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Honeymoon in the Heart of New Zealand

Embark on a romantic journey from Auckland's vibrant waterfront to Queenstown's exhilarating adventures, culminating in starlit nights at Lake Tekapo. Experience romantic vineyard tastings, thrilling glacier flights, and serene stargazing in New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes.

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Experience Overview

At a Glance

  • 12 days & 11 nights
  • Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Milford Sounds, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, & Akaroa.
  • Optional add ons include: AJ Hackett Bungee Jumping, Scenic Helicopter Tours, Auckland Sky Tower, Skydiving, Dinners, Flights & more


  • Breakfast Daily
  • 4.5-star & 5-star Hotel Stays
  • Self Drive Car Hire for 12 Days Included
  • Hobbiton Tour, Waitomo Caves, Te Puia Guided Tour, Redwood Trees Night Walk, Mt Cook Private Glacier Scenic Flight, Waiheke Island Ferry Ticket, Waiheke Island Full Day Wine Tour, Private Onsen Hot Pools Milford Sounds Cruise, Skyline Luge + Gondola, TSS Earnslaw Cruise & BBQ Dinner, Queenstown Jet Boat, Gibston Valley Wine Cave, Lake Tekapo Star Gazing, & Akaroa Dolphin Cruise

Value Proposition

  • Starting from $4,489 (NZD) per person
  • No Set Dates – Travel Anytime
  • Twin Share/Double Occupancy Room Rate
  • Seasonal Rates Available
  • New Zealand Owned & Operated
  • Customisable Itineraries upon request
  • Coach or Private Touring Option Available
Enjoying the Natural Wonders
New Zealand
Hiking in Nature's Masterpiece
New Zealand
Lake Tekapo Night Sky
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Milford Sounds Sunset
Milford Sounds, New Zealand
Waitomo Glow Worms
Waitomo, New Zealand
Milford Sounds Cruise
Milford Sounds, New Zealand


Day 1

Your Honeymoon Begins in the City of Sails

The beginning of your honeymoon ushers you into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. Known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking waterfront, Auckland serves as the perfect starting point for your romantic journey. After checking into your carefully selected hotel, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the beauty and excitement of Auckland's Viaduct and Britomart areas, where urban sophistication meets serene ocean vistas.


Begin your morning with a leisurely check-in to your hotel, where you'll be greeted with warm hospitality and perhaps a special honeymoon welcome. Take some time to settle in and refresh before embarking on your New Zealand adventure.


Spend your afternoon strolling hand in hand through the Auckland Viaduct, an upscale area known for its bustling harbor, chic cafes, and exquisite dining options. Continue to the Britomart precinct and waterfront areas, where you can explore a mix of historic and contemporary architecture, trendy boutiques, and waterfront parks offering stunning views of the harbor.

Movenpick Auckland, or equivalent
30 Minutes Drive
Optional: Dinner
1-2 Hours
North Island Self Drive Car Rental Pick Up
Optional: Sky Tower Admission
Day 2

A Day of Vineyard Romance on Waiheke

Immerse yourselves in the enchanting allure of Waiheke Island, Auckland's gem, with a morning ferry ride setting the tone for a day of discovery and indulgence. Renowned for its rolling vineyards and azure waters, Waiheke offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and culinary excellence.


Your journey begins with a scenic ferry ride to Waiheke Island, offering panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf. Upon arrival, the island's charm unfolds as you're welcomed into the heart of its wine country.


Engage in a curated wine tour that guides you through several of Waiheke's prestigious wineries. Delight in tastings of premium wines, each reflecting the unique terroir of the island, while learning about the art of winemaking from passionate vintners. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a vineyard, where local produce and stunning vineyard vistas enhance your dining experience.

