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    Top 5 New Zealand Honeymoon Destinations

    New Zealand is the ideal honeymoon destination, with indulgent luxury retreats, fantastic scenery, and a wide array of activities to start married life off on a high note. A New Zealand honeymoon is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.

    These are our top 5 recommended New Zealand honeymoon destinations:

    • Queenstown: Adventure Capital of New Zealand
    • Marlborough Sounds: Undisturbed Paradise
    • Rotorua & Taupo: Thermal Hot Springs
    • Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo: Amazing Scenery
    • Abel Tasman: Beautiful, Secluded Beaches

    Read on for the top 5 New Zealand honeymoon destinations as well as tips for planning your New Zealand honeymoon.

    The 5 Best New Zealand Honeymoon Destinations

    Matakauri luxury lodge Queenstown
    Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown is a highlight of luxury travel New Zealand

    1. Queenstown

    Queenstown is the ideal destination if your vision of a perfect honeymoon includes breathtaking mountain views, a vibrant town, winery visits, truly exquisite luxury accommodation, and an adventure activity or two.

    Both sophisticated and rugged, Queenstown has it all. With an impressive roster of luxury accommodation that includes several of New Zealand’s top hotels and lodges, Queenstown is perfect for indulgence, excitement, romance, and escape.

    Queenstown is also a top destination for ski honeymoons. Three ski fields lie within easy reach of the town center, so it’s easy to plan a luxury NZ ski trip using Queenstown as your base.

    A winery in Marlborough, one of the top honeymoon destinations in New Zealand
    A Marlborough winery

    2. Marlborough

    If your idea of newly wedded bliss includes wineries and wilderness retreats, secluded coastlines and swimming with dolphins, Marlborough is the honeymoon destination for you.

    Choose from luxury hotels in the heart of the Marlborough wine region or all-inclusive wilderness retreats dotted along the stunning coastline of the Marlborough Sounds.

    Solitaire Lodge Rotorua luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    A romantic breakfast at Solitaire Lodge Rotorua

    3. Rotorua and Taupo

    The heart of the North Island makes a perfect base for a honeymoon that includes soaking in secluded geothermal springs, strolling through lush forests, and sailing across sparkling lakes.

    Nearby attractions include the Hobbiton Movie Set, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Tongariro National Park, and countless geothermal reserves.

    This region also boasts a range of world-famous luxury lodges nestled in idyllic forest settings.

    Hot tub at Mt Cook Alpine Retreat luxury lodge, New Zealand
    Mt Cook Alpine Retreat

    4. Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo

    The Mackenzie Basin is the perfect honeymoon retreat if you wish to spend quiet time together surrounded by magnificent wilderness scenery. The turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the snowcapped peaks of New Zealand’s highest mountains are the perfect backdrop for romance.

    Imagine stargazing from a private hot pool, a glass of wine in hand, or opening a bottle of champagne atop a towering mountain ridge on a helicopter picnic in paradise. This is the place for grand romantic gestures and unforgettable experiences.

    romantic getaway Abel Tasman National Park honeymoon

    5. The Abel Tasman Region

    If idyllic beaches are your definition of paradise, the Abel Tasman region will delight with its long stretches of secluded coastline. Golden-sand beaches, exquisite luxury lodges, and indulgent spa retreats are on offer at this top honeymoon destination.

    Planning a New Zealand Honeymoon

    Helicopter Queenstown New Zealand honeymoon destinations
    Helicopter-accessed accommodation on New Zealand luxury vacations

    The cost of a honeymoon in New Zealand

    The cost of a honeymoon in New Zealand depends on many factors, and we are happy to design your New Zealand honeymoon itinerary around what you wish to spend.

    Excellent 5-star hotels can still add luxury to less expensive honeymoons. Meanwhile, couples seeking a truly sublime experience should not miss a stay at a world-renowned luxury lodge.

    You can pick and choose as well. For instance, you could splurge for a luxury lodge in one key destination while staying at 5-star hotels elsewhere.

    Is New Zealand expensive?

    New Zealand is a relatively expensive country to travel to. However, the New Zealand Dollar is not worth as much as other leading currencies. Therefore, many international visitors will find New Zealand relatively affordable.

    The Sounds Retreat Marlborough luxury lodge and romantic retreat New Zealand
    The Sounds Retreat Marlborough

    Honeymoon resorts in New Zealand

    New Zealand offers a range of fantastic accommodation for celebrating your honeymoon in style.

    Luxury lodges are the most exclusive honeymoon getaways, with multi-course meals and wine pairings included in the stay, along with a range of offerings from couples’ massages to helicopter tours.

    5-star hotels are also perfect for your honeymoon–upgrade to a luxury suite or penthouse to create the perfect experience.

    Is New Zealand a good honeymoon destination?

    New Zealand is a fantastic honeymoon destination. With unforgettable scenery, superb accommodation, and exciting activities on offer, New Zealand is the ideal place to celebrate your newly wedded life.

    Queenstown New Zealand Elopement Package - New Zealand honeymoon destinations
    Queenstown New Zealand Elopement Package

    New Zealand honeymoon packages

    We offer several fully customizable New Zealand honeymoon packages. These are designed to serve as inspiration for planning your perfect honeymoon. Every couple is different, so we will work with you to ensure your romantic getaway surpasses your every dream of indulgence and luxury.

    Our 14 Day Honeymoon Itinerary takes in the top sights of New Zealand. In addition, this package samples many of the country’s most romantic, exclusive luxury lodges.

    If you dream of a destination wedding, combine saying your vows with an unforgettable honeymoon on the 10 Day New Zealand Honeymoon Elopement Itinerary.

    And if you have just one week to create the memories of a lifetime on your New Zealand honeymoon, choose the 7 Day Luxury Honeymoon Itinerary.

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