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Celebrate the start of married life in style with the 21 Day New Zealand Honeymoon Package. Offering romance, excitement, and incredible scenery, this New Zealand honeymoon package includes the best of both islands.
Highlights of this New Zealand honeymoon package include an Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise, a whale watching scenic flight, and a Milford Sound overnight cruise.
Read on for more information on the 21 Day New Zealand Honeymoon Package.
Arrive in Auckland. The “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.
Auckland is a shopaholic’s paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open-air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafés and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
Start your honeymoon off by enjoying a romantic and unique dining experience aboard a yacht on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. Sit back and relax as you cruise as the sun sets, enjoying a sumptuous three course dinner by one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 191 km / 118 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay, an attractive township with a deep-water harbour. Now a vibrant coastal town, Whitianga is evolving into a delightful place to visit. Whitianga has an excellent selection of restaurants and cafés, and the thriving retail community provides an interesting collection of outlets.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique boat cruise today. Depart from the Whitianga Wharf to explore the breathtaking volcanic coastline, including the famous Cathedral Cove. See the stunning Champagne Bay, plus a range of blow holes and sea caves, including Orua’s Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in New Zealand! See what lies above and below the surface in the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and be amazed by all the marine life to be seen. You can choose your own level of fun. Either sit back and enjoy the amazing marine life through the glass boat, or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish. All equipment supplied and no experience necessary. Blue penguins are a common sight year-round.
In the afternoon, you may wish to visit Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pool, or relax in naturally heated mineral waters at The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa in Whitianga. Surrounded by tropical plants and soothing waterfalls, the thermal waters flow from a spring deep within the earth’s surface. For a real treat, indulge in a pampering session at the on-site day spa.
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3.5 hours
Journey south and enjoy the diverse scenery before arriving in Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
You have the option to visit the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees, or explore the Government Gardens and Museum, located on the waterfront of Lake Rotorua.
In the evening enjoy a stunning dinner overlooking Rotorua at the top of the Gondola at the Stratosfare Restaurant. Featuring a beautiful array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked to order dishes highlighting local sourced seafood, meat and produce.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Enjoy the ultimate relaxation with Hells Gate Geothermal Private Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa. This private mud bath and sulphur spa allows you to relax together in privacy, a great way to rejuvenate and pamper yourselves part way through your New Zealand honeymoon.
Relax and explore Rotorua in the afternoon, with the option to take a trip to one of the surrounding towns. One destination you may want to visit is Hamurana—this small township with 900 dwellings is located 15 kms (20 mins drive) northeast of Rotorua, and is renowned for the stunning Hamurana Springs. A stream-side walk runs through a redwood grove with beautiful views of the crystal-clear water that runs into Lake Rotorua.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 82 km / 51 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty providing attractions such as the Huka Falls and bungy jumping. The Huka Falls is New Zealand’s most visited attraction, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second. Keeping with the water theme, Taupo is a great lake for trout fishing, boat cruises, water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.
Enjoy a Peek at the Lake Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight with highlights including flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 371 km / 230 miles, 5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping to live theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Wellington’s top attractions include Te Papa, Weta Workshop, Wellington Cable Car, Mt Victoria Lookout and Wellington Zoo.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Relax and enjoy Wellington City for the day. You may like to visit Zealandia, located a 10- minute drive from downtown Wellington. Hidden in a suburban valley, this project aims to return a 225-hectare section of bush to its pre-human state. Take a walk and hear the songs of the flourishing native bird population.
This afternoon you may like to try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington’s waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.
You also have the option to add a Lord of the Rings Tour.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 102 km / 63 miles, 3.5 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2.5 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s East Coast to Kaikoura. As an important fishing port, Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers. Local specialties include blue cod, paua (abalone) and of course crayfish (lobster).
In the afternoon experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 182 km / 113 miles, 2.5 hours
Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City awaits you. Discover the vibrant and picturesque garden city, renowned for its natural beauty, lively entertainment scene, and strong cultural heritage. With its stunning botanical gardens and tree-lined avenues, Christchurch is both a sophisticated city and beautiful place to relax.
Your options include visiting the Canterbury Museum where you can find rare Maori artefacts; the stories behind them will fascinate you. The museum has a frequent range of special exhibitions, a café and a gift shop for you to browse. Other recommended activities include the Christchurch Gondola, Tramway, Punting on the Avon River and the Botanical Gardens Tour.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Driving time Christchurch to Akaroa 81 km / 50 miles, 1.5 hours
Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of the Banks Peninsula, an area noted for its beauty and unique wildlife and defined by rolling volcanic peaks which give way to sandy beaches and two magnificent harbours. Explore the village, with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, restaurants, cafés, cheese factory, museum and a nationally significant mosaic sculpture garden.
