Valentine’s Day... why not Valentine's month! With some very wild weather out there, this Valentine's Day isn't looking too flash, so we think extending the celebrations is just the ticket! Some special events have had to be cancelled, but there are still plenty of ways to mark Valentine's Day over the next couple of weeks. From world-class cocktail spots and mouth-watering set menus to stunning bouquets, decadent sweet treats and more, we've got you covered for all the best date and gift ideas in the city centre.
Are you looking for an extraordinary idea that will make your first date an out-of-this-world experience? Or maybe your regular date night programme needs a new touch of adventure. Whomever your lucky partner for the evening may be, take them on an unforgettable journey through Wētā Workshop Unleashed.
Wētā are running a special late-night tour every Tuesday this month, and have teamed up with their mates at SkyCity-based restaurant Depot Eatery to provide a package that will be the wackiest date of your life - in the best kind of way. The package is just $65 per person, saving you $10 per ticket, and includes a voucher worth $25 per person for use at Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar for the evening. Book online, here.
Set sail in the Waitematā Harbour | New Zealand Maritime Museum
**This event has been cancelled due to adverse weather predictions**
Create unforgettable memories with your loved one this Valentine's Day and set sail on a stunning heritage vessel. You'll get canapes and a beverage to enjoy as you spend the evening exploring the magical Waitematā harbour. You can book online here.
A special Valentine's date doesn't have to be saved for the evening - why not kick off the day with fresh air, stunning views, food and of course, coffee. When it comes to where to eat, you're spoilt for choice with Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter eateries like Homeland, Williams Eatery, Lawn Cafe + Bar and La Petite Fourchette.
The first of it's kind, this afternoon tea experience includes two hours of bottomless mimosas, Prosecco and shandies so you and you loved one can spend quality time together in style. Book your spot here.
Get creative at a Paint and Wine night | The Oakroom
A paint and wine night is a fun pre or post-dinner activity to top off your date night. The concept is simple, take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and get creative! Make a booking with Paintvine, here.
Grab a drink at a world-class city centre bar
Whether it's a wine with panoramic city views or a cocktail at a cosy underground bar, a drink stop is a great date night addition.
Try a love potion cocktail and play a round of spin the bottle | Rooftop at QT
QT's cocktail cupids will be pouring both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that are sure to hit the spot. Those who are game for a round of spin the bottle can also be in to win a number of prizes. See more here.
Make your date night special with a Valentine's menu
A surefire way to impress your Valentine is treating them to a night out at one of the city's fantastic restaurants. With tables filling up fast, these popular eateries are serving epic set menus to celebrate all things love.
Pick up a thoughtfully crafted gift box | Giftbox co.
Put your hands in the gifting pros this Valentine's Day and pick up a thoughtfully crafted box of goodies from Giftbox co. filled with the likes of sweet treats, tea, bath salts and more, it's a gift that is sure to impress. Shop online here.
Keep it simple and traditional with some beautiful flowers | Roma Blooms or Blush
For classic red roses, put your faith in Roma Blooms this Valentine's Day - they've got everything from a single boxed red rose to a beautiful bunch in a heart shaped box. Or, add a little something to your bouquet with Blush's stunning Valentine's Day combos. We love the sound of their Hydrangeas, champagne and a candle, or flowers + classic macarons set.
With cake as their love language, Bluebells do Valentine's Day right. If you're special someone has a sweet tooth, these dreamy sweet treats are the way to go. Take your pick from the cupcakes, shortbread hearts, rocky road, macarons, or, go all out with their Valentine's cake! Pop into the Commercial Bay store or shop online here.
Treat yourself and your significant other to a spa day | East Day Spa
If you're brainstorming a gift idea that's out of the box, a pamper day is a great place to start. Treat your Valentine with a massage and rejuvenating facial, or if you're looking for a couples experience, try the hot stone spa experience from East Day Spa to soothe, melt and untangle knots. Read more about their Valentine’s Day packages here.
End your evening with dessert | Federal Delicatessen
End your evening on a sweet note with Fed Deli’s range of delectable desserts, including, lemon meringue pie, banana & toffee pie, pecan pie, or even better, a combo of all three!
Jump on a rickshaw bike and explore the city | Auckland Pedicab
If you're looking for a means to travel between destinations, or want to prolong your date night and explore the city, a rickshaw ride is a fun, unique way to do so!
The Hotel Britomart's special Valentine's Day package will make your evening effortlessly special with an overnight stay for two, breakfast at kingi, a celebratory cake, a bottle of bubbles on arrival and a bouquet of flowers. Make a booking here.
Rooftop at QT's rooms are packed with everything you need for a lush inner-city getaway this Valentine's Day. You'll be delighted with a bottle of bubbles and chocolate strawberries on arrival plus a playlist to set the mood, breakfast in bed and more. Book the 'do not disturb' promotion here.
Grab tickets to Burger Burger's singles night | Public Drinks Co.
There's something for singles this Valentine's Day too! Grab your best wingman or woman and join a night filled with delicious food, ice-cold drinks and speedy blind date romance in real life.