13. Just as you would find when visiting a North American or European country, honeymooners to New Zealand can expect to find hotel chains big and small, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and individual vacation rentals from online services like AirBNB. Although we have a few special accommodation choices listed below, we’ll largely focus on what you can expect in several areas worth using as jumping off points.
14. Let’s start where most international flights arrive. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most populated city, and home to great restaurants and nightlife. It is a great base for exploring neighboring regions such as The Bay of Islands and Waiheke Island.
15. For convenience, we’d recommend staying in Auckland’s city center, around the harbor. You will find the most hotels in a range of budgets and the best transport links. If you prefer a more local feel, the neighborhoods of Ponsonby and Parnell are both great options. The former is considered edgy and cool, while the latter is upmarket and charming.
16. “Personally, I liked Auckland because it really reminded me of Seattle — the topography, the types of restaurants, the coffee, even the weather,” said Catie Johnson, who honeymooned in Auckland with her husband Daniel in 2011. “We went in August, which is winter there, so it rained nearly the whole time, which I did not like. But, it’s a very easy city to navigate if you’re OK with walking hills.”
17. If you like the good life, Waiheke Island is nicknamed “The Hamptons” of New Zealand. Located about 35 minutes on a ferry from Auckland, it is home to wineries, boutique hotels and plenty of art.
18. For the ultimate romantic view and one of the best infinity pools in the world, Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island, is a ferry ride away from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. Besides being a wonderful spot to enjoy your honeymoon, they also do weddings. That view would certainly make for one show-stopping ceremony!
19. Located south of Auckland, Hamilton is a small city, but one that offers a plethora of activities and is a good base for visiting Rotorua. Its distinctive black sand beaches and incredible nature are its main draws. The best accommodation offerings in this region are in boutique lodges and bed and breakfasts. Our favorite is Kamahi Cottage, a romantic farm lodge near the Waitomo Caves.
20. The capital city of Wellington, the most southerly point of the North Island, is the best place to base yourselves for exploring New Zealand’s wine regions. A foodie’s paradise, you will find dining options from street food markets to upmarket restaurants.
21. Wellington is the heart of New Zealand’s film industry (almost entirely thanks to “The Lord of the Rings” franchise), nicknamed “Welliwood.” There are plenty of accommodation options, from large hotel chains to small bed and breakfasts.
22. If you’re after quiet, privacy and the beach on your doorstep, Atahuri are four luxury B&B suites in the sand dunes on Peka Peka beach, one hour from Wellington. It’s a perfect honeymoon retreat.
23. Christchurch is the country’s second largest city, and is a primary gateway for excursions to Antarctica! Now, that would be a honeymoon to remember. The region is also home to Aoraki Mount Cook, the country’s highest peak and a popular ski destination. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 2011, and continues to rebuild – but the spirit of the city remains, and there is much to see and do, from shopping and dining, to outdoor activities in the surrounding Canterbury region.
24. Cosmopolitan Christchurch has plenty to offer in various accommodation styles – but excels with luxury eco-lodges such as Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses.
25. Queenstown is for the adrenaline junkies! The birthplace of bungee jumping is also a great base for other extreme pursuits such as canyoning, paragliding, sky diving, and ziplining.
26. Thanks to its fun-filled reputation and as a haven for thrill-seeking backpackers, budget accommodations are plentiful in Queenstown. If you want somewhere more luxurious to rest your head after a high-octane day, Blanket Bay is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and was the home away from home for many of the cast of “Lord Of The Rings” during filming. We hear Sir Ian McKellen was a fan.
27. Or try Kaimata Retreat, a boutique luxury lodge on the Otago Peninsula, 30 minutes from Dunedin, on the east coast.