Are there wedding bells in your future? You’ve met that someone special and fallen in love, and now want to make it official. But first things first, you have to propose, as Beyoncé says, if you like it you should put a ring on it.
Before the wedding comes the engagement, and for that you need a marriage proposal plan. Whether you want a romantic, rustic, rugged, greenery filled, mountainous, sun and sand setting, or want to sweep her off her feet with a swish meal in a fancy restaurant, New Zealand has a plethora of romantic locations you can choose from for popping the question.
First, think through how you want to make the proposal memorable. Do you want the moment to be a surprise? How you can make it meaningful, special, and specific to you and your fiancée? You also need to think about how much you want to spend and how far you want to travel.
Think about your future bride; would she want the proposal itself to be private, surrounded by your near and dear ones, or does she want you to blast your love from the rooftops and have a huge public proposal?
Since you decided she is the one, you have probably been thinking about proposal ideas in New Zealand. In so many ways you are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a spot to propose. South Island or North Island, natural beauty and breath-taking scenery, you just need to find what is right for you.
If you haven’t already, you should probably also be giving some consideration to engagement rings. Are you planning to get her a diamond ring? Check out the DOR Engagement Ring Collection, and once you’ve decided on the ring, it’s time to explore these proposal ideas in NZ.
If you are looking for proposal ideas in Auckland and you both like excitement and thrills, proposing on the top of Auckland’s tallest building should set those nerves tingling. You can do so while on the Skywalk, an open walkway ledge with no handrails that is perched nearly 200 metres above Auckland. Or, if that’s too tame, then ask your lady to take the plunge – literally, and bungee jump 192 metres below as part of your proposal. Now that will be a story to tell forever and ever. Just don’t drop the ring!
Considered one of the must-visit spots in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove is an ethereal place to propose. Accessible only by boat or on foot, you can plan to make a day of it, picnicking at the isolated beach. You could even set up the proposal along the rugged 2 kilometre loop track, which will make for a picturesque setting and photo-op, not to mention a private and secluded spot for romantic proposals.
Said to be the best spot for a one day trek in NZ, this is the perfect place to propose if you are an outdoorsy couple who loves heading out for hikes every weekend (and if your relationships survives the challenge of steep climbs). This almost 20-kilometre trek will be ideal- isolated, and almost as gorgeous as your future fiancée. Imagine the Instagram pic from the ridgeline, on bended knee. Pray the wind doesn’t blow the tripod over!
As special moments go, being proposed to is high on the list for women. To make it all the more memorable, take your love on a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain (take your pick of any across either island) and pop the question as you hover. Some helicopter companies offer a proposal package so the happy couple can have flowers and a picnic at the summit and extend the moment.
Any food and wine lover will agree that Hawke’s Bay is one of their ideal romantic destinations. For the lady who is a connoisseur of good food and wine, a proposal while experiencing the very best that New Zealand has to offer should have her saying yes immediately (after all, you’re the very best NZ has to offer too).
You could take bikes and a picnic basket with fresh produce including some beautiful wine and meander along one of the many trails before asking her to marry you at some beautiful vista, or else stop at the various cellar doors of the region’s vineyards to enjoy local wines paired with local food and then pop the question.
While you probably feel like you’ve looked at all the engagement rings in Auckland, did you think about an engagement gift for your future Mrs? While you could splash out and grab some matching diamond earrings to go with the diamond ring, there’s all sorts of other options. A full facial and manicure at the hotel after the proposal is PERFECT, so she’s camera ready for the engagement pics. And maybe a massage for you—that was possibly the most exciting and stressful moment of your life, after all.
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