Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? Let’s be honest, he probably has enough socks and ties to last him the rest of his life, and if he’s anything like our dads, he’ll only be wearing three of them on rotation. We reckon he’ll appreciate some of these activities from right around New Zealand to make him feel special.
If you haven’t got your dad tickets to the biggest event of the decade yet, you better hurry! The All Whites take on the mighty Solomon Islands in this game for the ages. It’s the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that’s to be held in Russia next year, so you’ll be witnessing history in the making.
Get out there this weekend and spend some quality time with dad while you both hike the gorgeous Te Waihou Walkway.. Taking roughly three hours to complete, this 4.7km (one way) path takes you across gushing rivers and giant waterfalls, while going through lush forests and picturesque wetlands. Keep an eye out for the legendary Blue Spring and snap a shot for the photobook – it’s a memory you’ll want to keep forever.
Honestly, if you don’t know what to get your dad, how about you let him pick a gift for himself? The “More Than Socks” Market in Wellington is the perfect place for the old boy to peruse stalls filled with local arts and crafts, as well as an array of delicious street food. Give him some pocket money and let him go wild!
Bloody Mary’s is the best place in Christchurch to grab a succulent and juicy piece of steak. Not only is the portion size extremely generous, but the way they cook and present it makes the dish fit for a Father’s Day feast. Oh, did we also mention the dessert? If the Baked Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake doesn’t get you going, we don’t know what will! Only the best for your old man, right?
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a trip out to Dolphin Place near Tutukaka to catch some fish! These harbours are filled with giant snapper in the evening, and the occasional kahawai! If you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to snorkel out just before dusk and hunt for some crayfish. The waters are fairly shallow here, making it the easiest place to hook some fish if you’re standing near the pebble beaches. Can’t make it to Tutukaka? Here’s a few other fishing spots around the country.
We’re sure after a week of being stuck in the office your dad needs to blow off a little steam. We recommend heading down to Pro Karts and Pro Combat Laser Tag to help him relieve some stress while having a bit of fun too! Race him around looping tracks or combine forces and jump in a two-man kart! Afterwards, have a game of laser tag in the open range field that lets players camouflage against the vivid forest backdrop, making it an exhilarating experience for all.