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New Zealand is a renowned honeymoon destination for the rich and famous. But with some smart planning, realistic objectives and focus on enjoying the great, natural outdoors, New Zealand is a very achievable honeymoon or anniversary vacation for those on a more modest budget. Sometimes it's the simple pleasures that make the best memories!
We would all like to be pampered at a luxury lodge or five star resort hotel on our New Zealand honeymoon, but when reality kicks in and choices have to be made there is a good range of affordable accommodation alternatives available. New Zealand's motel accommodation is generally excellent value and offers you a "home away from home" with your own living area, kitchen, ensuite and bathroom. Instead of dining out every night, perhaps self cater some evenings. It's fun to explore local markets for fresh fish and meat, vegetables and fruit and create your own style of dining, with a kiwi twist. Try our succulent lamb, farmed salmon and salad ingredients straight from the market gardens. Many motels have free barbecue facilities in picturesque garden settings which provide the ideal setting for a relaxing, balmy summer evening.
Purchasing a cooler bag to keep in your rental car is a great way to keep food items really fresh. Having snacks and lunch on hand when you discover a deserted beach or quiet riverbank is very convenient and offers you the opportunity to spend more time at these special places rather than hunting out cafes and food stores to replenish the energy levels.
Unlike some countries, New Zealand's breathtakingly beautiful National Parks are easy to include in a honeymoon itinerary. They offer some of the most outstanding scenic landscapes, accessible by well maintained hiking trails that often lead to cascading waterfalls, remote lakes and majestic forests and native bush. Take a picnic lunch in your daypack and spend entire days enjoying and sharing these spectacular natural attractions. Find your own stretch of golden sand beach. You won't need your credit card. Just leave your footprints in the sand until the next tide.
With a little planning and creative thinking it's very possible to keep the budget under control. Admire the landscapes, savour the fresh air and space - they don't cost anything, but they are very valuable, simple pleasures. Check out some helpful sample New Zealand itineraries to use as a starting point, make smart decisions about your travel expenses, prioritise where you want to spend your budget. For example, after a few nights in good quality three star accommodation, you might like to treat yourself to some 4 or five star luxury for the next couple of nights. This adds variety, helps the affordability and makes your New Zealand honeymoon very special indeed.
So, if New Zealand is on your horizon as a honeymoon or romantic holiday destination, start planning now!