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    Our Top 10 Exclusive Romantic Getaways in New Zealand

    Romantic getaways in New Zealand are the experience of a lifetime.

    With pristine wilderness, secluded beaches, relaxing spas, and world-class luxury retreats, New Zealand offers the perfect chance for couples to unwind and enjoy time together.

    The top 10 exclusive romantic getaways in New Zealand are:

    • Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses
    • Solitaire Lodge
    • Blanket Bay
    • Eagles Nest
    • The Sounds Retreat
    • Queenstown
    • Marlborough
    • Rotorua and the surrounds
    • The Mackenzie Basin
    • Abel Tasman

    Read on for information about each romantic getaway and tips for planning your New Zealand escape.


    New Zealand is also a great honeymoon destination. Indulge in once-in-a-lifetime adventures and pamper yourselves with an unforgettable luxury lodge stay to begin your life together in style.

    When planning your romantic getaway in New Zealand, read on to discover the most romantic luxury accommodation, top couples’ destinations, and best romance or honeymoon itineraries.

    The Best Romantic Luxury Accommodation in New Zealand

    When you stay at one of New Zealand’s premium luxury lodges, you will discover a world of comfort, indulgence, relaxation, and precious time with your loved one. At these exclusive properties, every detail is seen to, from exquisite cuisine to attentive service.

    Tucked in amongst pristine natural beauty, these luxury lodges are the perfect escape from a hectic life, offering privacy and magnificent views.

    While any stay at a luxury lodge in New Zealand will be the experience of a lifetime, these top 5 lodges are especially romantic choices. For example, you may choose these lodges to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary, stage an unforgettable proposal, or simply take the time to celebrate your love.

    1. Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

    Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses Kaikoura luxury lodge and romantic escape in New Zealand
    The romantic Hapuku Tree Houses near Kaikoura

    Live out your childhood fantasy at the deliciously romantic Hapuku Tree Houses.

    Overlooking the rugged beauty of the Kaikoura coast, each deluxe tree house is equipped with a deluxe spa bath and fireplace–the perfect destination for couples to unwind and share time together.

    2. Solitaire Lodge

    Solitaire Lodge Rotorua luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    Indulging in fine cuisine at Solitaire Lodge, near Rotorua

    Tucked away in lush native bush, opening out to spectacular views over Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge is both an idyllic romantic escape and an ideal base for exploring the best of the central North Island.

    During your stay, experience sublime comfort, sumptuous cuisine, and a tempting array of private activities perfect for couples. Soak in natural thermal springs nestled by the lakeshore, stroll verdant forest paths to reach Tarawera Falls, explore the volcanic wonderland of White Island by helicopter, or paddle the tranquil waters of Lake Tarawera.

    3. Blanket Bay Lodge

    Blanket Bay Glenorchy luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    A romantic luxury cottage at Blanket Bay Lodge

    Share spectacular wilderness scenery, quiet fireside moments, and the ultimate luxury with a stay at Blanket Bay Lodge.

    This exquisite retreat is ideally suited for romantic getaways, with a 5-night honeymoon special catering for newlyweds.

    After greeting you with champagne and fresh flowers, Blanket Bay will lavish honeymooning couples with 5-course dinners, including an exclusive private candlelit dinner in the Blanket Bay wine cave; daily breakfast; and pre-dinner cocktails.

    Blanket Bay is also the perfect base for enjoying the activities and scenery around Queenstown. Choose from private helicopter flights, exclusive wine tours, wilderness hikes, and any of the wide array of activities on offer in Queenstown.

    4. Eagles Nest

    Eagles Nest Bay of Islands luxury villas New Zealand
    Ocean views from the private balcony of a luxury villa at Eagles Nest

    If you seek a romantic oceanside getaway, look no further than Eagles Nest, spectacularly situated in the Bay of Islands. This exclusive retreat offers world-class luxury villas with heated infinity pools, expansive views, and a personal chef.

    Providing the perfect mix of indulgence and delicious solitude, Eagles Nest is a haven for couples who wish to escape and unwind in seaside luxury.

    5. The Sounds Retreat

    The Sounds Retreat Marlborough luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    Gazing over the Marlborough Sounds from The Sounds Retreat

    Escape to the pristine wilderness of the Marlborough Sounds at The Sounds Retreat, a romantic getaway both isolated and close to many highlights of the region.

    Soak in the magnificent seclusion from your private deck overlooking the Marlborough Sounds, or rejuvenate with a couple’s massage and a soak in your private spa pool.

    From romantic getaway packages that spoil guests with champagne and handmade chocolates to indulgent activities that include wine tours, private fishing charters, scenic hikes on the Queen Charlotte Track, and dolphin swimming cruises, The Sounds Retreat offers the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement for couples.

    The Best Destinations for Romantic Getaways in New Zealand

    1. Queenstown

    Matakauri Lodge Queenstown luxury lodge accommodation
    Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu seen from Matakauri Lodge

    With an abundance of breathtaking mountain scenery, many of New Zealand’s top luxury retreats, and every activity imaginable on offer, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most romantic destinations.

    Its popularity as a destination wedding venue attests to its worldwide fame as a romantic getaway.

    For an intimate, relaxing experience, book a visit to the Onsen Hot Pools, where private wood pools overlook the dramatic Shotover River. Evening visits include the soft, romantic light of lanterns beside your private pool, with the option to include wine and nibbles.

