Activity Category: Rainy-day

National Transport and Toy Museum, Wanaka

There are 50,000 toys on display at this museum and a lot of vintage vehicles but new toys also feature in the onsite toy shop which claims to be ‘the best toy shop in New Zealand’! So whether you show your kids the toys that you used to play with…

Puzzling World, Wanaka

This is a great place for the whole family to enjoy – a place of illusions and problem solving that will leave all ages ‘puzzled’ at some point. Whether it’s trying to get out of the maze or wondering how a building can still be standing when it’s at such…

Picnic Cafe and city end Botanic Garden, Wellington

Set in the Rose Garden, which is one part of the Botanic Garden, this cafe has been serving up breakfast and lunch in beautiful surroundings for years! This is a great place for families to eat, whether it be for a snack or full meal. They are very child friendly,…

Tawhiti Museum, Hawera, Taranaki

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This is made up of 3 different attractions; a museum, a (new) Traders and Whalers Museum and a separate Bush railway ride (limited operating times, see under ‘Open’). It is worth deciding which part your kids will enjoy most and just paying for one attraction at a time, as there’s…

Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, New Plymouth

This is made up of year round indoor pools and outdoor pools which open in the summer months. The indoor complex includes a main pool with lane swimming and wave pool, a tarzan rope and inflatable toys. This pool is 28 degrees. There’s a separate toddler pool with a bubbles…

McDonald’s, Taupo

This is the only fast food place currently on Kids on Board and it’s here because it’s a McDonalds with a difference! It’s the only McDonald’s restaurant in the world to be situated inside a decommissioned DC3 plane complete with an indoor playground! Makes for an interesting rainy day activity!…

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland

Kelly Tarlton’s is the biggest aquarium in New Zealand. It is well stocked with sea life of all kinds including a large penguin enclosure, sting ray, rock pool area that kids can put their hands into and a moving walkway through a glass tunnel with hundreds of fish in it…

Queenstown Ice Arena

Only open in the autumn and winter, this rink has been around for years and the staff are on hand to offer novices tips on how to gain balance and have a good time. Wear clothes that are comfortable and think about bringing a change of trousers for young kids…

Alpine Ice, Christchurch

This 26 metre by 56 metre ice rink has been on or near this site for over 20 years and has a good reputation. The minimum age for kids skating is 3 years old and the smallest skate size is roughly size 5. If you’re new to skating as a…

Caddy Shack Mini Golf, Christchurch

Playing mini golf can be fun for all the family and played indoors, this is a year-round activity. This particular indoor mini putt venue takes pride in the fact that each hole tells a story. Local and international sights such as Auckland’s Sky Tower make up the mini courses, so…