Experience nature and romance with a mountain break

From the intrigue of the Southern Alps to the enchantment of Emerald Lake, the mountains and lakes of New Zealand are perfect for a romantic or adventure trip. Whether you want to enjoy some watersports and lazy boat days, hiking and climbing on dramatic mountain peaks or walking the Lord of the Rings trails deep in the wilderness, lake getaways and mountain retreats put you in the heart of the vibrant landscape. Use our guides to discover the best accommodation options for a mountain break or lake retreat in New Zealand’s top holiday destinations.

10 reasons to love Lake Tekapo

Lakes and mountains

You may have heard of it, but how well do you really know Lake Tekapo?

Aoraki Mt Cook

Lakes and mountains

Australasia's highest mountain. There’s nowhere better to get up close and personal with this mountain than at the Aoraki Mount Cook Village.

Lake Taupo

Lakes and mountains

NZ's largest lake is a centre for trout fishing, water sports and adventure activities.