If you need some Brownie points or just want a romantic weekend away, here are five of New Zealand’s stunning hotels, B&Bs and resorts that you may not have heard about.
Elegant Valentine luxury
Stafford Villa is a luxurious Birkenhead Point villa in Auckland. It was built in 1903 and is heritage listed. Its two suites – China Blue and Tuscany Summer – have luscious four-poster beds and the gorgeous cottage garden is full of roses and native flora.
For Valentines Day guests can relax with a bubble bath, sip on French bubbles and feast on chocolates and fresh fruit. Then the next morning, breakfast promises to end an unforgettable experience, and all this just minutes from Auckland’s bustling CBD.
Point View Lodge in Taupo is a boutique, luxury bed and breakfast boasts sweeping views over Lake Taupo to Rangatira Point, down to the lake and to the majestic mountains of Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.
The daring can thrill themselves with a sky-dive at Taupo Tandem Sky Dives, before heading back to relax and with a summer barbecue, evening drinks and nibbles provided during your two-night stay.
If your partner loves fly-fishing and the great outdoors, this Valentines Day at Tongariro Lodge, Turangi, will be a double treat.
Tongariro Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tongariro River, not far from Turangi and Taupo. Adrenalin seekers will want to book the ‘Four Play’ package of bungy jumping, jet boating, sky diving and a scenic flight, then relive the dare devil antics with a complementary USB stick filled with photos of your adventures.
This package also includes a four-course gourmet dinner both evenings, a bottle of chilled bubbly and chocolate truffles on arrival.
Fly Me Valentine
Only seven rooms are available at the exclusive Remarkables Lodge, Queenstown at the foot of the mighty mountain range which means you and your lover can steal away for the most romantic of escapes.
Breathe the mountain air, soak in the spa pool or dip in a mountain waterfall, then enjoy a glass of bubbles in your claw-foot bath before dinner.
Included in this Valentines package is an unforgettable zip-line flight through the trees above Queenstown with Ziptrek Ecotours.
Sublime mountain-top Valentine
Modern Release Private Retreat in Wanaka is architecturally designed to command panoramic views of Lake Wanaka, Treble Cone and the rugged peaks of Mt. Aspiring. This is a cutting edge masterpiece of eco-friendly design flooded with natural light and filled with unique and contemporary New Zealand designed furniture, artwork and sculptures from local emerging artists.
Take a Milford Sound helicopter flight including a mountain top gourmet picnic, and an in-house chef for your first night’s dinner.