Short days and cold weather doesn’t mean that you have to hibernate at home until the return of spring. The central city doesn’t stop, so grab your loved one and try out our fun winter date ideas in Auckland City.

Asian fusion and compelling documentaries

Start your night with a meal at The Kimchi Project, an Asian fusion restaurant boasting a stunning courtyard. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and savour the excellent soft shell crab buns, kimchi waffle fries served with bacon and sriracha yoghurt, and braised sweet & soy short ribs. Complete the meal a red bean pana cotta or matcha tiramisu. After the feast, head to Q Theatre to see some of the best documentaries from all over the world presented by the Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival. Don’t miss the moving California Typewriter and thought-provoking Age of Consequences.

 A classic musical and dinner with a view

Winter is a perfect time to enjoy the burgeoning performing arts culture in the central city. This June, check out The Civic’s production of West Side Story, an electrifying musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Before the show, enjoy an elegant 3-course theatre dinner along with stunning views at The Sugar Club for $59 per person.  

A hit exhibition and artistic cafe

Explore the way the human shape has been depicted by the greatest world artists at The Body Laid Bare at Auckland Art Gallery. The touring exhibition, originally from the Tate in London, is a collection of masterpieces from the last two centuries that won’t leave you indifferent. After a powerful artistic experience you will definitely need to refuel. Head to the Auckland Art Gallery Mojo cafe to try the specialty dishes inspired by the The Body Laid Bare, including The Kiss, a soft brewed single origin coffee accompanied by a handmade chocolate by Miann. You can win a double pass to the Body Laid Bare here.

A night of exquisite desserts

Treat your darling to a dessert feast at Miann. It’s just impossible to limit yourself to just one thing at this haven of sweet treats. Try their divine Crananchan, a Scottish take on Eton mess, with a perfect combination of raspberry, whisky and dulcey from the a la carte menu or warm up with their special Valrhona hot chocolate. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.

Chic drinks and an unforgettable dining experience

Unwind with a sophisticated cocktail at The Gin Room before embarking on a dining experience to remember at Cassia. The winner of the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Award, Cassia is the home of modern Indian cuisine with a twist. To experience the depth and variety of Cassia flavours, opt for the 5-course tasting menu that will challenge any preconceptions you have about Indian food. 

West Side Story Photo Credit: Nilz Boehme

Last updated: 17 January 2018