SIP ICE-COLD CHAMPAGNE ON AN ICE-COLD GLACIER
New Zealand has clear blue skies and fresh mountain air, activities for the adventurous, fabulous food and fine wine alongside wondorous luxury accommodation. But what sets it apart is the space it affords. Your guests can be entirely alone on a beautiful beach, sip ice-cold champagne on a glacier together, relax on board the only yacht in a lovely cove, or ride the only horses on a windswept mountain range, making it a very natural setting for romance.
Couples can explore the world's largest Polynesian city, Auckland, with its panorama of yachts and many luxury boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes. Visit the lovely wine regions of Hawke's Bay and the beautiful landscapes of Marlborough before heading to Queenstown, the so-called 'adventure capital of the world.'
New Zealand's famous 'Super Lodges' are spectacularly located! The Boathouse is a water's edge sophisticated paradise. As part of The Landing Residences, a group of four privately owned houses on the Bay of Islands, it boasts a thousand acres of private beaches surrounded by rolling hills, perfect for a romantic retreat. On the edge of Lake Wanaka, strikingly designed in timber and glass against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, Whare Kea Lodge appears to float on the edge of the lake. Acacia Cliffs Lodge is perched up high over Lake Taupo. It's vistas of incredible sunsets, tranquil surroundings and gourmet breakfast in bed are completely divine.
Ahipara offers a jet boat picnic aboard a boat exclusive to guests. A private BBQ awaits offering whitebait, crayfish and venison on the banks of the Makarora river, the nearby cliff tops or secret beaches. All cooked by national legend Harvey Hutton who offers private helicoptering and visits to the crystal-clear rivers, mountains and glaciers of his home.
On a private Maori tour of mystical site Mount Titiraupenga, spend a day understanding greenstone (New Zealand Jade, for some the 'soul stone' of the country). Meet a Maori kaumatua (chief) who will bless greenstone pendants gifted to guests in the waters of the holy stream, so they leave their shores unblemished. Romantically significant, it's a wonderfully touching and spiritual part of a couple's journey.
New Zealand's options for romance are truly impressive and Ahipara aims to impress.