Unique Dating Adventures: 6 Offbeat Ideas in Auckland, NZ

If you’re looking for new thrills and adventures in New Zealand, there are many things that you can add to your bucket list! Here are 6 Unusual Dating Ideas in Auckland, New Zealand.

There are many clichéd tropes, you can opt for in Auckland to enjoy some unusual activities out there. I have rounded up the top 6 unique date ideas to make your trip a memorable experience.

6 Unusual Dating Ideas in Auckland, New Zealand

1. Spend Some Time at Spookers

Spend Some Time at Spookers
Spend Some Time at Spookers

If you’re faint-hearted this is not the experience you should think of. Spookers is New Zealand’s only haunted theme park, located in a former Kingseat Hospital grounds. You would be taken to the theatrically themed haunted houses and outdoor spaces where you’ll have to flee from the most fearsome of creatures. It will include zombies with bloodied mouths and murderers with chainsaws. Needless to say, you’ll be screaming with full of thrill and adventure, clinging to your date by the end.

Step into Spookers, and become engulfed by darkness, fear, and heart pounding terror. Spookers is an award winning experience, of fear, laughter and unbelievable horror. Don’t be fooled – you are not safe until you manage to escape. Try your luck at escaping these frightening creatures of the dead, as you navigate your way through the number 1 Haunted Attraction in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. Snorkel with the marine life at Goat Island

Snorkel with the marine life at Goat Island
Snorkel with the marine life at Goat Island

As a couple, a day trip to Goat Island is a good option. Situated in Leigh, which is over an hour’s drive north of Auckland City, this is one of the best places to watch the aquatic critters from close quarters. You can hire some snorkels and a wetsuit or can also opt for an all-inclusive tour of the marine reserve. You may also go for an all-inclusive tour of the marine reserve. If you’re here at the weekend, the Matakana Village Market has plenty of snacks to sample along the way.

This marine reserve is named after the little island (Goat Island or Motu Hawere) that sits just 100 metres off the beach and protects it from Pacific Ocean swells. The island is a nature reserve and no landing is permitted. Goat Island Beach, a short walk down the hill from the carpark, is the setting off point for diving, snorkelling, kayaking and glass bottom boat tours. Check out the latest photographs at Goat Island Dive & Snorkel.

3. Taste dessert at Milse

Taste dessert at Milse
Taste dessert at Milse

If you are fond of something sugary and refined, Auckland has an incredible range of gourmet dessert offerings – and Milse’s multi-course tasting menu. Pick your favorite a la carte flavor and, if you’re feeling extra hungry, can also add a wine match to your sweet sensory experience.

You can choose to dine in or take a sweet treat away, with tempting tarts, gateaux, verrines and other concoctions on display that need to be seen (and tasted) to be believed. 

And if you are a true dessert lover, there is Milse’s famous three-course degustation menu is the best in after-dinner indulgence.

You will find mouthwatering verrines, causa and sandwiches on the menu. You can always degust good chocolate macarons, gelato and chocolate custard at Milse. Based on the guests’ opinions, wine is delicious. Great chocolate frappe, hot chocolate or matcha are what can make you return to this place.

At this spot, you can order food as a takeout. The staff is appealing that’s what makes this confectionary restaurant so nice. Every time you come here, you see the terrific service. Also, guests recommend Milse because of attractive prices. At this place, visitors can enjoy the comfortable atmosphere and divine decor.

4. Spend the evening laughing at The Classic


The Classic, situated on Queen Street, has been Auckland’s comedy scene for 20 years. They keep organizing events with a range of local and international talent, from up-and-coming comedic stars to seasoned veterans. Do not forget to visit The Classic on Mondays for their Open Mic nights. You can also watch some late-night classic laughs on Fridays and Saturdays.

There’s nothing quite like an open mic comedy night, where you can witness some of the cities freshest faces in comedy trying out new material that lands and sometimes misses. You can also try your hand at comedy and sign up yourself, trust me when I say that giving stand up comedy a try is a certain type of adrenaline rush! So grab a few beers from the bar and sit in for a night of uncertainty.

5. Skate at Paradice


The Ice Skating rinks are an epic attraction for travelers especially couples. Skating sessions are driven by colorful lighting effects and music, and the premises in Botany even has its laser tag room. It is another fun activity to enjoy after spending a few hours gliding on icy surfaces.

Paradice is the perfect place for your next group event. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting activity for your group, nothing will get your blood and legs moving faster than a few rounds in the rink. Paradice is the place for you!

6. Have a picnic at Wenderholm Regional Park


Auckland has a range of parks and gardens to explore. Wenderholm Regional Park is the most scenic option to select. Situated at the opening of the picturesque Puhoi River some 48 kilometers (29.8 miles) from Auckland CBD, you can reach here easily via a bus from town. It’s a quiet a wonderland with an interesting coastline. It all makes this a fantastic place to unwind and enjoy the coolest outdoors.

The historic Couldrey House and Gardens is a Victorian-Edwardian family home that is open to the public from 1.00pm to 4.00pm for a modest $5 entrance fee.

A number of walking tracks lead from just past Couldrey House and are the best way to appreciate the setting. If you are short on time the Couldrey House Lookout walk takes fifteen minutes. The Te Akeake walk is a thirty minute trail, the Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi is a ninety minute walk, while the Perimeter walk will take about two and a half hours.

The park includes plenty of picnic tables, barbeque facilities, changing rooms, a boat ramp and a campsite.


These are some select places and things to do which is often unusual also in Auckland if you are accompanied by your spouse or partner.