Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, meaning it comes with infinite possibilities for fun. 

This North Island city is as metropolitan as New Zealand gets and yet it still provides an ideal mix of nature, city, and of course, romance!

If you’re looking to surprise your partner with a romantic trip to this New Zealand city, you’ve come to the right place!

From taking a helicopter tour for two to a gourmet meal on nearby Waiheke Island, continue reading for a list of 27 romantic things to do in Auckland for couples.

1. Scenic Helicopter Flight

Fly above the city in this scenic 45-minute helicopter tour.

This romantic tour promises to take your love to new heights – literally!

With this unique vantage point, you’ll be able to see the city’s 55 volcanoes.

You’ll also fly over landmark attractions like the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge. 

There’s nothing more magical than getting an aerial view of this picturesque city.

Tours are all private, meaning it’ll just be you and your partner (plus the pilot) flying high up into the sky.

Tour details

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Departure Point: 234 Rosedale Road, Albany, Auckland
  • Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, headsets, free parking, all taxes

Book Tour

2. Waiheke Island by Seaplane

Explore one of Auckland’s hidden gems – Waiheke Island.

Waiheke Island is the second most populous island in the Hauraki Gulf.

It is as scenic as can be and will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of central Auckland for an afternoon.

There are lunch and dinner tours available, and each includes a 3-course meal. 

A glass of sparkling wine is also included!

And to make it extra special, all tours begin with an intimate seaplane flight over the water.

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure Point: Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
  • Inclusions: 3-course lunch, ferry ticket, sparkling wine, seaplane flight, live commentary

Book Tour

3. Yacht Sailing in Waitemata Harbour

Auckland is nicknamed the City of Sails, so there’s no better way to explore it than by yacht. 

Six back, relax, and spend two hours on a professional racing yacht.

You’ll sail around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. 

You can become part of the crew and learn everything there is know about sailing.

Or you can just soak up the sun and the incredible views.

Tours are limited to ensure a personalised experience for all.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Viaduct Basin
  • Inclusions: Sailing trip, life jackets, safety equipment

Book Tour

4. Auckland Harbor Dinner Cruise

Set sail on a romantic evening cruise.

Explore the Auckland Harbour at the best time of day – sunset!

This 2.5 hour sailboat cruise will take you to a sheltered marina, where you’ll temporarily anchor.

Here, you’ll enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal complete with local New Zealand wine and beer.

Next, you’ll continue your boat ride and see views of the Sky Tour and Harbour Bridge. 

While aboard, your captain will share interesting and informative facts about the city.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Time: 6:00 pm
  • Departure Point: Viaduct Basin
  • Inclusions: 3-course dinner, live commentary, life jackets

Book Cruise

5. Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

New Zealand is a haven for dolphins!

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing dolphins in the wild, this is the place to do it.

More than just majestic dolphins, you can expect to see whales and seabirds.

This 4.5 hour tour will take you into the Hauraki Gulf.

Prepare to be amazed by the pristine waters and magical wildlife.

Be sure to dress warm and bring your camera!

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Times: 8:00 am or 1:30 pm
  • Departure Point: New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Inclusions: Local guide

Book Cruise

6. Waiheke Island by Zipline

A day of adventure awaits on Waiheke Island.

One of the most scenic islands near Auckland, there is so much fun to be had on Waiheke.

For all the adrenaline junkie couples, soar to new heights by embarking on a ziplining tour!

Fly above the trees and take in the stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Upon arriving at the island’s ferry terminal, you’ll be met by an expert guide.

From there, you’ll be treated to a mini tour of the city before heading to the forest for your three ziplining flights.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Inclusions: Pick up and drop off at ferry terminal, island mini tour, native forest walk, group zipline tour

Book Tour

7. Piha Beach

Piha Beach is Auckland’s most famous beach – and for good reason.

You can do it all at this stunning beach.

Swimming, surfing, tanning, a romantic picnic for two, and of course, plenty of picture taking!

The incredible rock formations coupled with the warm turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs make this a must-visit for all couples touring the area.

It is a popular day trip from the city and is home to just 600 residents.

