Give love the green light while COVID restrictions have us in red light
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we are in the red light setting. Are all your romantic dreams dashed!??! Heck No! Don’t let the red light put a hold on all of your plans! We've found the best Valentine's Day date ideas for red light settings in Auckland. You want in on the info? We’ve got you covered. Here is our list of best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Traffic Light Red:
(C) Clearyak 2022
Take a breath of fresh air and see Motu Hāwere ā Maki (Goat Island) Marine Reserve from all angles! If you and your partner in crime feel like doing something both romantic and special, check out Clearyak. During this unique experience, you're likely to see a variety of fish such as Snapper (tāmure), Red Moki (nanua), Blue Maomao, and perhaps even some Eagle Rays (whai keo) and Stringrays (whai). The best part? Since this activity is outside, you can rest assured it’s super COVID safe and will get you enjoying the great outdoors!
Price: $60-$240 for 30-120 minutes in paradise
Get primal and throw axes
You read that sentence right, there’s a place in Auckland’s CBD that’ll let you release some tension while enjoying time with your loved one. You’ll be taught by one of their axe-perts how to throw an axe like a champion all the while being entertained by their witty banter. They even have a valentine’s day special where you can book a private lane for 45 minutes for you and your partner for only $180. Each lane has its own designated area in the venue so you’ll be socially distanced from any other group inside plus the extra large garage doors at the entry are always open for a boost of excellent air flow!
Price: $180 for 45 minute private lane hire for 2
Feast your eyes at the Auckland Art Gallery
(C) Auckland Art Gallery 2022
Offering unique exhibits from around the world, the Auckland Art Gallery has loads to discover and enjoy. Featuring artists who push the boundaries, you and your partner will have plenty to chat about as you roam the massive halls and see a variety of styles and topics being presented.
The ultimate date night? You and your beau can even join in on a life drawing lesson from 6.30pm Fridays! Set in the Gallery spaces, all materials and even some instruction is included and you can stay for as short, or as long, as you'd like.
The gallery requires masks on at all times and you won’t have any issue social distancing. Don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself!
Why not go for a little thrill?
(C) Game Over 2022
Get your game on at Game Over! Just a wee ride up Highway 1, you’ll find yourself at the ultimate fun spot with go-karting, mini golf, laser tag, and more. A romantic getaway for two or bring your whole crew in for some “lols”, Game Over is great as something a little alternative for this Valentine’s Day. Being Open during red means that they’re taking extra measures to ensure all guests are kept safe during their experience including mask wearing and regular sanitation to keep things clean.
Price: $69pp for their Adult “All experience”
Ride my pony- no digidy!
(C) Ti Tree Hills 2022
Is there anything more romantic than a horse back riding journey? The folks at Ti Tree Hills don’t think so! Offering guided tours,( including a special “engagement tour” for those perhaps contemplating something extra special for Valentine’s Day ;) ) They’ve got both the experience and the horses to make your day extra unique. They keep their guided tour groups small which helps limit bubble merging. Additionally, you can even book in for a private tour if you’re feeling extra precautious. Go check them out and see what the buzz is all about!
Price: $60pp for 1 hour Horse Trekking
Go get you some food with soul!
(C) Soul Bar 2022
A soulful meal under a canopy of flowers, overlooking the peaceful waters of Auckland's Viaduct? It doesn't get much more romantic than that! The open-air dining of Soul Bar is well ventilated whether you’re seated indoors or out, you can breathe easy! They also keep tables and chairs generously distanced to help maintain proper bubbles for our red light setting. Soul Bar's selection of seafood, and poultry is to die for; we've started getting hungry just thinking about it! So take your valentines on a special dinner by heading over to Soul Bar.
Price: Approx.$30- $40 per main but varies based on selection
Don’t let COVID's Red Light put a stop to your romantic night. We’ve got so much to celebrate so why not celebrate together. There’s plenty to do that’s safe and fun for everyone. Now go out there and give your local some love!
A Freaky Friday in Windy Welly
We’ve got your guide to a frighteningly fun time in the coolest little capital. Follow in the footsteps of Officer O’Leary or choose to face your fears head on, whatever you do, don’t miss out on these awesome activities!
1. The Witching Hour- Haunted Mini Golf & Bar
Check out one of Wellington’s newest spooky spots for a bit of glow-in-the-dark mini golf. A round will cost you $18.50 per person and when the sun goes down this place becomes an 18+ venue which makes it a perfect date spot for all you thrifty ghouls and goblins. Take advantage of their Friday happy hour deal between 5-7pm and get a round of mini putt and any $330ml drink for $25. BUT BE WARNED: With supernatural themes and special effects, the Witching Hour doesn’t offer refunds to those who are too scared to finish the course. Find more details here.
2. Fear Factory on Cuba Street
Are you brave enough to enter one of the scariest places in Wellington? Our hearts were racing before we even made it into the first room! Take a walk through their Nautical Nightmare experience for the fright of your life before heading off to one of our other Freaky Friday activities. Save $10 on adult admission when you book online!
3. Sweet Axe Throwing Co.
Jason won't be the only one who can wield an axe! Make sure you’ve got the skills to send the boogeyman back where he came from by swinging in for an axe throwing lesson today. Get your crew ready and join one of our Mixed Group Sessions for only $55 per person. Book today and we’ll slash the price. Get 13% off any booking between now and September 30th with the promo code: FRIDAY13. TODAY ONLY!
4. Check out the Wellington Paranormal haunts!
From the Vic Tunnel to the Hataitai Bakery, Wellington’s most famous mockumentary has filmed all over the city. Heck, even the moving plastic “Bucket Fountain” in the Cuba Street Mall serves as a portal to the underworld in one of the episodes of Wellington Paranormal. Grab a map and check out all the nerdy details here.
5. Take your ghost hunting to the next level
With this book from James Gilberd “Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand” you’ll be solving mysteries by day and trying not to have nightmares at night! “In Spooked, you'll encounter a range of beliefs, theories, a bit of history, accounts of actual paranormal investigations, creepy stories of ghostly encounters, and some pretty heavy science stuff that might just make the hinges of your brain creak apart.”