Often seen as a rite of passage into married life, to many people hen’s parties are synonymous with wild and crazy nights out on the town with a gaggle of gal pals in tow – but it’s not always every bride-to-be’s idea of a good time.
Whether it’s a day of relaxation and rejuvenation, a nature-filled hike through woodland forests or a spot of cheeky fun with some shirtless waiters, get the inspiration flowing with this wide collection of hen’s party ideas from across the country. Your bachelorette party is the ideal opportunity to park the nerves and stress of wedding day planning and let loose with a fun-filled day (and night) with friends – whatever you choose it to entail.
Pamper, Then Party
Get the girls together for a night out, with full pampering beforehand. This package from Eithne Curran offers a hair wash and treatment, skin prep and treatment, full hair styling, full makeup and nail paint and shape, with champagne and nibbles.
Gin is the spirit of the moment and this workshop at The Botanical Distillery will have you creating bespoke heavenly-scented gin with hand-crafted tonic water – the ideal way to celebrate your upcoming special day with friends. For a non-alcoholic option, try the bath bomb or body butter making workshops.
These interactive group workshops are held at The Herb Farm ’s beautiful garden location. Create your own hand and body cream while learning about its active ingredients, and the properties of the nutrient-rich essential oils you’re using.
Ultimate Party Packages
You choose the theme and the team will make the magic happen. Auckland Hen & Stag has been planning parties with a difference for more than six years, and the service is well known to be the best in town. Available in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, complete with beefy topless waiters or bikini-clad waitresses, party packages can be as tame or as wild as you like.
From the challenge of archery to the thrill of knife throwing or claybird shooting, there’s an option to suit at Loaded NZ . Finish the day with food and drinks over a game of petanque in summer, or in front of the roaring fire in winter.
Sharpen your shading pencils: Hens Knights is reputedly the home of New Zealand’s hottest life drawing models.
Craft Beer Tasting
Go behind the scenes of Hallertau Brewery in West Auckland and sample craft beers with a tasting and guided tour. Then settle in for lunch at the renowned restaurant.
Learn how to perfect lemon-meringue cupcakes or champagne cupcakes at Social Cooking , and then team up in pairs to bake and decorate the bride and groom out of gingerbread dough.
Vineyards By Bike
‘Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride’ is the motto of Indi Bikes Martinborough . Pedal one of the multi-seater bikes around the glorious vineyards of Martinborough for the perfect mix of fitness and fun.
Get creative at Paint & Create as you make and decorate your own ceramic piece in a relaxed garden setting. A unique and fun few hours for you and your friends.
Back To Nature
Take the ferry from Paraparaumu Beach to Kapiti Island and spend the day exploring this picturesque, barely-touched nature reserve, which is home to some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds, including Kiwi. Options include self-guided tours, guided day tours with lunch, and overnight stays with glamping, cabin or lodge accommodation.
Take a trip back in time with Timeless Horsetreks . Choose from a few hours on horseback, or head into the wilderness on an overnight trip where you’ll stay in a cosy cottage with a magnificent view.
It was just south of Hokitika that the largest gold nugget ever discovered in Aotearoa was found – it was as big as a man’s fist. We’re not guaranteeing that kind of luck, but you might just find a shaving or two.
All aboard! Time for a party on the water – the Lady Julie is an all-weather 50ft catamaran with a licensed bar and enough room for you and your party-goers to dance the day (or night) away.
A day at the races
Round up your fillies and enjoy an exciting day out at your local race track . Keep it simple with a casual picnic, or dress to the nines and join the fashionable folk.
Whether it’s a glacier heli-hike, valley tour or heli-ice climb, this is an icy-cool intrepid adventure for you and your friends. Pick a Franzjosef Glacier trip to suit your pace, then hit the hot pools with a bottle of bubbles afterwards.
Show ’em who’s boss with claybird shooting at Beretta at Bracu . The stunning spot is nestled in the olive groves of the Simunovich Olive Estate in Auckland’s Bombay Hills. Once the hard work is over, refuel with lunch and wine at the estate’s Bracu Restaurant.
Put on your heels and sing and dance with the talent at Ivy Bar & Cabaret on Cuba Street. The regular shows or karaoke nights guarantee an entertaining evening.
Grab the girls for a day of wellness and wine with a unique Aprivé Wellness retreat. Think revitalising yoga, a delicious morning tea then a vineyard tour and lunch. Choose from three packages: Active Hen, Pampered Hen and Wellness & Wine.
Retro on Water
Dress up, grab your girls and jump on board The Luanda for a retro night out on this ’70s themed boat, which can hold up to 40 guests and has a fully licensed bar. Go old school and book the Kiwi Crawl Party for an epic evening out on the town.
R&R; in Hanmer
Tucked away in an idyllic spot of beauty, The Hanmer Springs Spa is all about relaxation, rejuvenation and getting back to nature. Book a night’s stay at the luxury lodgings onsite, then make the most of a pamper day with facials, massages and a long, lazy dip in the heavenly steaming pools.
High Tea Elegance
Book a Victorian high tea party in Devonport and you’ll find yourself in a beautiful 1888 heritage Victorian villa indulging in a sumptuous selection of hand-crafted treats and teas. Think bite-sized sandwiches, scones and truffles, served on fine vintage china with luxurious table linen and elegant silverware – it’s like stepping into a time machine.
Create the perfect espresso martini and kickstart your ladies’ night out in New Zealand’s ultimate party town . With the help of expert mixologists, your group will make flavourful creations, sample tried and true classics and treat your tastebuds with innovative in-house concoctions.
Into The Wild
Head into the wilderness on a glamping weekend away with the girls. Tussock Country specialises in luxe mobile camping in stunning settings around Southland and Otago, with luxurious and spacious Lotus Belle canvas tents.
Hot Air Ballooning
Enjoy a spectacular sunrise with your besties from a hot air balloon soaring over the Canterbury Plains . Back on land, pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy a champagne breakfast together.
Can’t get enough of MasterChef and MKR? Check out Art of Cuisine – an uber-cool culinary experience for foodies. Learn from the experts in the state-of-the-art kitchen, with cooking classes on everything from rolling sushi to cake decorating.
Get the party started with a tailor-made hen’s party . Topless male waiters, a party bus, murder mystery game or cocktails all round – the choice is yours.
Flower Crown Fever
Embrace your inner goddess (or fairy princess) as you learn to make a beautiful floral crown at a tutorial party with Florries . (Then wear it wherever the night takes you.)
Food & Wine Trail
Book a limo and travel in style through a showcase of food and wine . Just 20 minutes from Christchurch, book accommodation in one of the idyllic rural spots nearby, then enjoy fresh seasonal produce and sample the delicious local wine and coffee.
Step under the disco lights and learn a classy new routine at Altitude Pole Studios . Complete with a sound system and full mirrors, you’ll take part in a one-hour lesson and learn simple but super-impressive transitions, spins and a short, sexy routine. After this you’ve got time to eat, drink, dance and practise your new moves.
For groups with a serious sweet tooth, The Seriously Good Chocolate Company is a must. Pack a chilly bag with wine and nibbles and head to a class, where you’ll learn about the chocolate-making process and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Cooling School Kudos
Book a private cooking class at this world-renowned cooking school, Akaroa Cooking . Take your pick from a wide range of classes such as Tastes of the Med, Fresh from the Wharf, Bring Home the Baking and more.
If you and the girls love a great wine, a tour around Marlborough ’s best offerings is an ideal hens’ activity. Choose a short, medium or all-day tour, then enjoy discovering what it is that makes this region’s wines world-famous.
Get Your Golf On
Keen golfers in the group? Gather the girls and hit this 27-hole championship golf course , away from the hustle of Queenstown. Practise your swing on the driving range then head out to the course before a well-earned late lunch and glass of Central Otago wine.
Scenery By Horseback
Enjoy breathtaking scenery from horseback on these unique horse treks in Canterbury’s Selwyn District. No previous riding experience required, you’ll trek through a working high country farm, enjoying views of the Southern Alps, Waimakariri River, and the golden hills around Rubicon Valley .
Dolphin spotting Akaroa
Get up close and personal with the playful Hector’s dolphins on an intimate harbour cruise off the shore of the village of Akaroa , where you’ll also see fur seals, penguins and majestic sea birds. If you’re game, you can even dive in for a swim.
Jump on quad bikes and enjoy a personalised tour with Nomad Safaris , a thrilling way to check out the scenic wonderland of Queenstown. If you and your hens loved Lord of the Rings, Nomad Safaris takes you off-road to key locations, as well as into the heart of Queenstown’s gold-mining heritage.
Hot Pool Heaven
Queenstown’s only indoor-outdoor hot pools, Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa has sensational views from its hilltop location. Enjoy an indulgent massage for some extra pampering before you swim.
Gather your girls, don your sunnies and get out on the Great Lake with Taupo Hen and Stag – enjoy a day of fishing for rainbow trout, swimming, skeet shooting and a BBQ lunch with your ’maids on board a luxury boat. The crew will even sashimi your catch for you if time allows.
Experience some high-octane adventure with your girlfriends at this awesome Palmy go karting track . Choose the number of laps you want, then add in exhilarating extras such as pit stops and tyre changes.
Get your hiking boots on and pack your scroggin for a hen’s day out filled with fresh air and exercise to get your blood pumping as you check out the spectacular Bay of Plenty lake and forest scenery.
Enjoy cycling, wine, scenic views and a long lunch with Coastal Wine Cycles and the kick-ass beach cruiser bikes. With Hawke’s Bay’s seemingly ever-sunny climate, it’s bound to be a good time.
Art Deco Experience
Delve into a special part of New Zealand’s history with an Art Deco tour in Napier (handily the gateway to Hawke’s Bay wine country too). You’ll learn about the city’s remarkable 1930s streetscape, built following the devastating 1931 earthquake.
Meet some of Auckland Zoo ’s residents great and small in a special up-close experience. Join the cheetahs’ morning walk and feed the Galapagos tortoise or red pandas. Numbers are limited so be sure to book well in advance.
Enjoy a fun evening with your girls and learn the basics of making your own scented soy candle with Candle Creations – including tips for choosing the best wax and getting the best fragrance throw. Go home with your creations.
Pad up and get ready for an adrenalin-filled afternoon of Paintball . Just don’t book too close to “I do” – you don’t want bruises!
Festivals & Events
The warm months bring a calendar of food and wine festivals, and music events. Pack a picnic rug and you’re set.
Party Bus specialises in creating memorable events for your hen’s day or night celebration. You can leave it to the professional team to take care of everything with a range of brilliant packages to choose from that include entertainment, food and a fully licensed party bus or limo coach, complete with a barman. Keep your girls together by hiring a Party Bus as the private venue for your hen’s event and make it an occasion to remember.
Enjoy special time out with one another while enjoying breathtaking hikes, beautiful lakeside walks and relaxing spa treatments. The Hen’s Party Retreat package includes accommodation, group boxing classes, weight training, healthy meals and – of course – a bottle of bubbly.
If private luxury lodgings sound like you, then Azur is a match made in style heaven. With nine private villas designed to showcase incredible views, each villa has its own sun deck and glorious bathtub built into a bay window for unobstructed panoramic views.