The best places to go on a wet rainy day with the kids in Auckland, New Zealand to keep your family entertained.
FEATURED INDOOR ACTIVITIES
JUMP indoor trampoline park
Auckland locations: Avondale, North Shore and Takanini
Does jumping off the wall and flying through the air sound like something you want to do?
JUMP NZ is proud to offer New Zealands premier indoor trampoline park, offering hundreds of square meters of interlocking trampolines a foam pit, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and more! As New Zealands only safety certified trampoline park, the staff at JUMP can make sure all JUMPers are able to have the time of their lives in a safe and secure environment!
Book now to avoid missing out on a space.
91 Small Road, Silverdale, North Shore, Auckland
Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12pm – 9pm; Wed: 12pm – 5pm; Friday: 10am – Midnight; Sat-Sun: 10am – 10pm
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 go tubing and tobogganing in the magical Winter Wonderland. When you’ve come in off the snow relax in the warm 7Summits Restaurant for a bite to eat and coffee with panoramic views of the slope to watch all the action.
Call 09 427 0044 | 0800 SNOWPLANET
Kidz Kingdom and Rainbow Playlab at Rainbow’s End
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, South Auckland
Open every day except Christmas Day, with Night Rides on selected dates during the year
Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End has lots of rides especially for kids 8 and under and is fully covered. Your kids will never forget their first roller coaster or conquering their fears on a new ride. Rainbow’s End is the perfect place for those special family moments of magic!
If you love technology check out Rainbow Playlab, the state-of-the-art entertainment centre with Virtual Reality, Virtual Sword Fighting, E-Sports and Escape Room! Entry is free to the Playlab and charges apply for each game.
393 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Central Auckland
Open 7 days a week from 10am to 7pm
VR Voom provide the latest high quality Virtual Reality content and equipment to create an immersive experience for anyone from school aged children to adults. Choose from over 50 different options from 4D cinema to individual and multiplayer games, free-roaming experiences and even an ‘Escape Room in VR’. Don’t worry if you or your kids haven’t tried VR before either as the VR Voom team will help show you the way.
All Blacks Experience
Level 4, 88 Federal Street, Sky City Precinct, Auckland CBD
Discover the legacy, feel the passion and experience the All Blacks legend like never before. The All Blacks Experience is a guided, interactive journey through the Aotearoa New Zealand rugby story. Hear personal, exclusive revelations from New Zealand’s greatest players in black, steel yourself to face the mighty haka and step up to test your skills. Have you got what it takes to wear the black jersey?
Auckland locations: Takapuna and Auckland CBD
Thrillzone is a one-stop venue for awesome, adrenaline-fuelled activities for the whole family. Try out two of the best multiplayer VR experiences the world has to offer! Hologate VR, and Omni VR experience full-body immersion.
More into racing? Put your driving skills to test as you race side by side on the Race Car Simulator. Or why not ignite your puzzle-solving skills, in a next-level adaptation of the Escape Room, using Augmented Reality. Definitely something for everyone!
Auckland Museum FREE for Aucklanders
The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Central Auckland
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm weekdays, 9am to 5pm weekends and public holidays, open until 8:30pm every Tuesday
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. Usually there are free school holiday activities for children at the museum too.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders and Donation for NZ residents.
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 the 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.
MOTAT- Museum of Transport and Technology
805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland
MOTAT is Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology. Although MOTAT is spread across 40 acres, if you bring your umbrella or rain coat to get the kids between the different buidlings there is plenty of fun things to entertain you inside out of the rain for the day.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
309 Broadway, Westfield, Newmarket, Central Auckland
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Think Cirque du Soleil meets Glastonbury. Mind-blowing decorations will lead you through to an extensive range of activities for fun-loving Kiwi families to partake in from dodgem cars to carousels, bowling, mini-rides and arcade games.
Once the kids have worked up an appetite, head to the American-style diner to indulge in colourful burgers, hotdogs, loaded fries and more.
