HARRY & MEGHAN
Their Kiwi honeymoon options
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.
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.
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.
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.