NZ ’s Most Romantic Proposals
Clint & Jodhi
In September 2013, Jodhi and I were in sunny Mexico celebrating her dad’s fiftieth birthday. The holiday was idyllic and the perfect opportunity to ask my best friend to spend the rest of our lives together!
We booked an excursion to Xel Ha where there are lots of water activities, including swimming with dolphins – Jodhi’s favourite animal. The plan was for Jodhi to swim and then I would go onto the pontoon and pop the question.
As Jodhi swam with a dolphin, the smile on her face was priceless. After 15 minutes the head trainer threw a rubber ring that had the ring attached to it. The dolphin brought the rubber ring back to Jodhi and she took it from him without noticing the diamond! The trainer handed it back to her and she noticed me down on bended knee where I asked her to marry me.
Regan & Lauren
Regan and I met on a blind double date organised by a mutual friend, and we were soon inseparable.
In March 2014, I went to the Bruno Mars concert while Regan stayed home and watched rugby with my dad. I called him during the song Marry You and told him to listen. Regan called me back and said he’d asked for my dad’s permission to marry me, but Dad had said no! Luckily, Dad was only joking and when I arrived home I was over the moon at the impromptu proposal. Regan promised we could go shopping for a ring that weekend. But Saturday rolled around and Regan told me that unfortunately he couldn’t afford a ring just yet, so we both went to work. Or so I thought…
After a long day, I arrived home to Regan sitting in the garden. I went to sit on his knee but he told me I couldn’t as he’d injured it. I looked down and sure enough, his knee was bandaged up! Later on he asked me to sit opposite him. Unwrapping his ‘injured’ knee, he knelt down on the floor – I looked down and tattooed just above his kneecap were the words ‘Marry me?’ I was speechless. The proposal was in true Regan style and took me by surprise.
Naythan & Adrienne
We were camping in the mountains of Peru, along the famous Inca trail, on the fourth and final day of the long, hard trek to Machu Picchu. Adrienne, my girlfriend of seven years, was not the keenest of trekkers, and the countless Inca steps and walks of up to 11 hours 4000m above sea level were a struggle for both of us! Battling asthma and altitude sickness, we had to dig deep.
A torch-lit, fast-paced hike got us to the ‘Sun Gate’ in time for sunrise. I had considered proposing here, except when we arrived we could see nothing through the thick fog. Plan B, then – propose at Machu Picchu! I faked a toilet stop along the way to talk to one of our guides, Pierro, and involve him in my proposal plans. He was to take a photo of us before I got down on one knee.
Some things never go to plan. Adrienne needed the toilet so as soon as we reached Machu Picchu she ditched the group and raced down the hill to the train station, not realising it was a 25-minute walk back! Other groups started to get impatient so we were about to head back down again when Pierre ushered Adrienne back up, confused, irritated and with a bloody nose to add to her woes.
We stood together at the edge of the cliff, overlooking the beautifully constructed Inca site, and I got down on one knee and then proposed to my gorgeous girl.
Liese & Sarah
Sarah organised for one of my friends to take me out for a drink after work so that I’d be home later than usual. When I arrived home, I opened the door to roses and a note telling me to be ready by 6.45. An outfit to wear was lying on the bed. A cab pulled up and I spent the ride trying to find out where we were going from the driver who had been sworn to secrecy!
We arrived at the beautiful Kelliher Estate and it felt like a scene from a movie – entering a code at the gate, having my door opened by a butler who escorted me through the amazing homestead and outside to a path. I heard one of our favourite songs playing as I walked towards my beautiful girlfriend. Sarah was standing under a wooden hut that was draped in fairy lights and decorated with rose petals and candles. It was magical.
After an emotional speech, she got down on one knee and presented me with a stunning ring. How could I say no? The rest of the night we drank wine, ate nibbles, slow danced and listened to the rain. It was an unforgettable night.
James & Nicola
James and I met on a blind date. He is a dairy farmer and I am a vet nurse, so we had quite a lot in common and hit it off right away.
On 21 November 2014, I went to work as usual, but left early as we were going on holiday to Queenstown the next day. I packed our bags and went to help on the farm. The last job was to move some cows that were at the top of the farm. James asked me to go and get two fence standards that had been strategically placed just past the water tank. I thought nothing of it, but when I turned around, there on the water tank in bright red spray paint was written ‘Nicole, I love you. Will you marry me?’ James walked out from behind the tractor with a small box, got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course I said yes!