The Ultimate Proposal Weekend in Rotorua

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The Ultimate Proposal Weekend in Rotorua

Asking the ‘big question’ is an exciting yet nerve-wracking time – but it’s also an amazing opportunity to showcase your commitment to your partner with a surprise proposal. Spoil your significant other with a weekend getaway to Rotorua – they’ll love soaking up the sights and scenery Rotorua has to offer, as you find the perfect spot to drop down on one knee and propose. 

Where to stay 

Escape from the crowds and find your moment of tranquillity with a gorgeous glamping stay. The region is home to plenty of luxurious options, kitted out with modern amenities and special touches.  

Each glamping tent is unique and offers a magical experience for every couple. Be greeted with a delightful outdoor space, private deck and outdoor bathtub allowing the two of you to relax in style. Underneath the canvas lies a plush bed offering a great night’s sleep after a soak and stargaze. Most tents come complete with BBQ and kitchen facilities too, so you can cook up a storm in your secluded sanctuary. Check out Airbnb, Canopy Camping, GlampingHub and Riparide to get inspired. 

A glamping tent on a wooden deck

Relax amidst the rolling hills and greenery on a glamping escape. Credit: Rotorua NZ

Or for a full-service stay with all the modern comforts, the Pullman Rotorua has you covered. Located in the city centre just a stone’s throw away from the waterfront, this hotel is well-suited for weekend breaks. Their executive suites offer lake views from your super-comfy kingsized bed and free-standing bathtub. With a range of bars and restaurants right at your fingertips, you won’t miss out on any of the action. 

Stay in the heart of Rotorua; with a bounty of attractions and cafés at your doorstep. Credit: Pullman Rotorua 

What to do 

Take your relationship to new heights with a once-in-a-lifetime scenic helicopter flight! Volcanic Air’s exhilarating Mt Tarawera experience will truly sweep your fiancé-to-be off the ground. Cosy up and enjoy a romantic flight for two with mesmerising views of crater lakes, waterfalls and geothermal wonderlands.  

Then, touch down on the spectacular Mt Tarawera, with its moon-like rock formations and domes. The vast volcanic landscape will have you feeling on top of the world – in fact, the same feeling you’ll get when you get down on one knee and propose! As if the scenery itself didn’t take your breath away, this proposal is sure to surprise and delight your partner. Pop the cheeky bottle of champagne you’ve had tucked away and make a toast to your exciting future together.  

Soar through the air and soak up the stunning views of Rotorua’s diverse volcanic landscapes. 

Amongst all the excitement and warm fuzzies, you’ll be ready to wind down and find somewhere to celebrate. Head to the Whakarewarewas and walk down a fern-lined boardwalk to your very own private hot tub, nestled amongst an idyllic native forest. Secret Spot offers secluded spa pools that ooze romance and relaxation, the perfect spot to reminisce over the weekend and commemorate your exciting new chapter as a couple. 

The tubs are also fully-catered, so order your favourite beverage (or two) as you sip, soak and share in the magic together. Visit during the day, or head on down after dark when a magical medley of lanterns illuminates the surrounding native bush, forming the backdrop for a truly intimate evening. 

A couple in a hot tub in a forest

Enjoy some R&R and a relaxing soak, surrounded by the native bush. Credit: Graeme Murray

Where to eat 

Aorangi Peak is one of Rotorua’s most romantic restaurants, offering a superb menu alongside spectacular views. With a dinner menu inspired by a fusion of Japanese and French cuisines, your tastebuds are in for a treat – their beef and lamb dishes are notable highlights. Pair your delicious meal with a wine match from their on-site winery for the complete dining experience. With a unique mountaintop location; time your reservation for sunset, as you gaze towards the sun gently descending over the horizon and the sky illuminating with striking colours. 

Two wine bottles and a glass of red wine

Enjoy the comprehensive wine list, perfectly paired with delicious food at Aorangi Peak. Credit: Aorangi Peak

Feel as if you’ve travelled to Italy when you step foot into Giovanni’s. Their rustic décor is a charming setting for a nourishing lunch or dinner. Take your pick from a delightfully authentic menu – from handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and sweet desserts, you’re in for a mouth-watering experience. Indulge in the fresh flavours of Italy as the two of you enjoy the homely setting and amazing service.  

Wood fired pizza in the oven

Scrumptious wood-fired pizzas will make you feel like as if you are on holiday in Italy. Credit: Giovanni’s

So you’ve found your soulmate, picked out the perfect ring, and are ready to pop the question. Now all that awaits is a romantic getaway to Rotorua to make it official! Offering an incredible variety of adventure, nature and luxury experiences – plus plenty of excellent food and wine to indulge on – you’re sure to find the golden opportunity to propose and create unforgettable memories together.