Is A Romantic Getaway On The Cards? We Check Out New Zealand’s Best Romantic Escapes
If you’re in need of a little extra spark, one of New Zealand’s many romantic getaways might be just what you’re looking for. New Zealand is world renowned for its spectacular scenery, amazing cuisine and excellent wine (we can’t forget the wine).
Both the North and South Island have their own unique and memorable experiences on offer. There are just so many reasons why New Zealand is the perfect couples retreat. Whether it’s your honeymoon, wedding, anniversary or even just a weekend away… these romantic destinations are perfect.
What could be better than pristine beaches, native forests and stunning views? Sound good to you? Well, the Coromandel Peninsula has it all.
If you’re looking for something especially romantic we suggest The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa. This geothermal, naturally heated mineral spa will be an experience you’ll never forget. Sparks will fly when you’re surrounded by lush tropical plants and magical waterfalls. You can even indulge in all the pampering you could ever want at the on-site day spa.
If you’d rather get the blood pumping, then consider a hike up The Pinnacles. These forest ranges surround the Coromandel Peninsula. You can explore this stunning part of the country from the spectacular Pinnacles Track. For the most amazing views, however, we suggest a climb to the summit to watch the sunrise. Let’s not forget you will also catch a glimpse of the sun rising over 360-degree views of The Coromandel.
If you would prefer to make the most of the crystal clear waters, head on over to Cathedral Coe. There is a myriad of secluded sea caves, cliffs, blowholes and coves to explore. You can take a boat cruise, snorkel or just relax in picturesque waters. Locals boast that the morning sunlight reflecting off the water in the cave is absolutely stunning and not to be missed.
Whatever romantic experience you’re seeking, we highly recommend the Coromandel Peninsula.
Rotorua is proudly home to a vast array of volcanic and geothermal activity. That makes this area of New Zealand famous for its naturally heated waters and a vast array of health and wellness spas.
The mineral waters of Rotorua have long been used to heal ailments since the early 1800s. Rotorua is proud to be New Zealand’s home for relaxation and restoration making it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The best part is, you can soak up the relaxing atmosphere of one of the many day spas whilst overlooking one of the regions stunning lakes. Does it get more romantic than this?
If you’re up for something a little more hands-on then one of the many walks through the stunning forest might be more your style. There are quite a few to choose from; Tarawera Outlet to Tarawera Falls, Mount Ngongotaha Scenic Reserve, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Whakarewarewa Circuit, Rainbow Mountain Summit Track. You can’t go wrong, all of these tracks will impress with stunning surrounds and fresh forest air making for an unforgettable day in Rotorua.
Marlborough Sound, the best combination of wine and adventure… and who doesn’t love those two things? You’ll fall in love with this region and the best way to see it is through the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail./p>
Cycle through the relaxing surrounds of the countryside and build up a thirst for some of the most famous wines in the world. You’ll also be able to get off the beaten track and discover what makes this region so unique. A definite must if you’re looking for a truly romantic experience.
If you’d prefer something a little different, why not take a cruise and swim with the dolphins? If you’re looking for a unique experience to share with your significant other, it doesn’t get much better than this. Your expert guide will be able to get you up close and personal with the local dolphins. From there it’s up to you whether you want to jump in and meet your new friends, or simply watch from the boat.
If you’re up for some more world-class wine then Waiheke Island Wine Tours will be just your style. You’ll enjoy a stunning boat ride across the sparkling water of the Hauraki Gulf before arriving at the spectacular Waiheke Island. Visiting three of the top vineyards, couples can expect a sensory overload with a blend of luxury and wonder.
Apart from the stunning cuisine and amazing selections of award-winning wines, Waiheke Island offers white sand beaches and beautiful sheltered swimming spots. There’s truly something for everyone.
If you’re looking to get the blood pumping, you’re able to enjoy horse riding, archery, scooters, scenic flights and flying foxes! If you and your partners are culture vultures, Waiheke also has a thriving art scene as well as local galleries. Is there anything Waiheke doesn’t have? We recommend booking ahead for your romantic escape as it can get quite busy!
Queenstown has so much to offer, that’s what makes it an ideal destination for a romantic getaway. If you really want to test the boundaries, why not head to Nevis Bungy (the highest in Australasia) and take the leap of faith together? How romantic…
If jumping from heights isn’t really your thing then why not take a ride on Queenstown’s iconic Gondola up Bob’s Peak. From the top, you’ll get stunning views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.
If you still can’t get enough of New Zealand’s amazing wine then you might want to check out what Queenstown has to offer. One of the must-do experiences whilst you’re in the city is the Queenstown Cycle Trail. The trail will showcase the spectacular scenery of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, as well as Arrowtown and a huge variety of cafes and wineries. So, work up an appetite because there is an abundance of exquisite food and wine.
If the city is more your scene, then Auckland will not disappoint – it’s a shopaholics paradise. So, if your idea of a romantic weekend is high-end designers, open-air street markets, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, then Auckland will be just what you’re looking for.
Sky Tower boasts stunning panoramic views of the city, whilst Auckland’s 360-degree revolving restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic meal.
Locals say a must- do whilst in Auckland is Rangitoto Island. The largest of Auckland’s volcanos will have you awestruck with 360-degree views from the 260-metre-high summit. What a way to spend the afternoon!
Love Is In The Air
No matter who you are or what your style, there is definitely something for everyone when it comes to romance in New Zealand.
From adrenaline seeking to day spas, wineries to mountain hikes – why not step outside your comfort zone? It doesn’t always have to break the bank either. New Zealand has an experience for every budget.
Depending on what kind of escape you are looking for, New Zealand is thriving throughout the year. Whilst winter hosts a variety of different snowy experiences like skiing and snowboarding, summer is just as beautiful. If you prefer to cycle your way around taking in spectacular scenery, then you might be better of visiting in the warmer months.
It is, however, always a good time for a romantic getaway. So, why not plan yours today!
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