By Lucy Cronin
It may not be shaping up to be the sunniest of summers in the consistently inconsistent City of Sails, but just because the beaches and campgrounds are all rained out doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside. We’ve got a massive range of all-weather activities and experiences across Auckland on GrabOne all year round. Step away from yet another attempt at a complete game of Monopoly and escape the rain this summer.
Teed off with the rain?
Swap your brolly for a club and escape to the Jurassic era for a game of mini golf at Lost In Time. Whether you’ve got the kids in tow or a group of friends, it’s sure to relieve their cabin fever. Not quite your stock-standard mini golf experience; this indoor complex features a great prehistoric fitout, featuring animatronic dinosaurs, and it’s sitting pretty in a super-central city location.
Strap on some skates… and get ready to chill out
Why not go all out and completely embrace the wintery weather at Paradice? You’re sure to work up a sweat skating around the Olympic-sized rink, and with two great locations it’s a convenient option regardless of whether the skies are opening up or the sun is beating down.
Get creative in the kitchen
Say ‘arrivederci’ to lacklustre and inauthentic homemade pizza; learn how to craft delectable Italian cuisine with the expert chefs at Andrea Restaurant. Create your own pizza, pasta and dessert with a generous helping of Italian flair. Forget that ever-elusive new year’s resolution to join the gym, and gain the delicious skill that keeps on giving instead.
Discover the magic of the circus
Experience the immersive theatrics of Cirque Du Soleil in their new show Quidam, featuring awe-inspiring acrobatics and aerial feats. Let yourself be distracted from the miserable weather outside with this spectacular and unforgettable performance from the world’s most prestigious circus company.
Float away for a while
You might have had to cut short your time in the water, but you can make up for it with a visit to Float Culture. Their specially designed floatation tanks will have you as rested and relaxed as a week by the beach. And here’s a nice little bonus: no sandflies.