Five Romantic Easter Weekend Getaways Worth Booking

Got plans for the Easter holidays? With the school holidays falling later in the month, Easter is the perfect time for a chill, relaxing getaway for couples.

According to the data from on The future of Travel, more than half (66%) of Kiwis will look to appreciate more simple experiences such as spending time outdoors while on holiday, and nearly half (47%) will seek out off-the-beaten-track experiences to immerse themselves in the outdoors. In contrast, others opt for a relaxing holiday, beach break or city trip.

Now that we’ve got you interested in planning a sweet, sweet getaway, has put together a list of places you should check out this coming Easter.

Catch A Wave

The unmatched Northland beaches are renowned for their dramatic sunsets and long stretches of white sand bliss. Lose all sense of time on an evening walk along the beach at Ahipara, a town with a rich history and a big choice of activities. Situated at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach and home to one of the best left-hand surf breaks in New Zealand, this unspoiled sandy beach is ideal for surfers and lazing in the sun. Don’t forget to check out Shipwreck Bay to the left of the township where at low tide some of the wrecks are still visible.

Where to stay

Disconnected from the world with sea views and a rustic beach vibe, you’ll be relaxed at the 90 Mile Paradise Ahipara. A perfect escape from the busy work week, 90 Mile Paradise Ahipara offers a self-contained north-facing apartment with panoramic views of Shipwreck Bay and 90 Mile Beach and access to a BBQ as well as an outdoor area including bean bags and hanging seats to relax and unwind. Located in Ahipara, soak up the sun and catch some waves at the nearby 90 Mile Beach or enjoy a quiet day of fishing – you won’t want to leave this beach themed sanctuary.

Explore The Mountains

If you’re a couple that doesn’t like to sit still, and luxury hotels just aren’t your cup of tea, the stunning Marlborough region could be perfect for you. Positioned at the top of the South Island with an abundance of bays, the region is full of great day walks and multi-day hikes. From the easy Snout Track to the tougher Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway, you decide the pace of your weekend escape. Base yourself in the pretty seaside town of Picton, where you’ll have easy access to the Marlborough Sounds and the famous wine region – the perfect end to a day of tramping.

Where to stay

Make the most of the simple seaside life and save your pennies for the local vineyards instead at the Atlantis Backpackers, just a minutes walk from Picton Waterfront home to great cafés, restaurants, galleries and speciality shops. Rest and recover from our outdoor excursions in the comfort of your own private room and enjoy breakfast included the following morning. All of the quirky rooms have access to a shared kitchen, bathroom, barbeque and common room areas. The staff at the tour desk can assist in arranging local activities like wine tours, dolphin swims, hiking and boat trips.

City Break

If a spot of culture and a taste of the city life is what you had in mind for your extra day of weekend fun, then Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is the urban oasis you need. From world-class shopping and award-winning wine-tasting on nearby islands like Waiheke to enjoying the sun on the famous black-sand beaches of Piha and Muriwai, there is something for everyone. Thrill-seekers can try out bungee jumping off the Auckland Bridge, while nature lovers can opt for whale watching, native bush walks or hiking the ancient volcanic cone of Rangitoto. No matter what you decide, making the most of the dining in the new Commercial Bay or local favourite Viaduct is a must.

Where to stay

Tāmaki Makaurau translates to the “city of a hundred lovers” and there’s no denying the romance of the beautiful Park Hyatt Auckland, situated right in the heart of Auckland’s famous Viaduct. This 5-star luxury hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tub. Its central location makes it close to popular tourist hot spots like the nearby Masefield Beach, Sky Tower and Queen Street shopping. Just a short walk from the local eateries and bars in downtown Auckland, the Hyatt is a dream base to make the most of your city break.

Art-Deco Adventure

If you’re a fan of art deco and wine, then a trip to Napier ticks all of the boxes for your romantic Easter break. The beautifully preserved architecture makes Napier one of the most unique towns in New Zealand. Often referred to as a 1930s movie set, the awe-inspiring streets will transport you into another time but don’t worry, there is so much more to Napier than its architecture. Surrounded by the famous vineyards that the Hawke’s Bay region is known for, you can easily escape to the Church Road winery or take in the fresh air and cycle the flat and easy-riding Hawke’s Bay Trails.

Where to stay

Located on the waterfront with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel features the historic Art Deco architecture that the gorgeous Napier is renowned for. A superb spot for foodies, guests at the Art Deco can enjoy two bars and two restaurants on-site. The hotel is located in the centre of Napier, just 2 minutes walk from the main street of Marine Parade and located opposite MTG Hawke’s Bay and The Art Deco Centre. After an afternoon of exploring street after street of Art Deco buildings, finish your day at Emporium Eatery and Bar which serves delicious sharing plates, buffet or a la carte dinner.

Fairytale For Two

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and swap out your usual weekend routine for a fairytale romance in the beautiful Dunedin. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Edinburgh’ of New Zealand, the South Island city is rich in heritage, renowned for its wildlife and distinctly quirky character. Pay homage to Dunedin’s Scottish heritage and lap up the romance of New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle. Once you have your castle fix, visit many of Dunedin’s best attractions, including Speights Brewery, the Cadbury Factory or get in touch with nature and take a special wildlife cruise. Finish your day curled up in a hotel bed and catch the new season of Outlander – you’ll feel like you’re right in the heart of Scotland.

Where to stay

Fit for royalty, the Fable Dunedin is the stuff fairytales are made of.  Located in the heart of Dunedin, the Fable is housed in a beautifully renovated and elegant Victorian-era building. The hotel’s cafe-style restaurant ‘The Press Club’ is open daily and offers regional cuisine. The Fable Dunedin is just a short walk from the Octagon city centre and the many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that the city has to offer – including a short 20-minute drive from Larnach Castle.