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13 ways to spend a rainy day in Auckland

Published: 17 February 2017

Here are 13 ideas for fun things to do in Auckland that (mostly) don't involve being outside in the rain.

1. Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

Art out west from some of New Zealand's best in the restored Lopdell Precinct in Titirangi.

2. Auckland Museum

Be sure to check out Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa and the Volume Sunday Sessions.

3. The Wintergardens

Wander among tropical and temperate plant species in the heritage greenhouses, built just after the First World War.

4. Te Toi Uku Clayworks

Te Toi Uku houses a large collection of Crown Lynn Pottery, as well as ceramics machinery and work by New Zealand artists. 

5. Kumeū Arts Centre

Kumeū Arts Centre offers classes, untutored groups, events, workshops, festival and exhibitions. 

6. Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Ngā Tohu o Uenuku presents the diversity of arts, crafts and cultural activities that underpin the unique character of Māngere.

Exterior of Mangere Arts Centre, featuring colourful corrugated iron facade.
Māngere Arts Centre.

7. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

World-class collections of Māori and Pacific Island art, and international paintings, sculptures and prints ranging from the 11th century to the present day.

Must see: Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation 

Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation
The Mending Project 2009/2014 (installation view). Photo: Yoshitsugu Fuminari Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

8. Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts

A contemporary art gallery in Pakuranga that presents exhibitions and projects by New Zealand and international artists.

Must see: Kalisolaite 'Uhila: Pigs in the Yard II

Kalisolaite 'Uhila: Pigs in the yard II
Kalisolaite 'Uhila, Pigs in the Yard (Performance Arcade, Auckland), 2011

9. Corban Estate Arts Centre

Home to exhibition galleries, a cafe, gallery shop, and artist’s studios. 

10. Fresh Gallery Ōtara

Home to an exciting array of contemporary works, Fresh Gallery Ōtara is a partnership between the Ōtara community and Auckland Council.

11. Waiheke Community Art Gallery

Bringing the best of New Zealand art to the island while offering the best of Waiheke art to the world.

12. The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa

Find out how the first Pacific voyagers navigated to Aotearoa, meet some modern maritime heroes, and discover New Zealand's seagoing history. 

Check out At the Water's Edge, showcasing work by students from University of Auckland.

13. MOTAT | The Museum of Transport and Technology

New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum.