21 Epic Auckland date ideas

Planning an amazing date in Auckland? Whether a budding romance or a long-term flame, these ideas will help you add spark and fun to your love life.

The City of Sails is the largest city in Aotearoa New Zealand and as such, it’s home to a wide range of activities and attractions – many of which make for memorable dates.

From casual first dates to romantic milestones, there’s a date idea for everyone on this massive list.

The trickiest part will be deciding what you do first with your special someone…

A couple on a date, each holding delicious food packed in a carton with other young couples behind them.

The Best Auckland Date Ideas

Daytime Dates in Auckland

For Food Lovers

Visit a Farmer’s Market

We love wandering around the local farmer’s market. There is always plenty of delicious food to try – cheese, fresh veggies and fine wine – and the opportunity to pick up ingredients for a romantic meal later in the day.

If you’d prefer to dine on the spot, modern farmers’ markets serve plenty of fresh food, making a visit the perfect date – even if you don’t intend to continue it later.

Farmers’ markets in Auckland:

  • Clevedon Farmers’ Market
  • Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
  • Oratia Farmers’ Market
  • Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market
  • City Farmers’ Market
  • Matakana Village Farmers’ Market
  • Parnell Farmers’ Market
  • Puhoi Farmers’ Market
Join a Wine Tour

If you enjoy fine wine, you’ll be pleased to know that Auckland is home to a number of fantastic vineyards and wineries.

Waiheke Island is world-famous for its premium wines and it’s easily accessible from Auckland City. To get there you’ll hop on the ferry. Once there you can choose between a number of different award-winning wineries.

If you’d prefer to drive, we suggest visiting Kumeu. Located just 25 minutes from Auckland, this is where Croatian immigrants first decided to make wine in the 20th century. Now, we get to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Last but not least, Matakana is a 50-minute drive from Auckland (and is also home to an amazing farmers’ market). There you can taste Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Pinotage. You’ll also be able to enjoy chardonnay, Viognier and pinot gris in this region.

Book: The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour.

Happy couples linking hands while drinking a glass of wine.

For Nature Lovers

Take a Hike

If you both like nature we recommend heading out on a hike in Auckland. The region is spoilt with a diverse range of hikes – regional parks, volcanic peaks, coastal views – they’re all there.

Even better, pack up a picnic and head out for the day on one our the fantastic trails in the region.

We recommend you start with, Rangitoto Island. The Summit Track allows you to walk through a pōhutukawa forest and lava fields. You will also enjoy stunning panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

What an atypical (but fabulous) date!

Go Horseback Riding

There’s a reason they always include a horseback riding date (or two) on the Bachelor – it’s a great romantic date idea.

Fortunately, Auckland has a variety of horseback riding options available.

Delight yourself with a view from the top of Waiheke Island or splash in the surf at Muriwai.

In any case, horse riding is a great option if you love an adventurous date.

Three people each riding their own horses walking along the white sandy beach of Pakiri while the waves crash down on the shores.
Horse riding in Pakiri.
Sail the Harbour

Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is the perfect place to hit the harbour.

The maritime museum offers variety of trips, from the huge sailboat to smaller ones, allowing you to feel like an old-time sailor.

Other companies include lunch, and sometimes offer cruise nights – both making for a perfect date.

The Auckland Maritime Museum is located on Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour. It is open every day except on Christmas from 10 am to 5 pm.

Book: Sunset tour/ Night Kayak to Rangitoto with BBQ.

Book: Amazing Auckland Harbour dinner cruise.

Sweet couples sitting down outside the boat with sunglasses during their date.

Date Night Ideas in the City of Sails

Refresh the Classics

If you’re looking for some classic (but memorable) dates ideas in Auckland, you’ll want to check these out.

Dine Out at a Restaurant

Auckland has a great selection of amazing restaurants making it easy to treat your date to a lovely evening.

If you really want to impress, you should consider hitting the Sky Tower to have dinner at one of their restaurants. There you’ll enjoy 360° views of the city!

