This trip was designed for a couple that included a very special proposal. This New Zealand honeymoon package (or pre-honeymoon package) was a special self drive journey that we designed so that they could enjoy the scenic beauty of New Zealand and visit some specific wineries. With an assortment of romantic lodges and boutique hotels and a picture-perfect backdrop of mountain and coastal scenery, this trip provided a great feel for the outdoors and many off the beaten path experiences. They went kayaking to a hidden cove in the Coromandel Peninsula, enjoyed a private Polynesia spa session in Rotorua, and sipped wine in the Marlborough region. And the proposal went off without a hitch, which was a helicopter ride to mountain top with amazing views and a private picnic. And no worries, if the proposal didn’t go as planned, he knew we had him covered. Suggested Length: 15 Days
Arrive today in the “City of Sails” Auckland. Auckland often takes a backseat to the natural wonders at its doorstep, but it is cosmopolitan and picturesque city with many opportunities to explore museums, nightlife, and native bush island destinations. Your hotel is right in the city center, within minutes of all the major sites. Relax and shake off the jet lag.
4.5 star hotel in Auckland
Today you will pick up your rental car and drive to the Coromandel Peninsula. This off-the-beaten-path land is filled with green hills and beautiful bays. Head to our favorite hidden beach for a swim and a picnic or join the tourists at Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot tub in the sand.
4-star hotel in the Coromandel Peninsula
Day 3 (B)
One of the most picturesque spots on the Coromandel is Cathedral Cove, a hidden beach surrounded by carved out sandstone rock formations. It is only reached by foot or by boat. Join in your kayak tour and make your way along the magnificent volcanic coastline to Cathedral Cove. Visit islands and blowholes and discover the underwater world of the marine reserve as you stop for a snorkel.
4-star hotel in the Coromandel Peninsula
Day 4 (B)
Today you will drive to Rotorua. Home of the best geothermal sites and the most accessible Maori cultural experiences, its many rewards are worth the visit. Your hotel room has lovely views of Lake Rotorua, created by a volcanic explosion long ago (or created by the tears of a scorned lover, according to Maori legend).
After you get settled into your B&B, visit the world-renowned Polynesian Spa. Relax in your private Deluxe Spa Pool as you enjoy the soothing alkaline minerals in the water and the beautiful views of Lake Rotorua.
Day 5 (B)
Embark on a full-day eco thermal tour of Rotorua. Learn about vulcanology, NZ’s flora and fauna, and Maori history. As you venture through the natural geothermal parks, you will see volcanoes, geysers, mud pools, and hot springs. Then you will have the chance to explore the Buried Village, the site of a former Maori village destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
Day 6 (B)
Today you will fly down to the South Island and arrive in Blenheim in the heart of Marlborough wine country, the largest producer of white wines in the country and the home to award-winning Sauvignon Blancs, amongst others.
Day 7 (B,L)
Experience the icons of Marlborough today as you tour through the famous Marlborough wine region and the majestic Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a range of wine tastings along with gourmet treats before heading to the small town of Havelock, known as the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World. Hop on a cruise through the stunning Marlborough Sounds where you will visit a Greenshell Mussel farm and get to taste a local delicacy, freshly steamed mussels matched perfectly with a complimentary glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Day 8 (B)
Today drive to the quaint seaside town of Picton, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Hop a water taxi to your oasis for the next 3 nights, the Bay of Many Coves. This luxury accommodation offers unrivaled tranquility in a pristine natural setting. A perfect spot for romance in the beautiful surroundings.
Bay of Many Coves
The days are at your leisure to explore this adventurer’s paradise at your own pace away from the crowds. Swim with dolphins, hike the Queen Charlotte Track, sail on the sounds, or check out the glow worm caves. Or relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort…get a massage or enjoy the breath-taking views from our private deck. You can also take a seaplane to a private beach with your picnic and feel like you are the only people in the world.
Take the water taxi back to Picton and transfer to the Blenheim airport. From there you will fly to Queenstown. A delight for scenery lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, Queenstown is the outdoor adventure capital of the country, if not the world. There are an endless supply of activities to fully experience the stunning natural landscape and to get your adrenaline flowing. The feeling is that of a small frontier town, with stunning mountains surrounding it and placid Lake Wakatipu alongside.
Day 12 (L)
Today is once-in-a-lifetime experience. Helicopter to a secluded and remote area and enjoy your private “picnic on a peak” a leisurely champagne luncheon with amazing views of the The Remarkables mountain range. You and your partner can revel in the stunning scenery before calling on the helicopter to return you to civilization. Don’t’ forget your camera…no one at home will believe this one.
Day 13 (L)
Today is a special day as you venture to one of the most remote and scenic locations in New Zealand, the Fiordlands. Travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri and then board a catamaran to explore the waterways of on of the most serene and isolated fiords, Doubtful Sound. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin.
This morning is yours to enjoy at our leisure. Participate in one of Queenstown’s famed adrenaline activities: bungy jumping, jet boating, sky diving, luging, sledgin, rafting. Or spend time walking around the bustling town center. This afternoon, you are in for a treat as you make your way to Millbrook Resort and Spa for a 3 hour couple’s spa package. You and partner can indulge in the pampering and let the experiences of the trip settle in. Spend your last evening at one of Queenstown’s finest restaurants where you can toast to a fantastic vacation.
Today you will fly back to Auckland and head back home.