18 romantic destinations for 2018

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New Zealand - romantic destinations 2018
New Zealand – courtesy of Tourism NZ

New Zealand

Epic. That’s the best way to describe basically anything and everything in New Zealand. The scenery? Epic. The Maori culture? Epic. The romance? Yes, you guessed it… epic.

Whether you hike past them, fly over them in a helicopter or stay in a luxury retreat nearby, seeing New Zealand’s natural gifts in real life is something couples will never forget. Forests, mountains, lakes, fjords, remote beaches – all of the nature here is pristine. Heck, even New Zealand’s air is said to be some of the cleanest you’ll find.

The cities here are worth seeing also. The people are down-to-earth (join a traditional hangiMaori feast if you’re invited to one), the history is fascinating and the culinary scene is booming. You can still order British-influenced classics like fish and chips in Auckland and Christchurch (a nod to New Zealand’s colonial past), but there are also award-winning restaurants serving inventive dishes that showcase New Zealand’s best produce. Celebrate your last night with lamb or scallops paired with a glass of New Zealand’s acclaimed cool-climate wine. Heaven. 

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