“We are thrilled to invite Mr and Mrs Dhoni to Queenstown to spend their honeymoon with us. I’m sure this will be the perfect romantic getaway for them,” Chief Executive of Destination Queenstown Tony Everitt said in a statement.
Destination Queenstown decided to invite Dhoni following his remarks, during the Indian cricket team’s tour of New Zealand last year, that the country is perfect for a honeymoon.
“New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places, where people are friendly and very warm. It’s definitely a place you want to visit once in a lifetime... if not for cricket, then may be a honeymoon. Whatever it is, take some time off and come to New Zealand,” Dhoni had said.
Dhoni, who is celebrating his 29th birthday on Wednesday, arrived in Ranchi with his wife Sakshi to a rousing reception from enthusiastic fans. Dhoni and Sakshi greeted scores of fans from the balcony of their house here.
Dhoni’s brother-in-law Goutam Gupta, who had on Monday said they would throw a party at Ranchi very soon, and other friends and relatives were present at the airport amid tight security. Dhoni once again dodged the media when he and his wife boarded a becon-fitted car from the Tarmac and left the airport while cameramen ran from one gate to another.
Meanwhile, hundreds of fans and wellwishers, who gathered near Dhoni’s house from morning, cheered and wished him a happy birthday when the cricketer and his wife came to the balcony to wave at them.