New Zealand honeymoon planning 2.0

17 October 2007 » Travel

Cat and I have been finalizing our agenda for the post-wedding trip to New Zealand. We’ll be spending two weeks there in late November through early December – early summer in the southern hemisphere.

Update: We’re back from the trip. This was an ambitious agenda for two weeks, and we did change up some things before we left… like leaving out about half of what we planned on doing below…

Here are the pictures from what we did get to see. What a great trip. Highly recommended. :)

We’re not thrill seekers (Cat still gives me grief about bungee jumping 5 years before we met), so we intend to spend most of our time on the North Island relaxing on the beach or hitting the wineries and chowing on local seafood.

Most of the recommendations we’ve gotten from friends and colleagues have been for the more adventurous lower South Island, unfortunately.

So I’m looking to tap the wisdom of crowds (well the 4 of you that regularly read this blog anyway) for North Island and/or northern South Island tips. That’s where the 2.0 comes in (no, neither of us has been married before, thank you very much).

Here’s our the preliminary agenda. Plus ones? Vote downs? Things we’ve overlooked completely?

Day 1: Thursday

  • Arrive in Auckland early morning
  • Sky Tower
  • Auckland Domain
  • Parnell Village
  • Dinner options:
    • Dine by Peter Gordon (in Sky City)
    • White
    • The French Cafe
  • Stay in Auckland

Day 2: Friday

Day 3: Saturday

Day 4: Sunday

Day 5: Monday

  • Kiwi 360
  • Lunch in Bay of Plenty
  • Stay in Rotorua

Day 6: Tuesday

Day 7: Wednesday

Day 8: Thursday

Day 9: Friday

  • Shopping in Wellington morning
  • Take Ferry to Picton
  • Dinner at: ?
  • Stay in Blenheim

Day 10: Saturday

  • Wine tour day
  • Dinner options:
    • Herzog
    • Hunter’s Vineyard
  • Stay in Blenheim

Day 11: Sunday

  • Drive south
  • Lunch in Kaikoura
    • White Morph Restaurant
  • Dinner options:
    • Indochine
    • 50 on Park
  • Stay in Christchurch

Day 12: Monday

Day 13: Tuesday

Day 14: Wednesday

Day 15: Thursday

  • Drive to Auckland
  • Dinner at: ?
  • Depart from Auckland in the evening

Thanks in advance for any tips. Folks with great pointers get a nice postcard. :)


4 Responses to 'New Zealand honeymoon planning 2.0'

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  1. Marcy said,

    18 October 2007 at 10:09 pm

    You already have entirely too many plans! Don’t forget to make time to do nothing. You only get one honeymoon.

  2. Janet said,

    22 October 2007 at 3:29 pm

    i agree with marcy. plus, you may as well scratch off any plans for the first 3 days. you and cat will most likely be making up for all the lost sleep the week leading up to the wedding. and congrats again!!!

  3. Daniel Krook said,

    31 October 2007 at 9:44 am

    Hmm, this is the third time we’ve heard we put too much in there :P

    The good thing is we’re not leaving directly after our wedding… We’ve given ourselves a buffer of 3 or 4 days.

    Thanks for the tips guys. :)

  4. Eric said,

    01 November 2007 at 9:57 am


    Ambitious agenda. Don’t forget to sleep in and order takeout every now and again during your 2 weeks. (wink ;)).

    Looking forward to the big event later after Tgiving. Let me know if I can help you with anything.

    See you soon.

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