Archived: Summer Date Ideas in Central Auckland

17 January, 2018

Make the most of the warmer months with our fun summer date ideas in the city.

Central Auckland is brimming with exciting events and activities as well as new bars and eateries. Treat your loved one to an evening or an afternoon packed with exquisite delicacies, cultural happenings and the best views over our beautiful city.

Outdoor Cinema and Exotic Cocktails

Nothing says summer like outdoor cinema. What could be better than cuddling up with your loved one while watching your favourite movie under the stars. Thankfully, Silo Park has got you covered with an exciting Silo Cinema programme that includes international blockbusters, much-loved classics and some kiwi gems. The movie sessions are usually held on Fridays at 9pm, after the sun has gone down, and the upcoming screenings include La La Land, The Princess Bride, The Lion King and more. To make your date night even better, check out the latest Waterfront eatery, Spize, before the film starts. This restaurant and bar boasts stylish interiors, delicious cocktails packed with exotic flavours and mouthwatering Indian delicacies perfect for sharing. 

Drinks with a View and an Exquisite Japanese Dinner

Start your date night with a cocktail or two from Seven, a smart rooftop space on the seventh floor of the Seafarers Building in Britomart. Enjoy the views over the Harbour paired with decadent Eastern-inspired drinks and moreish small plates like dumplings and ceviche before heading down to Ebisu for a sophisticated contemporary take on Japanese cuisine. To fully appreciate what this staple of an eatery has to offer, we recommend opting for Ebisu's tasting menu that contains its signature dishes including sashimi, seared Hokkaido scallop, miso glazed tooth fish and so much more. 

An independent film and Hispanic Culinary Adventure

This one is for the film buffs. Catch the latest independent releases or go for iconic classics at Academy Cinemas. This summer, the much-loved central city cinema is hosting The Dystopian Film Festival, a showcase of rare and treasured Dystopian classics by such acclaimed directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles, Terry Gilliam, Kathryn Bigelow and François Truffaut. After the movie, exchange your thoughts over a dinner at Inti, a creative eatery serving an original and edgy take on Hispanic food. Think exquisite dishes, exotic ingredients and an explosion of flavour that will ensure you and your date enjoy an unforgettable dining experience. 

World-Class Photography and a Long Lunch on the Waterfront

Get inspired by the stunning landscape photography by Stephan Romer at the recently-opened Romer Gallery.  Shephan has captured the most beautiful natural vistas from around New Zealand and further afield.  Let these works help you plan your future adventures. Then, head to The Shucker Brothers oyster bar on the waterfront to enjoy the best the sea has to offer accompanied by a glass of excellent New Zealand wine. We especially recommend you and your date try the crab doughnuts and calamari fritti with romesco sauce. 

A Night in the Theatre with a Delicious Pre-Show Dinner

Over the month of February, the ASB Waterfront Theatre will be the home of the magical production of the ASB Season of Under the Mountain. This is a stage adaptation of a legendary Kiwi adventure that captivated a generation that is a must see for everyone who loves mystery and great storytelling. Before the show, check out the newest Viaduct offering, The Parasol & Swing Company. This cocktail bar serves delicious fare designed by a top Auckland chef that will make a perfect pre-show meal.