Top Honeymoon Destinations - The Best of New Zealand
— By Brieonie Jenkins
12 January 2016
Are you spending your days dreaming about the perfect honeymoon spot? Boundless variety, stunning vistas and many intimate, secluded spots make New Zealand one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in the world. It doesn’t matter if your ideal honeymoon involves lounging on the beach, taking in stunning scenery or enjoying as many local delicacies as possible, we’ve got it all right in our back yard. Close, affordable and totally Instagram-able, discover a new corner of our South Pacific paradise on your honeymoon and see what all the fuss is about.
For couples who love nothing more than a fabulous meal with a delicious wine to match, Marlborough Sounds is paradise. The region is dotted with wineries and is home to some of the nation’s favourites like Alan Scott and Cloudy Bay. Stop in at cellar doors for tastings accompanied by delicious local produce followed by a stroll (or cycle) through the vines. Spend a day exploring one of the many easy walking tracks (with a gourmet picnic of course!) to take in the native bush and birdlife. A private boat cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound is the perfect combination of delicious dining and stunning scenery.
If you’re looking for complete calm and relaxation, look no further than the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Relieve any lingering wedding stress and leave the world behind while you soak in mineral rich hot pools or indulge in a natural mud bath. Book in for a couple’s spa and massage at one of the many local spas, or, if you and your sweetheart are seeking total privacy and seclusion, the honeymoon suite at Lake Okareka Lodge features your own private spa and gourmet dining. Total luxury!
Bay of Islands
Soak up our local history in the charming Bay of Islands, home to the bustling tourist hub Paihia and gateway to some of our most special and historic places. Get lost in untouched Kauri forests, or take an intimate cruise around the 114 islands that give the bay its name. Learn about life in early New Zealand and see where our founding document was signed at the peaceful Treaty Grounds in Waitangi. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore some of our most remote (and romantic) locations like 90 mile beach and Cape Reinga.
Queenstown Bungy Jumping
Jet boating, water skiing, bungee jumping, mountain bike trails in summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter – no matter the season, Queenstown is the top honeymoon choice for bold and adventurous couples. Pack your days with energetic activities framed by world famous scenery and spend your evenings relaxing in some of the many first-class dining and accommodation options. Make the most of the special occasion and experience all Queenstown has to offer. If you’re in the mood for some time out of your action-packed itinerary, Arrowtown and Wanaka are two fantastic day trips.
One of New Zealand’s most famous scenic attractions, Milford Sound, has plenty for honeymooners to see and do. Book in (well in advance) to walk the famous Milford Track for a glimpse of the glorious Sutherland Falls, or take an equally beautiful drive along the Milford Road. Sea kayaking and scuba excursions are available for couples who want to get up close and personal with the natural beauty. Those of us who like our scenery a little more hands-off will appreciate the incredibly romantic sunrise and sunsets offered by the stunning fiords.
Whether you have a week or a weekend away, Waiheke Island is the perfect retreat for couples looking for a beachy break or a quick skip away with all the trappings of a long trip. Spend only 40 minutes on the ferry and be rewarded with the gorgeous blue water, secluded beaches and spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf. Spend your days exploring the island, chatting to friendly locals or just lying on the sand. Rent a car to get to know the island more intimately and join a wine-tasting tour to indulge in the local delicacy with maximum enjoyment!