Plan a Romantic Getaway, Anniversary or Honeymoon to Haast
Welcome to what feels like the edge of the earth: rugged untouched coastline with a backdrop of majestic mountains hiding all sorts of unique and rare wildlife. Most travellers believe it’s just a road that passes through Haast, but with boutique lodges and cosy cabins in the area, it’s actually a romantic base to explore what is known at the “Te Waihipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area”. Helicopter, plane and jet boat tours will get you to some of the most hard-to-reach and untamed wilderness of the area, while you may be surprised what kind of landscapes you’ll discover on your own two feet. So share one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hidden gems of New Zealand with your loved one in Haast.
Plan your romantic getaway, anniversary or honeymoon right here with this honeymoon guide to Haast.
Honeymoon Activities in Haast
- Enjoy one of Haast’s romantic walks
- Land by alpine lakes or fly to Milford Sound via helicopter
- Take a scenic fixed-wing flight over a World Heritage Area
- Enjoy a romantic stroll on Haast Beach
- Experience the Mt Aspiring National Park scenery via jet boat
- Treat your loved one to a romantic dining experience.
For more details on each activity, check out the 6 Romantic Activities in Haast for Couples.
Romantic Adventure Activities
From epic experiences like helicopter flights to down-to-earth strolls in beautiful places, Haast offers couples amazing activities on both ends of the price spectrum.
If you’re looking to mark a special occasion, consider one of the many scenic flight offerings from Haast. HeliServices.NZ and Greenstone Helicopters both offer a complete menu of experiences, from short coastal flights to excursions all the way to Milford Sound. In between, you’ll find romantic options like HeliServices.NZ’s flight to “The Hanging Lakes” seeing cascading waterfalls on the way to a landing beside gorgeous alpine lakes. There’s also the “Aspiring” tour with Greenstone Helicopters taking you from the rugged coast to the mountaintops of the Mt Aspiring National Park awash in rainforest, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers.
Surrounding Haast, you also have many beautiful walks to choose from to enjoy hand-in-hand. Ship Creek is a popular choice with two short walks incorporating boardwalk-lined sand dunes and natural kahikatea (white pine) forest. Head to Jackson Bay and you’ll also find a wealth of walks, from the Hapuka Estuary Walk to watch wildlife on the way to the popular and diverse coastal scenery of the Wharekai-Te Kou Walk. Find out more in the 6 Best Walks in Haast.
Finally, what romantic getaway is complete without a long walk on the beach? Haast Beach is simply stunning with its driftwood-scattered sand and mountain views. Just remember to take your insect repellent!
For more romantic adventures, like a fixed-wing scenic flight, take a look at the 6 Romantic Activities in Haast for Couples.
Romantic All-weather Activities
Nope, there are no museums, art galleries or hot pools to save you from a rainy day in Haast. In fact, the adventure still continues thanks to the town’s innovative all-weather jet boat tours!
Join Waiatoto River Safari in their excursion into the Mt Aspiring National Park under the cover of their jet boat’s roof. This journey takes you from the mouth of the Waiatoto River right into the heart of the Te Waihipounamu World Heritage Area shrouded in mountains, lush forest and the crystal clear waters of the river. Enjoy informative commentary from your guide on this small-group tour, as well as afternoon tea at a scenic picnic stop.
An alternative jet boat experience, the Haast River Safari departs just outside of Haast taking you along the glacier-fed Haast River. On a fine day, you’ll get to appreciate the intensity of its blue water, while a rainy day brings a moody atmosphere of clouds weaving between the mountains and new waterfalls cascading into the river. Their jet boat is completely enclosed allowing you and your loved one to appreciate the beauty of Haast whatever the weather.
Romantic Restaurants Near Haast
Rugged taverns and casual cafes are the vibe of Haast’s dining scene – ideal for a casual dinner and serving iconic West Coast cuisine like seafood, whitebait and venison. However, if you’re looking for something a little more “romantic”, you’ll have to travel a little further afield to find cafes and restaurants in world-class locations.
The Craypot in Jackson Bay is a 100km (60-mile) detour that many agree is worth taking to enjoy the ultra-fresh fish baskets and whitebait fritters. Lap up the views from in the casual cafe or outside in the alfresco area and find romance in knowing you’re dining in one of the most remote restaurants in the country.
At the other end of the Haast Pass, the Wonderland Cafe of the Wonderland Makarora Lodge offers rustic dining in a timber-lined tavern with the fire roaring, as well as alfresco options to soak in the mountain scenery in summer. Enjoy well-presented plates of locally-sourced lamb dishes, antipasto platters, cheeseboards and more.
Finally, guests at Mahitahi Lodge can opt to be treated to a romantic dinner or to dine at the main table with other guests on an array of cheese, crackers and salami made with local venison, whitebait, blue cod, lamb shanks or a fillet of beef. New Zealand wine and beer is also served as part of the dining experience.