The best places to go on a wet day with the kids in
Auckland Museum FREE for Aucklanders
The Auckland Domain, Parnell
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm
The Museum's three floors tell the story of New Zealand. There is a Weird and Wonderful Discovery Centre that is great for the kids. Family events are regularly held on weekends and during the school holidays. All galleries are accessible by pushchairs and there is a parenting room for feeding young babies.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders; Donation for NZ residents; Overseas visitors: Kids $10; Adults $25; Families $60.
Auckland Art Gallery FREE for Aucklanders
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 5pm (except for Christmas Day)
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Explore their collection of more than 15,000 artworks. There is a Creative Learning Centre for the kids and drop in family sessions on Saturday afternoons. There is a cafe on site, cloakroom, drinking fountains and change tables.
Cost: FREE (Charges may apply to special exhibitions)
91 Small Road, Silverdale, Auckland
Open week days from 10am and weekends from 9am
Snowplanet is Auckland’s only indoor ski slope. Grab your beanies and warm jackets for a fantastic day out, only 30 minutes north of the city. At Snowplanet there is something for everyone; a chilly snow dome to ski, snowboard or snow tube and a warm relaxing restaurant for a bite to eat and coffee with panoramic views to watch all the action.
Call 09 427 0044 | 0800 SNOWPLANET
Level 11, 300 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
This internationally popular phenomenon promises a vivid experience where you can become the main character of a captivating mystery. An adventure, where you and your friends are locked in a themed room with the common goal to break out within an hour. To escape, you will need to find clues and solve unique puzzles. A choice of 6 experiences and identical rooms to race in Auckland CBD. There is an emergency exit in each room, so it’s perfectly safe and no one will jump out to give you a fright.
Try our brand new rooms! Can you escape? Select one of the themed rooms, choose your own difficulty level and bring a team of 2-8 people per room. The real-life escape game where every second counts.
Bounce and Beyond
10A Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
The whole family will have a blast playing at Bounce & Beyond's indoor playground. There are inflatable slides, obstacle course, bounce houses, interactive games, toddler activities and more. Bring a book, bring your friends, and enjoy a coffee while your little one runs wild in the 1800 square metre inflatable playground.
New Zealand Maritime Museum FREE for Aucklanders
Cnr Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
The Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage and exploration. Through seven different galleries, find out how the first Polynesian people made the epic migration to Aotearoa, the early European exploration and settlement of New Zealand, right through to our modern-day yachting success.
Cost: FREE for Auckanders
Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre FREE
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
The Arts Centre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions . There is a cafe onsite where you can have coffee on a covered veranda overlooking the sculpture garden
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday and Sundays: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Entry is by donation
Around the World Mini Golf
Sylvia Park, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, Mount Wellington
Prepare for a trip around the world, see the Arc de Triomphe, Effiel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the kings of the beasts on the African plains.
82 The Concorse, Henderson
220 meter indoor drift kart track for up to 12 racers. Racers need to be 8 years old and at least 1.2 metres tall
The Cat Lounge
173a Archers Road, Hillcrest, Auckland
Bring the kids along and spend time with 20 friendly rescued cats. Pat, cuddle, and play the afternoon away. There is a fullsize cafe on site with fluffies and coffee.
Gravity NZ Trampoline Park
77b Morrin Road, Mt Wellington map &
5a Ronwood Ave, Manukau map
Offering 1,000 square meters of fun with connected trampolines, ninja course, trampoline dodgeball, foam pit, basketball hoop, under 5's area and more. All built around a central platform for spectators.
Chipmunks Playland & Cafe
15 Arrenway Drive, Albany and
93 Central Park Drive, Henderson and
241 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga and
6-Carr Road, Mount Roskill and
6 Cavendish Drive, Manukau
23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Kelly Tarlton's showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world's largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels.
Their Animal Adventures offer unique and thrilling 'up close' underwater encounters with huge sharks, including the all new Shark Dive Xtreme and Shark Cage experience. You can also head out onto the ice to get up close to our amazing penguins with Penguin Discovery.
Auckland cinemas at: Botany Downs, Mission Bay, Sylvia Park, Takapuna, Wairau Park
Take the kids to see a movie.
Virtual Reality Studio
Unit 2a/161 Stoddard Road, Mount Roskill
New Zealand's first virtual reality public experience. Here you will enter a world beyond the imagination and step into another dimension. Read about our visit to the Virtual Reality Studio here.
565 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Uptown Bounce is the only Auckland central city boutique trampoline park.
5 Waikaukau Road, Glen Eden
More than 200 climbing routes ranging in height from 10 to 12 metres.
Indoor Swimming Pools
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Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland CBD
Sky Tower is the tallest man made structure in New Zealand at 328 metres tall.
500A Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs &
10 Target Court, Wairau Park
Tenpin, Laser Frenzy, Laser Tab, Timezone, Dodgems
Auckland International Airport, Botany Downs, Glenfield, Queen Street and Papatoetoe
Timezone Entertainment Centres have the latest interactive entertainment, video games and high tech prize machines.
Odyssey Sensory Maze
Lower Basement, Metro Centre, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland
Odyssey is an a-maze-ing journey that will invigorate your senses and challenge your mind as you experience illusions, sound effects, scents, quirky physical obstacles and strange sensations.
Three Auckland locations:
57 View Road, Wairau Valley, Glenfield
577 Great South Rd, Manukau
911 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill
ClimbZone, Extreme Edge and Adventureland
40c Morrin Road, Panmure
60 top-ropes, accessing a huge range of climbing walls, with another massive overhanging wall reserved for lead climbing. There are more than 200 routes to climb at any one time from absolute beginner to expert.
Tenpin Bowling Pukekohe
78 Nelson Street, Pukekohe
Ten pin bowling for the family. Bumper lanes for the kids to stop gutter balls.
28 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna
Glow in the dark 12 hole mini golf course.