If you want to move away from mainstream honeymoon destinations like Bali, Thailand and do something out-of-the-box, consider honeymooning in New Zealand. Words fall short when we describe how ethereal this destination is as a perfect honeymoon spot. There is endless variety of tourist attractions, some stunning views and much more.
Whether you want to simply enjoy a laid back vacation at the beach, indulge your senses with the stunning scenery or drown knee-deep in the delectable cuisine here; New Zealand offers everything and how! We have curated a list of the top 10 romantic places in New Zealand to help you build your itinerary:
One of the most popular vacay places in New Zealand, The Coromandel has its own vibe that we can’t begin to explicate. The warm hospitality of the locals adds to the relaxed environment here making everything better. The beaches here look like they are right out of a Windows wallpaper and honeymooners who want to spend special time with each other against a lovely background should definitely add this place to their New Zealand honeymoon itinerary 10 days. The most popular attractions here are Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.
If your idea of a great evening comes with a spectacular meal and a bottle of fine wine, you should definitely hit this area in New Zealand most well-known for its wineries. It is also a spectacular honeymoon destination and houses some of the most popular estates in the country such as Cloudy Bay and Brancott Estate. For those who love nature can admire the beautiful native bush, birdlife and calm waters can take a private boat cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound or spend time sea kayaking.
You might have heard about this one since it got worldwide acclaim after Rudyard Kipling named it the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. If you are obsessed with Instagram, you should definitely come here since it is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in New Zealand. Those who love fiords will never be able to remove the most stunning national environment from their memories. Milford is also a great place to watch the sunrise, sunset or just delve into the natural beauty of the Sunderland Falls.
Adventure enthusiasts often make sure Queenstown is their first stop in New Zealand on their honeymoon because of the wide range of adventure activities that await here. Moreover, Photo opportunities are aplenty in the aesthetically appealing Queenstown as well, which looks pleasant all year round. It is sunny, luminous and colourful in the summer and breathtakingly icy and beautiful in the winter. Snow-lovers rejoice because you can spend some great time on the snow here by skiing or snowboarding to your heart’s content
If you are looking forward to a relaxing and laidback honeymoon, you should definitely visit Rotorua, the popular home of New Zealand’s hot springs. Spend days and nights getting relaxed and pampered a Polynesian Spa’s mineral pools. To make things extra romantic, you can indulge in a private couple’s spa and massage at Wai Ora Day Spa. Your nerves will be derfet from all the stress and so will your partner’s and if this is not an excellent way to begin your married life, we don’t know what is!
For those of you who love intimacy and are obsessed with their space, this one is the option for you! You can indulge in experiences that bring together wine tasting with privacy. Take a ferry ride across the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and enjoy a scenic tour of Waiheke Island in. This island is known for its rich Maori history, and the three popular vineyards.
Located only 45 mins from Hamilton, this is a quaint and charming beach-side town located on New Zealand’s west coast and makes for the perfect escape into the wild. Surfers absolutely love Raglan because of the calm waters and the hippy vibe here makes it great for young couples.
For those who want an underground honeymoon away from the hustle of the cities, head to Waitomo Caves that are built 100 metres below the surface of the earth. The ambience here is an intriguing one with thousands of tiny glow worms around. Y=There are not many accommodation options here compared to the other options in this blog and one of the most highly rated stays here is Kamahi cottage set on beautiful farmland. It is a beautiful looking peaceful B&B with fantastic views of the surrounding region and great hosts.
For those who want to experience Maori culture from deep within, Te Papa is the place to be. You can book the Māori Experience Tour and Kapu Tī Tour at Te Papa and look forward to hearing great legends that are now a part of their rich history. You also get to experience Maori hospitality at its best with the people serving traditional food and drinks throughout the tour. A great accommodation recommendation that offers tourists a 10/10 environment to relax and enjoy is the Te Nikau Forest Retreat where one can experience a great indoor-outdoor flow with huge barn doors that open up to native bush, birds chirping around and a luxurious treehouse spa overlooking a mountain stream.
History lovers should pay special attention to this one as Waitangi is one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. There are many historical moments of significance that have occured here such as the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs. Owing to a rich cultural heritage, there is much to explore and learn from this beautiful place. One place that you must definitely visit here is the small semi-formal garden that surrounds the Treaty House to the six-kilometre forest walk that leads to Haruru Falls.