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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.

    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:

    • Day 1 – Auckland & Waiheke Island
    • Day 2 – Waiheke Island Wine Tour
    • Day 3 – Rotorua
    • Day 4 – Rotorua Geothermal Flight & Maori Culture and Geothermal Experience
    • Day 5 – Nelson & Abel Tasman
    • Day 6 – Abel Tasman National Park
    • Day 7 – Abel Tasman National Park
    • Day 8 – Kaikoura
    • Day 9 – Kaikoura & Whale Flight
    • Day 10 – Christchurch
    • Day 11 – Lake Tekapo & Mackenzie Basin
    • Day 12 – Aoraki Mt Cook Ultimate Scenic Flight + Picnic
    • Day 13 – Queenstown
    • Day 14 – Queenstown & Milford Sound Experience
    • Day 15 – Depart Queenstown

    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 dinner and 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.

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    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

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    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, discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands – featuring dramatic geysers, bubbling mud, and beautiful native bush. Discover Te Puia’s history and lineage with a guided tour – each guide adds a personal touch to inspire and help visitors truly connect with the Te Puia experience. Get up-close-and-personal with one of our national treasures in the Kiwi Conservation Centre. Visit the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and view demonstrations of wood, stone and bone carving as well as flax weaving. Browse a range of hand crafted taonga at Āhua Gallery.

    Later, relax at Solitaire Lodge and enjoy an exquisite evening on the shores of Lake Tarawera.

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    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.

    Te Koi the Lodge offers the ultimate escape for the seasoned traveler – a luxury lodge filled with charm and basking in natural beauty. Set amidst luscious gardens on a secluded point overlooking the stunning waters of the Waimea Estuary, Te Koi plays to all the senses. Seasoned Chef, Ali, and Sommelier, Ian Metcalfe are at your service for specially prepared dinners featuring local delicacies, matched with delicious wines from the region. Your romantic stay includes daily gourmet dinner and breakfast.

    Stay 3 nights at Te Koi The Lodge at Bronte.

    Accommodation: Te Koi The Lodge at Bronte.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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 luxury lodge, Blanket Bay.

    Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here you willl celebrate the art of pure relaxation.

    In this spectacular corner of New Zealand discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. There is nowhere else on Earth where there are so many activities so close by – fly-fishing and heli-skiing, the country’s best hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jet boating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. And let’s not forget the numerous international standard golf courses around Queenstown. New Zealand honeymoon packages include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, gourmet evening meal, an extensive breakfast and a light lunch.

    Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

    Accommodation: Blanket Bay Lodge.

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    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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