October 2015: Romantic getaways to New Zealand

Whether your clients are a couple looking for a place to get married, honeymoon or just escape for some alone time – with its pristine and uncrowded landscapes, exceptional food and wine, and boutique accommodation, New Zealand can offer them a unique and intimate experience.

Queenstown Trail, Queenstown
Seclusion or excitement, relaxation or adventure – you can tailor the perfect package for your clients looking for a romantic escape to New Zealand.  
 
Learn more about wedding and honeymoon travel in New Zealand here and read on for a sample of products that will be sure to seduce your clients. 

Escape to nature 

If your clients want to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature, there is no better place than New Zealand. 
 

Ride along a white sand beach on North Auckland's coastline

Pakiri Beach Horse Rides offers your clients horse trekking in a beautiful country setting with farmland, native rainforest and white sand surf beaches. Horses are suited for first time novices to experienced riders, with friendly guides trained to help your clients have a safe and fun ride. Overnight and multi-day treks are offered. All rides can be tailored to suit your clients’ needs. 
 
Pakiri Beach Horse Rides is 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland city, less than two hours from Auckland International Airport and just minutes from Matakana Coast Wine Country.
 

Hike the Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough

For an intimate experience, your clients can walk the track alone, whilst having their gear transported by boat between overnight stops. There’s a variety of secluded accommodation along the track, in between the native bush, peaceful inlets and skyline ridges. Alongside their guided walks, Wilderness Guides and Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co offer independent walking packages so your clients can enjoy alone time with the convenience of luggage transfers, packed lunches and support. 
 

Stargaze on an overnight cruise in Fiordland

The spectacular geography and wildlife of Fiordland’s Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are best experienced up close on a boat cruise. Your clients can enjoy the beautiful night skies of Fiordland on an overnight cruise and wake up to the sight of cascading waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and imposing mountain peaks. Several operators offer overnight cruises, click here to find out more.  
 

Relax und unwind 


New Zealand has a variety of modern thermal pool complexes where a soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool goes hand-in-hand with an indulgent spa treatment.

 

Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa is an internationally acclaimed thermal spa located on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua. Your clients can enjoy romantic private pools and the lake spa retreat offers relaxing spa therapy and hydro spa therapy packages.
 

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

This impressive complex, set in a beautiful alpine environment, offers a range of naturally heated outdoor thermal pools at a range of temperatures. Visitors can bathe in the relaxing rock pools, unwind in the sulphur pools or enjoy a massage from the water jets and bubbles. There is an onsite spa offering a variety of beauty and massage treatments, including couples’ treatments. 
 
Hanmer Springs is 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch.
 

 

Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown

Your clients can enjoy a romantic soak in a private cedar-lined bathing room with spectacular mountain views.  Each bathing room has retractable picture windows, meaning that at the push of a button guests can convert their pool room from indoors to outdoors – simply stunning at night under the stars. 
 
Onsen Hot Pools are ten minutes’ drive from Queenstown.
 

Wining and dining

New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise – here are some ideas for romantic gastronomic experiences for your clients. 
 

Cycle the vineyards, Hawke’s Bay 

As part of the Hawke’s Bay Trails, the Wineries Ride meanders through beautiful countryside and offers several opportunities for romantic lunches and winetasting at one of the several wineries en route. Self-guided tours from half-day to multi-day, inclusive of bike hire, shuttles and accommodation, are offered by Takaro Trails.
 

Savour Bluff Oysters on Stewart Island

In combination with the untouched wilderness of Stewart Island, this New Zealand delicacy is sure to invigorate the senses. With its network of stunning bays, inlets, golden sand beaches and densely forested hills, Stewart Island combines a spectacular mix of breathtaking landscapes. Real Journeys offer packages including ferry transfers, accommodation and island tours, or your clients can take a short flight to the island with Stewart Island Flights
 

Enjoy a mountain-top BBQ in the Nelson mountains

Foodie couples will love Reid Helicopter’s tour, which takes guests for a breathtaking scenic helicopter ride to an alpine location in the Nelson mountains. Upon landing, a personal chef will prepare fresh local produce and create a gourmet three-course lunch.