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For newlyweds seeking an adventurous honeymoon, New Zealand is the ultimate active destination. After a few days relaxing on the beach in Fiji, trade lazy days on the sand for adrenalin-fueled activities and stunning mountain scenery.
The South Island of New Zealand is the perfect place for a self-drive honeymoon… go at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and savor the romantic moments available to you around every turn.
Start your trip in charming Christchurch where you will board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top five most stunning train journeys in the world.
Spend the next few hours taking in the diverse landscapes as you travel from one end of the island to the other, from agricultural plains to foothills to alpine mountains to rainforest to coast.
The next adventure will be in Glacier Country. Stop in Hokitika along the way for some beautiful Maori-inspired greenstone jewelry.
In Glacier Country, take an exhilarating helicopter ride to the top of Fox Glacier where you will have to opportunity to shimmy through blue crevasses and into ice caverns on New Zealand’s largest glacier.
Next you will make the amazingly scenic drive down the rugged West Coast to Queenstown. You’ll want to have your camera ready… each mile brings a new opportunity to capture a beautiful waterfall or a serene alpine lake.
Our favorite waterfall: Fantail Falls, where you can wade in the water underneath and clamber over rocks to take an icy dip in one of the cascading pools.
Base yourselves in Queenstown for a few days where there is no shortage of adventures to experience together. The “adrenalin capital of the world” offers everything from bungee jumping to jet boating to rafting to heli-hiking, and so much more!
You can also visit one of the best wine producing areas in the country, the Otago Wine Region, especially famous for its cool-climate pinot noirs.
One of the most memorable activities on your trip will be a visit to Milford Sound. One of the many remarkable fjords and to many people, the most beautiful spot in the country.
As you cruise through the fjord to the mouth of Tasman Sea, you will pass sheer cliff faces and magical waterfalls. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of the dolphins and penguins that inhabit the sound.
The journey to and from the sound is almost as notable as the destination itself because you drive through mountain passes and stop to take in the views at expansive vistas, hearing about the history of the famous "Milford Road," blasted through rock.
New Zealand offers the opportunity for an unforgettable honeymoon set in one of the most spectacular landscapes imaginable. Start your journey today at http://www.downunderendeavours.com .