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15 Seriously Romantic Things to Do for Valentine's Day in New Zealand

15 Romantic Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in New Zealand

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What to Do for New Zealand Valentine’s Day + 5 New Zealand Proposal Ideas

So it’s Valentine’s Day. You’re in New Zealand. What the hell are you gonna do? By this point, you’re probably thinking: “Why didn’t I just take her/him to Paris?” But don’t jump the gun just yet! New Zealand has some seriously romantic things to do and we’re going to go through them right here! Your Valentine’s Day in New Zealand will be sorted!

Whatever kind of couple you are, there are some extremely romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day in New Zealand. The great thing about Valentine’s Day in New Zealand is that it falls during summer so you have all the outdoor activities at your calling and you can take your special someone on a date they’ll never forget!

In addition, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article where we give an irresistible list of New Zealand proposal ideas, just in case today’s the day!

1. Do a Tandem Bungy Jump

Nothing says “I love you” quite like hurtling to the ground wrapped up in your lover’s arms. If you’re an adventurous couple of crazy people then bungy jumping for Valentine’s Day is definitely the way to go. Check out which bungy jumps in New Zealand allow tandem in the 7 Best Places to Bungy Jump in New Zealand.

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2. Slip into a Steamy Hot Pool

Ok, so it might be a little warm in February for hot pools in New Zealand but just pray for rain and go get steamy! There’s no lack of hot pools in New Zealand thanks to a bit of geothermal help. So slip into a hot pool or even treat yourselves to a private pool and relax the day away (or as long as you can stand in hot water). See some options in the 10 Damn Relaxing Hot Pools in New Zealand.

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3. Carve a Greenstone Necklace Together

Something to do for Valentine’s Day in New Zealand: Check! Valentine’s Day gift: Check! Kill two birds with one stone with this genius Valentine’s Day activity idea. There are several places around New Zealand, including the West Coast and Stewart Island, where you can carve your own greenstone pendant. Traditionally, you gift a greenstone pendant to someone else, so make it your loved-one! For design ideas, head on over to The Greenstone Pendant Meanings.

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4. Share a New Zealand Sunset

New Zealand has some of the most vivid and stunning sunsets. There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunset with a bottle of bubbles and some beach cuddles. Find some glorious places to watch the sunset in the 20 Stunning Beaches in New Zealand.

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5. Exploit Her Animal Instinct…

… With a wildlife activity! New Zealand has a great deal of beautiful wildlife! Watch the cuteness overload together like seal pups playing in the rocky shore pools or kiwis being all fluffy and cute. The possibilities are endless, so take a look at the 10 Best Wildlife Activities & Tours in New Zealand to get started.

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6. Go On a Romantic Cruise

A cruise has to be one of the most romantic activities out there. And in New Zealand, you are spoiled for choice. Gaze at breathtaking scenery together as you glide along the pristine lakes or sheltered off-shore waters. Discover our list of the 15 Best Boat Cruises in New Zealand to inspire you.

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7. Test Your Relationship in a Double Kayak

They say a true test of a relationship is kayaking in a double kayak. Maybe Valentine’s Day is a good time to try this out? If things go wrong, at least you have the stunning New Zealand coastline, rivers and lakes for distraction. See some stunning spots to kayak at using the 10 Best Kayak Tours in New Zealand.

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8. Have Some Lupin Lovin’ in Lake Tekapo

Awash in the purple hues of lupins, Lake Tekapo is a top spot in New Zealand for wedding photography. That’s got to mean something! Take some cute couple photos together among the romantic scenery of pink and purple flowers combined with the brilliant blue waters of Lake Tekapo. See more activities in the area in the 10 Best Things to Do in Lake Tekapo.

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9. Do Some Wine Tasting

There’s something about wine tasting that seems too sophisticated and romantic. How can it not impress that special someone? Cellar doors can be found in many places in New Zealand from Marlborough to Waiheke Island and more! Check out some excellent places to taste wine in the 10 Best Wine Tours in New Zealand.

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10. Roll Down a Hill in a Giant Hamster Ball Together

If your relationship is built on nonsense and crazy excitement, then consider this wild ride! Zorb in Rotorua allows the two of you to jump into this giant inflatable hamster ball and let gravity take you for a spin. Check out more romantic activities in the area in the 10 Romantic Things to Do in Rotorua.

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11. Take Her to the Love Potion Factory…

… i.e. a brewery! Maybe your other half is more into beer so treat them to the biggest love potion of all! Either indulge in some tasting trays at the brewery’s bar or join one of the 10 Best Brewery Tours in New Zealand.

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12. Make Sweet Chocolate

Chocolate is the go-to gift for Valentine’s Day but you can definitely one-up this by going to make your own chocolate together. The Seriously Good Chocolate Company in Invercargill, for instance, are often happy to do workshops for keen chocolate fiends.

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13. Impress Her on a Horse

Picture the scene: galloping through the fields surrounded by beautiful New Zealand scenery on top of a noble steed. Your lover will not be able to take their eyes off you! Pick your perfect horse riding location from the 10 Best Horse Riding Tours in New Zealand.

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14. See Dolphins

The excitement of seeing dolphins with your loved one awakens affections that just can’t be explained so we won’t try to… And becauses we’re definitely not making this sh*t up. Take the excitement to the next level by seeing adorable dolphins in their natural element at one of the 5 Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in New Zealand.

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15. Go Out for a Romantic Kiwi Meal

So Kiwi food doesn’t exactly evoke images of “romance” but take that fish n’ chips takeaway to the waterfront or eat that hāngi meal to the sound of Maori love song and you have yourself one hell of a romantic evening. Alternatively, you could also go for “high tea”, because you’ve never had a reason for this fancy behaviour before. Try the high tea at Zealong in Hamilton, New Zealand’s only tea plantation – find out more in The Food Guide to Hamilton: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

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5 New Zealand Proposal Ideas

Should Valentine’s Day be the day that you pop the question, let’s dream up some whimsically romantic New Zealand proposal ideas that’ll make hearts soar and kiwis (the birds, but let’s invite the fruit too) cheer in approval!

  1. Mt Cook Ski Plane Adventure: Take your love to icy heights with a ski plane tour over Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier. Land on a glacier for a moment frozen in time, where you ask for their hand in marriage surrounded by pristine snowfields. It’s cool (literally) and utterly majestic (more info on Viator and Klook)!
  2. Hobbiton Movie Set Magic: For the film buffs and fantasy lovers, why not propose in the enchanting setting of Hobbiton from “The Lord of the Rings”? Amidst the lush landscapes and Hobbit holes, you can get down on one knee at Bag End itself. It’s quirky, unforgettable, and perfect for a tale that’s nothing short of epic (more info on Viator and Klook).
  3. Hot Air Balloon Over Canterbury Plains: Imagine floating high above the breathtaking Canterbury Plains at sunrise, the world below awash in golden hues. Just as the excitement reaches its peak, you pull out the ring and ask the big question, all while floating in a basket—truly, a love lifted higher than the Southern Alps!
  4. Stargazing in Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve: Under the vast expanse of one of the clearest night skies in the world, you lay out a cosy blanket and a telescope. As your partner marvels at the constellations, you point out a star and say, “Just like that star, my love for you burns bright and eternal.” Then, you present the ring that shines like a star plucked from the heavens above.
  5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves Proposal: Drift through the ethereal beauty of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in a silent boat ride. Surrounded by the magical glow of thousands of glowworms, it’s like floating under a starlit sky. At this moment of awe, ask if they’ll be the light of your life forever.

Remember, it’s not just about the location, but the love, laughter and life you’re promising to share. Whichever you choose, make it uniquely yours, and it’ll be a story worth telling for ages. Happy proposing!

More Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in New Zealand

That’s it for our list of the most romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day in New Zealand but it’s by no means the end of our romantic recommendations! Curate an experience to your chosen destination with the help of our couple-centric top-10s!

And for all the rest, be sure to browse The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to New Zealand.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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