Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch – 1 night
The perfect New Zealand honeymoon should start with the perfect opening – and it’s hard to find a more romantic start than flying straight over the stunning Southern Alps into New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch.
In case you hadn’t already left all your worries behind you, you definitely can now. After being met at the airport and transported comfortably to your city accommodation, take advantage of the “Garden City’s” romantic, small-town charm as you settle in.
Depending on your own particular way of “getting into the mood” on your honeymoon, Christchurch offers several different ways of seeing the city through a romantic lens on your first night:
You can take a private punting tour down the gentle Avon river, passing by the city’s most iconic Edwardian buildings, picturesque Botanic Gardens, and the buzzing post-earthquake revamp of the inner-city up close. Or, share a breathtaking panoramic view over the city and its stunning surrounding landscapes from inside a cozy, private cabin suspended 500 meters in the air on the Christchurch Gondola. This lets you take in the stunning sights of the snowy Southern Alps, expansive Canterbury Plains, undulating Banks Peninsula, pristine Lake Ellesmere, and rugged Pacific Ocean and Kaikōura Ranges all in one go.
Not a bad way to start, eh?