Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

We all know Father’s Day has a habit of sneaking up on us, but relax, we have it sorted. Instead of panicking and reaching for a bottle of wine, goofy tie or pack of socks, get something that Dad will never forget! We have listed the top 10 Father’s Day gift ideas for the Dad who is a big fan of live entertainment. Whether he is into music, sport or comedy, we have something to make Father’s Day a truly memorable one.


Southern Fork Americana Fest


The Southern Fork Americana Fest celebrates the best in Americana over a two-week period at Vector Arena’s baby venue, the Great South Pacific Tuning Fork. The Festival will bring together some of the best Americana musicians from both North America and New Zealand including Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Eb & Sparrow and Johnny Fritz. An added bonus is the unique pricing schedule which means people who purchase tickets for particular shows are then offered discounts on tickets for other shows. This way Dad can see many events at a discounted price.


Click here to purchase tickets for the Southern Fork Americana Festival, which runs from October 11-25 at Vector Arena.


Digital Nationz


If Dad is into gizmos and gadgets, you can’t go past Digital Nationz, a two-day digital lifestyle expo that has the most up-to-date and exiting technology. The expo will feature special guests and speakers, live demonstrations and interactive displays. Dad can see the latest in gaming and weird science and explore the wacky world of Digital Nationz.


Click here to purchase tickets for Digital Nationz – The Gizmos, Gadgets & Technology Show at Vector Arena on September 27 and 28.


The Illusionists 2.0


Pull a rabbit out of the hat and make Dad’s day with tickets to the Illusionists 2.0. This new magic extravaganza will have Dad’s mind boggling as the performers keep him guessing with their amazing tricks and illusions. The Illusionists will perform at The Civic in September and with names like ‘The Unusualist’, ‘The Trickster’ and ‘The Futurist’, the performers are sure to impress.


Click here to purchase tickets for The Illusionists 2.0 at The Civic (post-father’s day performances run until October 13).


Gift Cards


Still not sure what to get for Dad’s special day? Perhaps a Ticketmaster Gift Card is the way to go. Not only are they easy to purchase and redeem, they can be used for any Ticketmaster event, which means Dad is sure to find himself the perfect Father’s Day present. A Ticketmaster Gift Card is the perfect way to see you at the top of the favourite child list!


Click here to purchase a Gift Card for Dad.


NZ Boxing NZNBF Title Fight


Don’t throw in the towel on searching for a perfect Father’s Day gift just yet! We have tickets for a knock out event! So scrape yourself off the canvas and get Dad tickets for the NZ Boxing Title Fight between Sam Rapira and Richard Hackney at TSB Stadium on September 12. And if you do we promise to stop making lame boxing puns.


Click here to purchase tickets to the NZ Boxing Title Fight between Sam Rapira and Richard Hackney at TSB Stadium on Friday September 12.


Thriller Live


OK, Dad will have a six month wait for this gift, but given the event is celebrating the undisputed King of Pop, we know the wait will be worth it. Thriller Live will play at The Civic in February 2015 and will celebrate the life and music of Michael Jackson. Thriller Live features more than 45 performers and has mind-blowing choreography as well as hit after hit such as Billie Jean, I Want You Back, The Way You Make Me Feel and Beat It.


Click here to purchase tickets to Thriller Live at The Civic in February 2015.




Following the release of their latest album ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’, Elbow returns to New Zealand for two performances at the Powerstation. Elbow has an unmistakeable sound – rich layers of orchestration coupled with beautiful, sentimental lyrics. The group – Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Pete Turner, Craig Potter and Richard Jupp – create a magic on stage that can’t be beaten.


Click here to purchase tickets to Elbow at The Powerstation on Sunday November 2.


Bill Bailey – Limboland


Bill Bailey is one of the most hilarious people on the planet and he is returning to New Zealand to perform a new show that explores our expectation of the world versus the reality of it. Bill combines his sharp wit and intelligence for a show that is laugh out loud funny. What Dad doesn’t love a good laugh at life?


Click here to purchase tickets for Bill Bailey Limboland at the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre on November 6 or 9.


Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular


Doctor Who is an iconic TV series that has just clocked over its 50 year anniversary. If your Dad is a fan you do not want to miss getting him tickets for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which is coming to Vector Arena for two performances on February 15, 2015. Presented by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, the Spectacular also features 145 musicians, actors and singers, as well as Daleks and Cybermen. Don’t miss out – it is the ideal Father’s Day gift.


Click here to purchase tickets to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at Vector Arena in February 2015.


Joe Satriani


Guitar legend Joe Satriani is making his way to the ASB Theatre for a one-off performance on November 1. For more than 27 years, Satriani has been mesmerising audiences with his amazing guitar skills and engaging live performances. Satriani started out as a guitar teacher and helped hone the skills of many star pupils including Kirk Hammet of Metallica, David Bryson of the Counting Crown and Steve Vai. He will be joined by Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally on his tour.


Click here to purchase tickets to Joe Satriani at Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre on Saturday November 1.