Romance & Honeymoon Activities in Queenstown
For the couple who like a balance between adventure and relaxation, Queenstown certainly fits the bill. While the “Adventure Capital” of New Zealand has all the skydives, bungy jumps and jet boats you could ever dream of, the town is also home to a selection of special experiences ideal for couples. Queenstown is surrounded by vineyards, making a dinner date at a winery an easy option. Helicopter excursions certainly have the “wow” factory to celebrate a special occasion. Or simply enjoy the romantic scenery while strolling hand-in-hand through the town’s gardens. We’ll go through a range of options in this list of romantic activities in Queenstown for couples!
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Honeymoon Guide to Queenstown.
1. Unwind with a Couples Spa Treatment
Relax and rejuvenate together in a sensual experience at one of Queenstown’s spas. Body Sanctum Day Spa offers 30 to 90-minute couples massages where you’ll be able to share the experience together in one of the spa’s cosy couples rooms. Learn more about Body Sanctum Day Spa on Viator and Tripadvisor. Other ways to relax in Queenstown include at The Onsen Hot Pools Retreat, which offers a range of private cedar hot tubs with views over the vibrant blue Shotover River. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.
2. Fly to a Private Picnic Destination by Helicopter
For something utterly private, utterly luxurious and perhaps a little it “over the top”, catch a flight with Over the Top Helicopters to a remote location overlooking Lake Wakatipu. After a scenic excursion, you’ll land in a secluded alpine location known as “The Ledge” for a private picnic. Share a platter of meats, cheeses, salad, fruit and a selection of beverages to enjoy away from the world for as long as you desire. Check out Over the Top Helicopters on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, for more ways to experience Queenstown by helicopter, check out 5 Epic Queenstown Helicopter Tours.
3. Sample Local Wines Together on a Queenstown Wine Tour
There’s a reason why wine is often associated with romance, and you’ll certainly see why when you’re gazing across the picturesque vineyards from the wineries surrounding Queenstown. There are many ways to experience Central Otago region, from touring the wineries by bike with Around the Basin Bike Tours (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) to intimate tours with a designated driver with Queenstown Wine Trail (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Tours include plenty of tastings, photo opportunities and time to relax with your loved one.
4. Cruise Around Lake Wakatipu
The glistening waters of Lake Wakatipu are sure to allure you during your stay in Queenstown. There are a couple of romantic cruises to experience the lake, from a historic steamship cruise to onboard a modern catamaran. The TSS Earnslaw is a popular option, offering multiple sailings throughout the day. Watch the stokers feed the coal fire, visit the onboard museum and lap up the surrounding lake scenery. Find out more about the TSS Earnslaw on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, get around the lake further and faster with Southern Discoveries on their fast catamaran. Get gorgeous views of the lake and beyond while listening in informative commentary and relaxing with a coffee from the onboard cafe. More information on the Southern Discoveries’ cruise can be found on Viator and Tripadvisor.
5. Enjoy a Date Night at One of the Fine Dining Restaurants
Celebrate your special occasion with a date night at some of Queenstown’s most romantic eateries. The Bunker is a cosy and rustic restaurant located down an alley and specialising in Kiwi cuisine. Alternatively, get unbeatable views from the Wakatipu Grill, where you can get sundowners from the bar and eat from a seasonal menu with something for just about everyone. Or for a true foodie experience, head to Rata, run in collaboration with a Michelin Chef and Celebrity Masterchef judge, Josh Emett. For more restaurant ideas, check out the 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Queenstown.
6. Walk Hand-in-hand Through the Queenstown Gardens
Looking for a romantic yet free thing to do in Queenstown? Take a romantic stroll through the Queenstown Gardens. This park is accessible from the city centre and offers gorgeous views of Lake Wakatipu from its network of walking trails through manicured gardens. Pack a picnic or hire a disc/frisbee to challenge each other to frisbee golf at the 18-hole course. For more activities like this, see 16 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Queenstown.
7. Take a Leap of Faith Together in a Tandem Canyon Swing
Looking for something crazy to do together? Well, this is the adventure capital of New Zealand! An awesome option for couples is jumping tandem on the Shotover Canyon Swing. Freefall over the Shotover River in a belly-flipping fall before the harnesses safely swing you across the canyon and back! Check out Shotover Canyon Swing on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, see more activities like this in the 10 Epic Adventure Activities in Queenstown.
8. Enjoy an Intimate Scenic Flight to Milford Sound
Milford Sound is on the bucket list of most people travelling to Queenstown, so it’s likely that it needs no introduction here. However, while most take large tour buses to get to the majestic fiord, a more intimate experience for couples is taking a scenic flight. Watch stunning vistas of glacier-carved valleys, mountains, alpine lakes and vast forests as you fly on a 35-minute flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Once you arrive in Milford Sound, you can enjoy one of the two-hour cruises through the fiord. Compare flight experiences with our 5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown.
9. Go Horse Riding Together at the Walter Peak High Country Farm
There’s something quite romantic about seeing your loved one riding a majestic steed, right? Put yourselves in the romance novel picture with a horse trek in Queenstown. Walter Peak High Country Farm offers half-day rides through the gorgeous rolling farmlands with views of The Remarkables mountains and Lake Wakatipu ever-present. The experience also includes a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown, as well as morning or afternoon tea with freshly-baked scones and cakes. Find out more about Walter Peak High Country Farm on Viator and Tripadvisor.
10. Learn How to Ski Together
Nothing strengthens the bond quite like learning a new skill together. Make that skill skiing or snowboarding! During winter, Queenstown comes alive with the ski season, with four nearby ski fields to choose from. Lessons are available at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, or a bit further afield toward Wanaka at Cardrona (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or Treble Cone (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Learn more about the ski season in our guide to The Ultimate Guide to the Queenstown Ski Season.