A honeymoon is a big decision for a lot of couples. Why? Because it may be the last big trip you get to take before having kids (eek!). So, my husband and I debated where we should spend 3 magical weeks. Where should we go where we may never get to again? After researching tons of itineraries, we landed on New Zealand and Bora Bora. Our goal was to exhaust ourselves in the first leg of the trip, so that we could relax for the second half. I could not recommend combining these destinations more, and so here is our honeymoon is a nutshell:
New Zealand- North Island
Where to stay: solitaire lodge
Set on Lake Tarawera, and only 30 minutes from the thermal wonderland (an active geothermal area) of New Zealand, this all-inclusive lodge houses 9 luxurious suites with magnificent views of the lake and volcanic backdrop. New Zealanders are proud people full of character by nature, but at this lodge, the hosts took hospitality to another level. Not only were they accommodating to all of my dietary restrictions, but the staff catered to my husband’s and my every need (including doing our laundry without asking!). The service was impeccable, and we made friends with the entire staff.
What to Do
New Zealand is known to be the adrenaline capital of the world, so there are many adventurous activities to choose from. However, my husband and I aren’t quite as adventurous as some, so we stuck to activities that wouldn’t elevate our blood pressure, like:(Listed in order of my favorite)
Climbed Mount Tarawera (this was hard!)
Bathed in a thermal hot springs
Went to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Visited Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest
Walked through Huka Falls
Walked around Mount Maunganui
Climbed to Tarawera Falls
New Zealand- South Island
Where to stay: Blanket Bay
Voted as one of the most luxurious New Zealand lodges, Blanket Bay rests in the heart of the Alpine snow-capped mountains. Only 45 minutes from Queenstown, this lodge captures the true essence of a home away from home. Like Solitaire, the service was top notch and personalized. The general manager came down every night to pre-dinner drinks to mingle with the guests, creating an intimate and cozy experience.
Other recommendations on where to stay in the South Island: Matakauri Lodge
What to Do
There is definitely more to do in the South Island, and the landscape is even more breathtaking than the North. We upped our adrenaline a bit, and decided to partake in some exciting activities, such as:
(Also listed in order of my favorite)
Took a helicopter ride (landed on a glacier, landed on a beach, explored Milford Sound)
Explored wineries (Top 5: Wetjacket, Aimsfield, Gibson Valley, Kinross, Chard Farms)
Explored Queenstown (Don’t miss lunch at Public Kitchen!)
Hiked Mount Crichton
Where to stay: St. Regis Bora bora
Load up on your SPG points ladies and gentleman because you do not want to miss going to this destination in your lifetime.
Located in the tropical French Polynesia, Bora Bora is truly the definition of paradise. The St. Regis is the best and newest property on the island. I highly recommend getting an over the water bungalow- nothing shouts freedom more than being able to jump off your deck in the nude into crystal clear water!
Besides leaving the resort to swim with the sharks and stingrays, snorkel, and float in Marshmallow Bay, there is no other reason to abandon the property. The resort has its own lagoon where you can snorkel and feed the fish. There’s also an incredible spa where we got a couples massage (ask for Tarita if you want someone strong).
There are 4 dining options at the resort, but my favorite restaurant was Jean George’s Lagoon. Probably one of the most delicious dinners I’ve ever had, because obviously you can’t go wrong with Jean George.
Like I said, there are many places around the globe to choose from when planning a honeymoon, but this itinerary really hit the nail on the head. If you need help planning your next romantic getaway or want to brainstorm ideas, feel free to contact me!