Valentine's is just around the corner! After months of being in quarantine, you might be itching for a change of scenery or dreaming of a romantic getaway with your special someone to celebrate this special day.
Searching for Valentine’s Day ideas and planning the perfect itinerary can be challenging, but look no further because New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, offering breathtaking sceneries and interesting places to take your significant other on Valentine's Day.
But first things first: ensure hassle-free travel. Because of the New Zealand government's continuous effort, the country is expected to open its borders to more countries this year! Read this helpful guide from us to get you started.
All set? Check out some of the best places in New Zealand that you and your partner can visit on the most romantic holiday of the year!
Enter the magical world of Middle-earth
Whether you and your partner are big fans of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or not, Matamata's quaint and Instagram-worthy Hobbiton Movie Set is worth a visit! Experience Middle-earth yourself and have the option to explore the famous rolling hills of the shire, delight in sumptuous meals at the Shires Rest, or enjoy unconventional drinks at the Green Dragon Inn with New Zealand's North Island as your background—a perfect way to cap off the day with your special someone.
Bonus: Enjoy accommodations near the Hobbiton Movie Set where you can for a romantic night!
Seek Thrills at New Zealand's Adventure Capital
Queenstown is a small, charming town situated on Lake Wakatipu's shores and is known as the world's adventure capital. Surrounded by scenic landscapes, it’s a great place to visit for couples seeking adventure and relaxation. Indulge the adventurer in you with thrilling activities such as skydiving, paragliding, hiking, white-rafting or simply relax and enjoy the town’s surroundings, including Lake Wakatipu and Shotover River.
Bonus: Queenstown also offers excellent wineries and world-class restaurants that you and your partner can visit.
Marvel at the Illuminated Waitomo Cave
Discover one of New Zealand's most incredible natural wonders, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves! Head deep underground and step right into a fairytale as you marvel at the magical glow worm illuminations while on a boat ride. What makes this visit even more special is that these glow worms, known as Arachnocampa luminosa, are unique to New Zealand! Glide through the beautiful Glowworm Grotto. The cave has two levels, which you can explore, the upper being dry and made even more amazing with cave formations formed millions of years ago and the lower which consists of stream passages and the Cathedral.
Discover an Island Paradise
Give your special someone a trip to remember! Just a ferry ride away from Auckland, enjoy unique tours in one of the best destinations in the world. Waiheke Island offers natural wonders waiting to be explored. Go surfing, sailing, kayaking, and more at some of the island's pristine beaches, or choose from more than 30 wineries and vineyards, where you can take a relaxing stroll or enjoy some of New Zealand's finest wines.
Bonus: Apart from the town’s panoramic views, it’s also known for its local artists! Head to the local shop and markets and shop for souvenirs or participate in workshops such as painting, woodwork, glass blowing, and more.
Enjoy the City at Its Best
Immerse yourself in the heart of Auckland! The city has everything you need, from street markets to high-end malls where you can go shopping. Discover different cafes and exotic restaurants to try Auckland’s finest during the day and experience the city nightlife and visit pubs to complete your day. Make sure to visit Orbit, a 360-degree revolving restaurant, or leap off the famous Auckland Sky Tower.
Explore New Zealand's Natural Wonder
The only fjord in New Zealand accessible by road, Milford Sound is a stunning natural attraction worth seeing! Because of its remote location, the place continues to captivate tourists and travelers with its well-preserved landscapes, spectacular waterfalls, and dark waters.
Bonus: Experience Milford Sound in another special way with a scenic flight! Get a bird's-eye view of the mountains and valleys on board a small plane or helicopter.
Experience New Zealand's Geothermal Wonderland
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Te Puia, a wonderful place that offers enlivening and fun activities to make your visit an unforgettable one. Learn more about the Māori culture and its heritage when you watch a Maori cultural performance of ancient and modern stories told through song, dance, poi, and games. Participate on a tour to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and see bubbling mud pools and active geysers, including the famous Pohutu geyser which can unleash vapor that jets up to 30 meters high.
Bonus: You can now have the option to explore the geothermal valley at night, making your visit with your partner even more romantic and memorable!
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