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Five Xmas gift ideas for Dad that are better than socks

Whether it’s your Dad, an uncle or another fellow father that deserves some extra Christmas cheer, here’s our top five Xmas gift ideas for Dads who rock. And knowing Dads as well as we do, we get that the best gift you can really give him is your time. So this Christmas season, spend less on stuff and more on quality time discovering some cool new experiences together.

Give Dad a voucher for a Highlands experience – so much better than socks! 


1. Go kart racing at Highlands (priced from $45)

When you want your Dad to experience the exceptional, Highlands is the place to be. This is a world-class facility with something for the whole family. There’s just something about being at the track that gets the adrenaline pumping and the need for speed rising. You can start with a family friendly go-kart experience or choose from a variety of packages and gift vouchers available to tick off the bucket-list. Like a Supercar Fast Dash in a Ferrari 488 for those keen to go as fast as they can on the circuit with a pro-driver in control! Gift vouchers like this will definitely make his day if not his year – guaranteed.

Check out our most popular Highlands Xmas gifts here

2. Dad’s Choice (pricing varies)

If Dad is difficult to buy for, then this is the perfect option for him!  You can treat him with a gift voucher for Highlands, so he gets the freedom to choose the experience he wants to do. From an unforgettable self-drive in a Mustang V8 to an absolutely incredible Ferrari Hotlap, there are plenty of options to choose from – including some awesome combo packages that you can spoil Dad with.

For the Dad that’s difficult to buy for, get him into the hot seat where he can self-drive a super car!


3. Paddle Queenstown SUP or kayak experience (priced from $25)

This is the perfect gift for Dads who enjoy time in the great outdoors. Especially since the sights and scenery of Central Otago is nothing short of spectacular. He can make the most of the festive season and enjoy the peak of summer with Paddle Queenstown’s SUP or kayak experience. Explore the beauty of Lake Wakatipu on water independently with a freedom hire or uncover hidden gems with a guided kayak tour. Whether Dad is experienced in water sports or a first timer, Paddle Queenstown has a range of options to suit.

4. Tour Jackson Orchards with plenty of delicious goodness (priced from $39)

After all that Christmas feasting, it may be good idea to enjoy some hands-on fun with the family at Jackson Orchard’s just outside of Cromwell. Hop on the yellow electric bus for a guided tour around 35 hectares of cherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, plum, apple and pear trees and get a chance to pick your own fruits from the trees in season. There’s a real-fruit ice cream kiosk with a tasty selection to choose from that also serves up amazing smoothies and juices. Known as the Fruit Bowl of the South, Cromwell is a foodie’s dream destination with plenty of roadside stalls and orchards to enjoy.

5. Visit world-class vineyards (most offer free entry)

Give Dad the day off and treat him to a wine tasting experience from one of the many world-class vineyards in Central Otago. Learn about the region’s heritage and history at award-winning wineries where you can sample local food and wines. While most casual wine tastings don’t require a booking, it may be a good idea to make a reservation to enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant/cafe to avoid disappointment. Family friendly menus are also available at select locations, so you can make it a family affair.

November 26, 2018

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