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The days are heatin’ up and, hopefully, so is your love life. Say goodbye to winter Tinder fails, and hello to a summer fling. Nothing says summer more than days spent watching the sunset with your romantic lover, only to reminisce on the days spent together when the weather turns sour again. Whether it’s a summer love, or trying to bring back the spark, a date with mates or just a solo date, we’ve got the best outdoor spots to have them this summer.
Maori Bay Head to the West Coast for a sunset session at Maori Bay. Located just around the corner from Muriwai, pack a blanket, park your car and watch the waves roll beneath you. Mount Eden If you don’t want to venture from the city, head to Mount Eden for a picnic. Watch the city light up as the sun starts to set…consider it a mini New York.
Cox’s Bay Take a stroll with your loved one to Cox’s Bay Reserve. Walk through the park and soak in the views along walkways. Once you’re ready to set up spot for the evening, head to the seaside and enjoy watching nature. Mission Bay A classic Kiwi date is fish and chips on the beach at Mission Bay. Now that the Pokemon Go phenomenon is over, you can enjoy said fish and chips in peace. We recommend hiring roller blades and going for a skate along the waterfront while you’re at it.
Takapuna Beach Why not make a beach day a date day? We’re all for it. Take your date to Takapuna beach for the day, get take away salads from , and then make a pit stop for ice creams at Takapuna Beach Café. Achilles Point If you like looking out at the ocean, and admiring the view – more specifically Rangitoto Island, then take a stroll to Achilles Point.
Enjoy the view, and get really romantic by pointing to the stars in the sky and making wishes… Kauri Bay If you’re South Eastern Bay resident, Kauri Bay is the perfect date spot. Wine and dine your lover at , then head down the beach for a wee dip in the ocean.
Heck, why not make it a skinny dip session? Outdoor Cinemas We understand it can get a little boring into the ocean and watching the waves roll on by. We’re all for it, but we also understand you need a change in scenery. So, take it away from the ocean and to the grass and instead of watching nature, watch an outdoor film.
Man O’War Vineyard Ah, the wonderful Waiheke Island, what a glorious place filled with great wine and delicious food. It can be difficult to choose what winery to head to on a summer’s day, but has our vote. Located right at the bottom of Waiheke Island, it’ll be a journey in itself to get there, but once you do, you get to hang out on the grass and bask in the sunshine.
Our advice: take a game for the grass and you’ll be entertained for hours. Woodhill Forest If adventure is your middle name, forget about laxing out with a picnic in tow. Head to out west, and get ready to get your biking on.
Sometimes there’s no harm in getting a bit of sweat on, while riding some rough terrain (just grazed knees). Auckland Domain Wintergardens Get romantic and enjoy looking at all of the oh-so-pretty flowers at Auckland Domain’s Wintergardens. Stop and smell the roses take a moment to tell your loved one how much you appreciate them while you’re at it. Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Bar We love a rooftop bar in the summer months and, we’re not lying when we say it makes us a feel a little cool when we sip cocktails on a rooftop.
is the new fave hotspot for us. Spend the arvo in the sunshine outside, and then hit the bowling alley when the sun goes down. That sounds like an ideal date to us! Want More? • • •
best date spots auckland - 10 of the best secret spots in Auckland you need to visit
Welcome to our New Zealand Travel Blog! It's been our mission to explore every corner of our beautiful country and share our experiences with you. Through our travel blog, we'll tell you about all the latest events and activities taking place across NZ as well as giving you secret insights on all the best destinations throughout New Zealand.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Let's GO! Like every city in the world, Auckland has some that not that many people know about. Those who are in the know tend to keep things under their hats. Well, as much as we feel bad for letting the cat out of the bag, we’re all about ‘exploring’ and we don’t want to keep these secret spots all to ourselves. Here are ten of our favourite secret spots in and .
Hat tip to some of our amazing GO Explore fans for the tip-offs on some of these amazing places – couldn’t have done it without you! 1. Tinopai A top tip from GO Explorer Dee Reti, Tinopai is a great place to head if you want to explore the Kaipara Harbour. Safe, sandy beaches, amazing fishing and peace and quiet make this place a great place to spend the day, escaping the hustle and bustle of Auckland life.
