Rainy Day Ideas - When it rains it pours - and Auckland certainly seems to get its fair share of rainy days! So, to avoid the kids spotaneously combusting try heading to one of these great locations to keep the kids busy when it rains in Auckland.
Built in 1888, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, housing a collection of more than 15,000 works.
View the Gallery’s collection including New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to today.
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets ,
Telling the story of New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum showcases the natural, cultural and social history of this country. There are two award winning discovery centres for kids that provide a hands-on experience. The building itself is one of New Zealand's finest heritage buildings and has recently gone through a major renovation and extension project.
Butterfly Creek are proud to host NZ’s only giant saltwater crocodiles - the world’s apex predators. Complimenting these reptiles is our magnificent tropical butterfly house, cotton-top tamarins and other reptiles such as the bearded dragon and alligators. We also host NZ’s giant wetapunga - one of the world’s largest insects and an aquaria and bugs exhibit including tarantulas. Beside the café, courtyard and playground, there is a train! Take a ride around the new Dinosaur Kingdom that opened in Jan 2014 - see the dinosaurs come to life! Last but not least is Buttermilk
farm where you can get up close and personal with the cute and cuddly animals.
Butterfly Creek hosts fantastic all-inclusive children’s parties and we run a behind the scenes Junior Keeper programme for those animal lovers.
Animal encounters occur daily and we are open every day except Xmas & Boxing
day and we are 50% undercover so don't let the rain put you off!
We are situated 2 minutes from the Airport and provide a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
10 Tom Pearce Drive,
Extreme Edge Rock Climbing in Panmure, Auckland, is an indoor climbing for all ages and abilities. All hire gear available.
On your first visit you will receive a safety lesson from one of our very patient instructors. Your climbing pass covers you for the whole day!
Extreme Indoor Karts features the world famous in NZ ramp, tighter more technical corners and long fast sweeping straights. Definately the best go karting experience you'll have in Auckland!
Auckland’s No.1 entertainment destination, 7 minutes drive from the city. Featuring the worlds BIGGEST movie screen - Xtreme Screen. La Premiere Auckland’s ultimate luxury cinema and the Halfpipe bean-bag cinema.
Sylvia Park Shopping Centre,
286 Mt Wellington Highway,
Hoyts Wairau Park is an 8 screen cinema complex with 3D capability.
15 Link Drive,
THE NEW KELLY TARLTON’S SEA LIFE AQUARIUM - Discover your inner explorer with 8 new themed zones including the world’s largest penguin colony display, the world’s biggest species of stingray and New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks. Journey through a unique Southern Ocean experience and marvel at our amazing NEW jellyfish display. In the magical Seahorse Kingdom you’ll find the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons.
For a real Kiwi adventure join one of our Shark Adventures; snorkel with sharks from the safety of a submerged cage; or for the true adrenaline junkie, try a cage-free shark dive.
Bookings are essential for Shark Adventures – online and phone bookings accepted
23 Tamaki Drive,
MOTAT offers a fun, interactive and educational day out based on New Zealand's transport, technology and social history.
Ride a tram, see the Pumphouse in action, take a guided tour of the rail workshop, wander through the Victorian Village, marvel at the award-winning Aviation Display Hall (housing one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere), enjoy lunch at the cafe and explore the extensive collection of objects telling stories of New Zealand aviation, printing, road transport, trams, steam, military, telecommunications and rail.
Kids especially love to explore the Mirror Maze, Tactile Dome and interactive science and technology zone.
MOTAT also offers a range of fantastic Birthday Parties and unique venue spaces for hire. Visit www.motat.org.nz
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
805 Great North Road,
The biggest entertainment center in the city region, we maximum the indoor sports in a 2000m2 area.(Tenpin bowling, Pool, Karaoke, Food and 24hrs Fully Licensed Bar)
Recently relocated from Takapuna to Albany, Paint The Earth is a family friendly Auckland ceramic painting studio open to all ages.
William Pickering Drive,
SNOWPLANET is New Zealand’s first and only all-year indoor snow resort where snow guests can experience the thrill of snowsports and the atmosphere of a snow village only 20 minutes North of Auckland.
At Snowplanet you can ski, snowboard, tube, toboggan, and dine at our world class facility. Our slope is 200m long and includes a Terrain Park with jumps & rails plus a ski line and beginner’s area.
We offer a number of additional services; rental equipment and clothing, instruction, coaching, and the Snowplanet Restaurant & Bar.
91 Small Road,