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A New Zealand Honeymoon for Nature Lovers

The New Zealand honeymoon is designed for nature lovers who prefer exploring golden sand beaches and wilderness areas alike. You will kayak and camp in the Abel Tasman National Park, swim with seals at Kaikoura, hike the Tongariro Crossing, cruise on Milford Sound and explore Tasman Glacier.

Gourmet Camping & Kayaking Abel Tasman, Milford Sound Flight and Cruise, Walk Tongariro Crossing, Beautiful Beach’s, Tasman Glacier, Whales and Seals Kaikoura.

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Welcome to Auckland!
‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to your New Zealand Honeymoon.
 

Welcome to Auckland, situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea. Collect your car and follow the gps to your hotel located in downtown Auckland. Check in and freshen up before spending the remainder of the day exploring the ‘City of Sails’. Stroll the walkways of the Viaduct, peruse the boutique shops of the central city or visit the Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, for fantastic views of the harbour and beyond.

Some suggested activities and outings.

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

 

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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Hahei - One of New Zealands best Beachs

Across the waters of the Hauraki Gulf and to the east of Auckland lies the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Rich in cultural history and surrounded by 400km of truly magical coastline, the Coromandel is home to some of New Zealand's best beaches. The region is also one of the most popular travel destinations in the North Island for both kiwis and visitors alike. The pristine bays and offshore Islands are a mecca for lovers of sand and sea - fishing, surfing, diving and kayaking are all well catered for and inland, the Coromandel Ranges offer amazing hikes and panoramic views.

Venture into the enchanting Kauri forests for a humbling encounter with some of New Zealand's oldest and largest trees, including the majestic Cookson's Kauri. Cathedral Cove is simply unforgettable and would make a fabulous place to go for a romantic picnic - Perfect on a New Zealand Honeymoon. You can even dig your own private hot pool at  Hot Water Beach.

Approximate Distance: 170 kms | 105 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Accommodation Hahei - 2 nights

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Travel to Rotorua

Today travel to the heartland of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is host to some of the world’s most incredible geothermal forces. Today see the farming ventures that New Zealand's economy was synonymous with - the wooly sheep - 13 species are viewable here!  Then visit Te Puia's 70 hectare park in the beautiful Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is right in the heart of the action. Restless forces boil to the surface in the enchanting, superheated mud pools and hot springs and geysers gush hot steam and water in spectacular fashion.

Some alternative excursions in and around Rotorua are:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

Continue south of Lake Taupo through to National Park, the home of the Tongariro Crossing!

Approximate Distance: 372 kms | 232 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours

Accommodation National Park - 2 nights

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The Tongariro Crossing

Considered the best day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing is an epic journey past emerald lakes and through alien-like volcanic landscapes. Vast craters, twisted lava formations, lush forest and crystal-clear mountain streams makes up a uniquely diverse landscape best explored on foot. The environment here is so unique that it was chosen as the filming location for Mordor in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and more recently as Hidden Bay, the entrance to Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

This 19-kilometre (12-mile) hike traverses the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s first national park and a World Heritage Site. Gifted to the people of New Zealand by the Tuwharetoa tribes in 1887, the national park incorporates the three volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe and covers 78,651 ha.

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Travel to Wellington

It is a clear 4 hour drive down to Wellington, the last part of the journey hugs quite a rugged coastline with views out to Kapiti Island. Wellington is another of our Harbour Cities situated at the southern most tip of the North Island. The Wellington vibe is creative and ecclectic - the nations politicians and parliament rub shoulders with street performers all set around a lively cafe culture.

Some suggested activities and outings

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Approximate Distance: 316 kms | 196 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours 

Accommodation Wellington - 1 night

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Inter-Island Cruise - Hello South Island!

This morning, board the Interisland Ferry for your morning cruise across the Cook Strait. This challenging stretch of water connects the Tasman Sea to the Southern Pacific Ocean, you will enter the South Island island through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds. From the port town of Picton you will travel through the Whangamoa saddle to the abundant Tasman District.

Approximate Distance: 154 kms | 96 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation Motueka - 1 night

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Two Day Gourmet Camping and Kayaking - Abel Tasman

Kayak the coastline from beautiful Totaranui in the North down to Anchorage. Spacious and spectacular; the northern section is seldom visited by others. Completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience it all from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori Pa (village) sites to learning about local history and lore. It's a relaxing, content rich and memorable two day experience which is fully catered. Wake up on an isolated beautiful beach - A perfect New Zealand Honeymoon. At the end of day two, return by scenic Aqua Taxi to Marahau. 

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Kaikoura 'Serengeti of the Sea'

Today you will head through Marlborough the winemaking capital of New Zealand, continuing south the vines will keep you company as you reach the headlands of the East Coast. Nestled between soaring mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is known as New Zealand’s ‘Serengeti of the Sea’. The natural wonders here are breath taking. Fur seals lounge on the rugged coastline and, just offshore, whales and dolphins thrive in an ocean that teems with life.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur Seals Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura

 

Approximate Distance: 305 kms | 189 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours

Accommodation Kaikoura - 1 night

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Travel to Lake Tekapo

Tekapo is one of three significant, neighboring lakes that border the Mackenzie Valley in New Zealand's South Island. Golden tussock grass carpets the surrounding hillside and roll away into the distance where the Southern Alps frame the horizon. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on Lake Takapo's shores and the views to our highest mountain, Mt Cook, are remarkable.

Approximate Distance: 400 kms | 249 miles  Total Driving Time: 5 hours 

Accommodation Lake Tekapo - 1 night

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TASMAN GLACIER BY BOAT AND ON TO QUEENSTOWN

A unique Tasman Glacier Adventure is a guided experience to get you alongside an iceberg!. Transfer by bus to the beautiful Tasman Valley for a short walk before boarding a MAC boat to explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. This tour is 4 hours duration with plenty of time left to travel via the Lindis Pass and Gibbston Valley to Queenstown. We've all heard the endless hype about it being the adventure capital of the world, and there are certainly enough crazy activities here to challenge the strongest, but Queenstown offers much more besides. 

Recommended Excursions Around Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Approximate Distance: 260 kms | 162 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 50 mins

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights

 

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RETURN SCENIC FLIGHT AND CRUISE THE DRAMATIC MILFORD SOUND

Today, board a twin engine aircraft for your scenic 35 minute flight to Milford Sound. During your flight there are panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest.  On reaching Milford Sound, enjoy a full length cruise of the fiord in modern, purpose built vessels. The vessels offer excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. At the completion of your cruise, return to Queenstown by plane.  Transfers are provided to and from your accommodation to Queenstown airport.

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Homeward Bound

Enjoy a final leisurely breakfast, before an afternoon departure from Queenstown Airport, connecting with your flight home.

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We know you will love your New Zealand Honeymoon and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

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