4 February 2022 | Written by Bachcare Holiday Homes

Romantic Experiences in New Zealand

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Romantic Date Ideas All Across New Zealand!

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. Haven’t got a plan yet? Check out our list of date ideas below for some inspiration! Including picnics, kayaking & helicopter rides – there will be no one left disappointed on this years day of love.

Plus we have a little early Valentines Gift from us to you at the bottom of the list…

1. Coromandel: Escape to a secluded bay at Pokohino Beach.

Does a secluded slice of paradise sound like your kind of romantic escape? Fill your backpack with snacks and a picnic blanket and treat yourselves to a peaceful day at Pokohino Beach. At the end of the day, explore the wonderful town of Whangamata with salty hair and a sun-kissed face. 

 Need somewhere to stay nearby? Check out our Whangamata properties here, or all our Coromandel properties here.


 2. Snuggle up and watch the sunset on Mt Maunganui. 

There is something special about sunsets, but watching the sun go down on top of a (now dormant) volcano with 360° views has to top it off. This date night may appeal to the more adventurous ones with the steep incline, but the breathtaking views are well worth the hike.   

Rest your legs after and snuggle up on the couch in one of our Mount Maunganui baches.


3. Waiheke: Get lost amongst the vines at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, your island escape awaits!   

Treat your other half to a classy day out at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant in Waiheke and have your friends wishing they had a partner who planned romantic escapes as well as you do. Enjoy a nice glass of wine overlooking panoramic views of sparkling emerald water and lush forestry.   

Don’t cut your trip short, stay on the island to make a weekend of it with one of our Waiheke Holiday Homes.


4. Raglan: Is an action-packed adventure the way to thier heart? Raglan Kayak and Paddleboard will be right up their alley!   

Test your skills out on the water and have a go at learning to Kayak or Paddleboard. Already a skilled professional? This will be a piece of cake for you then! Paddle your way through Raglan harbour with different adventure options, there is something for everyone.   

Treat yourselves to a peaceful stay, check out all Raglan properties here.


5. Hawkes Bay: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Craggy Range Winery.  

Nestled in the shadow of Te Mata Peak lies the wonders of Craggy Range Winery. This beauty of a location has something for everyone with exquisite wine tasting, a delightful restaurant and the pure beauty of the vineyards that will delight anyone who takes a stroll around. Keen for a longer walk? Check out the beautiful walking trails around Te Mata Peak.

Wanting more than just a day trip? Click here to view all Hawkes Bay Properties.


6. Auckland: Sip on cocktails in a courtyard at Xuxu Dumpling Bar.

Tucked away in lower Britomart you can escape to the far east in Xuxu Dumpling Bar’s oriental courtyard. Handcrafted to perfection, you can sample everything from Prawn and Ginger Har Gao to Salted Caramel and Banana Dumplings.

Heading out to explore the city or need a stay-cation? Check out all of our holiday homes in Auckland here!


7. Taupo: It’s time to relax lakeside, we’re having a picnic at Lake Taupō.

Picture this, it’s valentines day, the sky is bright, you have just set up a romantic picnic on Lake Taupō with a DIY antipasto platter. Nothing beats good food and stunning views and both combined makes for an ideal romantic date.   

Settle down for the weekend at one of our stunning Taupo properties.


8. Rotorua: Reconnect with nature at Redwoods Treewalk.  

It’s time to get lost with each other in nature. Day or night, there is an adventure waiting for you at Redwoods Treewalk. Wander across suspended bridges and peer down at the forest floor this magnificent wonder will have you gasping at every turn.   

The adventure doesn’t stop there, check out all Rotorua properties for a getaway you will never forget.


9. Wellington/Wairarapa: Fancy a sip of Rosé? Martinborough Wine Tours has a treat for you!  

There is no better way to discover the wonderful vineyards in the Wairarapa region than a guided experience with Martinborough Wine Tours. You will be an expert in wine terminology by the end of the day and will be sure to impress your date. Secure yourself a seat on the half or full-day tour, there is an option for everyone.   

Want to explore the rest of the region? We don’t blame you there is so much to see! Check out all properties in Wellington/Wairarapa here!


10. Ohakune: Giddy up partner, we are off to Ruapehu Homestead Horse trekking.  

Every couple needs to experience exploring the great outdoors on horseback, so here is your chance! Saddle up and create lifelong memories at Ruapehu Homestead Horse trekking. There is a horse trek for everyone from beginner to advanced which will have you trotting through glistening streams with a mountain backdrop.   

Do you have a desire to explore more of Mt Ruapehu? We don’t blame you! Check out all properties here.


11. Nelson: Your luxury adventure awaits at Helicopters Nelson New Zealand!

If you want the wow factor this Valentine’s Day then Helicopters Nelson is the right place to go. Disappear for the day to a wild and remote beach to enjoy a picnic and a stroll. With many options ranging from romance to adventure, there will be a dream date for everyone that can become a reality.   

Not ready to say goodbye to Nelson? Check out all properties here.


12. Christchurch: A Riverside Market boasting local produce, meat, baked goods & coffee… say no more!   

If you love Sunday Markets then boy will this be a treat for you, Riverside Market is an experience that cannot be missed. Wander through the laneways and immerse yourself in the different cuisines that are on offer. You will leave with a belly and heart full after a visit and your tastebuds will be begging you to come back.   

Pro tip: The Riverside Market is on 7 days a week, so why not stay a couple of nights and continue the foodie joy all weekend long? Explore our Christchurch holiday homes here.


13. Akaroa: Are you a couple of nature lovers? Dive right in with Ecoseaker Dolphin Swimming.

How often do you get to see dolphins in the wild? Barely ever, but that isn’t the case with Ecoseaker Dolphin Swimming Tours. You will be blown away by natures beauty as you take a dip with Hector’s Dolphins.  

Your Akaroa adventure awaits, check out all properties here.


14. Queenstown: Broken Heart Gin Garden. 

We know, for Valentines Day you want to avoid anything close to a broken heart but you can’t miss the trendiest joint on the block! Visit Broken Heart Gin Garden for lunch, dinner or to sip on their delightful drinks. Browse their extensive range of gins on offer and treat your tastebuds to a range of flavours. Raise your spirits this Valentines Day in the beautiful landscapes of Queenstown and beyond.   

Need a place to stay? Check out all Queenstown properties here.


15. Fiordlands: Cruise through the remarkable wilderness of Fiordland National Park on a high-end adventure cruise with Fiordland Discovery.   

Give your loved one the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime experience and create long-lasting memories together this Valentines Day. Fiordland Discovery will leave you speechless while you cruise through the wonders of Fiordland National Park.   

Not ready to say farewell to Fiordland? Book a stay in one of our properties here.


There are countless ways to impress your date and we are spoilt for choice with many beautiful places in New Zealand. Whatever it may be there is a perfect property waiting for you to snuggle up in at the end of your celebrations. 

As a treat to help you get your Romantic Escape underway, use Promo Code ‘LOVE50’ to receive $50 off your Bachcare Holiday Home booking!*

We know not everyone can go away around Valentines Day, so you can use this code for any bookings before 15 February 2022, for stays from now until the 31st of March 2022. A minimum stay of 2 nights applies. Code can be redeemed only when booking on a laptop or desktop.

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