Creative ways to spoil the Rotorua Dad who has everything


Creative ways to spoil the Rotorua Dad who has everything

The whole nation is presently sitting in a pretty intensive lockdown in response to COVID-19. And let’s be honest – it looks highly likely that this year’s Father’s Day is going to be spent rather close to home. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the special occasion! Gift the Dad in your life something a little outside the box rather than the usual chocolate liqueurs, BBQ tools, or sports socks. Choosing a more experiential present is a fantastic option for the Dad who really does have everything. And most local businesses have gift vouchers to remove any booking risks. It’ll give him something to truly look forward to. Read on for some unique Father’s Day pressie inspiration in and around Rotorua that you might not have thought of! 


There’s golf, and then there’s golf with a floatplane in the mix. 

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Dad beating his best on the golf course before taking to the skies in a floatplane!

Golfing and golf accessories have become synonymous with ‘dad life’. And if that’s a real passion for your partner or Dad, fantastic – but kick things up a notch by making it the golfing experience to remember. We’re confident that our Floatplane Jetboat Golf Experience (Tour 8A) will tick all the boxes: a bit of a thrill, delicious cuisine, some outdoor action, and relaxing by way of a scenic flight. We do offer the option to purchase a gift voucher as we touched on earlier, so take advantage of that to ensure Dad gets a post-lockdown treat! 


Get Dad living the history he’s been reading about at home

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Taking in the magnificence of a Mt Tarawera crater.

Is the father in your life a bit of a history nerd? Been reading biographies and period fiction for 90% of lockdown? Then he’ll be itching for some exploration and historical adventure by the time touring Rotorua can kick up again. Look to Kaitiaki Adventures for that historical hit. A perfectly unique Father’s Day gift is their Mt. Tarawera Crater Walk. You, Dad, and whomever else you choose to bring along for the trip will enjoy a super interesting history lesson while walking one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking volcanic sites. There’s also some offroading included to shake things up a bit. Want to take things to new heights? We actually partner with Kaitiaki ourselves to offer a fantastic Mt. Tarawera combo – the Fly and Drive. You’ll see more of the surrounding area from your helicopter seat, and a reluctant walker will be glad of it! 


Thinking of sticking to beer? 

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The Croucher team seated on their beery thrones!

If we haven’t swayed you into dabbling in outside-the-box gift buying and you’d rather stick to the tried and true box of beer, we’ve still got you covered. In fact, this next option is a good one if we’re still in a Level 3 lockdown by the time Father’s Day rolls around this year! Local beer brewery, Croucher, has a convenient online store for you to pick and choose some cool craft sippers from. Personally, we’re fans of cracking their Volcanic NZAPA after a long flight over the Waimangu Valley, for obvious reasons. All puns and jokes aside, this is a budget-friendly surprise for Dad to lighten the lockdown mood, as well as being an easy way to support locals. 


The quickest way to Dad’s heart…  

…has always been, and will always be, through his stomach. If he’s a foodie or just really loves his barbeque, then The Factory Smokehouse & Grill also has an online shop where you can buy special spices to take your Alert Level 4 and 3 dinners to a whole new place. It’ll pair well with some Croucher beer! It’ll also taste better after a helicopter or floatplane ride. 

No matter your budget or the alert level this Father’s Day, make sure you spoil Dad. Whether it’s a voucher for a future experience or an easy online buy of some tasty treats, you’re bound to delight with the list above. Happy Father’s Day!