If it’s not summer in New Zealand, it’s probably raining. Kiwis don’t get bothered by it. After all, the indoor activities Auckland offers range from museums to sports, from animal viewing to laughter.
Whatever you are looking for, or even if you don’t know yet, we’ve got you covered. Let us inspire you with some of the exciting and fun rainy day activities Auckland can provide. You will never again run out of indoor things to do in Auckland when it’s raining.
Despite the beautiful sunny images of Auckland that we all share, the reality is that it rains on average 180 days of the year. That’s just more than half. July is typically the rainiest month, and January is the driest. It’s this rain that helps us keep our reputation for being green, both environmentally and visually.
Start with Auckland highlights
Enjoy one of the energetic indoor activities Auckland offers in multiple locations
Be sure to check BookMe for possible discounts at the location you choose.
- Go-karts (Locations in Albany, East Tamaki, and Henderson)
- 10-Pin bowling (Locations throughout Auckland)
- Rock climbing (locations in Albany, Birkenhead, Glen Eden, Mount Eden, and Panmure)
- Escape rooms ( Locations in CBD, Ellerslie, Manukau, and Takapuna)
- Indoor mini-golf: (Locations in CBD, Parnell, Mount Wellington, New Lynn, Takapuna)
- Laser tag (Locations throughout Auckland)
- Ice skating (July pop-up rink in Aotea Square, plus all year in Avondale and Botany Downs)
- Trampoline centres (Locations in Avondale, Grey Lynn, Manukau, and Mairangi Bay)
- Pool and billiard halls (Locations throughout Auckland)
- Indoor swimming (Locations throughout Auckland and in Auckland Council Leisure Centres)
- Pole dancing or yoga class (Locations throughout Auckland)
- Sensory maze (Auckland CBD)
- Virtual Reality (Mt Roskill)
- Salt Cave Halotherapy (North Shore City)
Less unique indoor activities in Auckland
- Shopping at indoor malls like Sylvia Park, or if you don’t mind the rain, head in and out of the stores on Queen Street.
- Watch a movie at any of the Auckland movie theatres.
- Visit a library and read a book.
- Beer or wine tasting.
Wait for it . . . a double rainbow
Frequent bright and vivid rainbows are my favourite aspect of the all-too-often rain. It doesn’t always signify the end of a storm, but at least it’s a colourful break. This double rainbow was shot from our deck.
Or, ignore the Auckland rain – that’s what locals do
Many years ago, walking was my primary exercise as I recovered from an injury. I asked for an alternate exercise for rainy days. With a straight face, my Kiwi trainer replied, “Is there a particular reason you can’t walk in the rain?”
With that story in mind, I roll my eyes as I propose the following rainy-day activities Auckland loves:
Attend a sporting event
There is no better example of Kiwis not caring about the rain than at an All Blacks test match. Look how happy my friend’s adult children seem to be.
In truth, not much would stop any New Zealander from attending this All Blacks match against Australia, even if it became one of the Auckland rainy day activities!
Go for a jog
I am not a runner, but somehow it still surprised me that this guy considered jogging along the waterfront among the things to do in Auckland when raining.
Head to an outdoor market
Every Saturday and Sunday morning, there are a variety of markets throughout Auckland. They take place rain or shine.
Sailing in the rain
I was on the ferry heading home in the rain when I took this shot. While I was also out on a boat, mine was purely for transportation, which, to me, is much different than recreation.
Go on a rainy night photoshoot
The photographer in me can often ignore the weather, especially as I shoot with m weatherproof Olympus OMD em5 camera. I may get soaked, but the camera will be fine.
Wondering when the Auckland rain will end?
Of course, it’s not always raining in Auckland, but at times it feels like it. And, if you read this page, there is a good chance to find some new indoor activities Auckland’s known for, as it’s a rainy day today. The most accurate weather forecast is usually found at Metservice. However, when heading out to sea, we check the forecast at Metvuw.
And once the rains are over, don’t miss these fun things to do in and around the city.
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- Flights: we use Expedia for the best and cheapest flight options.
- Accommodations: we use Booking.com (hotels) or BookABatch (self-contained).
