Valentines day, anniversaries, birthday treats… or just because! Treat yourself and your significant other to a romantic weekend away. Here are our top picks for where to go and what to do.

Hot air balloon
Ballooning over the Canterbury Plains

Hot air ballooning

Take in the Canterbury Plains from above!

There is nothing quite as romantic as seeing the sun peep up over the horizon as you cruise gently across the sky. It’s incredible how peaceful, beautiful and relaxing it us drifting over the panoramic view of the braided rivers below and the alps in the distance.

Treat your loved one to a scenic, sunrise balloon ride with Ballooning Canterbury – our tip… Any time of the year is amazing, but Autumn is an amazing time to fly, looking down on the golden trees and plains


WagonStays B&B accommodation

Bed and breakfast in a wagon

The ultimate in romantic escapes – stay overnight in a real wagon!

Located in Kirwee, WagonStays is tucked away in a secluded location.

Complete with all the mod-cons, self contained and even an outdoor bath tub! WagonStays is the perfect place to spend a night away from the world.

Breakfast is provided and if you want, your hosts can provide you with a crockpot dinner or platter to eat at your leisure


Melton Estate
Leisurely lunch at Melton Estate

Winery lunch

Share a bottle of pinot noir or sparkling riesling with someone you care about. Indulge in a platter of gourmet local cheeses, cured salmon and marinated olives whilst dreaming the day away in the winery gardens at Melton Estate.

Open for brunch, lunch or coffee the winery restaurant is a perfect place to celebrate your anniversary and is also a stunning venue for weddings.

The vines stretch across the front of the property with views of the alps in the distance. On a nice day, grab a table out on the deck or in winter, the cosy restaurant inside has a great atmosphere


Horse riding
Horse trekking at Rubicon Valley

Horse trekking

Even if you have never been on horse before, Rubicon Valley is a great place to spend some time with your significant other.

One of the most scenic treks in the world takes you into the Canterbury high country, along a cold mountain fed stream and across open paddocks with views into the incredible Waimakariri Canyon. The treks are limited to 6 riders and the sunset trek in summer is really popular for couples



MassageCouples massage

Step into a world of tranquility and relaxation. The Spa at Terrace Downs is the ultimate place to chill out.

Offering a range of treatments including massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, they also have an aromatherapy treatment especially for couples. Enjoy a foot soak followed by a massage for both of you with essential oils to unwind and relax.

Your spa experience is complete with refreshments and you can make your way back to the club house for a drink or a meal overlooking the sun setting across the Mt Hutt range