An epic two day vow renewal in some of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand!

As a photo/video team that has travelled to over 40 countries, we have to admit that New Zealand is up there as one of our favourite destinations. It is a photographer’s dream and an adventurer’s paradise, so we truly believe that it is the perfect place for someone looking for an adventure elopement or vow renewal. 

Which brings us to Katerina and Lukas’ day, or should I say 2 day adventure! Katerina and Lukas, originally from the Czech Republic, had an elopement in Vegas nearly five years ago but they never got the elopement photos of their dreams. So when we had the chance to create an unforgettable experience for them in New Zealand we were beyond excited! 

Getting ready at the stunning Stoneridge Estate in Queenstown

Katerina and Lukas began their unforgettable adventure at the breathtaking Stoneridge Estate in Queenstown. This beautiful property is nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Surrounded by the incredible Southern Alps and overlooking Lake Hayes, the estate blends luxurious accommodation with breathtaking natural beauty, providing an ideal backdrop for couples seeking a romantic escape. 

Katerina and Lukas spent the morning getting ready, writing their vows and building anticipation for their adventurous day ahead. 

A Wanaka helicopter adventure

Now if you’re looking for an EPIC experience in New Zealand, a heli ride is a must! There are hundreds of locations to choose from but one of our favourites is Coromandel Peak which we visited with Katerina and Lukas.

Coromandel Peak is just a 15 minute flight from Wanaka (you can also depart from Queenstown if you want a longer flight experience) and do you want to know the best thing about Coromandel Peak? It is privately owned, which means you’re guaranteed to be the only ones there! Situated just below the famous Roys Peak, you’ve got the best seat in the house for awe-inspiring views in every direction—without having to hike for 6 hours!

We flew with the incredible Wanaka Helicopters who made the whole experience amazing and we could not recommend them highly enough!

Vow renewal at Milford Sound

The following day, we all road-tripped to the awe-inspiring Milford Sound for Katerina and Lukas to read their vows. Milford Sound is one of our favourite locations in the whole of New Zealand. Nestled in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is renowned for its incredible natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. 

Picture this, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear waters, dolphins, kayaking, cruise adventures, helicopter rides and more! Milford also holds a special place in our hearts due to its similarities to Norway, our favourite place in the world and where we eloped ourselves!

The dress, or should I say, dresses!

Why settle for one dress when you can have two? Katerina chose to wear two distinct dresses on each day of our shared adventures by the one-and-only Boom Blush, a local New Zealand designer. For our helicopter adventure, Katerina went for a dress with long, dramatic sleeves that billowed in the wind, adding a touch of theatrical flair to our high-flying escapade.

The second dress, chosen for our serene day at Milford Sound, showcased an exquisite star cape. Katerina’s choice of attire not only complemented each unique setting but also added an extra layer of magic to our unforgettable journey through New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery.

Why have a vow renewal?

A vow renewal ceremony is a beautiful way for couples to reaffirm their commitment and love for each other. It’s a meaningful occasion that allows partners to celebrate their journey together, reflecting on the experiences they’ve shared and the challenges they’ve overcome. Whether it’s marking a significant milestone in their marriage or simply wanting to recommit amidst loved ones, a vow renewal offers an opportunity to honour and cherish the bond that has grown stronger over time.

For Katerina and Lukas, the vow renewal was a dream come true—a chance to capture images in the incredible place they now call home and to have photos that truly reflect their love. This opportunity was especially meaningful after missing out on having a photographer at their wedding when they eloped in Vegas.

5 reasons to choose New Zealand for your elopement or vow renewal

Choosing New Zealand for an elopement offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and intimacy that creates an unforgettable backdrop for your special day. 

  1. Scenic Diversity: From rugged coastlines to majestic mountains, New Zealand’s landscapes are incredibly diverse, providing endless possibilities for stunning ceremony locations and breathtaking photo opportunities.
  2. Privacy and Seclusion: With vast expanses of untouched wilderness, New Zealand offers secluded spots perfect for intimate ceremonies, allowing couples to exchange vows in peace amidst nature’s tranquillity.
  3. Adventure and Romance: Whether it’s a helicopter ride to a remote mountain peak, a boat cruise through pristine fjords like Milford Sound, or exploring geothermal wonders, New Zealand’s adventurous spirit adds excitement and romance to any elopement.
  4. Luxurious Accommodation: Boutique lodges, luxury resorts, and charming hideaways dot the landscape, offering couples a range of options to suit their preferences.
  5. Ease of Planning: New Zealand’s well-established tourism infrastructure and wedding services make planning an elopement straightforward, with professionals ready to assist in creating a personalised and stress-free experience!

Why choose autumn for your elopement or vow renewal?

4 reasons why autumn is our favourite season for elopements!

  1. Breathtaking Scenery: New Zealand’s landscapes transform into a tapestry of rich hues during autumn, with forests and vineyards ablaze in shades of red, orange, and gold. If you’re lucky, you will also see a dusting of snow on the mountains! Having autumn colours with snow is an absolute dream!
  2. Mild Weather: Autumn in New Zealand typically enjoys mild temperatures, making it comfortable for outdoor ceremonies and activities. The weather is generally stable with fewer tourists, allowing for a more private and peaceful elopement experience.
  3. Romantic Atmosphere: The crisp air and cozy evenings of autumn create a romantic atmosphere, perfect for intimate moments and celebrations of love. Whether you’re exchanging vows amidst colourful foliage or by the tranquil shores of a lake, autumn is the perfect time for your special day.
  4. Photo Opportunities: With soft, golden light and vibrant landscapes, autumn provides ideal conditions for stunning wedding photography. The sun is also starting to get lower in the sky, meaning the lighting is beautiful throughout the whole day!

Are you thinking about eloping or having a vow renewal in New Zealand?

Check out our Complete Guide to Eloping in New Zealand for a heap of information to help you craft your perfect New Zealand adventure! And definitely reach out to us as we would love to help bring your dreams to reality!


June 19, 2024

Wild and Adventurous Vow Renewal in New Zealand

Rochelle Hansen

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