Things To Do

8 Best Date Ideas In Christchurch So You Can Turn Up The Heat

By Vanessa Ortynsky

People being punted along on the Avon River in Christchurch

Whoever said romance was dead has obviously never visited Ōtautahi 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.

An ideal picnic set up at Godley Head by Christchurch Luxury Picnics.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 though if it's really gnarly out catching a flick in one of their boutique cinemas could be the go. 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 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. Not your vibe? Here are Christchurch's best restaurants.

The Greystone PurePod under a starry sky.Sleep Under The Stars

There’s nothing more romantic than sleeping under the stars at a Pure Pod. Ideal for couples hoping to escape the hustle and bustle and spend quality time doing nothing, these eco-cabins definitely fit the bill. The Pōhue PurePod is a luxurious glass eco-cabin nestled quietly in the hills of Port Levy while accessing the 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

A gondola punting along on a misty morning in Christchurch.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. 

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 OGB. If you're a fan of a good view—and who isn't?—The Pink Lady rooftop should definitely be on your list.

The the Blueberry Cornmeal Crunch.  Filled with a cornmeal and honey frangipane with blueberries, covered in a honey butter glaze topped with freeze dried blueberries from Grizzly....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 of scoops while you wander through New Regent Street and the central city. 

Kick things off the right way with a visit to one of Christchurch's best bars.

Image credit: Kanwal Sandhu, Luxury Christchurch Picnics, Airbnb, Red Balloon, Grizzly Baked Goods.

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