The usual dinner and drinks type of dates tend to get tiresome after a while and we often crave something new. So whether you’re planning your first date or your millionth date with a partner, Auckland offers some incredible activities for couples. Check out 26 memorable and unique date ideas in Auckland.
1. Take a cooking class
Sachie’s Kitchen concepted from the award-winning cooking series broadcasted in over 42 countries is the perfect place for a unique date. Learn to cook authentic Asian delights from Japan, Thailand, India and more.
📍1.4/91 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
2. Go stargazing
Stardome Observatory is a 360-degree indoor planetarium which was founded in 1967 in the One Tree Hill domain. It’s a superb place to get cosy with a date, experience the magic of hyper-realistic and fully immersive showcases, while diving into endless conversations. (temporarily closed for building repairs)
📍670 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1345, New Zealand
3. Hit a rock climbing wall
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, rock climbing is a unique date idea for the adventurists among us. With a range of rock climbing centres across the city, you’ll be spoilt for options. For example, Clip N Climb is a hugely popular indoor climbing concept, featuring 34 fun and challenging climbing walls for you both to complete.
📍Capitol Cinema 610 Dominion Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1041, New Zealand
4. Get competitive at an adventure centre
This indoor adventure centre has a range of thrilling attractions for daters to get excited about. Read all about it here.
5. Blow off steam with axes
As one of our favourite things to do without alcohol, axe throwing is ideal for those who want to remember their date. Pay for a private lane and practice axe throwing together. Certainly, the place to provoke endless laughter and interesting conversations. Book tickets via Sweet Axe Throwing
📍110 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Why not capture your dates heart by trying to beat them in some nostalgic-inducing board games? Certainly, a bit of competition will bring you both closer together. An ideal date idea in Auckland.
📍210 Victoria Street West, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
7. Get lost in a maze
Odyssey Sensory Maze is one of the best things in do in Auckland, and the perfect place to get lose with your love among quirky mirrors, dark tunnels and bright lights. You may even get a smooch along the way.
📍Lower Basement Metro Centre, 291 – 297 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
8. Sing your heart out
Slurp drinks galore and sing your hearts out at karaoke. There’s plenty of places in Auckland such as Coin Singing Booth that offers private karaoke booths for extra privacy.
9. Get spooked
Head to this horror theme park, Spookers, in a former psychiatric hospital filled with scary zombies, horrific clowns and much more spookiness. Indeed, nothing brings people closer together than fear.
📍833 Kingseat Road, Kingseat 2580, New Zealand
For the thrill seeker couples, get your adrenaline pumping by taking on this epic Bungy pod, over the ocean with surreal views, under Auckland Harbour Bridge. Certainly, a phenomenal feeling after completing this activity.
📍105 Curran Street, Westhaven Reserve, Herne Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
11. Kayaking to Rangitoto Island
Take a 6 hour kayaking sunset tour to explore the wonderful Rangitoto Island. Even beginners will be able for the one hour of paddling to get to the island, followed by a hike to the volcano summit. You can bet after spending that much time together, you’ll either like each other more or head separate ways.
As one of the best things to do this month, it’s also a unique date idea in Auckland. With a range of talent showcased, there’s always something different to get excited about. Read more about these concerts.
13. Share a sunset or sunrise
Watch day turn to night, or night turn to day with your lover somewhere in Auckland. We’ve listed a range of epic places to catch a good sunset or sunrise in Auckland.
14. Play the most bizarre mini golf
Holey Moley Golf Club is a quirky chain offering an entertaining mini golf experience paired with drinks, cocktails and scrumptious food. With plenty of insta-worthy moments in this house of fun, neither of you will get bored as you navigate each new course. To book, visit the Holey Moley website.
📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
15. Go on an instagrammable adventure
Maybe you’re both dedicated foodies, and love a good gram-worthy meal? Well, check out our list of The Most Tasty Instagrammable Food In Auckland. Alternatively, head to an instagrammable café for lunch.
16. Paint And Chill
Why not unleash your inner artists at this awesome social painting class? Excellently, the experience is paired with an array of alcoholic beverages. Read all about it here.
📍Vie Lounge & Eatery at the Auckland City Hotel, Auckland
17. Dine high in the sky
At Level 53 of Sky Tower, dine at this chic and elegant 1930s-inspired rooftop restaurant. The Sugar Club Rooftop offers majestic views of the city making it one of the most memorable dates you will ever have. Prepare to be spoilt for choice between the fine fusion cuisine and luxurious cocktail bar presenting exclusive drinks for you and your date to delight in. It is a sure way to evoke a passionate romance at this alluring setting high in the sky.
📍 Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets level 53, Sky Tower, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
SEE MORE: The Best Rooftops In Auckland
18. Be mesmerised by the underwater world
There is nothing more romantic than having a date underwater among the incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium offers a range of fun experiences. For instance, the Animal Adventure jump which involves going snorkeling in a shark tank with massive sharks, or get up close and personal with penguins. Visit the Sea Life website for more.
📍 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Enjoy two hours and 30 minutes on the high seas from Waitemata Harbour. Indeed, this is an unforgettable romantic dining experience offering welcome drinks pair and a 3-course meal. With majestic views, classic entertainment and an array of iconic Auckland landmarks in sight…what more could you need? Certainly, one of the most memorable dates in Auckland.
20. Visit Waiheke Island
If you’re feeling extra adventurous then head to Waiheke Island. Get lost among impressive vineyards, glorious coastlines and native wildlife. It offers breathtaking views and an epic hike where you can get to know your date on a deeper level. Spice up your romance by opting to stay the night on the island.
📍 Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Whether you’re coupled up or single, this is a great date idea in Auckland for a relaxing, intimate experience. Immerse yourselves in endless conversations while you wander through a beautiful, calming space. With frequently changing exhibitions and events, there is always something new and spectacular to look forward to. Anyone with an appreciation for art and culture will love this free experience.
📍 Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
22. Go wild at a theme park
As one of our favourite seasonal activities, get your adrenaline rushing at this unique them park – Rainbow’s End. With plenty of rides, form water cars to laser tag, you and your partner will never get bored.
📍 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104, New Zealand
23. Cocktails & Games at Peach Pit
Peach Pit is a quirky, laidback bar that is perfect for first dates. Grab board games such as Connect Four, order cocktails and scrumptious bar bites, and sit in a cute velvet booth. What an amazing way to calm the nerves and kickstart some fun conversations. After a few drinks, you will both get competitive and the banter will just flow naturally.
📍 352 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
24. Go Glamping
Spend a night in this Waiuku accommodation just 50 minutes drive from Auckland. The cabin boasts plenty of cosy spots to relax and it even has an outdoor bath where you can sip champagne while watching the incredible sunset. Visit Glamping Hub for more information.
25. Visit Archie Bros circus
Archie Brothers Cirque Electric is the ultimate funhouse. With fabulous arcade games from bowling to VR gaming, a dazzling diner, a neon lit cocktail bar with the most whimsical cocktails…it’s an ideal date place in Auckland to get competitive with your bae while sipping drinks to ease the nerves. We guarantee you’ll have a good time!
📍309 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Are you and your partner wine lovers? Then this is the perfect date in Auckland for you! Even if you don’t know much about wine, this could be a new experience for you both to avail of. With New Zealand having a rich wine history, your tasting experience will be top-notch. Visit Fine Wine Tours’ website for more information.
📍 36A Formby Avenue, Point Chevalier, Auckland 1022, New Zealand