New Zealand Honeymoon Itinerary (29 Days)

As you can see by the title of this page, this itinerary was our honeymoon with destination wedding in the Land of the Long White Cloud. For Julie and I, this was the trip that opened up our eyes to what was out there in the world, and it essentially changed our lives in every sense of the word. From this point forward, we were forever bit by the travel bug and that our waterfalling goals took on a much more international flavor. Not knowing what to expect from such a large trip like this, we went with a travel agent to book most of the logistics. Other than that, it was a self-driving trip that encompassed much of both the North and South Islands.

By the way, in the years since this trip made our waterfalling endeavors take on a worldwide focus, Julie herself would become a travel agent for a time. Thus, for all of our international travels, I would plan the sightseeing goals and map out the time schedules or time commitments, while Julie would look into logistics and accommodations. You can say that we made the perfect complementary travel team, and we still employ this methodology of trip planning to this day. So when you look at our itineraries, you're looking at a combination of our teamwork. Feel free to follow the links and take advantage of this! It can save you many hours of just figuring out where to begin when planning foreign independent travel (let alone waterfalling trips)!



Day Overnight Activity
1-3 Whangarei, New Zealand
Motel 6
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Piroa Falls, Whangarei Falls
4 Whangarei, New Zealand
Motel 6
Hole-in-the-Rock (Bay of Islands), Haruru Falls, Rainbow Falls, Waiotemarama Falls, Waipoua Forest
5 Auckland, New Zealand
City Central Hotel
Wedding Preparations
6 Whitianga, New Zealand
Villa Toscana
Wedding Preparations
7 Whitianga, New Zealand
Villa Toscana
Wedding and Reception
8 Tauranga, New Zealand
Bridgeway Motel
Otama Beach, Cathedral Cove, Wentworth Falls
9 Rotorua, New Zealand
Gwendoline Court Motel
Kaiate Falls (Te Rerekawau), McLaren Falls and "Marshall Falls", Wairere Falls, Te Whakarewarewa
10 Rotorua, New Zealand
Gwendoline Court Motel
Wai-o-tapu, Te Wairoa Falls, Tarawera Falls, Hell's Gate, Kakahi Falls
11 Napier, New Zealand
McLean Park Motor Lodge
Totarapapa Falls, Mokau Falls, Aniwaniwa Falls, Papakorito Falls, Te Reinga Falls, Shine Falls
12 Turangi, New Zealand
Tongariro River Motel
Tangoio Falls and Te Ana Falls, Waipunga Falls, Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon
13 Whakapapa Village, New Zealand
Chateau Tongariro
Mangawhero Falls, Waitonga Falls, Tawhai Falls, Taranaki Falls
14 Whakapapa Village, New Zealand
Chateau Tongariro
Mt Damper Falls, Dawson Falls, Waverley Beach, Raukawa Falls
15 Hamilton, New Zealand
Boundary Court Motor Inn
Tongariro Crossing Waterfalls
16 Hamilton, New Zealand
Boundary Court Motor Inn
Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Mangapohue Natural Bridge, Marokopa Falls, Bridal Veil Falls
17 Greymouth, New Zealand
Charles Court Motel
Car Rental Return, Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Five Mile Creek Falls, Pancake Rocks
18 Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Glacier View Motel
Carew Creek Falls, Twin Creek Falls and Reid Falls, Devil's Punchbowl Falls, Avalanche Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dorothy Falls
19 Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Glacier View Motel
Trident Creek Falls, Unser Fritz Falls, and the Franz Josef Glacier Waterfalls, Franz Josef Glacier Helihike,
20 Queenstown, New Zealand
Sherwood Manor
Depot Creek Falls, Roaring Billy Falls, Thunder Creek Falls, Fantail Falls
21 Te Anau, New Zealand
Anchorage Motel
Bowen Falls, The Chasm, Christie Falls and the Milford Hwy Waterfalls, Humboldt Falls
22 Te Anau, New Zealand
Anchorage Motel
Doubtful Sound Cruise, Browne Falls, Cleve Garth Falls, Helena Falls, and the Doubtful Sound Waterfalls
23 Milford Track, New Zealand
Glade House
Milford Track Day 1
24 Milford Track, New Zealand
Pompolona Lodge
Milford Track Day 2, Milford Track Waterfalls
25 Milford Track, New Zealand
Quintin Lodge
Milford Track Day 3, Sutherland Falls and the Milford Track Waterfalls
26 Milford Sound, New Zealand
Mitre Peak Lodge
Milford Track Day 4, Milford Track Waterfalls, Bowen Falls
27 Invercargill, New Zealand
Tower Lodge Motel
Milford Sound Cruise, Stirling Falls and the Milford Sound Waterfalls, Bowen Falls
28 Christchurch, New Zealand
Airport Lodge Motel
McLean Falls, Matai Falls and Horseshoe Falls, Purakaunui Falls, Barrs Falls, Dunedin, Moeraki Boulders
29 Home
Car Rental Return, Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Kitekite Falls, Karekare Falls, Hunua Falls, Car Rental Return, Travel



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