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Inside romantic New Zealand: Our top picks for an intimate summer vacation

Dramatic landscapes and diverse scenery make for truly romantic New Zealand vacation - but go beyond the main tourist hotspots and you’ll discover a series of dreamy locations guaranteed to woo even the pickiest of beaus.

Here’s a few of our faves:

Te Pukatea Bay

Te Pukatea Bay, Nelson
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park, Te Pukatea is a small horseshoe shaped bay accessible by boat or by walking part of the coastal track. Golden sand is sandwiched between clear waters and tropical bushland, making this spot perfect for a picnic... or a proposal (just saying!)

Marokopa Falls Waitomo

Marokopa Falls, Waitomo
Some of the prettiest falls in New Zealand, the Marokopa stands at 35 metres high and cascades over greywacke rock, just down the road from the Waitomo caves region located an easy stroll in the Tawarau Forest, these ethereal falls are included in the ‘NZ must see waterfalls list’ and are well worth the detour to view.

Sunrise over sea on New Chums beach

New Chum Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
A jewel in the crown of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Chum beach curves into a long golden arc framed with pohutukawas and native forest. Voted as one of the world's top ten beaches there are no roads, camping or infrastructure making for a truly remote escape.

Forgotten World Adventures

Forgotten World Highway, Taumarunui
A 150 kilometre stretch of road traversing 19th century bridle paths, the Forgotten World Highway takes you through remote and mysterious landscape. Once a booming rail and timber hub abandoned at the close of World War II - you’ll see reminders of old colonial settlers as well as views of the Tongariro National Park and Mount Taranaki. 

Kawhia Hot Water Beach

Te Puia springs, Kawhia
Sidestep the heavily populated Hot Water Beach and choose its secluded sister just around the corner, Ocean Beach. The springs are uncovered two hours after low tide - so bring a spade and dig your own pool for a relaxing dip. At 45 degrees celsius (113 degrees fahrenheit) this steaming geothermal bath will be highlight to your holiday!

People Swimming in the Mermaid pools

Matapouri Mermaid Pools
Only two hours North of Auckland on the Tutukaka Coast is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets - the Matapouri mermaid pools. Accessed via a path over the hillside to the left of Matapouri Bay, the rock baths are basically nature's version of an infinity pool. Deep enough to submerge yourself fully, visit when the tide is a little higher for the added thrill of waves crashing in, or low tide for a relaxing romantic dip.