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A dozen ways out with your favourite guy this weekend. Father's Day can be any time of year... go slow, go wild or get crafty at over 1000°C.
Release your inner blacksmith and forge your own knife under intense heat with a Stackhouse Knives workshop. Learn as you go to forge, grind, sand, treat the blade and customise your handle before taking it home to slice those pesky tomatoes.
Zoom past Dad in a racing duel – piloting a 6.5hp 200cc EVO6 go-kart. Race around the 300 metre indoor Daytona Raceway, and stay on for a best of 3 with on-site paintball and mini-golf.
There’s nothing quite like an open fire under the stars. Campfires are permitted at Kaitoke Regional Park on the river bed and away from camping sites – just get the park ranger’s permission before lighting a fire. Or get away from it all and book a hut in the Orongorongo Valley for the ultimate back country weekend.
Dad can sit back and relax with a supply of never-ending slow-roasted meat. At the all you can eat Gaucho's Churrasco BBQ Argentenian eatery, you grab sides from the buffet while staff bring him slow-roasted meat on skewers. You'll need to book!
Dad can show off his muscle might at HangDog Indoor Rock Climbing. Who'll be first to hang upside down on 14m walls and overhangs? Or try to out-throw him playing forceback at McEwen Park.
Grab the bikes, the picnic and a blanket for some riverside racing action. You'll often see enthusiasts meet up in good weather to race model power boats around the river near Sladden Park, Petone. Or race up the Hutt River Trail and reward tired legs with a train ride to return home!
Stand outside on a moving carriage behind a steam locomotive at Silver Stream Railway - where you're more than likely to land a fine touch of magic coal soot for the full experience!