Best Places for an Adventurous Honeymoon in New Zealand
Honeymoon is the first adventure after the marriage for most couples. Spending your honeymoon in New Zealand can be your first exciting adventure together. New Zealand is well-known for its breathtaking natural scenery added remarkable wildlife. Consisted of 16 regions, this country has diverse honeymoon destinations spread all over the regions. Here is the compact summary of top places in the land of Kiwi for your awesome honeymoon.
Before going straight to the points, it is essential to know that the country is split up into two big islands with thousands of small scattered islands around. The big twos are mostly referred to as the South and North Island. Generally, North Island is occupied by more than half of the New Zealand population making the island rich in cuisine and cultural destination. Besides, the famous North natural landscapes are geothermal like geysers and volcanoes. Meanwhile, the South Island has a larger area with a smaller population. Therefore, there are a lot more majestic landscapes including glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, fjords, and mountains which some of them are hidden in the south island.
Going to the most south of New Zealand, Stewart Island gets you two closer to nature. The island mostly covers national parks inhabited by many endangered bird species like Kiwi, yellow-eyed penguins, and more. There are several available hiking tracks over a granite mountain also. Lodges with green surroundings will give
peaceful vibes for your honeymoon.
Moving to the big island, another place that you need to visit in southland is Milford Sound. Fill your honeymoon with a boat cruise to explore Mitre Peak, Stirling, and Bowen fall. You can also canoe with your loved one around some lodges. In the Kepler Track, you can hike together while admiring the pristine and hilly scenery.
This region has the most romantic destination of honeymoon in New Zealand that Tekapo Lake. At the end of the year, the enchanting Lupin flowers decorate the lake with their eye-catching colors. Posting photographs of your loved ones in the middle of blooming flowers will add an aesthetic sense to your Instagram. When the night comes, both of you will be amazed by hundreds of tingling stars in the night sky. If you want to upgrade the night view, you can go the observatory on the top of Mount John nearby. For the next morning, relax by enjoying the spring hot pool and alpine scenery.
Going to the coastline, Kaikoura in Canterbury region is the home for sperm whale and other aquatic wildlife. It is easy and fascinating to have a whale watch and dolphins encounter, and if you are lucky you can rub a dolphin. When the sunset, both of you could walk along the beach and stroll on the peninsula walkway while seals and albatross are flying across the sea. After that, have a delightful dinner at the local restaurants from the fresh catch as your meal. Otherwise, you can fish together and cook your catch together.
Tasman region comprises widely national park which some of them are Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, and Nelson Lakes National Park. There are many amazing tracks for hiking and amazing spots for camping in those parks. Especially for Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park which lay on the seashore, craggy granite cliffs are ready to amaze you during the coast track.
After exploring Abel Tasman National Park, there is one hidden paradise that you must not miss. Yup, it is Golden Bay. The only way to reach it is only by driving over Takaka Hill the marble mountain. The bay has a complete natural package including Farewell Spit (vast sandpits), Waikoropupu spring, Ngarua, and Rawhiti Cave, Wainni fall, Labyrinth rocks, and Wharariki beach. There are also artsy stalls ran by local artisans. Many of them are Maori people who have lived along the bay for thousands of years.
Bay of Plenty
Now is the time for the big north island. Bay of Plenty region covers stunning shorelines on the edge and volcanic zone in the middle. Rotorua is famous for the geothermal park in the region. There are natural hot spring and mud pools to calm down your muscles. Another unique attraction is the Hangi or traditional cooking method using natural hot spring. There is also a whitewater Kaituna river which you can raft and explore together in this region. Or you can learn Maori culture about sailing.
Waikato region includes several districts and Hamilton city. The popular district is Matamata because you can visit the Hobbiton, the home of ‘Hobit’. For scenic landscapes, Mount Ruapehu stands out in this region. The mighty Ruapehu is an active volcano yet covered with snow on the part of the slope. You should not worry because the mounting activity is always monitored. Therefore, enjoy your ski and gondola ride! For the adventure-seeker couples, you literally need to visit Lake Taupo to play the watersports or the heart-pounding bungee jumping.
After exploring natural destinations, you might miss the vibrant city. Auckland is one of the big cities in New Zealand. For adrenaline junkie couples, the city has a Sky Tower which you can try skywalk and sky jump. Atop the tower, there is an observation deck to view the panorama of Auckland. Another place to jump in Auckland is in the Harbor Bridge, thrill-seeker couple could jump off the bridge then swing over some boats below. To soothe the pounding heart, there are several calming gardens and parks in this city. They are Albert Park, Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens.
New Zealand is the rightest place to have an awesome honeymoon. There are many activities and places for those who crave thrill and adventure. Who knows through this journey you can reveal the other side of you and your partner? Also, who knows maybe through this adventurous honeymoon in New Zealand both of you could be a better and stronger couple? So, mark the date, book the tickets, and prepare your things. New Zealand is waiting for you.