Why New Zealand’s South Island is the best honeymoon destination
If you’re looking for something different yet seriously spectacular for your honeymoon, the South Island is a once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway, that you and your forever love absolutely deserve. Here’s our top 3 reasons why you should pack your bags for NZ and honeymoon in the South Island:
1. It’s over-the-top romantic
Imagine a place where alpine glaciers and rainforest meet. Cascading waterfalls, windswept beaches, rare native wildlife and world-class wineries. From the mountains to the sea, and everything in between, the South Island is the perfect backdrop for out of this world romance. Trust us, you will earn some major points for coming up with this idea.
2. It’s wild and adventurous
Explore glaciers by day and sleep in the surrounding rainforest by night. The variety of natural wonders you will see here will stay with you both forever. Sharing these moments with your other half makes these experiences priceless. You can push your limits in the country where bungy jumping was invented, kayak amidst mystical fiords, take in majestic alpine vistas on a helicopter tour, wander through ancient native bush, discover glow-worm caves, or take an overnight cruise deep into the sounds – it’s really up to you to pick your pleasure.
3. It’s the ultimate in R&R
Journey to the ends of the earth where rest and relaxation takes on a whole new meaning. This is a place where time stands still. You can disconnect, slow down, and take things at your own pace. Soak in pristine hot springs, indulge in gourmet food and wine, and find romance in each other’s company and the magical experiences you will share together in the South Island.
How to get here:
You can fly into Queenstown airport which is a gateway to Fiordland and into southern New Zealand. Alternatively, if you have more time to explore, you can take the ferry over from Wellington and enjoy a road trip down from Picton down to Fiordland along the West Coast in the South Island.
Where to stay:
The South Island offers a wide range of accommodation options for you to choose from. From bed and breakfasts, luxury resorts, hotels, motels, holiday houses and full-serviced apartments, you will be spoiled for choice. Make sure to spend at least 2 nights here at Milford Sound Lodge – offering award-winning comfort and secluded riverside chalets, we are the only accommodation provider in Fiordland National Park in the heart of Milford Sound.
When to go:
You can enjoy the South Island any time of the year – it’s breathtaking all year round. But here’s what to expect for each season and the best reasons to honeymoon then.
Summer (Dec-Feb): Peak visiting season where you will enjoy summer days and blue skies.
Autumn (Mar-May): Beautiful change of season with colourful foliage on display and cooler days.
Winter (June-Aug): Quieter travel period with snowy winter wonderland and more chances to catch the stunning yet elusive Southern Lights.
Spring (Sep-Nov): Days are getting warmer and everything is in bloom. Incredible pop-up waterfalls take shape as the snow melts and breathes new life into the landscape.