The best first dates to have in Auckland

Let’s be honest dating is awkward; going on a predetermined meeting with someone who your sister-in-law probably picked out for you as a good match can feel like a strange job interview. But when you’ve got a good feeling about a potential love interest, dating can be a magical process where you learn about another person little by little, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

If you’re not imagining ‘ghosting’ them via text message before date numero uno, you have what we call ‘a good feeling’ about them and therefore your date-game must be on point! Here’s a list of date ideas for Auckland that will allow the conversation to flow and hopefully, the romance to ignite. 


The Culture Maven 

If your heart is captured by an edgy, Cosmopolitan type you’d better impress with a sophisticated yet casual date that allows for conversation, jokes and a little tipple. The Waiheke Island winery tour with tastings is the perfect day out that allows you to both learn something, have a drink and be surrounded by idyllic grounds. The wine and food pairings will help to steer the conversation into favourite meals and then you’ll have ideas for your dinner date, should this one go well! 

The Romantic 

Trying to win the heart of a romantic? You’d better pull out all the stops! The date should be a great mix of picturesque scenery, quiet moments and delicious food. This sailing yacht cruise with dinner has all that plus a drink and canapés on arrival! You’ll be sailing out around sunset too - what better time for the first kiss?

The Athlete 

A sporty type will be much more comfortable on a date where they can get active and bond in the outdoors! So why not take her on this sensational sunset kayak tour on Rangitoto Island? You’ll both be able to take in the gorgeous sights and work those biceps while paddling on open water. And wait for it! The big finale is the best sunset Auckland has to offer. You’ll dock the kayaks at Rangitoto Wharf and walk up a summit to witness the sun go down, leaving the sky a beautiful shade of tangerine.

The Greenie

If you’ve fallen for a cutie that has a menagerie of pets and ‘awws’ over cat videos on the regular; you’ll win her heart with this eco safari in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. You’re guaranteed to spot wild marine mammals frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise and you’ll even get to talk to real marine scientists that act as your guides. Impress her with your knowledge on conservation and watch as her heart melts when she spots a dolphin swimming past.

The Fun Seeker

If you’re planning on wooing an adventurous, spontaneous type you’ll need date ideas that incorporate thrills, laughter and fun! This flying fox zipline and forest walk experience is the perfect solution, you’ll be able to marvel at the beauty of nature and sneak in some good conversation and jokes on the walk to the base. Then it’s time for you to cheer each other on as the nerves set in and you zoom above the treetops.


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