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.
Queenstown – Boutique City Indulgence beneath the Mountains
A lodge will stand isolated along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, as you gaze across the water to the Remarkables. These mountains will reflect peacefully in the lake’s surface as you settle into your suite. Here, you will be deep in nature, but you will still have a private hot tub and room service. It is a peaceful place that is surrounded by mountains and the twinkling blue of Wakatipu. It is also a quiet place for getting over the jet lag, with endless vistas from the room, and meals that can be had at any time. So, you will check in to your lodge and will begin to enjoy each other’s company. If you want to go anywhere other than your suite, then it will be only a 15-minute ride into Queenstown.
Queenstown – Picnic on the Peak Private Helicopter Tour
Queenstown – Adventures on the Water and Private Onsen Hot Pools
Milford Sound – New Zealand’s Most Romantic Destination
Christchurch – A Change of Scenery in the City
Christchurch – Hot Air Ballooning above the Canterbury Plains
Kaikoura – Cruising with Whales on the Eastern Coast
Kaikoura – Swimming with Dolphins and Snorkeling with Seals
Day 9 - 10
Blenheim – Hand in Hand through the Marlborough Vineyards
Abel Tasman National Park – Iconic Coastal Experiences on the South Island
Day 12 - 13
Abel Tasman National Park – An Escape in Nature Made Just for Two
Christchurch – Departure
- 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
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.
$12,735 per person (excluding international flights)
- 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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