Got a special date coming up or just want to mix it up with your other half?My partner often has to remind me that sitting down next to each other watching TV is not quality time (me watching The Bachelor on my laptop, him watching Discovery Turbo on the 50″).

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Get active (and try not to kill each other) – Auckland has so many regional parks, zillions of walks and biking trails.

There are some amazing dams, waterfalls beaches and forestry to be seen in all corners of Auckland.

Check out Auckland Council or Auckland NZ for some goodies.5.

Book yourself in for a winery tour in Matakana or Kumeu and you can drink and not have to worry about the alcohol limits. Barilla Dumplings & Capitol Cinema – be prepared to wait sometimes when you go to Barilla but know that it is worth it.

Try the fried beans with spicy salt you won’t regret it. The cinemas are intimate and the ice cream tasty (peanut butter mmmmmm…).

Next time, we are going to do a different combo and try KK Malaysia with Lido Cinema. I figure they have to be doing something right to earn the queue. Wines & Waiheke – tastings, lunch, yoga and beaches. We hit up Stonyridge and Te Motu recently which were splendid in their own ways.

Stonyridge is obviously well known and Kim Dotcom was actually on his way in as we were on our way out. We then walked five minutes through glorious vines to Te Motu, a small family owned vineyard and the wines were to die for.4.

Here are some great date night ideas that are sure to make your heart flutter, whether it is the first or the hundredth date: 1.

Sunday Drive – head up to the Matakana Markets, take the dog to a West Coast Beach, pack a picnic and head to Shakespear Regional Park or check out the Lighthouse at Awhitu.

There is nothing more fun than good tunes, a winding road and something to look forward to at the end of it!

We are spoilt here in Auckland with glorious landscapes, amazing markets and awesome lunch spots like the Tasting Shed in Kumeu.