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The Most Romantic Getaways In Auckland To Book In 2024

By Alice Rich

A bright room looks out onto an impossibly blue sea at Andersons Cove, one of the best romantic getaways from Auckland.

Does your romance feel a little less shiny than you’d like it to be? Maybe life’s so hectic right now that you’re missing out on those magical moments with your special someone. A romantic getaway in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland could be just what you need to reignite the flame and connect at a deeper level than ever before. And if you don’t have a partner? No need to miss out. Recharge with your bestie or sign up for a soulful, solo retreat. 

And because we know you’re really busy, we at Urban List have done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best romantic getaways and magical retreats within driving (or ferry) distance from Auckland, so you can get straight down to blissful relaxation. Enjoy.

Omana Luxury Villa

 379D Gordons Road, Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island, Auckland

The bathroom overlooking the water at Omaha Luxury Villa, one of the most romantic getaways in Auckland. Image credit: Omana Luxury Villa | Supplied

Pop across the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island for a luxurious romantic getaway like no other. At Omana Luxury Villa you’ll start each day with a tasty continental breakfast then explore all that Waiheke has to offer, or simply relax on the garden deck and enjoy the exquisite vistas of Rocky Bay before blissing out in their gorgeous bathtub overlooking the pristine water.

The choice Waiheke Island pitstop of celebs like Taika Waititi and Rita Ora and Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas, along with his athlete wife Tiffany Cromwell, no expense has been spared. Omana Luxury Villas has everything you need and more. Lush.

Magic Cottages At Takou River 

660 Takou Bay Road, Kerikeri 

A view of a gorgeous looking cottage with a bath with petals outside.Image credit: Takou River Cottages | Booking .com

Venture far far away out of Auckland and you'll find some magical cottages, Takou River Cottages to be exact. Choose your own cottage perched in native bush. The best bit? There's an outdoor bath for two. Take a glass of bubbles in with you and cheers to the beauty of nature—and your relationship.

With this many stars, you’ll forget about the city lights as you let the river noises, crickets and native birds lull you into a blissful night's sleep.

Andersons Cove

101 Bream Tail Road, Langs Beach 

An expansive deck at Andersons Cove is shown on a bright and sunny day in Langs Beach.Image credit: Andersons Cove | Booking .com

For a boujee escape in Whāngarei that’s brimming with romance, check out Andersons Cove. The Langs Beach Lodge is located 61km from Whāngarei airport and comes with all the trimmings—a big outdoor bathtub, beachfront views, an extra large double bed, a coffee machine, a sun terrace and free parking.

Breakfast is included, as is bed linen and towels, plus adventure lovers will dig how easy it is to get some epic hiking, fishing, snorkelling and canoeing in.

Homestead Cottage

Muriwai, Auckland

The interior of the Homestead cottage shows a lovely bedroom with oak beams.Image credit: Homestead Cottage | Airbnb 

This light-filled Homestead Cottage is a slice of paradise just 40 minutes from Auckland. Perfect for couples who love to be in nature together, the cliff-hugging walkways, 50km of sandy beach and wild West Coast ocean will satisfy even the most adventurous souls.

Be sure to make the most of the local cafes, too, and a stay at Muriwai would be incomplete without a visit to the iconic gannet colony. 

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Barrique Studio @ Barrelled Wines Raglan

Raglan, Waikato

Two people enjoy wine on a deck overlook an exquisite beach view at one of the most romantic getaways near Auckland. Image credit: Barrique Studio | Airbnb

Look no further if you’re into stunning seaside views and a peaceful vibe. Just 30 minutes from Raglan, this Barrique Studio in Ruapuke is perched on the edge of a vineyard. Spend your days surfing, hiking up Mt Karioi, marvelling at Bridal Veil Falls, or mountain biking along Whanganui Coastal Road then curl up together and watch the sunset.

The possie is fully equipped too, with all the kitchen essentials, a BBQ, a TV, self-check-in, a private entrance, and a ceiling fan for cooling off if things get…. spicy. 

