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The Honeymoon Guide to Wellington

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Romantic Getaways & Honeymoons in Wellington

The big city lights, glistening waters and exciting ambience, Wellington makes an excellent romantic city escape, as well as an obligatory inclusion in your New Zealand honeymoon itinerary. The capital city offers a huge range of experiences for couples, from exciting outdoor adventures to relaxing indoor activities should the weather turn. We’ll go through some of Wellington’s best honeymoon activities, as well as romantic accommodation and places to eat in this honeymoon guide to Wellington.

10 Romantic Activities in Wellington for Couples

  • Walk hand-in-hand through the Botanic Garden
  • Join the love birds in the Zealandia eco-sanctuary
  • Learn something new together in the city’s museums
  • Be whisked away in the romantic helicopter tour with champagne
  • Join a foodie tour, whether it’s a chocolate factory tour or cocktail tasting
  • Challenge each other at a board game cafe or bowling alley
  • Treat her to dinner at one of Wellington’s fine dining restaurants
  • Go on a hike together – see the 10 Best Walks in Wellington
  • Go on a road trip to one of the surrounding regions
  • Relax at the beach – see 10 Beaches in Wellington You Can’t Miss

For more information on each activity, see 10 Romantic Activities in Wellington for Couples.

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Romantic Outdoor Activities for Couples

Get out and about with your loved one by trying some of these outdoor activities!

A fun free thing to do with your other half is to explore the Wellington Botanic Garden. Despite sitting in the centre of the city, you’ll be surprised how easy you can find yourselves alone in this 25-hectare (62-acre) garden. The Botanic Garden has a huge network of walking trails to enjoy hand-in-hand connecting to rose gardens, public artworks, the Picnic Cafe, a duck pond, glasshouses with tropical displays and more! See more budget-friendly ideas in 22 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Wellington here.

If your budget knows no bounds, or you simply want to wow your loved one, take her on the Romantic Helicopter Tour with Wellington Helicopters. This 30-minute tour takes you a heli-excursion over Wellington city with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Your guide will tell you about Wellington’s history and geology as you fly before landing at a remote location with breathtaking views of the Marlborough Sounds. If it isn’t your honeymoon, then at least it would be the ideal place to pop the question! Discover more about the experience on Viator and Tripadvisor. See more helicopter tours listed in 10 Luxury Activities in Wellington.

Because you’re probably feeling like a couple of love birds, join the others in the bird eco-sanctuary of Zealandia. This bird sanctuary is one of the best places to learn about the New Zealand eco-system and provides tons of opportunity to watch beautiful native birds up-close. Learn about New Zealand’s extinct birds in The Exhibition and enjoy a day walking around the sanctuary along the many walking trails. There’s also the option to spot kiwi birds on the Zealandia by Night Tour. Learn more about Zealandia on Viator and Tripadvisor.

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Romantic Indoor Activities for Couples

For those days when the weather doesn’t play ball, which happens often in Wellington, here are some activity ideas to make sure the romance doesn’t get washed away with the rain!

If you’re into culinary experiences, but want to try something different to your standard date night dinner, why not try one of the 9 Things to Do in Wellington for Foodies? For example, book a tour at The Wellington Chocolate Factory! Learn how freshly-roasted cacao beans are transformed into sweet treats with a tasting at the end of the tour. Public tours run on Saturdays at 11am and private tours are also available. There’s also a multitude of craft breweries, as well as cocktail bars to indulge in.

Learning something new together is always a fun experience and there’s certainly plenty of opportunity for that across Wellington’s range of museums. The Te Papa Museum is the most popular option, and for good reason, with the national museum holding a vast array of exhibitions which will make you both experts in all things New Zealand once you’re finished. The Wellington Museum is also an excellent choice, especially with “The Attic” exhibition being a place of intrigue, telling stories of the “weird, worrisome and wonderful”. Find more museums to check out in our 12 Free Art Galleries & Museums in Wellington.

One that’s especially good for a rainy day: challenge your loved one to a game in one of Wellington’s board game cafes. Counter Culture on Victoria Street has more than 600 board games to choose from along with burgers, sandwiches, sweets and sharing plates to munch on. Alternatively, play a more physical indoor game at the bowling alley at Bowlarama in Newton!

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Romantic Restaurants in Wellington

Like most capital cities in the world, Wellington is where you can find some of the country’s best dining experiences. Not only does Wellington have an array of casual eateries, but it boasts a selection of fine dining establishments that are ideal for celebrating a special occasion or for a romantic night out.

For a romantic and homely bistro experience, check out Jano Bistro on Willis Street. Set in a historic two-storey cottage, Jano Bistro certainly sets the mood right along with its delectable set menus of Kiwi cuisine with a French twist.

Adventurous foodies should try Ortega Fish Shack on Majoribanks Street for their ultra-creative dishes like yellowtail kingfish ceviche, avocado, Vietnamese mint and lemongrass and crayfish oil, and steamed tuatuas, nduja, potato skordalia, coco beans and cavolo nero – we know, right?!

See more recommendations for a luxurious and romantic night out in our 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Wellington.


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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