Looking for some good summer date ideas? Long, warm days and later sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for any summer date. If you are wanting to impress but are short of ideas, check out our list of the best summer date ideas in Auckland city centre to ensure you have a romantic time with a special someone. 

DeBretts Kitchen

Enjoy a cheese and wine flight at DeBrett’s Kitchen | 3B O'Connell St 

Cheese and wine are a classic combo that works any time of the year on any occasion, and that includes a summer date! DeBrett’s Kitchen are offering the perfect date option: for $55 get three award winning local cheeses, paired with six glasses of perfectly matched local wines. Make the most of a summer evening and enjoy the natural light that floods in through the glass atrium roof.

Holey Moley

Get competitive at Holey Moley | Viaduct Harbour 

You should have heard of Holey Moley by now, and if you haven't gone yet, add it to your summer date night list. A multi-sensory labyrinth mini golf course, with 27 themed golf holes and an extensive range of drinks (including lolly themed cocktails) and delicious food. Holey Moley makes for a fun and active date activity and as it is right on the Viaduct Harbour, you can stay on for a drink afterwards or check out one of the other great waterside bars and restaurants. 

Summer Jazz in Snickel Lane

Enjoy Saturday lunchtime jazz at Snickel Lane

Can't do an evening for your date, so opting for day time activities instead? Summer weekends are for relaxing and Snickel Lane is the spot to do it. Tucked away in the heart of the city, take your date to this great cool off spot filled with vendors serving delicious treats and refreshing drinks. Take your pick of juicy burgers, Spanish tapas and more, while you enjoy some summery live jazz from 12-2pm every Saturday.

Mumm Yacht Club

The Mumm Yacht Club champagne bar 

Grab a drink at the new pop-up champagne bar inside the America's Cup Race Village | Wynyard Quarter

Enjoy a champagne or two at the brand new Mumm Yacht Club, a pop-up champagne bar situated in the heart of the America’s Cup Race Village. The impressive two-storey, wrap-around bar will be open until Sunday 21 March 2021 serving as an exciting extension to the surrounding Auckland Viaduct hospitality offering. A great spot to relax if you're wandering through the Race Village as well as to watch and celebrate all the exciting moments that take place during racing on the water. 

Vegan Cooking Class

Try a vegan cooking class at Ellen Melville Centre

Food has always been something that brings people together. Cooking a meal of your own is a great idea for an evening date, and this vegan cooking class is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Take the pressure off your date and trade out the quiet restaurant table for something more hands on. You can learn new tricks, explore new flavours, and of course, eat some delicious food afterwards, all in a fun and relaxed environment.

Summer in the Square

Check out all the activations part of Summer in the Square | Aotea Square 

For a casual open-air date, check out all that is taking place in Aotea Square as part of Auckland Live's Summer in the Square programme. There's a giant outdoor screen which will be showing the yacht racing live as well as outdoor movies (keep your eyes out for more announcements in January and February). Plus there's also live music performances, pop up bars and more. 

Captain's bar

Enjoy a waterfront cocktail at Captain’s Bar

A new offering on Auckland’s waterfront, Captain’s Bar is the perfect spot to impress any date. Serving up classic cocktails with a local twist, the dark leather seats and stunning natural timber walls provide an elegant touch for your date night. Captain’s Bar focuses on rum, a long overlooked spirit in Auckland’s bar scene, and with over 60 varieties on offer it may just become your new favourite. If rum isn’t what you’re looking for, they have plenty of other cocktails, plus an expansive list of craft beers.

Baduzzi

Go Italian with a fancy dinner at Baduzzi | 10 - 26 Jellicoe Street

The Sicilian word for 'meatballs,' Baduzzi is a New York Italian fine dining establishment with a menu featuring meatball dishes as well as pasta and many other delicious, quintessential Italian offerings. So when you're next looking for an exquisite meal with a lively atmosphere, check out this one on your next date night. 

Last updated: 18 January 2021

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