New Zealand has something for every couple: dramatic, rugged landscapes, balmy beaches, vibrant coastal cities and notable heritage sites. It’s the kind of destination that’s perfect for lovers of the outdoors, and for thrill-seeking newlyweds looking for an alternative to the usual beachside honeymoon. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular honeymoon destinations in New Zealand.

Christchurch

This historic, lively city is ideal for couples who love the arts. It’s called the Garden City of New Zealand for his verdant parks and numerous public green spaces. The best time to visit Christchurch is between February and March, for the annual Festival of Flowers. Here, the city comes alive with open-air concerts, parades, and of course, exhibitions of the most exquisite floral art.

Rotorua

If you’re looking to ease away the stresses of the wedding, this spa-town is the place. Unique geothermal activity has made Rotorua the go-to destination for mud baths and hot spring spas. It also features a range of outdoor activities for the action-lover in you. Trout fishing, river rafting and swimming are all on offer.

Tongariro National Park

This is the ultimate destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers. Explore the rugged, majestic beauty of the mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Get your adrenalin kicks with mountain biking, rock climbing, camping and fishing. Tongariro is also a fantastic skiing destination during the winter months.

Auckland

If you and your partner are city slickers at heart, why not head to Auckland for the ultimate urban adventure? This glamorous city offers fine dining and world-class entertainment. Whether you’re into live music, clubbing, theatre or film, Auckland has it all. Spend a romantic evening at one of the city’s numerous harbour side restaurants, and indulge in some fantastic local wine. Snorkelling and surfing are also on offer in Auckland, as well as ferry tours to nearby islands.

New Zealand is only a brief flight away, making it an incredibly convenient honeymoon option. Each of these destinations also offers great packages for couples looking for a little luxurious seclusion.

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