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10 Things To Do in Auckland: How to spend a rainy day with kids

by Kida
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Auckland is known for its unpredictable weather, especially during the winter months between May-August. It may be raining over your head, yet there’s a patch of clear blue sky just around the corner. Now that New Zealand is clear of Covid, it’s time to bring the kids out, rain or shine!

It’s hard to plan a day out when the weather is so temperamental, so we’ve been on the hunt to find the perfect things to do in Auckland with kids on a rainy day.

Our family spent this wet long weekend in Auckland, and we had such an awesome time together despite the wet spell.

In this post, we will share our perfect weekend itinerary in Auckland with kids, as well as other ideas for you and your family to do in Auckland this winter.


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1. Start the day with a hot drink at a local cafe

Aucklanders are big on cafe culture, and we love starting our day with a warm cuppa coffee. If you’re not rushed for time, grab a hot drink at your favourite cafe… fluffy for the kids and big brekkie for the well-deserved parents. That’s a cozy way to start a wet weekend!

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2. Explore Auckland museum & winter garden

Auckland Domain is a great place to escape the rain with kids with quite a few indoor things to do. When it’s sunny, walk the many beautiful parks. Visit the Wintergardens when it starts to drizzle and hide inside the Auckland Museum when it starts to bucket down! Pack a picnic basket, or enjoy a nice meal at Wintergarden Pavilion Cafe looking out to the Duck Pond.

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Auckland Museum is sheltered, warm, fun and free for residents. Level 1 is our favourite level to take the kids. We love its natural history exhibitions, volcanoes and earthquake simulator room and the most interactive kids zone – Weird & Wonderful.

Auckland Museum is stroller-friendly and has a cafe inside.

Auckland Museum

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If you can make it to Winter Garden without getting wet, it’s worth checking out! Just a few minutes walk from the museum, one of the glasshouses has an average temperature of 28°C! Warm yourselves up and be awe-struck by the most colourful and rare tropical plants here. That’ll make you forget all about the rain outside!

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3. Hot soup for lunch, anyone?

Nothing beats a hot bowl of noodle soup on a cold rainy day. We love all kinds of noodle soups… Chinese BBQ duck noodle soup, wonton soup, Japanese ramen, udon noodle soup, Korean hot pot, seafood chowder, pumpkin soup… you name it, we love it! What’s your favourite soup?

Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup

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4. Chill in the mall

Have you seen the newly renovated Westfield Newmarket? It is grand! We were shocked by its transformation the first time we went there. You can find just about every brand here, plus many more unique boutique stores. The food court is so culturally diversified that you can find almost every type of cuisine here. Spend the afternoon shopping, window shopping, relax and enjoy the kids-friendly facilities here at Westfield Newmarket.

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5. Enjoy live music in Auckland Fish Market

Did you know the courtyard of Auckland Fish Market is actually undercover? On the weekends, there may be live music here at the Auckland Fish Market.

Indulge in your favourite seafood, enjoy the ambience and forget all about the rain outside. You can read more on AFM in our dedicated post here.

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6. Book a hotel with spa

Our family’s mini getaways often involve booking a hotel with either a spa or a separate bathtub. Soaking in a hot tub has quickly become one of our favourite pastimes. Our 3-months-old baby and 3 years old toddler both love splashing in a bubble bath.


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7. Water fun in an indoor heated pool or hot spring

Make some splashes with the kids at an indoor hotel heated pool, then jump straight into a hot shower… or relax in a private bubble bath from the comfort of your own hotel room.


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Alternatively, you can check out some of the best hot springs in New Zealand for a fun day out. Most of these are in Waikato, where Parakai is one of the closest ones near Auckland and they usually run deals on sites like BookMe.

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8. Take a nap at the hotel

Yes, it’s a thing! We always have the most satisfying naps in hotels because we’re all in a holiday mood. It’s not every day we get to nap without worrying about the kids making a mess or getting bored.

Tauranga Hotel on Devonport with Kids
Naps? Not for these two…

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9. Watch a movie in bed at the hotel

Most mid to high range hotels have Sky TV these days. The kids can enjoy an afternoon movie session if they prefer to skip naps. That way, they go to bed early (hopefully), leaving you some cuddly couple time or adults movie night.

Order an in-room pizza, or pick up a pizza next door. It is a holiday after all! We usually buy our own popcorns, mini bar snacks and milk from a nearby supermarket for guilt-free treats.

Baby watching movie at hotel in Auckland on a rainy day
Movie time, baby!

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10. Try out a new restaurant

Is there a restaurant or a particular type of cuisine you’ve always wanted to try? Book a table and escape the cold weather with a hearty meal!

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How we spent a rainy day in Auckland

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