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Rekindle: The Best Romantic Couples Retreat Weekend in Queenstown

Photo credit QueenstownNZ

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This is Little Pockets REKINDLE weekend getaway in Queenstown – a luxurious and romantic couples retreat weekend to remember why you fell in love, and do it all over again! Let us do the hard work for you and sprinkle some magic over your bookings!

Reconnect & REKINDLE with your partner, surrounded by the powerful beauty of Queenstown

A romantic getaway awaits you, where you can rekindle and relax by the tranquil lake, and mountainous atmosphere, with vistas to make your heart sing! Let us take care of the details so that all you have to do is enjoy each other’s company. We have lovingly curated this itinerary so you don’t have to do the research – just book and your done!

Have fun exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife and track down the best mulled wine you’ve ever had or take a romantic cruise on Lake Wakatipu. It will be an unforgettable experience of rekindling your relationship and find a new spark, with fun, laughter and romance.

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In all our suggested itineraries, we make sure you get the well rounded benefits of all of the five ways to wellbeing, to ensure you come away feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and rekindled.

Connect & Be Present

We encourage you to actively put your phone away, log out of the work email and be completely and totally present this weekend – allow yourself to remember what it is to truely relax, have fun and focus on your lover. Get yourself into a generous mood, with your time, emotions, open mind and conversations; be vulnerable with each other and allow yourselves to truely be each others lobster! This will be the best part of your Rekindle weekend.

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Before we get started, lets have a look at your flights, accomodation and transport –

Accomodation

Boutique Bed and Breakfast

On the far end of town, perched above Lake Wakatipu’s Sunshine Bay and nestled in the greenery, is the exceptional Hidden Lodge. Only a few km from the town centre, Hidden Lodge remains discrete and quiet and this classy little pocket of Queenstown is the location of your next romantic getaway!

Gorgeous Outdoor Setting

Endless love and attention has gone into making sure the surroundings here are fabulous. Which they are. Blessed with majestic views, this spot has been curated to produce an environment of blues, greens and neutrals that instantly lowers the blood pressure and makes you take a deep breath! Honestly. It’s a relief.

In the morning the bird song will greet you, and you can step out onto the deck, or lawn, for your morning stretch or exercise routine. Watch the famous Earnslaw, the 1912 Edwardian steam ship, cruise past your suite window, on Lake Wakatipu.

    tss earnslaw, lake wakatipu, lake

    Incredible Views

    The magnificent views are proud and sweeping, unobstructed, out over the lake and directly across to Cecils Peak, with the dark and snowy Remarkable’s framing the left of your view.

    Perhaps, meander down to Lake Wakatipus Sunshine Bay for a walk and check out your surroundings, it might even be the perfect time for a dip!

      Sunshine Bay, Queenstown

      Relax

      Then, take your pick of places to relax and unwind, maybe on the outdoor furniture under a tree with a coffee? A romantic picnic on site? Or, beside the outdoor fire with a glass of local red?

      There is also a luxury spa service with massage available in your private suite – a couple’s massage – for some hard earned pampering and relaxation.

      Hidden Lodge also perfect spot to catch a glowing sky sunset, and subsequent starry night, from the gardens or wood-fired hot tub.

      Flights

      Find the best flight options here, by getting all the most affordable and best times of day from different airlines all laid out for you. Easy Peasy, Mac n Cheesy.

      plane, flight, sunset

      Transport

      Find your ride here with a great range for car hire to choose from, including electric cars and hybrids, or an airport transfer that will take your from the airport, to Hidden Lodge, and back again.

        car, electric car, hybrid car

        Friday is to Dream & Indulge

        Its time to put your feet up! Arrive at and settle into your boutique accomodation. Check out the comfort of the bed (lets be honest, we all do this haha!) then, unwind with magnificent views of the lake and mountains. Order a cheese board and take it easy!

          fruit plate, cheese, blue cheese

          Soak, Sunset and Stars

          Book out the wood-fired hot tub when you first book your stay, so you can arrive to a gloriously private, relaxing and romantic start – soak, watch the sunset, the day grow weary and the stars gently glow over you.

          The perfect way to Rekindle.

            mountains, birds, silhouette

            Saturday is for Wining, Dining and FUN

            Catch a slow start, and catch up on some rest.

            Once you’re ready to rise and greet the day, step out into the fresh air for some pilates, stretches or exercise routine on the terrace or deck, to clear your mind and work up an appetite.

            young woman, pilates, stretch, fitness

            Head to the dining room where you can select your breakfast from the à la carte menu. Take your coffee for a stroll, and discover the full beauty of this amazing property.

            Ride the Vines (or opt for a chauffeur!)

