Top 5 things to do on a rainy day in Auckland
Auckland is a natural wonderland in summer, with endless things to do and places to see – but what happens when it rains?
One thing is for sure: Auckland never stops. Even when it rains, there are plenty of things to do and places to visit, so if you face this situation, take it as a great opportunity to add in some indoor activities to your itinerary!
Here are our top five favourite things to do in the City of Sails when it rains.
The Auckland Museum
The Auckland Museum was New Zealand’s first museum, and is arguably the most beautiful, too. It’s home to an array of history, including both New Zealand’s war heritage as well as our Maori and Pacific collections.
Naturally, our favourite collection at the museum is ‘Thomas Cheeseman’s Window into Auckland’s biological past’. It’s a “library of Auckland bird and plant life”, and shows both the loss and the efforts for conservation in some of our most special species.
A day tour from Auckland
Just because there’s a little rain, it doesn’t mean the beautiful scenery just out of Auckland city is no longer worth visiting. The wonderful birdlife, vibrant plantlife, and calming beaches are still out there, waiting to be discovered, so all you need to do is throw on some wet-weather gear and come out with us.
Book any day tour from Auckland and you’ll be amazed at how much you will still love the scenery out of the city.
Shopping on Queen St
Queen Street – the main street through the centre of the CBD – is something of an attraction in itself in Auckland. It’s dotted with shops, cafes, and souvenir stores, and is always thriving with a huge variety of people from all over New Zealand and the world.
And the best thing is that almost all of it is covered by shop awnings, so you can easily flit from shop to shop and pick up some souvenirs, or simply grab a bite to eat, without having to deal with the weather.
Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium
Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is one of Auckland’s biggest attractions, with more than 30 live animal exhibits in stunning habitats, as well as the biggest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit in the world.
It’s all completely underground, so the only chance you have of getting wet if is you decide to do the Shark Dive or Shark Cage experience!
Here’s a tip: Grab your tickets online for a small discount on your entrance fee!
Visit the Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is one of New Zealand’s most iconic buildings, and it dominates the city’s skyline – you’ll even possibly see it as you fly in to Auckland.
Take a trip to the top of this massive tower for a 360-degree view of the city and beyond from 220 metres in the air. You’ll be able to see roughly 80 kilometres in each direction, and you might even be able to pick out some new destinations (such as the local volcanoes, or even Devonport) to visit as soon as the weather clears up.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist