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New Zealand Elopement – 7 Day Itinerary

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Choose to hold your ceremony at the start or end of this incredible romantic itinerary.
We will work personally with you both so that the moments match your dreams.
*Includes a complimentary New Zealand gift basket on arrival worth $100

New Zealand Luxury Escapes can plan and book your perfect New Zealand Elopement or New Zealand Wedding.

See below for a recommended 7 Day New Zealand Elopement Itinerary.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Christchurch
  • Day 2 – Lake Pukaki
  • Day 3 – Lake Pukaki Elopement Ceremony
  • Day 4 – Queenstown
  • Day 5 – Milford Sound Tour from Queenstown
  • Day 6 – Queenstown Gourmet Wine Tour
  • Day 7 – Queenstown
  • Day 8 – Depart Queenstown

This package is completely customisable; you may like to plan your elopement at the end of your New Zealand holiday after you have had your adventure and travelled to see the sights. Or, as outlined below, arrive in New Zealand, have your special wedding day and relax with guests, friends and family depending on the size of your wedding in Lake Pukaki, before a romantic 4 nights in Queenstown.

Read the full 7 Day New Zealand Elopement Itinerary details below.

7 Day New Zealand Elopement Itinerary

Day 1 Christchurch

Your exclusive New Zealand elopement experience begins in Christchurch, the perfect gateway to the South Island. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the city and sampling the exciting culinary scene. Romantic options are available to start your bespoke experience, from private helicopter flights with mountain landings including champagne and cheeseboard to dinner by Tram, a great way to discover the city in comfort as you make a toast to your romantic New Zealand elopement.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Accommodation: The George Hotel

The George Christchurch luxury hotel

Day 2 Lake Pukaki

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Pukaki – 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, a perfect location for your upcoming Elopement.

Stay 2 nights in Lake Pukaki.

Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge Lake Pukaki

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Day 3 Lake Pukaki Elopement

Enjoy the red carpet treatment today; with your celebration held at Lakestone Lodge.

Your Elopement Package at Lakestone Lodge includes:

  • A selection of outdoor and indoor locations for your ceremony
  • Wedding Celebrant
  • Three-course dinner both nights. Option for private dining on your wedding night.
  • Daily cooked and continental breakfast
  • A bottle of Central Otago bubbly for celebrating after the ceremony
  • Flowers in your room on arrival
  • Two witnesses

There is also the option to add on hair and make-up, flowers, helicopter transfers and a photographer for your special day.

New Zealand Elopement

Day 4 Queenstown

Driving time Lake Pukaki to Queenstown 211 km / 131 miles, 3 hours

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

Your accommodation in Queenstown is at Hulbert House, regarded as one of the most beautiful luxury boutique lodges that Queenstown has to offer, Hulbert House provides both luxury accommodation in Queenstown and a luxury experience suitable for all discerning travellers. Situated just a short walk from Queenstown’s vibrant centre, Hulbert House is imbued with a sense of serenity and historic elegance. Your accommodation includes breakfast, refreshments, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and personal concierge service.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Hulbert House

Hulbert House Queentown luxury accommodation

Day 5 Queenstown + Milford Sound Experience

A scenic flight connection to Milford Sound is the ultimate way to experience the drama and vastness of New Zealand’s dramatic alpine scenery. The aircraft are specifically designed for mountain flying and pilots are specially trained.

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. A delicious picnic lunch is also included in your tour.

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

Milford-Sound-Fiordland

Featured: Milford Sound

Day 6 Queenstown + Gourmet Wine Tour

An indulgent and varied full-day tour seeing local sights, enjoying fresh cuisine and tasting a selection of fine wines, cheeses and handcrafted chocolates. You will be greeted at your Queenstown accommodation by your own personal guide for an exclusive Gourmet Wine excursion. Venture into the heart of Central Otago and enjoy exclusive tastings at 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions including luxurious treatment at Cloudy Bay winery. Included is a tour of New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave, a splendid cheese and wine presentation, a divine wine barrel-cooked lunch matched with wines and a visit to historical Arrowtown with some take-home artisan chocolates.

Queenstown vineyard wine tastingFeatured: Gourmet Wine Tour

Day 7 Queenstown

Explore Queenstown today, with the option to take a day trip to Glenorchy. At the Head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is nestled between the Richardson (east) and Humboldt (west) Mountain Ranges and overlooked by the mighty snow-capped Mount Earnslaw in the north. From Glenorchy you can travel on to a number of fantastic valleys, including Rees Valley, Paradise Valley, Dart Valley, and Routeburn Valley. These valleys border both Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, and they are ringed by some of the most dramatic mountains in New Zealand.

The tiny Kinloch township lies further along the road; this is an excellent spot to enjoy a coffee while taking in the views over the stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu. The two main industries in Glenorchy are farming and tourism, which have enabled the town to thrive while still maintaining its unique qualities and southern kiwi culture. Home to approximately 200 people, Glenorchy is a welcoming and vibrant town offering a range of cafes, restaurants, bars, shopping, hiking, fishing, and much more. Glenorchy’s surrounding landscape has become a prime location for film scouts, and was chosen to depict many scenes in the award-winning Lord of the Rings movies. More recently, the area has featured in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, Hercules, and countless adverts.

Enjoy your final evening in paradise, and raise a glass to a perfect New Zealand elopement and honeymoon!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.

Plan your New Zealand elopement

New Zealand is one of the world’s top wedding destinations, so your luxury elopement experience is sure to be unforgettable.

Contact us today to begin planning your New Zealand elopement. All packages can be tailored to suit your preferences. Whether you want a Queenstown elopement or an intimate ceremony at Lakestone Lodge, we can make it happen.

Compare our other elopement and honeymoon packages

Hoping to spend more time in New Zealand for your elopement? Try our 10 Day NZ Elopement Honeymoon Itinerary.

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