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Fantastic Father's Day Ideas in Auckland: Where to go with your dad on his special day

Father and son doing a high five

Dad's special day comes once a year, and this year it is the 4th of September. VroomVroomVroom has some great ideas around Auckland to make the day memorable. If you are visiting from another country or city, use your hire car to get to these hot spots:

Wild Wheels for Dad

Wild Wheels at MOTAT: MOTAT is Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. On Father's Day, they hold a special event, called Wild Wheels, where many car clubs from across Auckland converge with rare and well-loved vehicles for petrol-head dads to drool over. There's live music, and great food provided by food trucks scattered around the venue.

 MOTAT is open from 10 am – 5 pm.  Address: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs.

Sea Life Experience

Treat your water-loving dad at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium: Kelly Tarlton's is one of Auckland's most loved visitor attractions, and they help to honour dads on Father's Day by offering free entry to all dads accompanied by a full paying adult. While you are in the waterfront area, follow your visit up with fish and chips on the beach, ice-cream at Mission Bay, or soft drinks and beer at any of Tamaki Drive's street-side cafes.

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium  is open from 9.30am -5pm. Address: 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei.

 Special Treats

Father's Day Beer Brunch at the Pullman Hotel

If your dad likes the finer things in life, book a table at the Pullman Hotel's Father's Day Beer Brunch. He'll be offered lots of favourite treats, such as oysters in Guinness beer sabayon, BBQ ribs and mini-burgers; washed down with complimentary craft beer or a glass of bubbles.

Pullman Hotel: Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant. Book your table on 09 358 8013

Inspiration For Dad

Chasing Great Movie, Bridgeway Cinema

How about your sports mad dad? Even if you are visiting from overseas, you have probably heard of the world champion All Black rugby team, and their illustrious captain Richie McCaw who led them to victory. The movie Chasing Great is a documentary that tells not just the story of the World Cup win, but weaves in the story of Richie McCaw's life. It opens in the first week of September, and will be on general release. Independent cinema The Bridgeway, just over the Auckland Harbour Bridge in Northcote has a special Q and A screening at 3.15pm on Father's Day, with the opportunity for discussion with the movie's director and producer. Special packages are available.


Bridgeway Cinema: 122 Queen Street, Northcote Point

Sing-along with Your Dad

Engelbert Humperdink at the Civic Theatre

Turntable Take-Down at Flight 605

Is your dad a bit of a crooner? Or a retro-hipster?

There's music for all tastes available on Father's day evening. Sing along with Engelbert at the Civic Theatre, Auckland's stunning 'atmospheric' theatre, and much-loved historic landmark. Or head to the city fringe where the Kingsland Folk Club are running a vinyl-lovers appreciation night at neighbourhood bar, Flight 605.

Civic Theatre: Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets.

Flight 605: 605 New North Road, Morningside.