New Zealand: the ultimate celebration destination

A land of snow-capped mountains, mystical glaciers and active volcanoes; New Zealand is a magical place whose scenery deserves a standing ovation. Pair this with some of the most unique experiences and luxurious properties on the planet; this far-flung paradise provides an unbeatable backdrop to celebrate life’s most special occasions. From birthdays on private yachts to toasting anniversaries in smouldering volcanic craters – this is one place worth making the leap down-under for.

How to birthday: Abel Tasman National Park

The stunning islands of New Zealand provide an unbeatable setting for any birthday. After relaxing at the exclusive Bronte Country Estate – perfectly positioned on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula – and indulging in the area’s world class restaurants and bars, knock all previous birthdays out of the park with a visit to Abel Tasman.

Renowned for its golden beaches and granite sculptured cliffs, cruise the calm waters in the comfort of your own private yacht and gaze out to the world-famous coast track as you discover remote trails, hidden beaches and bays. Here, perch with a pre-packed gourmet picnic and toast with a glass of champagne to a truly magical, otherworldly birthday.

How to honeymoon: Annandale Seascape

After months of planning and stress, it’s time for you and your other half to have some well-appointed downtime. Set in the remote picturesque Pigeon Bay, Annandale’s Seascape is rural New Zealand at its best. Just a short helicopter ride from the Bay of Many Coves, the retreat’s contemporary glass façade and stone walls against a dramatic landscape give this ultra-modern accommodation a timeless and unique feel. 

Whether you enjoy a pamper session in the outdoor spa or simply gaze out across the private bay, newlyweds can enjoy absolute solitude as dolphins and seals frolic in the glittering waters below. It might just beat the wedding itself.

How to anniversary: helicopter tour of Mount Terawera and White Island

Why celebrate your anniversary on the ground when you can spend it above the clouds? Picked up by your own private helicopter from Rotorua Lakeside, it’s hard not to be mesmerised whilst soaring over both Mount Terawera’s summit and the steaming lake of White Island.

Once you’ve toasted to one another in the crater of a live volcano, guests can enjoy a two night stay at the luxurious Huka Lodge. Surrounded by lush wildlife and glittering waterfalls, it’s the perfect hideaway to reminisce on past memories and create stunning new ones.

Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato. Black Tomato is an award-winning luxury travel agent and part of The Black Tomato Group, with partner brands including Studio Black Tomato, The Black Tomato Agency and Epic Tomato.

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