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Jane AndersonLeading travel writer Jane Anderson

New Zealand

Our verdict:

Adventurous couples looking for a wow factor honeymoon will find their nirvana in the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand. Heli-hike vast glaciers, horse-ride across the bush, swim in hot springs and cruise the Milford Sound. Choose a self-drive tour for the freedom of the road, staying either in motels or boutique B&Bs en route.

Recommended tour operator: New Zealand Sky

New Zealand Sky says

New Zealand’s soaring snow-capped peaks, azure glacial lakes, vast green pasture and dramatic coastlines provide the perfect backdrop for a self-drive honeymoon to remember.

  • Boutique hotels
  • Self-drive is easy
  • Stunning landscapes

Be as adventurous en route as your imagination will take you. Heli-hike on the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, kayak and swim with dolphins, horse-ride together across wild bush and bathe in natural hot springs.

By far the most popular choice is our 23-day Grand New Zealand self-drive. You’ll take in the major cities (Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Auckland) and other sites on both North and South Island such as Mount Cook National Park, Rotorua – the heart of the Maori culture – and the breathtaking Bay of Islands. There’s a trip on the TranzAlpine Train and Milford Sound Cruise included too.

Each evening, you’ll stay in a comfortable hotel where you can relax before exploring some of the local restaurants and wineries.

For something more luxurious, indulge in our boutique hideaways collection. We’ve selected some of New Zealand’s finest boutique hotels in glorious settings, such as the beautiful Bay of Many Coves Resort in the stunning Marlborough region and Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel in central Christchurch.

Our New Zealand specialists can craft your dream adventure honeymoon, with stopovers en route to suit your budget and timeframe. If you fancy more of a round-the-world feel to your honeymoon, take a look at our City Skylines & Scenic Beauty trip which takes in stays in Dubai and Sydney with ten days in New Zealand in between.

Find out more about our escorted tours, motorhome trips and choice of luxury lodges in New Zealand.

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