Movenpick Auckland, or equivalent
2 Hour Boat Ride
Breakfast, Wine Tasting Tour
8 Hours
Waiheke Island Ferry & Waiheke Island Wine Tour
Optional: Lunch at a Winery
Day 3

The Magical Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton

Journey from Auckland to Rotorua, with a spellbinding interlude at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton. It's a day that weaves together the mysterious beauty of glowworm-lit caves with the magic of Hobbiton in the afternoon.


Depart Auckland and head towards the captivating Waitomo Caves. Embark on a guided tour through the cave's limestone formations and be mesmerized by the galaxy of glowworms lighting up the cavernous spaces.


On your way to Roroua, stop by Hobbiton, where the captivating landscapes of the Shire await. Join a guided tour to discover the intricate details and stories behind the making of the hobbit holes and the set's transformation into a living, breathing part of Middle-earth. Wander through the lush gardens and end your visit with a refreshing drink at the Green Dragon Inn, an experience that will transport you into the heart of Tolkien's world.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, or equivalent
5 Hours Drive
9-10 Hours
Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Tour
Optional: Waitomo Caves Private Tour
Day 4

The Cultural Capital Rotorua

Embark through the mythical wonders of Rotorua, traversing the geothermal region. Delve into the heart of New Zealand's Maori culture and geothermal marvels, whilst walking amongst the lit up Redwood tree tops in the evening.


After breakfast engage in the enriching Te Puia Maori Experience & Haka, offering a profound glimpse into the Maori way of life amidst geothermal wonders.


The evening unfolds with the magical Redwood Tree Night Walk, an ethereal journey amid towering ancient trees, illuminated by an enchanting array of lights. This experience not only highlights the majestic natural beauty of Rotorua but also offers a unique perspective of the forest under the cloak of night.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, or equivalent
1-2 Hours Drive
6 Hours
Te Puia Guided Experience & Redwood Tree Night Walk
Optional: Te Puia Haka & Hangi Experience
Day 5

Queenstown Adventures Begin with Relaxation

Embark on a journey from Auckland to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, where adrenaline meets tranquility. Your day begins with a flight to this stunning southern resort town, nestled among the dramatic Southern Alps and the shores of the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu. The day's adventures include the exhilarating rush of jet boating through narrow canyons and the peaceful relaxation of private Onsen Hot Pools, offering a perfect blend of excitement and relaxation.


Your morning starts with a scenic flight to Queenstown, offering aerial views of New Zealand's diverse landscapes. Upon arrival, gear up for a heart-pounding jet boating experience on the Shotover or Kawarau River, where high-speed maneuvers and stunning river canyons await.


After the thrill of jet boating, unwind in the serene ambiance of Queenstown's private Onsen Hot Pools. Nestled in a secluded setting with panoramic views, these pools provide a tranquil retreat to relax your muscles and soak in the beauty of the surrounding nature.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hour Flight
6 Hours
8 Day Car Hire, KJet 1 Hour Boat Ride & Private Queenstown Onsen Hot Pool
Optional: Queenstown Scenic Flight
Day 6

Queenstown Lakes to Queenstown Peaks

Your Queenstown journey reaches new heights with a day filled with thrilling adventures and elegant relaxation. Begin with the Skyline Luge and Gondola rides, offering a unique mix of excitement and breathtaking views. The afternoon transitions to a serene experience aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, leading to a memorable dinner on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.


Ascend Queenstown's skyline with a gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak, presenting panoramic views of the city and Lake Wakatipu. Here, the Skyline Luge awaits, offering a fun-filled experience as you navigate down the luge tracks. With multiple rides each, you'll have plenty of opportunities to race each other and soak in the stunning vistas.


Board the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship for a leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Revel in the historical charm of the vessel while enjoying the majestic alpine scenery. The journey concludes at Walter Peak High Country Farm, where an exquisite dinner experience against the backdrop of stunning lake views awaits. It's an opportunity to indulge in local cuisine while immersed in the tranquility of Queenstown's natural beauty.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hour Boat Ride
Breakfast & BBQ Dinner
7-8 Hours
Skyline Luge + Gondola & TSS Earnslaw BBQ Dinner Cruise
Optional: AJ Hacket Bungee Jump
Day 7

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Embark on a breathtaking journey to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most iconic natural attractions, known for its sheer cliffs, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls. This day trip offers an immersive experience into the heart of Fiordland National Park, with countless photo opportunities along the way.