Stay 2 nights in Akaroa.
Relax or take part in the many activities on offer today, including Pohatu Penguins Nature and Sea Kayak Tours – Pohatu is home to the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. You may also like to take a harbour cruise to view dolphins, penguins and fur seals.
In the evening you may like to visit one of the local restaurants with their focus on French cuisine and head along to Barrys Bay Cheese, where they’ve persevered with original methods for over a century.
Driving time Akaroa to Mount Cook Village 386 km / 240 miles, 5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren MacKenzie Country to Mount Cook Village.
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.
This afternoon you have the option to visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, located at The Hermitage Hotel. A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary—humanitarian, ambassador, and one of the world’s greatest explorers—the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people, and its place in the universe.
You also have the option to add on a Scenic Helicopter Flight with snow landing.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Driving time Mount Cook Village to Wanaka 206 km / 128 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Wanaka awaits you boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and a myriad of walking tracks.
Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.
You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Driving time Wanaka to Milford Sound 343 km / 213 miles, 5.5 hours
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Continue on as you relax and take in the views of heartland New Zealand while you travel to Te Anau where you will be staying the evening.
Continue on the Milford Highway regarded as one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand. Descend down into Milford Sound ready to board your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. This cruise is the ultimate way to experience Milford Sound. Start by cruising the full length of the Sound before anchoring in a sheltered cove. Relax on the deck, swim or explore by kayak. Enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon, before retiring to your private cabin.
Stay 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner.
Driving time Milford Sound to Te Anau 118 km / 73 miles, 2.5 hours
Make you way back to Te Anau this morning.
While you relax in Te Anau, you may wish to visit Fiordland Cinema and watch Ata Whenua – Shadowland, which was filmed by helicopters flying over the remote reaches of Fiordland National Park. You could also visit the Department of Conservation visitor centre for displays on the natural wonders of the region. Take a stroll along the lakefront to the Wildlife Park, where you can view endangered native birds, or visit the nearby Lake Manapouri for even more impressive views.
In the afternoon cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore the Underground network of Glowworm Caves. Be guided through the twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.
Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Dunedin 290 km / 181 miles, 3.5 hours
Journey toward the East Coast today, making your way to Dunedin, one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula.
Explore Dunedin this afternoon and visit attractions of interest such as the Olveston Historic Home or the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. You may also like to go for a browse around the shops, stop for a coffee or a nice lunch in one of the prestigious cafés and restaurants Dunedin has to offer.
Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.
Today, venture to Larnach Castle which is situated on the spectacular Otago Peninsula. This castle was built by William Larnach in 1871 offering scandalous and tragic stories, incredible tower views and a exquisite Victorian interiors complete this magical castle.
The gardens at Larnach Castle have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. This garden makes up 7 acres of the grounds and with that in mind is well worth exploring! Enjoy the sheer beauty that has been put into this magical venue!
In the afternoon, you have the option to discover the Otago Peninsula on a wildlife cruise, to see the world’s only mainland nesting place of the Northern Royal Albatross. Along the way, you will get the chance to see fur seals, up to 20 species of rare ocean birds, and—if you’re lucky—penguins and dolphins. Or you can view the local penguin colony up close on an Argo tour
Driving time Dunedin to Queenstown 285 km / 173 miles, 3.5 hours
Drive through historic Central Otago, farm land, orchards and vineyards to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world. Get settled into your Queenstown accommodation and then explore downtown Queenstown.
You have the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin. At the top, you have the option to take a thrilling ride on the Skyline Luge. The purpose-built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked. Once is never enough.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
You also have the option 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.
Explore Queenstown today, with the option to take a day trip to Glenorchy. At the Head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is nestled between the Richardson (east) and Humboldt (west) Mountain Ranges and overlooked by the mighty snow-capped Mount Earnslaw in the north. From Glenorchy you can travel on to a number of fantastic valleys, including Rees Valley, Paradise Valley, Dart Valley, and Routeburn Valley. These valleys border both Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, and they are ringed by some of the most dramatic mountains in New Zealand.
Make the most of your last night in Queenstown with an enjoyable cruise on Lake Wakatipu to reach Walter Peak High Country Station for stunning evening dinner. Make a toast to a fantastic New Zealand honeymoon as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
Our New Zealand honeymoon packages are fully customisable. We recommend using this itinerary as a starting point as you begin planning your romantic escape.
Depending on your preferences, we will work with you to tailor your New Zealand honeymoon package. Themed honeymoons are a popular option–choose from adventure honeymoons, Lord of the Rings honeymoons, and exclusive luxury honeymoons.
Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your unforgettable New Zealand honeymoon.