Central City Date Nights
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.
Retro game arcade + Burgers and Beers
What could be better on a date night? Arcadia is a crowd favourite with a large selection of retro games. Battle it out on iconic games including Pacman, Space Invaders, Street Fighter along with pinball machines.
The Romantic City Date
If you are out and about early afternoon, enjoy a classically Christchurch date with a romantic punt down the Avon, snuggling under warm blankets as you meander down the river. After your punt, take a stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens followed by a bite to eat at Riverside Market just a stone’s throw away.
Escape Room Date?
Test your creativity, communication skills, and ability to work as a team at one of the city's escape rooms. 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! The team at Codebreakers combines virtual reality and augmented reality into some of their games for an immersive challenge. Or try one of Escape Artists new rooms located at Five Lanes at the BNZ Centre.
The Mid-Week Date Night
Perfect for the mid-week date night, The Christchurch Art Gallery is open until 9pm on Wednesdays – time to get your cultural fix! If you're after a more in-depth experience take the free highlights tour. Finish with a meal or drink at the restaurant in the Art Gallery The Thirsty Peacock or head across the road to award-winning Fiddlesticks. On fine evenings, the open-air Astro Lounge - just a stone's throw down Worcester Boulevard - is worth a look too.
The Classic Dinner and Movie Date
HOYTS EntX is the perfect spot for a classic dinner and a movie date. The nearby Crossing makes parking a breeze with $2 for your first two hours. Grab a bite to eat at Joe's Garage or Mexicali Fresh, then head upstairs and settle back in the lush lazy boy-sized 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!
If you want to go less mainstream and more art house, head to Alice Cinema in the SALT district across from Little High Eatery. Located within the grand Old Post Office building down High Street, this wee gem specialises in the rare and unusual. For those that prefer to enjoy a movie at home, their rental library houses has an impressive collection of foreign and art house films.
Hit the Arts Scene and Catch a Show
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. Afterward, head down the delightful New Regent Street for dinner at Casa Publica, grab the perfect cocktail or dram of whisky at the The Last Word then finish with a creamy gelato treat at Rollickin Gelato.
Dine on the Tram
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 bucket-list Christchurch experience you have to do at least once.
Shoot Some Pool with your Dinner and Drinks
Pop along the Terrace in the central city for an epic array of dinner options including Italian, Mexican, Chinese and boutique Kiwi pub fare. Top off your evening with delicious cocktails at Kong, rooftop views at Mr. Brightside or groove to live jazz at Fat Eddies.
Head around the corner from The Terrace to shoot a game at The Rock Pool on one of their 13 pool tables. With a comprehensive drink selection and great tunes, it's a fun and competitive way to spend date night!