After an early breakfast, begin your journey along the stunning road to Milford Sound. This route is renowned for its diverse landscapes, passing through lush farmland, dense beech forests, and the remarkable Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain, where optical illusions make the mountain appear to recede as you approach.

As you approach Milford Sound, you'll pass through the Homer Tunnel, a remarkable engineering feat that cuts through the solid rock of the Darran Mountains.


Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board a cruise to explore this magnificent 22km-long fiord. The cruise offers up-close views of the iconic Mitre Peak, rising more than a mile straight out of the sea, and the chance to see waterfalls cascading down sheer rock faces, some of which are over 1000 meters high.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
10 Hours Drive & Boat Ride
12 Hours
Milford Sound Cruise
Optional: Milford Sound Lunch & Milford Sound Private Tour
Day 8

Morning Hikes with Afternoon Wines

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Queenstown with a day that promises both adventure and indulgence. Begin your journey with a trek through the breathtaking landscapes of the Queenstown Hill walk, followed by an afternoon savoring the finest wines in the atmospheric Gibbston Valley Wine Cave. This day is a perfect blend of natural wonders and culinary excellence, set against the backdrop of Queenstown's majestic scenery.


Your day begins with an exhilarating ascent up Queenstown Hill This moderately challenging hike rewards you with panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains, draped in the vibrant colors of autumn. As you reach the peak, the breathtaking vista unfolds, offering a serene moment to reflect amidst the majesty of the Southern Alps.


After the morning's trek, unwind in the unique setting of the Gibbston Valley Wine Cave, nestled in the heart of Central Otago's wine country. This experience offers a fascinating insight into the wine-making process, set within a naturally climate-controlled cave. Enjoy a guided tour of the cave and winery, learning about the region's wine production, followed by a tasting session featuring premium Gibbston Valley wines.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
8 Hours
Nature Trek & Gibbston Valley Wine Cave
Optional: Half Day Private Wine Tour
Day 9

Alpine Helicopter Flight & Stargazing Nights in Lake Tekapo

Transition from the thrill of Queenstown to the serene beauty of Lake Tekapo, enveloped by the majestic Southern Alps. Your journey includes a picturesque drive to Lake Tekapo, a stunning glacier flight over Mt. Cook, and an awe-inspiring star gazing tour under one of the clearest night skies in the world. This day is a blend of natural wonders, from azure lakes to towering glaciers, culminating in a celestial spectacle that promises to be a highlight of your honeymoon.


The day begins with a scenic drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo, where the turquoise waters offer a tranquil backdrop for a romantic picnic lunch. Enjoy the serene beauty and take in the expansive views of the Southern Alps.


Experience the grandeur of the Southern Alps with a breathtaking mountain scenic flight over Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Witness the dramatic landscapes from an aerial perspective, including glaciers, icefalls, and snow-capped mountains.

As dusk falls, prepare for an unforgettable stargazing experience at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The absence of light pollution allows for an unparalleled view of the night sky.

Peppers Bluewater Resort, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive, 45 Minute Scenic Flight
10 Hours
20 Minute Mt Cook Scenic Flight & Lake Tekapo Stargazing
Optional: Glacier Scenic Walk
Day 10

The Garden City of Christchurch

Make your way to Christchurch in the morning. An enchanting city, made up of a blend of rich heritage, vibrant culture, and natural beauty, making it a unique destination for travelers. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is adorned with expansive parks, serene rivers, and stunning gardens that bring a sense of tranquility and peace to its bustling urban environment.


