New Zealand is the perfect destination for couples on a honeymoon or even just a lovers' getaway. For Australians, New Zealand is even a fabulous short break or romantic long weekend escape with regular, short flights to many of the country's capital cities.
The country's North and South islands provide every kind of landscape imaginable, with stunning scenery aplenty. This country sure is paradise, and it's no wonder it was chosen to be the filming location for The Lord of the Rings movies. New Zealand really is Middle Earth, with rolling greens hills, towering mountains, pristine beaches, glassy lakes and more on offer.
If you and your loved one are eager for adventure on your New Zealand honeymoon or romantic getaway, your appetite for thrills will be fulfilled with the plethora of activities on offer in the small but action-packed country.
From jet boating at great speeds down the Shotover River to skydiving over expansive fields of green, the list of exciting pursuits for adventurous couples and honeymooners is endless. Why not paraglide from great heights in Queenstown, go white water rafting down foaming rivers or abseil down into the caves of Waitomo for an inspiring couples' experience sure to deepen your bond?
If your dream couples' getaway or honeymoon doesn't involve white-knuckle activities, don't worry. There's plenty of incredible scenery in New Zealand to be seen and explored without the adrenalin rush. Why not head to some of Auckland's west coast beaches for a gentle walk through the sand? Piha and Muriwai are known for their fearsome surf and dramatic scenery, including black sand, sheer cliffs and dense forest. Auckland is also a fabulously cosmopolitan city – perfect for a couple who love an urban energy on their romantic getaway. Another option for couples who love nature but do not want a hugely adventurous honeymoon or romantic holiday is to take an easy hike through some of the nearby Waitakere Ranges bush walks, such as Fairy Falls. Auckland itself has a plethora of luxury hotels and chic boutique accommodation perfect for couples. And, honeymooners wanting the best of both worlds need not look too far outside Auckland to find their idyllic honeymoon haven to shack up in by night with the city's exciting dining and shopping options not far from your doorstep!
You could also head further north to the highest point of New Zealand on your romantic getaway, Cape Reinga, for its cultural and historical significance as well as incredibly beautiful views and dramatic beaches. Northland has an endless supply of vast golden sand beaches perfect for couples who love to feel the sand between their toes. These pristine beaches and beautiful sub-tropical surrounds of New Zealand's gorgeous Northland are for you to explore at your leisure, because life here runs at a pretty relaxed pace.
Or, head to Queenstown for a gentle lakeside stroll and ride up the gondola for beautiful views over the town. Don't be afraid to indulge a little in the foodie scene, as gourmet treats are in abundance here in Queenstown (New Zealand as a whole is a foodie-couples' dream destination!). Queenstown attracts honeymooners and couples from all over the world with its incredible natural scenery and every couple can find something here to take their fancy - ski options in winter, hiking and adrenaline pumping adventure options in the summer, and luxury accommodation where couples and honeymooners can find themselves in some of the world's most exclusive romantic lodges all year round.
If your dream honeymoon is a road trip through spectacular scenery, hire a car and drive where the wind takes you through the gorgeous country-side, towns and cities dotted throughout either the North or South Island - both are fabulous options for a romantic road trip! Head to one of the gorgeous beach towns, plan a winery driving holiday pulling into some of the most gorgeous vineyards you will ever see, stop and dip into some rejuvenating hot pools in geologically spectacular Rotorua, or at the Waiwera hot pools north of Auckland. There is so much for couples to do and see by car in New Zealand!
You don't have to skimp on luxury accommodation or other honeymoon must-haves, either. You're spoilt for choice in both New Zealand's metropolitan centres and the countryside, too. From cosy farm stay retreats to five-star hotels and private houses to luxury lodges it is all here. Whether you dream of a resort overlooking the beach, or a cabin nestled in the forest loud with the sound of the local birdlife, there's something for every couple dreaming of the perfect New Zealand honeymoon or romantic getaway. Don't leave it for later - go ahead, start planning your New Zealand vacation now ... we suspect it won't be your last couples getaway to this stunning country!