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New Zealand’s Most Romantic Stays

Mueller Glacier New Zealand. Photographed by Nokuro. Image via Shutterstock.

Get ready to fall in love all over again.

Behind the rugged terrain, bustling cities, charismatic coastlines, perfectly capped mountains and the strikingly lush fields, New Zealand captivates tourists regardless of their reason to visit. Thankfully, cupid has struck his bow and has made us fall in love with 10 of the most romantic stays perfect for your next escape.

So grab your loved one, pack your bags and book your ticket as you’ll be falling for more than just your special someone.

Azur Luxury Lodge

Found in Queenstown’s Sunshine Bay, visitors to Azur Luxury Lodge will be swept off their feet by the jaw-dropping views. Sitting cliffside with charming views of Lake Wakatipu, Azur accommodates guests in nine of their private villas with bewitching views of the surrounding rugged mountain ranges. Each of the rooms are adorned with a bath that sits alongside floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the beauty of the view.

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23 Mackinnon Tce, Sunshine Bay, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Blanket Bay

With Mount Larkins as their backdrop, Blanket Bay is located 45 minutes away from Queenstown. With villas, the main lodge and chalets to choose between, one thing is for sure, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Perfect for the couple who are adventurous at heart, Blanket Bay is home to a games room, steam rooms and even a wine cave that’s perfect to wind down in with your special someone. Not to mention their location is ideal for fishing, hiking, skiing, horse riding, golf and of course, the renowned Milford Sound.

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4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

Explore Life Luxury Camping

If you love New Zealand’s scenery, with Explore Life Luxury Camping you can be closer than ever. Using pop-up canvas glamping tents, guests can choose between a range of accommodation from deluxe, luxury and comfort. Beautifully furnished, Explore Life provides the unique and fun experience of a hotel minus the formalities. Found tucked away in Albert Town’s Mount Gold, Explore Life Luxury Camping is equipped with flushable toilets, hot showers, hammocks as well as a queen bed with quality linen – all you need to do is check-in.

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Mount Gold, Albert Town 9382, New Zealand

Kokohuia Lodge

Found in New Zealand’s North Island, Kokohuia Lodge is one of the country’s most charismatic eco-luxury retreats. Hidden within the lush greenery in Omapere, Kokohuia is perched above the treetops, which creates a nestled feeling. Thanks to its design, each room is guaranteed to provide spectacular views of the forestry as well as the nearby seascape, including sand dunes. Not to mention, Kokohuia Lodge generates their own power and hot water so you can relax knowing you’re being eco-friendly.

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101 Kokohuia Rd, Omapere 0473, New Zealand

Millbrook Resort

Less than a 20-minute drive out of Queenstown is Millbrook Resort. Found on 650 acres of lush green fairways in Arrowtown, Millbrook uses its rolling hills and gentle streams as the picture-perfect backdrop for your next stay in New Zealand’s South Island. After one visit, you’ll realise why guests never want to leave this five-star hotel, especially as it’s equipped with a golf course, spa, resort, fitness centre and five eateries to dig into.

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1124 Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown 9371, New Zealand

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Found in New Zealand’s North Island Bay of Islands, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa is the ultimate getaway for your next visit up north. With spectacular front-row views of Paihia Beach and Te Ti Bay, Paihia is the romantic stay perfect for those couples wanting a sea-side escape. This boutique resort features an on-site restaurant, Glasshouse Kitchen & Bar that focuses on flavours of the Middle East, South Asia and Kiwi classics. Spoilt for luxury, guests can also indulge in their own private spa bath or one of the relaxing treatments available at La Spa Naturale.

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130 Marsden Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

PurePods

If you’re looking for intimacy, look no further than PurePods – New Zealand’s hidden oasis waiting to be explored. And when we say intimate, we mean it. Perfect for a romantic break, guests can choose from the six pods available around Christchurch from locations such as Port Levy, Waipara, Greta Valley and Inland Kaikoura. PurePod is designed as an isolated glass cabin to completely immerse guests into New Zealand’s charming landscape. As for neighbours: there aren’t any – the closest thing to the outside bustling life will be your car that’s parked one kilometre from PurePods’ grounds.

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Port Levy, Waipara, Greta Valley and Inland Kaikoura

Seascape at Annandale

Found hillside in New Zealand’s South Island, Pigeon Bay’s Seascape combines privacy, luxury and serenity all in one. Only accessible through a helicopter ride or a 40-minute drive, Seascape is adorned with floor to ceiling windows, an outdoor spa and fireplace as well as your own personal chef for the night, upon request. Stepping into this escape, guests will be tantalised by the bewitching views of Holmes Bay where the shoreline seems to be just a touch away.

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215 Anakiwa Rd, Picton 7281, New Zealand

The Sounds Retreat

Nestled in the rigid hillside of Marlborough, The Sounds Retreat is the ideal escape for guests venturing to the South Island’s north. Overlooking Okiwa Bay, The Sounds Retreat is perfect for guests wishing to embrace and discover the terrain and placid waters. With an open-plan room, visitors will be enraptured by the spectacular view that can be admired through panoramic glass doors. On top of that, rooms feature a rain shower as well as a private hot tub accessible via your personal outdoor deck – the perfect combination of privacy and luxury.

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215 Anakiwa Rd, Picton 7281, New Zealand

Split Apple Retreat

Found a touch away from the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand’s South Island, Split Apple Retreat is the perfect all-inclusive luxury lodge and wellness retreat. With pristine views of Sandy Bay and Tasman Bay, Split Apple Retreat is the ideal accommodation for couples who aren’t afraid of being adventurous to explore some of the activities available. From bushwalking to kayaking, fishing, cycling, horse riding and even cooking lessons with an on-site chef. Or, if you prefer to unwind, Split Apple Retreat hosts yoga and meditation classes on top of their massage treatments.

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195 Tokongawa Dr, RD2 Motueka, Tasman 7197, New Zealand

Feature image: Mueller Glacier New Zealand. Photographed by Nokuro. Image via Shutterstock.

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