There is also great hiking in the nearby Waitakere Ranges.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Bottled water
  • Entry fees
  • Snacks
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle

Check Tours

8. Waitakere Ranges

The city of Auckland is as diverse as it gets.

Sure, it’s known as the City of Sails, but it also has an incredible mountain range just west of the downtown core. 

Known as the Waitakere Ranges, this gorgeous stretch of hills and forest spans 15 miles.

Hiking trails abound in this area and offer stunning views of the coast.

While in the forest, you’ll also pass numerous streams, waterfalls, and swimming holes.

We recommend finishing your walk at nearby Piha Beach.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry fees
  • Local guide
  • Private transportation 

Check Tours

9. Waiheke Island Food & Wine Tasting

Waiheke Island is known for its wineries.

And what’s more romantic than wine tasting in a vineyard?

The perfect activity for couples, this 6.5 hour tour will have you and your partner travelling to nearby Waiheke Island.

Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to three of the regions most famous wineries.

Enjoy lunch at Stonyridge and then sample wine, beer, and olive oil, all made locally.

Fun fact (to impress your partner): Waiheke Island has a micro-climate that makes it the ideal spot for growing grapes and olives.

Tour details

  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Point: Downtown Ferry Terminal, Quay St, Auckland
  • Departure Time: 11:00 am
  • Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, driver/guide, wine tastings, lunch, olive tasting, bus pass

Book Tour

10. Downtown Gourmet Wine & Food Tour

New Zealand cuisine is like nothing else in the world.

Auckland is home to some of the country’s best restaurants so there’s nowhere better to indulge in a food tour.

Foodie couples will love this 3 hour walking tour.

All tours include wine and food tastings.

Cuisine will range widely, thanks to the melting pot of cultures that exist in Auckland today.

From Maori to European to Asian influences, you’ll love trying out some of the country’s eclectic national dishes.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours 
  • Departure Point: 99 Quay Street, Auckland
  • Departure Time: 3:30 pm
  • Inclusions: Local guide, all taxes, walking tour, wine tastings, food tastings

Book Tour

11. Waterfront Area by Bike

Experience Auckland’s waterfront on two wheels.

This harbour is the city’s most picturesque region, with miles of white sand beaches and views of Rangitoto.

This 3-hour, private guided bike tour is the most popular bike tour in the city.

It starts in the heart of the city, allowing you to get acquainted with the downtown core.

From there, you’ll head east past Queen’s Wharf, the Ports of Auckland, and Okahu Bay.

You’ll eventually arrive at Mission Bay, where you can relax in the sand and even enjoy an ice cream or coffee on the beach.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours 
  • Departure Point: Auckland CBD
  • Departure Times: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
  • Inclusions: Professional guide, local taxes, use of bicycle and helmet

Book Tour

12. Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Only have a short time in Auckland and want to make the most of it?

Grab your partner and book this incredible half-day sightseeing tour.

It is the best way to see all the city sites in a short period of time.

Each tour is intimate, informative, and will take you to Auckland’s biggest attractions.

You can expect to visit the Auckland Domain, the Auckland Museum, Mission Bay, Harbour Bridge, and the Viaduct Basin.

You’ll also reach the top of Mt. Eden, a volcano in the middle of the city, and will explore scenic neighbourhoods like Parnell and Ponsonby. 

Tour details

  • Duration: 210-240 minutes
  • Departure Point: Ferry Building, Auckland CBD, Auckland
  • Departure Times: 10:00 am or 2:30 pm
  • Inclusions: Professional guide, hotel pick up and drop off, air conditioned vehicle

Book Tour

13. Maori Tour & Cultural Performance

Maori culture is integral to the country of New Zealand.

No trip to the Pacific island nation would be complete with learning about the Maori people.

This 8 hour Maori cultural tour will allow you to experience the city of Auckland from the Maori perspective.

You’ll tour the city with a Maori guide who will show you and your partner New Zealand’s indigenous tikanga (culture).

You’ll learn about the Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa forest, the area’s native flora and fauna and their significance to Te Aao Maori, and the final resting place of Patuone, one of the chief negotiators and signatories of New Zealand’s founding document. 

In addition, you’ll visit the Auckland Museum and drive along Tamaki Drive, one of the most picturesque roads in the entire world.

