Kim and Karenza Win a New Zealand Honeymoon

Join us in congratulating Kim and Karenza on their New Zealand Honeymoon win! As nature, food, and wine lovers, this honeymoon is a perfect fit for them. We’re so thrilled they’ve won our honeymoon package. They will travel to New Zealand in September to enjoy all the special features of this prize giveaway. Kim and Karenza have been together 5 years and are planning a wedding in Melbourne. Surrounded by their friends and family, they’ll marry to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. Their two children will be there to join in the festivities.  We’re so honoured to be taking care of them on the honeymoon of their dreams.

Massage in Marlborough Sounds
Be pampered in the wilderness at Bay of Many Coves Resort

Kim and Karenza will spend 5 days in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds and Nelson Tasman regions. These two regions offer some of the best romantic nature escapes and wining and dining experiences in New Zealand. Whether it’s the breathtaking vistas in every direction, the star-filled nights, the mystique of the Marlborough Sounds, or the European flavoured vineyards, Marlborough has romance written all over it. Couple that with sun filled days and the golden sand beaches of Nelson Tasman, and you’ve discovered the perfect honeymoon escape. Our valued partners are eager to pamper Kim and Karenza and all of our LGBTQ honeymoon couples.

The Honeymoon Giveaway:

See what Kim and Karenza will be doing on their honeymoon in New Zealand.

Day 1. Marlborough Sounds (2 nights)

  • Start the day with a Marlborough Icons Tour. Enjoy a wine tour in the morning, a delicious waterfront lunch, and a relaxing seafood cruise for the afternoon. Sample fresh local seafood and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as you cruise the Marlborough Sounds.
  • Arrive at the remote Bay of Many Coves Resorta luxury five star resort tucked into a tranquil bay in the sounds, and home for the next two nights.
  • Indulge in a 3 course dinner that captures the art of culinary freshness and creativity and sip on your complimentary world-class Sauvignon Blanc.
mussels and wine
Fresh local seafood and world class wine

Day 2. Marlborough Sounds

  • Relax and enjoy the many activities on offer at this romantic sanctuary: spa treatments, walking or hiking, kayaking, SUPing, wildlife cruises, and bird watching to name a few.
  • Marvel at this tranquil paradise over another sumptuous 3 course dinner.
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Luxurious five star Bay of Many Coves Resort surrounded by nature

 Day 3. Abel Tasman National Park (2 nights) 

  • Travel through to Moutere to meet Nicki and Lisa from Wheelie Fantastic, who will set you up on your self-guided Moutere Wine and Artisans Bike Tour. Pedal through the scenic boutique wineries of Nelson, visit artisan’s studios, and appreciate the stunning vistas of the Moutere area.
  • Cruise across the turquoise waters of Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles to your next remote hideaway lodging for the next two nights, Awaroa Lodge.
  • Appreciate the culinary creations from the lodge’s organic garden for dinner, paired with your complimentary wine. The chocolate truffles will be a perfect after dinner treat.
Awaroa Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park
Romantic Superior Suite at Awaroa Lodge

Day 4. Abel Tasman National Park

  • Surrounded by golden sand beaches and gorgeous waters, you have full day to hike, kayak, cruise or sail in Abel Tasman National Park. We’ll help you choose a day filled with romance, fun and excitement.
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle
Water Taxi to remote locations in Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

Day 5. Cherished Memories

  • Begin your journey home via Nelson or Blenheim and cherish the memories you’ve created during this celebration of your love.

Thanks to our fantastic LGBTQ friendly partners in Marlborough and Nelson Tasman for their contributions to this honeymoon giveaway:

Honeymoon Giveaway Value: NZ$4,200

Kim and Karenza, we can’t wait to take care of you in New Zealand. The countdown is on.

Want to honeymoon like Kim and Karenza?

Talk with us about this honeymoon package, or let us create one just for you based on your desires, time, and budget. We’d be honoured to take care of you for such a special occasion.

