Where would you go?

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  1. Ozgirl

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    help me choose our honeymoon destination.

    I have 300,000pts with Qantas that I want to spend on the flights.

    Looking at the second week of September.

    YK always chooses cold whenever I discuss it.

    So it leaves us with limited options.

    I did have grand plans to go to Portfolio in Chile. However a reassessment of fund means it's probably not likely. (Also FF pts flights seem harder than Christmas to the US!)

    Also don't know if I want to leave the 11mth at home (mum will try and convince me to) so would prefer to have a place that childcare was readily available.

    NZ could be an option, and maybe we could shout my parents to come too (flights, they would prob pay for accom) but well that might be a silly idea...

    Probably realistically looking to spend $5k in total (without flights)
     
  2. FatBoyDave

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    September is a bit hit and miss ski wise.
    You could do Dubai. Mall of the Emirates has guaranteed skiing all year round.:thumbs:
     
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    I'm sure 5k would get you something special and memorable in EnZed. A week in the snow and then some time at a lodge.
     
  4. Ozgirl

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    Yeah I feel it going to be NZ...

    I would want to lux it up though. Not sure where, and not being on snow takes the shine off. Also what lodges have babysitting?
     
  5. piolet

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    Qff points can be used for accom?
     
  6. Ozgirl

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    true that! Just haven't looked into options!
     
  7. piolet

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    Could be a way to burn if you don't wanna fly far
    11mth? If not too mobile won't be too bad to fly.
    Although he/she may be a wriggler

    Much lel

    My boys are *now* great flyers but I'm scarred
     
  8. JoeKing

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    Sun Peaks.
     
  9. Ozgirl

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    He!

    They Say once they are mobile it's harder! So will have to not encourage walking! Haha, sure!
     
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    Snort!

    Shame there is no snow then!

    Next someone will suggest Copper!
     
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    Never too young to learn how to golf.
     
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  12. dan72

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    Stay on snow at Cardrona.
     
  13. Ozgirl

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    There is on snow at Cardy??
     
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    Yeah.
    But sweet fa to do at night.

    NZ does luxury lodges pretty damn well.
     
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    Name one!

    With baby sitting!
     
  16. Ozgirl

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    Okay had a look.

    For the first week Septi can stay at Wanaka Haven for 5 nights for $1200 or 192000 FF pts!!!!
     
  17. piolet

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    I don't use points.
    Is that bad value?
     
  18. Donzah

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    Pay for a nanny
     
  19. Ozgirl

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    Yes!

    Thats a whole other return business class flight! for a weeks accom!
     
  20. Ozgirl

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    Sure - just feel like 'lodge' equals remote...

    But okay - name one anyway. I have never looked into lodges in NZ.
     
  21. benchives

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    You’re pregnant and not yet married??????
     
  22. Bluebird

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    Lake Ohau could be worth considering, though the accompanying resort is small. Also the lodge mightn't be quite lux enough.
     
  23. Ozgirl

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    Yep!

    Shock horror!!
     
  24. Donzah

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    Eg http://www.wharekealodge.com
     
  25. Legs Akimbo

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    Tasmania. Cradle Mountain or Freycinet.
     
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    Flights arent
    Far far easier with a baby.
     
  29. benchives

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    Haha I was just joking!
     
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    It is a pretty flash place, but well beyond anything I would stay at price wise. Owned by Marty Myer who always invites mates over there for heliskiing charters every August for quite a few years now. Guests also get to use the chalet up in the North Buchanans, though usually they just stop there for lunch on heli days.

    But then that is cheap compared to Minaret station. We had lunch outside on their balcony one year.
     
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  31. Ozgirl

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    Not paying for flights!

    Have a budget of $5k only

    Not 100% sure baby is going.
     
  32. Ozgirl

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    I know!!
     
  33. Donzah

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    My dad stayed there, when it was HNZ that did some heli charters out of there.

    Looked amazing.
     
  34. N0frilz

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    NZ ghetto freedom camp and blow it all on heli days.
     
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  35. Donzah

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    Parent tip.
    You can't plan anything further than a week away with a new born
    It will change your life so much.
     
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  36. Ozgirl

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    Not a bad suggestion!!
     
  37. Ozgirl

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    Also why ff flights is a good idea. Can cancel them easily enough!

    But are you saying I should booking anything than a week in advance or that I can only plan to go away for a week?

    Either seem silly!

    Lots of people have managed it before us!
     
  38. piolet

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    My wife stereotyping it up 5 years ago
    "We won't let the baby change how we live"
     
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    Haha!

    Fully aware that the baby will change us!

    But I am going on a honeymoon. Only thing I am unsure about is where, and if baby comes or stays!
     
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    Hermitage Mt Cook Village.
     
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    No..
    I meant don't micro manage it until you become a parent.
    Then let it evolve.
    You'll miss your kid after a day if you leave them. Trust me.
     
  42. piolet

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    That wasn't at you
    Just laughing at myself with Donna

    Do what you want
    Every kid and parent combo is so different in so many ways that most advice is just fluff.
     
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  43. Ozgirl

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    Again, it's why I am considering both options!

    I don't know how I will feel!
     
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    Now we are talking!

    This looks great :)

    I can even book Sept 2019 now if I want!

    Thank you! It's a real option :)
     
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    Just have Bubba. Go from there.
    We'll reconvene in April next year.
     
  46. Untele-whippet

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    Glacier skiing, Oahu nearby too.
    Fantastic romantic mountain view walks.
    One of my favourite places, worked there in winter 84.
    Happy wedding!
     
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    No can do! I we decided to go to a highly desirable location (like south America!) I need to book flights in Oct/Nov.

    Again can cancel with minimal penalty.
     
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    I was kinda hoping someone would suggest somewhere else in South america...

    I am insane and would happily fly all that way For only 5/6 nights...
     
  49. Donzah

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    Bubba will be 11 months old... .

    I think NZ would be a better option .

    Just in case you want to get home in a hurry.
     
  50. Zeroz

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    Re-look at Sth America. QF Sydney to Santiago - there are plenty of ff tix available almost every day in Sept.
    I am plat and LTG and apparently see more availability, but there are plenty of seats.

    La Parva/Valle Nevado/El Colorado are a 20-50 kms away and less than a 2 hour drive. Portillo is nearby.
    Las Lenas is a drive across the Andes or a 45min flight to Mendoza (fantastic wine and food country) then drive.
    Or head down to southern Chile to Corralco and Nevados de Chillan for volcano skiing.
    Or head to southern Argentina and try some Patagonian skiing at Cerro Catedral and Chapelco Bariloche
    Or break it up with a quick 3-day jaunt from Santiago to Machu Picchu. Or Galapagos. Or Easter Island.​

    It's a honeymoon. NZ is the easy holiday you do with kids. Be more adventurous while you can.
     
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