Weddings

The New Zealand bride’s guide to top honeymoon hotspots

Celebrate newlywed life at one of these romantic honeymoon locations.

Escape to Azur (http://azur.co.nz) luxury lodge in Queenstown. Tucked away on a hillside with amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, you will feel like you are on the top of the world. Book yourselves into one of the private villas and be sure to wander over to the main lodge for brekkie every morning and complementary drinks and canapés each afternoon.

Takou River (http://takouriver.com) is a peaceful and beautiful riverside retreat. The secluded Magic Cottage, a cosy solar-powered studio, has been voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand. Relax with rejuvenating massages and pampering spa treatments, and dine on gourmet food, then take a dip in the hot tub, romantically perched on the riverbank under the Pohutukawa Trees - glass of bubbles a must!

Get pampered at the Hilton Lake Taupo Luxury Honeymoon Resort(http://3.hilton.com) nestled amongst the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. Stay in one of their terraces in the Heritage Wing, all of which offer private balconies and beautiful valley views, have a dip in the hotel's pool or spa and dine on gourmet meals supplied by the resident chef.

Wanaka Homestead (http://wanakahomestead.co.nz) has real warmth, character and charm. The cosy lodge and cottages will make a romantic alpine vacation with a hint of adventure right next to the Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm ski areas. The lodge is beautiful decorated and includes a wonderful fire place where you can sit and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. The self-contained Wanaka cottages also come with a relaxing hot tub under the stars.

Heartsong Retreat (http://heartsongretreat.co.nz) on Waiheke Island is a quiet corner of paradise offering luxurious accommodation, fabulous meals and excellent wines. Set among native palms and landscaped gardens, the exclusive waterfront property is perfect for taking time out for yourself and enjoying a romantic getaway. Kick back at one of the nearby beaches or explore the scenic hiking and cycling trails for a mix of romance and adventure.

Located in the Wairarapa wine region,Parehua Country Estate (http://parehua.co.nz) is the ideal wine-lovers escape, best known its their premium pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and merlot. Choose to stay at one of the secluded villas or the special Winemakers Cottage where you'll get wine on arrival, a spa bath, king bed and your own sitting area with fireplace and private deck. At night, enjoy an intimate degustation dinner at The Pavilion Restaurant.

Plan a city break in Auckland and stay at the Heritage Hotel Auckland (http://heritagehotels.co.nz/auckland). It's ideally located within walking distance to most of the city's main attractions and many rooms offer fantastic views of the surrounding skyline. Make use of the luxurious facilities including indoor pool, gym, tennis court, hair salon and on-site restaurant and bar.

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