Auckland Honeymoon - Travel to New Zealand for a Romantic Holiday

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Honeymoon destinations - Auckland, New Zealand

Located in the northern part of New Zealand, Auckland is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who enjoy natural beauty, good food and wine. The city is famous for its balmy coastal climate, without any extremes in temperature, which draws visitors from across the world, all through the year. So if you are looking for a romantic place to spend your honeymoon in, go through the following attractions that Auckland has to offer.

Romantic beaches

If miles of golden, sandy beaches are where you want to romance your new spouse, Auckland will not disappoint you. Since the mainland Auckland city lies on an isthmus, the place has over a hundred beaches and the best part of it all is that no matter where you stay in Auckland, you will never be far from a beach. Some of the most popular beaches in Auckland are the Piha beach in the west and the Takapuna beach, which are lined with fashionable beach homes, cafes and shops. On the other hand, if you are looking forward to a lazy afternoon of sunbathing and swimming, head for the southern beach of Manukau, which offers sheltered waters ideal for swimming and recreation.

Wildlife beaches

Auckland is close to several beaches, which are important habitats for many species of wildlife. Muriawai beach is home to fur seals, terns and gannets. Again a trail from the Te Henga beach leads to the Lake Wainamu reserve, where visitors can take in the amazing natural sights and go walking or trekking. So, if you or your partner are nature lovers, there are many Auckland beaches where you can romance your significant other.



Adventure sports

For those couples who love to feel the rush of adrenalin from water sports, the beaches of Auckland again have a lot to offer. The Karekare beach is famous for its boisterous waters, while the Bethells beach is a popular destination for surfing, since it has powerful breaks. Some of the other sports to be enjoyed in the Auckland beaches are scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing. If you prefer a quieter sport, go straight to the golf courses of Auckland, for instance, those located in the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Hot springs

Take the indulgence quotient of your honeymoon a notch higher, by soaking yourselves in the natural warm waters of Waiwera, north of Auckland. This is the location of several naturally-occurring thermal springs, which has now been developed into a premier spa destination. If you don’t wish to go for the expensive spa resorts, check out the number of public pools, which offer an equally delightful experience. There is also a small beach in Waiwera, where you can have a quiet stroll with your partner and watch a romantic sunset.

Nature reserves and park

After you have had enough of the sun and sand, why not head for the beautiful parks that abound in and around the city of Auckland? These oases of nature range from simple farm parks and exquisite man-made gardens, to magnificent nature reserves which showcase the best of regional flora. Among the most popular parks of the city is the Auckland Domain Park, which is also one of its oldest parks. The Parnell Rose Garden is famous for its incredible variety of roses, while the Western Springs Park is remarkable for its pathways, gardens and lakes. If you want to catch a quiet moment with your spouse, there is no better place than among the blooms of these beautiful gardens. If on the other hand, you want to share the amazing sights of nature with your beloved, proceed to the Tohuna Torea Nature Reserve, which is not only home to local flora and fauna, but offers an imposing view of Mount Cook, the highest peak in entire New Zealand. Other nature reserves rich in indigenous plants and walking tracks, are the Waitakere Ranges as well as the Kauri Point Centennial Park, which also offers an excellent view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Some of the other famous parks in the Auckland area are Cornwall Park, Botanic Gardens, Albert Park, Victoria Park, Grey Lynn Park and Wintergreens.

Historic landmarks

After taking in the natural delights of the place, maybe the two of you would like to discover the history of Auckland. The city has several important monuments and sites which document the history, culture and architectural richness of New Zealand. The Auckland Town Hall is a magnificent Italian structure which now serves as an important venue for cultural events and city festivals. The Auckland Harbour Bridge is yet another significant landmark of the city which connects it to the North Shore. The Sky Tower is, in fact, the tallest structure in the whole of New Zealand and offers a fantastic bird’s eye view of Auckland and its surrounding area. The tower is a popular spot with honeymooners, who get their photos clicked against the city backdrop. Among other natural landmarks around the city are Mount Eden, Mount Victoria and Mount Wellington, while Alberton House, Ferry Building, Grafton Bridge and Highwic House are famous for their architectural value.

Explore Auckland

Auckland has not only a wealth of natural and manmade beauty, but is also enjoyable for the varied ways in which the city can be explored. There are Explorer buses and chartered vehicles for visitors to discover the city attractions. Or get more adventurous and hire balloon flights for amazing views from the air. Luxury cruises and boat rides are some of the most romantic ways to take in the lights of Auckland at night.

Sample its food and wine after you have had your fill of the sights of Auckland. The local cuisine is a delicious blend of Asian and Pacific influences and has an amazing variety of offerings. Among the most popular dining destinations in Auckland are restaurants in the inner city suburbs of Ponsonby, Herne Bay Parnell, Viaduct Harbour and Mission Bay. However don’t forget to sample some of the city’s best wines, since vineyards and wineries around Auckland are known for producing some of the most exotic flavours.

Rocking Nightlife

After the sun goes down, it is time to head for some of the most happening destinations of Auckland's nightlife. The city is dotted with fashionable dance clubs, casinos, bars, restaurants and live music theatres where you can let your hair down with your partner.

Shopping

Finally, you can pick up some souvenirs or mementos from Auckland’s numerous shopping centres, to remind you of the wonderful time you had on your honeymoon. A good idea would be to select a few pieces of Maori jewellery or curios from the Auckland Museum and shops at Devonport. The indigenous culture of New Zealand is famous for its exquisite craftsmanship on bone, jade, pearl, wood and other materials.

So, if you are exploring options for your honeymoon destination, go to Auckland. You are sure to return with some of the most romantic memories from the first vacation of your marriage.