Planning a wedding also means planning your much-anticipated honeymoon. Being a once-in-a-lifetime trip and your first as a married couple, it’s a big decision. New Zealand is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, and it’s not hard to see why.
You’ll find unique, spectacular, and romantic places around every corner. And whether you’re looking for a luxury journey or something a little more intrepid, New Zealand has something to offer for every budget and timetable.
We understand juggling your wedding plans and honeymoon research can seem a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, our top tips will ensure you have no regrets and take the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed about.
1. Uncover Unique Experiences
Visit Hobbiton, swim with dolphins, visit a marae, or take a craft beer tour. New Zealand has it all. Make sure you move around the country rather than just staying in one place, to really explore what’s on offer. Try travelling by luxury motorhome during your honeymoon, so you can enjoy the freedom to uncover New Zealand your way, and at your own pace.
2. Take in Breathtaking Natural Beauty
New Zealand’s spectacular views and natural attractions are simply stunning. Explore sandy beaches, rugged rocky shores, vast mountains, cascading waterfalls, glaciers and lakes. At the end of the day, sit and watch the sunset and soak in the magical surroundings.
3. Find Adventure
New Zealand is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers. As the birthplace of bungy jumping, the adventurous spirit of Kiwis has shaped the country. Combine excitement and your love of the outdoors, with skydiving, canyoning, skiing, white water rafting and much more.
4. Soar to New Heights (of romance)
Explore the vivid beauty of New Zealand from a different perspective when you take to the air. Enjoy a helicopter ride to a secluded spot for a romantic picnic, take a scenic flight over the sweeping Southern Alps and stunning alpine scenery, or for the more adventurous, leap to new heights in a tandem skydive, and gently drift back to Earth with your loved one.
5. Consider the Season
December to February are the hottest months of the year where temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius, so this is a great time to enjoy New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and beaches. These are also the busiest and most expensive months for visiting. June to September are peak ski season, and are also the perfect time to enjoy relaxing in the many geothermal hot springs around the country.
6. Find your Perfect Accommodation
Just as you would find in a number of other countries, honeymooners in New Zealand can find a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Choose from big hotel chains, to small, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and individual rental options like Airbnb. For a more personalised and stress-free option, skip the hassle of booking multiple accommodation by renting a luxury motorhome.
7. Turn up the Romance
Don’t miss one of New Zealand’s, and the world’s, most romantic places - Waiheke Island. Nicknamed ‘The Hamptons of New Zealand’, Waiheke is located in Hauraki Gulf, a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The island is home to boutique hotels, beautiful wineries, art, and secluded spots to enjoy the stunning views of the island and Auckland city.
8. Explore Wine Regions
Kiwis are proud of their wine, and rightly so. There are several major wine regions around the country including Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Central Otago and Canterbury, which all produce a great drop. In between sipping local wines and drinking amidst the spectacular landscape, make time for lunch at one of the award-winning winery restaurants.
New Zealand promises an unforgettable honeymoon that ticks all the boxes, and much more. The hardest part will be narrowing down the options. Start planning a journey to this beautiful country that you and your partner will remember forever.