Honeymoon Road Trip South Island New ZealandPosted By Joe on September 25, 2011 at 4:34pm | Australia, Blog, Islands, New Zeland
Regardless of its origin today the honeymoon is a time for a couple to celebrate their marriage and new life together and their love for one another that made it possible. We cordially invite you to share the joys and pleasures of your honeymoon while being pampered in the luxury and romantic elegance of “the mansion built as a wedding gift”
Here we suggest a 20 day Honeymoon Road trip in South Island of New Zealand.
South Island Road Trip
Vacation start and end Location : Christchurch, New Zealand
Approximate distance : 2,300km
Ideal duration: 12 to 18 days.
We suggest the following Honeymoon road trip route.
The Christchurch – Kaikoura – Arthur’s pass – Franz Josef – Queenstown – Milford Sound- Mount Cook National Park – Christchurch.
If you are fond of long, intensely scenic drive and are adrenaline junkies then this is the ideal Honeymoon trip for you. Hiking on a glacier, watching whales, taking a Harley for a spin, a spectacular skydive all of which will leave you buzzing. Sound good? Then South Island is the place to be.
The 2,300-km distance may seem daunting but here, the drives are the destination. Thoroughly therapeutic and breathtakingly beautiful, the South Island will make you feel glad that you have your special someone with you to share this scenic overdose of your Honeymoon.
Kaikoura is where you watch 20-m long whales from just 10 feet away. It is also where you get some of the best crayfish (lobsters) in the world. Hike up a glacier at Franz Joseph, fly in a WWII aircraft in Wanaka, marvel at deep blue lakes around Queenstown and take an overnight cruise on the emerald green waters of Milford Sound. Intensely refreshing, yet serenely soothing – that’s New Zealand’s South Island for your Honeymoon Road Trip.
Honeymoon Trip – For Your knowledge
Honeymoon Location Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country’s second-largest urban area after Auckland. It lies one third of the way down the South Island’s east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula.
Christchurch is served by Christchurch International Airport and by buses (local and long-distance) and trains. The local bus service, known as Metro, is provided by Environment Canterbury. The car, however, remains the dominant form of transport. The central city has very flat terrain and the Christchurch City Council is establishing a network of cycle lanes and paths.
There is a functioning Christchurch tramway system in Christchurch, but as a tourist attraction; its loop is restricted to a circuit of the central city. It is a Great place to visit for a Honeymoon or for a holiday. The Christchurch city council have announced that Christchurch will be built as a “city in a garden” with an estimated cost of NZ$2 billion.
Honeymoon Location – Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1 180 km north of Christchurch. Kaikoura became the first local authority to reach the Green Globe tourism certification standard.
The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, since it developed as a centre for the whaling industry. The name ‘Kaikoura’ translates to ‘meal of crayfish’ and the crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy of the region. However Kaikoura has now become a popular tourist and honeymoon destination, mainly for whale watching and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of Southern Fur Seals at the eastern edge of the town. At low tide, better viewing of the seals can be had as the ocean gives way to a rocky base which is easily navigable by foot for quite some distance.
It is also one of the best reasonably accessible places in the world to see open ocean seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, including the Hutton’s shearwater which nests high in Kaikoura’s mountains.
Honeymoon Location – Arthur’s Pass
Arthur’s Pass is a township in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, located in the Selwyn district is an ideal location for a honeymoon holiday. It is a popular base for exploring Arthur’s Pass National Park.
Arthur’s Pass township is about 5 km south of the mountain pass with the same name. Its elevation is 740 metres above sea level surrounded by beech forest. The Bealey River runs through the township.
There are also several good walks from here, including the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls,Bealey Valley and Avalanche Peak. The mischievous Kea (New Zealand mountain parrot) can be found here. The club skifield Temple Basin is nearby and is a popular attraction through winter.
This Honeymoon Location town can be reached by train on the famous Midland Line. State Highway 73 passes through the town.
Honeymoon Location – Franz Josef
Franz Josef is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Whataroa is 32 km to the north-east, and the township of Fox Glacier is 23 km to the south-west. State Highway 6 runs through this Honeymoon location town. The Waiho River runs from the Franz Josef Glacier to the south, through the town, and into the Tasman Sea to the north-west.
Honeymoon Location -Queenstown
Queenstown is a Honeymoon resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains. Queenstown provides best location for Honeymoon and adventure tourism during the day and a vibrant nightlife scene during the evenings. Queenstown is also gaining popularity as a honeymoon destination. Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s wine and cuisine centres. Queenstown also now hosts an annual International Jazz Festival. Recent international performers include Anika Moa and Di Bird. Queenstown also has a reputation for being the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. Queenstown Airport is located 10 km from town and has scheduled flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Honeymoon Location – Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel and Honeymoon destination in an international survey. ( and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination for holiday and Honeymoon . Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.
The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year. This makes the sound one of New Zealand’s most-visited tourist spots, and also the most famous New Zealand tourist and Honeymoon destination, even with its remote location and the long journey from the nearest population centres. Almost all tourists and Honeymoon travelers going to the sound also take one of the boat tours which usually last between 1–2 hours. The boat tours are offered by several companies, departing from the Milford Sound Visitors’ Centre.
Honeymoon Location – Mount Cook National Park
Mount Cook National Park is in the South Island of New Zealand near the town of Twizel. Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and Aoraki / Mount Cook village lie within the park. More than 400 species of plants make up the vegetation in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, which include more than 100 introduced plant species such as the colourful Russell lupin, the wild cherry and wilding pines.
The park is home to many invertebrates, including large dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers, 223 recorded moth species and 7 native butterflies. The park is popular for tramping, skiing, hunting and mountaineering.