Although temperatures are relatively mild in Auckland, rainfall tends to be plentiful, and a massive downpour will often take you by surprise. Hire a car and discover some of these engaging indoor activities fit for the whole family. 

Central City Library

Jump in the car, turn on the window wipers and head to Lorne Street in the CBD. Here you'll find the Central City Library, which is an excellent space for you to spend a rainy day reading or taking part in an event. Arts and crafts for kids, movie screenings, book clubs, computer classes and author talks are all on offer and are perfect for providing education and entertainment for the family.

Auckland Art Gallery 

Thousands of contemporary, traditional and historical artworks will keep you entertained for hours in the country's most extensive visual arts experience. The Auckland Art Gallery houses local and international works over four floors as well as free Mandarin Chinese and English-language tours which start from the foyer on the Ground level at different times throughout the day. Tours last 60 minutes and are limited to 15 people.

Dress-Smart Onehunga

Dress-Smart in Onehunga is New Zealand's largest outlet shopping destination with over 200 stores.

If you want to shop the rainy day away, hire a car and head to Dress-Smart in Onehunga, which is New Zealand's largest outlet shopping destination. Free customer parking is available, and the location is easily accessible from both the city centre and the airport.

Dress-Smart features over 100 stores, and you'll be able to find everything from discounted luxury clothing and sportswear to perfume and designer jewellery.

Gloputt Mini Golf

For a glowing spin on typical mini golf, head to Takapuna to try out Gloputt's 16-hole indoor mini-putt course. The entire establishment is a bright Technicolor spectacle, and the kids will love playing among the illuminated paths and fairways. The premises is climate-controlled and is perfect for honing your putting skills and enjoying a bit of indoor exercise on an overcast day.

Corban Estate Arts Centre

Located in Henderson, West Auckland just 13 km from the CBD, the Corban Estate Arts Centre won't leave you bored on a rainy day. Performance spaces, over 25 artist studios and galleries are all nestled together on the charming estate.

Resident and visiting artists hold workshops and classes and exhibitions and events are ongoing. The estate's public gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions by local and international artists as well as free public programmes including art workshops for kids, creative talks and exhibition tours.

Extreme Edge Panmure

Elevate your rainy day to new heights with a spot of indoor rock climbing. New Zealand's largest indoor climbing centre is in Panmure, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from both the airport and the city centre. Extreme Edge Panmure has ample room for both experienced and novice climbers as it's housed in a former aircraft hangar, which reaches heights of a four-storey building.

There are colourful themed climbing walls for the kids and around 200 routes to have a go at so park up your rental and spend the day conquering your fears.