It feels like taking a step back in time and sometimes, we all need a bit of time out! on Sep 27, 2017 at 10:10pm PDT 2. Karekare Located on Auckland’s rugged west coast, Karekare is a popular spot with surfers, however, it tends to be a bit of a secret for most people who favour the more touristy beaches of Piha, Bethells or Muriwai.
With a number of great walking tracks, picnic spots and black sandy beach, this is a great place to spend the day. Thanks to Roy Hayhurst for the top tip. on Nov 8, 2017 at 4:48pm PST 3. Tawharanui Regional Park Auckland is spoilt for choice when it comes to regional parks.
This one is certainly not the closest to Auckland, however as GO Explorer Carol Hood comments, it is one of the most beautiful. Located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Auckland, Tawharanui is set on a remote peninsula and boasts some of the region’s most pristine white sandy beaches as well as rolling pastures and coastal forest.
on Nov 26, 2017 at 9:56pm PST 4. Puhoi Puhoi is a hidden gem for a number of reasons. The Puhoi pub, one of New Zealand’s oldest pubs is one good reason to visit. The cheese is another. However, the best reason to visit Puhoi is to get out onto the river. This little secret spot can be spotted from SH1 as you head north out of Auckland but for many, they never stop to check it out.
Error. The Puhoi River meanders its ways from Puhoi to Wenderholm Regional Park and is such a great way to check out this beautiful part of Auckland. It’s 8kms and you can take your time cruising downstream. will even pick you up at the other end and bring you back. on Sep 20, 2016 at 2:14pm PDT 5. Lake Wainamu Most people who head over to the west coast of Auckland head to one of the popular black sand beaches like Piha or Bethells.
If you want to do something a bit different, park up at Bethells and take the Lake Wainamu Track; a 4km track which will bring you out to the stunning Wainamu Lake. It’s a great place to spend the day so make sure you pack a picnic and your swimmers and enjoy a full day out there.
This one might not be such a hidden gem anymore after actress Vanessa Hudgens posted some bikini-clad photos back in 2015 but it’s definitely still worth the visit.
We’re not sure Vanessa will still be hanging around though 😉 on Feb 25, 2015 at 9:59am PST 6. Bridgeway Cinema, Northcote Whilst Auckland is definitely an outdoorsy city, there are those who like to spend time inside and of course, there’s always those pesky rainy days. If you are looking for something to do that is inside, then the in Birkenhead is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
One of Auckland’s best and most vibrant arthouse cinemas, you can watch the latest arthouse movies or commercial releases. They also hold regular special film events and festivals so keep an eye on the website for more details. on Nov 6, 2016 at 1:21am PST 7. Karaka Bay Karaka Bay is definitely one of our favourites and is definitely one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Located in Glendowie, Karaka Bay boasts a stunning, secluded beach with amazing views back across the Waitemata Harbour towards Rangitoto. December and January are great times to visit when the stunning Pohutukawa trees are in full bloom.
Cop a spot in the shade of one of these trees and spend the day swimming, playing some beach cricket and enjoying some lovely food. on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:39pm PST 8. Rotoroa Island Not to be confused with Rotorua, Rotoroa Island is located an hour’s ferry ride from downtown Auckland but by the time you step off the ferry, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rotoroa is a very secluded island with very few accommodation options and very few people. If you are looking for a hidden gem, this is it.
From bushwalks to lounging on the beach, Rotoroa Island feels like a secret island. There are no shops so you will have to pack everything you need for the day but there is a museum which is worth a look! on Oct 20, 2017 at 9:49pm PDT 9. Basque Park, Eden Terrace This park was landscaped with the help of inner-city locals so they are some of the only people who know about this hidden gem close to the heart of the city. Located in Eden Terrace, close to Mt Eden, Basque Park features three fascinating stone circles, one which includes a water feature.
