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Cupid’s compass: What are the best romantic getaways in Auckland?

Cupid's compass What are the best romantic getaways in Auckland

Love is in the air… but where in the heck should you go in Auckland to fan those flames? Fear not, fellow romantics! Whether you’re a longtime couple or just a pair on an awkward-yet-adorable first date, we’ve got the scoop on Auckland’s most swoon-worthy spots. 

So, get ready to ditch the cheesy rom-coms and discover hidden beaches, cozy cafes, and breathtaking views that’ll make your heart do a happy little dance. Think of us as your Cupid (with better taste in date locations) who’ll show you the best romantic getaways in Auckland.

Omana Luxury Villa

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Location: 379D Gordons Road, Woodside Bay Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

Contact: +64 210 297 4214

How to get here: See directions here


Looking for a romantic getaway in Auckland that goes beyond the usual? Omana Luxury Villa might be your answer. Nestled in a lush forest, these villas promise seclusion and stunning sea and forest views – a world away from the city, even with just a quick ferry ride from Auckland.

Each villa is a spacious and luxurious retreat with private decks (and sometimes even outdoor baths) for intimate moments. Waiheke’s wineries and beaches beckon if you’re feeling adventurous, you can indulge in in-villa massages and gourmet meals. 

This level of exclusivity isn’t cheap – expect to pay upwards of $1,000 per night – but for a truly special and unforgettable romantic experience, this place could be the perfect splurge.

The Glasshouse

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Location: 6HP5+RV, Taiharuru 0192, New Zealand

Contact: +64 27 320 0770

How to get here: See directions here


The Glasshouse is a haven of architectural beauty and secluded luxury. This stunning villa offers panoramic views that sweep across the ocean and lush countryside – imagine waking up to that!

Inside, it’s all about modern elegance: spacious rooms, a gourmet kitchen, and giant windows for soaking in the scenery. But the best part? Your private deck with a spa pool overlooking the breathtaking landscape is pure romance – stargazing soaks, anyone?

Just be prepared to pay a hefty price tag of $1000 per night!

The Boatshed Hotel 

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Location: Tawa and Huia Street, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 372 3242

How to get here: See directions here


Nestled just above the beaches of Oneroa on Waiheke Island, The Boatshed Hotel invites you to experience chic seaside luxury and romance. With each suite offering breathtaking ocean views, you’ll wake up to the gentle sound of waves and savor breakfasts on your balcony. 

If you’re a couple who craves cozy seclusion, this is your spot. Strolling hand-in-hand along the beach, exploring the island’s vineyard via the hotel’s “Picnic Truck”… romance is in the air! This place even curates special packages for those celebrating their honeymoon. 

Just keep in mind that this level of pampering and seclusion comes with a premium of $920 per night. 

Magic Cottages At Takou River

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Location: 660 Takou Bay Road, Kerikeri 0295, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 407 8065

How to get here: See directions here


Tired of the same old hotel rooms for your romantic escapes? Ditch the predictable and dive into the enchanting world of  Magic Cottages At Takou River. It’s tucked away near Kerikeri, so these cottages promise relaxation and utter privacy. 

Here, you can forget about distractions and just unwind to the sounds of nature with strolls down to your own jetty (kayaks await, by the way!). The real showstopper? A clawfoot bathtub perched on the deck, overlooking the river – perfect for starry night soaks. 

Of course, this level of charm comes with a cost (around $500 per night), but if you’re seeking a romantic getaway infused with natural beauty and a dash of whimsy, Magic Cottages might just be your fairytale escape.

Castaways Resort

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Location: 685 Karioitahi Road, Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku 2341, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 2365 041

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If you’re looking to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with your special someone, Castaways Resort on Karioitahi Beach is where seaside romance comes to life. This magical getaway offers a blend of adventure and pure relaxation. 

Here, you can choose between luxurious clifftop studios with stunning ocean views or unique glamping tents nestled amongst the trees. Days can be spent exploring the black-sand beach, indulging in resort activities, or simply lounging by the pool.

And when the sun sets? Get ready for unforgettable stargazing with no city lights to interfere. Remember that this slice of paradise comes at a premium (think $500 per night).

Te Awa Glamping

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Location: 765 State Highway 43, Taumarunui 3991, New Zealand

Contact: +64 7 896 8698

How to get here: See directions here


Te Awa Glamping is the perfect escape for Auckland couples in need of some serious R&R. Inside, you’ll find a welcoming space with a plush bed, a private deck, and the star of the show – an outdoor clawfoot tub for the ultimate starry-night soak.

Adventurous types can explore the river by kayak or embark on scenic walks, while those craving relaxation can simply unwind to the soothing sounds of nature. Despite its remote feel, you’ll still enjoy modern comforts like a gas burner, fridge, and elegant china. 

