My mother reminded me on Saturday that I’m a little over 4 months out from my wedding date. I am very excited about this. Not only do I get to marry the love of my life, in a beautiful church ceremony with the whole church decorated for Christmas, I also get to take the a trip with my new hubby that will take us the farthest from home we’ve ever been to a place both of us have been dying to see….
The trip will be about two weeks. A lot of people have been asking me to post my trip itinerary with the breakdown of activities and locations.
Before I do that I should point out that this is not your typical crash-on-the-beach-with-a-margarita-in-a-hurricane-glass honeymoon. We’re an active, hiking, kayaking, rafting, horse-back riding couple and we are on a mission to see as much of New Zealand as we can in one shot…which is a challenge in and of itself because New Zealand is made of TWO islands (North and South). Plus….to be completely honest….
We’re HUGE Lord of the Rings Nerds. Huge. So huge, in fact, that the first Christmas gift my fiance ever gave me over 8 years ago was an Arwen necklace replica from the movies. To which I responded by buying him a limited edition life sized replica of Aragorn’s crown. Going to New Zealand is not only our Honeymoon but the culmination of a nerd pilgrimage that was over 9 years in the making. So there’s going to be stops and activities in shoot locations from the movie. I can’t stop the geeky squeaks of delight just thinking about it.
We’re also being realistic, since we’re not staying put more than a few days in each location there’s no need to go nuts with our accommodations. We’re staying in mostly AirBnB guest homes, one cabin, and one nice little hotel. I gotta say AirBnB is the place to go. Once we’re back from our trip I’ll be able to speak to it’s pros and cons more accurately but so far it’s been a very easy and affordable way to have unique well-located places to stay in this beautiful country.
Okay so I’ll stop blabbing and get to the exciting part the itinerary.
Fly out from the States and arrive 21 hours later. We’re flying out early afternoon so we’ll be airborne overnight which will definitely help with adjusting to the time change.
Arrival in Aukland and The North Island
Day 1: We arrive in Auckland on the North Island around 7:00 am their time. Grab our luggage grab our rental car and drive around a bit until it’s time to check in at our first guest home at 10am. After that we figured we’d just relax, wander around the city, see some sights and get some much needed shut eye.
Day 2: Spend the morning in Aukland and then Head out to our next destination Cathedral Cove. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s about an hour or two drive there, we’ll get there around midday. check in, hit the beach take some pictures and just enjoy being married and alive!
Days 3-7: Get up have the morning in Cathedral Cove, and then head to our first major stop. Rotorua. Once we get to Rotorua We’ll be seeing Hobbiton (the set from Lord of the Rings), taking a trip to the Polynesian Spa, Visitng the Glowworm Caves at Waitomo, and going on a Maori Healing Tour to learn about local Maori culture and herbal remedies.
Heading to the South Island and Queenstown!
Day 7: Travel Day! Head to Rotorua Airport and board a puddle jumper flight to Hokitika. We’ll touch down briefly in Christchurch, and then keep flying over to what is known as the Jade Artisan capital of the world, the town of Hokitika.
Day 8: Spend the day in Hokitika, and find ourselves a super special jade memento of our trip. We’re staying on a beach front cabin, I can’t WAIT to see the spectacular views!
Day 9-13: Have breakfast in Hokitika, and then grab our rental and head through the mountains to Queenstown! Our last stop. While we’re in Queenstown we’ll be taking winery tours, horseback riding kayaking and just gawking at the incredible views of the fjord.
Day 14: Board our flight home, bringing a ton of new memories and experiences to share with our families when we get back!
Stay tuned for other updates about packing, trip planning and eventually photos and the low down on our trip!