New Zealand boasts an extraordinary variety of stunning beaches, breathtaking fjords and islands, vibrant lakes, snowy mountains and distinctive vineyards; offering couples both romance and adventure in its natural paradise.
New Zealand offers unparalleled romance. From stunning landscapes to exclusive lodges and bespoke experiences – New Zealand provides a paradise-like setting perfect for romance.
1. Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is an enthralling coastal paradise, with golden sandy beaches, crystal clear water, native bush trails and an amazing walking track that draws global visitors. Home to New Zealand fur seal breeding colony as well as Tonga Island marine reserve.
Spend your days snorkelling, swimming and kayaking in Abel Tasman’s crystalline clear waters or walking along one of its many trails nestled among lush green bush. Some beaches provide regular water taxi pickups – perfect for swimming, picnicking and relaxing – or stay at one of its beachside campsites or hilltop DOC huts to experience Abel Tasman first-hand.
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit Abel Tasman National Park as the weather remains warm, dry and offers bright sunny spells – ideal conditions for hiking, kayaking and camping activities.
Rotorua in North Island is another top honeymoon destination, known for its geothermal activity and volcanic lakes, hot pools, mineral pools and Hell’s Gate mud baths – while couples can also take advantage of Polynesian Spa’s private spa pools or its private mud baths! Furthermore, Rotorua boasts many luxurious resorts and lodges to provide couples with a peaceful break in nature.
Rotorua’s geothermal phenomenon makes it a must-see stop on any New Zealand honeymoon trip. Here, relax in hot pools of thermal waters, explore volcanic vents and geysers, or treat yourself to therapeutic mud spa treatments for an unforgettable experience.
At Wai-o-Tapu, make sure to visit Pohutu Geyser which shoots water up to 100 feet (30m). As one of the largest geysers in Southern Hemisphere and no set schedule (it erupted for 250 days straight starting 2000!), visit this geyser is sure to amaze.
Tamaki Maori Village provides an immersive cultural experience, featuring traditional performances such as song, dance and storytelling. You’ll also get to witness Mokoia Island, said to represent Hinemoa and Tutanekai’s romantic tale.
Queenstown offers couples who appreciate adventure an ideal setting to indulge their adventurous side. Take the Skyline Gondola ride downhill for a mountain luge experience or test out one of the world’s highest bungee jumps, speed through Skippers Canyon on a jet boat ride or parachutist off of Remarkable mountains and experience true thrill-seeking bliss!
For those seeking something less thrilling, why not enjoy a relaxing wine tour through the surrounding vineyards and sip some of Waiheke Island’s signature Pinot Gris? Alternatively, book an overnight catamaran cruise over. In town there are also various bars and pubs like Bar Zazu, Sidepocket, Pig & Whistle Historic Pub that make for excellent stops during this trip.
New Zealand is an idyllic honeymoon destination, known for its scenic natural wonders and year-round activities that cater to every tourist. However, for maximum romantic results it is recommended to travel between June and August as winter conditions provide ideal weather and activities to engage in.
Newlywed couples can enjoy various ski-related activities and adventures during their honeymoon in New Zealand, which offers everything from volcanoes and lakes to forests, snow-capped mountains and beaches – something suitable for everyone in this diverse landscape.
Are You Searching for Relaxation and Unwinding in Akaroa? Akaroa, known for its stunning dolphin encounters, provides the ideal setting. Nestled into its tranquil bay are Hector’s dolphins allowing couples to spend quality time together under scenic settings.
Waiheke Island is an ideal choice for honeymooners seeking an escape from big city life. Renowned for its award-winning wines and relaxed ambiance, Waiheke is home to gorgeous vineyards renowned for producing award-winning vintages that offer romantic walks along its pristine beach or wine tasting tours.
Queenstown offers newlyweds an exciting honeymoon destination where they can indulge in thrilling and adrenaline-producing activities like riding the Skyline Gondola or skiing, or experiencing New Zealand’s unique brand of bungee jumping at its birthplace or speeding through Skippers Canyon aboard a jet boat.
4. Coromandel Peninsula
Coromandel Peninsula combines idyllic beaches, verdant forests and warm hospitality into an idyllic New Zealand honeymoon destination. Here you can choose between luxurious resorts and cozy holiday homes.
Coromandel Peninsula extends directly into the sea, making for some stunning beaches. Enjoy romantic walks along rocky coasts or swim in rock pools filled with sea life before fishing off sandy surf beaches like Hahei or Cathedral Cove; both offer natural arches and protected coves to explore.
If you’re feeling adventurous, kayak out to Whenuakura Island – sacred to Maori people. Or hike up Whangamata Pinnacles and discover Hot Water Beach during low tide for some pinnacle climbing and beach combing!
Taupo on Lake Taupo offers many exciting adventures, from trout fishing and jet boating to ocean cruises to spot seals, albatross and Hector’s dolphins.