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Unconventional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Wellington

Sure, you could go out for dinner, but Wellington is known as the home of the unconventional, the boundary-pushing and the sometimes just plain odd, so we can do so much better than that (and go out for dinner afterwards).

Go to the zoo

The Zoo will be open until 8:30pm for adults only (18+), with live music, an outdoor bar, and special love-themed animal talks and encounters. For a truly wild night out, treat your boo to a Valentine's Night package, which includes a delicious food platter and Zoo entry for two. 

Walk the yellow carpet at a world premiere

Walk the yellow carpet with the cast and crew at the world premiere of Daffodils at Wellington's Embassy Theatre! Rose McIver, George Mason and Kimbra will be in attendance and you’ll be amongst the first people in the world to see this amazing New Zealand film.

Valentine's Day Silent Disco Tour

Celebrate Valentine's Day with some dancing on your own (but with other people!) Silent Disco are holding a special Valentine's Day Silent Disco Tour featuring a playlist of love songs, ballads and break-up tracks, covering everything from Whitney to James Brown to Carly Rae Jepson. Don a hi-tech headset and bust some moves as you're guided around the city. 

Love and basketball

'Break' isn't a word you want to hear on Valentine's Day - unless you're going to see the SKYCITY Breakers NZ take on the Illawarra Hawks at TSB Arena. What's better than a little love and basketball, right?

Fake it

Take your boo along to Weta Workshop to learn how to make buckets of fake movie blood or the art of sculpting fake scars and scrapes. These ‘holy crap, that looks real!’ make-up effects have featured in films such as Brain Dead (1992), Black Sheep (2006) and 30 Days of Night (2007). Make this the year that you and your plus one take your Halloween costumes to a whole new level. 

Hear some real talk

There's nothing like a dose of reality on Valentine's Day - and this one comes with a large helping of laughs. Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark has been turned into a heartfelt and hilarious stage show. The play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4am, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud. Perfect! 

Fly me to the moon

Give your special someone the star treatment with a fanciful flight through the Milky Way with a Space Place live planetarium show about some of the greatest romance stories of the ancient celestial past. The Aphrodite’s Delight package for two includes admission to Space Place, telescope viewing (weather dependent) and delicious sweet treats for two.

Let off some steam

Bring out your inner lumberjack or lumberjill with a healthy round of axe throwing. Sweet Axe Throwing Co. is New Zealand’s first urban axe throwing experience (over to you whether you find that surprising or not!) No previous wood-chopping experience required as their ‘axe-perts’ will have you biffing axes safely and with confidence in no time. Sweet Axe are putting on a special event for Valentine's Day (and the day before Valentine's Day) that includes axe throwing and Pizza Pomodoro for two. 

For more Valentine's Day ideas, read our guide on the best eateries for a romantic Valentine's Day (or for any of the other 364 days of the year) dinner.