Make your next romantic getaway one to remember. From sunsets in Auckland to hot springs in Taupō and wineries in Wellington, a trip across New Zealand’s North Island offers the ultimate New Zealand couples holiday. We’ve handpicked a few highlights to kickstart a getaway you won’t forget!
Surrounded by gorgeous beaches, rolling green hills and waterside restaurants, Auckland is the perfect starting point for a romantic break. Enjoy a cocktail by Takapuna Beach at Regatte Bar, or watch the sunset from historic Maungawhau Mount Eden. For an intimate dinner, cosy up beneath the fairy lights of Federal Street. Auckland Sky Tower’s Orbit Restaurant also plates up seasonal cuisine with sensational views.
Only a 40-minute ferry ride across the glittering bay, Auckland’s Waiheke Island is home to 30 wineries and cellar doors. It’s also a haven of walks, beaches and olive groves. Book a wine tasting tour and sample some of the region’s syrah and cabernet blends, or enjoy a picnic at secluded Oneroa and Palm Beaches.
Where to stay
271 km / 3 hrs 10 mins from Auckland
Settle in for a scenic drive through Waikato’s pastoral region to beautiful Taupō. Situated in the heart of the North Island, this region is packed with awe-inspiring natural attractions – including Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. Turn up the romance with a memorable sunset cruise on Lake Taupō, or hire a paddle and enjoy a freshwater swim. For a tranquil walk with some dramatic views, follow the Huka Trail to the cascading Huka Falls which tumble into the Waikato River.
No visit to Taupō would be complete without relaxing in the Taupō hot springs. Slip into a warm mineral pool and unwind with someone special at Taupō DeBretts Hot Springs, famed for its life-affirming properties. Relax afterwards with a sophisticated wine or two and a meal at the stylish Bantry Eatery.
Where to stay
You’ll find plenty of great accommodation in Taupō, such as the wonderfully located Quality Suites Huka Falls where an historic church adorns the grounds. For a base close to the heart of town, Quality Inn Acapulco is also a great option.
372 km / 4 hrs 45 mins from Taupō
Home to a glittering harbour, rolling green hills and a premier wine region, the city of Wellington is a picturesque North Island favourite. Jump aboard the Wellington Cable Car and take in the city as you climb the hill to the Wellington Botanic Gardens – follow trails here through native forests and enjoy seasonal floral displays. For a different kind of magic, a tour of the Wētā Workshop reveals artefacts and props from films such as Lord of the Rings and more.
You’ll discover plenty of romantic restaurants in Wellington. Enjoy acclaimed French-fusion cuisine in a historic cottage at Jano Bistro, or outstanding seasonal dishes from the passionate team at Logan Brown. This city is also on the doorstep of some of the Waipara wine region. Taste award-winning Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc at Ohau Wines, or pair a premium drop with a sharing plate at Poppies Martinborough.
Where to stay
Located near the picturesque Hutt River, Quality Hotel The Angus provides the perfect base for exploring Wellington’s nearby charms.