Located right at the top of the South Island, the Marlborough region offers a nice mix of adventures and gourmet treats. Its wineries are renowned for making New Zealand a world-famous Sauvignon blanc producer, and the region is adored for its fresh seafood too — particularly mussels and salmon. For the nature-loving duo, a kayak trip or cruise of the Marlborough Sounds is a relaxing way to admire the forested plains. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a walk along the Queen Charlotte Track — one of New Zealand’s most famous hikes — will be right up your alley.
If you’re looking for a getaway not too far away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland city, Waiheke Island is the place to visit. Simply catch the ferry to explore the island’s most stunning features. White sand beaches, luscious vineyards, walking and cycling trails as well as epic zip lining spots are some of the highlights on this must-visit destination. You can either spend the day exploring the island’s finest features, or check into a boutique hotel to spend a little longer delving into all the local attractions.
Queenstown offers the ideal romantic getaway for those travelling in the winter months. The awe-inspiring vistas around the resort town make this the perfect spot for a scenic cruise or a pleasant lakeside stroll. For the ultimate piece of indulgence, check into a chic boutique hotel, soak all your worries away by dipping into the Onsen Hot Pools, and finish the night off with a delectable fine dining experience. Don’t forget to visit the local vineyards and wineries before departing on your next adventure.
A summertime favourite for holidaying New Zealanders and international visitors alike, the Coromandel Peninsula offers a pristine getaway for the couple pining for a sunny place to unwind. Picturesque spots to put on your radar include the Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach and the Coromandel Coastal Walkway. If you like your seafood, make sure to visit some of the local townships to get yourself a nice meal. For those seeking an adrenaline hit, the peninsula is also quite famous for its surfing.
Spouting geysers and hot water springs are among Rotorua’s best renowned attractions. Spend the morning exploring the exquisite geothermal wonders at Wai-O-Tapu before dipping into the hot springs and pools around the city. The Polynesian Spa is one of the most famous in the area; as a bonus, it is also open until 11 p.m. every night. Approximately 35 minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a sheltered geothermal cascade that ends with a hot pool that anyone can easily access.
The South Island’s Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is particularly adored by hikers and mountaineers, but the area is also great for a quieter experience. During the day, you can snuggle with your significant other while embarking on a relaxing cruise by the Tasman Glacier. At night, stargazing is a definite must-do, especially since the Mackenzie region, where the national park is situated, is home to one of the world’s rare International Dark Sky reserves.
Waitomo is a great all-rounder for the couple who opts to spend some time exploring New Zealand’s North Island. Thrill-seekers will feel right at home with activities like spelunking, abseiling and black water rafting at their disposal, while the more romantic travellers will cherish the glowworm-lit cruises underneath the limestone caves. When you’re ready to call it a day, venture out to the hillside for a spot of glamping — a luscious treat that’s bound to make your visit that much more special.