Wedding season is well and truly here already, so if you’re just thinking about getting married in the bliss of a heady summer, then you have probably left it too late. However, there’s always next year and, as that gives you that little bit extra time to get on with the planning, why not ratchet things up a notch and go abroad with it?
Our personal recommendation (as you have likely surmised from the title of this post) would be New Zealand. You can make for a truly intimate wedding, you’ll be able to get away with inviting just those special few guests without getting an earful from the second cousin who was dying to be a bridesmaid.As an added bonus, New Zealand recently legalized same-sex marriage, making it the perfect wedding getaway for anyone looking to tie the knot!
In Rotorua, in the Bay of Plenty area, you will find Hell’s Gate. Don’t worry, it’s a lot more heavenly than the name would imply! One of New Zealand’s most unusual attractions, Hell’s Gate is a giant mud spa, home to all sorts of erupting geysers, warm mud pools, and hissing fumaroles, and even a mud volcano and a hot waterfall!
The geothermal park is home to one of the finest spas in the world, replete with luxurious mud baths to relax in after you’ve been wedded on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Rotorua. This just happens to be where the lovely Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is located…
Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility. Anne Hathaway
Now, if you want a beach wedding (and come on, who doesn’t?), then the Coromandel Peninsula is absolutely the perfect place to go. The beaches are pristine, the people are laid back, and there’s even a beautiful forest nearby.Cathedral Cove is the place to go. It’s called this due to the presence of a natural, cathedral-like arch sitting right there on the beach. Could you even dream of a more suitable place? Imagine the warm waters gently lapping at your bare feet as you tie the knot… Bliss.
And in the evening, you can really unwind in one of the many spa pools on the nearby Hot Water Beach. Perfect! Even if you’re not getting married, it’s worth booking flights online just to come here.
Looking for intimacy and privacy? Then go to Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, about 10 miles from Auckland. It’s only a very short ferry ride away, but it feels like a whole new world.
You can get married on the shores of the sparkling, crystalline waters, then enjoy a relaxed exploration of the beautifully secluded island.
Also, if you happen to like a bit of a tipple, the island is home to the famous Waiheke Wine Tours; you’ll enjoy a wonderfully scenic tour of the island, stopping off at the three best vineyards along the way. We can’t even dream off a better way to kick off a life of marital bliss!