10 most romantic things to do in New Zealand

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Whether you are searching for a romantic destination for your honeymoon or just looking to get away for a while with someone you care about, New Zealand is filled to the brim with amazing sights and experiences that are incredibly accessible from any point, from the metropolitan streets of north island's Auckland to the remote wilds of the south island's extremes.

With resorts, spas, hikes, drives, climbs and more, Skyscanner shows you where you can create precious memories with the person you love most.

1. North Island Honeymoon Resort: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

New Zealand's Lake Taupo, the country's biggest, is a premier holiday and honeymoon destination, and what's more, the choices of activities are endless.

Each room at Acacia Cliffs has its own private deck or courtyard, a spacious en-suite, tasteful décor and little touches that show you're somewhere very special.

Choose from a spectacular flight over the lake, try your hand at trout fishing, or go hiking on the world heritage like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, just to name a few of how you can woo your lifelong partner. Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a 3-hour drive from Auckland Airport.

Address: 133 Mapara Rd, Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo 3377, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Auckland

Airport Phone: +64 7-378 1551

Rooms start from: S$549

Best time to visit: November - April

Visit their website here: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

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Acacia Cliffs is the place to submerge yourselves in stylish luxury. Photo credit: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

2. South Island Honeymoon Resort: Blanket Bay

Voted as one of the world's best luxurious lodges, Blanket Bay is New Zealand's ultimate alpine escape. It is perfectly nestled amidst snowcapped mountain peaks of the Southern Alps, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just an hour drive away from Queenstown Airport.

Dive into their Ultimate Alpine Honeymoon package, featuring a five-night stay with complimentary flowers, champagne, five-course dinners and even a private candle-lit dinner in their exclusive Wine Cave.

For some more romantic time outside the lodge, you can opt for a champagne picnic on a mountain top after a helicopter ride, a tour of the surrounding vineyards or just head up to the overlook for a glimpse of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

Address: 900 Glenorchy-Paradise Rd, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Queenstown

Airport Phone: +64 3-441 0115

Rooms start from: S$1,467

Best time to visit: October - April

Visit their website here: Blanket Bay

Book rooms now: here

Snuggle up with someone you love at Blanket Bay's romantic South Island Honeymoon Resort. Photo credit: Blanket Bay

3. Glow Worm Caves

The Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, located near Waitomo on the North Island, 2 hours away from Auckland Airport are home to the rare and amazing glow worms, tiny creatures that produce blue-green light that illuminate the ceiling of the caves with a twinkling glow.

Yes, it's literally a cave full of worms, but these worms can count themselves among the natural wonders of the world.

Take a quiet boat ride through 30 million years of geological history to gaze at mother nature's light display, which will be as romantic as being under a blanket of stars on a clear night.

Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga 3943, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Auckland

Airport Tickets from: S$49 for adults, S$22 for children; family discounts available

Phone: +64 7-878 8228

Opening Times: Daily 9am - 5.30pm

Visit their website here: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Witness a miracle of nature in the Glow Worm Caves. Photo credit: 2il org / Flickr

4. Rotorua: Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa

Overlooking spectacular geothermal scenery of New Zealand, this complex allows you to enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic mud bath and sulphur spa.

Get down and dirty with your partner in this mud bath used by the Maoris for thousands of years to ease muscle pain.

You can try the night time version called "Twilight Spa" which will allow you to bathe under the stars. Hells Gate is a 5-minute drive away from Rotorua International Airport.

It also features the biggest mud volcano in New Zealand and the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Address: State Highway 30, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Rotorua

Airport Phone: +64 7-345 3151

Opening Times: Daily 8.30am - 10.00pm (Summer); 8.30am - 8.30pm (Winter)

Visit their website here: Hells Gate

Soak up the healing properties of New Zealand's mystic mud. Photo credit: Seek the World

5. Tandem Sky Diving

Til' death do us part, right? For thrill-seekers, how about tandem skydiving in New Zealand? This is as close as you'll get to experiencing true flight.

At NZONE Skydive, you will enjoy a breathtaking 15-minute flight, and after taking in the views from above, you will be harnessed by space age materials to an expert paratrooper who will guide you through your plummet towards earth at 200kph for 60 seconds and make sure you land smoothly and safely.

