Rise of the ‘minimoon’ – Kiwi newlyweds opt for shorter escapes

Rise of the ‘minimoon’ – Kiwi newlyweds opt for shorter escapes

Newlyweds are opting more and more for shorter honeymoons or ‘minimoons’, as extended holidays are too expensive and they use up too much leave in the lead up to the event.
Anita Gatley, honeymoon and destination wedding travel specialist, says this is accentuated by the high cost of Kiwi weddings and also because of the timing of the wedding season in New Zealand.
‘From my observations couples are going for shorter domestic or South Pacific breaks immediately after the wedding,’ she says.

‘This is due to our wedding season being September-April and our weather is better in New Zealand. Of course the better time to go to the South Pacific is our winter.’
It’s also down to a lack of holiday time owing. Gatley adds that it’s common for Kiwis to take a week off before the wedding too, resulting in less holiday days available for the actual honeymoon.
Oaks Hotels & Resorts has also made this observation, noticing an increase in couples choosing to stay for shorter periods of time soon after getting married.
Kira Klein, director of marketing & brand loyalty at Minor Hotels, says Oaks Hotels & Resorts has noticed a growth in the number of newlywed couples booking minimoons at various properties across Australia and in New Zealand.
‘Moving into the peak-wedding season of the year, we have seen an increase in honeymooners choosing to stay with us for several days mid-week or over a weekend to unwind together following their busy wedding festivities,’ she says.
Gatley adds that the expense of wedding festivities also adds to the attraction of a destination wedding – making it a honeymoon and wedding all in one.
‘If they decide to venture further afield for a honeymoon, say to Europe, they generally need or want a bit longer than a couple of weeks - and our winter time is the better weather over that side of the world.’
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