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 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 19 of the most memorable and unique date ideas in Christchurch.
1. Cooking Classes
Together you could learn a thing or two in the kitchen at Riverside Kitchen under the watchful eye of trained chefs. Certainly, it’s a unique date idea that will provoke interesting conversations.
📍40/100 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
2. Alpaca Farm
Cuddle the most adorable alpacas on a date just an hour away from Christchurch. Read all about it here.
For something low-key take your date to this house of fun. From pinball, retro gaming, virtual reality adventures and more paired with beers…you both won’t get bored.
📍204 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
4. Ping Pong
Why not head to Christchurch’s new epic ping pong club to battle to out against each other? Read all about it here.
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📍 Various Locations
6. Dice & Slice
This quirky spot is a great place to get to know your companion better. With hundreds of board games, delicious food and exclusive drinks – you won’t be left disappointed. What an amazing way to calm the nerves on a first date and kickstart some fun conversations. As you both get competitive, the banter will just flow.
📍 181 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
📍 101/96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
8. Pure Pods
Deep within the Waipara Valley, watch the world unfold before your eyes as you sleep under stars in these secluded pots made out of heavy duty glass. Probably not for the first dates, but you could save this luxurious romantic experience for when you know your companion better. Book via the Pure Pods website.
📍 Various Locations
9. Quad Biking
📍 Hanmer Springs, Canterbury
10. VR Escape Rooms
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
11. Supa Karts
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
Those who love gins and whiskies can share their passion by wandering on this distillery tour. Learn about the process, taste some authentic concoctions and more.
📍11 Sandyford Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
13. Boutique Cinema
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
Get to know your date on a deeper level on the seventh floor of the Muse Hotel. Perfect for a cocktail, bar bites and epic 360-degree sunsets in Christchurch.
📍 Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
15. Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise
Vineyard Melton Estate and Black Cat Cruises joined together to offer this scenic two-hour cruise around Lyttelton Harbour. 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
16. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Prepare for a hilarious themed night by trying to solve a murder in a Victorian-era theme park. 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 drinks to give you some false courage. To book visit the Murder Mystery website.
📍 60 Hussey Road, Harewood, Christchurch
17. Sullivan’s Irish Pub
If you prefer something 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
18. 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 in Christchurch.
📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
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