However, if you want to make it more fun, check out these restaurants:

  • Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq – Order a pink burger, add some sauce with a syringe, grab a candy man beverage and go have fun in the arcade. This place offers plenty of vintage games including Mario Kart, Dance Dance Revolution and NBA Hoops. Welcome back to the future! Address: 309 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.
  • Kiss Kiss – Even the name of this restaurant is perfect for a date! Kiss Kiss is a Thai restaurant where flashy colours surround diners – the food is tasty too! Address: 1 Rocklands Avenue, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024.
  • Dr Rudi’s – If you like ten pin bowling, amazing views and good food and beer, this is the place for you. Address: Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010.
  • Dice and Forks – Hit this restaurant up if you’d like to challenge your date to a board game whilst enjoying hearty food. It’s the perfect casual indoor date. Address: 210 Victoria Street West, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010.
Enjoy the City Lights or a Beautiful Sunset

The perfect date add-on, city lights and sunsets are a sure-fire winner.

We recommend enjoying a stunning sunset, followed up with Auckland City’s stunning night lights.

We recommend somewhere with a great view – perhaps Mount Eden or Little Shoal Bay.

The harbour by Silo Park can be nice too, as well as the light path.

Honestly, anywhere with a beautiful view will see you right.

If you enjoy photography, you might even like to snap a few shots of the lights around the city.

The lights of Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen during the night.
Create Your Own Food Tour

Auckland hosts various night markets and they really are fantastic. Instead of going to the restaurant, you can grab food from different food trucks, enjoying a wide range of different flavours.

With the buzz of the night market, this is a perfect high-energy, low-cost date!

Unique Date Ideas

Have a Laugh

Comedy clubs make for a great night out – there’s nothing like a good giggle to break the ice.

Pick your show that appeals, grab some munchies, and enjoy a fun date with your special someone.

Go on a Hunt for Glow Worms

If you’re looking for a nighttime date idea that’s a little different, we suggest heading out to spot glow worms.

There are several spots in Auckland where you can see them including the following spots:

  • Totara Park
  • Lovers Lane (it is a sign!)
  • Kepa Bush

Remember to bring a torch to travel along the path but be sure to turn it off and give your eyes a chance to adjust before expecting to see these glowing beauties.

If you’ve got a red-light torch that’s even better as your eyes won’t need as long to readjust.

Visit the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Join a guided tour of the different constellations and get told the story of the sky itself.

At the Stardome will get the chance to learn about our solar system and the Universe thanks to galleries and space exhibits.

The Stardome also organises also special events such as Music & Lasers – Pink Floyd Dark Side & The Wall every Tuesday and Ngā Whetū O Matariki for Matariki, so keep an eye out for these.

Address: 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland.

Book: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.

Rainy-Day Dates in Auckland

We cannot predict the weather – especially in Auckland – we all know that!

A rainy day doesn’t have to spoil your special occasion though.

These ideas make for a romantic rendezvous.

For Sports Lovers

Hit the Rock Climbing Wall

If you’d rather get active on a date, why not go rock climbing?

Auckland has a range of fantastic indoor climbing venues, catering from absolute beginners to experts.

It has been said that adrenaline is good for the heart and passion – let us know if it’s true!

Feel the Chill

Rug up warm and prepare for an exciting (but chilly) Auckland date!

If you’re looking for an excuse to hold hands, we recommend hearing along to Paradise ice skating. They have locations in both Avondale and Botany and supply all the gear you need (just wear warm clothes).

Join one of their normal sessions or consider arranging your visit for one of their special events, such as Blackout on Friday nights. Whilst there, you also might like to check out their mini-golf or laser tag.

Does skiing or snowboarding sound more like you? If so, Snow Planet could be the epic Auckland date idea that you’re looking for

Again, you can expect to hire all of the gear you need on site so just wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If you have your own equipment, you’re welcome to use that too.

After hitting the slopes, we recommend paying the restaurant a visit. They’ve got a roaring fireplace that overlooks the ski-run and delicious Swiss fondue too.

Unique Indoor Activities

Play a Round of Mini Golf

Mini-golf can be heaps of fun and a great ice breaker.

