Activity Category: Rainy-day

Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery, Gisborne

This small museum is dedicated to the history of the region but also has a range of changing exhibitions which can have a national or international focus. If the weather isn’t favourable or you’re just wanting to escape from the heat or have a change of pace, you could easily…

Gannet Safaris Overland, Te Awanga

A trip to the gannet colony on Cape Kidnappers is a great experience for people of all ages. While the tractor trailer journey is great fun for kids, for some people, the bumpy tractor ride and/or the walk up from the beach to the gannets means that this isn’t an…

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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The Grounds at Waitangi include the Treaty House, the Carved Meeting House, The Ceremonial War Canoe, The Museum of Waitangi and outside locations of The Flagstaff, Te Ana o Maikuku/Hobson Beach and the path leading from the beach to the lawn known as Nias Track. Altogether the Waitangi Treaty Grounds…

Feeding Stingrays, Tatapouri Bay

Feeding stingray isn’t something that you get to experience everyday! This isn’t an aquarium and the stingray that you’ll see are free to come and go anywhere they want, so while the guides at Dive Tatapouri have built up a relationship with several stingray, there’s no guarantee of what or…

Capital E, Wellington

Capital E is a great place to go if you’re in the city centre of Wellington and need to get out of the weather! The main PlayHQ in the TSB Arena building is an oasis of calm with plenty to keep a pre schooler occupied on a term time weekday.…

Pukeiti Gardens, near New Plymouth

Pukeiti Gardens is roughly 30 minutes drive from New Plymouth but feels like it’s a whole world away! It went through a major redevelopment in 2017 which has totally transformed this place into a great family attraction with things to do no matter what the weather is like. Access is…

Rainbow’s End, Auckland

As New Zealand’s only real theme park, Rainbow’s End can be a great day out for those that enjoy the thrill of rides. To some extent there is something for everyone from a soft play area for toddlers, to a mini-rides area for under 8 year olds and everything from…

Matakana Cinema

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It can be annoying when the weather tries to spoil your planned beach holiday but with 3 screens, this cinema shows the most recent releases and usually has a movie on to suit all ages. As with most cinemas in small tourist centres though, you’ll need to book ahead if…

Waipu Caves, near Waipu

It’s 12km along a mostly gravel road that at times twists and turns – not ideal for anyone who gets car sick but what awaits you at the end of the drive, is an amazing cave that’s easily accessible. Parking is just off the road next to a grassy reserve.…

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, near Leigh

If the weather means that you can’t snorkel or watch the fish in a glass bottomed boat, or perhaps you just don’t feel like getting wet, the Auckland University run Marine Discovery Centre is a great option. On first look, it seems like there’s an awful lot to read and…