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Take your dad out this Father's Day

By Josie 26 Aug 2019

Gifts are nice, but we all know that what dads really want this Father's Day is to spend some time with their offspring, so we've put together some ideas for Wellington outings that your dad will love. From seeing some art, watching some sport, hanging out with some animals or trying some local craft beer, we reckon there'll be something in here that'll appeal to the father figure in your life. 

A day at Boomrock

Boomrock is teaming up with Tuatara Brewery this year to host a day of activities, canapés and craft beer on Father's Day. Don’t worry about the drive as you’ll be picked up from the city and transported to the magnificent Boomrock cliff top where the schedule will include a four-course lunch matched with Tuatara beer and all-action activities including clay bird shooting.

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A visit to Brewtown

For beer-loving fathers, a trip to Brewtown in Upper Hutt would surely hit the spot. Try local beers from Panhead Custom Ales, Boneface Brewing Company, Te Aro Brewing and Kereru Brewing Company, all in one spot. And if a gift is a must then try the Brewtown gift store with heaps of beer-related goodies.

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A visit to Toi Art at Te Papa

A visit to Toi Art at Te Papa is the ideal way to spend Father's Day for a dose of arts and culture that will entertain the whole whānau. Current exhibitions include Nike Savvas, Finale: Bouquet a three-dimensional painting made thousands of fluttering, colourful strands filling the gallery and The New Photography – Life in the 60s and 70s depicting those great decades of social change and experimentation in New Zealand.

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Nike Savvas, Bouquet: Finale
Photo credit: Jack Fisher, Te Papa

Elderberry + Kate Man Cave

Fathers deserve to be pampered too and Elderberry + Kate are the champions of manly pampering with their Man Cave selection of treatments. Treat dad to a super relaxing bespoke gentlemen’s facial or a manicure and show him how special he is.

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Planetarium show at Space Place

Seeing a film at the Planetarium is sure to be a perfect Father's Day activity for stargazers and space enthusiasts. Space Place has a state-of-the-art full-dome screening sky and space-themed movies for all ages on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

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Have a Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo

Take your dad on an unforgettable Close Encounter with one of the endangered animals at Wellington Zoo. Wellington's world-leading Zoo offers unique opportunities to get up close and personal with their lemur, meerkat and incredibly cute capybara. Dad will meet the animals and the Zookeepers and find out more about how Wellington Zoo cares for their animals.

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A Close Encounter with lemurs at Wellington Zoo

Escape Room

An unconventional way to spend Father's Day, but think of it like doing a real-life puzzle together - but better! Escape Mate offers the chance to be in your very own game show and work together to answer puzzles and clues to find your way out of a themed space. 

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World of WearableArt Awards Show 

Treat your dad to some tickets to World of WearableArt Awards Show. The design competition at the heart of the show is internationally renowned and attracts entries from around 40 countries each year. Any material can find a place on the stage, as long as the garment it’s used in is original, innovative and well-executed


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World of WearableArt Award Show
Photo credit: Axminstress, Kate MacKenzie, New Zealand

Season tix for the Nix

It’s almost soccer season and Wellington Phoenix Season Tickets are now on sale. Treat dad to a season pass or a Nix Six pass for six games so he can cheer on the team all summer long.

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Board games at Counter Culture

Playing board games with dad has always been fun so how about head to Counter Culture on Victoria Street for Father's Day. With over 600 board games, they're bound to have some you don't already have at home. Settle in for a laidback afternoon with a bit of friendly family competition. 

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