Romantic Auckland New Zealand Vacation and Destination Weddings

Wedding locations & requirements, things to do on a honeymoon or romantic getaways, romantic restaurants and unique accommodations

Barry and Elena, a European couple, arrived on their Romantic Auckland New Zealand vacation one early morning in February 2005. On stepping out of the terminal they and being greeted by the warm sea breeze of the nearby Manukau harbour they decided that they were home.

Here they share with you their experiences of discovering and living in Auckland. Below you will find Barry & Elena’s report on:

Romantic wedding locations in and around Romantic Auckland New Zealand

Things to do and see on your New Zealand honeymoon or romantic getaway

Recommendations for romantic restaurants and unique accommodations.


Romantic Auckland New Zealand

Are you dreaming about the perfect romantic destination for your dream wedding?

The amazing city of Auckland in New Zealand's North Island is one of the most romantic, beautiful and exotic locations in the world.

If you're coming from overseas you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to get married in New Zealand. Performed by a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant or religious Minister, New Zealand marriages are legally binding and recognized worldwide.

Marriage Celebrants provide couples with a meaningful alternative to Registry Office and mainstream religious weddings. The celebrant can marry couples in virtually any location (beach, headland, boat) and at any time of the day or night. The celebrant is responsible for processing and lodging all legal paperwork and registration of the marriage in accordance with defined procedures.

Destination weddings New Zealand Legal requirements

Before the wedding you have to obtain a Get a Marriage License and as part of completing the application form for a marriage license, you need to make a statutory declaration. Either you or your partner will need to make a formal statutory declaration that there is no lawful impediment to the marriage. A marriage license is normally issued three calendar days after the Notice of Intended Marriage form is submitted and the fee is paid.

Requirements: Under New Zealand law, anybody can marry (as long as you are not already married or planning to marry a relative).

No Residency Requirements
3 day waiting Period


Romantic Auckland New Zealand Wedding Venues

Blessed with gorgeous beaches, two mountain ranges, scenic parks, beautiful vineyards and more than 50 islands around Auckland, you're sure to find the perfect location for your special day.

Tall Ship Soren Larsen

Probably the most romantic wedding venue in Auckland has got to be the tallship Soren Larsen.

Holding the ceremony aboard the beautifulSoren Larsen while Sailing on Auckland Harbour will make your most important day an event you'll remember for the rest of your lives.

The ship can accommodate up to 85 guests when under sail and 120 guests for functions alongside, allowing everyone to see and hear the ceremony on deck.

Just a short ferry ride from central Auckland is Waiheke Island, a breath taking subtropical paradise with native forests, gorgeous white sand beaches and romantic vineyards, many of which are available for your intimate Auckland wedding.

Only a few metres from the sparkling sands of Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island is The Dunes, a unique purpose-built wedding venue.

The Dunes can provide everything from a small and intimate gathering to larger, more formal wedding receptions of up to 150 guests.

There are two large outdoor courtyards, one with a landscaped garden and water feature and the other with the golden sands of the beach as a backdrop. Or why not hold the ceremony directly on the beach before moving on with your guests to The Dunes for champagne, canapés and dinner.


Romantic Auckland New Zealand Activities

After your wedding you'll find plenty of exciting activities in and around Auckland. New Zealand is famous for its stunning coastline, sub tropical islands, vineyards and of course, extreme sports.

Jump on the ferry to Devonport, a beautiful colonial town with charming boutiques and restaurants. Walk to the top of the two volcanoes for spectacular views of Auckland City, the gulf and Rangitoto Island, Auckland's youngest volcano.

Incidentally the Devonport Ferry is the cheapest way to see the harbour and only takes 10 minutes to make the crossing.

Take the climb to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge for magnificent views of the city and if you're up for it, Bungee !Yes that right you can bungee jump from the top of the bridge.

If that's a little too extreme why not try sailing on an authentic Americas Cup racing yacht or check out the beautiful landscaped golf courses, many with fantastic views of the ocean.

All worn out? Don't give up yet, go freshen up and hit the town. You'll want to take in some of the tourist attractions Auckland has to offer.

Take the elevator to the top of the sky tower, at 328 meters it's the Southern Hemispheres highest restaurant. Stroll along Queen Street for some shopping therapy and check out the Americas Cup Village in the viaduct, the place to see and be seen in Auckland.

OK, now you're probably in need of some quiet time. I recommend relaxing on one of the 28 quality beaches around the Auckland area or take a ferry ride to one of the many secluded nearby island for your very own romantic getaway for two.


Romantic Auckland New Zealand Accommodation

If you're looking for somewhere really special to stay then it has to be Mollies Luxury Boutique Hotel in Auckland City.Mollies was named the best new small hotel in the world in Harpers Hideaway Report 2005.Its one of the world's truly unique, luxury boutique hotels.

Another luxury Boutique Hotel in Auckland City is the 5 star Aachen House. The perfect place to celebrate the beginning of your married life together. Not only is Aachen House the perfect place to stay but its also a beautiful venue for your wedding ceremony and reception.


Interested in finding out more about the great Auckland Lifestyle? Visit Barry and Elena's website, the insider's guide to living in Auckland, New Zealand.


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