Love, intimacy and unbridled beauty by campervan in the land of the long white cloud
“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”
~ Ray Bradbury
There is something undeniably rustic and romantic about taking a campervan trip through New Zealand with your partner.
Passion, fun and adventure stalk every bend in the road and pockets of enchantment lie waiting upon secluded, white sand beaches or under rich green canopies tinkling with glacier fed streams and rivers. Feasts of freshly caught seafood – green lipped mussels, south island crayfish, and sumptuous snapper- paired with world renowned wines can be enjoyed under vaulted skies burning in a million starry places.
Romance is a word brimming with meaning, open to interpretation and we feel the best way to kindle the sparks of passion in your relationship is by embarking on a campervan hire NZ trip. There simply is no better way to roamance your way around this insanely beautiful country.
Here’s our pick of the top 4 must visit lovers’ hotspots in New Zealand.
1. Star gazing in the worlds darkest skies
Head down to the world famous Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve (the largest in the world), and see for yourselves what it truly means to be star crossed lovers. The reserve stretches out in a seemingly endless expanse over 1,700 square miles and it boasts the darkest skies in the world. Lie back and gaze up at the night sky as you have never seen it before.
Make sure to load up on some local, freshly grown produce and grab a few bottles of award winning NZ wine and then either opt to head out on your own and enjoy a romantic evening for just the two of you, or make an event of it and book an informed viewing and tour from one of the local tour operators.
2. Beauty and the beach – Waiheke Island
Lose yourselves in the lover’s playground that is Waiheke Island. Steal away to one of the many secluded white sand beaches or amble hand in hand through a maze of vineyards and olive groves. From horseback rides and lazy afternoons spent snorkelling in crystal clear waters teeming with marine life to sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners flowing with great food and fine wine, this Island serves up the sumptuous and the sensual in abundance.
3. You can (and should) fly! No believing involved.
Queenstown is the jewel in the crown of the majestic Southern Alps. Apart from the plethora of amazing restaurants, bars and café’s on offer, it is host to the widest arrange of adventure activities in the world.
It is here, nestled along the shores of the emerald waters of Lake Wakatipu, that we would dare you to experience the horizon shifting leap of love by going on a tandem skydive over the most insane scenery anywhere in NZ. If you really want to push the romance envelope, plug in R. Kelly’s ‘I believe I can fly’ before you jump. You will never feel the same way about that song again, ever.
4. Marlborough sounds
There are very few places in the world where you can get to partake in one of the most romantic, awe-inspiring and just plain awesome experiences to be had on this big, blue planet of ours.
Dive into the pristine waters of the Marlborough sounds and swim with dolphins. Nothing will bring you and your partner closer together than a swim in what is arguably the most scenic stretch of NZ coastline, with up to 5 species of dolphin as playmates.
After that, cruise in your NZ campervan to Havelock – the green lip mussel capital of NZ – and sit quayside as you dine on mountains of freshly caught mussels, washed down with delectable, locally produced white wine, all the while watching the mussel boats come in and out of the harbour.
A romantic campervan hire NZ trip to any or all of the spots mentioned should definitely be on the itinerary of all couples looking to infuse a little extra splendour, passion and excitement into their love life.