There’s something about New Zealand’s natural landscapes that awaken your inner love; the long, rolling valleys, the tall mountain-top peaks, the sparkling coastlines and the vibrant colours that transform the horizon from dawn to dusk.
It’s hard not to become enchanted by the postcard imagery all around, and there is no better place to take a loved one and soak in the scenery in their company.
A picnic amid beautiful landscapes or a ride in a hot air balloon among the clouds, nothing can beat a romantic escape in New Zealand, especially during Valentine’s Day.
We bring to you the top 5 experiences that are cupid approved and sure to delight your loved one:
A romantic leap of faith
Leap into the unknown from heart-stopping heights as you take a romantic tandem bungy. All over the country, you can leap from bridges, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs. Hold your lover’s hands and take a leap of faith from the Auckland Harbour Bridge against the backdrop of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour and the city skyline.
In the Central North Island, just upstream from the Huka Falls, lies the Taupō Bungy – 47 metres above the Waikato River. You can also choose to be dunked in the Waikato River below at the end of your jump.
Experience a magical ride with Bubbles and balloons
Clink your Champagne glasses at dawn as your balloon lifts you quietly over an ornate natural tapestry of pastures, vineyards, forests, rivers, lakes and mountains. As you float over a world that is only just waking up, your partner’s smile will be as wide as the horizon as a romantic breakfast marks the end of your flight
Wander among the vineyards
Toast yourselves to New Zealand’s world-famous wines, from silky Pinot Noir to crisp Sauvignon Blanc as you cycle through the gentle vineyard trails. New Zealand is a paradise for food and wine lovers. Take the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail to experience three of our best wine regions (Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough). From Auckland, you can hop on a short ferry ride to Waiheke, the Island of Wine. If you’re visiting Queenstown, make sure to visit one of the many local wineries in Central Otago.
Gaze into your loved one’s eyes beneath the Southern Cross and be awestruck by New Zealand’s dark night skies. Stargazing in New Zealand is a breathtakingly magical experience when experienced with a loved one, thanks to the dark, clear skies, unique celestial features, and otherworldly landscapes. For the best views, choose from five locations across New Zealand: Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mount Cook, Wairarapa, Dunedin, or Great Barrier Island.
As one of only five Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world and the first island sanctuary in the world, Great Barrier Island is one of the best places to stargaze on earth. For choice, there is the Wairarapa region, which is on track to become New Zealand’s largest Dark Sky Reserve and has one of the darkest and most pristine skies in the country. What better place to stargaze than here? And finally – the ultimate in stellar relaxation, is Tekapo Stargazing – the only guided hot pool and star gazing experience in New Zealand,
Picnic in private
Swoop in by helicopter to a secluded spot where a gourmet picnic hamper, fine New Zealand wine and an intimate setting just for two await your private indulgence.
Try the Heli-Picnic – Alpine Luxury Tours in Queenstown.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunity, an unforgettable picnic under the numerous waterfalls and dramatic glaciers off the beaten track.
Fly over sheer cliff faces, and pass the blue ice of a hanging glacier before descending 1,000m into a valley below.
Get ready to create magical memories this Valentine’s Day in New Zealand.
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