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The 9 best honeymoon destinations in New Zealand

Your one-stop shop for picking the perfect local romantic getaway for you and your special someone.

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Looking for an experience that you and your partner will never forget? New Zealand is jam-packed with wonderful places to visit, ranging from the pristine beaches of the North Island to the wine regions of the south. You don’t have to scour the globe for the perfect honeymoon spot when chances are, the perfect destination is right in your own backyard.

New Zealand’s top honeymoon destinations

Church of The Good Shepherd and Milky Way with lupins blooming, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

1. Tekapo

Tekapo is quite the destination if you’re after a quiet town with a lot to offer. Whether you’re a fan of the warmer months or you prefer winter temperatures, Tekapo has you covered. In the summer you’ll witness wildflowers bloom and you can make the most of the lake right on your doorstep. Winter is just as exciting, with endless skiing and hot springs to make the most of.

  • Where to stay: Peppers BlueWater Resort provides endless views of Lake Tekapo, also offering ski passes, free on-site parking and dining.
  • When to go: Book your holiday in the summer (December to February) or winter (June to August).
  • What to do: Skiing, walking trails, swimming, hot springs and star gazing.
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View of Omaru Bay with Ponui Island in the background from Waiheke Island.

2. Waiheke Island

Alongside the picture perfect views from almost everywhere on the island, Waiheke is home to pristine beaches, full-flavour wines, historic reserves, regional parks and bays. For some relaxing fun in the sun, Waiheke Island is a great honeymoon destination.

  • Where to stay: The Waiheke Island Resort provides an outdoor tennis court, swimming pool, sun deck and stunning views. It’s also a few minutes walk to Palm Beach.
  • When to go: The best time to go would be between September and February (spring and summer).
  • What to do: Swimming, wineries, water activities and hiking.
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Photo taken in Queenstown, New Zealand

3. Queenstown

If you’re after a honeymoon full of fun, Queenstown is the place to go. From ziplining, bungee jumping and spending time on the water (think jet boating, kayaking and cruises), to scenic tours, spa days and sipping on Queenstown’s finest wine – the options are endless.

  • Where to stay: Discover luxury at the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, jacuzzi, indoor pool, beauty centre and sauna.
  • When to go: December to February is the best time to go to Queenstown as the weather is the most predictable.
  • What to do: Water sports, hiking, wineries, art, mountain biking, skydiving and day cruising.
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Kerosene creek, Rotorua, New Zealand - May 3, 2017: Kerosene creek is known as a stream of hot water where people can swim and relax as a real nature attraction.

4. Rotorua

Tucked away just three hours south of Auckland on the North Island, Rotorua’s famous springs will sweep you off your feet. You’ll have up to five lakes to explore, as well the Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa. Discover Kakahi Falls and the Manupirua Hot Pools, or helicopter your way over Rotorua Caldera.

  • Where to stay: The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of Rotorua and offers 5-star accommodation, a sauna and a heated outdoor pool.
  • When to go: Spring (September to November) is a perfect time to visit. The temperatures are just starting to warm up and the days are longer. The sun is likely to be out, but be aware Rotorua is no stranger to a bit of rain.
  • What to do: Natural springs, spas, water activities on the lakes, hiking and nature trails.
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Cathedral Cove - in the cave

5. The Coromandel Peninsula

If you’re after a destination that makes for a great excuse for getting the bathers out, then this is it. You’ll find the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island, offering plenty of national forests, beaches and bays.

  • Where to stay: The Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort offers free bicycle rentals and laundry facilities and is in close proximity to the area’s most popular attractions. Hahei Beach is just a few moments away.
  • When to go: There’s no better time to check out this North Island location than between September and November.
  • What to do: Cathedral Cove, Te Hoho Rock, swimming and kayaking.
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View from vineyard along well-tended rows of vines to the arid slopes of the Wither Hills, Blenheim, Marlborough District, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania.

6. Marlborough

Love is always in the air in the Marlborough region. Known for its exquisite wines, there’s no better place to spend your post-wedding getaway. The great news is that most of the wineries are in close proximity to each other, including the Villa Maria Marlborough Winery and the Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant.

  • Where to stay: Vintners Retreat is perfectly located right around the corner from all the wineries. Enjoy 5-star accommodation, an outdoor tennis court, a gym, a swimming pool, 24-hour service and on-site dining.
  • When to go: November to April is the best time to go for the weather. Spring and summer are much quieter compared to the June to August period (winter).
  • What to do: Wineries and vineyards, cruises, water activities and hiking trails.
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7. Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands comprises over 100 islands in New Zealand’s north. You can’t go wrong with picking where to stay either, with plenty of romantic cottages and hotels offering never-ending views. Immerse yourselves in historically-rich sites, waterfalls and peninsulas.

  • Where to stay: Tiki Tiki Ora is a 5-star bed and breakfast that offers wake up and massage services, luggage storage, a garden and room service.
  • When to go: September to November (spring) is the ideal time to book.
  • What to do: Swimming and beaches, day cruises, hiking and walking trails.
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Late summer in the Hawkes Bay region close to Napier. This is the view from Breckenridge Lodge just off the Korokipo Road on highway 50.

8. Hawke’s Bay

For the couples looking for a honeymoon that involves plenty of wine tastings and vineyard tours, Hawke’s Bay has you covered. The wineries stretch from Napier down to Hastings. We recommend checking out the Clearview Estate for the finest wine and an unbeatable view of the water.

  • Where to stay: The Mangapapa Hotel offers a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, rooftop terrace, beauty services and free bicycle rentals.
  • When to go: Autumn is the best time to visit (March to May) as temperatures are cooling down and the weather is optimal.
  • What to do: Wineries, vineyards, Te Mata Peak and hiking trails.
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Akaroa New Zealand at sunrise

9. Akaroa

Situated just under 1.5 hours from Christchurch, the area of Akaroa offers a small town and a whole lot of charm. From swimming with the dolphins that inhabit the bay to kayaking and exploring the nature reserves, your honeymoon will be the definition of relaxation.

  • Where to stay: You can’t go past the French Bay House, with impeccable views of the starry sky and the water. Enjoy a terrace and private parking.
  • When to go: Book between December and February for the warmest temperatures.
  • What to do: Swimming, cruises, jet boating/water sports and gardens.
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Our picks for wine and food honeymoon destinations:

  • Marlborough, South Island: Best for Sauvignon Blanc wines
  • Hawke’s Bay, North Island: Best for traditional wines
  • Queenstown, South Island: Best for activity options
  • Gisborne, North Island: Best for Chardonnay and Aromatics

Our picks for active honeymoon destinations:

  • Queenstown, South Island: Best for adventure activities
  • Rotorua, North Island: Best for volcanic trails
  • Hawke’s Bay, North Island: Best for mountain peaks
  • Milford Sound, South Island: Best for waterfalls and wildlife
  • Franz Josef, South Island: Best for parachuting

Our picks for beaches and relaxing honeymoon destinations:

  • The Coromandel Peninsula, North Island: Best for quiet waters
  • Bay of Islands, North Island: Best for fishing
  • Rotorua, North Island: Best for springs and mud pools
  • Piha, North Island: Best for surfing

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