Couples Escape to the North Island, New Zealand

Make your next romantic getaway one to remember. From sunsets in Auckland to hot springs in Taupō, 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! 


Auckland Sky tower
Come and visit the Auckland Sky Tower. Image from Connor Gan on Unsplash.

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

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Auckland by booking a room at Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, home to The Good Home Gastro Pub and only 30 minutes drive from the beautiful west coast beaches.


a blue river stream with lush green trees around
Lake Taupō is a must visit for all the romantics out there. Image from Sergio Otoya on Unsplash.

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.

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