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14 Day New Zealand 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.
*Includes a complimentary New Zealand gift basket on arrival worth $200

New Zealand Luxury Escapes can plan and book your perfect New Zealand honeymoon. See below for a recommended 14 Day New Zealand Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary:

This itinerary package is completely customisable. In other words, 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.

Read on for full details of the 14 Day New Zealand Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary.

14 Day New Zealand Honeymoon or Romance 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 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.

Spend the day tasting the best of this boutique region on a gourmet wine and food tour with Ananda Tours, the ideal New Zealand holiday 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.

Please enquire for private tour options.

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 Volcanic Air flight. Fly to Mt Tarawera by helicopter, stand on the crater’s edge of this sacred mountain with sweeping panoramic views and experience a thrilling walk along the crater’s edge.

Following your helicopter flight, experience the highlights and serene lakes around Rotorua on an exclusive sail to secluded alcoves aboard Pure Cruise’s luxury yacht Tiua and bathe in the healing thermal waters of natural hot pools, in secret places known only to locals. The perfect celebration for your New Zealand honeymoon.

Later, discover Rotorua’s captivating geothermal landscapes with colourful sinter terraces, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Or join masterchef Charles Royal on an exclusive Māori food trail and bush tour.

Pure Cruise Lake Rotoiti Rotorua - New Zealand honeymoon

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 in Abel Tasman will be at The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge. Set in 50 acres of native bush and on the edge of two national parks, the Lodge’s setting is pure New Zealand with 5km of hiking tracks to explore. Accommodation is in unique ‘Bush Suites’ all of 5-star standard with immersive views. Pool, spa, gym, massages and bikes available. Lodge dining is a highlight. An international dinner party, with aperitifs & delicious farm-to-table dining with fresh local produce from the garden and local area. The perfect location to explore Abel Tasman with easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park and the art, wine and cycling trails around the Nelson Region. This child-free resort is ideal for honeymoons, nature lovers, active couples and foodies.

Stay 3 nights in Abel Tasman.

Accommodation: The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge Motueka luxury lodges NZ

Day 6 Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand, enjoy a day walk, or simply remain aboard for a return boat cruise. Take in the natural beauty and enjoy! This trip allows you to explore sections of the Abel Tasman Coast Track; the boat will stop at scenic points along the way where you can get off and walk a section of the track. The boat will then collect you later in the day. You could also just pack a picnic lunch and beach towels and laze on the beach for the day.

Abel Tasman National Park Beach Experience

Day 7 Abel Tasman National Park

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

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.

Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park New Zealand

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.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Accommodation: The George Hotel

The George Christchurch luxury 5 star hotels

Day 11 Lake Tekapo + Mackenzie Basin

Driving time Christchurch to Lakestone Lodge – 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 Lakestone Lodge, a purpose built, six bedroom, off grid, luxury lodge positioned in a spectacular location on the shores of Lake Pukaki. Your stay includes a three-course dinner and cooked breakfast.

In the evening, enjoy a unique stargazing experience that will treat you to the best of the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Your guide will prepare a perfectly positioned hammock so you are looking directly at the wonders above and makes you snug with a warm woollen blanket and complimentary mulled wine or hot drink. Your guide will point out all the highlights of the southern sky with a high powered laser pointer and explain some Maori legends about the sky as well as other interesting theories.

Stay 2 nights in Lake Pukaki.

Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge

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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 your hot tub.

New Zealand Heli Flights

Day 13 Queenstown

Driving time Lakestone Lodge 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 + Milford Sound Experience

Enjoy a scenic flight over Fiordland to reach Milford Sound. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife…words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.

After your cruise, relax on the flight while your pilot delivers you back to Queenstown.

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.


Day 15 Depart Queenstown

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

Planning your New Zealand honeymoon

Are you considering a New Zealand destination wedding or elopement ceremony? Read our New Zealand elopement packages planning guide here.

You can also browse our full range off honeymoon, elopement, and romance itineraries here.

For a shorter honeymoon, try our 7 Day Romantic or Honeymoon Itinerary.

From New Zealand’s most exclusive luxury lodges to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, our honeymoon packages showcase the very best our country has to offer.

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