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9 quirky, fun date ideas in Auckland in 2024

Are you on the hunt for the most memorable, uniquely fun date ideas Auckland has on offer?

We’ve got you covered!

Whether you’re looking for a first date idea (with a difference) or are keen to spice up weekends with your long-time lover, you’ve come to the right place.

With adults-only mini golf, axe throwing, cocktail classes and so much more, we guarantee you’ll come off your date with a massive smile on your face!

The Quirkiest, Most Unique, Fun Date Ideas Central Auckland Has!

1. Sneak Into the Caretaker: Auckland’s Own Speakeasy

A legit hidden gem in the heart of the city, the Caretaker is a speakeasy-style hole-in-the-wall pub.

Incredibly, they create custom cocktails, completely unique to everyone who walks through their doors.

The bartender will ask you a set of questions to get a feel for what kind of drink will wet your whistle best and voila! In a matter of minutes, they’ll have created something special just for you – and your date too!

Since every cocktail is made on the spot, each one is bespoke and truly one of a kind. In fact, as most of their bartenders make these drinks on the fly you may never be able to recreate their concoction again!

Sneak into the Caretaker to see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

Downstairs, 40 Customs Street, Britomart Place, Auckland 1010

2. Chuck an Axe or Two

Rainy day blues got you down? Or maybe you’re just looking for something a little.. edgy? Why not give axe throwing a go!

Established as the first axe throwing range in New Zealand, Sweet Axe is the best way to bring out the fun competitive side of your date.

Each session consists of a personalised training session and a full-on championship to settle the score – because who doesn’t want to know who the most accurate axe-thrower is?

The perfect mix of fun, competition and adrenaline, we wholeheartedly recommend axe throwing as a fun date idea.

110 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Four axes placed on a wooden rest while a man prepares to throw the axe in the background.
Photo credit: Mike Kingdon.

3. Play a Game of Adults-Only Mini Golf

Holey Moley is your one-stop-shop for a quirky date.

Not only do they have three different mini golf courses (yep, 27 quirky holes), each with its own pop-culture references, but they also have karaoke rooms and a bar serving up cocktails, drinks and bar snacks.

If you’re on a first date and would appreciate a little Dutch courage, it’s even possible to take your drinks onto the green. Of course, we make no promises about the impact it will have on your game.

Expect the unexpected at Holey Moley!

204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Three ladies playing golf billiards on a pool table, with one of them preparing a shot under a blue UV light.

4. Grab Some Kai from Diners with a Difference

Dinner

Ever wanted to travel to New York City and eat in a real-life Jewish diner? The Federal Delicatessen will tickle your pickle urges by bringing Manhattan to you.

Inspired by the comfort food of a Jewish NYC deli, walking through the doors of the restaurant is like travelling to another place without ever taking out your passport.

With a menu to match, get ready to eat up the atmosphere and the delicious menu!

86 Federal Street, Auckland City, Auckland 1010

Dessert

If you’re looking to impress your date, after dinner we suggest you head straight to Giapo for dessert.

With a desire to make ice cream less boring, these guys imagine up all sorts of creative concoctions that really need to be seen to be believed!

With giant serves, these treats are made to share.

We promise, they taste every bit as good as they look too.

5. Take in a Drag Show – A Seriously Fun Auckland Date Idea

If you’re looking to indulge in something a little different (and we know you are, because you’re reading this article), look no further than Caluzzi Cabaret.

Caluzzi’s isn’t just any cabaret – it’s the longest-running show of its kind in New Zealand and it’s seriously good fun! It is also the premiere drag queen entertainment venue in Aotearoa.

Whilst checking out New Zealand’s top drag superstars, you’ll also partake in a delicious 3-course meal.

This really is the perfect way to break the ice with a potential new love interest – don’t you agree?

461 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Two women standing side by side wearing ornate gold dresses with white embellishments, elaborate jewelry around their necks and earrings, and a golden decorative head covering.

6. Double Over in Laughter at a Comedy Show

The Classic Comedy Club is an Auckland comedy icon – and it’s the perfect place for a casual date.

With a wide range of comedic shows (including pros, newbies, and even the opportunity to jump on stage yourself), there is something to suit everyone.

This is an affordable, fun evening activity right in the middle of Auckland City.

It’ll give you the opportunity to see if you have compatible tastes in humor too!

321 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

7. Get in on a Mixology Masterclass

If you love drinking tasty cocktails this is the perfect date idea for you…

Head along to the Bellini Bar, centrally located within the Hilton Hotel and learn from master mixologists.

In a beautiful setting (think a stunning 5-star bar with harbour views), you’ll be taught to stir, shake and strain three different signature cocktails. You will of course then have the opportunity to drink your creations whilst enjoying complimentary nibbles.

Plus, you’ll have three amazing new drinks to add to your repertoire at home.

Cheers to that.

147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Top view of three glasses of cocktails in golden colour with ice cubes inside, one with lemon, and the other two garnished with elongated leaves of rosemary.

8. Hit Up a Rooftop Bar (with its own Bowling Alley!)

Another Central Auckland option that combines great food, drinks and fun, we recommend heading along to Dr Rudi’s.

Not only do they serve up a wide range of delectable plates (perfect for sharing, if you so choose) and have a fully-stocked bar but they’ve also got two bowling lanes so you can challenge your date to a game or two.

When you’re finished with your game, we suggest heading out to the sun-drenched deck that sits perfectly atop of the Viaduct Basin. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down as you spend time with the special someone.

Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Guests playing bowling while drinking and dining inside Dr Rudi's restaurant.

9. Step into a World of A-maze-ment

The last unique date recommendation we have for you is a totally unique one.

Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. With mirrors, mazes, optical illusions and light tricks, the Odyssey Sensory Maze is a feast for the senses.

It also provides plenty of awesome photo opportunities – perfect for when you’re ready to go Facebook official!

Lower Basement Metro Centre, 291 – 297 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010


With so many quirky, fun date ideas in Auckland, you’re sure to make an impression on your special someone.

Post by Amy Rosvally and Sarah Chant

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