Here’s something to consider – New Zealand is an awfully long way away, so you may only go once in a lifetime. As a result, it makes sense to really make the most of it, and that means spending a proper amount of time there. With the journey alone taking 24 hours in both directions, we’re talking an ideal minimum of a fortnight there, if not more.

Still with us? Good. So when do we most often take a fortnight or more's holiday? That's right - on honeymoon. In short, a honeymoon in New Zealand is a brilliant option - there's wildlife, jaw-dropping scenery, sublime food and wines, activities aplenty and wonderful luxury accommodation.

The difficulty comes in choosing which of the plethora of places to visit and activities to enjoy. Given a decent amount of time, it's perfectly possibly to travel the length of the country, starting in Auckland and the beautiful Bay of Islands on North Island before heading south to the lovely wine regions of Hawke's Bay on the east coast, and the beautiful landscapes of Marlborough in the north of South Island. As you head further south you come to Queenstown, the so-called 'adventure capital of the world', where you can burn off the some of the calories from the gastronomic overdose you will almost certainly have enjoyed earlier.

Last but not least, there's a suitably original way to see New Zealand - by luxury camper van. Granted, it might not sound particularly glamorous (or romantic, for that matter), but you can camp overnight virtually anywhere in New Zealand so you have the freedom of the entire country to explore, and that really is romantic. We're not recommending you spend every night on four wheels, mind you, but the odd night spent surrounded by beautiful wilderness scenery interspersed with stays in supremely comfortable lodges makes for a perfect combination. It also makes particular sense for honeymooners on a tighter budget.

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Mount Cook, New Zealand
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With spectacular scenery, delicious food and plenty to do and see, New Zealand is an ideal honeymoon destination, and allows you to get as far away from your new in-laws as almost humanly possible…

Katie, Original Traveller

Where to go

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New Zealand

Comparable in size to the UK, but with a population of only four million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries.

Where to stay

Wharekauhau Lodge

Wharekauhau Lodge

Set in secluded beauty on the south east coast of New Zealand’s North Island (90 minutes by road from Wellington) Wharekauhau is a luxurious country retreat based on a 5,000 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay.

Bay of Many Coves

Bay of Many Coves

Accessible only by ferry, the Bay of Many Coves Resort is a true romantic hideaway. Spectacular views of the Queen Charlotte Sound are complimented by the surrounding bush in New Zealand’s sunniest region.

Grasmere Lodge

Grasmere Lodge

Grasmere Lodge has evolved from a traditional farm homestead built in 1858 to a sophisticated and tranquil retreat which offers adventures galore.

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers

Set high above Hawke’s Bay, Cape Kidnappers Lodge is surrounded by 6000 acres of lush green farmland and rolling hills. The Lodge has panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and a subtropical maritime climate.

 Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

Set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 75 acres of sub-tropical native bush and secluded beaches, Eagles Nest hotel is in a fantastic location.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

Treetops Lodge and Estate

In the heart of the Maori spiritual home of Rotorua, Treetops Lodge and Estate is a delightful haven of peace and relaxation. Surrounded by forest with valley and lake views, the Lodge is equally welcoming of honeymooning couples as of families.

Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs has an illustrious reputation for humble luxury; welcoming guests to a quaint and secluded corner of New Zealand’s North Island. For many it is, quite simply, the resort of choice for any kiwi getaway. Better still the property is located near Matauri Bay, on almost 6,000 acres of bushland, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge

Set on a private hillside above Lake Wakatipu, Azur is a private and tranquil lodge just five minutes drive from buzzing downtown Queenstown.

Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this alpine Lodge takes its name from the tradition of sheep shearing on the shores of the lake.

Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil location at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay wine country, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

Located on the banks of the Waikato River in 17 acres of parkland, Huka Lodge is the last word in luxury.

Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort

This hotel preserves its rich history and natural surroundings, whilst remaining one of the worlds leading five star golf and spa resorts.

Big thanks for your hard work and great choices - you hit the brief 100%

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Katie is our 'Honeymoon New Zealand' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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