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As much as we love living in Auckland, we all know that the weather can be unpredictable. Rainy days can be a challenge, especially for seniors who may prefer to stay indoors. But there’s no need to let the rain dampen your spirits! Auckland is a cultural hub with plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. Here are some ideas for rainy day cultural activities in Auckland that are perfect for retirement village residents.
Visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a must-visit destination for art lovers. The gallery features a diverse range of art collections from New Zealand and around the world, including contemporary and historical works. The gallery is housed in a stunning heritage building and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Spend a few hours exploring the galleries and exhibitions, and take advantage of the free guided tours that are available daily.
To see what exhibitions are currently on, see here.
Check out the Auckland Museum
The Auckland Museum is another cultural gem that should be on every resident’s must-visit list. The museum is home to an extensive collection of artefacts, artworks, and specimens that tell the story of New Zealand’s rich history and diverse cultures. Take a guided tour of the museum’s Maori cultural gallery, or immerse yourself in the Pacific Islander and European collections. The museum also hosts regular events and exhibitions, so be sure to check their calendar before you go!
Enjoy a Live Performance at the Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre is a beautifully restored historic venue that hosts a wide range of live performances, from theatre and opera to music and dance. The theatre is known for its stunning interior design, which features elaborate Spanish-style architecture and art deco details. Catch a matinee or evening performance and enjoy the talents of local and international performers. The Civic Theatre is located in the heart of Auckland’s central business district, making it easy to access from most retirement villages. From Highgrove, it is a quick twenty minute drive, or a short journey on the Northern Express.
Discover Auckland’s Libraries
Auckland’s libraries are a treasure trove of books, magazines, and other resources that offer endless opportunities for learning and entertainment. The Central City Library is a great place to start, with its extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, and magazines. The library also hosts regular events and workshops, such as author talks and book clubs. Many of Auckland’s suburban libraries also offer a range of cultural activities, such as language classes, music performances, and arts and crafts workshops. Our local library is Albany Village library, which is open seven days a week!
Take a Class or Workshop
Retirement is the perfect time to learn something new or develop a new skill. Auckland offers a range of classes and workshops for seniors that are both fun and educational. You could learn a new language, take up painting or photography, or develop your computer skills. Many of Auckland’s community centres and learning institutions offer courses specifically designed for seniors, so there’s bound to be something that interests you.
Explore the City’s Galleries and Exhibitions
Auckland is home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with a range of galleries and exhibitions showcasing local and international artists. Take a stroll through the galleries of the K’Road art precinct, or explore the contemporary works at the Gow Langsford Gallery. The Auckland Festival of Photography is an annual event that celebrates the art of photography, with exhibitions and events held throughout the city.
Enjoy a Film at the Civic Cinema
The Civic Cinema is a beautifully restored historic cinema that screens a range of classic and contemporary films. The cinema’s grand interior design, with its soaring ceilings and plush seating, offers a unique viewing experience that’s perfect for a rainy day. Catch a matinee or evening screening and enjoy the comfort of this iconic cinema. Plus, there are weekly specials which make seeing a weekday movie a steal!
No matter the weather, Auckland has an abundance of exciting, beautiful, and engaging activities. From our Albany hub, you are well connected to explore everything Tāmaki Makaurau has to offer.
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