Tour details

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • Inclusions: Lunch, snacks, hotel pick up and drop off

Book Tour

14. Electric Tuk-Tuk Private Tour

We bet you never thought you’d be able to ride a tuk tuk in Auckland.

Think again!

This electric tuk tuk tour will have you zooming around the city on three wheels.

This Kiwi tuk tuk adventure will take you and your partner to some of Auckland’s most romantic spots.

You’ll visit the Auckland Domain, Judges Bay, and the Parnell Rose Gardens.

Plus, each tuk tuk runs on 100% electric eco-green energy.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: 196-200 Quay St, Auckland
  • Inclusions: Driver/guide, live commentary, local guide, hotel pick up and drop off, private tour

Book Tour

15. Craft Beer Walking Tour

While New Zealand may be more famous for its wine, it has a thriving beer scene.

Specifically, Auckland is known for its craft beer offerings.

If you and your partner are big beer drinkers, this is the tour for you.

Tours are 3 hours in length and include both beer and food tastings.

On this walking tour, your knowledgeable local guide will take you to some of the area’s most historic pubs and brewhouses.

You’ll receive 4-6 beer tastings plus food pairings at each location.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure Point: Brother Brewery, City Works Depot, Nelson Street, Auckland
  • Departure Time: 2:30 pm
  • Inclusions: Local guide, food tasting, beer tasting

Book Tour

16. Auckland’s Night Markets

Auckland’s night markets are a must when it comes to immersing yourself in the local culture.

All types of cuisine are represented at these markets, so there really is something for all couples.

More than food, you’ll find artisanal crafts and live performances at any of Auckland’s night markets.

Along the way, your professional tour guide will stop at some major city sites, including the Auckland Domain, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, and Bastion Point.

Many of the markets offer incredible views of the harbour and the city lit up at night. 

Tours include hotel pick up and drop off, as well as transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure Time: 5:00 pm
  • Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, air-conditioned vehicle, luxury small group tour

Book Tour

17. Make your Way to Mount Eden

Mount Eden is one of the most scenic lookout spots in all of Auckland.

This dormant volcano is now a city landmark and is the perfect spot for sightseeing with your partner.

Panoramic views of the downtown core, the harbour, and many of Auckland’s neighbourhoods are on offer at the top of Mount Eden.

You can even see Rangitoto Island in the distance from the summit.

This 2-hour walking tour will allow you to spend plenty of time at this Auckland landmark.

Your local guide will also teach you about the science and history behind this incredible land formation.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Times: 10:00 am or 1:30 pm
  • Departure Point: 250 Mount Eden Rd, Mount Eden, Auckland
  • Inclusions: Local guide, local taxes

Book Tour

18. Skydiving

New Zealand as a whole is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.

If you’re after a thrilling experience, look no further than a skydiving session!

Skydive Auckland offers the highest tandem skydive in the entire country.

With sessions ranging from 9,000 feet to 20,000 feet, there is something to suit all daredevils.

From thousands of feet in the air, you’ll be able to spot Waiheke Island, Great Barrier Island, Mt. Ruapehu, and even Mt. Taranaki. 

This tour will take care of the 45-minute drive from the city centre to Parakai, where your skydiving adventure will begin.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure Point: Skydive Auckland
  • Inclusions: Tandem skydive, return transportation from Auckland, all safety equipment

Book Session

19. Auckland’s Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is the highest point in Auckland, standing 328 metres. 

Though a trip to the top is scenic in and of itself, there is an option to take things to another level.

Adventurous couples will love this tour, that will see them walking or jumping off the Sky Tower’s Observation Deck.

For 1-2 hours, you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the city down below.

Walk around the perimeter and spot Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Mount Eden, and more.

Or opt for a bungee jumping experience that will send you soaring down below.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Departure Point: Skydive Auckland
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, skip the line entry, free WiFi

Sky Tower Tickets Sky Walk Sky Jump Official Site

20. Infinity Float Experience

Reach a new level of relaxation with your partner by your side. 

Flotation pods are one of the latest health and wellness trends, and where better to try it than on a trip to Auckland?

Give your body a break and defy gravity in this 1.5 hour tour.

