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14 Day NZ Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary

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Best NZ Honeymoon! Waiheke Is, Rotorua, Abel Tasman, Tekapo & Queenstown.
Choose your level of extravagance from NZ's top 5 Star Hotels through to Luxury Lodges.

New Zealand Luxury Escapes can plan and book your perfect New Zealand Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary. See below for a recommended 14 Day New Zealand Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary. This itinerary package is completely customisable, you may like to spend longer at destinations of your choice or focus on just one island (the North Island or South Island), depending on your interests. Contact us today to start planning your romantic or New Zealand honeymoon itinerary.

Day 1 Auckland + Waiheke Island

Your exclusive New Zealand honeymoon begins in Auckland, the gateway to the North Island. Get a glimpse of the city before being whisked away to Waiheke Island, a haven of beaches, picturesque vineyards and olive groves just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland by boat or 10 minutes by helicopter.

The Boatshed Hotel will be your haven for two nights, the perfect place to start your New Zealand honeymoon. This chic luxury hotel sits just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa. Look forward to a pre-organised massage on arrival if you so wish, then enjoy fine dining at the onsite restaurant exclusive to in-house hotel guests. New Zealand honeymoon packages include a beautiful gourmet breakfast.

Stay 2 nights on Waiheke Island.

Accommodation: The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island

The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island

Day 2 Waiheke Island Gourmet Wine Tour

Wake up to glistening sea views and gentle bird song. If you are feeling energised, take a morning stroll to start your day, exploring trails which meander along cliff tops, down to beaches and through cool enclaves of native forest.

Your afternoon will be spent tasting the best of this boutique region on an exclusive wine and food tour, the ideal New Zealand honeymoon experience. Visit award-winning vineyards; sample local specialties such as olive oil, wild honey, and oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay; and indulge in a platter lunch at one of the island’s top vineyard restaurants.

Waiheke Island Auckland Dining

Day 3 Rotorua + New Zealand Honeymoon Highlights

Driving time Auckland to Rotorua 3 hours or flight time 30 minutes 

Rotorua is known for crystal-clear streams and magical forests, bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs. The region is also steeped in history, and is one of the best destinations to experience our fascinating Maori culture.

Unwind at Solitaire Lodge, one of New Zealand’s premiere luxury lodges. Set in lush forest with a volcanic backdrop, Solitaire Lodge enjoys breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera and is a highlight of your New Zealand honeymoon itinerary. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting. While you are located within easy access of the multitude of activities on offer in Rotorua, the lodge is also the perfect place to simply relax, indulge, and rejuvenate. During your stay, take part in the daily changing menus that showcase the seasonal highlights of the region. New Zealand honeymoon packages include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a five course evening meal, a complimentary mini bar, an extensive breakfast and a light lunch.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Accommodation: Solitaire Lodge Rotorua

Solitaire Lodge Rotorua Explore

Day 4 Rotorua Geothermal Flight + Sailing Charter

Experience the highlights and serene lakes around Rotorua on an exclusive helicopter flight and sailing charter. Combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a flight that includes spectacular aerial views of the pristine crater lakes, stunning waterfalls and the vibrant Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserves. This amazing landscape is unique to this region because of its location on the fault-line relative to the Pacific Rim of Fire. Continue your flight to land at Orakei Korako, also known as “the hidden valley”. Board your ferry to cross the river and begin your guided 60-minute land-based tour, where you will experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland.

The return flight takes in the stunning Waikato River and the unique topography of the Waikite Valley, the sulfuric Lake Rotorua and the sacred island of Mokoia before landing at pristine Lake Rotoiti, where you will join your skipper and crew aboard the 53ft sailing catamaran Tiua for your exclusive sailing charter. Take the helm, help trim the sails, take dip in the thermal pools, or sit back and enjoy the natural splendour of this beautiful fresh water lake. The perfect celebration for your New Zealand honeymoon.

