New Zealand is full of opportunities to fall in love, and it’s diverse landscape offers a little bit of everything. From beaches to mountains, markets to fine dining, biking through wine regions to tranzalpine train rides, adrenaline to relaxation, stargazing to city sightseeing – whatever your idea of romance, New Zealand has an experience that fits the bill.
With 14 National Parks, 1/3 of New Zealand’s land area is contained within the boundaries of a park or reserve. And these spots are as diverse as they come, from tropical islands teeming with aquatic life to glaciers that rise from valleys to mountain peaks. Indulge your dangerous side on the rugged, untamed black sand beaches of the west coast, or relax and kick back in a quiet cove next to golden sand on the east coast. With a population of only 4 million, it’s easy to find uncrowded spots to create an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Here are just a few ideas that will make you feel like you’ve landed in a scene straight out of The Bachelorette:
Hot Air Balloon Ride – Canterbury Plains – what could be more romantic than floating above a patchwork of farms in a fertile valley flanked by snow-capped mountains? How about floating above a patchwork of farms in a fertile valley flanked by snow-capped mountains while drinking champagne.
Stargazing at Southern Cross – there are few places on earth where you can get a better look at the stars in the night sky than next to Lake Tekapo – part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. Pull out a blanket and marvel at the vastness of the universe with your love.
Scenic Flight – Milford Sound – A scenic flight in Milford sound is sure to thrill and astound you with the amazing scenery of Fiordland. When you realize what a giant world we live in, you’ll be extra glad to have your one and only by your side.
Helicopter ride to a gourmet picnic – First of all, picnics are inherently romantic. So taking a helicopter flight to the top of a mountain and spreading your blanket out before a majestic view can only increase the romance quotient.
Vineyard trails – Hawkes Bay and Marlborough – we all know wine is romantic. Enough said. Pack your picnic basket, grab a bike, and start pedaling toward vino paradise.
Tandem Sky Dive – Queenstown – Allow the adrenaline capital of the world to live up to its name by admiring the amazing sites of Queenstown while you are hurtling through the air.
Boutique lodges – From Christchurch to Auckland, Wellington to Queenstown, boutique lodges and quaint B&B’s abound in New Zealand. Check out the Juliet Balconies at Browns Boutique Hotel in Queenstown or the cottages surrounded by gardens at the Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco.
Rotorua spa treatment – Private hot mineral pool anyone? Get slathered in thermal mud, enjoy a coconut oil massage, and relax in warm, toasty luxury. Rotorua is considered the cultural heart of New Zealand, so after your mineral soak, you can go bathe in the rich cultural history of the Maori.
Brunch in Wellington – Check out the Chocolate Fish Café, where you can munch on some delicious Kiwi eats and then soak up the sun on side by side beanbags.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Float underground, down the Waitomo River and marvel at the unrivaled spectacle of myriad luminescent glowworms twinkling above as you enter the Glowworm Grotto.
Sail in Auckland – Try your hand at sailing or just sit back and enjoy the ride as you admire the “city of sails” from the water. Hop aboard at twilight for a catered sail or wine tasting cruise..
And of course, an epic sunset or sunrise is always waiting for you somewhere – like this one at Piha Beach in Auckland.