Whether you are seeking a bit of romance or just some fun with that special someone, we’ve got your Auckland date ideas covered. We have dug up some of the most exciting, out-of-the-ordinary, and just plain entertaining date ideas Auckland has to offer. Then, we topped off the list with some classic date night fun.
Let’s start by defining a “date”
The classic definition of dating includes two people spending time together in order to get to know each other and determine whether there is a romantic connection.
That leads to the next question: What is romance? My favourite definition “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love,” comes from Oxford Languages (Google’s dictionary).
Classic first dates range from a fabulous “love at first site” moment to the opposite extreme. However, if planned right, the time can still be fun.
For us, a couple who have been together for a while, we define dating a bit differently. In fact, anytime we are together for the purpose of having fun, we call it a date.
Simply put, if we are trying something new or doing something we love AND our focus is play rather than problem-solving, we are on a date. And, if we laugh together, sit together, or even have fun side by side, we classify it as romantic.
We hope you enjoy our list of Auckland date ideas.
First, take a look at our city…
Romantic Auckland date ideas
Sunsets, sails, roses, dinner, or just cuddling at home, we find it all romantic. Here are our top romantic Auckland date ideas.
Share a romantic sunset or sunrise from the summit of a volcano
Location: various locations throughout the region
Auckland is built on the remains of 48 extinct and dormant volcanoes. The vast majority of these offers 360º views, so there is no shortage of great spots to watch the sunset or to get up early and watch the sunrise.
Plus, the walk to the top makes these Auckland date ideas even more fun. Taking romance a step farther, when heading out in the early evening, we love to bring a picnic blanket, a finger food dinner, and a bottle of wine. We make an adventure of it.
Whichever volcano you choose, just remember to bring a torch (flashlight), as it may be quite dark on the way back down (or on the way up if you are watching sunrise).
Like all locals, we have our favourite peaks, and the ones we tend to gravitate towards for sunset and sunrise include:
- Maungawhau / Mount Eden
- Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill
- Takarunga / Mt. Victoria in Devonport – from here we can enjoy the city’s skyline
- Maungauika / North Head, also in Devonport with slightly more distant views of Auckland
Sail into the sunset on a harbour dinner cruise
Location: Meet at Explore kiosk inside Viaduct Harbour at the end of Quay St
Want to make that sunset even more romantic? Simply hop on board an Auckland harbour dinner cruise. After all, everyone in Auckland needs to get out on the Waitemata Harbour at least once.
This adventure kicks off with a welcome drink on the deck. Then, sail off into the sunset with the stunning Auckland skyline as your backdrop.
Dinner (ordered in advance) is provided by a top Auckland restaurant that can cater to most dietary requirements. Watch the sunset from the deck, learn a bit about the history of your surroundings, and enjoy your evening.
Can you think of a more romantic evening than a three-course dinner and a sunset sail? I can’t. For me, sailing and romance go hand in hand.
Check for discounts and reserve your Harbour dinner cruise here.
Pick up a pizza and download a movie
Our Auckland date ideas don’t always take us anywhere. We often stay home and enjoy a pizza while we watch a movie. What makes it a date night is the fact that we call it a date night, and we agree not to discuss anything controversial.
A cuddle on the couch can be just as romantic as an expensive evening out.
Stroll through the Parnell Rose Gardens
Location: 85-87 Gladstone Road, Parnell
If a bit of afternoon romance is in the cards, and it’s between late spring and early autumn, head to Parnell and see over 5,000 roses in bloom.
The height of the season is usually mid-November, when romance is in the air, and its sweet fragrance lingers. Check out my photos of the rose gardens.
Other outdoor Auckland date ideas
Sample some of the country’s best wine on Waiheke Island
With over 30 wineries to choose from, it’s no surprise that beautiful Waiheke Island is also a wine grower’s paradise. Wine tasting is an exciting all-day date, as unless you live on the island, it also includes a ferry ride there and back.
Waiheke’s microclimate is credited with the production of many award-winning wines. We have our favourite wineries.
Join a tour to discover something new
Sometimes the best Auckland date ideas are created by someone else. Perhaps you might like to join in with one of these tours:
- Electric bicycle tour of the city lights:
Electric bicycles make the challenge of the Auckland hills much more bearable. From the purple cycling path to vantage points for sparkling views, this tour is one of the eco-friendly night activities in Auckland. Tour starts in the CBD.
