When we go on dates, most of us just opt for the usual dinner and drinks, because it is, well, easier. Though these types of dates tend to get tiresome after a while and we crave something new. So whether you’re going on your first date or your millionth date with a partner, Christchurch offers some incredible activities for couples. Check out 14 of the most memorable and unique date ideas in Christchurch.
1. Beach Picnic
With summer here, you could head for a cute New Brighton Beach picnic, and immerse yourself in endless conversations, in the sun. For more picnic ideas, check out The Best Picnic Areas In Christchurch.
2. Pure Pods
Prepare to enter a realm of tranquility because Pure Pods Greystone offers an unforgettable and romantic experience. Deep within the Waipara Valley, watch the world unfold before your eyes as you sleep under the stars in these secluded pods made out of heavy duty glass. This luxurious shelter presents incredible views of the landscape, bush and night sky. For more information or to book visit the Pure Pods website.
📍 Various Locations
For one hour, travel to another world through the magic of virtual reality. Team up with your lover, and select between games like Alice In Wonderland, Jungle Quest, Chernobyl, Christmas, and more. Indeed, an interesting date idea in Christchurch.
📍 166 St Asaph Street, Central City, Christchurch 8011
4. Supa Karts Indoor Raceway
An excellent date idea that provides an adrenaline dose of endless entertainment. Create a stronger bond with your lover as you competitively race them through the track. Afterward, poke fun at the one who did not win for a humorous conversation. Visit the Supa Karts website for more information.
📍 91 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
For something intimate, check out this cosy boutique cinema which makes the perfect date night. Opt for a cocktail, beer or wine paired with a tasty cheese platter or gelato to set the scene while you chill out in plush chairs and watch a movie together.
📍 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
This chic bar is a fantastic spot for a first date and getting to know someone on a deeper level. Located on the seventh floor of the Muse Hotel, it offers incredible 360 views of Christchurch. Grab your favourite cocktail and chow down on some bar bites while you watch the sunset together and invest in some meaningful conversations.
📍 Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
7. Sumner Beach
Enjoy the beautiful beach, a hike and some quirky cafes in this seaside spot. With a wonderful variety of activities, from surfing and paragliding at Taylors Mistake to hiking at Cave Rock, you will not be left disappointed. Likewise, It is the perfect place for a romantic summer stroll and diving into enlightening conversations. Sumner offers a memorable date experience in Christchurch.
8. Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Grab some takeout, and head to these romantic and adorable gardens. A convenient and cheap date idea in Christchurch. Perhaps, purchase a hot chocolate or coffee before walking to warm your hearts. Did you know that first dates with a hot drink and a little warmth have a higher success rate than ones with alcohol? Just a thought!
📍 City Centre Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
9. Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise
Wine lovers this one is for you! Vineyard Melton Estate and Black Cat Cruises have joined together to bring you this scenic two-hour cruise around Lyttelton Harbour. You’ll enjoy complimentary tastings of five spectacular wines, delicious food platters and the astonishing scenery at your disposal. Only available a few times a year, so this is one you need to plan well in advance. To purchase tickets, visit Black Cat Cruises.
📍 Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand
10. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Prepare for a hilarious night by trying to solve a murder in a Victorian-era theme park. Be sure to wear a costume if you want to fit in with the ghosts and ghouls. Embark on the haunted tram ride for some extra suspense. There’s a margarita bar inside the venue, so if you are a big scary cat like myself, you can knock back the cocktails to give you some false courage. To book visit the Murder Mystery website.
📍 60 Hussey Road, Harewood, Christchurch
11. Romantic Brunches
Maybe you are both dedicated foodies and you’ve got some grub on your mind. Why not check out the Best Summer Brunches Spots In Christchurch.
12. Sullivan’s Irish Pub
If you prefer something a little more casual, head to Sullivan’s Pub for some craic with the Irish. Opt to catch a comedy night or open mic night while you indulge on a delicious dinner or drinks in this uplifting setting. Surely you will have a memorable date with some luck from the Irish, live music in the background and sports on the big screen.
📍 291 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
13. Christchurch Zipline Tour
Add a little adventure to your date by doing this fun activity. If you’re afraid of heights this one isn’t for you, although you could face your fears by taking on the dual ziplines 518 feet above the ground. Sweep across the air with your lover as you admire the majestic views of the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean. To book visit the Zip Christchurch website.
📍 225 Worsleys Road, Cracroft, Christchurch
Probably not for a first date, but once you feel comfortable. He Puna Taimoana is opened with reduced capacity during restrictions. With plenty of hot pools, it offers a fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries. An ideal date to calm the nerves.
📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
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