You will find plenty of mini-golf in Auckland but Holey Moley is one of the best – especially for adults. The holes are based on TV, music and pop culture references and, best of all, you can enjoy a drink as you’re playing.

When you’ve finished your game we recommend chatting over a cocktail or bar snack.

204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010.

A woman preparing to hit the golf ball which is close by the "cup" (hole) while a man stands beside him.
Be a-Maze-d

For something totally unique, we recommend heading along to the Odyssey Sensory Maze.

Once inside you’ll have to find your way through the dark, checking out a number of different obstacles in the process.

Don’t worry though – this isn’t Spookers by any sense. Instead, you’ll marvel at an awesome series of illusions, lighting tricks, sound effects and even scents – it’s pretty wild!

Location: Queen Street inside the Sky World Entertainment Centre on the lower basement level.

Book: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry [Special Promotion].

Become a Chef for the Night

Food has been featured on this list of the best Auckland date ideas, but we’ve got one more for the foodies amongst us!

A cooking class is a fantastic option to help break the ice. Of course, the goal is to have fun, discover new dishes and have a great time – and as an added bonus, you’ll add to your cooking repertoire at home.

Selwyn Community Education offers a wide range of cooking classes and they even have a programme called date night cooking. Go check it out!

Amazing Outdoor Date Ideas

If the sun is out we highly recommend making the most of it and heading out on a day date.

Fortunately, there are a number of fun things to do around Auckland and in the city itself.

These are the best outdoor Auckland date ideas.

Out on the Water

Grab a Paddle and Go Kayaking

Auckland is fortunate to have a number of amazing water-based activities thanks to our enviable location on the harbour.

Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding is available right across Auckland. You’ll find opportunities to hit the water from Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Mission Bay, Long Bay, and Puhoi River – just to name a few spots. The choice is yours!

Tours operate in many of these locations so there’s no need to have your own gear.

If you’re looking for the ultimate date on the water, we recommend a sunset tour or a bioluminescent kayak – both of which are available in Auckland and come highly recommended.

Book: Clear Kayak rental in Goat Island.

Two yellow kayaks beside each other beached on the sandy shore a few meters away from the sea.
Meet the Fish Whilst Snorkelling

If you prefer to be in the water instead of on the water, snorkelling could be for you!

Goat Island is the spot for swimming and snorkelling and as it’s only an hour north of Auckland’s CBD it’s easily accessible.

You’ll see lots of fish at this natural marine reserve so don a snorkel and fins, and jump in with your date.

Book: Goat Island Mask, Snorkel, & Fins Set Hire.

Classic Outdoor Dates

Watch a Movie Under the Stars

During the summer season it’s possible to enjoy outdoor movies in Auckland – best of all, they’re generally free!

Head along to Silo Park or check out Movies in the Park – they host open-air viewings all around the city.

You’ll just want to pack a blanket, some tasty snacks and drinks and of course, grab your date, for a memorable night out.

Tourists gathering around a huge silo with movies displayed in front.
Get Up Close to Some Furry Friends

Auckland has a number of ethical animal encounters, two of which we’ve featured in this list of awesome Auckland date ideas!

If you love animals and want to learn more about them, the Auckland Zoo is for you.

It hosts 135 species and over 1,400 animals, all in incredible modern enclosures. With a focus on conservation, you’ll know your visit will help support their amazing work.

Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022

Book: Auckland Zoo – Day Pass.

A Bonus Date Idea for Long-Term Couples

Most of the ideas on this epic list of Auckland date ideas are suited to all sorts of couples – whether you’re newly minted or long-term loves.

This last one is aimed at those who know each other well as it’s a touch more intimate.

Enjoy a Couple’s Massage

Relax by treating yourselves to a couple’s massage!

Auckland has countless quality massage parlours, many of which offer side-by-side couple’s massages.

Whether you go for a Swedish, Thai, hot stone or essential oil massage, you’re certainly in for a treat.

With so many fantastic date options in the City of Sails, what are you asking for?

Ask that special someone out to explore our incredible city!

Post by Lara Saliège.

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