Whoever said romance was dead has obviously never visited Christchurch. Not only does the Garden City live up to its name with splendid gardens and beautiful parks, it’s also full of date night potential everywhere you look. From delightful pastries and gelato to share to gorgeous accommodation options and everything in between, we’ve done the research and found the most romantic things to do in Christchurch.
A Luxury Picnic For Two
When it comes to romance, a simple picnic will never go out of style. Why not kick things up a notch with a luxury picnic for two? Christchurch Luxury Picnics offer packages that can be tailored to suit your tastes. From gourmet cheeses to artisanal chocolate, you can request bae’s favourite treats. Get ready to indulge in a beautiful alfresco meal on comfy blankets under a lush canopy. After your meal, spend some time meandering through the tranquil Botanic Gardens and exploring the various conservatories and rose gardens.
Back Row At The Movies
The golden days of cinema have returned thanks to Lumière Cinema in the Arts Centre. First, pop in for a drink at the plush Art Deco Bijou Bar then choose from a range of art flicks sure to impress even the biggest critics. Sometimes staying in can be even more romantic than heading out. When the weather’s less than ideal, there’s nothing better than going retro and picking out a handful of DVDs at Alice. For the ultimate comfort food, order some homemade pierogies (European dumplings) from The Pierogi Joint and get ready for some serious chilling.
Book A Table For Two
New Regent Street is a hotbed for date night escapades. With some of the most romantic and intimate restaurants in town, why not treat bae to a meal at Twenty Seven Steps? The cosy, dimly lit restaurant is the definition of romance. Another intimate option is the newly opened, Story where the menu changes seasonally and you can expect only the best. Otherwise, why not switch things up and enjoy an intimate dining experience and a piece of Christchurch history on the heritage Christchurch Tramway Restaurant.
Sleep Under The Stars
There’s nothing more romantic than sleeping under the stars at one of these Pure Pods. Ideal for couples hoping to escape the hustle and bustle and spend quality time doing nothing, these eco-cabins definitely fit the bill. Accessing the newest Greystone Winery PurePod is an adventure in itself with a mini hike to the secluded cabin hidden deep within the Waipara Valley. Another remote stay option is the glorious Black Estate’s Airbnb, which is perfect for wine lovers who want to get away from it all.
A Night At The Theatre
There’s something so sophisticated and grown up about going to the theatre. It’s the ultimate date night outing. Catch a show at the beautifully restored Isaac Theatre Royal—it continues to play an important role in the cultural history of Christchurch, attracting a range of performances to suit all tastes. If your loved one is more into live music, there’s always something exciting happening at Christchurch Town Hall.
Punting On The Avon
Is there anything more romantic than punting on the Avon? Summer or winter, gliding along the Avon River is about as special as it gets. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted, flat-bottomed boats and pulled along by your punter (in traditional Edwardian attire) at the platformed rear of the boat. Leisurely glide along the river and take in the city in a completely different way.
Impress With Your Sweet, Sweet Moves
There’s nothing sexier than dancing the night away with your lover at Casa Publica. Every Thursday is salsa night, which means Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Merengue, Cha Cha and plenty of other styles. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak in the Latin flavours, drink and dance the night away to the latin beats of Latin DJR from 9pm.
Sample The Best Cocktails In Town
The central city is chock full of romantic bars to share a cocktail or three with your significant other. Topping the list is The Last Word on New Regent Street. Specialising in whisky-based drinks, it’s the perfect place for a nightcap. If you’re frosé fans, head to Amazonita for the best in town. Negroni lovers will love both Terrace Tavern and OGB. Otherwise, head south to 5th Street for well-crafted cocktails using quality spirits.
...Or Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
The pinnacle of romance, treating your loved one to sweet treats will surely show them how much they mean to you. Surprise them by picking up a box of treats from Grizzly Baked Goods. Their filled doughnuts are the sweetest indulgence as are their morning buns. Otherwise, grab your significant other and head to Rollickin’ Gelato for a couple scoops while you wander through New Regent Street and the central city.
Image credit: Graeme Murray, Luxury Christchurch Picnics, Jarrad Seng, Christchurch Attractions, Grizzly Baked Goods.