What to do in Auckland on a rainy day

by Vomle Springford / 23 February, 2018
Knot Touch

Knot Touch by Jae Kang at the Maritime Museum. Photo/Todd Eyre.

What to do in Auckland on a rainy day

The weather’s been a bit grim lately, so here are ten ideas for what to do in Auckland when the rain is coming down this month.

Out of the house

Gallery hop

It’s an obvious choice but there are few places where you can while away a couple of hours like a gallery. Jae Kang’s Knot Touch installation (pictured above) at the Maritime Museum is an immersive experience where people are encouraged to touch the artwork, going against the customary ‘look but don’t touch’ policy.

New to the Auckland Art Gallery, is Manifesto, a video artwork by Julian Rosefeldt in which the viewer is immersed in 13 characters played by Cate Blanchett acting out readings from artistic manifestos. Southbound, painter Natasha Keating and weaver Bethany Matai Edmunds present new works exploring dawn, dusk and female ancestry in Te Kōpū at the Mangere Arts Centre.

Out west, a new exhibition, Pocket Histories, has just opened at Te Uru in Titirangi, which considers modernism in the works of Vita Cochran, Imogen Taylor and Isobel Thom.

Beer tastings

Head to Kingsland to sample locally made beer from the Urbanaut Brewing Co and learn about the brewing process on a one-hour brewery tour. Soon you’ll also be able to hit up Garage Project for tastings too – the Wellington outfit is opening a Cellar Door in Kingsland in March. North of the city, Metro Top 50 bar The Beer Spot in Northcote offers 40 beer taps for you to make up a tasting flight and every week a different food truck is on site.

Go to the Kauri Museum in Matakohe

Many will be skeptical of the enjoyment that can be had at the Kauri Museum – but it’s an incredible, in-depth snapshot of an era in Aotearoa few of us would recognise. The huge collection sprawls over several buildings: Exhibits recreate the living quarters of the late 19th century and early 20th century, complete with eerie mannequins, plus there are guns, butter churners and other machinery of the era on display. Don’t miss The Gum Room, a glittering room filled with thousands of kauri gum pieces.

Above and beyond

Go to the Stardome for one of their trippy shows in the Planetarium. The line-up changes regularly from educational to musical shows, and there’s shows for children. Tickets are only $12 for adults.

Play a wholesome board game

Head to Metro Top 50 bar Peach Pit for a drink and a board game – choose from the weird and wonderful collection of games. For classics like Cluedo and Monopoly, head to Brothers Beer at City Works Depot; they also have a huge range of craft beer to try while you play. Remedy Coffee on Wellesley St also has lots of board games, and books to enjoy in the lounge-like surrounds.

Ramen dishes from Zool Zool.

Slurp some ramen

A comforting exercise on a miserable day is to hole up with a bowl of paitan ramen from Top 50 Cheap Eat Zool Zool in Mt Eden. Turn your dinner into a party and order a three-litre Orion beer tower along with some salty edamame beans.

Go to the library

Auckland Libraries have everything: movies, books, mags, e-books, audiobooks, music, graphic novels. Plus, there’s always various events happening like seed exchanges, knitting groups and children’s readings and activities.

In the house

Event planning

The Auckland Arts Fest is coming up from 8-25 March. Grab a guide and bookmark all the events you want to go to. Highlights include the Royal NZ Ballet’s adaptation of The Piano and the Silo Playground – check out the latest March/April issue of Metro for more top picks.

On the box

Watch some local content: TVNZ on Demand brings us the strangely hilarious documentary TV show about an Auckland funeral home, Casketeers; the new season of The Big Ward, an insight into Aucklanders who are fighting obesity; and Annie Goldson’s doco Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, and more.

Long reads

Peruse noted.co.nz for in-depth journalism from Metro, Listener, North and South and Radio NZ. Or create a list of places you want to try from the latest Metro Top 50 Bars, Metro Top 50 Restaurants and Metro Top 50 Cafes


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