Otago, the coastal area, is a coastline of daunting beauty and scenic wonders with its evergreen pastures and quaint villages. Some of the best experiences are enjoying the wildlife at Clutha district, the scenic splendour of Waitaki and Dunedin’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture against a background of rolling hills. For honeymooners with a yen for gardening, the Dunedin also hosts the Rhododendron festival in October. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is worth a visit to see these amazing creatures, as well as the Otago Peninsula, that offers couples the chance to see yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins, sea lions and an entire alabatross colony. Port Chalmers, Port of Oamaru and the Rob Roy Glacier Walk are the other attractions. Airport – Dunedin.
20) Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka is a serene retreat for honeymooners looking for some peace and a quiet time by themselves. The sparkling blue waters lined by picturesque walking tracks and trails make it the perfect destination for honeymooners who prefer outdoorsy activities like mountain biking or even paragliding, or for the less adventurous, just taking a romantic stroll along the tracks. Mount Aspiring National Park is one of the largest, while Cardrona and Treble Cone are famous skiing centers. The Snow Farms is another popular place for skiing and Harris Mountains is popular for heli-skiing. Lake Wanaka is easyily accessible to Dunedin, Southland or Christchurch.
Airport - Wanaka.
Queenstown offers honeymooners the chance to indulge in adventure, soak in some brilliant scenery and have a fun, exciting time. In winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular while the rest of the year offers plenty of bungee jumping opportunities. For a romantic time, luxuriate in the breathtaking view from Bob’s Peak, with a gondola providing an added touch.
22) Central Otago
Central Otago is rich in more than one sense of the word. It is replete with the history of the Gold Rush and houses many museums, relics and historic sites including tourist attractions like a haunted hotel. For the nature lover there are hiking tracks that reveal their own treasures like lush valleys and meadows. And if all this is not enough to provide a surge of adrenalin, get into the right ‘spirit’ with a wine-tasting experience at one of the many wineries in the region, particularly Pinot Noir. Winter is particularly severe from June to August.
Fiordland, located towards the southwest corner of South Island, draws the nature-loving honeymooner because of the sheer beauty of its cascading waterfalls, glittering lakes, fjords,, rainforests and majestic mountains. Honeymooners have a variety of options available to explore the unique features of this amazing region. From the more romantic and peaceful options of flights or cruises of the lakes and fjords to the more adventurous hiking, diving or kayaking explorations – Fiordland excels in having something for everyone. Another picturesque sight is the town of Manapouri by the lake. Doubtful Sound is the deepest fjord, where you can see bottlenose dolphins and penguins, while Milford Sound is breathtaking, shrouded in mist and with an enchanting lead up to it as you pass through the Homer Tunnel, carved from solid rock and prettied up with the Mt. Cook lilies flowering around it. The Routeburn, Milford and Kepler tracks are famous with walkers.
Southland is remarkable for its scenic views and verdant greenery. Among some of its many attractions are Invercargill, built around Queen’s Park, that houses a variety of animals and birds, as well as the Southland Museum. A ferry to Stewart Island is a great experience, with the Rakiura National Park, a bird sanctuary, and the pleasure of viewing the kiwi in its natural surroundings. The Catlins Coast is another amazing encounter with nature and scenery at its best!