Make your valentine swoon this February
Posted on Thursday 24 January 2013
By Rory MacTavish
You don't have to travel far and wide to have an unforgettable, romantic Valentine's Day this year. Your special someone will enjoy being pampered and treated like royalty no matter where you go, and living in New Zealand is essentially like paradise all the time, so why not just stay?
Here are some top places you can consider for a rendezvous with your valentine this February:
Cape Kidnappers Lodge
If your goal is to pull out all the stops, then the Cape Kidnappers Lodge in Hawkes Bay might be your answer. One of the most spectacular places in New Zealand, the farm property combines every element of beautiful landscape you can dream of - the clearest blue waters, rolling hillsides, magnificent coastal cliffs and rustic farm houses. Sheep graze on the lush green grass all over the estate, and the lodging is just as pristine as the stunning wilderness surrounding it.
You can treat your loved one to a weekend stay here, where they can enjoy the ultimate spa treatment while looking out to views of the snow-covered Mount Ruapehu or the endless ocean. Once you've both lounged and rested enough, you can prepare for a gourmet dinner featuring the freshest produce and seafood, New Zealand lamb and beef and more. If you'd rather maximize the alone time and dine privately, that's an option as well.
Considering staying around your home city and booking a night at one of the many Auckland hotels? You can still plan a perfect Valentine's date near your stomping grounds - you just have to find the right spot. One of the greatest gestures is a picnic date, and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula's Shakespear Regional Park is the perfect place to pick. With a bottle of wine, artisan bread, cheeses and whatever other tasty bites to munch on, you can savour a beautiful evening with your special love while enjoying Aotearoa's stunning outdoors.
If Wellington holidays are your preferred choice for this Valentine's Day, then you're in luck, because gourmet restaurants are a dime a dozen in this bustling city. For the ultimate fine dining experience, make reservations at The White House Restaurant. Featuring gorgeous views over Oriental Bay and across Wellington Harbour, this locale is the perfect combination of elegant atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. Consistently ranked as one of the top Wellington restaurants for the past 20 years, this establishment will wow you with its rabbit consomme, twice-cooked pork belly or pan-roasted market fish, which are only a few of its delicious dishes.
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