New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary
New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary

New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary

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New Zealand 2-Week Honeymoon Itinerary

In a land of adventure and sublime nature what better place to start life’s next biggest adventure together than in New Zealand? But how do you make the most of New Zealand’s two main islands and its incredible landscapes with limited time? We go through one of the best ways to see both the North Island and the South Island with this New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary.

One thing to note is that seeing both islands in two weeks does mean that you need to be comfortable with a lot of driving. Luckily, New Zealand has plenty of reasons to make multiple stops along the way, making it easy to break up long drives. See How to Drive in New Zealand for more tips.

How to Plan this New Zealand Honeymoon Itinerary

We know that planning an exceptional honeymoon can be a time-consuming and stressful process especially on top of your wedding planning. While we try to provide you with inspiration for a New Zealand honeymoon itinerary, there’s an easy way to plan and book your honeymoon. First Light Travel is a free online travel agent specialising in self-drive itineraries in New Zealand. In fact, you might just like their 14-Day New Zealand Honeymoon for Nature Lovers self-drive itinerary that is very similar to the one we suggest below.

For more information on how online travel planners like First Light Travel work see How to Create the Perfect New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary.©

Day 1 – Auckland

Before jumping on the road, take the time to relax together in New Zealand’s most romantic city, the ‘City of Sails’. A walk along the Viaduct as the sun goes down is a great way to spend the evening, watching the city light reflections glistening in the harbour waters. The Viaduct is also teeming with fabulous eateries and bars. If you have more time in Auckland, check out some of our suggestions.

Things to Do in Auckland

For more inspiration, see the 10 Auckland Must-Dos.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Auckland
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Day 2 – Hahei (Coromandel)

Drive Time: 2h15mins

It’s time to hit the road and check out some of the most stunning beaches in New Zealand. Feel the sand between your toes beneath the white cliffs of Cathedral Cove or on a more secluded beach like New Chums. Or how about digging your own private hot pool at Hot Water Beach?

Things to Do in Hahei

Get more inspiration from the 15 Coromandel Must-Dos.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Hahei
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Day 3 – Rotorua

Drive Time: 4 hours

Now that you’ve seen some of New Zealand’s beautiful coastline, it’s time to dive into the heartland of the North Island! Rotorua is New Zealand’s cultural and geothermal hotspot with a wonderful array of geothermal parks, hot pool and Maori cultural experiences. It’s likely that you’ll want to experience a few activities here, which you’ll also get time to do tomorrow.

Things to Do in Rotorua

And there’s much more! Check out the 10 Rotorua Must-Dos for ideas.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Rotorua©

Day 4 – Taupo & Tongariro National Park

Drive Time: 4 hours

After squeezing in one last romantic hot pool session, make your way to the volcanic landscapes of the Tongariro National Park. Along the way, you’ll pass through the towns of Taupo and Turangi with their own set of attractions, from geothermal hot spots to the magnificent Huka Falls to white water rafting on the Tongariro River. You’ll end the day in National Park Village ready to do the Tongariro Crossing tomorrow.

Things to Do in Taupo
  • Sail to the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
  • Take a helicopter flight over the volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
  • Get the adrenaline going with a tandem skydive or a bungy jump (Viator/Tripadvisor)
  • Hit the Great Lake Trail on a scenic mountain biking tour (Viator/Tripadvisor)
  • Go white water rafting on the Tongariro River (Viator/Tripadvisor)

For more ideas, see the 10 Taupo Must-Dos and 10 Turangi Must-Dos.

Honeymoon Accommodation in National Park Village©

Day 5 – Tongariro Crossing

See some of the most breathtaking scenery on the North Island along the Tongariro Crossing. This 19km one-way hike features volcanic craters, vibrant lakes and Lord of the Rings scenery. There are options to either hike it yourself or go with a guide. Either way, booking transport to and from the walking trail is mandatory for this one-way hike. See Guide to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for more information.

Due to the Tongariro Crossing’s popularity, you may find the Crossing too “busy” for that honeymoon ambience. Check out alternative day hikes in the area with arguably rivalling views of the Tongariro Crossing in our 13 Walks Around National Park Village & Whakapapa Village. For more inspiration, see the 10 Tongariro National Park Must-Dos.

Your transport or guide will return you back to your chosen National Park Village accommodation.©

Day 6 – Wellington

Drive time: 4 hours

Your drive today takes you through interesting Kiwi towns and hugs the coastline of the Kapiti Coast on your way to the capital city. Wellington is a diverse city that you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore while feeling its creative and eclectic vibes.

Things to Do in Wellington
  • Visit the Te Papa Museum – New Zealand’s national museum
  • See rare native wildlife at Zealandia (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
  • Check out the eateries and shops on the bohemian Cuba Street
  • Take the Wellington Cable Car to the Wellington Botanic Garden
  • See how The Lord of the Rings was made on the Weta Workshop Tour (on Viator and Tripadvisor)

Check out the 10 Wellington Must-Dos for more things to do.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Wellington©

Day 7 – Cruise to the South Island & Motueka

Drive Time: 2h20mins

Not just a ferry crossing from the North Island to the South Island, the Cook Strait ferry is a scenic cruise from the Wellington Harbour through the stunning Marlborough Sounds. You’ll arrive in the quaint harbourside town of Picton where you’ll travel through the Whangamoa Saddle to the sunny Tasman district. After a scenic drive, take it easy in your chosen accommodation and get some rest for tomorrow’s adventures in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Motueka
New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary©

Day 8-9 – Abel Tasman National Park

Today, you’ll take a water taxi into the Abel Tasman National Park, an isolated area at the top of the South Island famous for its golden sand beaches backed with lush forest. There are several options to enjoy your two-day adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park, by mixing walking the Abel Tasman Great Walk with kayaking and staying in one of the national park’s scenic beachfront campsites. Book your romantic 2-day Abel Tasman experience, including gourmet camping and food, as part of your honeymoon itinerary with First Light Travel.©

Day 10 – Kaikoura

Drive time: 4 hours

Hit the road again and travel past rows and rows of vineyards as you make your way through the Marlborough region. As you reach the east coast of the South Island, you’ll reach the little town of Kaikoura nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Kaikoura is a mecca for marine wildlife and offers some of the most memorable wildlife encounters of the country.

Things to Do in Kaikoura
  • See the ocean giants on a whale watching cruise (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
  • Swim with New Zealand fur seals (Viator/Tripadvisor)
  • See the whales from another perspective on a whale watching flight (Viator/Tripadvisor)
  • See the world’s largest seabirds on an albatross cruise
  • Try the local speciality of crayfish

Find more activities in the 10 Kaikoura Must-Dos.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Kaikoura
Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia© Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia

Day 11 – Lake Tekapo

Drive time: 5 Hours

Today is all about the drive, stopping by some perfect honeymoon locations. On your drive along the coast, stop by some of the wineries of Waipapa. You’ll also discover quaint Kiwi towns to stop by for lunch, such as the town of Geraldine and Fairlie before you hit some of the stunning alpine scenery as you edge closer to the Southern Alps. Your day ends on the shores of the vibrant blue waters of Lake Tekapo with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. This is definitely a place to just soak up the scenery, maybe even soak in the local hot pools, and enjoy each other’s company.

However, if you are keen to do more, see the 10 Unmissable Things to Do in Lake Tekapo.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Lake Tekapo
Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia© Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia

Day 12 – Aoraki Mt Cook & Queenstown

Drive time: 3h50mins

This morning, head along the milky blue waters of Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Here, you have a multitude of ways to experience the grand alpine scenery of this national park, from flights to hikes. After you’ve had your experience under New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook, enjoy a scenic drive to Queenstown through the iconic Lindis Pass.

Things to Do in Aoraki Mt Cook
  • Do a heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
  • Enjoy a scenic flight around Mt Cook and the glaciers (Viator/Tripadvisor)
  • Do a kayak or boat tour on the Tasman Glacier Lake
  • Hike the Hooker Valley Track
  • Do a 4×4 tour along the Tasman Valley

For more inspiration, see the 10 Unmissable Things to Do in Mt Cook.

Honeymoon Accommodation in Queenstown

Note: Return your car rental to the car rental depot in Queenstown on this day, as you will no longer need your car for the rest of the trip!

New Zealand in Two Weeks: Honeymoon Itinerary© Rob Suisted - Tourism New Zealand

Day 13 – Milford Sound

Today, swap the road for the skies on a special and intimate experience to one of New Zealand’s most scenic landmarks. Enjoy a scenic flight to Milford Sound, flying over the wild and wonderful Fiordland National Park, before landing for a scenic cruise. The cruise takes you under towering glacier-carved mountains, waterfalls and often includes viewings of seals and dolphins. Transfers to and from your hotel are usually included.

For our top flight recommendations, see the 5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown.©

Day 14 – Queenstown Airport

Enjoy a final leisurely breakfast in New Zealand before catching your flight to the rest of your lives together. And there you have it, a honeymoon in New Zealand that is nothing short of incredible.

Feel free to research and book this itinerary for yourself with the links provided throughout this itinerary. Alternatively, cut out the hassle and make your own bespoke honeymoon itinerary with First Light Travel and their free self-drive planning service.

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