With prices starting at $440 per night, this place offers an unforgettable blend of luxurious seclusion, and natural beauty, making it ideal for reconnecting with your partner and leaving the everyday world far behind.

Ohtel Auckland

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Location: 32 Market Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 886 8388

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For a romantic escape that leaves a lasting impression, Ohtel Auckland ticks all the right boxes. Its Leafy Market Place address means the buzzing Viaduct Harbour is practically your playground – think waterfront strolls, clinking glasses at sunset, and dinners you can’t miss.

Ohtel knows how to spoil you. Think of an outdoor pool for those steamy dips, a spa and sauna to unwind, and a gym (if you’re feeling virtuous). No energy to venture out? The Ohtel Pantry has your back with delicious bites. 

Of course, this kind of central spot doesn’t come cheap – expect to pay around $300. But hey, if your romantic getaway deserves the best in both luxury and location, this place might just make your heart skip a beat (and not just because of your special someone).

The Grand by SkyCity

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Location: 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 363 6000

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The Grand by SkyCity is where to go for unforgettable experiences. Your plush room is a luxurious setting for stolen kisses with the Auckland cityscape as your ever-changing backdrop.  

Plus, Orbit 360° Dining delivers its delicious cuisine and the thrill of a slowly revolving city panorama – the ultimate conversation starter. And when it’s time for pure indulgence, the East Day Spa pampers you with a couple’s massages. 

Naturally, this level of experience doesn’t come for free. Still, think of their $299-a-night price tag as an investment in a romance worthy of its own soundtrack.

Wairua Lodge – Rainforest River Retreat

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Location: 251 Old Coach Rd, Kaimarama, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand

Contact: +64 7 866 0304

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Is the Auckland grind wearing you down? Wairua Lodge is your rainforest remedy. This secluded etreat is about exchanging city noise for the serenity of rivers and rustling trees. Picture cozy rooms with rainforest views, maybe even a private spa bath for ultimate relaxation.

Want a touch of adventure? Explore nearby beaches and trails, or simply soak in the hot tub and savor delicious breakfasts. 

With rooms starting at $240, Wairua Lodge is all about stolen moments and shared sunsets – the kind that makes you forget about endless deadlines and to-do lists.

The Grove Farm Stay

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Location: 910 Thornton Road, Thornton 3194, New Zealand

Contact: +64 21 160 3087

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Nestled in an avocado orchard about 3 ½ hours from Auckland, The Grove Farm Stay promises a cozy escape in luxurious Mongolian yurts. Think plush beds, modern touches like TV and WiFi (even specially designed couples’ yurts like “Aroha”).

Of course, the real enchantment awaits outside – picture starlit dips in a private spa or intimate dinners by a secluded pond. This unique getaway is an investment in unforgettable experiences, so be prepared for nightly rates upwards of $200 per night.

Cordis, Auckland

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Location: 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 379 5132

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Cordis is a sanctuary for lovebirds seeking a blend of luxury and unforgettable experiences. From the moment you set foot inside one of its 640 stylish rooms, you’ll feel enveloped in comfort – it’s the perfect setting for stolen kisses and whispered sweet nothings.

Here you can indulge in decadent high tea at the Chandelier Lounge. Feeling adventurous? Eight Restaurant will take your tastebuds on a journey with its eight live kitchens.

While this luxurious escape comes with a price tag of $177, Cordis offers a setting where you can focus entirely on each other, creating memories that will linger long after checkout.

Mount Richmond Hotel

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Location: 676 Mount Wellington Highway, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1062, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 270 2900

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Mount Richmond Hotel might not be a secluded, candlelit love nest, but it’s got the potential for a different kind of romantic getaway! You’re minutes away from Sylvia Park, so a spontaneous shopping spree or a movie date is always on the cards.

But perhaps you’d rather stay in? Then make the most of the hotel’s full-service spa, outdoor pool, and tennis courts. Imagine a day spent playing together, followed by a restorative session at the spa, and capped off with a romantic dinner poolside.

Plus, with rooms around $150 a night, there’s more cash left over for those shopping sprees or fancy dinners out!

Kawai Purapura Yoga Retreat Centre

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Location: 14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand

Contact: +64 9 415 9468

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Nestled within 19 acres of native bush, this haven offers a chance to trade endless notifications for soothing sounds of nature. Here, it’s all about mornings with yoga classes, dips in the pool, and nourishing meals – all with the option of indulging in massages and spa treatments.

Sustainability is at its heart, so expect a conscious approach to everything from the land to the workshops. With rooms starting at a budget-friendly  $239 per week, it’s a reminder that investing in well-being doesn’t have to break the bank. 

Kawai Purapura is more than a retreat – it’s a place to shed city stress, deepen your practice (or start one!), and reconnect with your partner amidst a truly inspiring setting. Just leave Fido at home (pets aren’t allowed here)!