Second date? Now the weather’s warming up and the days are getting lighter, a stroll along one of Auckland’s stunning beaches is a fun (and cheap) way to get to know your date better.
A beach walk meets the two top requirements of a date location – it lets you talk, and it gives you lots to talk about.
If you’re going for a long walk, pack water, snacks, sunglasses, a beach blanket and – if you’re both feeling extra energetic – a Frisbee or football. Take sunscreen if you’ve lucked out with the weather; raincoats if you haven’t.
Auckland is full of awesome date-friendly beaches – here are our top picks:
- Bethells Beach. Walk the cliffs from Bethells Beach to south of Muriwai Beach for amazing views of Auckland’s wild west coast, and then hunker down on the hills with a picnic to watch the sunset. The music video for Shania Twain’s Forever and for Always was filmed here, which must surely be a good omen.
- Secret cove, Pt Chevalier. To escape from the Point Chev crowds, walk along the pathway at the northern end of Eric Armishaw Esplanade Reserve for 10 minutes and you’ll discover a beautiful pohutukawa-fringed strip of sand that’s so secret it doesn’t even have a name yet.
- Narrow Neck Beach, near Devonport. Golden sand? Check. Ice cream availability? Check. Amazing views across Rangitoto? Check. Secluded bays where you can cuddle up on a picnic blanket without being interrupted? Check. Narrow Neck has everything, and at low tide you can stroll all the way round the Cheltenham Beach.
- Orewa Beach. Get up early to catch the phenomenal sunsets at Orewa Beach, a 3km stretch of golden sand just 20 minutes north of the harbour bridge. If your date is going well, head to nearby Waiwera Thermal Resort afterwards for a soak in the goethermal hot pools.
- Wattle Bay, Awhitu. Get away from the crowds at Wattle Bay on the Awhiti Peninsula, about an hour’s drive from Auckland. While you’re on the peninsula, you can kayak, fish, take a guided tour through a lighthouse or simply chill out on the sand with a hokey-pokey ice cream from the Big Bay shop.