You’ll feel closer and more connected to your partner than ever before.

No noise, no distracting lights.

Just you and your loved one floating in 500kg of Epsom salts.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure Point: Infinity Float Centre
  • Inclusions: All taxes and fees, coffee and tea, bathroom amenities 

Book Visit Official Site

21. Couple’s Massage

Who doesn’t love a little R&R?

Relieve tension and enter an unparalleled world of relaxation with a couple’s massage.

This romantic 60 minute activity is a great way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Each massage will be customised to you.

Simply let your massage therapist know of any sore points that you’d like worked on during your session.

Combined with naturally relaxing oils, this is sure to be an activity you and your partner will love.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 
  • Departure Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, or 6:00 pm
  • Inclusions: Beverages, part of parking fee

Book Visit

22. Parnell Village

Bursting with historic charm, Parnell is one of Auckland’s most visited boroughs.

It is one of the city’s oldest suburbs and has plenty of restaurants, galleries, cafes, and shops.

This makes it perfect for an afternoon or morning stroll.

The fashionable village is especially known for its local artists and jewellers.

With 40-odd restaurants, you’re sure to find something to suit you and your partner.

Many of Auckland’s private tours will include a stop in this scenic neighbourhood.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Entry fees
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Check Tours

23. Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park is one of the biggest parks in all of Auckland, spanning 296 acres.

Rising above the city of Auckland, it is located between Waitemata and Manukau harbors.

It was was once the home of a Maori settlement, meaning its steeped in history.

Today, Cornwall Park is a haven for history buffs, athletes, or those just after a quiet place to take a stroll or have a picnic.

It boasts ornate gardens, panoramic views of the city, and archaeological remains.

Be sure to book a day tour that includes a stop at this stunning Auckland park.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Entry fees
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Check Tours Official Site

24. Takapuna

Visiting Auckland’s North Shore is a must if you wish to get a feel for the city.

Once you cross the Harbour Bridge, you’ll officially be in the North Shore, where you can make your way to one of the most popular boroughs: Takapuna.

Takapuna is mostly residential, but is also home to many cute shops and cafes.

It also happens to boast some of the best beaches in Auckland.

With white sand and views of Rangitoto Island, there’s nothing quite like it.

Enjoy a sunset beach picnic with your partner in Takapuna.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Entry fees
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Check Tours

25. SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton

Auckland is known for its incredible wildlife.

This is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the area’s famous creatures.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton is an aquarium with over 30 exhibits and 80 different species of animals.

You can see penguins, turtles, stingrays, and more.

Each exhibit is themed based on a region of the world, such as the Antarctic Encounter.

This is a great way to spend an afternoon and learn about Auckland’s diverse fauna.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 
  • Departure Point: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive Ōrākei, Auckland Central, Auckland
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, complimentary shuttle bus

Book Tickets Official Site

26. Sculptureum

Calling all Instagram loving couples!

Sculptureum is one of the city’s newest attractions.

It features over 400 works of art, each larger than life.

It is a great spot to capture photos for the ‘gram.

There is also a restaurant on site in case you want to stop for lunch.

Sculptures range from animals and flowers to lithographs from some of the world’s most famous artists.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2-3 hours 
  • Departure Point: Sculptureum
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, all taxes

Book Tickets Official Site

27. Auckland Museum

The Auckland Museum is the best place to learn about the city’s unique history.

Filled with Maori cultural artifacts, this tour will allow you to gain a true understanding of Maori culture.

The tour begins with a performance at Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

By the end, you’ll also get to have witnessed the famous Haka in person.

The Auckland Museum is the only venue in the city providing authentic Maori cultural experiences.

After the performance, you’ll get to mingle with the performers and ask questions.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Departure Point: Auckland Museum
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, all taxes, skip the line

Book Tickets Official Site

We hope this list has shown you that there is no shortage of romantic activities in Auckland.

From wine tasting on Waiheke Island to walking on the Sky Tower, there is something for all types of couples.

Also read:

Find more Things to do in Auckland

For all new cities, I go overboard on my itinerary, just to see every major attraction. Countries I've visited include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand. Mostly Asian countries. Next target - Europe!