With there being so many great vacation spots to choose from and a variety of glorious sights to see, we know that choosing where to take your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon can be tough. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to share these 5 sites that we consider to be the very best honeymoon destinations.
This list covers a vast array of locales, from rugged to regal and relaxing to exhilarating, so no matter what your preference or taste is — you’ll be sure to find a destination you love right here.
And, If you haven’t tide the knot yet — these spots are also ideal for destination weddings too.
1. New Zealand
If you and your partner are interested in exploring beautiful beaches, pristine nature reserves, expansive fiords, and the home of Middle-earth — then make New Zealand your honeymoon destination. New Zealand is a place where you can experience a lot of culture, beauty, and a variety of landscapes (from icy to tropical) all in one place. Here are 5 honeymoon havens in New Zealand that just may be a perfect fit for you and your lover.
Lake Taupo: This huge lake, that’s about the size of Singapore, is located on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s home to numerous hot springs and its water is crystal clear, clean, and rich with minerals.
Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing in this pristine body of water. Extreme honeymooners can partake in skydiving, bungy jumping, and rafting. Or taking a tumble in a zorb globe or an exhilarating trip aboard a jet boat are a few more thrilling attractions available in the Lake Taupo area.
For a more relaxing experience, visitors can visit Lake Taupo Hot Springs Health Spa — where guests can enjoy bathing in naturally heated pools, soaking up rays, professional massage, as well as acupuncture.
Christchurch: Christchurch is known as the Garden City. It is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The city presents a variety attractions including: shopping, beautiful architecture, gorgeous gardens, and punting tours along the lovely Avon River.
Dunedin: Dunedin is the South Island’s second largest city and is known for its Scottish heritage. The city was planned in Scotland in 1849 and many of the gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian buildings that were built in those very early years still stand today.
During your visit, consider taking a stroll up the steepest street in the word, or explore the city’s renown chocolate factory and botanical gardens. Visit the peninsula of Dunedin, the wildlife capital of New Zealand, and you may see yellow eyed penguins (the rarest penguin in the world), albatross, seals, sea lions, and maybe even a sea elephant.
Finally, make sure to check out Tunnel Beach — one of the most romantic places in the city.
Fiordland National Park: The largest national park in New Zealand, Fiordland National Park features deep fiords, towering mountains, and a diverse and rich collection of wildlife (including dolphins, seals, kiwi, and kakapo).
Hobbiton: The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Much of the “Shire” or “Hobbiton” set still stands today in the city of Matamata. If you and your new husband or wife consider yourselves true “ringers” then take a romantic and unexpected journey through the fantastic set of LOTR.
Why choose France for your honeymoon destination? To enjoy its diverse culture, rich history, magnificent beauty, and swoon-worthy landscapes. Geographically France features the highest peaks in Europe, Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, gorgeous lavender fields in the south, and vibrant poppy fields in the north. With France being about the size of Texas, you can realistically experience all of these great things in one trip. Here are a few more reasons to visit.
Travel by Train: All of France’s major cities are connected by TGV — a high-speed train network, so traveling to your chosen destination will be a breeze!
Visit the City of Love: Home to the Eifle Tower, the Mona Lisa, and some of the most beautiful architecture in the world — Paris is one place you’ll want to check out while in France.
Amazing History: From the catacombs to the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave of southern France where one of the oldest pieces of art was found upon cave walls, France lets visitors experience its rich, abundant, and venerable history firsthand.
World Renowned Art: Enjoy exploring one of France’s many art museums. Visit the Louvvre Museum to bask in the work of the Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and countless others. Check out the Musée Marmottan Monet to experience the largest collection of Claude Monet’s works and memories. Then, take a trip to to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens to see where the famous impressionist painter gained his inspiration.
If leaving the states is out of the question for you and your mate (due to time or money), but you still want to experience something new and exotic, then consider honeymooning in beautiful Hawaii. In addition to the pastel sunsets, white sand beaches, and beautiful weather, Hawaii also offers gorgeous landscapes and greenery, as well as a rich and unique culture, that’s unlike any other place in America.
Hawaii consists of six major islands: Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Hawaii Island, and Oahu; so you and your partner will have plenty to explore on your romantic trip for two. Here are a few places on Oahu that shouldn’t be missed.
Trails: Daimond Head State Monument, Monoa Falls, Makiki Valley Trail, Mariners Ridge
Beaches: Kahala Beach, Makapuu Beach, Waimanalo Beach, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach
Museums: Honolulu Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace
Formally known as French Polynesia, Tahiti is made up of 118 islands and atolls. The official languages of the Islands are Tahitian and French, but you will find that English is commonly spoken there as well. It’s a place where the over-water bungalow was invented, Paul Gauguin painted with passion and wineries are built upon coral atolls.
Make Tahiti your honeymoon destination if you enjoy lush tropical landscapes, sparkling turquoise lagoons, and learning about diverse cultures and environments. Make sure to hit up these attractions during your romantic and secluded getaway.
Paul Gauguin Museum: Check out sculptures, engravings, and wood carvings concerning Paul Gauguin’s life in Tahiti. The museum is also located near a beautiful botanical garden, which is worth exploring while you’re in the area.
Tahiti Lagoonarium: Encounter more than 1,000 different species of marine life in this fish park/aquarium. The facility is home to sharks, moray eels, turtles, tropical fish, and more.
Snorkeling: Tahiti’s tepid, clear waters and rich marine life make for some of the best snorkeling in the world. Watch majestic creatures such as sharks, rays, and lagoon fish; sway, dash, and swivel through the underwater wonderland they call their home.
Play and Stay: At the Pearl Guest House Havaiki you can take a turn at their “pearl lottery” — a game in which for a small cost you can swim out into the lagoon, find a pearl oyster, and keep whatever is inside. The pearls range in color and quality. Black pearls are most common and green are the rarest and most prized.
Although Poland is a place that’s often overlooked by honeymooners, its great food, rich culture, and low prices make it an ideal travel destinations for newlyweds on a budget. Enjoy European charm, comfortable lodging, and wonderful food for a fraction of the price you would pay in France, Italy, or the UK. Visitors are also presented with views of majestic mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, and gorgeous coastal beaches. The environment is as diverse and rich with beauty as are Poland’s culture, architecture, and people. Enjoy exploring these unique locales during your stay in Poland.
Krakow’s Main Market Square: Krakow’s Main Market Square is Europe’s largest medieval marketplace. The square’s history goes all the way back to 1310 and is surrounded by remarkable historic buildings.
Woliński National Park, the Baltic Coast: This 42 square mile National Park is one Poland’s smallest, but most impressive parks. The park features a diverse landscape that stretches across staggering sand dunes, steep cliffs, and rustic woodlands. Rare and beautiful wildlife can be found in the park. The white-tailed sea eagle, bison, and shelducks all can be found in this beautiful nature reserve.
Best Honeymoon Destinations
Hopefully you found this list of best honeymoon destinations helpful! Good luck planning for your big trip. Make sure to enjoy the trip planning process and start planning well ahead of time. For more great trip ideas, take a look at this list of 6 Romantic Anniversary Trip Destinations. If you are still in need of wedding stationery for your big day, be sure to check out WeddingPaperie.com for their large selection of customizable wedding invitations.