Romantic Getaway: New Zealand

You don’t have to wait until February to feel the romance because whenever you are in New Zealand, romance is never far away.

Think about New Zealand as the perfect destination to sweep your lover off his or her feet with a romantic getaway far away from home. The romance whispers across a deserted beach, into a private pool in Glacier Hot Pools, underneath clear star-filled skies, and sets the scene to launch you headlong into shared adventures. For starry-eyed romantics, you will find a heavenly array of places to go and things to do for intimate and memorable escapes in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s compact size allows lovebirds to experience diverse and dramatic alpine landscapes, pristine beaches, serene lakes, splendid vineyards and more in a romantic way. They can opt for peaceful solitude or excitement, relaxation or adventure – New Zealand allows you to tailor a memorable honeymoon holiday that is 100% unique to you.

Romance also provides a good excuse to enjoy some special treats, and New Zealand’s culinary options and restaurants will exceed your expectations. Start planning your romantic holiday in New Zealand, make sure you have included some Kiwi inspired romantic holiday or honeymoon in your itinerary below.

New Zealand for nature lovers (Eastland – Gisborne)
Nothing is more romantic than riding off into the sunset on a horse along a deserted beach. Eastland’s primary hub and one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Gisborne is surrounded by ocean and beautiful white-sand beaches. From adrenaline-pumping adventure such as surfing the incredible surf breaks to a relaxing day out – including horse trekking and wine tasting – there is never a dull moment in Gisborne. Located just about 130km north of Gisborne, you can find the tallest non-volcanic mountain on New Zealand’s North Island (over 6,000 feet), Mount Hikurangi. The mountain offers overnight shelter for hikers seeking to wake up in time to watch the sunrise from the summit. Imagine greeting the new day dawn with your lover on top of a mountain, overlooking the mountains of Whanokao, Aorangi, Taitai, Wharekia and Otapu – It would surely make a memory of a lifetime.

New Zealand for adventurous romance (Pudding Hill – Methven)
Leap into the unknown from heart-stopping heights as you take a romantic tandem sky dive – ‘falling in love’ together in the skies over New Zealand. Nothing can prepare you for the total sense of freedom as you free fall at speeds of up to 200kph – you could almost forget that you’re securely harnessed to a qualified jumpmaster! As the parachute is deployed, the views are sensational; your jumpmaster takes control as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the South Island. Only one hour along the scenic drive from Christchurch International Airport, skydivingnz.com has a Drop Zone at Pudding Hill – not far from Mt Hutt ski field and just 10 minutes’ from the Methven town centre.

New Zealand for Tranquil Hearts – Franz Josef
For the couple that want to get away on their getaway, they can treat themselves to a private pool in the Glacier Hot pools near Franz Josef – where you will find yourself surrounded by native rainforest while soaking in steaming glacial waters and letting go of all worldly worries. The private pools have their own changing facilities with towels provided. The fresh glacier water have been gifted their names by the local Maori tribe; Te Wai Whakahaumanu – The Reviving Waters, Te Wai Whakawai – The Easing Waters, and Te Wai Taurima – The Tending Waters. After a relaxing time, do not forget to rejuvenate your body through relaxation and deep tissue massage by the well-trained professional to revive your tinana (body), hinengaro (mind), and wairua (spirit).

New Zealand for Culture Cravers – Rotorua
Take a romantic cruise to Mokoia Island on Lake Rotorua – you’ll get an authentic insight into Maori culture as you hear the moving love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai and follow in their footsteps. The tour takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and from Rotorua Lakefront youwill step in comfort on luxury yacht and experience a guided tour while learn the flora and fauna of New Zealand’s, the home to the Kiwi, Saddleback and Weka. Get ready to be amazed by the Maori knowledge about their environment before soak and soothe your feet in Hinemoa’s hot pool while hearing New Zealand’s version of Romeo & Juliet, the Forbidden Love Story.

Finish off the day with a special meal at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar at Skyline Rotorua. You will need to hail down a gondola to transport you up to the restaurant. From the tidal mussel tank, ensuring the freshest mussels you can find, to the flame rotisserie, Art of the Grill chef station, seasonal salads and delicate cooked-to-order crepes, this restaurant is a unique and decadent Rotorua dining experience with a view will be one that you will never forget.

To start planning your romantic visit to New Zealand please visit www.newzealand.com/id

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