Activity Category: Rainy-day

Pukeiti Gardens

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…

Patuna Chasm Walk, near Martinborough

This chasm walk is not for the feint hearted but is a lot of fun for those up for a bit of an adventure! The chasm is now only accessible via a farm trailer ride which you need to prebook (a couple of days before should be fine during school…

SLR Vertigo Climbing Centre, Ohakune

Set at the back of a ski hire shop, this small indoor climbing centre packs a lot of varied equipment in. One half has the more traditional rock faces with overhangs, cracks and lay backs for climbers with or without a belayer. The other half is more fun and might…

Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka

If you’re wanting to escape the weather or just have a chilled out few hours after perhaps hectic skiing or time spent in the water, Cinema Paradiso shows all the latest family friendly movies. It can be a good idea to book, especially in the height of summer or winter.

Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena, Hastings

If you need to be inside burning some energy, this trampoline park is a good place to come. The space is split into an area for under 10s with trampolines, a box for climbing on and jumping off at a height smaller kids can manage and a mini foam pit.…

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki

Depending on your child(ren)’s interests, this gallery will either captivate them for hours or just be somewhere that you hang out for a short time, perhaps to escape a rain shower or the heat of the sun. There are permanent displays of artwork and changing exhibitions some better suited to…