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Quirky Wellington date spots for unforgettable romantic adventures

By Josie 31 Jul 2019

Impress your new beau or old flame with a date with a difference. From axe throwing, to glow worm watching, to a CBD city sauna, Wellington has your unconventional wooing venues sorted. These are our top picks for quirky Wellington date spots that go beyond your standard dinner-and-a-movie.

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Glow worms at the Wellington Botanic Garden
Photo credit: Wellington City Council

1. See glow-worms

You don’t need to go to Waitomo to see New Zealand glow worms (titiwai) – just take the Cable Car to Wellington Botanic Gardens for a self-guided after dark tour or join one of the arranged Friday night tours.

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2. Throw some axes

Flinging real axes at giant targets might seem like an odd idea for a romantic date but we reckon there’s no better way to break the ice (or bury the hachet!) than swinging some axes on a double date with your beloved. There's a minimum of four people for a booking so turn it into a double date and invite your favourite friend couple along. Think of it as a game of darts, but with axes.

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3. Kayak at dusk on the harbour

For the adventure-loving couple, Fergs offer twilight guided kayak tours around the harbour. What could be more romantic than paddling on the beautiful harbour as the sun sets and the twinkling lights of the city reflect on the water? 

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4. See some original theatre

A trip to the theatre is a classic date but give it a Wellington twist with BATS Theatre. With new and original shows on almost nightly for a very reasonable price, BATS will definitely give you something to talk about over a cocktail after the show.

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5. Fly to the moon

Give your special someone the star treatment with a fanciful flight through the Milky Way with a live planetarium show. Space Place is home to a state-of-the-art Sky-Skan digital fulldome planetarium system playing a range of planetarium movies.  

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6. Walk the halls of power

Perfect for the couples who spend their evenings on the couch watching House of Cards, take a tour of Parliament to see the Banquet Hall, Parliamentary House, the Debating Chamber and more. Its informative, it’s free and you might even bump into a politician or three.

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7. See a drag show

Wellington has a thriving drag and burlesque scene, best experienced at Ivy Bar and S&M’s on Cuba Street. Head to Ivy for Fab Friday for a fabulous night of free drag shows by local Wellington performers, plus fun games and giveaways.

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8. Take a walk with a view

Tell your plus one to take a hike – with you – on one of the many wonderful tracks in and around the Wellington region. The Southern and Skyline Walkway in particular are known for their A+ views or check out this list of trails with the best views

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9. Take a ride

Take the effort out of cycling with a Switched On electric bike that’ll have you arriving at your destination cool, calm and with just a touch of helmet hair. Ride around the bays to share a milkshake at Scorch-o-rama and stop for a selfie by the Wellington Blown Away sign.

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10. Learn how to 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 and take your Halloween costumes to a whole new level. These terrifyingly realistic make-up effects have featured in films such as Brain Dead (1992), Black Sheep (2006) and 30 Days of Night (2007).

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