My husband and I always wanted to visit New Zealand. It was one of those destinations that was rich in beauty, culture, and adventure.
Seeing its locations in movies like Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings had only further increased our longing for it so when decided to get married, New Zealand was an obvious choice for our honeymoon.
Having made up our mind on the destination, my husband and I now wanted the best New Zealand honeymoon package for ourselves. We wanted everything to be arranged as per our wishes and that is where TravelTriangle stepped in.
TravelTriangle was recommended to us by a friend and we decided to try it. Finding that it could customize our New Zealand package as per our requirements, we were more than happy to book our package with them. Moreover the agents that were connected with us via them were all very proactive and kept on sending us multiple quotes and itineraries for our honeymoon.
We finally selected the best one from “Travefunda” and were sorted with our trip, itinerary and everything else.
Also before I begin with our experience, I would like to thank representatives of both TravelTriangle and Travefunda (our agents) for guiding us so well and arranging everything in a perfect manner.
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Our trip details:
Trip type: Honeymoon
Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days trip to New Zealand
Cost: INR 427757
Inclusions: Flights, Transfers, Visa, Hotels, Breakfast, Sightseeing, & Activities part of the itinerary
Exclusions: Other paid activities & meals
Weather in New Zealand in December: Auckland (18 °C), Queenstown (16 °C), & Christchurch (19 °C)
Our New Zealand honeymoon itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Auckland – Check into the hotel – evening spent on our own
Day 2: Sightseeing in Auckland – Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Rotorua Agrodome – Bird Park
Day 3: Transfer to Bay of Islands – check into the hotel in Paihia – Bay of islands tour (on our own)
Day 4: Transfer from Paihia to Auckland – flight to Queenstown – evening on our own
Day 5: Milford Sound Tour
Day 6: Shotover Jet Boat – Bungee Jumping – Hot Pool Session
Day 7: Transfer to Franz Joseph – check into the hotel – evening on our own
Day 8: Helicopter ride – Quad biking adventure (on our own)
Day 9: Tranzalpine Train – Reach Christchurch – Check into the hotel – evening on our own
Day 10: Roamed around Christchurch on our own – Museum visit – check out from the hotel – flight in the evening
The New Zealand Experience
Auckland, you beauty!
We landed in Auckland to a cool and absolutely gorgeous weather. At the airport exit, we met our driver from the agent’s side who transferred us to our hotel – Skycity Hotel Auckland. This was a nice property and was equipped with all the modern facilities.
In the evening, we casually went out walking to explore the city on our own. The temperature was cool and the city even in the late evening was very active. This was also the time, we tasted the staple food of New Zealand – burgers (wow!) and they were yum. Lastly, we also visited a harbor where we spent some peaceful time. It was bliss!
An absolutely enchanting Waitomo Glowworm Caves, & Agrodome farm show in Rotorua
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A super exciting day for us – we did a lot of sightseeing in Auckland today.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
This was the first place on our sightseeing in New Zealand list and we proceeded for it in the morning in a SIC shuttle. The views on the way were simply mesmerizing. By the time, we reached the caves, we were already in love with the countryside of New Zealand.
The Glowworm Caves experience was a surreal one. It was dark and when we saw the light from the glow worms on the roof and walls of the caves , we were blown away. The whole tour was on a boat which was also a unique experience. Truly, there was so much in the world to see apart from the usual mountains and all.
Tip: The glowworms are light sensitive and you won’t be allowed to click pictures. However once you’re outside the cave, there is provision for paid photography.
Agrodome Farm Show in Rotorua and Hot Springs
Agrodome was a unique farm experience for us where we saw the traditional dance of New Zealand and learnt about its culture, tribes, and history. It was a very nice experience and gave us quite a good intro of the country we were honeymooning in.
Next up, we saw the hot water springs and it was very fascinating. Since Auckland is built on dormant volcanic area, and there were hot springs all around, another thing that was famous apart from the above was the hot volcanic mud – also known as the Rotorua mud since it possessed medicinal properties.
Additionally, we also saw the national bird of New Zealand in Rotorua, Kiwi, and it was a very cute and gentle bird which was sleeping when we saw it.
Later, back in Auckland, before returning to our hotel, we also stopped by the Sky Tower, where we saw a majestic panoramic view of the whole city. Later on, we had our dinner at a restaurant in the same tower. Needless to say, it was amazing!
Tip: The temperature in Auckland is on a cooler side, wear a light pullover.
Exploring the surreal beauty of Bay of Islands
Today after breakfast, we proceeded towards Paihia to visit the Bay of Islands. The ride was a scenic just like our hotel – Scenic Hotel. After checking in, we freshened up, ate a burger, and then proceeded for the Bay of Islands tour.
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This was a wonderful tour and we even stopped at 3 – 4 islands out the total 9. The rest of islands were also seen from a pretty close distance. The tour also informed us about the specialties of each island and at one them, we even spotted seals. At another one, we stopped for a short hike, and were given two route options. We chose the one less traveled by and it made all the difference. Our hike to the top of structure built on a rock was amazing and we felt as if we were on top of the world.
