Five of the best: Romantic date locations

If you've got a special night in mind, here are a few suggestions that are guaranteed to help you impress your loved one.

1. Victorian romance

Picnic at Shakespear Regional Park. Photo / Supplied
Picnic at Shakespear Regional Park. Photo / Supplied

Motat Victorian Village, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Bookings essential.
Ph: (09) 815 5808 or email bookings@motat.org.nz.
Price: $149.95 per couple.

Transport your Valentine back in time with the magical experience of a romantic picnic for two amid the fairy lights of Motat's Victorian Village. The evening includes a picnic dinner, live music, double decker tram ride with bubbles, and a complimentary goodie bag.

2. Date night at Matakana Cinemas

2 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana
Ph: (09) 423 021
Web: matakanacinemas.co.nz
Price: $24 per couple

Make it a classic date night with the launch of Rhys Darby's sweet new romantic comedy flick Love Birds at the boutique Matakana Cinema at 8.30pm. Enjoy the movie with a glass of bubbles and to woo a loved one, head downstairs to the Matakana Market Kitchen for a pre- or post-movie supper.

3. Picnic at Shakespear Regional Park

Whangaparaoa Peninsula
Park opening hours: Summer 6am-9pm
Web: arc.govt.nz
Price: Free

Pack a delicious picnic, bottle of wine and head to the beautiful Shakespear Regional Park. Venture along one of the fantastic walking tracks and soak up the magnificent panoramic views from the lookout. There are plenty of secluded spots to throw down your picnic rug.

4. Sundown horse ride along Pakiri Beach

Taurere Park, Rahuikiri Rd, Pakiri Beach
Ph: (09) 422 6275
Web: horseride-nz.co.nz
Price: Sundown Valentine's ride, including bubbles, $165 per person. Starts at 6.30pm

Head out of the city for some wind in your face, the setting sun on your skin and the sound of horses' hoofbeats on the white sand. Picture it on a secluded beach with your loved one at your side. That's what you. Ride comes complete with bubbles.

5. Spanish cava and tapas

Bellota, 91 Federal St, SkyCity
Ph: (09) 363 6000; East Day Spa ph 09 363 7050
Web: skycityauckland.co.nz
Price: Sangria from $20; dine by Peter Gordon $110 per person, The Lobby from $25.

Enjoy the perfect sharing food - delicious tapas and a sparkling Spanish cava or sangria in the intimate setting of Bellota. Or you can go right to the top of the love school with an indulgent six-course Valentine's menu at dine by Peter Gordon. Alternatively, East Day Spa and The Lobby have champagne and strawberries on the cards to help you enjoy the big night.

- NZ Herald

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