Lovebirds and newly-weds, take note! When it comes to romance, New Zealand is designed with star-crossed lovers in mind. With its untamed beauty and endless array of secluded love nests, NZ offers plenty to keep the romance alive: whether it's glamping by a lake à deux, snuggling up in a glass cocoon in an eco B&B or living it up in cosseted luxury at an exclusive coastal escape. And the best part? You don't have to be a millionaire to take your dream romantic break.
Here’s a snapshot of some of New Zealand's newest and best kept secret hideaways, so you can pick your own level of comfort, luxury, and budget.
Seascape at Annandale – Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
Seascape – the crown jewel of the newly-opened Annandale Farm Escape & Luxury Villa collection – is an ultra-modern seaside retreat that sets a new standard in romantic getaways. Constructed in glass, stone, and turf to blend into the wild coastal landscape, this intimate award-winning villa has been unashamedly designed for romance. With waves lapping at your doorstep and an unimpeded view of the southern night sky from the secluded bay, the views are best enjoyed from the outdoor spa and fireplace.
Annandale gives guests an authentic New Zealand experience on a 4000-acre working farm with a rich choice of outdoor activities, heritage, wildlife and friendly locals. A private chef is available for guests who want to enjoy fine cuisine from the best local produce.
Te Rata Bay – Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Glamping (aka glamorous camping) is so hot right now and the last two summers have seen a surge of gorgeous new glamping sites opening up across NZ. Among them? Te Rata Bay (beside Lake Tarawera in the North Island) and Wilding Pines (near Lake Wanaka in the South Island) – both perfect for a romantic tented sojourn.
Take the boat across Lake Tarawera to a private lakeside location, surrounded by spectacular views of the mountain. Te Rata is a special place to unwind, switch off, and connect with the area's local Maori culture and history. Watch the sun rise over the sparkling water, relax in the natural hot pool under the stars or just snuggle into the luxurious queen-sized bed with nothing but each other for company.
Wilding Pines – Wanaka
The rustic glamping sites at Wilding Pines and Mount Gold – in the hills above Lake Wanaka – come with knockout views, a down-to-earth setting, and luxurious accommodation. They’re secluded but easy to get to: by car, mountain bike or kayak across the lake.
Nestled in a sheltering grove of pines with views across Lake Wanaka to Mount Gold, Wilding Pines is an idyllic hillside setting that's made for romance. The spacious canvas tent is sumptuously decorated with soft colours, plush sheepskin rugs, cushions and mink throws, and antique furniture. As dusk moves in, fairy lights, lanterns and solar lights add to the romantic ambience.
PurePods – Canterbury
For an exceptional, at-one-with-nature experience, check into your PurePod. This beautiful private landscape is where you can bid farewell to the world and immerse yourselves in a secret slice of paradise.
Found nowhere else in the world, PurePods accommodation is a first-of-its-kind glass structure made for two. The modular build, with surround glass floor, sliding walls and roof, is styled for luxurious off-the-grid comfort (complete with a queen-sized bed, crisp linens, fabulous shower and flush toilet, BBQ, and outdoor chairs). Seclusion and privacy is paramount to this accommodation, making it the perfect hideaway for lovers and sanctuary seekers.
Kokohuia Lodge – Hokianga, Far North
For a romantic tryst, you'll definitely want to check into Kokohuia Lodge: one of New Zealand’s prettiest eco-luxury retreats. Perched high above the magnificent Hokianga Harbour in the sub-tropical Northland region, Kokohuia is as exclusive as it gets, providing a secluded retreat for just one couple at a time.
Kokohuia is architecturally designed in accordance with sustainable principles and takes its inspiration from its natural surrounds. From the comfort of your bed, feast your eyes on the dramatic, soaring dunes and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea. Proud to be off-grid, the owners of Kokohuia Lodge generate all their own power and hot water, while the surrounding hectare of native bush hosts organically-managed orchards and gardens.
For more information on each location, visit www.newzealand.com.