New Zealand's Best Places to Pop the Question


By —— Bio and Archives January 31, 2017

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Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Lush landscapes, star-filled skies and the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most untouched natural wonders and pristine beaches all make New Zealand the perfect place to propose to the love of your life.

Below are some of the most romantic spots in New Zealand.

High Hopes with Auckland Seaplanes
Appreciate the beauty of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour from above in an amphibious plane. With the sea as your runway, these robust little machines taxi out through the wharves of Wynyard Quarter before soaring over the island jewels of the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland Seaplanes CEO Chris Sattler describes their most popular proposal package: “We fly the guests to magnificent Motuihe Island, then leave them on a deserted beach with a bottle of chilled bubbles. Returning some time later, we fly the happy couple on to Waiheke for lunch, to enjoy the rest of the day or stay overnight. We’ve never had anyone say ‘no’ yet.”

Light Up Each Other’s Lives
If your sweetheart is an active type, before asking for their hand in marriage, you might want to take them to the Cape Brett Walkway in the Far North District. This hearty 16km hike to an isolated lighthouse takes eight hours, unless you take the shortcut and charter a water taxi part of the way, which can slash the trip to a two-hour (5km) ramble. With plenty of stunning sites to declare your everlasting love, you’ll want to speak in a clear voice to be heard over the raucous tweets of native birds, the roar of the sea, and the wind in the branches of the manuka trees.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Gazing up at the heavens can often make a couple feel like they want this moment to last forever. If you are aiming for the stars, you’d be hard pressed to find a rival for the South Island’s phenomenal starscape at the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Night Reserve. With a designated 4300sq km light pollution-free zone, the only thing close to the sparkle of your love will be the glittering constellations up above.

Striking Gold in Romantic Clyde
Once a bustling Central Otago gold-mining town, Clyde sits beside the Clutha River and is popular with history buffs, cycling enthusiasts and walkers. But the jewel in Clyde’s crown is surely the lovingly restored Olivers Lodge and Stables, an elegantly historic accommodation complex that deserves every one of its five stars. Beautifully appointed with fabulous gardens, it’s no surprise that Olivers plays host to plenty of proposals. Featuring rooms with claw-foot baths and wide beds – not to mention the exquisite food, wine and service in their bakery, deli and brewery – this is a place you won’t want to leave.

Put Your Best Foot Forward
A long walk with your loved one is a magical way to nurture a relationship, making the Te Araroa Trail an outstanding place to pop the question. Starting at the tip of the North Island and finishing in Bluff in the South, this journey takes 50-80 days per island to complete. If your relationship can withstand that, you’re a shoo-in for a lifelong commitment. With so many picturesque spots, it’s hard to pick just one on-bended-knee moment, but it’s recommended to stop about halfway along on the Paekakariki Trail, just outside Wellington. Choose between the very top of the Devil’s Staircase with impressive views of the Kapiti Coast, or in the middle of one of the breathtaking swing bridges along the way.

 


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