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50 Summer Date Ideas In Auckland

By Dasha Koryagina
9th Jan 2018

50 Summer Date Ideas

Dating in summer is all about spending time in the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and indulging in activities limited to the warmer months of the year. Social psychology insists that doing fun activities with your SO is guaranteed to increase the attraction. It’s all about association—participate in thrilling activities with someone, and that excitement will become associated with them. Whether you’re looking to impress a new date or want to inject some excitement into a long-term relationship, these 50 summer date ideas are guaranteed to get the romance going!  

  1. Load up on snacks and snuggle up with your special someone under a blankie at an outdoor cinema.  
  2. Stargaze in one of these mind-blowing spots. 
  3. Pack a picnic and hit up mother nature for a stunning walk, hike or a waterfall or caving adventure.
  4. Spend a day in the sun at one of Auckland’s stunning city beaches. If you’re ready to spice things up a little, opt for a nude beach—Ladies Bay is a goodie. 
  5. Hit up one of Auckland’s farmers’ markets for an early morning weekend adventure. Load up on the groceries while strolling the rows, handfeeding each other samples and meeting the stallholders. 
  6. Rent a two-person kayak or go sailing through the Waitemata Harbour in an authentic America’s Cup yacht.
  7. Head to Eden Park, load up on beer and enjoy the lively atmosphere of a sporting match, yelling occasional profanities at the opposition. 
  8. Grab a couple bottles of wine and cosy up in the spa pool.
  9. Spend a day hopping through some of Auckland’s best wineries. Enjoy the views, sample the goods and load up on the faves. 
  10. Hire some rollerblades and skate the Mission Bay coastline.
  11. Visit Rainbows End for some teen-style date action. Make out on the roller coaster, stuff your faces with cotton candy and try your hand at a shooting game to win a cutesy teddy for your other half.
  12. Go biking together. Hit up the pink or rainbow cycle paths, try mountain biking or, if teamwork is your forte, opt for tandem. 
  13. Spend a day splashing in the water at the outdoor pools of Parnell Baths or soak your bones in the thermal springs of Parakai or Waiwera.
  14. Head to JK’s World Of Golf for a late night session at the driving range, smashing out your frustrations and getting boozed.
  15. Eat your way through some of Auckland’s best food trucks. 
  16. Romance 101: start the day with a cup of coffee and an epic sunrise at one of these stunning locations. Alternatively, end the day with a picnic and glass of vino at one of these beautiful spots to watch the sun set. 
  17. Take your date for a fishing adventure—off the rocks or off the boat, either way you’re in for a tranquil experience and a little bit of competition.
  18. Summer means strawberries and there’s nothing like picking them fresh. Stuff yourself full and take a bunch away at these strawberry picking farms. 
  19. Take a romantic stroll through some of the most stunning gardens of our city.
  20. Enjoy live music in an Auckland park near you. Curl up on a blanket or boogie by the stage at one of these 24 free gigs hosted by the council this summer. 
  21. Invest in a kite or two and fly them at your favourite park, beach or mountain top. Try not to get tangled.
  22. Channel your inner child and have a good ol’ fashioned water balloon fight in the back yard.
  23. Hit the road and enjoy the scenery, meanwhile chatting away and playing car games. Go for a fabulous day trip to a beach or a nearby town
  24. Visit the Auckland Zoo and admire all the varied life forms our beautiful planet has to offer. If you’re feeling super adventurous, stay for a safari-style sleep over.
  25. Check out the local flea markets together. Look through the offerings and welcome the accompanying nostalgia reminiscing about the simplicity of the days long gone.
  26. Go camping for a super chill, romantic getaway. Check out some of these camping sites near Auckland or venture a bit further. If camping is a little extreme, perhaps go for the glamping option, instead. 
  27. Get competitive with a good ol’ game of mini golf.
  28. Soak in the sun while sipping on a refreshing cocktail at one of Auckland’s glorious rooftop bars
  29. Load up on grains and stroll through the Western Springs, feeding the local residents of ducks, geese and swans.
  30. Participate in the annual colour run on March 11th. Run, skip or dance with your special someone as you’re doused in paint from head to toe.
  31. Dive in to the deep blue sea and observe all its beautiful inhabitants at these snorkelling spots. 
  32. If you’re both into your occasional adrenaline rush, take a walk up the Harbour Bridge and go bungee jumping together!
  33. Take in all the views from up high on a hot air balloon ride.
  34. Or, do the same from the comfort of a helicopter cabin.
  35. Fulfil your need for speed with a trip to a go-karting track.
  36. If you’re both dog crazy and have a four-legged member in the family, hit up one of these dog parks or participate in the big dog walk. 
  37. See Shakespeare the way it was meant to be seen at the Pop-up Globe theatre.
  38. Hit up the Auckland Night Market and enjoy the lively atmosphere, street food and cheap buys.
  39. Learn to surf together and laugh at each other’s bails.
  40. Take a day trip to Wild On Waiheke where you will be able to enjoy a brew and a range of outdoor activities such as archery, clay-bird shooting and giant chess.
  41. Play a game of lawn balls together! It really is not just for old people and boy does it get competitive!
  42. Surf the sand-dunes at Bethalls before cooling off in the lake.
  43. Cool down from the heat with the help of beer. Take a beer tour and jump through a range of breweries sampling the best of the best.
  44. Scale the treetops at a high-wire, tree adventure park. Check out Tree Adventures or Rocket Ropes.
  45. Spot the dolphins and whales of Hauraki Gulf with a four-and-a-half hour adventure with Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari.
  46. Visit the Vector Wero Whitewater Park for a whitewater rafting or kayaking adventure.
  47. True adrenaline junkies, bond over the terror of jumping out of a plane with Skydive Auckland.
  48. Don those cowboy boots and hit up a horse trek with your date, riding beachside through Muriwai.
  49. Speaking of Muriwai, check out the love birds of the Muriwai gannet colony with about 1200 pairs of gannets nesting over summer!
  50. Go for a midnight swim and go skinny dipping! Nothing like a little mischievous fun to get those endorphins flowin’.

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