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The Top 50 Indoor Activities In Auckland

By Olivia Atkinson
29th Jun 2016

The Top 50 Indoor Activities In Auckland

Let’s be real, Aotearoa is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. From surfing and skiing to tramping and picnicking, the great outdoors of our country is hard to beat. The weather, however, occasionally turns to crap (or it’s just too damn hot outside) and we have no choice but to take refuge inside. 

Luckily for us, there are some pretty rad things to do in Auckland that are inside. We’re talking cooking classes, pole dancing, bingo and a bunch of other things that beat watching Netflix alone at home. 

Here are the top 50 indoor activities in Auckland. 

  1. Book in an arvo at the cat cafe. Need we say more.
  2. Jump your way to fit—it’s a thing at Uptown Bounce, Grey Lynn. Lose the shoes and bounce to your heart’s content while killing the calories!
  3. Don your beret and your best pondering expression and explore Auckland Art Gallery’s latest exhibitions and shows.
  4. Impress your significant other through the art of cookery. Sachie’s Kitchen in Parnell will have your taste buds tingling with her Asian-inspired cookery classes.
  5. More into Italian? Why not try one of Pasta & Cuore’s pasta classes to get your skills on point.
  6. Go and see a show. Sit back and take in the wonders at the Civic Theatre in the city.
  7. Sultry, jaw-dropping and good for you! Try your hand at a pole dancing lesson from award-winning Swing 360 Pole Studio.
  8. Academy Cinemas is renowned as being that cool, boutique cinema for hipsters and film goers all over Auckland. Book a modern, indie or foreign film and sink into your seat.
  9. Get your belly laugh ready and bring your tissues, Classic Comedy & Bar will have your laughter fix sorted.
  10. The Thirsty Dog on K Road host a poetry night every Tuesday. Take a date or bring your mate!
  11. Bake a cake. With a little help from The Caker of course. Buy one of their indulgent and healthier cake mixes and get creating.
  12. Who doesn’t like a happy hour?! Here are the best in Auckland.
  13. Feeling sophisticated? Don your best dress and head to one of these high teas. Pass the cucumber sandwiches darling.
  14. Practice makes perfect. Book a pool table at Ponsonby Pool Hall and enjoy the cheap and cheerful range of beers on the side of your championship game.
  15. Grab a coffee, grab a mate and grab a game. At Cakes ’n’ Ladders you can settle down with a huge variety of cards and board games while enjoying a hot bevy.
  16. Peace and quiet is all around at Chapter Book & Tea Shop, except the occasional slurp of gourmet tea. The extensive shelves of novels and range of teas go hand in hand for a perfect morning or afternoon.
  17. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Actually at Northern Arena, you don’t just have to swim. You can enjoy the gym facilities as well as their wholefoods café.
  18. Shop, shop, shop. The city, K Road, malls—the list is endless to enjoy a favourite past time, or if you’re like us, our favourite sport. 
  19. Elliott Stables hosts over 12 individual and unique food restaurants. Think boutique food court meets taste sensations. We guarantee that you will be spoilt for choice. Work your way through them all, we dare you.
  20. Adrenaline junkies, take note. Race around the track at Blastacars and challenge your mates to a drift round the course.
  21. Feeling fruity? Control the smirk and get creative at a life drawing class in Auckland CBD.
  22. How many olives will you put in your martini? Get the creative juices flowing at a cocktail making class hosted by Bellini.
  23. Marvel and be jealous of the pure sass and talent at one of Caluzzi’s cabaret shows but don't let your delicious food go cold!
  24. A good old fashioned pub crawl surely counts as an indoor activity hey? 
  25. Learn a new skill that will stay with you for life. Now you can sew that rogue button back on your shirt! Join one of Auckland’s sewing classes and courses.
  26. Get hot and sweaty whilst doing Bikram Yoga down at Britomart. You'll feel the benefit after, we promise.
  27. Give something back. Choose to volunteer at the SPCA or City Mission and help out for a few hours. You’ll feel good and you'll make someone else feel good too. Win, win.
  28. Check into one of Auckland’s cosiest cafes for the arvo.
  29. Karaoke. A classic. Auckland’s not shy on the karaoke front either. Why not try Plush for a top notch night. Adele, I'm coming for you.
  30. Or Rock Bar as a rugged alternative. Sound proofed rooms are still there, don't worry.
  31. Love beer? Who doesn’t?! Brothers Juke Joint is covered and has vast variety of beers on tap. Order a couple of brews and some barbecued goodness and settle in for the day.
  32. Create your own, signature scent at Jo Malone down in Britomart.
  33. Book in at Two Hands Tattoo on Ponsonby Road to get the ink you’ve always dreamt of getting. Be brave and remember; yolo.
  34. Make your own jewellery with the help and expertise of Workshop 6. Create something for yourself or as a gift through one of the classes and courses.
  35. Learn how to flower arrange at Vida Flores. Impress the mother-in-law fo sho!
  36. Take a pew and get comfortable at Toto’s Pizza before taking on one of their famous metre-long pizzas. Maybe take the afternoon off to recover too.
  37. Like to boogie? We have you covered. Groove on down at Latin Dance Studios and let the rumba take control.
  38. Check out Auckland’s live music scene; sing a-long, dance around and head bang the whole night through.
  39. Let your tensions and kinks be massaged away with a hot stone massage at East Day Spa.
  40. Stay at home and make a deliciously warm chocolate mug cake. We’ve even found the recipe for you.
  41. Put your thinking hat on, grab your smartest group of friends and book a table at one of these quiz nights.
  42. Brush up on your bowling skills and knock ’em dead (pardon the pun!) at Metrolanes.
  43. Sip your way through this list of Auckland’s best hot chocolate.
  44. Grab your shin pads, elbow pads and helmet if you’re like Bambi on ice, and hit the rink at Paradice Ice Skating.
  45. G, L, A, M, O, R, O, U, S. We hear you Fergie. Treat yo’self and go get a mani or a pedi. We recommend these spots for your nail desires.
  46. Or why not go all out and get your hair done by these lovely people.
  47. Put your eating pants on and get ready to tackle this list of Auckland bucket list eats.
  48. If you haven’t heard of Miann, where have you been hiding?! The decadent delishness will have you salivating the moment you step through the door. Get comfy, loosen your belt buckle a notch or two and dig in!

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