If champagne and rose-petal-strewn beds don’t excite you, perhaps an adventure honeymoon will. From stunning natural settings to wildlife safaris, Asia Australia and New Zealand offer exciting honeymoon adventures.
Discover Waiheke Island and experience its tranquil yet low-key atmosphere, from wine tasting and luxurious spa services, to renting bikes and touring the coastline.
1. Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is one of the premier vacation spots in New Zealand for good reason, boasting stunning coastline of golden beaches and rugged granite cliffs, as well as its renowned marine reserve and playful seal population. You can explore its beaches and hiking trails during a day trip, or stay overnight at campgrounds or huts to fully experience it all!
Summertime is the ideal time to visit Abel Tasman National Park, when hiking trails are dry and less likely to experience overnight rainfall. Beaches also tend to look their most picturesque at this time, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities for swimming in warm waters.
Visitors looking for a quick visit can explore the beaches and hike to Split Apple Rock on a day tour; however, for the full experience it would be wise to spend at least 3 to 5 days hiking along the Coast Track.
Reaching Abel Tasman National Park can be done several ways; kayaking, taking a boat cruise or driving to Kaiteriteri or Marahau beach towns and walking into the park from there are popular approaches. Motueka is also popular if you wish to experience weekend artisan markets or try local seafood dishes as a base location.
2. Swim with Dolphins
Honeymoons provide the ideal opportunity to experience nature, including swimming with dolphins. Hector’s dolphins, one of the world’s smallest ocean-going species, can be spotted in Akaroa Harbour near Banks Peninsula of New Zealand’s picturesque West Coast. Wetsuit, mask, snorkel and gloves will allow you to get up close and personal with these majestic aquatic mammals on an exclusive cruise experience.
As part of your stay on New Zealand’s North Island, why not also go dolphin-watching in the Bay of Islands? This relaxing option often allows visitors to see seals, penguins and other birdlife out on the water!
Visit Rotorua’s geothermal fields for another unforgettable nature-based experience, like Wai-o-tapu with its bubbling mud pools and painter’s palette features, to experience nature first hand. Additionally, learn about Maori culture while taking part in thrilling adrenaline activities!
Experience New Zealand on your own and witness dolphin and whale encounters during a self-drive holiday, with Kaikoura, Akaroa or scenic flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago being prime spots to spot marine mammals that you will only ever find here! It makes for an incredible honeymoon activity that will create lifetime memories together.
3. Bungee Jumping
New Zealand provides couples looking for some adventure with chilled champagne and rose-petal-strewn beds plenty of opportunities for adventures aplenty, from skydiving with your loved one to bungee jumping – with its beautiful landscape providing the backdrop to all types of adventures.
New Zealand was home to the world’s first commercial bungy jump and is known for offering some of the world’s best jumping sites (though certainly not exclusively). One such jump is Hanmer Springs Bungy: an exhilarating 140-foot drop from an old bridge spanning an idyllic alpine river valley setting, offering tandem or solo thrill seekers alike an experience they won’t soon forget!
For an alternate form of thrills and spills, kayak to Whenuakura Island – a donut-shaped island sacred to Maori people. Or head northward to Hot Water Beach where low tide provides ample opportunity to construct your own personal Jacuzzi in the sand! Furthermore, hike to Cathedral Cove for breathtaking oceanside cliff views!
Australia is an ideal walking honeymoon destination, and the Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Red Centre provides an unforgettable journey across desert mountain ranges in hues of vermilion, rusty-brown or tangerine. Alternatively, take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier or visit Kangaroo Island for wildlife spotting excursions.
4. A Walk in the Clouds
No matter your preferred travel style – from adventurers to relaxation seekers – New Zealand offers something to please all couples. Rent a car or camper van and take an extensive road trip around this breathtaking country; road trips provide the best way to take in its stunning coastlines, epic coastal hikes and romantic views from afar.
Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, boasting breathtaking natural beauty such as towering Remarkable Mountains and bottomless Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown provides plenty of thrilling adrenaline activities like bungee jumping, Canyon Swing, jet boating and rafting; or simply enjoy riding a gondola up Bob’s Peak to take in the views from above; or cruise along Lake Wakatipu on board Earnslaw (the oldest steamer).
Western Australia is an adventure-lover’s dream destination. Your luxury honeymoon in Broome or Kimberley region could include dives with whale sharks, visits to crocodile parks, and plenty of time spent basking on beautiful secluded beaches – making your visit unforgettable.
Tanzania is an ideal honeymoon destination for nature enthusiasts, offering world-renowned safari locations such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro Craters to experience epic wildlife encounters. Bike alongside rescued elephants while snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef during your honeymoon trip here!