Auckland Art Gallery FREE for Aucklanders
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD
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. Usually the gallery has free activities in the school holidays for children too.. There is a cafe on site, cloakroom, drinking fountains and change tables.
Cost: FREE (Charges may apply to special exhibitions)
Pah Homestead, Wallace Arts Centre FREE
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Central Auckland
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sundays: 10:00am to 5:00pm
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.
Cost: Entry is by donation
Your local Auckland cinema
Go to the cinema and watch a movie with the kids.
FLIPPIN’ FUN is true fun for the whole family, where the rules of gravity don’t apply! It’s a spring-loaded, urban playground offering a great time to be had by all. Whether you’re a seasoned adrenaline junkie, or a family with toddlers and young children, everyone will enjoy themselves at FLIPPIN’ FUN. Contact FLIPPIN’ FUN to book Flip classes, parties or your group event.
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Central Auckland
Observatory Planetarium with planetarium shows, telescope viewing and gallery & exhibits.
Stardome’s gallery & exhibits are open every day and night, except Monday night. Planetarium shows play weekday evenings and weekend afternoons and evenings.
Bounce and Beyond
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 CBD
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
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarltons
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 Shark Dive Xtreme and Shark Cage experience. You can also head out onto the ice to get up close to the amazing penguins with Penguin Discovery.
AUCKLAND INDOOR ACTIVITIES
The VR Club
37 Fred Thomas Drive, Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna, Northshore, Auckland
Enjoy a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience with immersive social multiplayer gaming experiences for all ages. The VR Club works with developers, both worldwide and in New Zealand to bring you their games in the way they are meant to be experienced. VR sessions are by appointment only, book here.
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland CBD
Sky Tower is the tallest man made structure in New Zealand at 328 metres tall.
Two Auckland locations:
500a Ti Rakau Drive, Botany and
10 Target Road, Wairau, North Shore
Xtreme Entertainment Wairau
Tenpin blowing, Kidzone, Laser Frenzy, Laser Tag, Timezone and Pinball fun.
Stay at home to stream a virtual show or see a live theatre play with your family.
40c Morrin Road, Panmure
Extreme Edge Rock Climbing 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.
Clip ‘N Climb
610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Central Auckland
ClipnClim Dom Rd
34 fun, yet challenging climbs, that will test everyone of all ages. Plus there are 2 additional features, the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide.
Popking Kids Indoor Playground
2B Wagener Place, St Lukes, Auckland
Popking Kids Indoor Playground
Fun indoor playground for younger kids and cafe for parents and children to enjoy in the St Lukes Shopping area.
Odyssey Sensory Maze
Lower Basement, Metro Centre, 291 Queen Street, Auckland CBD.
Journey through a maze of a multitude of rooms with a variety of different sensory effects.
Chipmunks New Lynn
Margan Ave, New Lynn, West Auckland
Chipmunk New Lynn
Indoor play centre for young kids with a cafe.
Magic Loft Playground & Cafe
50 Anzac Road, Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland
Magic Loft Playground & Cafe
Indoor playground filled with creativity, adventure and thrills designed for kids for a fun day out. There is play equipment and zones suitable for children from 0 to 12 years old.
Three Auckland locations:
50 Anzac Road, Browns Bay;
911 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill;
577 Great South Road, Manukau
Inflatable World NZ
Giant indoor inflatable playgrounds for kids to have fun.
28 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
Gloputt Mini Golf
Glow in the dark 16 hole mini golf course with buildings, foliage and pathways illuminated with glowing technicolour. The course is completely indoors, so you can always have fun inspite of the weater.
Metrolanes Ten Pin Bowling
Level 3 Metro Centre, 291 Queen Street, Central Auckland
Metrolanes Bowling Complex
Featuring twelve full size Ten Pin Bowling lanes uniquely split into three different areas and two dedicated Route 66 spaces for children of all ages.
3/63 Corinthian Drive, Albany, North Shore, Auckland
My Wonderland Playground
Fun indoor playground for kids under 11 years old.