The January weather may be rainier than we were hoping for, but don’t let this dampen your plans for a fun summer! If you’re looking for fun things to do in Auckland during rainy weather, Parnell has no shortage of activities available. Here are our top picks for free wet weather activities:
Top free wet weather activities in Parnell:
1. Travel through time at Auckland Museum
When it comes to history, science, art and culture, there’s no better place to visit than Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Domain. Alongside regular displays covering a range of eras, events and cultures, you can also visit the two T. rex skeletons and take part in the free Time Machine Adventure. The museum is free of charge to all Auckland residents.
If you want a little something extra to add to your experience, you can purchase tickets to Secrets of Stonehenge. Featuring over 300 ancient artefacts from more than 4,000 years ago, this exhibition shares the breakthrough scientific evidence that is unravelling the secrets behind one of the world’s most mysterious prehistoric monuments.
2. Become one with nature at the Domain Wintergardens
Don’t let the rain keep you from getting out amongst nature! The Domain Wintergardens are home to a range of exquisite plants from around the world, protected from the elements in giant glasshouses. One house is heated and shows off lush tropical plants, while the other displays temperate plants which change with the seasons. It’s the perfect spot for a photograph!
If you want a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, the Wintergarden Café is right next door—perfect for avoiding the rain!
3. Immerse yourself in art on Parnell Road
Parnell is the pulse of Auckland’s art community, boasting Auckland’s highest concentration of galleries within walking distance of each other. A leisurely stroll up Parnell Road passes multiple galleries and art stores, with wide-raging offerings including paintings, carvings, glassware, ceramics, jewellery and indigenous art. With plenty of overhead shelter over the footpath, it’s easy to stay dry while walking between galleries.
4. Marvel at the architecture of Holy Trinity Cathedral
More than a place to gather on a Sunday, Holy Trinity Cathedral is open to visitors all week long. Wander inside the Cathedral Nave and be amazed by architecture, organ, and dazzling stained glass windows. The Cathedral grounds are also home to the John Wilson Gallery, and two heritage status buildings—St Stephen’s Chapel and St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity.
5. Explore new worlds at Parnell Library
Housed in Parnell’s historic Jubilee Building, Parnell library is the portal to a world of books and resources. It’s also a community hub, hosting regular preschool groups and book clubs on a weekly basis.
There are a range of additional events that take place within its Jubilee Hall throughout the year—visit their Facebook page to find out when the next event is taking place.
6. Uncover the past in our historical houses
As Auckland’s oldest suburb, we pride ourselves on being home to multiple heritage buildings. Built in 1857, John Kinder House is one of Auckland’s most notable stone buildings. The Ground Floor rooms are devoted to the display of water-colours, photographs and sketches by John Kinder (1819-1903). This house is free to visit, with the opportunity to make a donation for the preservation and maintenance of the house.
Parnell is also home to Ewelme Cottage, which is open on Sundays and is free for under 18s.
Fuel for your adventures
If you find yourself in need of a coffee or food while you’re out on your adventures, Parnell has plenty of tasty options! Escape the rain at one of our many cafes, or grab some food to go for a quick fix.
Don’t let the rain stop you—if you’re looking for free indoor activities for a rainy day in Auckland, make the most of the summer here in Parnell!