18D 16N New Zealand South Island Itinerary (2014)

New Zealand holds a special place for me. It is a place where i spent the happiest moments of my life, studied, worked and made great friends. As such, my hubby and i decided to take our pre-wedding photos here while having our pre-honeymoon. I am glad that i could share my love for NZ with my special one.

Below is my summarized calendar for easier reference:

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As Qantas was on offer at that time, we book our tickets direct on Qantas website. Since the husband have not been to Sydney, i decided to choose the leg with a long transit over at Sydney so that he may experience Sydney. Though i have been to sydney briefly way back in 2006, i hope that with this transit I will be able to experience more. For this trip, it was my first trip that i had planned extensively to ensure that my hubby would have a great time!

FINAL ITINERARY:

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This itinerary above is different from what was initially planned due to bad weather and some cancellations. For instance, our wedding photo shoot day was brought forward as the weather forecast ahead seems cloudy. As such we had to sacrifice Coronet Peak which was initially planned. Another change was at Franz Josef, we were suppose to do the Heli Hike, however due to heavy rain, the hike was cancelled as such, we had to drive on to Hokitika as there is nothing much to do in Franz Josef. Overall the trip was super enjoyable and i have a great companion for this trip.

BUDGET:

Below is the summary of actual expenses. We saved more on activities due to cancellation but those expenses goes to eating better food in NZ!.

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As above, our expenses in New Zealand is estimated to be around NZD 2300 (SGD 2540) per person excluding Air tickets. At that time NZD was still stronger than SGD (1.0 NZD is 1.105 SGD). So our total expenses in SGD comes up to about SGD 3500 per pax excluding shopping expenses.

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