Pure Cruise Lake Rotoiti Rotorua

Day 5 Nelson + Abel Tasman

Flight time Rotorua to Nelson 1 hour 15 minutes 

Driving time Nelson to Abel Tasman 1 hour or heli transfer 30 minutes 

Leave the North Island behind today as you take a flight south to Nelson.

Venture into Abel Tasman National Park, which offers secluded golden-sand beaches, lush native forests, and crystal-clear bays. This is the perfect way to unwind as you become acquainted with New Zealand.

Your stay here will take in the serenity and rejuvenation on offer at Split Apple Retreat, an exclusive, intimate luxury lodge, retreat, and wellness spa. The retreat is renowned for its gourmet Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine, where every ingredient has been selected for its positive contribution to health and wellness. Indulge in the spectacular setting, original art and antiques, and unparalleled service.

Stay 3 nights in Abel Tasman.

Accommodation: Split Apple Retreat

Luxury Accommodation New Zealand Split Apple Retreat

Day 6 Abel Tasman National Park

Experience the beauty of the Abel Tasman region and Tonga Island Marine Reserve today from the comfort of a private charter cruise. Explore the coastline of Abel Tasman National Park at a relaxed pace, taking in views of Split Apple Rock and seeing New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun. While you stop at a secluded bay for lunch, you will have the opportunity to swim, sea kayak, go ashore for a bush walk, or simply relax on board while the crew prepares your lunch and make a toast to your New Zealand honeymoon.

Abel Tasman National Park Beach Experience

Day 7 Abel Tasman National Park

Today is yours to unwind, indulge in the facilities on offer at Split Apple Retreat, or explore Abel Tasman National Park further.

Every aspect of the retreat revolves around relaxation. Facilities at the retreat include a salt-water infinity pool, a Japanese spa, a sauna, a steam room, a yoga pavilion, and a meditation theatre – make the most of your stay with a massage treatment, a private yoga session, a cooking lesson with Chef Pen, or a guided meditation.

Other bespoke activities that you may wish to sample in Abel Tasman National Park or Kahurangi National Park include boat trips, sea kayaking, fly fishing, cycling, private helicopter tours, and horseback riding.

Split Apple Retreat Abel Tasman

Day 8 Kaikoura

Driving time Abel Tasman to Kaikoura – 4.5 hours 

Take time to explore the top of the South Island on your New Zealand honeymoon as you journey south today. Picton is a worthwhile detour if your passion is for native wildlife – the Marlborough Sounds play host to a number of bird sanctuary islands offering unparalleled opportunities to encounter rare native species in their natural habitat.

As you continue through the verdant Marlborough wine region, you will find countless opportunities to stop and sample the unsurpassable vintages of new Zealand’s premier wine region. Before long, the rolling hills will give way to the rugged Kaikoura coast. Tucked between the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura abounds in natural beauty, marine mammal viewing opportunities, and exquisite fresh seafood.

Your accommodation is at the unforgettable Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, located on a picturesque deer farm just north of Kaikoura. The lodge provides luxurious rooms and an intimate indoor/outdoor setting perfect for relaxation. New Zealand honeymoon packages include gourmet three-course dinners and full breakfasts.

Stay 2 nights in Kaikoura.

Accommodation: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Day 9 Kaikoura + Whale Flight

Lift high above Kaikoura today and enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand honeymoon encounter with the majestic whales that call Kaikoura home. Your scenic flight offers a unique perspective on the diverse marine life around the Kaikoura peninsula, and offers stunning views over the Seaward Kaikoura range.

Following your scenic whale watching flight, unwind and indulge in the fresh seafood on offer at Hapuku Lodge or explore the nearby trails and coastline.

Day 10 Christchurch

Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch – 3 hours

Your next New Zealand honeymoon destination is Christchurch, a vibrant city influenced by English heritage and recent seismic events. Explore the city if you wish, or venture to Akaroa to visit wineries and the Barry’s Bay Cheesery.

