Romantic getaway in New Zealand
Our guide to a romantic getaway in New Zealand, spectacular scenery, top things to do North and South Islands, spa getaways and romantic restaurants.
Great for a romantic getaway in New Zealand or a honeymoon destinations is the North Island with the Nelson - Abel Tasman region,Wellington, Auckland and Tauranga New Zealand.
These are all areas of exceptional beauty and all have their different attractions - kayaking and water-based activities, walking and beaches in the Abel Tasman.
Check out our New Zealand honeymoon for things to do and see on South Island and a 2 week honeymoon tour of spa getaways and wine tours.
A romantic getaway in New Zealand is a travel destination full of contrasts, from its stunning landscapes—you find alpine glaciers, gorgeous beaches, rolling green hills and wine country escapes—to its incredible culture, a mélange of European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences.
Here is a sample of itineraries, day trips and romantic ideas to try on your romantic getaway in New Zealand North Island.
North Island is usually the favored choice for starting a romantic getaway in New Zealand, because Auckland is the popular entry point to the country.
North Island top romantic destinations and romantic things to do:
Romantic getaway in New Zealand North Island Auckland
Try Auckland’s Famous Sky Tower - the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere. The sky tower is part of sky city and is visited by nearly one million people every year. It has four observation levels, which offers 50-mile (82km) breathtaking views of Auckland City, Harbour bridge and Auckland's surroundings.
The Observatory level of the Sky Tower has a romantic restaurant offering a buffet style setting in a pleasant environment ideal for romantic and anniversary occasions.
You can pay that little bit extra to go up to new Zealand's highest public viewing area - the sky deck, where you can enjoy 360 degree views and romantic sunsets.
For more Romantic Auckland New Zealand information about things to do on a honeymoon or romantic getaway, restaurants, unique accommodations & wedding locations.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Mission Bay - only 10 minutes drive from Auckland City. Many busy cafes, excellent restaurants with a variety of different cuisines to choose from including Italian, Thai, Turkish, and Indian. Mission Bay is very much like a local sea side resort and it’s a great place to wine and dine on a Friday and Saturday night or simply enjoy a coffee, drink or meal with. There’s also a superb fountain which is lit up at night which provides a romantic setting for that picnic spot on a nice summers evening.
Coromandel Peninsula - Rugged coastline with plenty of beaches and hiking opportunities just two hours from Auckland.
The Cathedral is a gigantic arched cavern that penetrates the headland between two coves on the Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) marine reserve . The cave and beach was used as the tunnel through which the Pevensie children first re-enter Narnia in the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Pakiri Beach is only a 90 minute drive from Auckland. This golden beach is a perfect secluded romantic getaway in New Zealand with its pristine scenery and sunny weather.
Accommodation for a romantic getaway in New Zealand: Pakiri Beach Horse Rides has a range of accommodation options including riverside and beachside cottages for two, with beautiful views and private beach access. There are also many cottages within and around the area.
Romantic things to do: horseback riding, kayaking in the estuary, swimming with the fish at the Goat Island Marine Reserve,visit one of the nearby wineries.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Cape Reinga
- 90 mile beach is a spectacular white sand beach and the longest beach in New Zealand. It’s actually about 60 miles long. This beach is well-known for its enormous sand dunes and looks a lot like the Sahara Desert. The Cape Reinga lighthouse and the gnarly old pohutukawa tree mark "land's end" at the northern most tip of New Zealand.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Rotorua - famous for Maori culture, geysers and beautiful hot pools. Rotorua, winner of New Zealand's most beautiful city award 2006, 2002, 2000 and 1999, has a variety of experiences, attractions, adventures and day trips.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve is set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island.
Waiotapu (Wai-O-Tapu) Thermal Reserve is located between Rotorua and Taupo, about 17 miles (20 minutes drive) south of Rotorua and is worth the detour on a romantic getaway in New Zealand. It has unique features including the famous champagne pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. The natural bush setting adds another dimension to the experience as does the guaranteed daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am.
Champagne Pool is 60m in diameter and 60m deep and its temperature is 74°C. The pool was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption. Minerals contained in the water are gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic... the colors produced are surreal.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Waitomo Caves - World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in almost everyones New Zealand vacation wish-list. Take a guided tour and boat ride through Waitomo Caves and the glowworm grotto. The Waitomo glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Taupo - crystal lake, ice capped mountains and the misty air make it an excellent choice for a romantic getaway.
Romantic things to do:
• Visit Lake Taupo
• Take a trip to the beautiful Huka Falls.
• Stroll through ‘Craters of the Moon’- a 30 minute walk around bubbling craters, mud pools and stem vents.
• Have a private spa at Taupo Hot Springs.
• Walk through the Tongariro National Park
Romantic Hotels: Millennium Hotel and Resort. With scenic lakeside views and luxurious facilities such as a “grotto” plunge pool and an award winning restaurant, you might never want to leave.
One of the most exciting turns the modern boutique hotel has taken is its approach to roughing it. Let's say you want to go fishing in a spot so secluded you have to helicopter in. Does this mean you also have to spend your nights in a sleeping bag on the lumpy ground? Not at New Zealand's Huka Lodge. With 20 stylish suites just steps from the Waikato River, this former fishing camp has come a long way. Fortunately, its best asset remains unchanged: mountain fed Lake Taupo filled with some of the finest Rainbow Trout in the world.
Romantic Restaurants: For a romantic and exotic meal head to the Silk Thai Restaurant. There’s nothing more romantic than delicious spicy food paired with a fabulous view across the great Lake. Taupo is known as the trout capital of New Zealand, so be sure to stop by at the Tipsy Trout and try some of the delicious fresh fish dishes. Head to the Bond Lounge Bar for a relaxing drink in a chilled atmosphere. It offers a great selection of wine, beer and cocktails.
Romantic getaway in New Zealand: Wellington - great romantic getaway for a city break with many cozy restaurants and cafes.
Romantic things to do :
Take a romantic stroll through the Botanic Garden.
• Visit Te Papa.
• Watch a play at one of the theatres.
• Enjoy a live music performance.
Romantic dining: Café Bastille, a traditional French bistro, which serves fabulous food.
Accommodation: Terrace Heights Apartments have stylish studio apartments which are all private and beautifully furnished. Or if you want something romantically secluded outside of the urban area try
Wharekauhau, (www.wharekauhau.co.nz) is a scenic 1.5 our drive from central Wellington City, or a 3 hour drive from the Hawkes Bay.
Set in secluded beauty on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, this 5000-acre working sheep station overlooks the spectacular Palliser Bay. Wharekauhau (pronounced "for-e-ko-ho") invites romantic renewal in one of its self-contained cottages—complete with a four-poster bed and full bar—that are scattered throughout the estate. During the day, hop a helicopter for a tasting at a local winery or for 18 holes at the nearby championship Paraparaumu Golf Course. Come evening, indulge with four-course gourmet dining on a rich seasonal menu.
For romantic thins to see on the South Island check out our South Island New Zealand honeymoon & romantic getaways - Top things to see, 2 week honeymoon tour, spa getaways and wine tours.
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