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50 Rainy Day Activities To Do In Auckland When It’s Gnarly Out

By Alice Rich
17th Jul 2021

Rainbow umbrellas hanging in a city alleyway.

Auckland weather is a true ode to the power of Mother Nature who seems to have a soft spot for constantly dealing us the meteorological middle finger. Luckily, whether you’re prepared for it or not (and you probably won’t be), there’s still plenty of rainy day activities to do in Auckland when it rains.

  1. Invite your squad around for a movie marathon or visit one of Auckland’s best boutique cinemas

  2. Take one for the team and buy a BLUNT umbrella—your sacrifice may mean it never rains in Auckland ever again… until the day you leave it at home.

  3. Challenge your flatmates to the ultimate bake-off. Go all out with this gin-fuelled coconut cake, opt for this warming sticky date pudding or steal the show with these red velvet pancakes.

  4. Huddle up with a cosy blanket and plan your next holiday. Here’s our pick of the 10 most weird and wonderful places to stay in New Zealand for inspo. 

  5. Hop into an uber and catch up with a friend over happy hour.

  6. Play detective and dive into one of Auckland’s best escape rooms.

  7. Embrace being indoors and transform your space into a sanctuary with these top interior design tips.

  8. Fight the weather with some fancy feels and dine on dainty delights at one of the best high teas in Auckland

  9. Get a little steamy and we’re not talking about visiting your local sauna… Here’s the lowdown on the 10 best sex toys around. 

  10. Start a podcast, because why not? Here’s everything you need to know to get started. A pair of legs with pastel purple knitted socks on balancing a pile of inspirational books and a candle, on a purple background.

  11. Curl up with a serious page-turner

  12. Clean out your pantry and stock it full of delicious treats and staples the environment (and your stomach) will thank you for. 

  13. Resist the fast fashion trend to totally overhaul your wardrobe and instead, if you really need to add something, invest in eco friendly and sustainable fashion brands made here in New Zealand.

  14. Or op shop from the comfort of your couch with Recycle Boutique

  15. Go underground at Britomart’s hottest new Chinese subterranean restaurant

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  17. Add some illustrations to your bod at one of the best tattoo studios in Auckland.

  18. Whip up a meal fit for the gods, leaning heavily on the busy person's gift: the slow-cooker. 

  19. Get yourself a new ‘do to help you feel vibrant on even the stormiest days.

  20. Make the most of the rainy day and elevate your mind with a trip to one of Auckland's best art galleries.Old school cassette player with black and orange headphones on a bright orange background.

  21. Disappear into a whole new world with these top wellness podcasts.

  22. Live your mermaid fantasy and relax in the bath with a bath bomb from Lush—we love their soothing ‘IRL Bomb’

  23. Bath not quite big enough? Be free in one of the best indoor swimming pools Auckland has to offer.

  24. Learn how to manifest (and while you’re at it, can you manifest us some better weather?)

  25. Can’t coax yourself out of the house but don’t want to miss out on the gym? Try these home workouts by local personal trainers.

  26. Or maybe you’re totally down for leaving the house but yoga's more your style… here’s our pick of the best yoga studios to get your zen on

  27. Celebrate winter with waffles, just ‘cause. 

  28. Embrace the wild weather head-on and run up as many of Auckland’s volcanoes as you can. 

  29. Get your pulse racing at Auckland's best indoor rock climbing spots.  

  30. Round up your foodie friends and go on a doughnut crawl.Boxes of delicious dumplings.

  31. Or a dumpling crawl

  32. Do something that’s bigger than yourself and make sure you don’t miss these major social justice dates.

  33. Salute the weather and order a dark n’ stormy (or whatever you’re in the mood for) at one of Auckland’s best bars

  34. Consult your horoscope to see what the stars have in store.

  35. Pretend you’re holidaying on the sun-drenched beaches of Greece or Bali by tucking into a Greek feast at Daphnes Taverna or some satay skewers from Bali Nights.

  36. Stay inspired with these female-led shows that hero women in all aspects of life.  

  37. Coax yourself out of bed with one of the best breakfasts in Auckland.

  38. Hit the slopes and ski or snowboard to your heart’s content in New Zealand’s very own winter wonderland

  39. Weather getting you down? Get yourself a hug in carb form, stat. Of course, by that we mean pizza—here are the best plant-based pizzas to load up on.

    People throwing axes while a crowd cheers them on from behind.

  40. Round up your mates and throw some axes

  41. Brighten up your days with some new plant babies from Babylon Store

  42. Refuse to acknowledge the weather and rebel by eating ice cream, even when it’s cold. 

  43. Read up on 'rainbow washing' and challenge your favourite brands to show real support for the LGBTQIA+ community. While you're at it, learn how to become a better trans ally

  44. Find someone to snuggle up with and take them to one of Auckland’s most romantic restaurants

  45. Or throw an epic potluck at yours and treat your guests to this simple (but delicious!) boozy vodka pasta dish.

  46. Equip yourself with a bespoke range of warming drinks to nourish you on even the coldest, wettest, most miserable mornings. Here are our fave matcha powders to get you started. 

  47. Beauty hack your skin care regime and get a whole lot of 'I woke up like this' ready for when the compliments rain down on you. 

  48. Take the bad weather as a sign from the universe that now is the time to hit up that degustation feed you’ve been meaning to try. 

  49. Have a dance party in your room and cut some shapes to the hottest new beats.

  50. Be the sunlight in someone else's day by whipping up a surprise delivery of gorgeous blooms.

Weather looking a little better? Seize the day and check out the best walks in Auckland.

Image credit: Ricardo Resende, Thought Catalog, Juju Han, Sumthin' Dumplin', Sweet Axe.

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