In the evening, venture to your exclusive accommodation at Otahuna Lodge. Set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. New Zealand honeymoon packages include a five-course degustation diner with wine pairings, pre-dinner drinks with canapés, and breakfast.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Accommodation: Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna Luxury Lodge Christchurch

Day 11 Lake Tekapo + Mackenzie Basin

Driving time Christchurch to Mt Cook Retreat – 4 hours

The Mackenzie Basin is home to some of New Zealand’s most sublime scenery. From towering peaks (including New Zealand’s tallest, Aoraki/Mt Cook) to brilliant turquoise lakes and shimmering glaciers, the Southern Alps are an awe-inspiring destination. Your first glimpse of the glacial lakes is at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque settlement surrounded by mountains.

Continuing south, you will pass by the breathtaking southern shores of Lake Pukaki before arriving at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki, the luxury retreat offers uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps. During your stay, you can enjoy on-site amenities including the Fantail Spa and private forest walkways. New Zealand honeymoon packages include a two-course meal each day including a bottle of New Zealand wine chosen from the onsite wine cellar and gourmet breakfast provisions.

In the evening, your New Zealand honeymoon itinerary includes a unique stargazing and wine cellar experience that will treat you to the best of the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Begin with refreshments and nibbles in the wine cellar before moving to the Pukaki Observatory to view the Milky Way, stars, and planets through the high-powered telescope. You also have the opportunity to experiment with astrophotograpy.

Stay 2 nights in the Mackenzie Basin.

Accommodation: Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

Mount Cook Alpine Retreat

Day 12 Mackenzie Basin + Mount Cook Picnic in Paradise

Enjoy a relaxing morning after your late night of stargazing. In the late morning, make the scenic drive to Mount Cook Village, where you will venture deep into the wilderness on an exclusive helicopter excursion.

Your experience begins with a stunning scenic flight to a secluded location in paradise, where you will relax and savour a gourmet picnic with the finest New Zealand produce. Round off your picnic in paradise with a glass of wine or bubbles while taking in the sublime beauty of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Once your helicopter lands back in Mount Cook Village, you have the opportunity to stroll along one of the walking trails leaving from the village, or else return to your retreat to unwind in the spa.

New Zealand Heli Flights

Day 13 Queenstown

Driving time Mt Cook Retreat to Queenstown – 3 hours

Today your journey takes you to Queenstown, the ultimate honeymoon destination on New Zealand’s South Island. From world-class luxury lodges to indulgent spa experiences, superb cuisine and exclusive tours, Queenstown is a delight to experience.

The journey to Queenstown deserves to be savoured as well – stop and take in the views from the top of Lindis Pass, sample fresh fruit in Cromwell, and perhaps stop for a picturesque vineyard lunch as you pass through the Gibbston Valley.

Experience the best of Queenstown from the comfort of your premium lakefront penthouse at Eichard’s Private Hotel. For those who demand the height of excellence, the penthouse at Eichardt’s is the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounds, the penthouse offers pure indulgence. The Penthouse experience commences on arrival. Your dedicated butler will escort you to your rooms, where you will enjoy every luxury, including pre-dinner cocktails served in-suite, Krug Champagne, and an excellent selection of Moet & Hennessy spirits replenished daily. Daily breakfast is prepared by your private chef. Everything is included in your New Zealand honeymoon package.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt's Private Hotel Queenstown

Day 14 Queenstown + Fiordland Helicopter Tour

Today is a sensory delight as you take in the best of Fiordland National Park by air. Marvel at the breathtaking views of rugged peaks, lush rainforest, abundant wildlife, glittering lakes, and of course the iconic fiords. This immersive helicopter experience takes you through landscapes that have never been touched by humans, and includes four alpine landings that will plunge you into the serenity and solitude of this wilderness paradise. The final landing site is the famous Earnslaw Burn, where you can take in the majesty of a hanging glacier and its many cascading waterfalls.

The afternoon is yours to indulge in the best Queenstown has to offer. From exclusive wine tours to a plethora of adrenaline activities on offer, Queenstown will leave you hungry for more.

Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

As your unforgettable New Zealand honeymoon draws to a close, soak in the views before departing Queenstown at your leisure.

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