Romantic Adventures: North Island, NZ

The ever-changing landscape of New Zealand's North Island sets the scene for unique romantic adventures - with culture, luxury and fabulous accommodation choices to enrich the experience.

Lush landscapes, star-filled skies and the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most untouched natural wonders and pristine beaches makes New Zealand the perfect place to fall in love.

The opportunity to experience an intimate mountaintop picnic, hear tales of enduring love on an ancient island, soak tired limbs in a warm natural spring or be enchanted by the luxury of one of New Zealand’s premier lodges is just what dreams are made of.

New Zealand gives couples the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the world and embrace the beauty of this unique country - and each other.

Northland - Tane as your witness

What to do: Allow the ancient and wise Tane Mahuta - Lord of the Forest - to be your witness as you profess your love while immersing yourself in a magical cultural experience in New Zealand's Northland.

Let Footprints Waipoua take you on a mystical journey through towering native kauri trees to visit the mighty Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest), the graceful Four Sisters and Tane Mahuta - the largest kauri tree in New Zealand - and lord of them all. Knowledgeable guides bring the forest to life, intertwining tales of the stately trees, the role they play in the lives of local Maori and the eco-system of the ethereal and unforgettable Waipoua Forest.

Where to stay: Take a break from it all at Kokohuia Lodge - one of New Zealand’s most romantic eco luxury destinations. Perched high above the magnificent seascape of the Hokianga Harbour in the sub-tropical Northland region - Kokohuia is as exclusive as it gets, providing a secluded retreat for just one couple at a time.

Auckland - Flight of fancy

What to do: Leave the City of Sails behind as you take flight high into the sky and above the volcanic crater of Rangitoto and the beautiful marine playground of the Hauraki Gulf with Auckland Seaplanes.

The De Havilland Beaver Floatplane can fly you to your destination of choice around the Gulf and beyond. Enjoy a romantic picnic on a secluded beach, an afternoon of feast and fancy at Waiheke’s delectable Oyster Inn or watch the clear blue waters lap the white sandy shores with an overnight stay on rugged and unspoilt Great Barrier Island.

Where to stay: Just a short drive from the bustling Auckland city centre brings you to Mollies Luxury Boutique Hotel. Victorian grace mixed with bold contemporary décor makes this five-star beauty the perfect place to enjoy a flawless romantic retreat.

Guests at Mollies can relax in the day spa, share a drink in the cocktail bar, enjoy dinner on their private balcony, grab a breath of fresh air in the lush leafy green gardens or take a stroll to Ponsonby, one of Auckland's hippest suburbs filled with boutique shops and a variety of dining experiences.

Tongariro - Awe-inspiring adventure

What to Do: There is nothing quite like sharing an adventure with the one you love and the world renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the perfect place to do just that.

Hailed as one of the best one-day hikes in the world, the diverse encounters experienced along the Tongariro Crossing take you on a journey of epic proportions, through lunar-like volcanic landscapes, past deep blue and green lakes, and rugged slopes filled with wild alpine flora and fauna. For extra romance, Adrift NZ Outdoor Adventures has sunrise and sunset guided tours.

Where to stay: Experience style and comfort on Mother Nature’s doorstep at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Couples can while the night away in an executive Spa Suite, indulge at the Ruapehu Room Restaurant, take a dip in the heated plunge pool, watch a movie at the onsite cinema or play a 9-hole round of golf on the highest course in New Zealand.

Waikato - Wedding fit for a hobbit

What to do: Visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set in the idyllic countryside of Matamata is a dream come true for many visitors and hobbit fans alike.

Loved-up couples ready to take their relationship to the next level can enjoy a wedding to remember amongst the blooms, birds and hobbit holes at the movie set - made famous in the Sir Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

Where to stay: Step out of Hobbiton and into a fairy-tale at the mesmerising Underhill Valley glamping site. Situated on a working Waikato farm, this secluded spot offers couples the chance to escape from reality.

Built into a hillside and situated on a picturesque pond, Underhill Valley allows you to shake off the shackles of modern day life and enjoy being together undisturbed by anything - except maybe the dawn chorus native birds.

Rotorua - True love never fades

What to do: Prepare to feel a frisson or two as you visit the setting of one of New Zealand’s most enduring love stories. Lake Rotorua’s Mokoia Island was the place where love blossomed between two young people from rival tribes - the young Maori warrior, Tutanekai, and Hinemoa - daughter of the chief of another tribe.

The island is now a sanctuary teeming with native birds, plants and wildlife. Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences run daily trips to the island where their knowledgeable guides offer insights into one of the most romantic and mysterious areas of a region steeped in cultural history.

Where to stay: Laze about in the lap of luxury at Black Swan Hotel - a sophisticated boutique lodge-style accommodation situated on the shores of the stunning Lake Rotorua.

Black Swan expertly combines classic elegance with stylish contemporary design, creating a unique accommodation setting complete with a personalised service catering to your every need. Stop to smell the roses as you walk through the manicured gardens, steal a kiss in the secret grotto before enjoying some of the finest Pacific inspired fusion food, overlooking the calming waters of Lake Rotorua or in your own private dining setting.

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