            Time to Rekindle your love with some fun! Starting from 9am, jump on this guided e-bike tour of Queenstown’s wineries, and ‘ride the vines’! Visit historic Arrowtown, escape to boutique wineries, learn about the winemaking industry, ride alongside the Arrow and Kawarau rivers, across suspension bridges and taste the local craft this area is known for.

            suspension bridge biking

            Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            This tour includes:

            • Transport to and from your accommodation in the Queenstown area

            • Pre-organised personal wine tasting

            • Artisan platter

            • Knowledgeable guide

            • Use of backpack and water bottle for the day

            • Collection of any wine purchased during the tour

            • Use of Moustache e-bike and safety equipment

            • Photos and unedited video footage

            new zealand, landscape, alps

            Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            Biking not your thing? No worries! Get the winery experience with this chauffeured journey touring through four of Otago’s cellar doors! Starting from a leisurely 10am, this tour includes:

            • Shared platter-style lunch

            • Local guide

            • Air-conditioned vehicle

            • Wine tastings at 4 vineyards/cellar doors

            • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

            wines, glasses, wine glasses

            Biking Gibbston Valley – Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            Quiet time

            At the completion of your tour, head back to the Hidden Lodge for a little break and moment to unwind, maybe check out their sauna?

            Or, take the opportunity to explore Queenstown itself and Rekindle on your romantic getaway with a quiet and peaceful walk; start at the Steamer Wharf and meander through the weekend markets which run on Saturday from 9am-4pm, at Earnslaw Park on the waterfront.

            Then, stroll around the bay, to the beach, towards Queenstown Botanic Gardens and back through the streets, checking out the array local art galleries between Earl and Church streets, perpendicular to Marine Parade.

            • Romer Gallery

            • Milford Galleries

            • Vesta Design

            • Artbay Gallery

            • Lightworx Gallery

            Queenstown beach

            Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            If there is time for a cheeky pre-dinner drink, head back to the Steamer Wharf, where there are all of the options for this!

            arrowtown, new zealand, mountains

            Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            Sunset Dinner Cruise or Three Course Tour?

            As the end of the day draws near, dinner is sorted with a gourmet dinner cruise on the historic cruise ship, TSS Earnslaw, from 6pm, across the lake, to the stunning and famous colonial homestead, Walter Peak High Country Station.

            scenics, amazing, beautiful, Walter Peak station

            Included on this fun, romantic dinner cruise is:

            • Historic Steamer Cruise

            • Gourmet BBQ Buffet dinner

            • Return transport between Queenstown and Walter Peak High Country Farm

            • Live commentary in English

            warming containers, buffet, meal

            Not everyone is cut out for the sailor life, so we have included a land based option, which has your cruising around on solid ground!

            This tour is a progressive dinner tour with three courses – each one in a different location! Starting at 6.30pm, the tour will take you on the scenic drive between Queenstown and Arthurs Point, where you will taste some of Queenstown’s best gastronomic delights, from amazing food to local, boutique distillery, gin.

            This dinner tour includes:

            • Craft Beer Tasting, Spirits Tasting and Wine.

            • Air-conditioned vehicle

            • Local Guide

            • Live commentary on board

            • 3 courses (entree, main and dessert)

            spaghetti, tomatoes, basil

            Sunday is for Discovering Paradise and Indulgent Relaxation

            Discover Paradise

            Time to experience some grand vistas together, and escape into fresh air like no other! Change into your active wear, pack your day bag and head to the start of Queenstown Hills walking track, for a relatively easy walk with amazing reward.

            Leisurely hike to the summit, enjoy the moment making new memories together, and take in the awe of the spectacular views out over Queenstown city, Lake Wakatipu, the contrasting coastline and the magnificent surrounding mountains together.

            Queenstown Hill view

            Hungry?

            Treat yourselves to an indulgent lunch. Queenstown centre is the perfect area to explore the city a bit more, and find a restaurant or cafe, overlooking the cobblestone streets or waterfront, for one last romantic getaway meal.

            new zealand, kiwi, queenstown

            Photo credit QueenstownNZ

            A Final Pampering

            Before you have to start packing your bags, head back to your lush and dreamy accomodation for one final touch for magic, to celebrate your relationship and spend the final of your precious time together; have a couples massage booked, ready and waiting in your private suite, which you can order through the Hidden Lodge.

            couple massage, health centre, relax

            Happily Ever After

            With a very full heart (and belly), its time to pack and reflect with glorious nostalgia on your weekend spent exploring, connecting, unwinding and making memories together.

            • You connected over cheese platters, relaxing spas and wide open night skies.

            • You were active together on the Queenstown Hill walk and ebike tour.

            • You took notice of each other by choosing to be present, in the moment, and engage in soul restoring conversations and having fun.

            • You kept learning together on the winery tour learning about the local art form, checking our the art galleries and kept learning about each through quality time.

            • You gave to each other quality time, unforgettable memories and grew closer together, as well as supporting the local community and engaging in the culture.

            couple, love, outdoors

            Well done taking the time to invest in yourselves, and your relationship – it’s always a journey and work in progress, and sometimes they’re so very hard! We hope you have have an AMAZING weekend REKINDLING, reconnecting and rejuvenating.

            See you on your next Little Pocket meaningful getaway and embrace that rekindled connection.

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