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- Activity discounts: we check Bookme.com for discounts of up to 70% on activities.
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Please share this list of things to do in Auckland on a rainy day
What are your favourite things to do in Auckland when it’s raining?
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Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with complimentary entrances, tours, or sample items to aid in the writing of Albom Adventures. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly our own.
Linda (LD Holland)
I love the variety in the things to do inside on a rainy day in Auckland. I am sure there is a little something for everyone here. The indoor snow dome is a very cool one. That attitude about getting out in the rain was what we found when we spent an autumn in Vancouver. Unless it was pouring, it really was not raining.
Hmmm… I didn’t realize winters are so wet in New Zealand. That’s why is so green there, lol! I don’t really like it when it rains for days in a row. Especially if I am on vacation. However, considering how many things you can do inside on a rainy day, I think I could live with it. But for a while only, hahaha. The maritime museum looks very interesting and so does the aquarium.
Jessi (Two Feet, One World)
Ha it’s true, if you waited for it to stop raining in spring you’d be waiting a long time! Great collection of activities.
Should have had this when I was bored in Auckland 🙂 Indoor slopes impress, even though I don’t ski 🙂
I never realized that Auckland got so much rain! But I love the ideas of visiting art galleries when it rains! I’d also do that and bring the kids!
These are all great activities! My favorite has to be the ice cream 🙂
So many good activities to do inside. Some I would have never thought of so thank you for sharing these!
Hi Rhonda – I’d love to see the Auckland Museum … to learn more … let alone all the other thoughts – great list – cheers Hilary
Maartje van Sandwijk
The Star dome and cat cafe are definitely right up my street!
Wow 40 activities on a rainy day. Even if it rains everyday for the whole month, this gets it. Thank you for the great job done.
I have never been to New Zealand but have seen so many pictures of its natural beauty. And I’m pleasantly surprised to know that it offers so much in terms of indoor activities as well.
This is such an incredible list of rainy day indoor activities in Auckland – I’d love to visit the Wintergardens and I am sure my kids would love to visit the indoor snow dome! Giapo’s ice cream definitely sounds tempting. Pinning this post for referring back to in future when we plan our trip.
Wow! There are tons of amazing places for indoor activities to do and you compiled them all here in one place. I would probably wanna chill in a cafe or go visit an aquarium with the family.
Wow it looks so beautiful here. I would love to go visit. I will pin this for the future.
Looks like Aukland has no shortage of fun activities! And LOLing about the going outside in the rain – I’m from California so at the first sign of a rain drop we all run for cover LOL. I’m currently residing in Europe and learning to get used to doing things outside even when the weather isn’t ideal!
What an amazing selection of things to do. New Zealand is high on my list of countries to visit, it looks incredible. I love everything about it and I haven’t even been there yet!
I love New Zealand, but have never been to Auckland. Looks like a beautiful place and love your photos!
Great ideas. I love wandering around the Auckland Museum. I could spend a few hours in there.
This is a great list! When I come to visit New Zealand I definitely will be checking out these! Especially the Wintergardens
How fun! Great ideas!
wow so many places for indoor activities. Very amazing , hope I can visit them. I had a small suggestion why not cover each of these places separately in an article or maybe group some and come up with a series.
There are so many wonderful activities that you can do indoors in Auckland. My favorite has to be the Wintergardens, I love being surrounded by flowers.
Spring is right around your corner and the good weather will start to appear. It’s good to have lots of indoor activities during the rainy months though. You’ve got that covered.
Have a fabulous day and week, Rhonda. ♥
These do like nice things to do on a gloomy day – very interesting and varied ideas here!
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Sometimes you just have to go out despite the rain.
Indoor skiing – now that would be fun to try.
Wow! NZ is known for having such outdoor activities and you just made me know that there are still places to see in NZ that are worth it to go aside from the adrenaline pumping ones haha!
Crickette, Things I Have to Say
I don’t have a cat, but I want to go to that cat cafe, it looks cozy. And the ice cream looks so delicious!
Wow, so many indoors activities, I love aquarium, so I would definitely love the Kelly Tarltons Sealife Aquarium. Thanks for the list.