Valentine's Day event guide

ROSES ARE RED: Venues throughout Auckland are offering special treats for Valentine's Day.
ROSES ARE RED: Venues throughout Auckland are offering special treats for Valentine's Day.

It's the day people love and loathe in near equal proportions. Symptoms can include sweating, anxiety, inappropriate swooning and unrealistic expectations. But here are some ways to navigate the minefield that is Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Under the Stars
From the comfort of the planetarium's reclined seats, Stardome can offer a romantic tour of the night sky, the chance to adopt your own star, a bottle of bubbles, and some sweet treats to share.

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium Valentine's Day package is $130/couple. Bookings required. 

Sunset Dinner Cruise
Eating salmon, white chocolate mousse and other tasty treats while floating around Auckland's Harbour for three hours sounds like a pretty nice way to spend an evening. And tickets to this romantic night include a special Valentine's Champagne cocktail on arrival.

A Sunset Cruise on the Olympic Spirit is $150/person. Booking essential through Amada Cruises.

The Princess Bride Special Screening
According to a particular generation of lovebirds, this cult classic is the most romantic of all the films, and on this starry-eyed day the team at Silo Cinema are here to please. Along with the usual markets and on-site food and drink options, they are behind this special mid-week screening of The Princess Bride.

Silo Cinema presents The Princess Bride with markets opening at 5pm and the film starting at 9pm. Entry is free.

Valentine's Day Dining
They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, so the Pullman Hotel is charging forth, menu in hand. The five-course menu includes beef, turbot and duck plus a tasty selection of sweets and specially-paired wines.  

Dinner at Pullman Hotel is $120/person with wine matches. Bookings essential.

Valentine's Day at SkyCity
From $10 cocktail specials at Twentyone, to a special three-course dinner with a 360-degree view at Orbit Revolving Restaurant, to a set menu at The Grill by Sean Connolly or Dine by Peter Gordon, SkyCity has Valentine's Day all sewn up.

Details of individual menus available from restaurants.

Movie Night
If all you want to do is sit in a dark room with your beloved (and about 30 other people), then Event Cinemas is the place to be. The Gold Class cinemas have a bunch of date-night-appropriate films (think Safe House, This Is 40 and, well, the new Die Hard flick) and for an extra $30 you can get some bubbles, popcorn and a chocolate plate to die for.

Gold Class sessions and information is available at the Event Cinemas website.

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