Ashley & Dustin

Ashley & Dustin

June 10, 2014

Ashley & Dustin

Ashley & Dustin

June 10, 2014

Hey everyone!

First off, we'd like to say that your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift we could ask for. The time, effort, and expense of traveling to be with us is something we deeply appreciate in our hearts, and we are so thrilled that we will be able to celebrate this happy occasion with you.
We have been blessed to have a lot of the "essential" home items a newly engaged couple needs. We hope you find this registry as a way to help us make our perfect honeymoon come true! While Dustin and I have taken many exciting trips together, we are very much looking forward to our first real adventure as husband and wife. It is because of the lifetime of memories we will gain from this trip that we finally settled on a honeymoon registry. We greatly appreciate and will fondly remember these gifts for years to come. After all, the memories from this honeymoon will last a lot longer than a new set of wine glasses (especially at Ashley's breakage rate!).
In June 2014, Dustin and Ashley will have been together for six years. In that time we have had the opportunity to bring together two families of friends and relatives. Those that have known us over the years know that we are non traditional in many senses. We have spent holidays at football games, birthdays halfway across the world or just a road trip to try some local libations. Getting married on the beach and having a clam bake/pig roast is the way we want to start our newlywed life. So sticking to our non traditional ways, this is our registry.
Thrill seeking is something that has brought us together and keeps our lives interesting. With us entering a new chapter in our lives, we were hoping to go to where alone we may never be able to reach. As you know, we both love an active travel experience with plenty of culture and adventure. We have heard and read great things about New Zealand including its natural wonders and rich cultural heritage that combined, make it an exceptional travel destination. Also, there is a man we would love to visit whom found Dustins grandfathers dogtags. Its an amazing story! Please read. The link is below. :)
Along with the excitement of our newly wed bliss, we are looking forward to this excursion to a place of such beauty. We have included some activities that would fill our thrill seeking lifestyle and complete this wonderful honeymoon and life changing experience. This is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience, and we thank you for your consideration in aiding us in this journey.


We'll do our best to document our experience via photo and include it in your much-deserved "thank you" note.

Thanks again and we can't wait to see you at the wedding and/or party in August (or earlier!).

Love,

Dustin & Ashley

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Our Registry

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Swim with Sharks - Along with those charming, perfectly harmless tropical fish, we will come face to face with Jaws' South Seas cousins in a tough metal cage. It would be amazing!
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Visiting the World's Biggest Polynesian Market - We'll go hungry and feast on island goodies, smell the smells, and buy beautiful tapa cloth.
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Stops along the way to enjoy an adult beverage.. or two. ;)
$1500
17/20
$100
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Visit a Maori Marae - We will experience deeply moving song/dances and eat from a traditional underground hangi (oven). We'll do this in Rotorua as part of an organized tour.
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Road-trip! - We will take the East Cape Road and journey back in time as we travel the last remote outreaches of the Pacific Coast. It's a feast of stunning coastline and empty beaches. It is also the first place in the world to see the morning sun.
$6500
5/5
$100
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Whale Watching - On the South Island in Kaikoura, when a mighty sperm whale flaps its tail at us, we won't forget it in a hurry. These big sea monsters come to this particular stretch of water for a marine habitat.
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Drive into Skippers Canyon and Bungee Jump! - We'll make our way via a treacherous road guaranteed to take our mind off any other troubles!
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Stalk Kiwis at Night - We mean the birds! Get ready for surprises on this little southern adventure. We'll be one of the lucky few who get to see a wild kiwi foraging for its supper among the seaweed.
$7500
2/2
$100
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Eat Bugs and Beetles at the Wildfoods Festival - We will need culinary fortitude for this mind-boggling event - Dustin is stoked!
$3000
5/5
$100
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Hiking the Milford Track - The mother of them all, the Milford is one of the world's best and most loved multi-day tramps. Stretching through the best of Fiordland National Park, this 33 mile trail has views we'll never forget.
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Wine Tasting - New Zealand's climate is perfect for fine wine growing, wineries, and vineyards. We will sample internationally acclaimed wines on a New Zealand wine tour in the Marlborough region of the South Island.
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Scuba Diving in the Poor Knights - Jacques Yves Cousteau rated this among the best diving spots in the world. This unique marine reserve has the best of tropical currents.
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Rafting Adventure - It's a sports that consists of descending a fast moving river with an uncontrollable current. Fortunately, we'll be with a a guide helping from the sides of the raft with our oars. We are ready!
$4000
5/5
$100
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Guided Kayaking - We will slide into a sea-kayak and meander along the shore at our own pace, exploring coves and watching sea life as it quietly drifts beneath us.
$3500
4/4
$100
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Skydiving - The only time on our honeymoon when we will be clinging to people other than each other! Tandem, of course, and what better place to skydive than over New Zealand!
$7500
4/4
$100
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Surfboard Rental - No need to miss out on the fabulous local surfing; we can ride the wild waves and hang 10. Or at least try.. ;)
$1500
7/7
$100
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DIY Gift - Perhaps you've thought of an idea that we didn't? Create your own gift and we will make it happen. Who knows, we just might have a funny story for you!
$1000
25/25
$100
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Guidebooks and Maps - Where are we? We'll need guidebooks and maps for our stay in New Zealand so we know the best hikes and don't get lost!
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For those not in the know, New Zealand is not one single country but rather a country comprised of 2 main islands and several smaller islands. Island hopping by ferry will give us an opportunity to explore some more!
$3500
4/4
$100
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Despite what google maps says about kayaking the pacific ocean to get to NZ, we're pretty set on flying. And we're pretty excited about Air New Zealand and their free meals and reclining seats on the 16 hour flight! -
$2500
75/75
$100
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Instead of driving all over. Bike rentals to tour cities, stop and enjoy.
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We love immersing ourselves right into the culture and meeting new people/fellow travelers. Therefore, staying in hostels is an amazing way to travel throughout different cities at a moments notice knowing we have a place to rest our heads :)
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