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
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)
Auckland Museum FREE for Aucklanders
The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Central Auckland
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. Usually there are free school holiday activities for children at the museum too.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders; Donation for NZ residents; Overseas visitors: Kids $10; Adults $25; Families $60.
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.
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.
Kidz Kingdom and Rainbow Playlab at Rainbow’s End
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, South Auckland map
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.
91 Small Road, Silverdale, North Shore, 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
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.
VR Voom provide the latest VR high quality games paired with custom made 4D motion platforms to create an immersive experience. Anyone from school aged children to adults can enjoy gaming at VR Voom. Choose from No Man’s Land 96, Matrix, Time Machine, Speeder and Sword Master games.
Don’t worry if you or your kids haven’t tried VR gaming before either as the VR Voom team will teach you how to play.
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
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
AUCKLAND INDOOR ACTIVITIES
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.
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.
Stay at home to stream a virtual show or see a live theatre play with your family.
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland CBD
Sky Tower is the tallest man made structure in New Zealand at 328 metres tall.
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.
Indoor Swimming Pools
Take the kids to one of Auckland’s indoor swimming pools. The Council run pools are FREE for children and teens aged 16 and under too.
Three Auckland locations:
50 Anzac Road, Browns Bay;
911 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill;
577 Great South Road, Manukau
Giant indoor inflatable playgrounds for kids to have fun.
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 our amazing penguins with Penguin Discovery.
The VR Club
33 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
The VR Club is the premier virtual reality lounge in Takapuna dedicated to providing the best social multiplayer and a wide range of immersive solo experiences for ages 6 years and up.
Your local Auckland cinema
Go to the cinema and watch a movie with the kids.
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.
Two Auckland locations:
500a Ti Rakau Drive, Botany and
10 Target Road, Wairau, North Shore
Tenpin blowing, Kidzone, Laser Frenzy, Laser Tag, Timezone and Pinball fun.
Popking Kids Indoor Playground
2B Wagener Place, St Lukes,Auckland
Facebook: Popking Kids Indoor Playground
Fun indoor playground for younger kids and cafe for parents and children to enjoy in the St Lukes Shopping area.
3/63 Corinthian Drive, Albany, North Shore, Auckland
Facebook: My Wonderland Playground
Fun indoor playground for kids under 11 years old.
40c Morrin Road, Panmure
Facebook: 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
Capital Cinema Building, 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland
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.
Four indoor locations: New Lynn, Mt Roskill, Pakuranga and Manukau.
Indoor play centre for young kids with a cafe.
Game Over Auckland
35 Arrenway Drive, Albany, North Shore, Auckland
Exhiilarating indoor electric go karts, safari theme laser tab, mini putt golf and arcade games.
Magic Loft Playground & Cafe
50 Anzac Road, Browns Bay, Auckland
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.
28 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
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
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.