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Central City Date Nights

Keep the Romance Alive

It’s date night, and this time it’s your turn to decide! Lacking inspiration? Luckily for you we’ve put together some epic ideas to sweep you both off your feet, right here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.  

Picture burgers, beers and retro games - what could be better on a date night? Arcadia Retro Arcade & Pinball Emporia is a crowd favourite with Christchurch's largest selection of retro games. Battle it out on iconic games including Pacman, Space Invaders, Street Fighter 2 along with pinball machines and boardgames! 

After a date night with a difference? Test your creativity, communication skills and ability to work as a team with Crate Escape. Find clues and solve puzzles to escape the themed rooms and have loads of fun along the way. Try to escape together in record time! 

Perfect for the mid-week date night, The Christchurch Art Gallery is open until 9pm on Wednesdays – time to get your cultural fix! After a more in-depth experience? Take the free highlights tour! Finish with a meal or drink at Universo Brassiere and Bar! You can even get your first hour of parking free in the car park building under the gallery. 

Heading to the movies is the ultimate 'date night' cliché, however Alice is anything but mainstream. Located within the grand Old Post Office building down High Street, the rental library houses the rare and unusual with an impressive collection of foreign and art house films for those that prefer to enjoy a movie at home.  

Sit back, relax and dine on New Zealand's only tram restaurant experience. Settle in and watch the world go by, as your tram circles the streets of the CBD. It's a great way to take-in the highlights of the city, while enjoying a delicious four-course meal with your other half. A truly Christchurch experience! 

Immerse yourself in the Christchurch arts scene. Make a night of it, get dressed up in your finest and catch a performance at the Isaac Theatre Royal or The Piano. Afterwards, be sure to head to the Last Word for a debrief and a hand-picked whisky or signature cocktail. 

For a more traditional date night, dine your way around The Terrace, with choices ranging from Kiwi pub grub, Mediterranean to Teppanyaki – just to name just a few. Top off your evening with delicious cocktails at Kong, or groove to live jazz at Fat Eddies

Shoot a game at The Rock Pool! Thirteen pool tables, tasty dinner menu, comprehensive drink selection and great tunes. It's an entertaining, not to mention slightly competitive way to spend a date night! 

If you are out and about early afternoon, enjoy a classically Christchurch date with a romantic punt down the Avon, snuggling under the warmth of a blanket as you meander down the river. Riverside Market is a stone’s throw away – perfect to satisfy your late-night farmers’ market cravings.  

HOYTS EntX is the place to be for a unique dinner and movie experience. Kick off the evening with dinner and drinks on the ground floor, then settle back in the powered reclining seats and enjoy a film on impossibly large screens! Impress your date and upgrade to the LUX theatre experience, with licensed in-cinema dining service!