Photo Credit: Jan Reurink

For starry-eyed romantics, you will find a heavenly array of activities for intimate and memorable escapes in New Zealand. From honeymoons to weekend escapes, romance is never far away. It whispers across a deserted beach, into a majestic forest glade, underneath clear star-filled skies, and sets the scene to launch you headlong into shared adventures. If privacy and seclusion is what you’re after, you’ll have plenty of extraordinary options at New Zealand’s luxury lodges. Relax on a 5,000 acre working sheep station with breathtaking ocean views. Sleep at magnificent resort cottages offering stunning lakeside, river, and alpine locations. Private wilderness offers miles of hiking, beaches and horse back riding. Entertain in a private lodge with your own personal chef or go off the grid and get on on one with nature.

Wherever you choose to stay, here's your New Zealand bucket list for romance:

  1. Sail on a private yacht and explore hundreds of picturesque islands in the Bay of Islands or cruise on a dramatic journey into Milford Sound where forest-clad peaks rise a mile high from still blue waters
  2. Enjoy a round of golf with stunning views over the Pacific Ocean where some fairways appear to drop off the end of the earth.
  3. Glide past impressive snow capped mountains at sunrise on a hot air balloon safari in the Southern Alps
  4. Sip and swirl award-winning Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs at hundreds of picturesque wineries
  5. Gaze into the eyes of your loved one under the Southern Cross – New Zealand’s dark night skies and minimal light pollution will have you star struck.
  6. Light your fire as you experience the first glimmer of day on the sands of Wainui Beach, Gisborne – first place in New Zealand and the world to see the sun each morning.
  7. Bubbles and balloons – clink your champagne glasses at dawn as your balloon lifts you quietly into an unfolding New Zealand landscape where you’ll drift away from all worldly cares.
  8. Soar to new heights together as you are spirited away on a scenic flight over some of New Zealand’s most astonishing and accessible alpine and coastal landscapes.
  9. Leap into the unknown from heart-stopping heights as you take a romantic tandem sky dive – "falling in love" together in the skies over New Zealand.
  10. Swoop in by helicopter to a secluded beauty spot where a gourmet picnic hamper, fine New Zealand wine and an intimate setting just for two awaits your private indulgence.
  11. Pack a picnic of tasty morsels and toast yourselves with a delectable local vintage as you cycle one of New Zealand’s gentle vineyard trails like in Hawke’s Bay.
  12. Settle in for a romantic escapade in one of New Zealand’s many boutique lodges where Kiwi style and service will set the tone for a unique experience.
  13. Replenish yourselves with a spa treatment for two – you can choose to go the natural way soaking in a Rotorua mud bath or opt for a full luxury pampering designed to soothe mind, body and soul.
  14. Saddle-up and ride off together into the dusk along an endless deserted New Zealand beach - just you, your horses and the whisper of waves lapping the sand.