Upon arrival into Christchurch, begin the day with a leisurely exploration of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis in the heart of the city. The gardens are home to an impressive collection of flora from around the world, providing a colorful and fragrant experience. Stroll through the meticulously maintained flower beds, serene water features, and native plant collections.


After immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the gardens, continue your cultural journey through Christchurch by visiting the iconic landmarks that define the city's skyline and history.

Later in the evening enjoy a range of wines & canapés in the lounge of a newly restored, Neo-gothic style hotel known as The Observatory Hotel.

The Observatory Hotel, or equivalent
2.5 Hours Drive
Breakfast & Evenings Drinks w/ Canapés
4-6 Hours
The Observatory Drinks & Canapés
Optional: Christchurch Tram & Christchurch Gondola
Day 11

Agricultural Landscapes & Dolphin Viewings

Embark on a picturesque journey through the rolling countryside towards the enchanting Banks Peninsula and the quaint town of Akaroa. This day is dedicated to exploring the heart of local artisan culture, surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty that New Zealand is renowned for. Discover a carefully curated selection of boutique wineries, cheese makers, and microbreweries, showcasing the best of local craftsmanship and flavors. The area is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life, offering an immersive experience into the local culinary and artistic scene.


The morning begins with a scenic drive through the lush countryside, leading you to the Banks Peninsula. Here, take the opportunity to visit local wineries, where you can savor exquisite tastings and learn about the winemaking process from the experts themselves. The journey continues to artisan cheese makers, offering a chance to indulge in the rich flavors of locally produced cheeses.


In the afternoon, explore the charming streets of Akaroa, a town known for its colonial architecture and vibrant arts scene. Visit the local microbreweries to sample a variety of craft beers, each with a unique story behind its creation. The day's adventure may also lead you to encounters with the world's rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin, and the chance to spot blue penguins along the coastline, adding a touch of wildlife magic to your experience.

The Observatory Hotel, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
6-7 Hours
Akaroa Dolphin Cruise
Optional: Swim with the Dolphins
Day 12

Farewell New Zealand

As your New Zealand adventure draws to a close, take this final morning to reflect on the unforgettable experiences and the stunning landscapes you've encountered along the way with your loved one.


Come together with your partner for one last breakfast at your accommodation. This is a moment to share stories, exchange contacts, and reminisce about the journey you've shared across New Zealand's diverse and breathtaking landscapes.


As you board your flight and bid farewell to New Zealand, take a moment to look back on the adventures you've had and the landscapes that have captivated your heart. Whether it's the adrenaline-pumping activities, the peaceful moments in nature, or the connections made with your partner and locals, your New Zealand journey is sure to be an experience you'll treasure forever.


Terms & Conditions

12 Day Tara Travel New Zealand, Honeymoon in the Heart of New Zealand 24/25

Note: Instant quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and are subject to change. Refer to our terms and conditions.

Travel Insurance -

We strongly recommend that all travellers secure comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage to ensure peace of mind during your journey.

Health and Safety -

Travelers are advised to consult with a healthcare professional for recommended vaccinations and health precautions. We urge all clients to adhere to safety guidelines and instructions provided during activities and excursions.

If you have chosen to hire a rental car then you may incur a one way fee if a portion of your hire is under 7 days in total. Your sales consultant can confirm this on booking.

Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Get in touch to build your dream holiday with us.

All indicative prices are in NZD and inclusive of GST

Cancellation and Refund Policy -

Cancellations by the client must be made in writing and are subject to the following charges:

More than 45 days prior to departure: 80% of the total booking is refunded to the client

30 -45 days prior to departure: 50% of the total booking is refunded to the client

Less than 30 days prior to departure results in no refund available.

Cancellations made by Tara will result in a full refund of any payments made specifically for the cancelled service.

Payment Terms -

A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking, with the full balance due 45 days prior to departure. Acceptable payment methods include direct bank transfer, and credit card. Failure to make final payments by the deadline may result in the cancellation of your booking without refund.