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Dining with a difference

Places to dine in Auckland that are a little bit different...

When it comes to treating yo’self out for dinner, in Auckland you are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to dining in a conventional… and unconventional way. Food’s great, yeah, but something magical happens when food and entertainment marry together! Dinnertainment shall we call it?

So for your dinnertainment pleasure, we’ve rounded up some eating establishments that give Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory a run for its money!


Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise 

Picture this; sailing off into the sunset with a complimentary drink in hand, the first round of canapes is on its way, you sit back and look out to the Auckland City skyline as it lights up against the night sky… no that’s not an excerpt from a romance novel, that’s an excerpt from your future life when you’re on board the Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise. This sailing/sightseeing/dining hybrid includes a 3 course meal on board a 50ft yacht, which tours Auckland’s harbour for 2.5hours each evening. It truly is a spectacular way to dine! You’re so welcome, future you.    


Cakes and Ladders

Take coffee and cake to a whole new (competitive) level at Cakes and Ladders. This little gem is tucked away in Eden Terrace and stocks games galore. Monopoly and mudcake? Scrabble and scones? Cards and coffee? Name a better duo, we’ll wait! It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with friends – or an entire day depending on how that monopoly game goes.


Caluzzis Cabaret

If you want to go somewhere where dinner isn’t the main act – then Caluzzis is the place to be! This 3 course dinner and drag queen show is something truly fabulous darling and is a great way to spend a weekend night out on the town. Make sure you book ahead though, this award winning experience is always a sell out! You’ll see why when you go!



Now, heights aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if they are, you will love having dinner at Orbit. Situated at the top of the Sky Tower, you will quite literally be able to take in 360 degree views of Auckland as the dining room rotates (slowly) around the Sky Tower. Food with a view – can’t beat it! Plus, if you haven’t had enough of heights after your dinner, you also receive complimentary admission to the Sky Tower afterwards!  You’re crazy, but we like you.


Gold Class - Events Cinemas

Dinner and a movie, it’s a classic. But Events Gold Class takes this dream combo and raises it to a whole other luxurious level. We’re talking leather-bound books and rich mahogany luxurious. You’ll be treated to reclining leather loungers, an exclusive bar area, personal delivery of items from their menu to your seat! Oh, and almost forgot, there will be a blockbuster movie of your choice playing too. Can confirm, you will not want to leave! Movie marathon anyone?

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