Adventure seekers from around the world find their way to New Zealand for ultimate exploration. It’s the kind of place where you can be hiking to your mountainside ceremony spot in the morning, taking a helicopter to a glacier for a picnic lunch, and ending the day discovering secret waterfalls or adventuring by boat! Eloping in New Zealand offers so many amazing possibilities for an adventure wedding!
The owner of Your Adventure Wedding, Ann Peters an adventure and adrenaline junkie herself, found herself flocking to New Zealand as her very first international business trip! During which she was hired to photograph skydivers in action over magnificent scenery throughout the South Island. As a result, fast forward decades later, here she is with a whole team planning and photographing adventure weddings and elopements in New Zealand!
So where is New Zealand? It’s an island in the Southern Hemisphere within the South Pacific Ocean. In other words, means the seasons are opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. Making the best time to visit October-December and then again from April to early May (hello fall colors and less tourists!)! Furthermore, you’ll be thrilled to know you have not just one but you have TWO amazing islands to explore as well! To clarify, the North Island and South Island are separate so you need to either take a flight or a ferry to get between.
Certainly now you’re wondering how you get to New Zealand! Speaking from a North American point of view, as that is where our primary clientele are from… Firstly, you will need to find your way to an international airport on the west coast, like LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).
In addition, the most reliable and comfortable airlines to fly to New Zealand follow: Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, and Etihad Airways. Flight time will be between 12-14 hours depending on where on the west coast you begin. Upon landing in New Zealand you will fly to Auckland (AKL) most likely and then start your adventure!
Meanwhile, our New Zealand adventure wedding planning and photography teams focus on the South Island. Why? Because the South Island offers a dynamic variety of landscapes closer together versus the North which makes eloping in New Zealand and forgettable adventure!
Above all, the big draw to eloping in New Zealand, is that the landscape is diverse no matter the season, making it an ideal destination adventure wedding location! Can you imagine yourself getting married in New Zealand in some of the following locations?
Therefore, with having so many options to consider while eloping in New Zealand, you may be feeling overwhelmed on where to start. Don’t fret! Most importantly, we want to you stay super excited, so below we would love to share with you what a sample schedule of eloping in New Zealand could look like for you!
Perfect end to your eloping in New Zealand adventure day?!
Combining luxury and the wilderness is often what couples seek while planning an adventure wedding or adventurous elopement in New Zealand. There is something awesome about trekking by day and being pampered at night! Am I right? Our favorite luxury hotels in the South Island to book while eloping in New Zealand follow below!
By planning an experience driven wedding day while eloping in New Zealand, you take your adventure to an unforgettable level! Whether it is just the two of you or you are bringing guests to watch you get married in New Zealand, it will be an incredible journey!
Lastly, by embarking on an adventurous elopement in New Zealand you will have everyone back home swooning in jealousy! We’d love to custom craft some EPIC options for you throughout the South Island of New Zealand. Feel free to contact us for more information on how to get your eloping in New Zealand adventure started!