Post the tour, we proceeded on for the “Hole in the Rock” or Piercy Island tour. And believe me when I say this, it was beautiful beyond imagination.
Post breakfast this morning, we left for Auckland from Paihia to catch our flight to Queenstown. Upon our arrival in Auckland, we boarded our flight to Auckland and reached in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
We later checked into our hotel – Novotel which was a great property! Now that we were in South of New Zealand, I noticed what the difference between north and south was. While North was scenic, it was also more cosmopolitan than south. Whereas south was more into nature and scenic beauty!
In the evening once again, we ventured out on our own and dined at an Indian restaurant and ate the best thing ever – ice cream!
The Milford Sound Tour
In the morning post breakfast today, we got into the bus and proceeded for the Milford Sound tour. The journey took about 4 hours but it was a great one. We were particularly excited to visit this place since a lot of scenes from Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings have been shot here – and we soon realized why.
The cruise ride was breathtakingly beautiful and it also passed through a waterfall. We were given an option to purchase a raincoat for 11 dollars and go out and get wet – which we did and the experience was fantastic.
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Post the tour, we returned to Queenstown and our rest of the evening was spent roaming the city on our own.
Note: The cruise was an hour long affair and also had provisions for food and drinks.
Shotover jet ride, Bungee Jumping & a Hot pool session
We did the Jet boat ride today and it was a mind blowing! Although initially scared, I soon got used to the twists and turns of the boat ride and had a time of my life doing it.
Next up was bungee jumping which I was too scared to do – but since it had been a childhood wish of my husband, he went for it (he was scared too!). Needless to say it was the most thrilling experience of his life and I too loved it when I saw how happy he was.
Note: You can get the video and photo of your jump but it is paid.
Next up was a place where we went for Hot pool session. The place overlooked the mountains and was perfect to rejuvenate and relax.
Post this, we returned to our hotel.
Hello Frank Joseph
This day we were transferred to Frank Joseph and we immediately liked this small city. It was at a beautiful location surrounded by mountains and had an air of coziness to it. Although not very populated, it thrived on tourism. Our rest of the day was spent at the hotel.
Adventure activities in Frank Josef
We did a Helicopter ride to the Frank Josef glacier today and it was a wonderful. The helicopter that we were in belonged to Bill Gates and was a piece of beauty. Once we had landed on the glacier, the pilot got down and clicked our pictures. Although we were allowed only 5 minutes here (due to extreme cold), it was still more than worth it.
Note: You will be properly equipped with all the safety equipment before you begin the ride.
Later in the evening since we were free, we decided to go out for some adventure activities nearby.
We chose kayaking and quad biking. First was kayaking and it was great fun. Although it took us some time to adjust and synchronize our movement, pretty soon we were rowing around perfectly.
Quad biking on the other hand was even more fun. We took the one where two could sit and although I tried driving it, I couldn’t for it was too heavy. Finally my husband took over and the ride began. And needless to say, we had an amazing time!
Tip: Even though the terrain might be uneven, the quad bike won’t trip over but if it is going to, then don’t use your legs to protect yourself for it will be painful. Also, you will be given proper jackets and all to protect yourself from the dirt.
Tranzalpine train – a ride to remember!
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No trip to New Zealand is complete without a ride on the Tranzalpine train and that what we exactly did today. The train passed through tunnels, crossed fields, mountains and what not and it was our most scenic experience in New Zealand. There was also live narration about the points of interest happening with an option to ignore it if one wants.
Apart from this, there was an open deck like area also to see the scenery in a better manner.
Our train took us to Greymouth from where we were transferred to our hotel (Hotel Rendezvous) in Christchurch.
Spending last day in New Zealand doing sightseeing in Christchurch
This was a free day for us and we decided to explore Christchurch on our own. We saw the tramps that the city had, and also visited a museum where we found out a lot of facts about New Zealand and also how it is an earthquake prone area.
In the evening, we checked out and proceeded for our flight back to India.
Summing up our journey in few words, I would say it was more than fantastic in every way. Right from the incredible marvels of nature to the scenery to adventure, everything was super amazing. New Zealand was pristine, delightful, welcoming, and much more that words can describe. In the end, my husband and I had the time of our lives, and that is all that mattered!
Things we loved on the trip:
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Agrodome and Rotorua
- Adventure activities especially the Shotover jet ride
- Helicopter ride, Quad biking, and Kayaking at Frank Josef
- Tranzalpine train
Things that could have been better:
- Some hotels asked for an advance that was way to much.
Tips for travelers:
- New Zealand is a perfect destination if you want the best of all worlds. There is nature, adventure, and an extra dose of romance in everything – go for it.
New Zealand was a delightful honeymoon experience for them! You too can book a similar package and have the time of your life with your special one! Simply book your customizable New Zealand Honeymoon Package here.
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