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Honeymoon Road Trip – New Zealand

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location New Zealand


Christine of Christine Lim Photography
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I spent two weeks on a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand with my partner and best friend – and we left feeling that we have barely scratched the surface of this amazing country! To say it was picturesque would be an understatement..

Here are 5 reasons why New Zealand would be a great place for a honeymoon:

1. You can have nice relaxing romantic holiday, sit by Lake Wanaka with a cup of coffee, take in the calm turquoise water and snow-capped mountainous views.

2. If you want an adventurous, adrenaline filled trip, you can ski, snowboard or jump off a cliff (safely by bungy jumping of course!) There are also amazing hikes you can do.

3. Road trips are my favourite – as you get to explore and see a new place at your own pace and time. New Zealand is one of the best place for road trip adventures. We rented a campervan where we cooked, ate and slept. We did the initial research of places to see around the South Island, but we didn’t have an actual itinerary – it was all plan and drive as we went! We booked caravan parks as we drove to the next location. If we loved a particular stop, we would spend an extra day or two. We stopped countless times to take photos, making a six-hour drive often into eight.

What better way to spend your honeymoon than with the love of your life next to you, singing repeats on the radio, admiring the view as you drive and just enjoy being married!

4. Baby seals. Think big cute eyed pups! Friends were telling us to head to Kaikoura to see the seals; I was thrilled and thought we would see some by the coast, from a distance. My partner Ethan was insistent though that we see the Oahu waterfalls; it is a short walk and you will see the seal pups playing and swimming in the streams by the waterfall, about a metre or two away from you. It was so tempting to reach out and pat them. It was unreal!

5. Lastly, New Zealand is only a short flight away from Australia. It is only three hours from the east coast – you’ll get there sooner than a long haul flight and start your honeymoon without any more wait!

Images by Christine Lim Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Just beautiful photography; what an unforgettable honeymoon destination to experience by road!

About Christine of Christine Lim Photography: I’m a photojournalistic and vintage inspired wedding photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. It’s hard to explain why I love what I do, but have you seen a photograph or maybe a video clip where you thought wouldn’t it be nice to be at that place at that particular time? That’s what I strive for in my photographs, to capture a moment where you’ll look back and remember, gosh that was such a good day and the great thing is that the photo will always be there, memories, yours to keep.

A Gourmet Honeymoon in the Napa Valley

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location USA


Anika Reynolds

Wine tasting in Napa Valley

A culinary hotspot and magnet for wine aficionados, Napa Valley is a simply stunning honeymoon location – oozing romance and timeless charm. A leisurely one-and-a-half-hour drive from San Francisco, the world-class wine region comprises several picturesque towns stretched over 35 miles, including Napa, Yountville, Calistoga and St Helena. You could easily while away a romantic week or two here, but it’s equally worth popping over for just a few days of delicious fun!

To Experience:

Sample Some Top Drops: Cue the quaffing and talk of tannins – it’s wine tasting time! With its Mediterranean climate making it an ideal grape-growing destination, the region has around 400 wineries. Bookings are often required even for tastings, so a winery tour is a simple (and fun!) way to explore the valley.

Napa Valley vineyard

Platypus Tours takes day tours throughout the region, with catered picnic-style lunches, barrel tastings, a ‘nosh’ plate to enjoy en route and lots of opportunities for tastings! For those who prefer two wheels, Yountville’s Napa Valley Bike Tours promises to be an enjoyable option. Not keen on pedal power? Napa Valley Bike Tours can also hook you up with your own private driver, so you can be transported from cellar-door to cellar-door in style.

When on tour, expect to still pay tasting fees, but many wineries waive these if you make a purchase.

Up, Up and Away: Napa Valley is charming on the ground, but from the air – it’s truly breathtaking! Napa’s still mornings provides perfect ballooning climes, and the rows of verdant vines are even more beautiful from above, making a hot-air balloon tour a honeymoon experience to treasure.

Napa Valley Balloons hosts early morning flights followed by a sumptuous buffet breakfast and mimosas at the luxurious Domaine Chandon winery. With hotel pick-up on offer from select accommodation and pre-flight pastries and coffee, it’s worth getting out of bed for!

Ballooning over Napa Valley

Hot air balloon

Epicurean Delight: Nestled in St Helena is The Culinary Institute of America, the Californian branch of the world-renowned college for aspiring chefs – a must-see for food enthusiasts! Attend a demonstration and enjoy tastings, take a cooking class or, for the hard-core foodie, hone your skills at a cooking, baking or wine bootcamp!