    If you wish to sample the highlights of Queenstown and the surrounds on a truly unforgettable excursion, indulge in a private helicopter tour including alpine landings and an intimate meal at Mt Nicholas High Country Station.

    Other activities on offer include wine tours, scenic flights and cruises in Fiordland National Park, skydiving, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, lake cruises, and much more.

    2. Marlborough

    romantic cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
    Cruising on Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds

    Marlborough is sure to delight. The region serves up a tantalizing array of wines, serene solitude along the lush, undulating shores of the Marlborough Sounds, and a dizzying selection of activities.

    As New Zealand’s largest and most internationally renowned wine region, Marlborough spoils visitors with romantic vineyard restaurants, gorgeous views of grapevines nestled below tussock-covered hills, and a premium selection of wines, most famously Sauvignon Blanc. The picturesque vineyard estates make the perfect setting for a romantic meal or an unforgettable proposal.

    In the nearby Marlborough Sounds, luxury retreats are nestled along stunning stretches of coastline, surrounded by lush native forest. Indulge in solitude, tranquility, and private boat excursions on the still blue waters of the sounds.

    Couples can also enjoy dolphin swimming tours, fishing excursions, and scenic hikes on the Queen Charlotte Track.

    3. Rotorua and the surrounds

    Rotorua couples retreat at Solitaire Lodge, New Zealand
    Enjoying the solitude at Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua

    Situated in the heart of the North Island, close to a fantastic range of activities, Rotorua is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Instead of staying downtown, choose from the secluded luxury lodges hidden away in pristine natural scenery.

    For a more relaxed stay, indulge in a rejuvenating soak in one of the natural sulphur springs, escape for a private sailing excursion on Lake Tarawera, or simply sample the array of activities on offer at the lodge.

    Active couples can enliven their romantic getaway with private helicopter tours over breathtaking volcanic scenery, caving excursions at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, an evening banquet dinner at the Hobbiton Movie Set, or an invigorating hike in the nearby wilderness.

    4. The Mackenzie Basin

    Hot tub at Mt Cook Alpine Retreat luxury lodge, New Zealand
    A private hot pool overlooking Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki in the Mackenzie Basin

    If your idea of a blissful romantic retreat in New Zealand conjures up visions of stargazing from a private hot pool while sipping the finest New Zealand vintages, or sharing a gourmet picnic with champagne on a dizzying ridgetop surrounded by towering mountains, while your helicopter waits nearby to whisk you over glaciers and turquoise lakes, the Mackenzie Basin is the destination for you.

    Solitude, breathtaking natural beauty, dazzling views of the night sky, and rejuvenating hot springs await visitors to the Mackenzie Basin. Rather than filling your day with activities, take the time to unwind, relish your time together, and marvel at the panoramic views.

    5. Abel Tasman

    A couple on the beach in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    Strolling along one of the golden-sand beaches in the Abel Tasman

    Picture relaxing on golden-sand beaches, strolling through verdant native forest, indulging in couples’ spa treatments, and cruising through tranquil bays. All of this and more are on offer in the Abel Tasman, an idyllic destination for a romantic beachside retreat.

    Surrounded by protected land, the Abel Tasman region rewards visitors with solitude, natural beauty, and indulgence. From glorious relaxation to active adventures, the Abel Tasman provides endless opportunities for couples to enjoy time together.

    Start planning your romantic getaway with these romance, honeymoon, and elopement itineraries

    Romantic getaways in New Zealand should be the perfect mix of relaxation and excitement, solitude and attentive service, sophisticated luxury and natural splendor.

    These itineraries are the ideal starting point as you plan your own romantic escape–whether to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary, surprise your beloved with an unforgettable proposal, host a destination wedding, or simply indulge in precious time together.

    1. Sample the most romantic destinations on the South Island

    Picnic at Brennan Vineyard in Queenstown, New Zealand
    A Central Otago wine tour is the perfect way to indulge on your romantic getaway

    Perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon, the 7 Day Romantic or Honeymoon Luxury Itinerary spoils couples with a week of indulgence, relaxation, sumptuous cuisine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

    If you wish to surprise your beloved with a proposal, what better occasion than the breathtaking Mt Cook helicopter tour followed by a romantic picnic in paradise?

    2. Combine a destination wedding in Queenstown with an unforgettable honeymoon

    Queenstown New Zealand Elopement Package
    Helicopter-accessed photography sessions are a highlight of a destination wedding in Queenstown

    If you dream of saying “I do” surrounded by mountain majesty, the 10 Day NZ Elopement Itinerary offers the perfect mix of private indulgence and time spent with family and friends during your wedding in Queenstown.

    Sample the most romantic destinations in New Zealand before and after your destination wedding as you create priceless memories together.

    3. Create the memories of a lifetime on a 2-week romantic escape to New Zealand

    Solitaire Lodge Rotorua luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    Enjoy blissful solitude at Solitaire Lodge on a 2-week romantic getaway

    For a truly special romantic escape, the 14 Day NZ Honeymoon or Romance Itinerary will eclipse all other romantic getaways in New Zealand.

    Visit the most romantic destinations and sample the luxury of New Zealand’s best romantic retreats as you tour both islands.

    This indulgent experience is perfect for a spectacular honeymoon or for celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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