5̶0̶ 20 first date ideas

I recall upon the mental image of a young blonde Drew Barrymore and pineapples. 50 sounded good, but in reality, is a bit ambitious (I mean I could start naming individual bars, but then what good is Google??). Following on from my last post about Tinder, I thought I would write about what to do when you find that magic match. At this point I may also mention that these also make good bestie dates/not first dates. Anyway, here are some fail-safe dates that you can use to determine how real that flirtatious banter (flashback to the cutecumber pick up lines) really is. Enjoy.

  1. Movie. I almost never recommend this, so you’re probably wondering why I put it first on my list. Well it’s easy, fail-safe and great if you don’t really like the person, but decided to leave your 7 cats at home and socialise with other humans.
  2. Mini golf. Dependent on your hand-eye coordination – if you’re like me you will either be laughed at, or elicit great sympathy.
  3. Giant jenga. Yes it’s a thing – try Mama Loco outside Albany mall.
  4. Beach/bush etc. walk. This one is always great because even if it’s a truly terrible date, at least you got some steps out of it. Just remember to wear your fitbit.
  5. Drinks at misc. bar. This one is like the movie suggestion. I personally wouldn’t, but hey whatever works for you.
  6. Chocolate fondue. Wayyyy better than drinks because well, squishy arm chairs (which means close body contact) and of course, chocolate. I recommend the Chocolate Boutique in Parnell or House of Chocolate Dessert Cafe & Cakery in Takapuna (which also has waffles).
  7. Museum. For the slightly nerdy ones out there (yes this is a personal favourite of mine), I love a trip down memory line of the many many many school trips I was forced to take as a child to the museum. It’s actually way better going as an adult.
  8. Motat. In a similar vein, Motat is a fun, hands-on date (particularly if you’re doubling dating with your babysitting responsibilities). My friend did this one with her boyfriend and they’re still together a year later, so clearly trains and cars are more romantic than they seem.
  9. Cakes n Ladders. This is a board game cafe in Symonds St. It’s pretty good for an alternative date idea. I will warn you that their games don’t tend to consist of scrabble and monopoly (my type of games), but do learn towards the more ‘gamer’ style games.
  10. Kmart. Had to put this one in there. What better way of finding out if this is your potential partner than casually strolling through the homewares isle at Kmart and pointing out what furnishings would look good in your future house?
  11. Ice skating. This one is again for those who have more coordination than yours truly (which is why yoga is my sport). If you are as bad as I am getting around on a tiny piece of metal on ice, this is a great opportunity for cuddles and arm holding. Or your chance to show your gracefulness (just like Casey in Ice Princess, what a classic.)
  12. See a show. Many options here – currently trending are the Comedy Classic gigs and the Pop Up Globe. Get yourself on Eventfinda and line up a show. (Try not to bring out that cheetah laugh until at least date number 3).
  13. Cooking date. If you are willing to let this person in your house, a cooking date can be a good option (although I strongly suggest vetting this person very heavily first). My top picks for a cooking date are things that are cute and collaborative like sushi, cookies, or pizza. Also a chance to show off your superior cooking ability. #wifeme/husbandme
  14. Dinner date. This one falls pretty low down the list because it’s boring and unimaginative. Sub out for any meal. Jazz it up with a more interactive experience like Korean BBQ or teppanyaki. And always go for tapas (find out if he’s a food sharer or what I call a ‘Joey’ #friends).
  15. Rainbow’s End. Serious investment of time here – definitely not for someone you’re iffy about. Another reference to childhood excitement and apparently they have some new rides too.
  16. Kelly Tarltons. What better than bonding over cute penguins and things? Their interactive kids zone is also pretty cool (just pretend that unidentified child in the corner belongs to you).
  17. Pool date. This one is a bit risky and is predicated on the assumption that you’re comfortable wearing togs. However, if you go somewhere with hydroslides, it’s pretty much a guaranteed good time (at this time of year, I do recommend going somewhere indoors like West Wave or Waiwera).
  18. Winter gardens. Or any gardens really. I personally love a cemetery style garden myself, but a bit morbid for a first date (or any kind of social interaction…). Take your DSLR and get some artistic pics for that instagram account you’re working on.
  19. Go-karting. This is similar to my mini golf suggestion – it’s a bit risky if you have no spatial awareness, but it’s fun, interactive and a nice early indicator that you won’t be the lead driver on future roadies (I’m not actually allowed to drive at all anymore…).
  20. Karaoke. Another potentially risky one, but what is life without adventure? I personally love karaoke and if someone can’t handle my intensely passionate rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, they’re just not right for me. Try any of the karaoke places in Queen St for what’s sure to be a rocking good time.

There you have it – 20 great first date places (if I do say so myself) for every kind of possible date. Now you have no excuse to Netflix and chill your way into romance. Give it a go, I dare you.

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