New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure

This New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure includes bungee jumping, jet boating, river surfing, a heli hike, horseback riding, and sea kayaking. Drive from one adventure to the next through gorgeous New Zealand scenery.

From $1,799
per person
10 days
Airfare additional cost
Based on
2 travelers

This New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure was planned for a couple from Dallas who were very adventurous and wanted to have an adrenaline-pumping honeymoon vacation.

They began their New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. They stayed in a first class hotel in Queenstown with a gorgeous view of Lake Wakatipu and the encircling Southern Alps. They enjoyed plenty of thrilling adventures in Queenstown: bungee jumping on the Kawarau Bridge (the place where bungee originated), jet boating, and surfing on the Kawarau River.

Next on their New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure, they drove their rental car through the most scenic part of New Zealand’s alpine scenery, driving over the Haast Pass the rugged West Coast and the glacier region. They stayed in the small, rugged town of Fox Glacier. Here, they took a helicopter up to the glacier and enjoyed a day of hiking on the icy blue terrain. After their adventure, they relaxed in the natural hot pools found in the nearby rainforest.

Continuing their adventure, they drove up the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, past windswept beaches, stark sea cliffs dropping into the roaring ocean, and hazy fog hanging over the alps. After an overnight near the famous Pancake Rocks, they continued through the Buller River Gorge and past Abel Tasman National Park to Pohara Beach, an amazingly large, shallow beach with sand that seems to stretch for miles.

Then, they drove to the last stop on their New Zealand Honeymoon Adventure, the charming town of Nelson. They took a thrilling horse ride on Wharariki Beach. The next day, they went sea kayaking with playful fur seals in Abel Tasman National Park. They celebrated the end of their honeymoon adventure with a delicious gourmet dinner at the lodge, then the next morning, they completed their journey and headed to the airport.

Day 1
Welcome to Queenstown! Pick up your rental car at the airport and head into the city. A delight for scenery lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, Queenstown is the outdoor adventure capital of New Zealand, if not the world. There is an endless supply of activities to fully experience the stunning natural landscape and to get your adrenaline flowing. Your room will have a stunning view of Lake Wakatipu.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 2
Today, get a true Queenstown experience by doing a bungee jump in the place where bungee originated: the Kawarau Bridge. Take some time to recover and grab lunch, because this afternoon is a jet boat ride on one of Queenstown’s most exciting and scenic rivers. A jet boat is a lightweight motorboat with very powerful motors that can make quick stops and starts, and can even do famous 360 degree turns that douse the passengers in water.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 3
Try something new today: surfing on the Kawarau River. Big fast flowing rapids, standing waves, boils, whirlpools, and a finish with a flat section to catch your breath and see the great scenery. The afternoon is at leisure. Some additional recommended activities: sky diving, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, zip-lining, canyon swinging, luging, and skiing in season.
4-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 4
Drive through the most scenic part of New Zealand’s alpine scenery today as you make your way over the Haast Pass and its swimmable waterfalls to the rugged West Coast and the glacier region. Tiny townships near the coast, Fox and Franz Josef Glacier towns are havens for the outdoors enthusiast.
3.5-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 5
This morning, you’ll board a helicopter to the top of Fox Glacier, and then have half a day to hike around on the ice. With crampons on the bottom of your boots and an ice pick in your hand, you’ll wander through blue ice crevasses and icy caves guided by an expert in glacial ecology and hiking. Spend the rest of your day doing any number of additional activities: soaking in hot pools, viewing real live kiwi birds in a nocturnal kiwi house, hiking, horseback riding, or just enjoying the rugged feel of this remote town.
3.5-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 6
It’s a drive up the rugged West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island today, past windswept beaches, stark sea cliffs dropping into the roaring ocean, and hazy fog that hangs over the alps to your right as you navigate this thin strip of land between the ocean and the mountains. The drive gets better and better the further north you drive.
3.5-star seaside hotel near Pancake Rocks

Day 7
Drive further north today, through the stunning Buller River Gorge and past Abel Tasman National Park to Pohara Beach, an amazingly large, shallow beach with sand that seems to stretch for miles. Well off the beaten path, this area of Golden Bay, New Zealand is beyond where most of the tourists travel.
4-star hotel at Pohara Beach

Day 8
Drive all the way to the tip of Golden Bay today for a 3-hour horseback ride on windswept, white-sand Wharariki Beach at the edge of the world. Ride through the caves and watch the seals and their babies play in the rock pools. Spend a couple of hours after your ride exploring Puponga Farm Park, either by hiking or just viewing Farewell Spit—an unbelievably long, narrow, curving spit that borders Golden Bay—from the lighthouse.
5-star lodge outside Nelson

Day 9
Today, you’ll travel into Abel Tasman National Park by scenic water taxi to Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the heart of the park. Then it’s into the water in a kayak. Enjoy the antics of the cheeky fur seals as they swim around (sometimes onto!) your kayak, and watch sea birds working the shoals of fish or resting on rocky outcrops. Then travel back to your lodge for a multi-course gourmet dinner to celebrate your final night.
5-star lodge outside Nelson

Day 10
A flight from Nelson to Auckland, and then from Auckland home, completes your New Zealand honeymoon adventure today.

  • 3 nights Queenstown
  • 2 nights Fox Glacier
  • 1 night Pancake Rocks
  • 2 nights Nelson
  • 10 days rental car
  • Bungee jumping
  • Jet boat ride
  • River surfing
  • Heli hike on Fox Glacier
  • Horseback ride in Golden Bay
  • Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park