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Rose Cottage 

Karaka, Auckland 

Rose Cottage in Karaka is an architecturally designed cottage offering a unique farm stay experience. This countryside, private and romantic retreat offers you a place to relax, recharge, rest and unwind while only being 44 kms from Auckland CBD.Image credit: Rose Cottage | Airbnb

For those after a city escape without actually leaving the city, Rose Cottage is a short 44km drive away. The private farm stay is perched in the middle of a vibrant garden and has a kitchenette, BBQ, two smart TVs, and a super king bed overlooking an orchard.

The highlight, however, has got to be the outdoor bath for two which we hear doubles as a perfect spot for star-gazing. Complimentary continental breakfast is supplied on your first morning with fresh homemade artisan bread, French press and freshly ground locally roasted coffee to help you and your boo start the day right. This is definitely one of the most romantic getaways in Auckland.

The Grove Farm Stay 

Thornton, Bay Of Plenty

A Mongolian yurt in Bay of Plenty is seen from inside with comfortable leather sofa and bed in the distance. One of the best romantic getaways in Auckland.Image credit: The Grove Farm Stay | Airbnb

Add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your romantic getaway by booking into a Mongolian yurt in Thornton (about 3 ½ hours drive from Tāmaki Makaurau). The Grove Farm Stay is fully insulated with an added heat pump/air conditioner for extra comfort.

Outside you’ll find a spa, pizza oven, gas BBQ and braiser. Sorted. To complete the boujee yurt fantasy, Sky TV, a record player and WiFi are available on request, plus you can choose to add a DIY hot breakfast package or a cheese, antipasto or celebration platter which comes with a bottle of red or white wine, craft beer or a bottle of Daniel LeBrun champagne. Damn.

Arohanui Cabins

Mangawhai, Northland 

Two cabin structures sit side-by-side against a cloudy sky. One cabin opens up to reveal an outdoor bathtub. Image credit: Arohanui Cabins | Airbnb

Known for its summery vibe Mangawhai is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, especially when you’re staying at this eco-conscious glamping site. Arohanui Cabins has everything we’ve come to expect in an escape—star-gazing, an open-air bathtub, a comfy bed, a pizza oven and a tiny kitchen with all the essentials.

To (further) sweeten the deal there are tree swings, campfires and a hammock. We love the gorgeous outdoor living spaces and the cosy interiors.


685 Karioitahi Rd, Waiuku, Auckland

Chairs overlooking a wonderful view at Castaways.Image credit: Castaways | Booking .com

Sitting pretty on clifftops overlooking Kariotahi Beach Castaways' location couldn’t be more romantic. Cast away your worries and watch the black sand melt into the ocean and the sky beyond from the comfort of your very own private studio.

There’s no better place to watch a brilliant sunset but if off-grid’s more your style opt for the Totara Tree Tent. Created by the same team that made Castaways, this wilder sister retreat is equipped with a fully-stocked fridge and everything you need to whip up a delicious, gourmet BBQ dinner.

The Glasshouse


The stunning Glasshouse bedroom is shown at dusk lit from inside, without doubt the pinnacle of romantic getaways in Auckland.Image credit: The Glasshouse | Supplied

The Glasshouse is dreamy opulence on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy champagne on arrival while you ponder what to indulge in first: will you live your mermaid fantasy in the saltwater reticulated rockpool, go for a cheeky dip in the private cove or spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock among ancient Pohutukawa trees?

If the decision proves too taxing you can opt for a cleanse instead and, with a touch of a button, enjoy million-dollar views of the ocean while you shower. Yaaaaaas. Without a doubt, this is one of the most romantic getaways within driving distance of Auckland. 

Te Awa Glamping

Taumarunui, Manawatu-Wanganui 

An a-frame tent is lit by fairy lights in the evening, and surrounded by a wooden deck. Image credit: Te Awa Glamping | Airbnb

Glamping is a classic romantic getaway and for good reason—there’s something magical about part-way between camping and luxury and we’re here for it. Pitched on the bank of the Whanganui River you’ll arrive at Te Awa Glamping by jet boat, canoe, air or road before kicking back around the fire pit or sinking onto the comfy bed.

