Things To Do

Don’t Panic, Here’s Where To Take Dad This Father’s Day

By Georgia Summerton
29th Aug 2019

Dads are the best. They offer constant life advice, level-headed wisdom and ridiculous dad jokes that we love to hate. Luckily for us, Father’s Day is the perfect time to show our appreciation to our dads or father figures who are constantly looking out for us and Auckland has plenty of places to take Dad for a delicious meal or fun activity to spend some quality time together.

So whether it is your dad, grandad, uncle, friend or any fatherly figure in your life, here are the best places to take them in Auckland this Father’s Day.

Where To Feast

The Culpeper

A winning choice is The Culpeper for a Father’s Day lunch or dinner as they’ve got the beers cold and a special ‘Dad's Dish’ ready for the occasion. 200g of rib-eye steak, hand-cut chips, roasted vine tomatoes and an Emerson’s Pilsner or Little Creatures Pale Ale will be served up to enjoy for just $40. The beautiful Princes Wharf makes for the perfect setting to enjoy some quality time, bookings are recommended and can be made here.


Head to Mexico this Sunday for a full-on fiesta—it's burgers and beers with a Mexican twist. Dad can get a coffee and agave adobo braised beef short rib burger with smoky bacon mayo, mole barbacoa, beer-battered onion rings, red slaw and oregano in a brioche bun and a nice cold Pacifico to wash it down with for just $25. Oh and churros for dessert are optional but definitely recommended. 

Eight Restaurant

Absolutely spoil dad with a feast of incredible dishes at Eight Restaurant. The sumptuous spread includes special creations like the beef wellington with truffle mash, or more adventurous cuts of ostrich, venison or premium aged beef. There is succulent seafood, dim sum and flavourful curries on the line up as well so no doubt it will go down a real treat—plus all dads receive a complimentary beer. Bookings are essential and can be made here.


Head to Euro this father’s day for a special three-course menu created especially for the wonderful dads out there. Featuring delectable dishes such as scorched wagyu tartare, clam chowder and Taupo beef rib-eye, it will be a real treat for lunch or dinner. The menu is $89 per person and bookings are recommended and can be made here.

The Hunting Lodge

It's dad’s 'Pig Day Out' this Sunday at The Hunting Lodge with a special four-course lunch created to celebrate father’s day. With bacon broth, heritage pork charcuterie, freedom farms pork belly and Vix's famous sweet treats it will be an absolute feast for the whole family to enjoy. The lunch is $60 per person and bookings are essential and can be made directly through the restaurant. 

Things To Do 

Comedy Night

A comedy night would only be fitting for father's day since dad jokes are truly one of the top reasons we love our dorky dads, their not-always-funny-but-have-to-laugh jokes couldn’t be pulled off by anyone else after all. The Chamberlin is hosting a special comedy extravaganza, Stand-up For Dad. In honour of dads, there will be a healthy smattering of dad jokes by some of the great local comedians including Tim Batt and Paul Douglas. Entry is free so head along early for a drink and nibble and prepare for a night of laughs. 

Axe Throwing

Auckland welcomed Sweet Axe Throwing Co. to the city not long ago and it has been a real hit, there is real satisfaction in landing an axe in the wooden target that we can't get enough of. No doubt this is something your dad will be keen to get amongst, and so they are hosting a special father’s day event. After you've been taken through the training you and your dad can team up to take on other teams in a double-elimination axe throwing tournament. There will be prizes for the winning team, what better way to bond than with a little healthy competition?

lululemon Takapuna Crossfit

If you’re looking for something active to do with dad this father’s day, lululemon Takapuna have teamed up with CrossFit Kia Maia to host a workout the whole fam can get amongst. Kicking off at 2pm, the workout will be all levels and most importantly, fun. The post workout feed will be supplied by Yeah Bowl Poke, all taken care of by the lululemon team. RSVP here and rock on up with just a tin can donation that will be given to the Salvation Army. 

Holey Moley

Golf and beer are a winning combo but if your dad isn’t overly serious about the game then taking him to Holey Moley is a sure win. The bar meets mini golf is a fun way to get a little competitive and a have a laugh over a few rounds of the winding course with a few drinks along the way. Located on the viaduct, there are bars dotted throughout the course and when you’re all done playing there are areas to grab a bite to eat looking over the water.

Need prezzie ideas? Here's our ultimate Father's Day gift guide. 

Image credit: Mexico

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