Nelson Tasman’s Best Rainy Day Activities 2022
Posted on Thursday 14 July 2022
Nelson Tasman is known as the sunshine capital of New Zealand. However, if you happen to be caught in the rain while visiting, here are some great activities to keep you and your family entertained.
Road Hogs Mini Golf
Fantastic indoor mini golf with a glow-in-the-dark section.
Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12 pm-6.00 pm. Closed on Monday-Tuesday.
Where: 15 Selwyn Place, Nelson
Phone: 03 548 1662
More information: www.roadhogs.co.nz
Action Entertainment Centre
Challenge family and friends to a game of Ten Pin Bowling, Inflatable World, VR Golf, Mini-Golf & multiple indoor sports! Café & licensed bar.
Opening hours: Open 9.30 am- Late. Closed Mondays
Where: 30 McPherson Street, Richmond
Phone: 03 543 8222
More information: www.actioncentre.co.nz
Visit a local winery or brewery
Beer has been central to the local culture of the Nelson Tasman region since the early settlements in the 1840s. Today, craft breweries of all sizes stretch from Nelson City to Onekaka in Golden Bay. Follow the trail and find your favourite pint of locally crafted beer. Nelson Craft Beer Trail
Nelson Tasman's high sunshine hours partner with the different soils in the hills, plains, and coast to provide a twist to the regional wines. Follow the trail and discover spectacular sceneries that offer a stunning backdrop for visitors to the many cellar doors sprinkled throughout the area. A taste of passion is notable in every sip of the Nelson Tasman wine. Nelson Wine trail map
Art & Crafts Tour
Nelson Tasman is renowned for its people's creative work, and we are very proud of the independent, ground-breaking artists and artisans that thrive in our community.
Take a look at the Nelson Arts and Crafts, Nelson Potters, Creative Pathways, or Golden Bay Art maps: Art, Heritage & Culture/Things To Do/NelsonTasman.nz
Founders Heritage Park
Stroll through character streets and gardens, meet resident artists, ride the train, and browse the extensive museum displays in this replica historic village.
Opening hours: Open 7 days 10 am – 4.30 pm. Admission fees apply.
Where: The Wood, Nelson
More information: www.founderspark.co.nz
Cable Bay Adventure Park
This thrilling, all-family fun adventure centre is located a short 10-minute drive from central Nelson City. Pick-ups are available. Mountain Biking, 4W quad bikes, Paint Ball, Horse Treks, Argo (an all-terrain vehicle), and we can't forget the Sky Wire, the world's longest flying fox, which is 3.2km long!
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 9.30 am - 4 pm
Where: 194 Cable Bay Road, Nelson
More information: www.cablebayadventurepark.com
Have a splash at one of Nelson/Tasman's indoor pools.
Riverside Swimming Pool
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 6.00am - 7.00pm, Saturday 8.30am - 5.30pm. Sunday 8.30am - 4:30pm
Where: 25 Riverside Drive, Nelson
More information: www.clmnz.co.nz/riverside-swimming-pool/
Richmond Aquatic Centre
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 9:00 pm (Fridays Wave Rave 7 pm-9 pm), Saturday 8 am – 6 pm (Fitness Centre 8 am – 5 pm)
Where: 161 Salisbury Road, Richmond
More information: www.clmnz.co.nz/richmond/
You'll find several waterfront cafés to relax in and browse the local galleries. If the sun peeks out from the clouds, you can hire a bike or catch the ferry to Rabbit Island beach.
More information: Mapua & Ruby Coast Visitor Information - NelsonTasman.NZ
Christ Church Cathedral
Explore the Christ Church Cathedral (Nelson Anglican Cathedral) right in the heart of Nelson. The famous Church steps provide a focal point for numerous community events and a sunny lunchtime break for locals.
Opening hours: Open 7 Days, 8:30 am-6 pm
Where: 1 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
More information: www.nelsoncathedral.nz
Take an exciting cave tour to a unique underground world. Drive to Takaka Hill and embark on a 45min informative guided cave tour. Suitable for all ages.
Opening hours: Open daily throughout summer, offering guided cave tours hourly from 10 am-4 pm. Bookings are essential in the winter months (June-Sept).
Where: Main Road, Takaka Hill, SH 60, Motueka
More information: www.ngaruacaves.co.nz
Nelson Provincial Museum
Visit New Zealand's oldest museum tracing back to the foundation of the Literary and Scientific Institution of Nelson in May 1841.
Opening hours: Open 7 days. Weekdays 10:00am - 5:00pm, weekends and public holidays 10:00am - 4:30pm.
Where: 270 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
More information: www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz
Take a break and check out the local cinema for the latest in what's showing at State Cinemas Nelson or the brand new Silky Otter cinema in Richmond.
State Cinemas Nelson
Where: 91 Trafalgar Street
More information: State Cinemas Nelson - movie times & tickets
Silky Otter Cinema
Where: 405 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
More information: Silky Otter Cinemas – movie times & tickets
The Suter Art Gallery
New Zealand's third oldest art museum showcasing national & local art. Here, you'll find a craft shop, theatre and café.
Opening hours: Open 7 days 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: 208 Bridge Street, Nelson
More information: www.thesuter.org.nz
Classic Car Museum
Featuring 150 cars in immaculate condition, from the classics of the 1950s to the exquisite mastery of Jaguar and Ferrari, Nelson Classic Car Museum is the place to marvel and admire an incredible collection of iconic cars. All ages will enjoy this unique and inspiring creative experience. After exploring this unique local wonder, take a break at The Little Engine Eatery.
Opening hours: Open 7 days, 10.00am-4.00pm
Where: 1 Cadillac Way, Nelson
More information: www.nelsonclassiccarmuseum.nz
The perfect destination for indoor entertainment. This trampoline park has a main arena, kid's arena, foam pit, tumble track, climbing wall, parkour area and wall trampolines. Fun for the whole family! Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.
Where: 14 Pascoe Street, Nelson
More information: www.flipoutnelson.co.nz
The latest and greatest entertainment hub Nelson has to offer, Timezone Nelson, is sure to bring out your game face! With a wide range of state-of-the-art arcade games and experiences.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday 10am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday9am-10pm.
Where: 60 Achilles Avenue, Nelson
More information: www.timezonegames.com/en-nz/locations/timezone-nelson
Grab your socks and head to the Rink for great fun and exercise during our public skating sessions. Entry to regular public skating sessions is $8 and includes skate hire or only $6 if you use your own skates.
Opening hours: Friday 6.30pm-8.30pm, Saturday - Sunday 1pm-3pm
Where: Back Beach Road, Tahunanui Recreation Reserve
More information: www.skatenelson.nz
Solve a mystery, rob a bank, or break out of prison! Put yourself, your friends and your family to the ultimate test in one of the many challenges at Xscape Space or Clue Hunters.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Thursday 3.30pm - 8pm, Friday 1.45pm - 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am - 8pm
Where: 2a Estuary Place, Richmond, Nelson
More information: www.xscapespace.co.nz
Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday and Friday 4 pm - 8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am - 8.30 pm
Where: Montgomery Square, Nelson
More information: www.cluehunters.co.nz