- Kayak tour to Rangitoto Island:
This uniquely New Zealand opportunity will have you kayaking with a guide to Auckland’s youngest volcano. Then, hike to the crater rim and watch the sunset over impressive views of Auckland’s skyline and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. The six-hour tour requires a moderate level of fitness. It starts out at Fergs Kayaks in Okahu Bay.
- Auckland Historic Bar Tour:
Enjoy this small-group walking tour that showcases local craft beers and New Zealand wines while learning about the history of beer and winemaking in Auckland and New Zealand during an enjoyable evening in the CBD.
- Bioluminescence kayak tour:
Summer only – based on the North shore in Okura
The way to experience bioluminescent plankton lighting up the night beach is from the water. Kayaking keeps you low and close to the water to really enjoy the treat. (Pick up is available from the Albany bus station.)
Indoor Auckland date ideas
Test your skill at Holey Moley Golf Club
Location: 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD
Holey Moley is not your typical mini golf club. It’s an outrageously creative mini-golf experience. And if that’s not enough, there are snacks, meals, a bar, and even a private karaoke room. Our experience was loaded with laughs.
Note that while it is great family fun during the day, Holey Moley converts to adults only after 7 pm. Located on Viaduct Harbour, it’s the ideal place to get your evening rolling before you hit the clubs.
Cook together and discover new flavours at Sachie’s kitchen
Location: 91 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell
Sachie’s Kitchen is an award-winning Asian cooking school that offers individual evening classes.
Participation usually requires some advanced planning as Sachie’s Kitchen classes often sell out. There are two participants per cooking station, working together, making it a perfect date night. In addition to the meals created, there are plenty of cultural learning opportunities.
We have done two of their classes so far, and love the opportunity to sit down with our classmates at the end of the class and enjoy the dinner we created. Sachie’s Kitchen is one of our favourite Auckland date ideas.
Challenge your partner to a few board games
Location: 173 Symonds Street, Auckland
Cakes and Ladders is a board gaming cafe and it’s good fun. Inexpensive, yet filled with variety. You pay by the hour and play any game or games you choose from their massive board game library.
The cafe food is light and tasty, with plenty of coffee drinks, and even gluten-free sweet treats. Open until 10 pm on most nights (closed Monday and Tuesday), it’s a great place to take a date.
Go on a traditional dinner date
Location: various locations throughout the region
Auckland is a city loaded with unique restaurants, so there is nothing really traditional about many of the options. And, who doesn’t like to mix in the occasional classic date night?
We share our current favourites here: 20 Unique Restaurants in Auckland New Zealand to Try in 2023
Gaze up at the stars at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
Location: 670 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium’s live show is different every night and starts out with a reproduction of the current night sky. First, as seen with the naked eye, then as if the city lights (or clouds) disappeared.
Travel virtually beyond Auckland’s sky into the galaxy. After the show, head outdoors and view stars, planets, and nebulae through the courtyard telescopes.
Check for discounts on Stardome’s Our Night Sky show tickets.
Read our review of Stardome Observatory
Laugh the night away at The Classic: Comedy Club
Location: 321 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
The Classic presents a different show every night, and so far we have always hit it when the comedians have been hilarious.
Note that seating is first-come, first-served. So, if you don’t want to risk getting heckled by the comedian, don’t sit right in front of the stage.
Cuddle up at one of the city’s unique movie theatres
Cuddling up in the dark at a movie theatre is a classic date from my younger days. Now, the more traditional theatres like Hoyts or Berkeley have bigger comfortable seating with larger armrests that can even hold a drink bottle. Don’t worry, cuddling is still possible.
Auckland also offers boutique cinemas like The Hollywood in Avondale, Silly Otter Cinemas in Oraki, The Capitol in Balmoral, or Rialto Cinema in Newmarket.
Or, head over the bridge to Northcote (Bridgeway cinemas), Matakana (Matakana cinemas), or my personal favourite, The Vic in Devonport.
And then there is The Civic on Queen Street, one of a handful of remaining atmospheric theatres worldwide. It’s normally used for live performances, and its impressive decor makes it one of the more romantic places in the city.
