5 Unmissable Romantic Escapes in New Zealand
A Smorgasbord of Choice
New Zealand may be a tiny country at the bottom of the globe, but its beautifully diverse landscape and stunning natural scenery makes it a big contender for one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. Whether you’re both after a quiet and cosy getaway in luxurious solitude, you’re seeking an exciting, adventure-packed expedition together, or you’d prefer to relax side-by-side on a warm and sunny beach, New Zealand knows how to cater to your romantic side. As our list of the country’s top five honeymoon destinations show, there are plenty of amazing options awaiting loved-up couples across both the North and South Islands.
The Coromandel has long since been one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations, and once you’ve experienced the relaxed vibe, warm hospitality and beachside beauty of the area yourself, you’ll understand why. Newlyweds who are looking forward to indulging in time alone with each other will adore the leisurely, serene atmosphere of the Coromandel, as well as the many scenic attractions and activities. Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove are both beautiful beaches in which to kick back and relax, while the historic Coromandel Town offers delicious gourmet food in a range of wonderful restaurants, set amongst stunning views of the surrounding coastline. When it comes to accommodation, there are a number of lovely boutique lodges sprinkled across the Coromandel that allow couples to enjoy their peace and privacy in sumptuous comfort.
Nothing is more of an aphrodisiac than a delectable meal accompanied by a glass of beautiful red wine, so it should come as no surprise that the area in New Zealand most well-known for its wineries is also a wonderful honeymoon destination. If you’re visiting this area as a couple, you’ll undoubtedly want to drop into some of the beautiful estates, which include such nationwide favourites as Cloudy Bay and Brancott Estate, to be wined and dined. Couples who are keen to admire the beautiful native bush, birdlife and calm waters can take a private boat cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound, or even get in on the action themselves by sea kayaking. Accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds is of a stellar quality, offering a range of quaint B&Bs, luxurious hotel resorts and romantic boutique lodges.
Hailed by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world,’ Milford Sound today remains one of New Zealand’s most famously picturesque tourist attractions. The beautiful fiords will both excite and amaze nature lovers, and couples who choose to spend their honeymoon in this stunning natural environment will appreciate the romance of the incredible view by sunrise or sunset. Spend your newlywed days admiring the thunderous beauty of Sunderland Falls, enjoying a scenic drive along the Milford Road, or even diving down deep to marvel at the underwater world beneath the tide of the fiord. The best place to stay while you’re honeymooning at the Sound is in one of the luxury chalets at Milford Sound Lodge, which will afford you all the comfort and privacy you need on your special holiday.
New Zealand’s adventure capital is the best honeymoon destination for bold and energetic newlyweds. Photo opportunities are aplenty in the visually-stunning Queenstown, which is a feast for the eyes all year around: sunny, luminous and colourful in the summer, breathtakingly icy and beautiful in the winter. You and your partner will be spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting and enjoyable activities to fill up your honeymoon itinerary; spending time on the snow, skiing or snowboarding to your heart’s content, is only the tip of the iceberg! As for accommodation, Queenstown always knows how to put on a show for its visitors, and there are several incredibly romantic resorts and luxury retreats to consider.
If it’s an utterly calming and relaxing honeymoon experience you’re after, look no further than Rotorua, the geothermal home of New Zealand’s hot springs. Spend your newlywed days getting utterly pampered at the amazing mineral pools at Polynesian Spa and soaking in the soothing mud baths at Hell’s Gate, and top it all off by indulging in a private couple’s spa and massage at Wai Ora Day Spa. You’ll be left feeling rested, rejuvenated and at peace with the world. Couples who desire the ultimate romantic holiday may be interested in accommodation at the prestigious and highly sumptuous Lake Okareka Lodge, which offers luxurious honeymoon suites featuring private spas, gourmet dining and butler service around the clock.
Weddings are all about the fanfare: the beautiful dress, the incredible cake, and sharing your happiness with everyone you love. Honeymoons, however, are a much more intimate affair, allowing couples to fully indulge in each other’s one-on-one company, free from the distractions of everyday life. New Zealand uniquely offers newlyweds the chance to do so in a variety of lovely honeymoon destinations. Whether you opt for the natural beauty of the Milford Sound, a thrilling Queenstown adventure, or a relaxing escape in Rotorua, Europcar can smoothly deliver you and your partner to your romantic destination in style.
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