Are you planning an anniversary weekend getaway or simply looking at spending some quality time with your significant other? You are in the right place! We have compiled a list of the 5 best couples getaways in New Zealand just for you. Smell that? Love is in the air! Time to relax, recharge and enjoy the magic of the moment together.
1. Eichardt's Private Hotel & Bar - Queenstown
Being the most awarded private hotel in New Zealand, Eichardt’s Private Hotel and Bar offers the best in traditional luxury. Originally built in the 18th century, this premium accommodation offers lakefront apartments and lavish hotel suites in the heart of Queenstown - all featuring spectacular alpine or lake views. Situated just 20 minutes drive from the Coronet Peak ski fields and a short 5-minute walk to cafes and restaurants, this five-star heritage lakefront hotel is the ideal location for romantic weekend getaways.
Eichardt’s also offers an outstanding array of facilities including spa treatments at the Vault Spa, a lovely outdoor hot tub overlooking Lake Wakatipu as well as sumptuous meals and premium cocktails from The Grille, their fantastic restaurant on site. The tour desk can also arrange various activities such as wine tours at the nearby Gibbston Valley, kayaking and bungy jumping. So, trust us, Eichardt’s Hotel’s rustic elegance and enchanting scenery make it one of the most ideal places for a romantic getaway in New Zealand!
2. Blanket Bay - Glenorchy
Beautifully perched on the northern edge of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay is located in the heart of the Southern Alps, a 45-minute drive from Queenstown, and has been consistently referred to as one of the world’s leading luxury lodges. The unparalleled personal service and exceptional comfort make it a great choice for a romantic holiday. The charming suites and chalet staterooms all have a fireplace for the ultimate romantic lodge experience, or stay in one of the chalets for added privacy.
Make sure you experience fine dining at their award-winning restaurant, try a game of billiards by the fireplace or relax with a spa treatment. The lodge also offers a gym, a hot tub with views over the lake, steam rooms and a heated outdoor pool. Otherwise you can choose to venture into the wilderness with free bikes and kayaks available, or why not try horse riding, hiking or a scenic helicopter flight to Milford Sound? So if you’re looking for one of the best couples retreats in New Zealand, Blanket Bay is definitely a winner!
3. Huka Lodge - Taupō
Huka Lodge is where relaxation and adventure meet luxury. This heritage hotel is set beside the impressive Huka Falls, near Taupō and is surrounded by the luscious banks of the Waikato River. It is the perfect place for a secluded romantic getaway in New Zealand’s North Island. This luxurious accommodation is also New Zealand’s oldest lodge and has been rated as one of the world’s most celebrated retreats.
At Huka Lodge, you can enjoy activities such as tennis or croquet, as well as exploring the area with a romantic walk or simply choose to unwind by the heated pool. Otherwise, there are plenty of sightseeing activities such as cruising on the lake, fishing trips or scenic helicopter flights to truly discover the region. This award-winning retreat is also an ideal base during ski season being so close to the slopes - all in all a great option to explore Taupō and surrounds.
4. Matakauri Lodge - Queenstown
Offering spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is the ideal alpine lakeside retreat for couples. Situated just 7 minutes from Queenstown, guests of this luxurious lodge can enjoy a range of activities such as romantic walks, skiing, discovering the fine wines of Central Otago or exploring the Fjords by helicopter. The splendid accommodation consists of 12 elegant suites and rooms, each offering absolute serenity with a sitting area and open fireplace.
All of the suites feature a private porch facing unbeatable views over The Remarkables as well as an oversized bathtub facing the breathtaking lake views for ultimate relaxation. If you are planning a holiday for a special occasion (for example an anniversary weekend getaway!), the Owner’s Cottage features a private jacuzzi, a fully equipped kitchen and a courtyard, making it the ideal luxury getaway for couples. Matakauri Lodge also features a fully equipped gym, spa facilities, an infinity swimming pool and private dining options.
The second-to-none service, luxurious facilities and sumptuous views are what set this boutique hideaway apart; indeed, the retreat was voted as one of the top three lodges in New Zealand and Australia and it undeniably offers the best in romantic holidays.
5. Eagles Nest - Bay of Islands
This multi award-winning 75-acre estate located in the beautiful Bay of Islands offers the top of the top in luxury and beyond-five-star hospitality, for the most romantic weekend getaway in the North Island! Eagles Nest’s lavish contemporary villas are the ideal hideaway for couples. They all offer a private jacuzzi, a fully equipped kitchen and a home theatre. Two of them have private saunas and four of the five villas even feature a private heated infinity pool, from where guests can enjoy a glass of local wine from the Estate’s extensive cellar as well as some jaw-dropping views.
On arrival you will be offered a bottle of Champagne as a lovely welcome gift; and although Eagles Nest is located within walking distance of the historic village of Russell, there is even a complimentary Porshe and chauffeur available to explore the local area! In terms of food, you can enjoy private dining options with tailor-made menus made from the freshest local delicacies and prepared by brilliant personal chefs. You can also book in for a spa treatment, exercise with a personal trainer or ask them to cater activities specifically to your interests.
Notable activities offered by this luxury accommodation include world class diving at the Poor Knights Islands and golfing at an internationally acclaimed course. This exclusive estate is definitely one of the most perfect romantic weekend retreats and gives couples the opportunity to indulge like never before.
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