Extend your date at one of the romantic hotels in Auckland
Personally, we prefer 4-star or higher with a bit of luxury and are usually willing to pay a bit more for it. Spending the night in the city is the perfect way to cap off any of the above date ideas in Auckland. Here are our two favourite local accommodations:
- Hotel DeBrett: This fun and funky boutique hotel offers affordable luxury wrapped in art deco decor. It’s the attention to every detail that really grabs my focus. We stayed in a loft suite with a lounge area featuring a spiral staircase that leads to a surprisingly large bedroom. The most notable feature is the incredibly comfortable bed. With a toilet on each level, our loft is liveable. Hotel DeBrett is centrally located, therefore walkable to many key attractions. Note: the car park must be reserved and is a couple of blocks away.
- Cordis: With an internationally acclaimed spa and a rooftop pool, Cordis is our other favourite hotel in the city. Quite different from Hotel Debrett in personality, but both are equally superb. Cordis boasts modern luxury, also focusing on every detail, including a fabulously plush and comfortable bed and a central location. Here the parking is valet and, therefore, on-site.
Save on your NZ trip with these resources
We usually start with aggregator companies as they do the work for us by providing a list of options, prices, and reviews. However, we also added a few personal NZ favourites:
- Flights: we use Expedia for the best and cheapest flight options.
- Hotels: we use Booking.com as they consistently return the best rates and their reviews are from actual guests. However, for self-contained lodging in New Zealand, we use Bookabach.
- Cars and Campervans: we use RentalCars to find the best deals and dealer ratings. Use Jucy for small campervans.
- Activity discounts: we always check Bookme.com for discounts of up to 70% on selected tours, activities, restaurants and more.
- Travel Insurance: we start at InsureMyTrip as they are the best option to compare plans and find the right coverage for you.
Before you book the rest of your trip: Check out our travel resources page for more companies that we use when you travel.
We believe this list to be the best in each category. You can’t go wrong using them on your trip too.
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Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with complimentary entrances, tours, media rates, or sample items to aid in the writing of Albom Adventures. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly our own.
What wonderful ideas you share! Always makes me want to travel down under!
I love date night ideas! This is such a great list!
These all sounds like awesome date ideas!! I love the idea of a comedy club for a first date. And the bio kayak tour would be very cool!!
Auckland never gets the “love” that Paris, Rome or even Sydney get. But this proves it’s an extremely romantic city. Can’t wait to visit one day!
Watching a sunset or sunrise from the top of a volcano is definitely how I picture my perfect date 🙂 such lovely ideas here so thank you for sharing them.
Rob + Ann
What fun ideas! While we were reading through the list, we realized that we spend a lot of time on activities and sightseeing, but we don’t often look for “date night” opportunities when we travel. Something new to add to our planning from now on! 🙂
What lovely date ideas! The kayak tour and the volcano sunset sounds like something we’d like to do.
These all look and sound like very romantic date ideas in Auckland. Although I’m thinking a few would be great if you’re solo also.
Auckland has been on my list for so long. Would love to visit with my husband and do all these date ideas with him. Especially, watch the sunset seen from Mt Victoria. Those city lights were stunning!
All sound like great ideas, though my favorite would be a sunset date on top of a volcano – with picnic sounds even better. Now we just have to make it to NZ – it’s on our list.
Lydia C. Lee
Good timing, as nearly every Aussie is planning on heading your way! Love star gazing, my husband not so much.
I’m not in Aukland, but between exploring my own city on ebike and other ways, and fun ideas for at home, this is such a great list ideas!
Lisa | Handmade in Israel
An evening walk and a bottle of wine on a dormant volcano sounds just perfect! You have made some wonderful suggestions here.
Love your ideas – I think I might have to give a Sachie cooking class a go. One thing we also have a lot of fun doing in Auckland is hiring an electric scooter and exploring the city. You can ride the ‘pink trail’ on it, head down through the university, and then finish around the harbour – lots of fun!
Linda (LD Holland)
As a long time couple, we too like to plan date nights. It helps take us out of everyday life. And gives us something to look forward too. It looks like Auckland has a number of fun ideas for a date night. We may pass on board games but we would love a cooking class.
16 Amazing Ideas for date nights and for couples to enjoy each other’s company. Watching a movie and cooking together after sounds like my sort of date night
I super love these ideas!!! The comedy night seems super fun to do. I would love to go to Auckland.
Oh my gosh there is so much to do! Auckland is beautiful at night…so many fabulous ideas here! You’re making me want to visit!
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Dinner cruises are always fun. Although just staying home with pizza and a movie works for me!
I love free and nearly free deals. Auckland sounds impressive the perfect date trip activities.
I love romantic dates and I resonate with your definition. New Zealand is once again on our bucket list (we booked a trip their two years ago and then cancelled at the last minute).