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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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.