A new life down under . . .

During the course of talking with so many brides and grooms about their wedding plans, inevitably the subject of ‘The Honeymoon’ comes up. Even if money is tight, just as many couples seem to be taking exotic, long haul trips and taking as much time away from work and the stresses of the previous few months as they can

If you are planning a trip down under. a brilliant way to kick start a honeymoon in New Zealand would be at the wonderful Brantome Villa. With its beautiful country setting on the edge of a lake, 2 hours drive north of Auckland, it is the perfect hub for some amazing sightseeing

This wonderful B&B has been refurbished with upmarket contemporary styling; with fresh flowers, champagne and handmade chox on arrival and THE most friendly, welcoming hosts, a British couple who have made a successful new life in NZ and clearly love what they do, you may never leave

A mere 45 minute drive takes you to the stunning Bay of Islands and more around Northland – Paihia,  the Kauri Coast and the Poor Knights marine reserve, the latter named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top dive locations in the world

Known as ‘City of 100 Beaches’, Whangarei has many unspoilt sandy beaches all within easy reach of Brantome Villa, there are a number of outstanding Golf Clubs nearby and some beautiful walks plus the Zion Wildlife Gardens, a big cat sanctuary in Whangarei (as seen on UK TV in The Lion Man)

Or if you fancy actually getting married in NZ, Brantome can organise that too – everything from the service to the catering, confetti and clearing up can be done on site in their new gorgeous garden gazebo. But enough of me ranting on, check out Trip Advisor for reviews. More photos to follow

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