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No. 15 – Enjoy a romantic getaway

Enjoying the romance of foot traffic-free Watering Cove, Abel Tasman NP. Photo: Nick Groves

A prerequisite for a romantic getaway is a willing partner, so beware of persuading a newcomer to the outdoors to accompany you on a 12-hour West Coast bush bash.

Or if you do, don’t expect such a warm reception upon arrival. Crowded huts, excessive sandflies (and hut rats) are also a bad start. Aim for comfortable, scenic camping spots, or if heading for a hut, ensure it’s a less frequented one.

Apart from the very height of summer, a fireplace or wood burner is an essential requirement for that evening ambiance. Platform bunks are a valuable bonus, although the majority of the smaller and cosier huts are only equipped with ‘bachelor bunks’.

If aiming to impress, be prepared to carry a heavy pack loaded with goodies for dinner – two-minute noodles just won’t cut the mustard! And lastly (for the forgetful males among us), don’t forget the chocolate.

– Nick Groves

Three hot spots for romance

Mt Brown Hut and Newton Range, West Coast

A cosy hut with coal fire, views across rugged West Coast ranges and sunsets over the ocean. With luck, you’ll have it to yourself during the week

Camp Creek Hut and Mt Alexander, West Coast

A hut among lush bush with bathtub outside. A good day trip to the rocky tops above, and even onto 1958m Mt Alexander

Watering Cove, Abel Tasman

A secluded campsite along the Abel Tasman, accessible only by kayak