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1. Posted by lesleyc22 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi
We are planning our Honeymoon for beginning of December this year. Planning on a week in New Zealand and then a week in Fiji.

Need some advice on the NZ aspect. We will be getting in and have 6 full days not counting the travel in and out days.
I know that is not nearly enough time to cover everything. So what's the best places to fly into and where are the few top places to go.

Things we are interested in or like to do:

1) be warm and in bathing suits or shorts etc (well i want to be my fiance could care less :)
2) white water rafting or canoeing in gorgeous scenery
3) hikes with water falls etc
4) great beaches
5) rainforest zip line if they have one (not sure- just heard about them in other countries and sound awesome!)

Any help would be great. At least where we should fly into so we can get the flights booked at least. trying to use miles!
Thanks!!!
-very excited Bride!!!!

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 6y

Since you are going to Fiji I would say the South Island. Depends where on the island you go though. In the north part of the south island there are some great beaches. As you head south there will be more adventures activities as you have indicated. You can a fun adventures part of your honeymoon then head to Fiji and sit on the beach.

3. Posted by lesleyc22 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks for responding. Yes that is what we have been getting as a suggestion.

Now my question is does this sound about right.
We trying to fly from the US over there. And we are trying to use our American Airlines points to fly as many legs in first class as possible. So the flights into Auckland are much more accomodating (time wise and first class) Flights into Christchurch were a whole day longer coming from the US.

So if we flew Bos to Auckland. and then decided we wanted to do the south island, is it quick and easy enough to take a flight down to the south island. Say fly to Queenstown tour around there. head up to Christchurch area after a couple days tour around there. Then fly out of Christchurch over to Fiji?

Would that trip sound good??

Is hitting Queenstown area and Christchurch area(give or take a few hours) taking advantage enough of the south island in 6 days we have?
Thanks
Lesley

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 6y

Quoting lesleyc22

So if we flew Bos to Auckland. and then decided we wanted to do the south island, is it quick and easy enough to take a flight down to the south island.

Yes, there's flights down to Christchurch every other hour from Auckland, and to Queenstown at least several times a day.

Is hitting Queenstown area and Christchurch area(give or take a few hours) taking advantage enough of the south island in 6 days we have?

Yes, all the very best bits of the South Island are between (or near) these two cities; the glaciers on the west coast, Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook in the middle, Milford Sound west of Queenstown, etc. I wrote up a suggested one week itinerary a while ago, which you can find here and which might be useful to give you an idea of what's possible. (Other than for hikes with waterfalls (and tons of gorgeous scenery), it won't contain a whole lot of the things from your list, though.)

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2010, at 12:01 by Sander ]

5. Posted by lesleyc22 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

thank you so much for responding. this is all very helpful info.

We are trying to use miles from the US on American Airlines and looks like we'd have to fly into Auckland in order to do so.

But I found a flight out the morning after we arrive that flies down to Christchurch and gets us in at 11am. So doesnt take away too muc. Then we can tour Christchurch down to Queenstown in the 5 1/2 days we have left. Then fly out of Queenstown back up to Auckland the morning of the 6th day. arrive in auckland at 11am and fly out at 4pm to fiji.

Then the only flights we have to pay for are the $67 from auckland to Christchurch and $231 queenstown to auckland.(just quick prices i saw online for times we want) everything else was covered by points.

So i think that's what we might do.
All your info was very helpful. thank you!

6. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 6y

everybody says south island is better in terms of scenery....

7. Posted by mal_lyn (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

South Island is lovely but so is North Island - Bay of Islands beautiful in December swimming weather - lots of bush walks and white water rafting around Rotorua plus all the thermal activity - and as you only have six days this is easy driving

8. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 6y

For sure South Island, you'll get the beach activity in Fiji. Much better scenery in South than North...Also timing December is still very iffy for weather in both Islands so I would just enjoy the mountains and Glaciers.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Feb-2010, at 22:14 by hmclehto ]

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