Meeting other singles is key to forming a relationship, however many people struggle to meet other like-minded individuals. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of ways to help you find your other half!

1. Online Dating. As one of the most recognized alternatives to traditional dating, online dating is a socially acceptable and respected method to meet singles. Choose a safe and secure site that fits your personality best (we recommend For the best place to meet singles in New Zealand online, we recommend Elite Singles.
). Spend at least three months online to allow yourself time to find a suitable match. There are many online dating sites in NZ, so we recommend reading our reviews. There are new members joining sites like FindSomeone every day. Patience is key with online dating, but relationships are formed every day. This is a great option if you want specific things, such as to meet Christian singles.

2. Speed Dating. Sign up for a speed-dating event in your area. This is a great way meet multiple local singles in one night and expand your options of people to meet. It’s a safe environment and since everyone is there for the same purpose, it eases tension and anxiety of walking up to someone who may already be taken. Speed-dating events are held all around New Zealand, so there are opportunities to meet singles in Auckland, to smaller places such as Nelson.

3. Group Meetups. Join a hobby group such as wine tasting or tramping.  By interacting with local groups, you are expanding your circle of acquaintances and friends who share your same interests. Go to an event once a month or once a week. The more your engage, the better your chances increase of finding someone to connect with for friendship or more.

4. Go out. Let your hair down and go out once in a while. It’s a fun way to have a few drinks, meet new people and try out places you may not have been. Keep it social by only having a couple drinks so you can still have conversations and get to know others in your group.

The old saying of “putting yourself out there” holds true. To find love you must be in a place where love can find you. Try the above list of places to increase your chances of meeting that special someone.

If you are meeting people that you have met online, we recommend being careful. Be sure to choose a public location, where there are plenty of people around, such as a restaurant or cafe near a busy street. Only after you have gotten to know them well and feel safe around him should you invite him over dinner, etc.

Also tell a friend or family member that you are meeting someone for the first time, where you’re meeting, and what their name is. Also give them their phone number if you have it. Be wary if they suggest meeting at their place or yours. This is potentially a red flag; so be extra vigilant if this happens. Always meet in a public, neutral place, preferably during the day.

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