New Zealand has it all, from paradise islands to mountains and lakes; and it’s not short of a little romance. From the moment you arrive the stunning views from the flight path over Queenstown is enough to make you fall in love. Here’s why we think you should choose New Zealand for your dream honeymoon destination.
First things first, you’ve got to get there. Air New Zealand are one of the worlds leading airline, flying from most major airports to the primary tourist destinations around New Zealand. To get your honeymoon off to a flying start (see what we did there!) and without blowing your whole wedding budget on First Class, Air New Zealand offer the perfect solution for travelling couples. The SkyCouch is your very own couch in the sky! You’ll have 3 seats exclusively which extend to give more room to stretch those legs and cuddle up for a good night sleep, leaving you refreshed enough to start your honeymoon jet lag free... If you like spooning as much as we do you’re going to love it!
Queenstown is the perfect starting point when exploring the South Island. It centres around the vast Lake Wakatipu complete with a beach side area, water sports and stunning mountainous views. It has everything you need from a town centre including shops, bars and restaurants and the best ice-cream you’ll ever taste! Nomads Hostel (We know what you’re thinking but it’s not your average hostel) has a prime location just metres from the lake and their private rooms have balconies with views of the lake to one side and the Remarkables to the other, plus it has a sauna. Perfect!
During your stay in Queenstown be sure to take full advantage of the most romantic activity available. Drink Prosecco and feed each other spoonfuls of Hokey Pokey ice cream in your private outdoor Onsen hot pool overlooking a stunning mountainous landscape. The Onsen Hot Pools at Arthur’s Point offer a free pick up and drop off service from Queenstown but be sure to book early as every couple wants a piece of this magical experience.
Whether you chose to book a tour or self drive, Milford Sound is not to be missed. Although not always possible, try to book according to the weather in hope for a clear day or book in the afternoon to give the clouds a chance to lift. Nevertheless, the sheer beauty can not be denied and a cruise up and down the fjord will leave you in awe of the cascading mountains and tranquil blue water. You’ll spot dolphins playing alongside the boat and seals basking on rocks. Try book a smaller boat, such as Mitre Peak cruises, to get up close and personal with the waterfalls and even head out into the Tasman Sea.
Wanaka is only an hours drive from Queenstown, with another stunning lake and home to a host of vineyards. The most romantic way to explore the area is through a guided wine tour and what could be more romantic than doing it in a beautiful old French car. Funny French Cars offer a tour of Wanaka wineries in one of their classic Citroen cars. Spend your day sampling the offerings at three or four different vineyards guided by a vastly experienced host, and what’s more, this way nobody has to be the designated driver.
The Mackenzie region is a dark sky zone and has light restrictions throughout. Believe us when we say we have travelled the world and have never seen a starry sky this spectacular. The perfect way to view them as a couple of lovebirds is to book the Star Gazing Tour through Tekapo Hot Springs. Your tour begins around midnight with a guide detailing the constellations and showing you them through super telescopes. You spend the rest of the evening laying in the hot springs in water hammocks hand in hand gazing up at the night sky, how romantic.
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
A honeymoon is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime experience so why not make it even more memorable and tick off one of those bucket list items by swimming with dolphins in the wild. There are a few places in New Zealand possible to do this but we recommend a trip to the Bay of Islands. Fuller Sights offer an eco dolphin experience cruise in the bay of islands which has no set route and just follows the dolphins. It is a near certainty to view the dolphins from the deck which is special enough but if you are lucky you will find a pod without any young and you are able to swim with them. We recommend using this service as it’s only a small boat with fewer passengers meaning you are able to quickly enter the water and share a magical moment between you and these amazing creatures.
Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. You will probably find yourself flying home via Auckland, which as a city we don’t rate, but you are only ever an hour from Waheiki island so why not spend your final days at the most chilled out, relaxing island. With a whole host of fancy Airbnb’s boasting balconies and sea views to choose from, you can crank up the bbq and do absolutely nothing but sit back sipping on a cold glass of Pinot Gris. And when you need to stock up on more wine, we recommend spending an afternoon at Mudbrick Vineyard and Cable Bay Vineyard, tasting the delicious platters and the refreshing rose of the latter.
And for the more adventurous honeymooners:
Helicopter rides can be booked all over New Zealand but for the ultimate experience we recommend a drive to Franz Josef Glacier. Here you take a helicopter ride for arial views before landing right on the glacier. A three hour ice trek before heading back in the helicopter and a dip in the hot pools was the highlight of our whole trip.
The canyon swing is similar to a bungee but instead of bouncing on the elastic you swing out. What makes it perfect for honeymooners is that you can actually do it in tandem, now that’s love.