Dating in Auckland – Your Quick Guide

Jumping into the dating game in Auckland can be a pretty challenging proposition. The big smoke can be pretty unforgiving and meeting new people outside your existing circle can be pretty tough. That said, there are quite a few options at your disposal and the world of online dating and apps is making it easier than ever. This guide will run through your best options for meeting local singles in Auckland.

Meeting People in Bars

Nightlight is the ‘old fashioned way’ to meet people, and there are a lot of good options around the city. Just bear in mind that different parts of town will tend to yield very different crowds. Down the waterfront you tend to get a lot of youngin’s and – hate to say it – a fair few posers. Ponsonby can be good for a twenty-something, though there is a quite a range of bars here from the alternative to the wanky and posh. K Road is also tends to attract a much more alternative crowd. Choose your battleground wisely and frequent places where you’re likely to meet someone you’ll click with.

That said, bars are generally pretty horrible if you’re looking to start something serious. If you’re interested in more than a quick fling, you might want to try some of the following options.

Online Dating in Auckland

Auckland is fantastic for online dating – there’s a big pool of people online, and it’s not just ‘socity’s rejects.’ Jump on Tinder and start swiping away and you’ll be chatting to someone cute in no time. We can also recommend Elite Singles, NZDating and Plenty of Fish as good options where there are a lot of Auckland singles online.

Speed Dating

Auckland is big enough that it’s feasible for there to be a lot of regular speed dating events, and singles should be sure to take advantage of these. Sure, it’s a bit harder than online dating in that you have to get out of your pajamas, but it also helps you avoid the “doesn’t look anything like their online photos in real life” problem. It’s a good balance between bar meetings and online dating, where you don’t have to deal with the “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend” issue and can meet a lot of singles in one night.

Auckland Singles Personals

There’s always sites like Craigslist and other personals websites if you’re really in the need for something simple and no strings attached – but bear in mind, that’s usually all people are looking for on these sites. Use them at your own risk!

Dating Agencies in Auckland

Some of us these days have more money on our hands than time – it’s easier to pay someone to set you up with a match than to spend all your time hunting. Dating agencies have sprund up to fill this gap, with services such as Two’s Company and Match Company offering a matchmaking service for busy people to take some of the time and effort out of dating.

Christian Dating

If you’re Christian and looking for love in Auckland, we highly recommend you check out as the best online option for meeting like minded singles. For more information, check out our Christian dating section.

Asian Dating

Auckland has a big Asian population and it’s growing every year – if you’re Asian and interested in dating other Asians, or you’re NOT Asian and you want to date Asians, there are a few good online options. Check out our Asian dating page for more info and specific websites that might help you find what you’re looking for.

Gay and Lesbian Dating

Auckland also has a thriving LGBT scene, and it’s no secret that much of the nightlife for this scene centres around K Road. For something fairly casual there are old faithfuls like Family Bar, but again if you’re looking for something more serious you might have more luck with online dating. Check out some of our specific tips on gay dating and lesbian dating websites that might work for you ( is definitely worth a look!).

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