Date Night After Dark

11 May 2022

By Millie Pidwell


If a family experience for After Dark: Urban Light Festival isn't your thing, then perhaps a date night is! Check out the family experience HERE or keep reading for a fun and memorable date night idea to surprise your special someone with...

After Dark is an all-new creative experience that will take over Tauranga's city centre for 10 days in May 2022 with a selection of illuminated artworks. Ordinary buildings will feature visual masterpieces created by artistis using high-tech projection mapping and other digital technologies. Some empty spaces will be lit up with illuminated artworks and we hear an interactive artwork is being installed on the Tauranga Waterfront for the festival too! We love that people can enjoy the displays all evening as the lights will turn off at midnight. Here's what we recommend you do on your date night....

Drink and Graze: Start your date night at Bar Centrale - Clarence Tauranga's Italian bit on the side. Their cocktail menu and ambiance will set you both in the mood for a romantic and connected night out together. Their cocktails are even themed to the season.... on their Autumn menu is a Sicilian Stinger with Bourbon, Averna, Lemon, Honey Syrup and Cucumber. Enjoy a selection of Cicchetti. Try their platter of Cured Italian Meat, Pickles and Flat Bread, or Oysters with Lemon and Pink Peppercorn Dressing. 


Lights: Head down to the waterfront and stroll hand in hand along the water's edge to the very end where you'll find a brilliant light installation as part of the festival. 

Dine: Back over the road to The Strand, Zozo Asian Street Food will ensure you're treated to a tasteful and sexy dining experience filled with flavour. Share a selection of decadent appetisers including Crispy Aubergine, Fresh Summer Rolls, Scallops and Mussels. Then get fired up with their Flaming Coconut Prawn curry served in a coconut bowl and lit up in front of you. Or try their mouth watering Shaking Beef with Tenderloin, Broccoli, Mushroom and Black Pepper Sauce.

Walk: Stroll up Devonport Road where you'll discover 6 After Dark lighting installations.

Watch: End your evening watching a film at Event Cinemas Tauranga Central where tickets are just $10 each! We recommend "Lost City" for a good laugh.