 

10 New Zealand Honeymoon Tips for LGBT Australians

Well Aussie, it’s been a long time coming. Congratulations. We’re over the moon that your friends, colleagues and family said YES! We know many of you have come to New Zealand in the past to marry, and of course you’re still welcome to, but as a happily legally married lesbian of 9 years myself, I get it. There’s nothing better than having all your family and friends gathered around as you commit to your soulmate. Especially if you’ve been waiting a long time for this. But we hope you’ll still think of us for your honeymoon! We’d love to celebrate with you, and you’ll just love it here! To  help you create the perfect honeymoon, here’s our list of New Zealand honeymoon tips for LGBT Australians.

1. Know your lodging is LGBT friendly.

I’d like to say all lodging in New Zealand is, but unfortunately that is just not the case. However, there are many lodging providers who do want to spoil you, celebrate with you, and pamper you at this important time in your relationship. If you want to cuddle and kiss your sweetheart, then you want people around who will love seeing you do that, and support your right to do so. If you want to stay in LGBT owned lodging, then GayStay is an excellent resource!

New Zealand Gay Honeymoon
Stay with Gary and Robert in their lovely Ribbonwood Country House.

2. Connect with the LGBT Community.

This is a monumental time in your history as a country, and as a couple. There is nothing quite like sharing this enormous milestone with people who have experienced the same struggles to get the same rights and really understand how it feels. Check out some of our LGBT locals who would love to make your honeymoon extra special.

We welcome LGBT travellers
Scotty and Mal want to celebrate with you!

 3. Avoid the crowds and travel off season.

October to mid-December and then from mid-March till end of April are great times to visit. The temperatures can still be mild, accommodation rates are often less, and the crowds haven’t yet arrived, or have departed. Flights are often less too.

Uncrowded New Zealand
Escape the crowds.

4. Focus on only one or two areas to visit and stay.

I know you think we’re small, and we are compared to Aussie, but our roads are winding and slow to drive. This is your honeymoon, not the time to see all of New Zealand in 5 days! We’re so close, you can always pop back to explore other areas another time.

Winding New Zealand Road
Don’t sit behind the wheel of a car all day. (Credit: Sam Mahayni)

5. Choose an area or regions that offer a variety of experiences.

On honeymoon, you want to share different activities together, but you don’t want to spend all day, every day in the car getting there. For example, if you want a blend of gorgeous wines, fresh seafood, local art, and luxury in remote wilderness, then Marlborough with the Marlborough Sounds is a perfect choice.

New Zealand Honeymoon
Marlborough Sounds has it all. (Credit: Rob Suisted)

6. Create space and down time.

Sleep in, lie around, swing in a hammock together. Don’t feel compelled to rush around and see everything just because you’re in a new place. Make time to just be with each other.

New Zealand Lesbian Honeymoon
Alone time together

7. Set your budget.

We have a huge range of accommodations, from moderately priced, self-catering cabins to ultra-luxury lodges. If you can go 5 star all the way – do it! if you can’t, no worries. It’s quite possible to have a spectacular honeymoon in New Zealand without breaking the bank.

Luxury New Zealand LGBT Honeymoon
Soak in luxury at Bay of Many Coves, a gorgeous LGBT friendly 5 star resort

8. Do something Unique.

Sharing a once in a life time experience, or something thrilling and special, creates memories that you’ll treasure forever. So whether it’s a heli-picnic to a remote mountain setting, or sleeping in a luxury glass Purepod under the stars, find that special experience to share together.

New Zealand Honeymoon
Dare to try something different, like Little River PurePod. (Credit: Johneey Hoek)

9. Book Ahead.

Don’t think you can just rent a car, drive, and be spontaneous about accommodation. Your honeymoon is not the time to end up sleeping in the car because you thought New Zealand in February is a good time to wing it! It’s not. Things get booked up here, especially in the summer months, so plan and book ahead.

Lesbian Honeymoon
Suzie and Caroline’s Criffel Peak View B&B, is a wonderful, moderately priced choice.

10. Tailor-make YOUR OWN honeymoon.

If you’re a young millennial couple, then chances are you will want something different than an older couple who has been waiting generations for this moment. Our LGBTQ community is SO diverse! What we each want from a honeymoon differs. Don’t just buy a ‘NZ Honeymoon Itinerary’ off the shelf. Create something special that is a perfect match for who you are as a couple.

We’d be honoured to help you do that. Contact us now.