10 Christmas gift ideas for Dad

by Elisa Parry

Men can be hard to buy for, which is why it’s time to start thinking about what to buy dad for Christmas… Before you fall back on your old favourites (socks, chocolate, coffee and wine) we’ve pulled together a list of experience gifts he is bound to love. From scenic helicopter flights to V8 racing experiences – make this Christmas dad’s favourite yet!

10 gift ideas for Dad

White Island scenic helicopter flight and tour

Gift dad the chance to take in the stunning views of White Island from the sky. He will then get the chance to land and walk on the crater of one of New Zealand’s most active volcanos. Talk about an experience he’ll never forget!

Gift a White Island scenic helicopter flight and tour.

 

10 gift ideas for Dad

Port Hills zipline adventure tour

Would your dad love to spend the day in the ultimate adventure playground. He’ll be swinging through the trees on New Zealand’s longest and highest ziplines reaching heights of up to 1100m!

Gift a Port Hills zipline adventure tour.

 

10 gift ideas for Dad

Introductory stunt driving course

Is your dad’s favourite part of every movie the car chase? He might be a little out of his comfort zone, but he’ll love this stunt driving course. Did we mention he’ll learn how to jump a car 7 metres in the air? Gift dad the driving experience of a lifetime.

Gift an introductory stunt driving course.

 

10 gift ideas for Dad

Monteith’s Taste of the Coast with Brewery Tour

Gift dad a guided tour of Monteith’s Brewery followed by a tasting experience with two tapas plates. This is a delicious and fun day out at one of the West Coast’s most iconic breweries.

Gift a Monteith’s Taste of the Coast with Brewery Tour.

 

10 gift ideas for Dad

Cheese factory tour with cheese tasting and paired wines

If your dad is less of a beer man and more of a foodie, this cheese and wine experience will be right up his alley. He’ll enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Whitestone Cheese Company before enjoying some samples perfectly paired with boutique wines.

Gift a cheese factory tour with cheese tasting and paired wines.

 

10 gift ideas for Dad

Tandem skydive over Queenstown

Gift dad the ultimate thrill with a tandem skydive over Queenstown! He can jump out of a plane from 15,000ft and take in the stunning views on his way down. 

Gift a tandem skydive over Queenstown.

10 gift ideas for Dad

Helicopter flight and altitude golf

This is the perfect Christmas gift combo! An exhilarating helicopter ride followed by a session of altitude golf, where he can tee off in an attempt to achieve the ultimate hole in one.

Gift a helicopter flight and altitude golf.

10 gift ideas for Dad

An evening at Weta Workshop with three-course dinner at CoCo

Does dad have a flair for the dramatic?  He’ll love an extended tour of Weta Workshop where he can meet the team behind the props, costumes and creatures of his favourite films. This experience also includes a three-course dinner at CoCo at The Roxy Cinema.

Gift an evening at Weta Workshop with a three-course dinner at CoCo.

10 gift ideas for Dad

Holden V8 hot laps 

Gift dad the chance to cut laps around the race track. He'll live out his boyhood dream of sitting in the front seat of a supercar as the professionals behind the wheel show him just how fast these things can go! 

Gift dad five hot laps in a Holden V8.

10 gift ideas for Dad

Hanmer Springs single seat quad bike adventure 

Swap the race track for a mud track on this off-road quad bike adventure. Dad will be powering through streams and forests on this action-packed quad biking trip through scenic Hanmer Springs. 

Gift a Hanmer Springs single seat quad bike adventure.

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