Jan 10 2016
Tranquil yet exciting, pristine yet modern; New Zealand combines all the ingredients of a perfect honeymoon destination. Perhaps no other place in the world offers such an incredible variety of natural splendour within a few kilometers. From the mountains of the South Island to Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand unfolds many surprising stories one by one.
A stroll across the surrounding beaches, exciting water sports in the romantic jade-green lakes, fast flowing rivers and crisscrossed waterfalls, trekking through unlimited spread of forests or through the central spine of snow-capped mountains, watching the rarest of kiwis, penguins, and dolphins- there's something for everyone here wrapped in a sense of freedom that a less populated land provides. One can experience all this within a few hours of arrival in this virgin territory, still unspoiled by human intrusions and habitations. Sounds incredible indeed!
What makes New Zealand alluring to those seeking peace and relaxation is that it is one of the least-crowded countries in the world. More than a third of the land has been set aside for national parks, reserves and heritage sites that preserve the country's ecological treasures.
Exotic Excesses (Must See / Must Do)
Queenstown is an exotic ski resort, on New Zealand’s South Island, offering exclusive romantic attractions and some of the world’s most distinguished super luxury retreats with awe-inspiring vistas.
Those travellers who want to enjoy a tranquil space should pencil in a trip to Rotorua. Here you can take a dip in hot springs that will soothe a long flight or drive. Close by it is the resort town of Mount Maunganui with its surfing culture and laid back ambience.
If you would like to have an unforgettable adventurous honeymoon, plan a trip heading to Lake Taupo where you can try your hand at skydiving, jet boating, bungee jumping, gondola riding and white-water rafting. Lake Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park set against the pristine alpine backdrop of the South Island are another great holiday destinations. Visitors can also swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, watch the whales or fish in pristine streams and rivers.
Towns such as Kerikeri and Paihia ooze kiwi charm and provide the perfect setting for honeymooning couples of all ages. Mount Cook, the highest mountain is surrounded by 12 giant glaciers. One can organise a tour past glaciers among the landscape. Located at the southerly tip of the country, Milford Sound is another dreamland. Abel Tasman Park is yet another lovely spot with freshwater streams that runs parallel to the long sweeping beach.
For city lovers, there is Auckland and Wellington with a satisfying blend of dining delights, shopping, art, culture and scenic beauty. Auckland owns a vibrant harbour and is home to many yachts than anywhere else in the world. The Sky Tower gives spectacular viewing from Westhaven Marina at night. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is widely acclaimed for its architecture and rich culture. A must-visit site for ballooning enthusiasts, it abounds with magnificent mountains, beautiful ocean, and green farmlands all across Lombardi Vineyard and Hawke's Bay has the most hours of sunshine in the country and is home to many vineyards, including the oldest- Mission Estate.
Kapiti Island is famous for its bird sanctuary. You can see rare fowls like bellbird, weka, and tui. Just take a walking tour and enjoy the beauty of the place.
This small island country is situated on the South Pacific Ocean and consists of two main islands and several smaller ones a thousand miles from the coast of Australia.
How to Reach
Fly directly from Mumbai to Sydney non-stop on Qantas Airways. From Sydney, you can fly Qantas to Wellington or Auckland in New Zealand. It is better to book with a tour operator.
Best Time to Visit
While booking your trip to New Zealand it is important to know the right time of the year to make it. The season here (the southern hemisphere), is the reverse of that found in the north. If it is summer in the Europe or North America it would be winter in New Zealand. The warmest months are December, January, and February; the coldest are June, July, and August. So, if the honeymoon is planned during Christmas or New Year, the long sunny days should add to the romantic atmosphere and with plenty of activities in and around the water like rafting, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. Away from the mountains, New Zealand winters are fairly mild.