Known by many as ‘The Emerald Isle,’ Ireland gets its name because of its stunning green hills and gorgeous landscapes. Its beauty, coupled with the fascinating history, is what makes it such a popular destination.
It doesn’t get more romantic than a castle, and Ireland boasts several. Dine in a famous historic one like Ashford and enjoy strolling the beautiful grounds. Or, enjoy lunch in one of the picture-perfect villages such as Cong or Lismore. And make sure to stop at one of the many vibrant pubs and learn the art of drinking a Guinness.
A not-to-be-missed experience is The Ring of Kerry, a 110 mile road to Killarney that boasts some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, including ocean views from the cliff tops. Alluring scenery also awaits travelers on many of the legendary golf courses, including Ballybunion, Lahinch and Royal County Down.
Although a compact country, each of New Zealand’s 29 regions is distinct in character, making for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience.
One stop to consider is Rotorua, which is located in the heart of the North Island and also serves as the gateway to other central destinations. Known for its mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, Rotorua is an ideal spot for relaxing. World-class mountain bike trails, horseback riding, zip lining and fishing cater to those looking to be a bit more active, and are also one of the best ways to see the region’s wildlife. Travelers can also experience Maori culture here, the best place being on a marae (tribal meeting grounds), where Maori speeches and singing can be heard, carved meeting houses can be seen and a hāngi feast cooked in earth ovens can be enjoyed.
Another noteworthy stop is Queenstown, which is made famous by its stunning scenery, golf courses, wineries and slew of outdoor pursuits. The adventurous will enjoy the region’s sky diving, canyon swinging, heli-biking and river rafting, or for something romantic, be sure to visit the region’s wineries to sample award-winning wines, dine at some of the many restaurants, go on a hot air balloon ride at dawn or relax at a day spa. Lord of the Rings fans will also recognize many of the locations of Middle-earth!