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Celebrate your honeymoon in style with the unforgettable 14 Day South Island Honeymoon Package. Combining romantic experiences with sightseeing, this honeymoon package offers a fantastic New Zealand escape.
With awe-inspiring scenery and countless romantic retreats, New Zealand is the perfect honeymoon destination. Highlights of this South Island honeymoon package include a Queenstown gourmet wine tour, a helicopter flight over Tasman Glacier with a snow landing, and a Doubtful Sound overnight cruise.
Read on for the full details of the 14 Day South Island Honeymoon Package.
Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.
Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity, and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.
In the late afternoon, relax as you enjoy a punt ride down the Avon River. Glide past trailing willows, woodlands, the leafy banks of the Botanic Gardens and historic buildings along the river.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Driving time Christchurch to Mount Cook Village 332 km / 206 miles, 4.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren Mackenzie Country to reach the glacial lakes as you journey towards Mount Cook.
Mount Cook Village is nestled at the base of the Southern Alps, with stunning views of Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains. At 3,724 metres, New Zealand’s highest mountain (Aoraki / Mount Cook) is dazzling, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3,050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that, all making up the famous Southern Alps.
Enjoy a magnificent Tasman Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier and views Mount Cook.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Driving time Mount Cook Village to Queenstown 264 km / 164 miles, 3.5 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki, a picturesque turquoise glacial lake. Next, travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic resort town.
Enjoy a romantic evening cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. Cruise on the historic steamship across to Walter Peak Station for a Gourmet BBQ Dinner and followed by a farm tour. Cruise back to Queenstown as the sun sets over the mountains and lake.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Relax and explore Queenstown, with the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin; or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.
You may also like to make a trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, and not one from an international chain.
Today, enjoy a Gourmet Wine Tour. This tour takes you through the stunning scenery of the Wakatipu Basin, Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn. Taste wines from 5 boutique wineries in the area. Tour New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. Enjoy a sampling of local cheeses at one of the wineries. Complimented by a delightful platter lunch at a Bannockburn or Cromwell vineyard. Visit Old Cromwell Town, Kawarau Gorge and the historic Kawarua Bridge and bungy. Before returning to Queenstown.
In the evening, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the many prestigious restaurants that Queenstown has to offer.
Driving time Queenstown to Manapouri 172 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
Located deep in the heart of a World Heritage Area, Doubtful Sound is an overwhelming place. Start your fantastic overnight cruise with a boat ride across Lake Manapouri to the West Arm. From here, journey by vehicle over the mighty Wilmot Pass before arriving at Deep Cove. Board the ‘Seafinn’ and relax as your skipper and crew provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Wind your way around Doubtful Sound on your way out into the open Tasman Sea while you sightsee, relax or fish. Catch you evening meal form the sea and try filleting it too! During your cruise there is also the opportunity to kayak. In the evening enjoy a hearty meal with fellow guest before sitting back and enjoying the spectacular southern sunset that Doubtful Sound is renowned for.
Stay 1 night aboard the Seafinn.
The following morning, enjoy a cooked breakfast before cruising the fiord and returning to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Arrive back in Manapouri around midday.
Driving time Manapouri to Wanaka 277 km / 172 miles, 3.5 hours
Make your way back toward Queenstown, where you will then continue over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
In the afternoon, you may want to visit Rippon Winery, Wanaka’s local boutique winery overlooking the lake with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You may also want to take a look around Wanaka’s shops, stroll around the lake’s edge, or indulge in one of the many activities on offer such as Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Relax and explore Wanaka today. Wanaka has a reputation for great food and wine, with a wide variety of lakefront bars, cafés and restaurants serving exceptional local cuisine, plus a wealth of artisans producing award-winning wine, beer, spirits, bread, and ice cream. Be sure to visit the local farmers market to try some of the region’s best produce.
The crystal-clear water of the lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking, fishing, lake cruises, and jet-boating, or to get an aerial perspective of the region, take a scenic flight.
In the evening you might like to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.
Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours
Carry on up the West Coast to reach Franz Josef Glacier – there are many short walks and viewing points to take in along the Haast Pass Highway, which will help break up the journey—a scenic walk to the Blue Pools is highly recommended. Other points of interest along the way are Ship Cove and Bruce Bay. Continuing along the West Coast, you may like to visit to Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier, where you can take a 20-minute walk (one-way) to the jetty, to admire the reflected views of the Southern Alps on the surface of the lake.
Today discover Franz Josef Glacier from the air with a scenic helicopter flight that sweeps above the Westland National Park before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the Southern Alps.
In the evening visit the Glacier Hot Pools for a rejuvenating soak under the stars in your own private pool.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Driving time Franz Josef to Hokitika 138 km / 86 miles, 2 hours
Enjoy your journey along the West Coast to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, molten glass, paua or bone, or carve your own creation from wood or jade “pounamu.” Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach or one of the many walking and mountain bike tracks.
While in Hokitika, you may wish to make the scenic drive to Hokitika Gorge, where an impressive turquoise river flows through a narrow canyon, or Lake Kaniere, a beautiful lake nestled beneath the mountains.
You could also visit the National Kiwi Centre, where you will be able to see a rare kiwi; view New Zealand’s living dinosaur, the Tuatara; and participate in feeding the giant eels. Or make a drive north to Shantytown, where you can explore the heritage village, ride the steam train, try your hand at panning for gold, and take old-time styled photos.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Driving time Hokitika to Abel Tasman 359 km / 223 miles, 4.5 hours
Enjoy the drive to the Abel Tasman today. On your way, you have the option to take the scenic route via Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks. These curious limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide in a westerly sea. They
Continue your journe towards the Abel Tasman, an area renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. In the afternoon relax on one of the many golden beaches.
Stay 2 nights in Abel Tasman.
Enjoy a boat cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park where you can relax on the hot golden sand, enjoy a day walk or simply enjoy a return boat cruise without having to leave the boat. There are various options as to where you may want to get off in the National Park. You may wish to get off at one point and do a walk within the park to another point on the track where the boat will pick you up. Or you may just want to pack a picnic lunch, beach towels and laze on the beach for the day.
Driving time Abel Tasman to Nelson 65 km / 40 miles, 1 hour
Journey to Nelson, which enjoys New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours and discover the creative paradise that is Nelson, with artists, galleries, local markets and gourmet cafés.
Explore Nelson today. You can walk the sun-drenched sands or take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins bobbing in the water. Taste your way around the region by bicycle on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail or get your daily dose of adrenaline with a visit to one of the region’s world-class mountain bike parks.
Stay 1 night in Nelson.
Driving time Nelson to Hanmer Springs 300 km / 186 miles, 4 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities, great cafés and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. As a natural spa destination, visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating hot mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal public and private pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Enjoy your last evening in Hanmer Springs and raise a glass to a fantastic South Island honeymoon!
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 134 km / 83 miles, 2 hours
Travel to Christchurch at your leisure, drop off your rental car at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.
As you celebrate the start of a wonderful life together, we endeavour to create memories lasting a lifetime. Our New Zealand honeymoon packages include extra touches designed to make your visit even more special. For instance, these may include room upgrades where available or a bottle of wine welcoming you upon arrival.
If you would prefer a more exclusive experience, our New Zealand Luxury Escapes brand offers a range of premium honeymoon packages. Stay at luxury lodges and 5-star hotels and enjoy private, bespoke experiences.
You may also wish to read our Complete New Zealand Honeymoon Planning Guide for further inspiration.
Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your South Island honeymoon.