Pandemic or not, some of us are in desperate need of a date.
After endless weeks of lockdown, all we need to do is plan ahead. And, when it comes to dates, before lockdown, most of us just opted for the usual dinner and drinks, because it is, well, easier. Though these types of dates tend to get tiresome after a while and we 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 15 of the most memorable and unique date ideas in Auckland.
1. 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. Indeed, it makes a fantastic date.
2. Beach Picnic
With summer approaching fast, you could head for a lovely D.I.Y picnic on the beach, and watch the sunset together, which may even involve a few cuddles. If you don’t like the beach, check out our list of The Best Picnic Areas In Auckland.
3. Holey Moley Golf Club
This quirky chain offers 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
4. Instagrammable Food Hunt
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.
5. Odyssey Sensory Maze
This spot is a quirky and fun date experience. In the dark, you will embark on a challenge through a number of rooms that offer a diverse set of obstacles, lighting effects, illusions, scents and more. Indeed, a date like this is a wonderful way to create a strong bond with someone and provides fantastic amusement. For tickets visit the Odyssey Sensory Maze website.
Plan a date at Level 53 of Sky Tower to dine at this chic and elegant 1930s-inspired rooftop restaurant. It 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 cocktails 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
7. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
There is nothing more romantic than having a date underwater among the incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans. With an array of fun opportunities, you could opt to take on the Animal Adventure jump which involves going snorkelling in a shark tank with massive sharks, or instead get up close and personal with penguins. For bookings, please visit the Sea Life website.
📍 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 where you’ll be offered welcome drinks paired with 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.
9. Waiheke Island
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, we recommend taking the ferry to Waiheke Island. Get lost among the spectacular beaches, impressive vineyards, glorious coastlines and native wildlife. You can hike across the whole island, admiring breathtaking views, while getting to know your date on a deeper level. If you want to spice up your romance, you have the option to stay the night with plenty of accommodation on offer.
📍 Waiheke Island, New Zealand
10. Man O War Vineyards
At one of New Zealand’s greatest wineries on Waiheke Island, expect to have an unparalleled experience. Incredibly, 75 vineyards on the island belong to this brand and spread across a stunning 4,500 acres. Additionally, they offer New Zealand’s only beachfront tasting experience. It’s the perfect date idea! For more information or to book, visit Man O War Vineyards website.
📍 725 Man O War Bay Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
Whether you’re coupled up or single, this is a great date idea 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 Auckland date idea.
📍 Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
12. 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
13. Breakout & Paradice Entertainment
This company offer a large variety of adrenaline-pumping activities, providing the perfect place for you and your date to enjoy endless laughter. You can show your skills on the ice in a cool ice skating rink, opt to chase each other in a fun laser tag game, or put your thinking caps on to find your way out of an escape room. For more information, visit the Paradice website.
📍 Various Locations
Opt to spend a night in this Waiuku accommodation just 50 minutes drive from Auckland. One of the most romantic things to do here is watch the sunrise. 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.
15. Fine Wine Tours
Are you and your partner wine lovers? Then this is the perfect date 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