Just married? What better way to spend the first few days or weeks than on a campervan tour around the South Island of New Zealand. Amongst stunning landscapes, quaint villages, beautiful settlements and sophisticated cities, you’ll find a number of romantic experiences to have with your loved one.
Travelling between each area and activity is best done in a Sunrise Campervan – a private, cosy sanctuary able to take advantage of any public camp site or holiday park. All of our campervans are self-contained too – so you have the option to freedom camp where permitted.
Tasting and tours in Nelson
Wine is to romance as a horse is to its carriage. With a number of award-winning wineries in Nelson it’s easy to experience the tastes of the area for yourself, whether it is a tasting session or tour on foot or bicycle. There are 25 boutique wineries to choose from, many offering cellar door tastings and tours. For more information about each winery and a map, view the Wine Nelson wine map.
For those more inclined towards a cold glass of craft beer, you’ll find yourself surrounded by craft beer pubs and breweries in Nelson, home to more craft breweries per head of population than any other region in New Zealand.
Just like the first wine makers in the area, early settlers from England and Germany found that the landscape and climate of the Nelson region was perfect for their specialist harvests. Follow the Nelson Craft Beer Trail or choose your own places to visit from the map.
Blooming love in Christchurch
The Garden City of New Zealand, Christchurch is home to beautiful public parks and gardens, always full of life and often bustling with events and activities. The top garden destination is the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, nestled on the banks of the Avon River and bordered by Hagley Park. The gardens are constantly changing with the seasons so there’s always something new to see. Wander through the displays hand in hand, visit the historic houses and new visitor centre then enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat in the garden café.
Couldn’t make it to Venice this year? Similar to the French Gondola, punting on the Avon River is just as beautiful and romantic. Take a tour on the river that winds its way through the city, guided by an expert punter in your very own handcrafted, flat-bottom wooden boat.
Tubs with a view, Omarama
A tub made of Canadian western red cedar, fresh mountain water heated to the perfect temperature, a private setting and stunning views of the Mackenzie Basin, day or night? Yes please! Hot Tubs Omarama is an experience you won’t forget. Stay warm while surrounded by snow in winter or keep cool during the summer, choose a relaxing massage or take a trip to the sauna. There are several options available, perfect for a relaxing, romantic experience to the start or end the day.
Sunrise, balloons, champagne and Queenstown
Float and drift with the breeze in a balloon above Queenstown, complete with celebratory champagne, pastries and muffins in the field after your flight. Starting at sunrise, experience the wondrous views of the Queenstown area – the Remarkables, “The Hobbit” film locations, the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu and more. Don’t forget your camera!
Have you experienced any of these or want to share your favourite South Island honeymoon tip? Tell us about it in a comment below!