Top romantic experiences in the Waikato
Sunset at Raglan
All you need is love - and sunsets, especially the beautiful sunsets at Raglan on the western coastline of the Waikato region.
This is where locals and visitors alike make time to admire the setting sun as it lights up the sky and the ocean as it sinks below the horizon signaling the end of another perfect day. With beaches of black sand sparkling in the sunlight, a tranquil harbour and laid back vibe, Raglan is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway and for longer breaks.
Another way to enjoy the spectacle is a sunset cruise on Raglan Harbour aboard the Wahinemoe purpose-built catamaran. There’s a bar and you can also choose to have fish and chips with your sunset.
Make a splash at Te Aroha Mineral Spas
A soothing massage and soaking in the naturally silky waters at Te Aroha Mineral Spas is pretty much heaven on a stick. This is where you can treat the special person in your life to a private spa in a traditional wooden tub that’s lit with candles; chocolates and drinks also to hand.
Along with massages, a range of body treatments is available, including the signature aroha wrap - the ultimate head-to-toe indulgence that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Hamilton Gardens - the perfumed picnic
With the perfume of flowers wafting through the air, strolling arm in arm through Hamilton Gardens is a romantic dream come true. There are 25-plus individual gardens to explore, each one offering insights into different cultures.
The Paradise Collection of gardens seems to be the perfect place for lovers to start wandering. Amongst the gardens here is the Italian Renaissance Garden. It features a water fountain surrounded by beds of flowers and herbs laid out in pleasing geometric patterns. Equally romantic is Char Bagh Garden designed in the style of the gardens of Persia; again water features alongside plantings of brightly coloured blooms.
Impress Your Partner with a Romantic Dinner
Enjoy a memorable romantic dinner in Hamilton, where the city’s charm sets the stage for an enchanting evening with your loved one. Whether nestled by the beautiful Waikato River or tucked away in a cozy corner of the city, there are a variety of dining options to suit every couple’s taste.
Savour the flavours of love as you explore a diverse menu crafted to ignite your senses. From tasty seafood, juicy meats, and tempting vegetarian options to tapas plates designed to share, each bite is a special part of your time spent together. Treat yourself to a sweet dessert, such as a chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries, the perfect ending to your romantic evening.
The Waikato region offers you and your partner many opportunities to create cherished memories, making every romantic dinner a lasting memory of love and connection.
Waitomo - get lost with photos to prove it
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed experience or something more leisurely, the light show put on by the tiny twinkling glowworm is a drawcard for everyone visiting the Waitomo Caves. There are one-two hours, half-day and full-day options to choose from with both experiences taking you through caverns studded with glowworms that shine like diamonds.
Literally, it’s awesome. And this is just the beginning of a special experience you will both remember forever.
Plan a romantic escape into nature
Whether you prefer the coast or the countryside, Waikato has some wonderful sites for couples who want to enjoy a romantic escape in nature’s lap. Treat yourself and your partner to a relaxing and rejuvenating stay at Castaways Resort, a cliff-top oasis overlooking the stunning Kariotahi Beach.
Or you can experience the quintessential beauty of rural New Zealand at Te Karaka Lodge, a contemporary farmstay in Waikato. You can also stay at the Lakehouse cottage at Takapoto Estate that offers a luxurious and serene escape with stunning views of Lake Karapiro.
Share a cocktail
If you are looking for a perfect way to spend a romantic date night, why not try having a cocktail at a bar in Hamilton and the Waikato? You can choose from a variety of bars that offer different vibes, music, and drinks.
Whether you prefer a cozy pub, a trendy lounge, or a lively bar, you can find a place that suits your mood and taste. You can enjoy the company of your date while sipping on your favourite cocktails.
Zealong Tea Estate
A romantic way to spend an afternoon is at Zealong Tea Estate, indulging in their High Tea Experience. The High Tea includes a range of sweet and savoury treats, accompanied by a selection of the estate’s 100 per cent organic teas. Sip on a cup of oolong tea while enjoying the serene surroundings and each other's company. The elegant presentation and delectable treats make it an unforgettable experience that's perfect for couples.
Spa au naturel at Kāwhia Beach
A spade, yes the one you use to dig the veggie garden, is the last thing you’d consider packing for a romantic weekend away in the Waikato. However, a spade is the very thing you’ll need to dig in for an au naturel beachfront spa for two at remote Kāwhia Hot Water Beach on the Waikato’s western coastline.
One of New Zealand’s best kept secrets is the hot water that bubbles up at low tide. Simply choose your spot and dig yourselves your very own spa pool - with stunning views out across the ocean.
Date night at Bowl & Social
For a fun date night - with just your loved one, or with other couples - there’s the Bowl and Social tenpin bowling alley at SkyCity Hamilton where a special package for couples includes a game, drinks and pizzas.
The alley features world-class bowling technology, TimeZone games and a restaurant and bar.
Romantic glamping getaway in the Waikato
Enjoy a romantic adventure in Waikato’s beautiful nature with a deluxe glamping trip. Nestled in serene surroundings, the Waikato region offers an idyllic backdrop for couples seeking an intimate getaway.
Imagine cozying up under the stars in a comfortable tent adorned with romantic touches, while the soothing sounds of nature serenade you both. With its blend of luxury and natural charm, glamping in the Waikato promises an unforgettable romantic experience for you and your loved one.