Romantic Things to Do in Auckland
In such a buzzing city as Auckland, you might not expect it to be a city of romance. But find the hidden gems, take the ferry to the outer islands and seek out the luxury experiences and you are onto a winner. In this list of romantic activities in Auckland for couples, we go through some of the top honeymoon activities to suit a range of budgets and tastes. Use this list to complement your romantic stay in one of the 10 Best Romantic Hotels in Auckland.
Get more help planning your romantic getaway or honeymoon to Auckland with The Honeymoon Guide to Auckland.
1. Indulge in Fine Wine Together on a Winery Tour of Waiheke Island
As much as we don’t want to suggest that the first thing you do is escape the city, we simply can’t resist mentioning the wine mecca of Waiheke Island. The island boasts an array of wineries and vineyards which can be toured with activity providers or visited for a romantic dinner. For instance, Cable Bay offers some of the best views from its “Dining Room”, while Mudbrick is oozing with character and charm. Find out more about the wineries of Waiheke in 21 Vineyards & Wineries on Waiheke Island.
2. Take the Ferry to One of Auckland’s Nearby Islands
Catch a ferry from the downtown Ferry Building to one of the glorious islands of the Hauraki Gulf – the body of water surrounding Auckland. These waters are scattered with volcanic islands, from the rugged Rangitoto Island to the beach-lined Waiheke Island. Nature lovers will also love Tiritiri Matangi Island, a pest-free haven for native birds where you and your loved one can watch the magic of nature happen before you as you cosy up in front of one of the island’s birdbaths or feeding stations. Find out more about each island in Auckland in our The 10 Best Islands in Auckland to Visit.
3. SkyWalk and Dine at the Top of the Sky Tower
In the city centre, treat each other to a unique dining experience atop the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, the Sky Tower. Dine in the revolving restaurant, Orbit 360, with panoramic views to complement your Kiwi-inspired dish. What’s more, couples can even combine the experience with a SkyWalk where you will be harnessed to an open barrier-less walkway at the top of the Sky Tower – scary stuff! Find out more about the SkyWalk and Dine experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.
4. Watch the Sunset from Mt Eden
For couples on a budget, a pleasant free thing to do is walk up Mt Eden. This volcanic cone is the highest natural point of the city where you can get wonderful views of the Auckland skyline, Rangitoto Island and more. The best (and most romantic) time to go is at sunrise or sunset. Find more activities like this in 17 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Auckland.
5. Relax with a Couples’ Massage
Whether you’re needing a break from the outdoors or happen to be having a bad spell of weather, a great back-up for your romantic getaway in Auckland is indulging in a couples’ massage. A number of spas around Auckland offer this experience, such as Barclay Relax at the Barclay Suites in the CBD, and the Chuan Spa at the Cordis Hotel.
6. Discover Auckland’s Gorgeous Beaches
A honeymoon beckons for long walks on the beach. Auckland can certainly provide in that department, featuring ruggedly beautiful black-sand beaches on the west coast and golden-sand beached on the east. Combine your beach visit with seeing a fascinating gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, learn to surf together at Piha Beach, or hike to stunning waterfalls at Karikari Beach. Find out more in Where to Find Black Sand Beaches in Auckland.
7. Taste the City’s Finest Food Together in a Culinary Tour
An alternative thing to do for couples, and especially food enthusiasts, is a culinary tour with The Big Foody. Discover coffee shops you would have never known existed, supermarkets where the chefs shop, fresh fish markets, get expert recommendations for restaurants and much more. Discover more about The Big Foody’s tours on Viator and Tripadvisor. See more like this in our 10 Alternative Things To Do in Auckland.
8. Experience the Excitement of a Whale and Dolphin Cruise
Find out what it’s like to see whales or acrobatic dolphins on a whale watching tour of the Hauraki Gulf. Conveniently departing from the Viaduct Harbour in the city centre, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari offers wildlife cruises with marine biologists to see some of New Zealand’s most fascinating marine mammals. Find out more about Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari on Viator and Tripadvisor.
9. Learn Something New at the City Centre Museums
Imagine how you would fair together in yesteryears by visiting some of the fascinating museums in Auckland. The Auckland Museum is packed with exhibitions about New Zealand’s fascinating social and natural history. There’s even the opportunity to see a captivating Maori cultural performance. Another museum worth adding to the itinerary is the New Zealand Maritime Museum at the Viaduct Harbour, showcasing seafaring stories of the South Pacific. The additional Maritime Museum harbour cruise on a heritage vessel is also a romantic way to see the Auckland Harbour and the city skyline from the water. Get your tickets to the Auckland Museum on Viator and Tripadvisor.
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10. Treat Your Loved One to a Fine Dining Experience
Choosing where to eat in Auckland can be a pretty overwhelming experience. Bear in mind that New Zealand’s largest city does have some of the best eateries in the country, so it’s worth treating yourself to something a little more “upmarket” for your special occasion. Clooney in Freeman’s Bay is a stand-out choice in a romantic setting, while Kazuya in Eden Terrace serves up Instagrammable plates of Japanese cuisine. Check out more recommendations in our 10 Best Luxury Restaurants in Auckland.