Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons in New Plymouth
From the fairytale-like forests of Mt Taranaki’s slopes to the sandy shores of the small city, New Plymouth is an effortlessly romantic destination for couples. In the rhododendron season, the gardens come alive in colour, while the dining options will keep your palette alive. New Plymouth is diverse, is off the beaten track, and makes for the ideal getaway for you and your loved one. So whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away or adding it to the honeymoon itinerary of New Zealand, use this honeymoon guide to New Plymouth to plan the perfect stay.
Things to Do in New Plymouth for Couples
- Visit New Plymouth’s romantic gardens
- Enjoy a long walk on the beach
- Delve into the fairytale-like forest of the Egmont National Park
- Indulge in a mineral hot pool at the Taranaki Thermal Spa
- Head out horse riding
- Team up in a double kayak to paddle to the Sugar Loaf Islands
- Take a picnic to Lake Mangamahoe
- Tackle the challenges of Decipher Escape Rooms
- Watch the sunset with a takeaway at Pig-out Point
- Walk or cycle the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway together.
For more information on each experience, see the 10 Romantic Activities in New Plymouth for Couples.
Romantic Adventure Activities
Romance is easy to find in the varied scenery in and around New Plymouth. Of course, the most cliche (but for good reason), are the beaches. While the town’s most popular beach, Fitzroy is a good go-to, the most picturesque beach to enjoy a pleasant stroll or a picnic is Back Back. A sweeping stretch of black sand, Back Beach offers breathtaking views out to the Sugar Loaf Islands.
Change the scenery by heading to one of New Plymouth’s romantic gardens. Pukekura Park is right in the city centre, boasting picturesque lakes and water features that pose beautiful photo opportunities. Pukeiti is a bit of a drive out of the city but is well worth it with its stunning display of rhododendrons and other lush exotics. Finally, Tupare offers gorgeous landscaped gardens that you wish you’d used for your wedding photos, backed by a characterful historic homestead. Learn more about these gardens in the 10 Must-See Parks & Gardens in Taranaki.
And like something out of a fairytale, the forest of the Egmont National Park adds yet another element of romance for couples who enjoy the beauty of pure untamed nature. Visit the North Egmont Visitor Centre and enjoy some of the short walks among what they call the “goblin forest”. Amidst the moss-covered trees, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a world that time forgot. Check out some of the walks in the 6 Hikes You Have to Do in Egmont National Park.
And that’s just the romantic places you can walk with your loved one! For alternative experiences, including kayaking, horse riding and stunning picnic spots, check out the 10 Romantic Activities in New Plymouth for Couples.
Romantic All-weather Activities
Don’t let a rainy day stall your honeymoon. There are still some fun indoor activities to experience as a couple. For instance, relieve the rainy day stress with a soak in some thermal mineral hot pools at Taranaki Thermal Spa. Indulge in the soothing private hot pools with your significant other in thermal waters that were first discovered in the early part of the 20th Century. The spa also has a sauna and massage treatments on offer.
Looking for something different? Nothing beats the feeling of conquering a challenge together, even if it’s a challenge of the mind like Escape Masters. Tackle one of the creatively themed rooms full of puzzles, hidden codes and tricks to escape the room before the time runs out. It will challenge your reasoning and problem-solving skills so once it’s complete, you’ll be ready to face anything together!
For more ideas, check out the 10 Things to Do in New Plymouth on a Rainy Day.
Romantic Restaurants in New Plymouth
Wrap up a day on your honeymoon the right way with a romantic meal together at one of New Plymouth’s delightful eateries. While we mention some of the best fine dining options in The Luxury Guide to New Plymouth, some of the more casual yet romantic eateries include…
Area 41 (41-43 Brougham Street) transports you to the romantic country of Italy with its authentic tastes and beautiful dining environment of dangling lighting above cosy corners and the mezzanine ideal for couples.
A glass ceiling adorned in fairy lights and garden features to give an alfresco feel in the warmth of the indoors, The Orangery of the Plymouth International (Leach Street) is another excellent choice for couples. The restaurant specialises in Flambé, cooking at your table over a live flame.
And for plates designed to be shared with your loved one, head to The Hour Glass (49 Liardet Street). Indulge in gorgeously presented tapas along with a variety of wines, craft beer and creative cocktails.
For more recommendations, check out The Foodie Guide to New Plymouth.
More About New Plymouth
- 10 Best Galleries & Museums in New Plymouth
- 8 Wonderful Walks in New Plymouth
- 10 Amazing Things to Do in Taranaki
- The Complete Travel Guide to New Plymouth
That’s it for our honeymoon guide to New Plymouth. You can find even more honeymoon tips in The Honeymoon Guide to New Zealand.