HARRY & MEGHAN

Their Kiwi hon­ey­moon op­tions

Weekend Herald - - Front Page - Ophe­lia Buck­le­ton

Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle’s en­gage­ment has set tongues wag­ging about the de­tails of the im­pend­ing royal wed­ding.

And as the palace pre­pares for the nup­tials, our minds turn to the hon­ey­moon and what Ki­wis could gift the cou­ple who has ev­ery­thing.

Hid­den away on the other side of the world, with a nat­u­rally stun­ning land­scape and plenty to do, New Zealand would be the ul­ti­mate ro­man­tic break for the loved- up duo.

Wed­ding plan­ner Emma Newman said New Zealand could top off the hon­ey­moon with a Ki­wiana wed­ding gift What would they love most? Their pri­vacy. So what you would do for them is take them to the other end of the world . . .”

Newman’s sug­ges­tions for a Kiwi ex­pe­ri­ence in­cluded stay­ing at a hunt­ing lodge or go­ing trout fish­ing in the South Is­land.

She also sug­gested gift­ing a beau­ti­ful piece of pounamu or a New Zealand na­tive tree for Harry to plant in Princess Diana’s memo­rial White Gar­den at Kens­ing­ton Palace — and a New Zealand gar­dener.

Here are some of the breath­tak­ing Kiwi lo­ca­tions for the cou­ple’s post­wed­ding get­away.

Huka Lodge

With a guest list that in­cludes Prince Harry’s un­cle Prince Ed­ward, grand­dad Prince Philip and the Queen, Taupo’s Huka Lodge is fit for roy­alty. Named as one of the top 20 hide­aways in the world, in the pres­ti­gious Andrew Harper’s Hide­away Re­port, the lodge of­fers a se­cluded cot­tage with stun­ning views over the Waikato River. Guests at the Owner’s Cot­tage can en­joy pre- din­ner drinks and canapes, a gourmet five- course din­ner and full break­fast. But­ler ser­vice and a per­sonal chef are also avail­able. The tar­iff is $ 1945 per guest, per night.

He­lena Bay

This $ 50 mil­lion- plus devel­op­ment in North­land was named the best new lux­ury ho­tel in the world last year by Lux­ury Travel In­tel­li­gence. He­lena Bay fea­tures four pri­vate beaches and a chef from t wo Miche­lin Star, Ital­ian restau­rant Don Al­fonso 1890. The ho­tel hosts a max­i­mum of five cou­ples in five jaw­drop­ping suites, at $ 1850 a night for two guests. Leisure op­tions in­clude ten­nis, div­ing, fish­ing or hik­ing.

Stoner­idge Es­tate

If they want to fol­low in the foot­steps of New Zealand’s royal cou­ple Richie and Gemma McCaw, Stoner­idge Es­tate in Queen­stown is the hon­ey­moon spot. The es­tate sits in 5ha of pic­turesque gar­dens and vine­yards, with breath­tak­ing views across Lake Hayes. Lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in a stone lodge, com­plete with a pool and out­door hot tub, is about $ 510 a night.

Fossil Cove Es­tate

Wai­heke Is­land i s what hon­ey­moon fan­tasies are made of — vine­yards, beau­ti­ful beaches, award- win­ning restau­rants and mag­nif­i­cent homes. From $ 4000 a night, Prince Harry and Markle could en­joy a heated in­fin­ity pool, chefs, a Range Rover and he­li­pad. No won­der Lady Gaga said she did not want to leave.

Huka Lodge. Harry and Meghan could en­joy lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion fit for roy­alty at Fossil Cove Es­tate on Wai­heke ( above), Stoner­idge Es­tate lodge on Lake Hayes or the Owner’s Cot­tage at Huka Lodge in Taupo.

Stoner­idge Es­tate.

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