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New Zealand Romance

When love is in the air, Aotearoa New Zealand has all it takes to create that perfect romantic getaway. Soak under the stars, miles from civilization in your own private bath-with-a-view. Or escape into exhilaration and adventure with an action-packed vacation. So, whether you’re exploring a new romance or reconnecting with your partner, unforgettable experiences in New Zealand are waiting for you.   

 

Soak and soothe

There’s nothing quite so soothing as easing yourself into gently steaming thermal water. New Zealand has stunning hot pool complexes north, south, east and west. There’s everything available here, from wet and wild waterslides to intimate, adult-only spas. 

Dip into the mineral waters of volcanic Rotorua, Taupo and the Coromandel Peninsula. You might even discover a secret pool by a lake or a warm running stream in the bush if you go exploring. Then, head to Hot Water Beach, where tiny hot springs bubble to the surface in the sand. Join the locals and dig your very own hot bath right beside the sea. 

Rotorua Mud Pools

 

Unwind, Relax, Revive!

Sometimes you just need to pause and let the world go. New Zealand’s many wellness retreats include small, intimate lodges set in some of the country’s most stunning locations. You’ll find eco-accommodation in breath-taking alpine beauty, forest hideaways and waterfront wonders. 

New Zealand’s wellness retreats combine sustainability principles with divine food, meditation and yoga classes, health treatments and even adventure activities from horse riding to hiking. There’s even a laid-back hippy surfer’s retreat at Raglan, New Zealand’s premier surfing destination.

 

Contemplate the heavens

Have you ever gazed into space and truly seen the stars? 

Once you leave New Zealand’s cities behind, you’ll discover some of the world’s clearest night skies. You can sleep under the Milky Way in comfort in one of the many secluded, purpose-built star-gazing cabins around the International Dark-Sky reserves and sanctuaries in the Mackenzie Basin, Great Barrier or Stewart Islands. 

In fact, New Zealand has hundreds of rural hideaways that reveal inky black skies and stunning stars. Try a glass-roofed cabin near Twizel or glamp in luxury on a high country station.

One of New Zealand’s most romantic experiences has to be an overnight cruise in Doubtful or Milford Sounds. Explore with your guide in a dinghy or kayak—marvel at the towering cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, dolphins, seals and the occasional penguin. Enjoy a chat over exquisite cuisine, then sleep under a carpet of stars on the calm Fiordland waters.

Stoneridge Estate

Experience New Zealand’s fabulous food

Stroll hand in hand through a summer vineyard or relax with a picnic beside a dappled lake. Share a Chardonnay in Hawke’s Bay or a Pinot Noir in Bannockburn. 

Cycle the Nelson wine trail or cruise out onto the Marlborough Sounds on a greenshell mussel experience. Or throw caution to the winds and whisk your partner away in a private helicopter for a romantic mountain-top picnic. 

Restaurants by the sea, cafes by the lake, sophistication or simplicity — take your pick. There’s a New Zealand foodie experience waiting for you here.  

 

Secluded hideaways offer luxurious comfort 

You don’t have to be miles from anywhere to enjoy a hidden gem in New Zealand. Waiheke Island is just a 35-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland and a million miles from the city hustle and bustle. Waiheke offers luxurious accommodation on vineyards, hills and bays, with wining and dining, swimming, walking, cycling and a fantastic array of artist studios on the doorstep. 

Or travel further afield and try bespoke comfort or quirky cabins in the bush. Ingenious Kiwis have restored railway carriages, airplanes and even upturned boats into some of the most gorgeous retreats-for-two you could ever hope to find.

Kaikoura Whale Watching

Escape to the hills

Relaxing doesn’t necessarily mean lounging around. If your idea of a romantic holiday involves exercise and adventure, then why not hit the trails in Aotearoa? 

New Zealand has hundreds of walking tracks ranging from the iconic ‘Great Walks’ to scenic day hikes and short walks. But, if you’d rather be on wheels, try one of the many cycle trails through the towns, cities and rural landscape. Or head into the alpine, forest or coastal wonderlands on one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Rides’ tracks.

 

Relaxing comes naturally in New Zealand

Wherever you choose to land in New Zealand, you’re never far from natural wonders and superb hospitality. 

Outside every city, the country’s beauty and gentle vibe invite you to put life’s cares aside and to refocus on the important things in life. Mountains, forests, beaches and plains offer you an inspiring vacation and memories to last a lifetime. 

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