Snow laden backdrops just spell romance with open fires, hot tubs and mulled wine. Where to channel your Romeo this New Zealand ski season.
Whether you’re planning a marriage proposal, wooing a new love or celebrating an anniversary the South Island of New Zealand delivers.
Have helicopter, will travel. You don’t need your own heli to experience the peaks of New Zealand’s South Island. You can just hire one (and a pilot) for the day, half day or hour of take a 20 minute heli ride to the top of The Remarkables for AU$185 per person.
Chopper to a mountain peak with lake views and pop open the bubbly, fly to a remote backcountry chalet for an overnight in the snow under the stars, charter a helicopter and a ski guide and experience the most private heli skiing around just for you and your lover. The only limit is your cheque book.
New Zealand’s ski fields are surrounded by some of the best wineries in the world and the cellar doors and gourmet restaurants that come with it. Try Amisfield near Lake Hayes (get the chef’s tasting plate), head to Peregrine in Central Otago for a stunning Pinot Noir or for a winery with a view then go straight to Rippon in Wanaka.
Romance the taste buds at some of the best restaurants in New Zealand. The South Island celebrates some of the country’s most innovative chefs. Try RATA in Queenstown for understated ambience in an intimate setting with renouned chef Josh Emmett at the helm.
If you like your fine dining with a view then The Rees has one of the best around on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at their True South Dining Room with a wine cellar to match including the most impressive Bordeaux collection.
In Wanaka try Bistro Gentil for a true taste of France and a blend of French and Kiwi produce with wines to match.
Take time out for a day of couples pampering. Try the spa at the Millbrook Resort for stunning mountain views, body wraps, steam room, private plunge, massage and golf for the more active.
Three of the ten treatment rooms at Eforea Spa at the Queenstown Hilton are designed specifically for couples. All treatments are divided into Escape, Essentials or Men’s journeys and incorporate face, body and massage treatments using organic natural products.
Book a private onsen hot tub with cedar deck and private shower at the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown for some indoor outdoor soaking with mountain views.
SkiMax.com.au have the Ultimate Romantic Getaway to Queenstown for 5 nights from AU$1065 per person including 5 nights in a Lakeview room at The Rees Hotel, a 2 day Queenstown multi lift pass, Skyline Gondola Ride with buffet dinner and a 20 minute helicopter ride to the top of The Remarkables. Want more? Just chat to the SkiMax team and they’ll create a romantic retreat just for you and your loved one.