New Zealand makes for a breathtaking honeymoon destination, boasting natural marvels as well as adventure and romance in equal measures.
Explore islands that captivate, and indulge in five-star luxury at lodges that exude indulgence. Admire stars that twinkle overhead, fjords that call, and Maori culture while immersing yourself in this unforgettable New Zealand journey!
Bay of Islands
New Zealand provides unforgettable honeymoon experiences, from its breathtaking beaches to marine life and abundant adventures. Thanks to expert travel planner Miriam Geiser from Traveler’s Joy, we’ve put together this list of New Zealand’s best scenic honeymoon experiences – don’t miss it!
The Bay of Islands, on New Zealand’s Northern Island, is an incredible natural oasis. Dotted with stunning islands, sandy beaches, and outstanding vineyards that could pass for Tuscany if not properly maintained; base yourself at a charming cottage or boutique lodge and spend your days lazing by the beach, cycling around vineyards or horseback riding at sunset – truly an unparalleled New Zealand vacation experience!
On any New Zealand honeymoon itinerary, Abel Tasman National Park should be included as an essential stop. Renowned for its hiking and kayaking trails, the Park also is home to various coastal wildlife such as dolphins and seals.
Queenstown’s world-famous Sails Restaurant provides an unforgettable dining experience on any New Zealand honeymoon, boasting breathtaking views over the world’s largest marina in Southern Hemisphere and serving delectable local seafood dishes and an impressive wine list from New Zealand’s premier producers.
New Zealand’s South Island is an idyllic honeymoon paradise, boasting world-class luxury lodges and indulgent spa experiences, indulging cuisine and unique tours for couples looking for romance. Heli-hiking on Mount Cook glaciers or taking in stunning scenery on Jewel Box Drive are among many things you can experience here – New Zealand is an endless source of discovery!
Queenstown offers plenty of adventure for visitors looking for an exciting vacation. The town’s mountains boast some of the best skiing in Australia while its lovely lakes make this destination truly romantic honeymoon-worthy. Plus there’s shopping! You can peruse upscale boutiques or open-air street markets within its city centre for something to keep yourself occupied during your visit.
Rotorua’s geothermal region can also provide an intimate encounter with nature, featuring stunning geysers, painter’s palette features, mud pools, silica terraces and silica terraces. You could also immerse yourself in Maori culture or take part in adrenaline producing activities at one of its many volcanic sites.
Attractions to visit include the iconic Wanaka Tree, which makes an excellent photo op. After sunset, couples can dine at one of Wanaka’s romantic restaurants like Bistro Gentil or The Lakefront Hotel to complete their romantic experience.
New Zealand is an idyllic honeymoon destination that provides the ideal balance of adventure and relaxation. The island nation’s natural environs make for an incredible journey; within its geographical size of Colorado alone you can experience glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and lush forests all in a single country!
Auckland is an ideal starting point for any New Zealand honeymoon, thanks to its large international airport and easy access to some of its top attractions. Additionally, Auckland boasts luxury hotels and resorts to choose from as well as one of the top restaurants in the Southern Hemisphere in Sails Restaurant – this upscale eatery provides stunning lake and mountain views while boasting romantic oak floorboards and leather armchair seating in an exquisite atmosphere.
Queenstown offers couples who want a more thrilling New Zealand honeymoon plenty of thrill-seeking activities, from bungy jumping (the birthplace) and Shotover Jet rides through narrow canyons, tandem paragliding off The Remarkables or skydiving for some added adrenaline rush experiences.
Honeymooners looking for something relaxing should explore Abel Tasman National Park or Fox Glacier. Both offer picturesque instaworthy photo opps that can be explored either on foot or via helicopter tour, respectively. Alternatively, visitors may visit Franz Josef Glacier to admire its spectacular ice architecture up close.
Rotorua is known for its volcanic activity and rich geological wonders such as bubbling mud pools and towering geysers. Furthermore, Rotorua boasts some of New Zealand’s most luxurious resorts with lake views and private spas – perfect for any geologist!
Rejuvenate your soul while relaxing in the thermal waters of Polynesian Spa or taking a refreshing swim at Hell’s Gate – two facilities where bubbling pools and clouds of steam blend with Maori myths, legends, and culture – before rejuvenating your skin with mineral-rich and sulphur-rich mud treatments from Wai Ora Day Spa.
New Zealand boasts breathtaking mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests for couples to experience an unforgettable honeymoon journey. Couples can indulge in its vibrant local food scene; explore Maori traditions and history; or simply admire its natural wonders everywhere they turn.
Make the Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump your first adventure together on Rotorua with stunning aerial views! New Zealand first introduced bungee jumping here. One of Rotorua’s most beloved activities, its magnificent view is sure to blow your mind!
Rotorua offers stunning autumn colors to enjoy during autumn, while tourist traffic is at its lowest, making charming towns like Arrowtown even more charming with snowfall. Couples looking for adventure can ski or snowboard and find comfort by the fire at mountain lodges during wintertime visits.