Couple sitting on the pier at Nelson Lake National Park

Romantic South Island Vacation for Couples

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Kaikoura...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Sublime scenery and secluded luxury will create your perfect 14-day romantic New Zealand vacation. You can reach isolated mountainscapes by helicopter for a private picnic and sample delicious wines on celebrated vineyards. An opulent cruise will take you along the sparkling waters of Milford Sound while the charming waters provide exceptional views passing whale pods. You will experience the opulence of New Zealand’s South Island for passionate and spirited couples.

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Trip Highlights

  • Fly to a remote mountain above Queenstown by helicopter and then indulge on a private picnic
  • Escape to Abel Tasman National Park and one of the leading ecolodges of the world
  • Spend 24 hours exploring Milford Sound, the most romantic setting of all New Zealand
  • Drift across the Canterbury Plains in a hot air balloon and then touch down to a champagne brunch
  • Swim together with wild dolphins and try snorkeling with seals
  • Cycle or walk hand in hand through the Marlborough vineyards, with plenty of tasting to be had
  • Zoom down the Shotover River in a speed boat and then rest up in a private Onsen hot pool
  • Go whale watching in Kaikoura, kayaking in Abel Tasman, cruise through Marlborough Sounds, and find yourself on deserted beaches

Detailed Description

On a sheltered mountain plateau, you will gaze across Lake Wakatipu. Your helicopter is not coming to pick you up for two hours, so you can open another bottle and dive back into the picnic. Amid the mist and drama of Milford Sound, you can explore by kayak and then get comfy on an overnight cruise deep in Fiordland. In Marlborough, the landscapes are green where you will walk hand in hand through the vineyards, perhaps even taking a little cycle as well. In Kaikoura, you can jump into the water together and swim with dolphins and seals. Feel the adrenaline rise on a speed boat ride down Shotover River and then relax in private Onsen hot pools along the river.

New Zealand’s South Island is home to an incredible variation of romantic activities, many of which are impossible to find elsewhere. From hot air ballooning over the Canterbury Plains to whale watching and wine tasting, this is a vacation where every day will give you something to remember. Vast wilderness stretches out in all directions, and there is always space and privacy. Just traveling around the island will create a sense of exclusivity, as there will be nothing but the two of you and the great expanses of nature. Unique activities may elevate your stay, and they are not all guided. While you obviously need to be with a pilot for the hot air balloon, in places like Abel Tasman National Park you can walk and kayak without a guide, finding deserted beaches and so many places get away.

Handcrafted to include the island’s most romantic and exclusive experiences, this luxury tour is enhanced further by a selection of boutique lodges and hotels. Drift off on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, stay at a world-leading ecolodge in Abel Tasman, and sleep amid the vineyards near Blenheim. Each is chosen for its privacy, as well as its quality, with most providing romantic extras like champagne and other amenities upon arrival.

Touch down in Queenstown where you will spend three nights along the lake, with the helicopter picnic and Onsen hot pools on days two and three. Day four will take you to Milford Sound. After the overnight cruise, you will return to Queenstown and fly to Christchurch, which is a surprisingly romantic city. You will hot air balloon on day six before the water wildlife adventures in Kaikoura. Days nine and ten will be spent at the Marlborough vineyards, and then the final three nights you will be in Abel Tasman, where the atmosphere is calming and the days will be at your leisure. Finally, you will fly back to Christchurch from Nelson, where there will be an effortless connection to your outbound flight. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ New Zealand vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.

Starting Price

$12,735 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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