You can also tour the campus and dine at one of the onsite restaurants – the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, The Conservatory at Greystone or The Bakery Café by illy.

To Eat:

Spanning casual eateries to Michelin-starred menus, Napa Valley is a dream destination for any foodie couple.

The Markets: Stroll through Oxbow Public Market in Napa’s town centre to browse through fresh produce and select gourmet products from local and regional producers. Sip bubbles and slurp oysters, enjoy a drink, grab a freshly roasted coffee, pick up some artisan cheese, indulge in pastries or spend time searching for quality cooking ingredients.

Oxbow Public Market

Interior of Oxbow Public Market

Wine Bars: Downtown Napa has plenty of places to enjoy a drink paired with delicious local fare. Carpe Diem Wine Bar is a sophisticated establishment known for its share plates, charcuterie and cheese selections, as well as its enviable wine list. With around 40 wines available by the glass, you are bound to find a few you like!

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ serves up all-American fare – think ribs, burgers and brisket – and the menu comes complete with recommended wine pairings. In addition to its 18-page wine list, you can try fine spirits, including a huge selection of American whiskeys.

Bouchon Bistro, Yountville

Fine Dining: For an evening to remember, make a fine dining experience part of your itinerary. The tiny town of Yountville boasts some serious culinary credentials on its main street. Here you’ll find Thomas Keller’s legendary The French Laundry, a three Michelin-star heavyweight, as well as his Bouchon Bistro – an elegant Michelin-star French eatery. Other decadent dining options in Yountville include Bottega (Italian) and Bistro Jeanty (French country).

To Stay:

From intimate inns to sprawling estates, the region abounds with amazing places to rest your head after a day of exploring.

For a stay reminiscent of a bygone era, book into Hennessey House, located in historic downtown Napa. Each charming room has luxury linen, plus complimentary sherry and chocolates. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, wine and cheese on the shady patio and freshly baked cookies– perfect!

Hennessey HouseImages by Anika Staffa and Mitch Reynolds

In Yountville, select one of the 13 rustic rooms on offer at Maison Fleurie, a Four Sisters Inn enveloped by delightful gardens. Buffet breakfast? Check. Pool and hot tub? You bet. The inn also offers bicycles to borrow – the ideal way to see the town!

A short drive from Napa, Silverado Resort and Spa is a spectacular high-end option. The expansive property features two golf courses, tennis courts, biking and hiking trails, an array of dining options, full-service spa and four ‘neighbourhoods’ of accommodation to choose from. You and your love will never want to leave!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What an amazing honeymoon destination – the balloon flight is on my list; what an unforgettable experience!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

Dreamy Daylesford Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Grange Bellinzona
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The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region makes a great honeymoon destination. Rich with heritage, exquisite local produce, amazing day spas, restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets, it is the perfect place to get lost and re-energise after all the months of wedding planning!

To calm things down and just relax, there is a wide choice of accommodation options – from hotels to bed and breakfasts and wineries!





Where time just seems to slow down naturally, imagine waking up to crisp country freshness followed by a sumptuous breakfast each morning. Spend your days, just reading a good book or take a stroll through the surrounding country side.





You can also explore one of the many cycling/bush walking tracks that the area offers or visit one of the awarded vineyards to sample their latest releases!



After a few relaxing days, you could take the country route to some lovely quaint towns such as Woodend and Kyneton. Fill your baskets along the way with lovely local produce from the markets and boutique shops as special thank you gifts to your loved ones back home.




Dining in Daylesford includes relaxed, cafe style fare through to five-star fine dining; local and seasonal produce is always on the menu and the service is friendly and attentive.



To soothe those tired muscles and stresses from the wedding prep, book in a massage or a spa – or take a soak in one of the nearby bathhouses. Immerse yourselves in all that the region has to offer, find your balance naturally and let your romantic journey together start here.



VVLand__9650700_DS32_couplemassageAll images via Visit Victoria

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Head to toe pampering, five-star accommodation and fine dining; a honeymoon really can’t get much better!

About Grange Bellinzona: At Grange Bellinzona, we create the perfect backdrop for intimate celebrations and beautiful weddings in Daylesford, Victoria. Imagine the grand wedding of your dreams with an added touch of luxury to impress up to 140 of your guests. Tucked in the heart of Victoria’s world famous spa country in Hepburn Springs, our elegant retreat hotel with wide open spaces and timeless beauty, is your perfect match.

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