Real Honeymoons: New Zealand & Fiji

Shortly after saying "I do," Stacy and Jake trekked to the South Pacific to take in the sights.
rachel sylvester the knot real weddings expert
by Rachel Sylvester
rachel sylvester the knot real weddings expert
Rachel Sylvester
Real Weddings Expert
  • Rachel Sylvester is a Senior Editor for Real Simple.
  • Rachel is an editor with experience covering fashion, weddings, and lifestyle.
  • Rachel spent over six years with The Knot, serving as an Editorial Assistant, Associate Editor, and Real Weddings Editor.

Budget: $15,000

Time of Year: April

Length of Trip: 12 days

Travel Time: 20 hours from New York City

Newlyweds Stacy and Jake wasted no time when it came to their honeymoon—a trip that began in Queenstown, New Zealand, the day after their vows. "We arrived and Stacy still had some semblance of a wedding updo that had been slept on for 20 hours," Jake says. Once the pair settled into their hotel on Lake Wakatipu, they joined a group of travelers on a private tour of the Routeburn Track. "The views were breathtaking," Jake says. "We drank glacial water from the lake." The couple also sipped on wine during their time visiting the vineyards in western New Zealand, before boarding a gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for zip-lining and luging. From there, Stacy and Jake drove five hours north to Franz Josef, where they kayaked and took a helicopter to the top of a glacier. Afterward, the couple boarded a train from Greymouth to Christchurch, and later a plane to Fiji. "We got massages every day and fell asleep under the stars by the pool," Jake says. "Can't beat that." 

Book It

Queenstown: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection

Franz Josef: Westwood Lodge

Christchurch: The George

Fiji: Tokoriki Island Resort

See more images from their honeymoon below.

New Zealand
Canoeing in New Zealand
 Routeburn Track in New Zealand

Up Next
  • Thailand, Asia with boat
    Everything You Need to Know for a Luxe Thailand Honeymoon