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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel | © Bex Walton/Flickr
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel | © Bex Walton/Flickr
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The Most Romantic Destinations in New Zealand

Picture of Thalita Alves
Updated: 5 February 2018
New Zealand, with its beautiful landscapes and cities, is the ideal couple’s retreat. Whether you end up on the North or the South Island, you can be sure you’ll have a wonderfully memorable experience. Take a look at some of the romantic spots you and your significant other will be able to relish in this lovely destination.

Malrborough

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.

Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds | © Bevis Chin/Flickr

Waiheke Island

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.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke Island, New Zealand | © Goueg/Flickr

Queenstown

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.

TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown, New Zealand | © Bernard Spragg/Flickr

The Coromandel Peninsula

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.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel | © Bex Walton/Flickr

Rotorua

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.

Kerosene Creek, New Zealand
Kerosene Creek, New Zealand | © David Lynch/Flickr

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

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.

Stargazing at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Stargazing at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park | © Irwandy Mazwir/Flickr

Waitomo Caves

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.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves | © Donnie Ray Jones/Flickr