Activity Category: Rainy-day

Steampunk Museum, Oamaru

You’ll know you’ve arrived at this art museum when you see the full size steam engine outside the main entrance. Put $2 in and see the train ‘come alive’ with lights, train noises and fire breathing out of the chimney. It’s certainly a museum with a difference. Loosely based on…

Christchurch City Tram

The tram is a great way for little legs to see the central areas without getting too tired. Good for everyone if it’s raining as the 17 stops take in many of the central tourist sites along the route. The driver gives a running commentary and actively involves the kids onboard during…

Pioneer Recreation & Sports Centre, Somerfield, Christchurch

This pool, to the south west of the CBD, offers a good selection of water fun features. There is a 25m lap pool, 20m x 20m wave pool, a rapid river and preschool area including bubble pit and fountains. Bubble time for preschoolers is on at 9am on Sundays. There’s…

Trust House Recreation Centre, Masterton

The indoor pool is open year round and has 2 x 25 pools (one for doing laps, the other is a teaching pool), for family fun there’s also a leisure pool, a toddlers’ pool (heated to 32 degrees), lazy river and hydroslide. Special evening sessions for kids aged 8 – 14…

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch

This is a little (or big) boys delight, although girls love it too! Filled with planes and helicopters to look at and get into, it makes for an excellent half day adventure. It has interesting exhibitions, that are usually geared to kids 5+, but that younger ones can also enjoy.…

Imagination Station, Christchurch

At the Imagination Station space within Tūranga (Central Library) there’s heaps of LEGO, and plenty of DUPLO and even a table of Technic. Parents are encouraged to get creative with their kids, but  there is also ample space for adults to sit back and unwind. It can be busy at…