New Zealand is a country often revered as one of the most naturally scenic in the world. The sweeping vistas of rugged mountains are just a 180 degree turn away from sandy shores, lush forestland and rolling hills.
Yet hand-in-hand with the stunning hot summers and cool winters comes an ideal location for growing some of the tastiest grapes to produce the finest wines in the world.
Match the scenery to the wines, and you get a few prime locations for a romantic trip along a wine trail.
Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, is the country's most prolific wine producer.
Both sunny and dry, the warm days and cool nights give the grapes a unique maturing environment that brings out vibrant, crisp flavours and sets the final product apart from the crowd.
There's no end to the wineries and vineyards in the region, or what the Kiwis call 'batches' (holiday homes) to stay in with your loved one on the trip.
Accommodaiton Option: Peppers Portage, Marlborough Sounds
Further down the island in the centre of the South resides another of New Zealand's premier wine regions.
Some of the country's major cities weren't founded until the mid-1850s, but the settlers clearly had their priorities in order when they planted the region's first vines in 1864.
The rugged countryside is known for its red wines and plentiful fresh fruit produce. Otago is on the cold side during winter, but summers are long, hot and perfect for a getaway for two.
Waiheke Island, just off the coast by northern city Auckland, might not be the most well-known wine region in the country, but it is certainly one of the most romantic.
The area boasts over 20 vineyards that have a cellar door open all year round, so there will be no shortage of place of visit on this small island.
This area is a favourite for locals who want to have a quiet getaway in a warm and gorgeous hideaway just a couple of hours from New Zealand's largest city.
Head to http://www.newzealand.com/au/ for further info on planning your short break getaway to NZ!