Rain or shine, bowling is one of the most fun ways to spend a weekend afternoon. Whether for a romantic date, or with the crew, pop on a pair of the ever-so-flattering bowling shoes (that go so perfectly with your new outfit of course!) and get ready to bowl em’ over!
Whether you still use the ramp or insist on having the sides up (not us, promise!) we won’t judge —no, no—instead, we’re here to give you a high five, moral support and our top six places to go tenpin bowling in Auckland.
This is the place where 7th birthdays were held and quite possibly, once upon a time, yours was, too. It probably involved too much fizzy pop and failed attempts at lifting a bowling ball that was triple your weight. Although you may have outgrown the velcro bowling shoes and party bags, chances are it’s time to give this fun-filled game another whirl. Head along to Queen Street’s Metrolanes where swanky, well looked after lanes and coloured neons all around will bring back childhood memories as you partake in a good old-fashioned game of ten pin bowling. Oh, and don’t think that Metrolanes are just about the usual burgers and fries malarky, these guys serve up some of the best half-time grub we’ve seen. We’re talking roast pork belly pizza, gratin, dumplings and a range of delish cocktails to wash it all down with too!
Newmarket Tenpin Bowling
If you find yourself on Newmarket’s York St waiting for your takeaway order at one of their tasty, Asian restaurants, instead of hopelessly trawling the street or Instagram, why not kill time at its bowling alley instead? Located stories above a car park and hosting a more ‘honest’ and ‘not-so-flashy’ aesthetic, lovers of the game are still guaranteed a fun-filled bowling sesh. Offering one of the most cheap and cheerful experiences, Newmarket Tenpin not only offer bowling, they also have an extensive arcade section and a number of pool tables to use, too. Grab a beer, gather your mates and get ready to wear your winner’s medal with pride!
Stuck for something to do on the North Shore? Weather not too great? Instead of staying in and watching reruns of My Wife and Kids, why not gather the flatties for a day trip out to the lanes instead? For a bit of bowling bonding fun, hit up Wairau Park Tenpin Bowling and get ready to get all the strikes or attempt to anyway! Hungry? Make the most of their BYO food service or hit up the usual beer and a burger combos for those #bulking gains. Take a break and practice your pool technique on the in-house tables or spend a minimum of twenty bucks trying to win that teddy bear from the claw machine. Good luck (sucker!)
Could West truly be best? Henderson certainly gives us a run for our money. PINS is open seven days a week from 9:30am ‘til midnight, so you can truly bowl the day (and night!) away. If that wasn’t enough to get you swingin’ those balls, they even host disco bowling nights every Friday and Saturday to the sounds of soul, funk and everything in between! For the ultimate test of endurance we won’t get you doing laps of Viccie Park, no, we’ll send you to PINS ‘bowl til you drop’ night instead! Every Tuesday and Sunday night get ready to play as many games you possibly can until doors close and get ready to feel it in the morning!
Manukau Super Strike
You name it, they have it. Kick ass bowling alley? Check. Fun-filled arcade? Yup. Great range of snacking opportunities? Hell yeah! Manukau Super Strike have got it going on! Whether you rate yourself as a bit of a pro (erm yep!) or the sight of your ball rolling into the gutter doesn’t faze you too much, Manukau Super Strike will welcome you with open arms and without judgement. With the option to take your expertise to the next level, they also offer a range of different leagues for you to do just that. Organise a team, get your A-game on and get ready to have a blast and score perfect tens!
Would you like to thank us now or later? ‘Cos we’ve found your next date night destination and we know you’re gonna love it! Mixing all the things one could possibly want and need into one epic space, Dr Rudi’s have created one heck of a hot spot. With brewtastic beers, scrummy cocktails and deeeelicious food, combined with one of the best rooftop bars in Auckland (have you seen the views?!) and with free—yes FREE—in-house bowling alleys out back, this is your ultimate squad hangout fo sho!
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