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The top 11 romantic locations in Aotearoa New Zealand

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New Zealand

You are embarking on a 14 DAY ROMANTIC TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND. Find out more about where to go to find the best places to build holiday memories. Honeymoon or friendship NZ is unforgettable.

  1. Great Barrier Island

Gaze at the stars together – Great Barrier Island, an original island escape.

Aotea Great Barrier Island is home to GLENFERN SANCTUARY & ACCOMMODATION.

Glenfern Sanctuary is an 83 hectare Regional Park and the gateway to the predator fenced 240 hectare Kotuku Peninsula on the north-west coastline of Aotea Great Barrier Island. The Glenfern Sanctuary Trust with Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea nga mana whenua o Aotea Trust are committed to the principles of kaitiakitanga; guardianship and protection of our endangered flora and fauna and their habitats. The guardians cherish the mauri (life-force) across all of the taonga and mahi.

… read more about sustainable slow lane tourism in the Hauraki Gulf Wildlife, conservation, responsible holidays in Auckland, Hauraki Gulf – Best Bits.

Great Barrier Island, New Zealand - Whangapoua Estuary, Haratoanga Coastal Walkway, Auckland, New Zealand
Great Barrier Island, New Zealand - Whangapoua Estuary
Chris Booth Sculpture, Rotoroa Island, New Zealand
Chris Booth Sculpture, Rotoroa Island
  1. Rotoroa Island

Have your cake and eat it with a city / nature Auckland escape from urban cafes to quiet islands where native birds roam. Hop on a short ferry ride and immerse yourselves in a New Zealand natural environment where nature is in charge. Rotoroa Island, a treasure in the Hauraki Gulf is a short ferry ride away from New Zealand’s largest city.

  1. Rotorua redwood

Sunset does come any better than twinkling lights festooned through a Rotorua redwood tree canopy walk.

Sometimes the clique is justified. It is magic with the sheer towering beauty of majestic Redwoods, lanterns lighting the way and an elevated boardwalk all wrapped around a Rotorua experience for everyone. Couples, solos or families will fall in love with Rotorua.

The Rotorua redwood trees in New Zealand
The Rotorua redwood trees
Dusk at Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Dusk at Lake Taupo
  1. Taupo

Taupo, the beauty of a blue lake, the mountains and polish of a well known visitor destination with myriad adventures from bungy jumping to a leisurely day fishing on a lake stretching to infinity.

Cruise Lake Taupo fishing or explore the bays and discover Maori rock art. Walk along the lake and snack in well known eateries.

  1. Christchurch, Punting on a river

Spend time in Christchurch punting with a guide garbed in Edwardian splendour.

Unforgettable. A must-do experience for couples, solo travellers, anyone who relishes slow lane travel. Punting on a river is the epitome of leisurely journeys.

Beautiful color of Autumn at Avon River in Christchurch New Zealand
Autumn at Avon River in Christchurch
Christchurch vintage tram, Canterbury, New Zealand
Christchurch vintage tram,
  1. Christchurch city vintage tram

Explore Christchurch city on a vintage tram with numerous stops for shopping or eating in an art deco street.

Slow lane travel on a vintage tram trundling through the heart of Christchurch with over twenty diverse stops for hop on and hop off experiences. Coffee break in a pastel hued Art Deco street or an impromptu deli stop by the riverside people watching.

  1. Wanaka

Find a wine trail with the option of cycling through the Wanaka district and #thatwanakatree.

Unmissable photo opportunities, selfie heaven with plenty of locations, check out our Wanaka #thatwanakatree and 11 selfie locations – Best Bits.

Wanaka selfie location #thatwanakatree, summer lake level is low, South Island, New Zealand
Wanaka selfie location #thatwanakatree
  1. Southern Alps

Feel the therapeutic power of a spa located in the soaring Southern Alps (Hanmer).

Short on time yet would love to indulge in the sensory joy of a therapeutic spa then check out In a day Hanmer Springs and plan your Christchurch trip accordingly.


Remember to snap a picture of the two of you with the snowy peaks with the slightly steaming water for a memory moment.

  1. Otago Peninsula

Relish stunning sunsets on the Otago Peninsula and wonder about the life of a Northern Albatross, soaring high above the ocean for years at a time.

Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula is chock full of things to do for couples from Lan Castle with its afternoon tea and luxury accommodation to sunsets and ocean birds.

Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
Otago Peninsula
  1. Helicopter ride

Splurge on a helicopter ride capturing the beauty of the South Island. Observe braided rivers, farmland and snow clad mountain ranges framed by #thatwanakatree and the deep blue water of Lake Wanaka.


Check out Wanaka travel guide, attractions, things to do and places to visit for the best time to visit and tips for getting around Wanaka.

  1. Crown Range Highway

What a bit of challenge in the romance stakes then a short road trip Crown Range Highway Queenstown, Arrowtown to Wanaka – Best Bits is the way to go.

Consider an extended stay in the historic Cardrona Hotel. Enjoy the exhilaration as you drive hairpin bends slowing down to 15 km with sweeping views of valleys and the road snaking below. At the very least lunch at the Cardrona Hotel, winter or summer it’s the perfect place for a romantic selfie.

Crown Range highway selfie location, Cardrona historic hotel vintage vehicle, South Island, New Zealand
Crown Range highway selfie location, Cardrona historic hotel vintage vehicle

Finish the journey in Queenstown or Arrowtown and plan to stay awhile in New Zealand. You will be captivated by downunder, in the Pacific Ocean.


If you are travelling on a tight budget check out Romance on a budget and get started your lifetime memories.



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