Active Honeymoon Destinations: New Zealand

I'm looking for a good destination for an active honeymoon this summer. We're fit, but local day hikes are the extent of our outdoor skills; we don't know how to ski and we're too pale to just lie on the beach. Both U.S. and international destinations are fine.

Jun 25, 2013
Outside Magazine

   Photo:Aaron Worner/Flickr


New Zealand has it all: sea kayaking, incredible hiking, glacier treks, and a full menu of adrenaline sports. Queenstown, on the South Island, is the jumping-off point for some of the country’s most famous multi-day hiking trails, including the Milford Track. These trails, which generally include serviced huts for hikers to sleep in, are heavily traveled and could be a good bet if you’re interested in tackling your first backpacking trip. The town is also the birthplace of bungee jumping, so it's a great place to take your first leap.

One caveat is that our summer coincides with the New Zealand winter, and things on the South Island can get cool. But the northern sections of the North Island fall into a sub-tropical zone, and when I visited early in a southern hemisphere winter they were still warm and sunny. Head to the Bay of Islands for paddling, hiking and laid-back ocean cool.

Filed To: Adventure Adviser

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