New Zealand Honeymoon Itinerary

When mother nature was creating movie sets she gave one of the best to New Zealand and it would feature in, The Chronicles of Narnia. New Zealand is a breeze to explore and great for honeymoons and romantic getaways as it features hundreds of romantic sites to give the best beginning of any marital life. We planned this New Zealand Honeymoon itinerary on the premise that all couples are fortunate enough to get at least 5 days to celebrate their wonderful union. 

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Highlights

DayThings to see
1Queen Charlotte Track
Te Mahia Bay Resort 
2Wakatipu lake
Skyline Gondola
Queenstown Gardens
Skippers Canyon
Nevis Valley
Kawarau River
3Milford Sound
Queenstown Hill
Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa
4Mercury Bay
Cathedral Cove
The Lost spring
5Eyeful Tower
Wentworth Valley
Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Day 1

Queen Charlotte Track – Begin your honeymoon in the high street of Marlborough, there is nothing better than taking a step back in time hand in hand with your partner. A stroll through the Marlborough streets is the best way to experience the city’s past glory. The region is a great mixture of adventures and gourmet treats. For food-loving couples you are sure to have a time of your life, the wine tasting is sure to take you to another world produced by the famous Sauvignon Blanc. The region is also home to the best restaurants serving the best dishes of local cuisine dominated by fresh seafood. From the wine tasting and satisfying food take a walk along the Queen Charlotte Track. 

Te Mahia Bay Resort – Make a reservation with the Te Mahia Bay Resort which is nestled in a picturesque secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds. Here you will find a lot of activities to partake in and grow your love. From the resort, you get breathtaking views of the sea and great sunsets.

The resort is also in proximity to the Lochmara Café. The resort offers rooms from less than $100 featuring amenities like flat-screen TVs, microwaves, hairdryers, refrigerators, coffee makers, sofas and complimentary toiletries. The best feature of the rooms is the private balconies which have the best views of the surrounding. 

Day 2

Wakatipu lake – Next head to the adventure capital which is Queenstown. They don’t call this place the adventure capital for nothing, it is sure to blow you away with adventure and memories you will cherish for the rest of your marital life. Here you will take a trip to lake Wakatipu which is the longest inland lake in all of New Zealand. The shores of the lake are great for hand in hand strolling with your partner. 

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Skyline Gondola – The next place to visit the Skyline Gondola where you will experience the best views of Bob’s Peak. Take the Tiki trail to the highest point. If you love adventure then you will enjoy a visit to the Remarkables. Located on the southeastern shores the mountain ranges create a remarkable backdrop along the waters. It is the best location for skiing and snowboarding.

Queenstown Gardens – There is no better feeling among newlyweds than walk-in beautiful green plants beaming in life as much as their vibrant love. Experience this feeling by visiting the Queenstown gardens located in the heart of the town. The garden is a great place to detach from the hustle and bustle of the city life featuring a wide variety of plant species. Here you can go for an easy stroll or just find an easy game to play against each other or find another couple to play against. 

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Skippers Canyon – Another beautiful site that calls for a visit from you and yours is the skipper’s Canyon which is rich in history and beauty. This incredible gorge spans more than 20 kilometres popular for water sports like jet boating and heritage cruises. Get a pump of adrenaline by participating in the bungee jumping on the canyon. From the canyon make a stop at the Shotover River where you will witness more jet boating and water rafting which you can take part in for that unforgettable experience. 

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Nevis Valley – If you happen not to have had enough thrill at the Skippers Canyon you will find more of that at the Nevis Valley. The valley is home to the biggest rope swing in the world and the best bungee jumping platform. The site is very popular among tourists as it is among the highest jumps in the world at more than 130 metres. To get to the platform you depart from downtown on shuttle service. 

Kawarau River – There is something about water and love that make the two a great combination, with this in mind visit the Kawarau River which drains lake Wakatipu. The river stretches some 60 kilometres and is one of the best sites for water sports like jet cruising, rafting and surfing. The Kawarau Gorge suspension bridge also offers a great bungee jumping experience being one of the first places to offer commercial bungee jumping in New Zealand.

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Day 3

Milford Sound – You cannot leave Queenstown without paying a visit to Milford Sound, where you will find what is arguably the best view in all of New Zealand.  What better way of experiencing it than with your loved one? The area is popular for its hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Visit the area hustle free with a tour departing from the heart of Queenstown. The best way to enjoy all the beauty the area has to offer is to drive yourself, allowing you to stop and take in some views that you would otherwise miss on the tour bus. 

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Queenstown Hill – Visit the Queenstown Hill standing at 907 metres above sea level. The main highlight here is the Time walking trail created in the year 2000 to mark the start of the millennium. Walk this trail as you also mark a new beginning of marital life. The trail is filled with beautiful scenery including rich pine forests and the world-renowned basket of Dreams sculpture. 

Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa – Queenstown is home to some of the most romantic resorts, head to Kawarau village where you will find the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa. The resort is on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with beautiful views of the river and the mountains. The resort has a whole 5 bars and restaurants for the most romantic dining experience coupled with the best views of the surrounding. The indoor heated pool is a great place to relax with a glass of champagne to entertain your taste buds, the pool is 25 metres long with enough room to accommodate all its guests.

The resort has non-smoking rooms, family rooms and suites. The rooms feature amenities like air conditioning, refrigerators, safes, minibars, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces and private balconies. A honeymoon cannot be complete without some pampering involved, considering this the resort has an onsite spa to cater to all your pampering needs. The spa has its own locker room to change into the appropriate regalia for all pampering.  The spa itself offers a wide variety of treatment options and is well equipped featuring a steam room.

The resort also has currency exchange services in case you feel like getting each other some gifts from the local shops. Also onsite is a beauty salon to cater to all your beauty needs, the salon offers a wide range of services from haircuts to facial treatments. Help each other exercise in the resort’s fitness centre which has state of the art equipment and its own gym. Rent some bicycles and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding as you cycle next to your better half.

Day 4

Mercury Bay – Another destination popular among love birds is the Coromandel Peninsula, this is the home of hot springs which are sure to warm your love like never before. Assuming that you are still in your youth, you will find a lot of activities to partake in with your better, the area also has a lot to offer for the not so young couples. You can begin your exploration of the peninsula on the Hot Water Beach in Mercury Bay. Here you can dig your own pool and let it fill with hot water before soaking in it to relax. The pool never gets cold as there is a lot of thermal water beneath the surface of the sand. This is due to the volcanic water springs that keep the water heated to a maximum of just over 60 degrees Celsius. You can book a hotel in Whitianga from where you will easily access this world-renowned beach. For best experience visit the beach at low tide. 

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Cathedral Cove – Witness the true beauty of the Coromandel by visiting the Cathedral Cove. This natural wonder is just a rock surrounded by sand and the sea. The cathedral cove beach is filled with sites fit to feature in any romantic movie coupled with soft sands for the best experience. It also features in, The Chronicles of Narnia movie and is maintained by the Department of Conservation covering some 840 hectares. The best way to discover the beauty of the beach is by taking a kayaking tour which does not cost much. You can also discover the cove on foot, enjoy the scenery by beginning your walk at the Hahei beach and continue hand in hand on the sand to the Viewing Platform from where you can fully appreciate this amazing place.

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There aren’t many people who usually make it this far so you will feel like you are in the wilderness all by yourselves allowing you to enjoy each other’s company the best way you know-how. You can take as little as one hour to explore this beautiful location but with a camera, in your hands, you can easily spend the whole day enjoying each other’s company and creating lifelong memories. The other activities you can partake in while in Cathedral Cove are sailing, diving, snorkelling and one of the best which is a trip in a glass-bottom boat allowing you to explore below the water of Cathedral Cove. 

The Lost spring – Still in the peninsula visit the Lost spring, the surrounding area is filled with hand-sculpted pools for you to relax and chat with your better half. These thermal pools get their water from the hot spring located some 600 metres below the ground. The treatment you will get from the staff here is unmatched offering some relaxing therapy. The place is not only best for relaxation but offers the best food experience of local cuisine and the best-tasting coffee. 

Day 5

Eyeful Tower – Wake up to catch the train ride at Driving Creek Railway. A train ride is the most romantic ride you can take with your loved one. This can maybe be second to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage but it is still so romantic. The trip will take you up the mountains to the top where the viewing platform called The Eyeful Tower is located at a height of 165 metres. From the viewing platform, you catch the best views of the scenery and pottery sculptures dotted along the track.  Your reward for embarking on this trip will be the view of the Hauraki Gulf. The track was built by Barry Brickell with the intention of bringing clay and wood to the top for pottery sculptures. Buy some souvenirs made of clay as a reminder of your wonderful honeymoon. 

Wentworth Valley – From the fun-filled train ride head to Wentworth Valley. Walk the trail of Wentworth Valley passing over its two bridges to the top of the valley from where you can view the two majestic waterfalls undisturbed. From the top of the valley explore the two abandoned mine shafts found along the road to the waterfalls with a falling distance of 20 metres. The falls are not so far from Whangamata township. 

Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre – As love birds go and explore some actual birds in the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre secluded from the buzz of the city. Here you will find a specimen of the Wrybill seabird which is native to New Zealand and not likely to be found anywhere in the world.

The centre is home to over 10,000 birds waiting for you to discover their beauty from your own point of view. The centre is at its peak during January and March when all the birds can be easily observed. Admission into the centre is free of charge but you can stay overnight at the Shorebird Centre Accommodation 

Final Words

From me to you lovebirds. Enjoy New Zealand and all it has to offer on your honeymoon. Toast to your wonderful marriage.

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