Where to go this Valentine’s Day in Auckland… if you’re single!

Valentines doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom if you’re single, gone are the Bridget Jones days, where you’re drowning your sorrows in ice cream whilst listening to ‘All By Myself’. After all, who said that valentines day had to be allllll about couples, what ever happened to loving yourself! Preach! After all if you can’t love yourself then how are you expected to love someone else. Show yourself all of the love this valentine’s… buy yourself some flowers, treat yourself to the best chocolates and while you’re at it head to one of these events to seal the deal…

Burger Burger Blind dates

There is no better way to meet people than getting out there and doing some good old fashioned mingling this valentines. Burger Burger are hosting their 5th year of blind dates this Wednesday, in the hope that you may find that special someone just in time for V day!  Now, if you’re not familiar with blind dating then picture this… a group of ‘banging’ guys and gals (all of whom are SINGLE) crammed into the same room, digging into some tasty burgers and maybe one another! There will be some beats, a whole lot of drinks, tasty grub and plenty of saucy singletons.

MOTAT – Anti -Valentine’s

Now if speed dating isn’t for you and quite frankly Valentine’s makes you feel sick, then MOTAT’S Anti-Valentine’s event should be your go to! With a whole range of activities for you to get stuck into like silent discos, karaoke, archery, jousting and plenty of music and food stands to sink your teeth into, you are guaranteed a night of FUN! So, whether you’re single, in a relationship or its complicated, it should be all about celebrating you this valentine’s day!

Good Equation presents One Plus One

Rewrite Valentine’s Day this year and share the love with everyone! One Plus One is the perfect event for showing love, feeling love and getting a little bit loose! Whether you’re single, taken, straight, bi, gay or anything in between, everyone is welcome! So, grab your pals or fly solo for a night of mingling and drinking on the d-floor. And don’t worry if you don’t walk away with a hot date on your arm, the only prize you will want to win is from the awesome range of sponsors like My Food Bag, Holey Moley Golf NZ and Bedford Soda & Liquor.

Outdoor Cinema – The Breakerupers or La La Land

Grab your gal pals and celebrate the international day of love outdoors. The sun is shining, the night’s are still light, so there is no excuse to be hidden away indoors this valentine’s. Pack a picnic, or dig into the variety of food on offer and did we mention there is a bar? Which means free-flowing alcohol all night long! Movies in the Park are showing the ultimate romance movie, LA LA LAND, and although Ryan Gosling won’t be there in person, his beautiful face will be up on the screen for all to see! If romance isn’t your thing then never fear as American Express Open-Air Cinema are showing comedy favourite The Breaker Upperers, which is sure to make you laugh to the point of no return. So, pull up a pew (or should we say a beanbag) under the stars with your besties and share the love with one another.

Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland lantern Festival 2016. Auckland Domain. February 2016. Photo:Gareth Cooke

From one international festivity to another, celebrate chinese new year in style at the Auckland Lantern Festival this valentines at Auckland Domain. Who needs a valentine when you can spend the evening appreciating beautiful lanterns underneath the stars. You’re guaranteed to be captivated by the hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns and as there are no other distractions around (food stalls and entertainment don’t start until the 15th February), it’s the perfect opportunity to share some self-love!  

Aladdin the Musical

If you want to add some shazam to your valentine’s then head to the civic for a night of pure magic! Disney classic Aladdin, stole our hearts on the screen and is guaranteed to pull on your heart strings this time around. The spectacular musical features all the much-loved classics from the film, including ‘A Whole New World’, so make sure you’ve got your singing voice at the ready. Let Aladdin be your date this valentine’s and if that doesn’t quite work then treat your mate to date night and show them they ‘ain’t never had a friend like you’ (pun intended).

The Pink Gin Pop Up Party

They say the best way to someone’s heart is through …. ALCOHOL! And if that doesn’t work it’s the perfect way to drown your sorrows. La Zeppa are hosting their pink gin pop up party this Thursday, filled with beautifully pink candy floss cocktails, banging tunes, sugar-coated sweet-treat food stalls and plenty of activities to keep you entertained all night long! Take the hassle out of V-Day and sit back, relax and slurp on your favourite summer tipple.

Auckland Zoo Open Lates

Let’s face it humans can suck! But animals don’t… they treat us with an unconditional love that can’t be broken. If that’s the type of love you’re after then you’re in luck as Auckland Zoo has opened its gates for evening visits. Make the most of your valentine’s night by paying them a visit straight after work and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful grounds.

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