Proposing to your loved one is so much more than just popping the question. Careful and strategic planning goes into this and everything needs to feel right for that perfect moment. Yes, the ring is important but so is the location. Luckily, New Zealanders have some of the best and most romantic locations in the entire world to make this moment one to remember for a lifetime.
Every couple is different and they look for different things when it comes to choosing a place to propose. Therefore, we’ve created a mixed list of locations that can hopefully please a wide range of lovers.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best places to propose in New Zealand.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Not your usual place to get down on one knee, this is for those couples who think normalcy isn’t their style. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves will make the experience so much more special as they replicate a starlit sky and create a vibe of mystical romance. Enjoy a boat ride along the calm waters and propose to your SO under a milky way of little glow worms and they’ll feel like they’re glowing up themselves.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This one is for all the fitspo couples out there who find an excuse to turn anything into a sporting activity. Take one of the best one-day hikes New Zealand has to offer and get down on one knee at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. All the flying endorphins from the exercise will ensure your partner says yes. This crossing can almost be somewhat metaphorical to your proposal too—the trek is challenging, you’ll face all kinds of weather and climates but you’ll always walk out of it together.
Engagement means rings so why not take them to the set of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings? Embrace your inner quirks and cuteness and take your partner to little old Hobbiton to ask them to marry you. Hobbiton is not only enjoyed by die-hard fans of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings because the mythical environment makes it a place for everyone to love. Although it can be a bit crowded as it is a tourist destination, you can always take your SO to the side to drop the question. But hey, if you’re someone who likes a crowd, this is the place for you.
You can never go wrong with a proposal on the beach and fortunately, New Zealand has beaches that offer scenery that are some of the best in the world. Cathedral Cove is a place of tranquillity and the view itself will take your breath away. During sunset hours it captures the last few moments of golden sunlight which is accompanied by a calm, clear, blue sea and lush greenery.
The Blue Spring in Putaruru
A heavenly stroll along crystal clear waters is one way to explain this pure New Zealand gem. The Blue Spring in Putaruru is so peaceful that it will calm those nerves before asking the question. The noises of your natural surroundings add to the element of serenity and also makes The Blue Spring in Putaruru a place that has been recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful places in the entire world.
Te Mata Peak
A lot of the time, when you’re wanting a view, you have to pay the price of making the effort and doing a little thing called going for a walk. But let’s be real, not all of us want to risk smelling like B.O in such an important moment. Luckily, you can drive to the top of Te Mata Peak in Hawkes Bay so you can stay fresh for your proposal. Different to the other views of crystal clear waters and lush greenery, Te Mata Peak offers a view of the countryside of New Zealand while and the 360-degree view makes you feel like you’re on top of the world.
Forget Paris. Queenstown is the city of love (well, in our humble opinion). Surrounded by breath-taking scenery, there are countless places to pop the question. Helicopter to a secluded mountain, enjoy a candlelit hot tub or add a rush of adrenaline with a skydive or bungy proposal. For a classic dinner proposal, Queenstown has no shortage of oh-so-romantic dining opinions including The Grille by Eichardt’s, Amisfield Winery & Bistro and The Bunker.
If you want a little bit more natural light to accompany your proposal to see their priceless facial expression of pure shock, take your special love somewhere with a view. The swing bridge at Hokitika Gorge offers stunning views, high above the emerald-coloured water which will sparkle up and add more thrill to the nerve-racking question. The walk to this spot is relatively easy so you won’t be sweating up a storm in front of your beloved SO.
When we think of weddings, we think of flowers, flowers and more flowers. Take your partner to Lake Tekapo to give them a sneak peek of what’s to come. This location is not just any old lake with a pretty garden—it’s an absolute wonderland of pastel beauty with an air of pure romance. The flowers that come above waist-length make you feel like you are in a movie set and is the ideal location to ask your partner to be forever yours.
Book a cruise around Milford Sound and enjoy the scenic views around this beauty of a landmark. This place is perfect if you’re wanting to be accompanied during the proposal by not only people to take some photographic evidence of the magical moment but also nature. From sky-high cliffs to cascading waterfalls, Milford Sound exudes a mystical element that no other place can achieve. Thus making it one of the best places to propose in New Zealand.
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