Romantic Getaways & Honeymoons in Auckland
All honeymoons to New Zealand are likely to begin and end in Auckland. That gives newly-weds the chance to relax with all the big city comforts before heading on an adventure of a lifetime around New Zealand. For many, they fall in love with the harbourside city, wanting to spend more time exploring its wildlife-filled waters, vibrant foodie scene and surrounding islands. For the couple that has more time to spend in Auckland, let us guide you through your special occasion with this honeymoon guide to Auckland. Find out more about romantic accommodation, experiences and restaurants.
10 Romantic Activities in Auckland for Couples
- Indulge in fine wine together on a winery tour of Waiheke Island
- Take the ferry to one of Auckland’s nearby islands
- SkyWalk and dine at the top of the Sky Tower
- Watch the sunset from Mt Eden
- Relax with a couples’ massage
- Discover Auckland’s gorgeous beaches
- Taste the city’s finest food together in a culinary tour
- Experience the excitement of a whale and dolphin cruise
- Learn something new at the city centre museums
- Treat yourself to fine dining
For more ideas and information, see our 10 Romantic Activities in Auckland for Couples.
Romantic Outdoor Activities for Couples
New Zealand is all about the adventure and Auckland can certainly provide that too. Catch a ferry from the downtown Ferry Building to one of the glorious islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland’s surrounding waters are scattered with volcanic islands, from the rugged Rangitoto Island to the beach-lined Waiheke Island. Nature lovers will also love Tiritiri Matangi, a pest-free haven for native birds where you and your loved one can watch the magic of nature happen as you cosy up and watch the birds at of one of the island’s birdbaths or feeding stations. Find out more about each island you can visit in our The 10 Best Islands in Auckland to Visit.
A honeymoon calls for long walks on the beach. Auckland can certainly provide in that department, featuring ruggedly beautiful black-sand beaches on the west coast and soft white-sand beached on the east. Combine your beach visit with seeing a fascinating gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, learn to surf together at Piha Beach, or hike to waterfalls at Karikari Beach. Find more in Where to Find Black Sand Beaches in Auckland.
Experience the excitement of seeing whales or acrobatic dolphins together on a whale watching tour of the Hauraki Gulf. Departing from the Viaduct Harbour in the city centre, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari offers wildlife cruises with marine biologists to see some of Auckland’s most fascinating marine mammals. Find out more about Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Finally, for couples on a budget, a nice free thing to do is walk up Mt Eden. This volcanic cone is the highest natural point of the city where you can get wonderful views of the Auckland skyline, Rangitoto Island and beyond. The best time to go is at sunrise or sunset. Find more free activities in 17 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Auckland.
Romantic Indoor Activities for Couples
Whether you’re needing a break from the outdoors or happen to be having a bad spell of weather, there are still plenty of indoor activities for honeymooners. Aside from indulging in the local restaurants (see the section below), couples can also enjoy couples massages at a number of spas around Auckland. Experience a soothing massage together at the Barclay Suites in the CBD or the Chuan Spa at the Cordis Hotel.
Imagine how you fair in yesteryears by visiting some of the fascinating museums in Auckland. The Auckland Musem is packed with exhibitions about New Zealand’s social and natural history. There’s even the opportunity to see a Maori cultural performance which is a captivating experience, to say the least. Another museum worth adding to the itinerary is the New Zealand Maritime Museum showcasing the fascinating seafaring stories of the South Pacific. The additional harbour cruise from the museum is also a romantic way to see the Auckland Harbour and the city skyline from the water. Get your tickets to the Auckland Museum on Viator and Tripadvisor.
An alternative thing to do for food enthusiasts is a culinary tour with The Big Foody. Find coffee shops you would have never known existed, supermarkets where the chefs shop, fresh fish markets and much more. Discover more about The Big Foody’s tours on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, see more activities like this in our 10 Alternative Things To Do in Auckland.
Romantic Restaurants in Auckland
Choosing where to eat in Auckland can be a pretty overwhelming experience, but bear in mind that New Zealand’s largest city does have some of the best eateries in the country. With that in mind, it’s definitely worth treating yourselves for your special occasion.
In the city centre, treat each other to a unique dining experience atop the Sky Tower in the revolving restaurant, Orbit 360. What’s more, you can even couple the fine dining experience with a SkyWalk where you will be harnessed to walk on a barrier-less walkway around the perimeter of the Sky Tower – scary stuff! Check out the SkyWalk and Dine experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.
If the urban centre is not your thing, then escape to Waiheke Island and its array of wineries and vineyards. Cable Bay offers some of the best views from its “Dining Room”, while Mudbrick is oozing with character and charm. Find out more about the wineries of Waiheke in 21 Vineyards & Wineries on Waiheke Island.
Plus, for more dining inspiration, head to the 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Auckland.