For more active relaxation, you could stroll hand-in-hand along the edge of the river, or maybe even try your hand at fly fishing. Whatever you choose, end your day with a bubble bath on the deck. Luxe. 

Treehouse In The Woods

Raglan, Waikato 

A view over the sea from the stunning treehouse in the woods, one of the best romantic getaways from Auckland.Image credit: Treehouse In The Woods | Airbnb

If your love proves fairytales do come true then you might just like to book a picture book-worthy woodland treehouse for your next romantic getaway. Surrounded by ten acres of pine forest and ten acres of bush, complete with ocean views and free from WiFi, you’ll unwind, effortlessly.

Don’t let the cute exteriors fool you—this treehouse is fully equipped with everything you need, from a kitchen with a gas cooktop, a BBQ, a queen-sized futon bed and a gas heater, to a hot shower and flushing toilet. Don’t even get us started on the hot water bath on the deck. 

Private Bush Retreat

Matakana, Auckland

A large cedar hot tub sits on a deck under a giant Puriri tree at a romantic getaway in Matakana. Image credit: Private Bush Retreat | Airbnb

A secret bush retreat is just seven minutes from the heart of Matakana township yet feels like miles away. A forested path leads you to the modern hut equipped with a kitchen, indoor fireplace and cosy bedroom in an open-plan design. Relax under the indoor rainforest shower or spend a while soaking in an outdoor cedar tube in the shade of a giant puriri.

Gather around the outdoor fire in the cool of the evening, gaze out at the rolling hills and farmland or dance around to tunes on the record player before snuggling up to watch a movie on the super wide projection screen. WiFi-free, although accessible if desired, at this private bush retreat you can kick back and live the good life.

The Treehouse: Off-Grid Retreat

Korito, Taranaki

The bedroom at the wonderful Treehouse in Taranaki.Image credit: The Treehouse: Off-Grid Retreat | Airbnb

This next spot might be pushing the driving distance a bit being just shy of five hours away from Auckland but if you can muster the energy, it’ll be well worth it. Yes, there’s already a treehouse on this list but this one comes with a slide.

We’ll repeat that—a slide. Located at the base of Mt Taranaki National Park in the shade of macrocarpa trees this four-level, self-contained, off-grid treehouse is powered by renewable energy, built from recycled and repurposed materials, and even boasts an e-bike charging point. Spend all your time in awe that you’re in an epic treehouse or explore the surrounding area, kayaking, rowing on the lake, wandering the walkways, patting farm animals and spotting glow worms. 

Rainforest River Retreat

251 Old Coach Road, Kaimarama, Whitianga

A swish bathtub slowly fills with hot water; surrounding candles burn gently and we look out to a native bush. Two glasses of white wine sit nearby. Image credit: Rainforest River Retreat | Booking .com

Three words: romantic treetop bathhouse. Yes, the Rainforest River Retreat at Wairua Lodge certainly delivers, with all details taken care of. Choose from a mountain or garden view, bundle up in luxurious bathrobes and enjoy the absolutely beautiful communal cooking and dining areas.

You probably won’t want to leave but if you’re feeling adventurous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are just a half-hour drive away. 

The Syrah Shack

Okiato, Northland 

A cosy cabin next to a stunning view in Russell.Image credit: The Syrah Shack | Airbnb

Wine lovers will appreciate this off-grid luxury glamping among the Syrah vines. The Syrah Shack is an eco-retreat complete with a cute kitchen, hot shower, composting toilet and an outdoor bath for two. And it’s just one kilometre from a vineyard, cellar door and eatery. 

Kapia Lodge

Pouto, Northland 

A black cabin with someone perched in the hot tub out front overlooks the stunning water.Image credit: Kapia Lodge | Airbnb

Perched high up on the cliff tops overlooking Kaipara Harbour, is one of the most romantic getaways in Aotearoa. 

Kapia Lodge is serenity incarnate, with all the comforts your heart could desire—a hot tub, stunning harbour views, sand dunes to explore, a Nespresso machine… There’s even a high-tech telescope for reading each other’s stars. This gem is pet-friendly too, so your furry friends can get in on the pampering. 

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Main image credit: Andersons Cove | Booking .com

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