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 coronavirus, 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 is spending this wet long weekend in Auckland city, and we had an awesome time together despite the wet spell.What are your favourite things to do with kids on a wet day?
In this post, we 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 to start 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 us well-deserved parents. What a cozy way to start a wet weekend!
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. Walk the many beautiful parks when it’s sunny, visit the Wintergardens when it starts to drizzle, and hide in Auckland Museum when it’s bucketing down outside! Pack a picnic basket, or enjoy a nice meal at Wintergarden Pavilion Cafe^ looking out to Duck Pond.
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.
If you can make it to Winter Garden without getting too 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 and forget all about the rain outside!
3. Hot soup for lunch, anyone?
Nothing beats a hot bowl of noodle soup on a cold and rainy day for noodle lovers. 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?
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.
5. Enjoy live music in Auckland Fish Market
Did you know the courtyard of Auckland Fish Market is actually undercover? In the weekends, there is often live music accompanied by great ambience here at Auckland Fish Market^.
Indulge in your favourite seafood and forget all about the rain outside. You can read more on AFM in our dedicated post here.
6. Book a hotel with spa
One of our family’s mini getaways often involves booking a hotel with either a spa or a separate bathtub. Soaking in a hot bath has quickly become one of our favourite pastimes, our 3-months-old baby and 3 years old toddler both loves soaking in a warm 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.
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 (check out our Waikato travel guides here), where Parakai is one of the closest ones near Auckland that’s worth a try.
8. Take a nap at the hotel
Yes, it’s a thing! We have the most satisfying naps in hotels as we’re all in holiday mood. Not every day we get to nap without worrying about the kids making a mess or getting bored.
9. Watch a movie in bed at the hotel
Most 4-star hotels have Sky TV these days, toddlers and 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 movie time at night.
Order an in-room pizza, or pick up a pizza next door. It is a holiday after all! We buy our own popcorns, mini bar items and milk from a nearby supermarket for guilt-free treats.
10. Try out a new restaurant
Is there a restaurant or a certain 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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In the meantime…
What are your favourite activities or things to do with kids on a rainy day?