Enjoy a romatic getaway with these beautiful New Zealand destinations
Looking for a romantic New Zealand escape? Thinking of New Zealand for your next anniversary?
New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and diverse landscapes offer many secluded hideaways and intimate retreats in beautiful places. Here are a few of our favorites places for romance...
Queenstown (known as the adventure capital of New Zealand) is a picturesque alpine town nestled in the middle of the Southern Alps.
There's nothing like bonding over a shared adrenaline rush. Not really into bungy jumping, or jet boating or swinging from a really high canyon? Don't worry. Queenstown has plenty of sedate activities and opportunities for romance! Wander the waterfront and grab a picnic in the Botanical Gardens or take a dawn hot air balloon ride over the Mountains. Visit the Onsen Hot Pools for a private mineral soak, then take an evening gondola ride to the top of Bob Lee peak, and indulge in a buffet-style dinner looking over the city lights.
The Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand's biggest draw-cards, is truly the ultimate honeymoon destination. Both stunningly beautiful and historically significant, it boasts a warm climate, white sandy beaches, over 140 islands dotting the bay.
Take an afternoon harbor cruise and relax with a glass of wine and antipasto platter as the sun sets. Hire a kayak and venture out to the famous Hole in the Rock. Test your pedal power and take a couples cycling tour, through lush farmland and native bush, on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Explore the beaches of Paihia and the East Coast, and be sure to visit the world-renowned and historically significant Duke of Marlborough hotel for a delicious waterfront meal.
The Coromandel is the perfect combination of relaxation and beauty and is home to white sandy beaches, rain forest and native wildlife.
Think long walks on the beach, kayaking together in crystal clear waters and digging your own spa pool on Hot Water Beach. Not to mention surfing (if you're more the ‘action’ couple), paddle boarding and swimming. A visit to the Karangahake Gorge to discover disused railway tunnels, walkways and a rich gold mining history should also be on your agenda.
Waiheke Island is an idyllic escape and offers acres of golden beaches, olive groves and world renowned wineries. It’s relaxed seaside atmosphere and quirky culture make it quintessentially romantic and best of all — it's only a 30 minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland.
Wander the foreshore at Matiatia and take the spectacular coastal walkway to Church Bay. Visit the colorful Ostend market on a Saturday morning for local artwork, bric-a-brac and tasty delicacies or hire a tandem kayak and take a picnic to one of Waiheke hidden coves. And if you're partial to a drop of wine, you mustn't leave the island without first taking the time to visit one (or several) of its 25 boutique vineyards.
The town of Akaroa is perched on the edge of Banks Peninsula and is only an hour from the bustle of Christchurch. The closest thing New Zealand has to a piece of France, Akaroa is a quaint french settlement featuring colonial architecture and French street names.
Take a stroll through the village and stop at one of many renowned eateries. Head out on the harbor to Dolphin watch. Akaroa is home to the world's smallest dolphin, the Hector's. For the historically inclined, visit the Akaroa Museum or take a guided tour through the village's picturesque streets.
With the highest sunshine hours in the country, acres of vineyards, lush native bush, spectacular sounds, quiet bays and abundant wildlife, Marlborough has a lot to offer the visitor.
New Zealand’s flagship wine region has over 40 world renowned wineries to visit. Take a cruise from Picton to Queen Charlotte Sound and spend time exploring the Queen Charlotte Track. Walk, kayak, swim, or just relax together and take it in the charms of this spectacular area.
Tekapo is a tiny alpine town with plenty of character and romantic charm. Set against the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, with a backdrop of Aoraki Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, it’s home to the globally renowned stone-built ‘Church of the Good Shepherd.’
Head to the Tekapo Springs Hot Pools for a luxurious soak, then spend the evening snuggled up under stars at Mt John Observatory — one of the largest ‘International Dark Sky Reserves’ in the world. While you're in the area, a visit to Mount Cook National Park is must do.