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Unexpected Valentine’s Day ideas and gifts that will take your date by surprise in 2021

Valentine's Day is usually dinner and roses, and while there's nothing wrong with that, sometimes it's fun to step outside the box. 

Sitting down to dinner or watching a movie on the couch together at home can be a sweet way to spend Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to switch things up this year, there are plenty of other options that will liven up the day if you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone.

We’ve put together this guide to help you think outside of the box and put a little more thought into your Valentine’s Day celebrations and gift ideas that will earn you the tick of approval from your Valentine.

Where will you be this Valentine's Day?

Looking for inspiration on things to do in your area? We’ve got heaps! Read our city-specific guides for the best things to do in cities across New Zealand:

Valentine’s Day ideas

1. Take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride

It’s romantic, it’s memorable, and it’s not as expensive as you think.

For example, RedBalloon has dozens of deals on hot air balloon rides, many of which come with yummy extras like breakfast or bubbly.

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Mount Hutt with Drink
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Mount Hutt with Drink

RedBalloon NZ

Hot Air Ballooning Over Waikato with Sparkling
Hot Air Ballooning Over Waikato with Sparkling

RedBalloon NZ

2. Book a romantic weekend away

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which couldn’t be better timing.

Spend your mini-getaway in the pool, the spa and your room without ever having to worry about making the bed or washing dishes.

The next morning, indulge in breakfast in bed or head to a new spot for brunch.

Taupo Luxury Lakeview Stay with Wine
Taupo Luxury Lakeview Stay with Wine

RedBalloon NZ

Overnight Glass Hut Stay with Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight Glass Hut Stay with Breakfast and Dinner

RedBalloon NZ

Search below to see what else is available.

3. Indulge in a couples massage

Schedule in an hour or two of total relaxation with your date without needing to return the favour.

You’ll still get all the brownie points for helping them unwind without having to lift a finger.

If you’re up for a challenge, try something new like a hot stone or Thai massage.

Couples Spa Package with Degustation Lunch and Champagne
Couples Spa Package with Degustation Lunch and Champagne

RedBalloon NZ

60-Minute Full Body Massage in Auckland City
60-Minute Full Body Massage in Auckland City

Viator

4. Cook up some love

Shop local and head to your nearest market for all the ingredients you’ll need to make a romantic, home-cooked meal. Or, take some notes from the experts at a couples cooking class where you can learn to make authentic Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian or French dishes.

Private Cooking Class with Chef of the Year in Hawke’s Bay at Your Residence
Private Cooking Class with Chef of the Year in Hawke’s Bay at Your Residence

Viator

Local Market Tour and Modern Vegetarian Cooking Experience in Northland
Local Market Tour and Modern Vegetarian Cooking Experience in Northland

Viator

5. Test out your mixology skills with a cocktail experience

Cocktails go hand in hand with a good dining experience, so why not stretch out the celebrations on Valentine’s Day by heading out on a cocktail tour or tasting before your Valentine’s Day meal, or opt for an experience that has a dining element included.

Stirred or Shaken Guided Auckland Cocktail Tour
Stirred or Shaken Guided Auckland Cocktail Tour

RedBalloon NZ

6. Go skydiving

Nothing brings people closer together than a surge of adrenaline. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to go all out for your partner, so go big or go home with the ultimate skydiving adventure.

Tandem Skydive Over Bay of Islands 9,000ft
Tandem Skydive Over Bay of Islands 9,000ft

RedBalloon NZ

7. Head to the cinema

Whether you want to cosy up in a traditional cinema or make the most of the last weeks of summer with an outdoor cinema experience, it’s the perfect date night activity.

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Gratitude journal - botanical journal - self care

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What the f*ck I never have games

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Daniel Wellington Petite Rosewater + Dover Strap Gift Set
Daniel Wellington Petite Rosewater + Dover Strap Gift Set

THE ICONIC

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Giorgio Armani Code 75ml Eau De Toilette (Perfume) 3-Piece Gift Set

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Kheper Games Kheper Sex! Scratch Tickets Game

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