Create a lifetime memory with the person you cherish.

Address: 35 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Queenstown

Airport Phone: +64 3-442 5867

Prices start from: S$275

Opening hours: Daily 8am - 8pm

Visit their website here: NZONE Skydive

New Zealand is also home to thrills at 10,000 feet. Photo credit: Nzone - The Ultimate Jump / Tourism New Zealand

6. Horse Riding

How about mounting a real horse for once? Go on Dart Stable's The River Wild ride which is a beautiful 2-hour ride at the head of Lake Wakatipu. You will be riding alongside glacial-fed rivers that offer you nothing less than a spectacular scenery.

It doesn't matter whether you're an experienced rider or a complete tenderfoot as the guides will ensure you are just at the edge of your comfort level.

The spectacular scenery and majestic beasts of this unforgettable experience will be engraved in you forever. Lake Wakatipu is just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport.

Address: 58 Coll St, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Queenstown

Airport Phone: +64 3-442 5688

Prices start from: S$134

Opening Times: Daily 8am - 7pm

Visit their website here: Dart Stable

Take a ride on the wild side in New Zealand. Photo credit: Tony Brunt / Tourism New Zealand

7. Helicopter Ride

New Zealand's natural beauty looks completely different when viewed from on high.

These scenic helicopter rides with The Helicopter Line will be one of the most beautiful things you will see on earth as you discover New Zealand from above.

They even offer wedding ceremonies and wedding photo shoots high in The Remarkables mountain range or the glaciers as a backdrop. Or if you're more into simplicity, you can just opt for a romantic mountain ledge picnic.

Address: Glentanner Park, Mt Cook, New Zealand,

Postal: PO Box 19, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Christchurch

Airport Phone: +64 3 435 1801

Prices start from: S$216

Opening hours: Daily 7am - 9pm

Visit their website here: The Helicopter Line

Conquer the peaks of New Zealand in a helicopter together. Photo credit: Fraser Clements / Tourism New Zealand

8. Coromandel Peninsula

For a taste of New Zealand's peerless natural wonders, how about spending a few days in the Coromandel peninsula, southwest of Aukland? It takes a mere 2.5 hours from Auckland Airport and not only is is charming, but its hot pools at the aptly named Hot Water beach are something that people can't stay away from.

Hire a shovel and dig a pool for you and your partner (gentlemen, this is a very good way to show off those gym muscles) Steep in the piping hot water with steam billowing from the surrounding sand.

For something a bit more cooler and hipster, make sure you check out the cafes, restaurants and other establishments for a taste of some locally-produced art, down some craft beer and chow some local seafood.

For a taste of beautiful mother nature, head to Coromandel Penninsula.

9. Tasman Glacier Boat Cruise

If you find yourself turning the AC high as you fantasize of the great white south, its time for a trip to New Zealand!

Another way to enjoy the grandeur of New Zealand is by taking a boat cruise with Glacier Explorers, where you can take in the stunning views of glaciers from Lake Tasman, New Zealand's longest glacier stretching for 27km.

Your meeting point will be The Hermitage Hotel, which is at Aoraki Mount Cook Village followed by a bus ride and a 30-minute alpine walk.You will be able to witness glaciers melting before your eyes as icebergs of countless shapes and sizes break off. It's nature at its most powerful and dramatic.

Address: Bowen Dr, Mount Cook National Park 7999, New Zealand

Closest Airport: Queenstown

Airport Phone: +64 3-435 1809

Prices start from: S$143

Opening hours: Daily 8am - 5pm;

Best time to visit: September to May

Visit their website here: Glacier Explorers

Witness the spectacle of an ancient glacier's demise on a dramatic lake cruise.

10. Stargazing

Once you've spent the day gazing lovingly into your partner's soulful eyes, you can turn your attention heavenward, and do some stargazing at night. New Zealand is the proud host to the largest International Dark Sky Reserve, which is one of the best stargazing sites on earth.

Show off your constellation-naming knowledge and make wishes on shooting stars together in the glittering dark skies of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park with your special someone.

The Mount Cook National Park region is about 3 hours away by car from Queenstown Airport and about 4 hours away from Christchurch.

The complete absence of light pollution makes New Zealand a stargazer's paradise.