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Dating in Christchurch: let love grow in the Garden City

Meeting great Christchurch singles is easier with us. Why? Because, at EliteSingles, we have a membership base made up of interesting, educated, Kiwi men and women and a smart profiling process that lets us connect people based on true compatibility. What's more, we believe that you should be able to find love that is like-minded, genuine and and close to you in Christchurch. Are you ready to meet someone who shares your values and lifestyle? Join EliteSingles today!
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Single life in Christchurch

Christchurch is emerging as a city renewed, in no small part due to the strength and optimism of its people. Indeed, the city has won world renown for being able to retain its opportunistic entrepreneurial edge and hopeful spirit in the face of hardship. No wonder, then, that Christchurch singles are the kind of men and women that make great dates: they're resourceful, reliable and tenacious.

Of course, knowing that these singles are out there is one thing: meeting them can be quite another. Indeed, for those balancing work and social commitments, finding the time for Christchurch dating can be its own challenge.

Meeting Christchurch singles with us

In large part, this is because hardworking, educated and successful Christchurch singles tend to have little time to meet new people. While those of a social persuasion should not rule out the possibility of meeting someone special in the office or on a night out, the reality is that chances are slim - and the Christchurch gender imbalance can further complicate things!1

Yet, there is an efficient and rewarding way to connect with other singles in Canterbury. Online dating has not just lost it's stigma in recent years, it's rapidly becoming the way for Kiwis to meet a partner serious about love. At EliteSingles we understand this; we're here to make the search for a like-minded partner easier by tailoring our match suggestions to suit our members individually. We want to help you meet someone you match with on every level, from personality to future dreams, to location in Christchurch. Ready to give it a try? Click the banner below to get started.

Dating in Christchurch: what to do?

There are many romantic date ideas in Christchurch. Singles can choose a first date in a cosy cafe, a second date in a romantic bar, a third date in one of the city's elegant restaurants: the options really are endless. To help narrow it down, we've picked a few EliteSingles favourites - great places to take someone special. See the full list below or click here to to find a map showcasing our picks.

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Wining and Dining

When you are craving a date that is both lively and delicious, you can satisfy that itch with a trip to Tequila Mockingbird. This buzzing, covivial restaurant offers up more than just a fabulous name - it is also home to wonderful, Latin-American inspired food. It's all wonderful but the tapas plates, designed for sharing, are a particularly romantic choice!

f your tastes run more to modern, chic minimalism, you wont want to miss the selections at Pescatore. With gorgeous Hagley Park views, an award-winning wine list and three different menus that showcase the best in creative cuisine,  Pescatore rightly holds a place as one of Christchurch's most elegant destination restaurants.

Nightlife in Christchurch

After much of Christchurch’s nightlife quarters suffered in the earthquake there was a typically resourceful Cantabrian response in the form of...shipping container bars! These pop up venues might not offer traditional glitz and glamour, but bars like Cargo are very trendy and have a great atmosphere - think industrial-chic with an urbane twist.

If you are looking for something a little more elegant, The Monday Room is an excellent, award-winning2 wine bar that has live music and incredible drinks (made by really talented bartenders). They also boast an impressive menu should you be getting on so well that those first-date drinks turn into dinner!

Daytime dating

Dates in the daytime can be a touch more relaxing than their night time counterparts and Christchurch offers plenty of daylight dating options. Going out for coffee, for instance, can be an excellent way to take the pressure off the first date and the fabulous Black Betty makes a great choice, offering top-quality coffee in laid-back surroundings.

The recently reopened historic trams also make a great left-field date; jump on together for a date that is also a slice of Cantabrian history. Finally, animal lovers will delight at the attractions on offer at Orana Park. From lemurs to lions, giraffes to gibbons, a day at the park can be a great bonding experience.