In general, weddings are the bomb diggity (we even found the best wedding venues in New Zealand). You get to lock in forever with your loved one, eat all the food, drink all the wine and dance the night away with an assortment of your favourite people. Honeymoons, however, are the icing on the cake and New Zealand just so happens to be one of the best honeymoon-ing spots in the world.
There’s a New Zealand honeymoon destination for every couple. Whether you’re looking to hide away in a snug yet sophisticated cabin, kick start married life with a shot of adrenaline or get a true taste of what Aotearoa has to offer, we’ve found eight of the best honeymoon spots in New Zealand. Let the long lasting love begin!
This wine-makin’ region at the tip of the South Island is all sorts of stunning. In fact, Marlborough produces a whopping 75% of New Zealand’s vino (yes way, rosé) and is home to some of the best vineyards in the country. If you’re a self-proclaimed wine-o then this if the honeymoon for you.
Settle into the luxury Marlborough Lodge and prepare yourself for a sun-soaked, wine-fuelled honeymoon. Cycle your way through the Marlborough Wine Trail, cruising around cellar doors, restaurants, arty places and scenic spots along the way or, take the less physical route with a gourmet wine and food tour. Better yet, take things to the sea with Seafood Odyssea Cruises and experience the best of the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Don’t leave without checking out Auntsfield Estate, Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery dating back to 1873. You and your wine-loving boo will be in paradise.
Ah, Waiheke, you’re perfect for every occasion. From weddings to honeymoons and even weekend getaways, Waiheke is one heck of an island. For honeymooners, The Boatshed is a particularly gorgeous pozzy. With classic meets luxe bach vibes, private decks and open fires, it’s an ideal place to set up camp and explore the island.
Waiheke itself is a slice of New Zealand magic. We’re talking wine (obvs), beaut beaches, epic restaurants, zip lining, history, art...and that’s just the start of it. If you’re in the market for stunning food and even better views, you’re quite literally spoilt for choice. Cable Bay, Mudbrick, Casita Miro, The Oyster Inn (you can stay there, too!) and Poderi Crisci are all excellent options. Yep, it really is one of the best honeymoon spots in New Zealand.
Yet another top-notch wine region is the Hawke’s Bay. Even if you’re not into vino, this part of New Zealand is incredible for honeymoons. Escape to the remote luxury haven of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and get ready for your jaw to drop. This boutique hotel sits atop 6,000 acres of farmland and offers uninterrupted views of the mighty ocean below. The suites belong on a Pinterest board (there’s even a heated infinity pool) and the food made from locally sourced ingredients is sublime. The best bit? They’ve got a package for newlyweds! Pro tip: visit Elephant Hill winery—it’s one of the best in the region.
This relaxed surfy town is just under two hours drive from Auckland (which you should totally check out on your honeymoon, BTW) and is THE honeymoon spot for laidback couples looking to take it easy and be one with Mother Nature. Stay at Solscape in an ‘Earth Dome’ with a dreamy skylight or in their magical ‘Tipi Forest’. The tipis are beautiful but basic so if you’re looking for luxury glam, we suggest you hit up one of our other suggestions. Not into swanky accom? These tipis are for you. There’s a pizza oven so you can feast under the stars and plenty of surf breaks, cafes and some of the best coffee in New Zealand. Not all newlyweds want to drop thousands on their honeymoon and with glamping at Solcape in Raglan, you don’t have to!
Consider yourself city peeps at heart? To Wellington you go! Our capital city is a complete hub of cool with epic eateries, hip bars, coffee, craft beer, sights, art...no joke, it really is a gem. Base yourself at the quirky QT Museum Wellington (even Scar Jo stayed there when she was filming a movie) and explore all that the city has to offer. Walk up Mount Victoria, hit up a rooftop bar, visit breweries and coffee roasteries, wine and dine, take in the buzzing atmosphere of Cuba Street, pop into Te Papa New Zealand’s national museum, eat amazing peanut butter. Uh huh, Wellington is one of the best places to honeymoon in New Zealand. Want to add a bit of nature into the mix? When we say nature, we mean wine. Visit Martinborough for cycling amongst the vines or to the Wairarapa for a lookout to Castlepoint lighthouse.
Bay of Islands
First things first, the Bay of Islands is beautiful. The lovely town of Russell combines everything we adore about New Zealand—food, views, beaches, history and great people, but if you’re wanting a luxury sanctuary, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs will do the trick. Situated in Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs is basically meant for honeymooners. Their honeymoon package includes a bottle of New Zealand bubbly, an upgrade to the best available suite, private dining, spa treatments and a romantic turndown (reow). If that wasn’t enough, there’s tennis courts, three private swimming beaches and unrivalled views of the Pacific Ocean. Don’t think, just book it—it’s one of the best honeymoon lodges in New Zealand.
Start your marriage with a bang in New Zealand’s capital of adrenaline and adventure. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like booking your new hubby or wife in for a bungy jump off a bridge into a river. Luckily, Queenstown is the kinda place you can go from jet boating in the morning to swanky feasts at lunchtime and scenic hot tubs by sundown. For the best hotel in Queenstown, look no further than The Spire, a five-star luxury boutique hotel tucked down a quiet lane. Of course, if the budget allows it, it would be rude not to stay at it’s sister hotel Eichardt’s where you will be treated like royalty. In terms of food, do not (we repeat: do not) leave without a visit to Fergburger. They’re called the best burgers in the world for a reason.
Thinking about Queenstown for your honeymoon. Check out our ultimate travel guide here.
A honeymoon with beachy vibes? Coromandel Peninsula won’t let you down. With a wealth of pristine beaches, gorgeous accom and a whole lot of tranquility, it’s the best place to hire a car and explore. The 970 Lonely Bay Lodge is just 200-metres from Cooks Beach an oozes luxury. There’s a library with a fireplace, native bush and ocean views, and everything you need for one of the best honeymoon’s in New Zealand. Be sure to check out Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach where you can D.Y.O (dig your own) natural hot pool in the sand.
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