Activity Category: Rainy-day

Zealandia Sanctuary, Wellington

Surrounded by a pest proof fence, this is a great place to get into the bush and escape the noise of the city while trying to spot lots of native birds. Even with noisy kids, you should spot something! Walks of lots of different lengths are possible with various stopping points/distractions…

Jump Indoor playground, Paraparaumu

If you’re looking for an energy burning, indoor activity on the Kapiti Coast, this is a great destination. Operating only from Thursday – Sunday (term time) and everyday during the school holidays, there are 2 sections of entertainment; one section is filled with a variety of bouncy castles; the other section…

Starlight Cinema, Taupo

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Did you know that there’s a small cinema showing a range of the latest movies right in Taupo. This is an excellent option if the weather is bad and your kids are into watching movies!

National Army Museum – Te Mata Toa, Waiouru

The army museum makes a good stopping off point if you’re driving along the SH1 or SH49 around Waiouru, especially on a rainy day if the kids just need a break from the car. There’s a lot of information to take in, so it might pay to look at the website to select a…

Fernland Spa Thermal Mineral Springs, Tauranga

There are hot pools at The Mount but these pools are recommended as being less busy and therefore a more tranquil and less commercial experience. There is one main outdoor pool that is surrounded by Punga Ferns and is heated to approximately 37/38 degrees. There are also 8 private indoor…

Alpine Aqualand, Frankton, Queenstown

This swimming complex, in the Queenstown suburb of Frankton, is usually a hit with kids and generally regarded as the best family friendly pool in the region. Facilities include a 25m lap pool, a separate leisure pool with lazy river (heated to 32 degrees), 2 hydroslides (the faster one has a…

Clip ‘N Climb, Wanaka

10 different climbs and a free hanging ladder that kids love are available in this indoor climbing space. The unique clip in automatic belaying system operates which is great for kids as it gently lowers the climber down when they let go. There is also a ‘sports’ climbing wall at this venue which…

SITE Indoor Trampoline, Queenstown

Newly reopened (Sept 2016) in a different Frankton location with lots more jumping options than before, there are now over 20 trampolines allowing both children and adults to practise all kinds of skills. There are 7 olympic sized trampolines, several wall tramps, and for those with tricks to master, 2…

Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga

Started by plane enthusiasts and located near the airport, this is a great rainy day option with most displays located in one open hangar (a separate hangar has planes that are currently being restored and some planes are outside). Avgas cafe is attached to the main hangar and there’s an outdoor playground if…

BayStation, Tauranga

Blokart Sailing and Drift Karts are both available here and a lot of fun for the whole family. To ride solo you need to be 8 years old+ (and for Drift Karts you also need to be a minimum of 140cm in height). But Blokart Sailing offers shadow side cars…