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Christchurch dating

It's no secret that playing the dating game can be a frustrating experience. From hanging out in your local pub hoping to strike up a conversation, to getting your friends to set you up with their single mates, it's easy to feel worn out by the ups and downs of dating life.

Even if you do find someone to spend a Saturday night with, there's no guarantee that that person will exhibit any of the qualities you're looking for in a partner.

But eHarmony changes all that by finding out what you want in a relationship. Whether that's a family, someone who loves to travel, or just someone whose company you'll enjoy, eHarmony will match you with like-minded Christchurch singles who want the same things. Rather than going on a random search for 'Mr. or Mrs. Right', we bring the right person to your inbox.

Finding love in Christchurch - and beyond

Here at eHarmony, we know Christchurch and the men and women who live here. We know that online dating can sometimes feel like a gamble. You may begin talking with someone who fits all your criteria for an ideal mate but who lives on the other side of the country, or even the world.

If long-distance dating isn't your thing, you can filter your search to only look for singles dating in Christchurch or nearby. You may end up meeting someone you interact with every day - someone you've seen on the train to work, or in line at the supermarket - but who you wouldn't otherwise get to meet.

Key tips for a great first date:

  • Keep it simple: Don't go to great lengths to impress your date. Keeping a first date romantic but low-key is the ideal way to show that you're making an effort but not trying too hard. Pick a restaurant you've been to before or a bar where you know the staff, that way you'll feel more relaxed.
  • Listen more than you talk: The key to any great date, and any great relationship for that matter, is to show your partner that you're willing to listen to them rather than claim the spotlight.
  • Be yourself: Ultimately, your date wants to get to know the real you. There's no need to pretend to be someone you're not. The ideal way to impress someone is to be truly, authentically you.

The best restaurants in Christchurch

So, you've met someone great online and you're ready to meet up in person, but you're stuck for the right place to take them for your first date. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a few suggestions for some first date restaurants that will set the perfect scene for a terrific first date:

50 Bistro: For a relaxed, but sophisticated, dining experience, take your date out for a meal at 50 Bistro at the George Hotel. Enjoy oysters by the dozen, the ultimate aphrodisiac, paired with a glass of crisp white wine.

The Bodhi Tree: Show your date that you're down with the latest trends by taking them to The Bodhi Tree, a down-to-earth Burmese restaurant that features freshly prepared curries, stews and salads. It's sure to be quite unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Corner Shop Bistro: Do something a little different and take your new date out for brunch instead. The Cornershop Bistro's popular weekend brunch includes traditional dishes like Eggs Benedict, but also features more unusual meals like coddled eggs with creamed potatoes. Walk off your meal with a stroll around the city and pop into a bookstore or gallery to turn a first date into a truly special afternoon.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today to meet great Christchurch singles in your area.

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