Activity Category: Rainy-day

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth

This is 2 buildings that seamlessly join the old with the new with a very impressive façade on the outside which is worth visiting even if you don’t venture inside! The shiny façade is mesmirising and unlike any other building in New Zealand. Not only can kids have fun looking at…

Anatoki Salmon Farm, near Takaka

For kids that like fishing or for those wanting to try for the first time, coming to a lake that’s stocked with farmed salmon just waiting to be caught isn’t such a bad idea – but be warned, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually catch one! You can’t use your…

Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs, near Takaka

These are the largest fresh water springs in New Zealand and are said to contain some of the purest water in the world. It is sacred to the Maori and no matter how inviting it looks, contact with the water mustn’t be made. There are information boards at the start of…

Stadium Swimming Pool, Albany

Opened at the end of January 2017, this pool seems to have lots of interesting activities on offer for kids. Within the leisure pool there’s a climbing wall which kids can climb before falling off into the water. There are lily pads for kids to practice their balancing skills on,…

Tongariro National Trout Centre, near Turangi

For kids and their carers that like fishing, this is an interesting place to go to, whether you make a special trip to get there or stop on a road trip along SH1. The centre is home to the national trout hatchery and spotting these fish from their tiny baby…

The Lido Aquatic Centre, Palmerston North

The indoor and outdoor facility means that there’s water action for all weather at the Lido. Inside there is a leisure pool, 25m lap pool, 2 hydroslides, toddlers’ pool and dedicated teaching pool. Outside there’s a 50m pool, separate leisure pool, 2 hydroslides and a dive well. There’s also an…

Giapo, Auckland

Children and adults who are happy to forego the usual Tip Top flavours of ice-cream and instead test their tastebuds should experience Giapo for some ice-cream fun. Unlike a typical ice-cream shop or dairy, Giapo doesn’t have a display of their daily flavours for you to look at, instead you decide…

AC Baths, Taupo

No matter what the weather is like, these thermally heated pools will keep everyone busy and use up some energy! There’s lane swimming, a separate leisure pool with 2 toddler areas, 2 hydroslides, a tarzan swing and private pools available within this complex. There is also a sauna but for…

Splash Planet, Hastings

Splash Planet is fairly well known by summer visitors to the Hawkes’ Bay region and is generally a firm favourite with locals. It’s most talked about for the slides and water features but there’s also a whole section of the park dedicated to ‘dry rides’ which is great for younger kids who might…

Aquatic Centre, Richmond, Nelson

This is the only indoor pool in the Nelson region. While there are no hydroslides at this pool, there is a wave pool with lazy river, 2 spa pools and a separate toddlers’ pool as well as an onsite cafe. All of this makes it a good place to come…