Wild, intimate, pure and mostly unadorned with unnecessary decorations apart from Mother Nature’s blessings, New Zealand is undoubtedly a special destination for a special occasion. Nicky Wu (吴奇隆) and Cecilia Liu (刘诗诗), the on-screen and real life celebrity power couple famous throughout the Chinese-speaking world for starring in the television blockbuster series “Scarlet Heart (步步惊心)”, made no mistake about it. Jetting to the Land of the Long White Cloud in early 2016, the couple set the gorgeous landscapes further ablaze with glamour as they traverse across both North and South Islands in a quest to capture their romance in photographs. Here, we show you some of the chosen spots for their pre-wedding photo-shoot and why New Zealand is your perfect destination for everything romantic.  



WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

Created over the course of the last 30 million years, the limestone formations of Waitomo Glowworm Caves are legendary lessons in natural history in which stalactites and stalagmites intertwined with each other to form rock-solid pillars and columns that have lasted a few million years and still counting. And we have not talked about the beauty of it yet in which you will most likely lose yourselves in the magical ambience created by millions of glittering glowworms hanging above your heads as you make your way hand in hand through the sparkling labyrinth of underground tunnels. It is no wonder why Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu chose this spot – declaring your love for each other with eternity as your witness, you can’t get more devoted than that.

HAMILTON GARDENS

Home to 21 splendid themed gardens dotted around its sprawling grounds, Hamilton Gardens offers lovebirds an incredibly stylish venue with unique and varied settings for a memorable wedding photo-shoot. Journey from a peaceful ancient Chinese garden into an elegant Italian Renaissance backdrop, where you can breathe the la dolce vita, lose yourself in awe at the exotic Indian Char Bagh Garden modelled after the Taj Mahal’s plan or step back into time and transform into medieval royalties at the Tudor Garden – your imagination’s the limit here. If Hamilton Gardens proves to be an ideal spot for Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu’s stunning high fashion wedding photography, it would offer the same for any fashionista couples about town to play dress ups in.

WAI-O-TAPU THERMAL WONDERLAND

If like us, you have seen the photo of Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu dancing hand-in-hand in front of an otherworldly powdery blue and crimson orange lake and wanted to fly to the same spot immediately with your significant other, you are not alone. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction, is steamy hot with stunning features including naturally coloured hot and cold springs such as the Champagne Pool, vaporous mist, gushing geysers and huge volcanic craters where you can seal your love in the name of passion.

QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown sits on the shore of South Island’s Lake Wakatipu and is set against the soaring heights of The Remarkables, hence offering plenty of opportunities for sport-loving couples to participate in relationship-bonding adventures. Test your camaraderie through a slew of adrenaline-packed activities such as white water rafting and parapenting, and cosy up to one another in the evening with wine tastings, spa treatments and gourmet dining. And if you fancy how Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu were one with nature and seemingly on top of the world in one of their wedding photographs, you just have to rise to the occasion to one of the region’s towering peaks to do the same.

TIRAU

Love needn’t be all lofty and dreamy, it can also be just two persons being entirely comfortable in their own skin. If you have seen how Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu were exchanging playful glances in front of a giant dog structure that also happens to be rather adorable and you felt envious with glee, then Tirau may be a worthwhile destination. Located in a small but attractive township, this rural town is known as the corrugated iron capital of New Zealand and boasts many giant iron buildings, some of which offer unique backdrops for you to strike a memorable pose, or two, against. If they say love should be pure and unadulterated, then Tirau may be that place where you can’t help but display your most innocent affection.




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