It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there are few New Zealand destinations more romantic than Queenstown. Nestled between Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Southern Alps, the resort town has long been popular with those seeking a dreamy location for a couple’s escape. Better yet, Queenstown is just as stunning in the winter as it is in the summer, so you’re bound to have a great experience year-round. Kinross’ boutique cottages are the perfect place to start when planning your luxurious retreat to Queenstown – just read on to discover three ways to make the most of this romantic destination for couples.
If you and your partner fancy yourselves amateur sommeliers, then a Queenstown wine-themed weekend will prove the romantic getaway for you. Trust us: escaping the hustle and bustle of busier cities to immerse yourself in beautiful vineyards and ambient restaurant-bars will repay endlessly if you’re a couple desperately in need of some relaxation. There are many top-quality wine producers spattered around the Central Otago region so you might want to sign up for a tour and take in the exceptional scenery at the same time as you try brews from such award-winning wineries as Gibbston Valley Wines, Chard Farm Winery, and Peregrine Wines.
Better yet, you and your partner can opt to stay on Kinross’ land and visit the Cellar Door, which represents five of the best local wineries. And after you’ve exhausted yourselves drinking exquisite wines and sampling cheese platters, return to the comfort of one of Kinross’ intimate Studio Cottage Rooms. With 40 acres of lush grounds and vines, the modern-yet-rustic rooms are the epitome of privacy and romance, and are guaranteed to facilitate your weekend of rejuvenation and holistic well-being.
Make it all about nature
Sure, sometimes dressing up and going out on the town makes for a good night, but often it’s the opposite which really brings a twosome closer together. With its pure scenery and profusion of well-maintained walking tracks, Queenstown offers up ample opportunities for this latter kind of experience - so why not get your exercise gear on and explore the natural world together?
Start with a hearty breakfast at the Kinross Bistro – think pastries, eggs and bacon, the works – before heading off to complete part of Routeburn Track or perhaps the Ben Lomond Track. For a lighter walk, Lake Wakatipu’s waterside track is certainly worth doing, as is a simple stroll hand-in-hand around the Queenstown Gardens. Even a road-trip around Queenstown’s surrounding area is sure to yield unforgettable sights (pack a picnic in the boot to make a proper day of it!). Whatever you choose, you’ll be happy to return to the plush beds and home comforts of Kinross’ couple’s cabins.
For two adrenaline junkies, there’s really no better place to holiday than Queenstown. We recommend winter if you really want the pick of activities, as in the colder months the town transforms into a total hub for all things skiing-related. And just a hint - planning your trip to coincide with the Queenstown Winter Festival in June will make your holiday even more memorable.It may not sound like the most obviously-romantic retreat, but combining some athletic competition on the mountains with an incomparable winter setting really can prove the basis for one of the best romantic getaways for couples. Returning from a day on the slopes to the warmth of Kinross Café’s dinner service and a bit of stargazing in the incomparably-clear skies of Central Otago will definitively lock in your Queenstown vacation as a mutually-agreed upon highlight of the year.
Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand, who is passionate about travel, technology, design, and innovation.