
How's the trip ?

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Erm, great trip, but does your wife-to-be know you're this organised?

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Yeah, Sounds great. How the weather isn't too cold for you, but are you sure you want to be this organised? Have you organised sleeping times to?

4. Posted by alanrrll (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Ya I showed my wife-to-be, but she seems doesn't care about it..

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

WEll, anyway have a great time.
All the best ;)

6. Posted by jo1986 (Inactive 19 posts) 10y

Sounds good but don't forget you might see other places that look better to eat at while you're there. While you're driving you might see something or somewhere else you would like to stop at for a bit. Changing you're plans on the spot isn't a bad thing, you don't have to stick to doing exactly what you've said you're going to do. Have fun!

7. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

Quoting alanrrll

Ya I showed my wife-to-be, but she seems doesn't care about it..

Strange.

8. Posted by alanrrll (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

She just let me to plan it...coz suppose she wants to go to Greece for honeymoon, but as because we will have banquet in Melbourne so that's why the cloest place for honeymoon is New Zealand and we don't have many holidays..that's why....

9. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

Quoting alanrrll

She just let me to plan it...coz suppose she wants to go to Greece for honeymoon, but as because we will have banquet in Melbourne so that's why the cloest place for honeymoon is New Zealand and we don't have many holidays..that's why....

sorry if I touched a nerve,you did say she didn't care,maybe it was just your choice of words, anyways ,enjoy your holiday where ever you go.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

I've done whirlwind tours of New Zealand like that, but the only way they actually worked is because I had ten months of experience visiting all those places and knew exactly where to go, and even then, I still think we rushed too much. And if you don't know the places (which I'm assuming you don't; if I'm wrong there, my apologies), you really would be wise to include some extra leeway for unexpected things. You could take a wrong turn somewhere, oversleep, or just see a sight that's so amazingly beautiful that you just have to stop and spend the next hour mesmerized by it. Your itinerary should be able to encompass such things without breaking down completely, and right now, it's my opinion that it doesn't.

The main problem area I see in your itinerary is day 4; that'll be a very very long day, and that right after day 3, which is really full as well.
No, actually, that's not the main problem area. The main problem area is that in the entire itinerary, I only see the word "relax" twice. This is a honeymoon, right? Call me hopelessly old-fashioned, but I'd say that that should be all about really spending some quality time together with your new wife; lounging about and having fun set against the backdrop of some gorgeous place, which you barely pay attention to because you're all too caught up in this other person.
You could spend the entire ten days in most any destination in this itinerary, languidly exploring, and still you wouldn't be bored.

So... I'd cut Dunedin from the itinerary. Spend an extra day in Mt. Cook (or maybe make Lake Tekapo an overnight stop (that's my personal favorite for the most beautiful location in New Zealand), and then drive on the one hour to Mt. Cook for the next overnight stop). Stay in bed late, sit by the lake (for Tekapo) or on the balcony watching the mountain (for Mt. Cook), stroll around for a couple of hours on one of the hikes. Breathe in... ...and breathe out.
Going from Mt. Cook straight to Queenstown, you have the benefit of driving over Lindis Pass, which is just absolutely gorgeous, plus it's only a three hour drive.

Milford becomes a problem with that change to the itinerary. I'm loathe to suggest not doing the overnight cruise, as I did it, had blue skies, and it was awesome, but realistically, it's very likely that you'll have really bad weather in Milford, and I just cannot imagine the overnight cruise being worth it under those circumstances. So, do that as a daytrip from Queenstown (still a long day, but you'll have had a couple of relaxing days beforehand).

Also, be aware that it's quite possible (likely, even) to have bad weather both in Mt. Cook and in Fox Glacier, not only cacelling the helicopter flight plans, but also making waking up for Lake Matheson not really worth it. I'll be crossing my fingers for you that this isn't the case, and that you have good weather all around, but make certain not to let it get you down if it happens. See it as an opportunity to stay indoors, cuddling before a nice fire or something. :)

I'd seriously recommend cutting even more from the itinerary, making it just three or four locations, with two days spent at each, but I think it wouldn't be very realistic to expect you to do that, so I'll keep it at this. Hope you'll find it useful. :)