By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Jun 7, 2014
After your big wedding day, New Zealand is a wonderful place for your honeymoon. Whether you travel independently or choose an all-inclusive package tour, honeymoons in New Zealand offer a relaxed pace, outdoor activities galore, terrific restaurants and dining, and some of the best scenery on earth.
From 3 visits to NZ, here’s our tips on romantic spots for honeymoons or special anniversary trips to New Zealand’s North and South Islands…
Here’s some ideas for a romantic North Island Honeymoon in New Zealand. If your vacation is short on time, many of these NZ honeymoon destinations can be purchased from local tour companies as a day trip package from Auckland.
Auckland - New Zealand’s best honeymoon location for activity, dining and nightlife. So much to see and do around the harbour, on the coast and in Auckland's great neighborhoods. What are Auckland's Most Romantic Spots? In no particular order, good places for newlyweds to see would include:
Waiheke Island - if you’re getting married close to Auckland, Waiheke is a great romantic spot for your honeymoon. Visit the vineyards and go wine tasting, kick back at one of the gorgeous beaches, or explore the scenic hiking and cycling trails.
And every romantic stay here needs a few nights at the best honeymoon B&B on Waiheke Island, the Breakfast on the Beach Lodge.
Bay of Islands – plan your honeymoon on the north tip of NZ’s North Island, and enjoy romantic and secluded accommodation like the Magic Cottages at Takou River. You can visit the Makana Confections Chocolate Boutique, and enjoy the beach at a quiet inlet near Paihia.
Taupo – a great spot in New Zealand for a relaxing vacation and honeymoon. Enjoy peaceful walks by the lake, explore scenic Huka Falls, or get pampered in the Hilton Lake Taupo Luxury Honeymoon Resort.
Coromandel Penninsula – explore the sandy bays, walk the gorgeous coast around Waihi Beach, or go for a dip in the thermal pool at The Lost Spring in Whitianga (we loved it!). A great place to stay for couples is the Wairua Coromandel Honeymoon Lodge with spa pool, treetops 2-person bath, and packages departing from Auckland.
New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best honeymoon destinations for couples interested in an active, outdoors adventure:
Akaroa – we consider this romantic village by the sea with it’s French accents one of the most romantic spots in New Zealand for a honeymoon or romantic vacation. And best of all, it's an easy daytrip from Christchurch.
Lake Wanaka – serene and postcard-perfect, Lake Wanaka is certainly one of the most scenic and romantic places in the South Island. And nearby Arrowtown with it's abundant fall colors would make the perfect autumn honeymoon destination in New Zealand. For accommodation, we suggest the Wanaka Homestead Honeymoon Cottages and Lodge.
Queenstown – the ideal spot for active couples wanting a full range of outdoor things to do in New Zealand’s South Island. Romantic Place to Stay? The Azur Luxury Honeymoon Lodge in Queenstown with it's lake views, fireplace and spa tubs.
Tour companies that specialize in romantic all-inclusive New Zealand Honeymoon vacations:
Luxury Vacations New Zealand All-Inclusive Honeymoons - this tour company offers exclusive 8, 9, 10 and 13 day all-inclusive New Zealand honeymoon packages. They include:
Aspire Downunder New Zealand Honeymoon Packages - "unique and boutique" collection of romantic NZ tours including airfare from Los Angeles, accommodation, car rental, breakfasts and much more: