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

New Zealand Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: Two Weeks / 14 Days

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14-Day Honeymoon and Couples Itinerary for New Zealand

In a land of adventure and sublime nature what better place to start life’s next biggest adventure together (or go on a romantic getaway) than in New Zealand? But how do you make the most of New Zealand’s two main islands and their 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 honeymoon and romance itinerary for two weeks (14 days).

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. However, we still strongly encourage anyone coming to New Zealand for two weeks to only explore one of the islands, so perhaps you’d like to consider our North Island Honeymoon Itinerary or South Island Honeymoon Itinerary.

Before we begin, don’t forget to bookmark The Honeymoon & Romantic Guide to New Zealand for even more honeymoon tips. And if you are making your honeymoon a round-the-world trip, entering NZ via a cruise is also a popular option.

14-Day New Zealand Honeymoon Itinerary: Overview

  • Day 1 – Auckland
  • Day 2 – Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)
  • Day 3 – Hahei to Rotorua
  • Day 4 – Rotorua to Taupo & Tongariro National Park
  • Day 5 – Tongariro Crossing
  • Day 6 – National Park to Wellington
  • Day 7 – Cruise to the South Island & Motueka
  • Day 8-9 – Abel Tasman National Park
  • Day 10 – Abel Tasman to Kaikoura
  • Day 11 – Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo
  • Day 12 – Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mt Cook & Queenstown
  • Day 13 – Milford Sound
  • Day 14 – Queenstown Airport

How to Get Around New Zealand in Two Weeks

This is a self-drive two-week honeymoon and romance itinerary for New Zealand. We give tips on hiring a vehicle below, as well as additional (and alternative) transport methods to use for travelling 14 days around New Zealand on your honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Plan more of your honeymoon using The Honeymoon & Romance Guide to New Zealand.

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Day 1 – Arrive in 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.

Romantic Things to Do in Auckland

For more inspiration, see the 10 Romantic Activities in Auckland for Couples.

Romantic Accommodation in Auckland

Check out the 10 Best Romantic Hotels in Auckland for more details and options.

New Zealand Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: Two Weeks / 14 Days© MaxPixel

Day 2 – Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)

Drive Time: 2h15mins

It’s time to get this New Zealand honeymoon itinerary for two weeks officially started by checking 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?

Romantic Things to Do in Hahei

Get more inspiration from the 10 Romantic Activities in the Coromandel for Couples.

Romantic Accommodation in Hahei

For more options, head over to the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in the Coromandel.

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Day 3 – Hahei to 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 pools 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.

Romantic Things to Do in Rotorua

And there’s much more! Check out the 12 Most Romantic Things to Do in Rotorua for Couples for ideas.

Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua

Get more inspiration for places to stay using the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Rotorua.

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Day 4 – Rotorua to Taupo and 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 (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). You’ll end the day in National Park Village ready to do the Tongariro Crossing tomorrow.

Romantic Things to Do in Taupo

For more ideas, see the 10 Romantic Activities in Taupo for Couples.

Romantic Accommodation in National Park Village

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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/romantic 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.

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Day 6 – National Park to 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.

Romantic Things to Do in Wellington

Check out the 10 Romantic Activities in Wellington for Couples for more things to do.

Romantic Accommodation in Wellington

Learn more about these accommodations and more in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Wellington.

New Zealand Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: Two Weeks / 14 Days© NZPocketGuide.com

Day 7 – Cruise to the South Island and 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 in Motueka and get some rest for tomorrow’s adventures in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Romantic Accommodation in Motueka

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Day 8-9 – Abel Tasman National Park

Today, you’ll take a water taxi from Motueka 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 walking the Abel Tasman Great Walk and staying in one of the national park’s scenic beachfront huts or campsites. Alternatively, do a liveaboard experience with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Romantic Things to Do in Abel Tasman

Find out more about these experiences and others in the 11 Best Things to Do in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Day 10 – Motueka to 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 in the country.

Romantic Things to Do in Kaikoura

Find out more about each activity in our list of 10 Romantic Activities in Kaikoura for Couples.

Romantic Accommodation in Kaikoura

Get more details from the 8 Best Romantic Accommodations in Kaikoura.

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Day 11 – Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo

Drive time: 5 Hours

Today is all about the drive, stopping by some romantic locations. On your drive along the coast, stop by some of the wineries of Waipara. 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.

Romantic Accommodation in Lake Tekapo

Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia© Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia

Day 12 – Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mt Cook and 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.

Romantic 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 (on Viator and 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 9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Mt Cook for Couples.

Romantic 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 scening flight and cruise package recommendations, see the 5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

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Day 14 – Queenstown Airport

It’s the sad moment when your New Zealand honeymoon itinerary for two weeks finally comes to an end. 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/romantic getaway to New Zealand that is nothing short of incredible.

Remember, if this itinerary seems too intense, perhaps you’d like to explore just one of the islands for your romantic retreat. Get inspiration from our North Island Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: Two Weeks or South Island Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: Two Weeks.

More About a New Zealand Honeymoon and Romance Itinerary for Two Weeks / 14 Days

That’s it for our New Zealand honeymoon and romance itinerary for 14 days. If that wasn’t the itinerary you were looking for, check out these alternative 14-day itineraries:

Finally, get more advice on planning more of your couples’ trip to New Zealand with The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to New Zealand.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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