Auckland is a lusciously green city thanks to all the lovely rain the city gets. This means there may be days when you and your family are twiddling your thumbs and wondering what rainy day activities Auckland has to offer. Luckily, there are plenty of options for things to do on a rainy day in Auckland. Here’s my top list of rainy day activities in Auckland:
#1 Auckland Museum
My kids and I love visiting Auckland War Memorial Museum on a rainy day. There is so much to see at the museum, so a couple of hours can easily be whiled away amongst the different exhibitions. The cafe is also a lovely place for a coffee and bite to eat. If the rain eases, a walk around the Domain is a great way to get rid of some extra energy.
Stepping into Auckland’s Maritime Museum is like embarking on a seafaring expedition! Our little adventurers were enthralled by interactive exhibits, captivating tales of maritime history, and even got to sail a virtual boat. A perfect blend of education and entertainment, making it a fantastic family-friendly destination in the heart of the city. For dryer days, you can have a go on a real life sail boat, Ted Ashby, around the Auckland’s harbour.
The Weta Workshop in Auckland only opened at the end of 2020 but is already a family favourite for many people in or visiting Auckland. The kids will be amazed by the intricate props and costumes. The guided tour is fascinating, giving an inside look at the incredible artistry behind the scenes. There a workshops for older children but younger children will get a lot out of it. Just be warned some exhibitions can be a bit frightening so check it is age appropriate for your little ones before visiting.
#4 Sky Tower
Head up to the top of the SkyTower for great views of the city, even on a rainy day. There is a lovely cafe at the top too so you can enjoy a milkshake with a view. You can also enjoy a ride on the SkySlide, a virtual reality slide around the outside of the SkyTower.
With its diverse collection of artworks from local and international artists, the gallery offers a unique opportunity to explore various art forms. Kids will have a great time at the Auckland Art Gallery. There are often events put on especially for families. Check out the website for the latest paid exhibitions
Auckland’s indoor ski slope is a great activity for wet days in the city. There is something for all level of skiers and even non-skiers. The Winter Wonderland is a great option for all the family. You can enjoy tubing or tabogganing
Kelly Tarlton’s is a brilliant option for families on a rainy day in Auckland. Explore the mesmerizing underwater world and get up close with fascinating marine life. From interactive touch pools to thrilling shark tunnels, the aquarium offers an immersive experience. The penguins are, of course, a highlight and you can pay extra for a penguin encounter and that is definitely on our to-do list!
#8 Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
The Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, situated in One Tree Hill Domain, is a great day out for the whole family. Step into the immersive planetarium and embark on a celestial journey. From stargazing sessions to captivating shows about the universe, the Stardome offers educational and awe-inspiring entertainment for all ages, igniting a passion for astronomy.
#9 Indoor mini golf
There are a number of options for indoor mini-golf across Auckland. One of the most fun is Holey Moley with its unique and creatively designed courses based around pop culture, everyone can putt their way through fun challenges. Enjoy tasty food and refreshing drinks while competing in a vibrant and entertaining setting that guarantees laughter and bonding moments for the whole family.
#10 Attend a family-friendly theatre production
Check out what productions are on at one of the city’s theatres, such as the ASB Waterfront Theatre or the Civic Theatre. The Pump House theatre also regularly puts on productions for kids. Auckland has a lot to offer in the way of family-friendly productions particularly during the school holidays.
#11 All Blacks Experience
For families passionate about rugby (or even those that aren’t, the All Blacks Experience in Auckland is a dream come true. Immerse yourself in the rich history and legendary legacy of New Zealand’s national rugby team. There are lots of interactive displays where you can test out your own rugby skills, watch the haka on a four-metre high screen, and hear directly from All Blacks legends past and present.
#12 Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo is a great day out no matter the weather. There are plenty of indoor enclosures to shelter from the rain in and a wonderful cafe to have a bite to eat. There are lots of animals to see at Auckland Zoo and there are some great talks by the zoo keepers where you can often get up close to some of the animals.
MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) in Auckland offers a captivating experience. Explore vintage vehicles, aircraft, and interactive displays showcasing New Zealand’s technological progress. Discover steam engines, trams, and even a working tram ride. Engage in hands-on activities, witness historic workshops, and learn about Kiwi ingenuity. MOTAT promises a fascinating journey through time.
# 14 Enjoy a meal at one of Auckland’s family-friendly restaurants
Auckland has a lot to offer in the way of family-friendly restaurants. Check out Auckland For Kids’ list of kid-friendly restaurants in Tamaki Makaurau. Many have play areas or entertainment so the kids can be kept occupied while the adults enjoy some delicious food.
There are lots more rainy day activities to enjoy in Auckland, from indoor rock climbing, to bowling, to laser tag so you can get out and enjoy this great city whatever the weather!