Auckland date ideas: fun things to do in the City of Sails
Happily, EliteSingles is here to help. We've chosen some of our favourite Auckland date ideas – whether you’re after a casual beach date or something more elegant, we’ve got you covered.
Please note all ideas are up-to-date as of April 2017
1. Hide from the rain in the Wintergardens
When it’s raining (again), a blissfully dry Auckland date idea is to take your date to the Domain Wintergardens. Since 1913, these glasshouses have been offering Aucklanders a place to escape winter gloom and to check out beautiful plants at the same time. It’s a hugely romantic setting – except, perhaps, when the infamously stinky corpse flower is in bloom!
2. Assemble your quiz team
For group dates, it’s hard to beat a quiz night. Auckland has several legendary nights that make wonderful date ideas: in New Lynn try heading to the Black Salt Bar for Wednesday’s rollicking quiz, in Grey Lynn opt for Malt Bar’s comedy quiz on a Monday or, in Newton, try Tuesday night’s music quiz at the King's Arms Tavern. Just make sure to book ahead at all venues!
3. Pack a picnic and get outside
When the weather is on your side, one of the best Auckland date ideas is to simply grab a picnic and find a favourite spot outside. There are so many great options that we couldn’t narrow it down – so find five of the best below, all good for a different experience. Just please note, Rangitoto is pest-free so seal that picnic food up tightly before you catch the boat!
4. Have a market style foodie date
Are you or your main squeeze fans of romantic meals? Forget the typical fancy restaurant – Auckland is full of delectable food markets that have something to suit most palates. From the roving delights of the Night Markets (in a different spot each night of the week) to the French charm of La Cigale Market, a market date is a great way to find a new favourite dish, together.
5. Go across the universe
Want an Auckland date idea that appeals to your intellectual side? Try spending the evening at the Stardome. Not only is the Planetarium show timelessly great, if the weather is clear you can head to the courtyard and see distant galaxies and stars through the telescopes. Retro lovers will also adore the night shows for grownups: think a light show, wine and Pink Floyd.
6. Stay late at the Auckland Museum or Zoo
Like this idea of experiencing a ‘family favourite’ attraction in a more grown-up fashion? For winter date nights, head to the Auckland Museum’s LATE series and settle in for a great line up of DJs, wine, food and panel discussions. In the warmer months, try the Summer Zoo Lates sessions – think an evening of live jazz, big bands and, of course, big animals.
7. Pick your new favourite bar
Whether you prefer to go for cocktails, lush furnishings and Britomart glam or for craft beers, beach views and city escapes, Auckland has a bar to suit your dating needs. And, as no list of Auckland date ideas would be worth its salt without a list of the best watering holes, we’ve picked a range of great bars – all suitable for a different date. Bottoms up!