It’s a tranquil haven away from the noise and traffic in the busy city centre and the flat grassed area is popular for cricket and rugby in the summer months.
on Aug 5, 2017 at 3:22am PDT 10. Dingle Dell Reserve Head out along Tamaki Drive to St Heliers and as well as enjoying the amazing views, sandy beach and great coffee shops, you can also take a trip to the little known Dingle Dell Reserve.
Described in the 1950’s as the forgotten “Cinderella of Auckland’s Park’s” by the New Zealand Herald, the Dingle Dell Reserve is a relaxing, quiet and peaceful space where you can sit and watch the world go by. There are a number of walks in the reserve, a place to kick a ball around or just take a time out and sit back and relax.
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. Summary So there you have it. Our top ten secret spots in Auckland that you need to visit this summer. We’d love to hear more of your top tips to add to our collection.
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Ok, it’s official, you’re going on your first Tinder date and you simply have no idea what to do—something fun, not too tiring and not too boring and well… let’s admit it…awkward first dates are inevitable so that’s almost impossible to avoid.
BUT, boy-oh-boy, do we have you covered with some of Auckland’s finest Tinder date locations. You’ll thank us later… Imperial Lane CBD Here at TUL, we’re suckers for the perfect flat white—which you’re bound to find when you’re within the vicinity of .
Hidden just off of Fort Lane, in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, is this little gem of a coffee shop. Indulge in a flat white with your potential bae, whilst listening and seeing what Auckland’s “finest” have to offer. Make sure to get in there before the mist-filled hours of 10pm on a Saturday or else you’ll find yourself bombarded by drunken-students asking you for a durrie. Despite all of that chaos, Imperial Lane offers a nice, chilled environment—fit for you and your Tinder date to get to know each other just that little bit better.
You never know where you may end up… Depot Federal Street Listen up lads—although the bill may be more than a little bit over what you earn in a week, this is the perfect place to woo that special girl of yours, or guy, whichever floats your boat.
Al Brown’s infamous restaurant located right next to SkyCity Grand Hotel (for those of you who want to make that night extraaaa special), will have you wanting more, with some of New Zealand’s finest oysters and wine on offer.
Maybe even sneak over to The Fed for a sneaky piece of cheesecake to share with your date. We promise to have that special someone swooning after this date, perhaps use this list to execute a potential second date… The Gardens Takapuna Offering both yourself and your date a variety of alcoholic bevvy’s, The Gardens is the perfect place to rug up and indulge in some of Takapuna’s finest cocktails.
In our opinion, a few light drinks never go astray when on a first date—they even tend to break the ice a bit, which is definitely what you need. Start off a good ole’ sangria, followed into the hard stuff, because who doesn’t like to impress on the first date—right?! End the night with a few waters to calm that slight hangover, and maybe even a bowl of their shoestring fries. Now that you’re a tad tipsy, we’ll leave the rest of the night in your hands. Go get ‘em tiger!
Tandem Biking Mission Bay Mission Bay’s famous ‘tandem bikes’ are sure to provide you and your potential bae some quality banter and laughs on your first date. Maybe even start the day off with a spot of ice cream before you getting into some bike-filled action. around the glorious environment that Mission Bay has to offer, because, let’s face it, you can’t beat it on a sunny day.
Gear up in that active wear, chuck on a helmet and rent out that tandem bike for a low cost of $12 for an hour of biking—which we guarantee you will get sick of within 30 minutes.
Once you’ve got the swing of things, make sure to bike round the bays in the attempt to find that perfect #gram. It may even be one to show the kids… Happy biking xx Auckland Art Gallery Auckland CBD Whether you be an arsty person yourself or just enjoy observing it, the is sure to provide you with everything you need in a first date. Start the day off by grabbing a coffee for you and your date, followed by a little visit to the gift shop—gifts sure are the way to our heart.
In our opinion, the Art Gallery is the perfect place to get conversation going—which is exactly what you need on a first date, especially if you’re wanting the dish and the nitty gritty details on that special someone. Plus, if you both agree that a piece of art is beyond weird—you’ve already got something in common. Finish the day off with a ‘gram, because you can never go wrong with looking a little #cultured. Want more? • • • Image Credit: How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
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