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Wanaka 6 indoor attractions to visit

Wanaka, South Island

Rainy days are sorted

Find what to do on a rainy day in Wanaka. Need a great book to read under a shady tree while the kids paddle in Lake Wanaka. Forget about that Instagram fabulousness of Roys Peak, bathed in warm light. Wanaka has indoors sorted with plenty to do and see on rainy days. Add flourish to your Wanaka holiday by exploring indoor attractions around Lake Wanaka.

@Next Chapter Bookshop
@Next Chapter Bookshop
  1. Next Chapter bookshop

Carrying a wide range of titles from your favourite New Zealand and international authors The Next Chapter bookshop is a haven for lovers of literature and Wanaka’s home of books. Our comprehensive selection covers everything from Penguin classics to modern best-sellers, children’s books, graphic novels, and glossy hardbacks.


Next Chapter is part of the Cinema Paradiso complex.

  1. Puzzling World

The Illusion Rooms, Puzzle Centre, and Maze are eye-openers with baffle, biffle, and brain-numbing sensory illusions. Classic entertainment for twenty years and more giving families and all age groups somewhere to go when it’s wet and cold. And it’s also a must-go attraction for families. Undeniably awesome with a great selfie moment even before you reach the entrance. We are not going to spoil the moment, check out Puzzling World for yourself.

Puzzling World mural Central Otago landscape with two boys, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
Puzzling World mural Central Otago landscape with two boys, Wanaka, South Island
National Transport & Toy Museum Wanaka, New Zealand @nttmuseumwanaka
@National Transport & Toy Museum
  1. National Transport and Toy Museum

The magic of childhood is captured with favourite toys reminiscent of everyone’s treasured memento. And the best bit is the play areas and the adult-sized pedal cars. You can even picnic indoors. Over 60,000 toys are exhibited making the collection of the world’s largest. For vehicle buffs 20 Civilian and Military aircraft from the 1930s to 1990s will whet the appetite to view the 600 vehicles. In fact, it doesn’t matter what the weather is. A must-go destination for your Wanaka holiday.

  1. Warbirds & Wheels Cafe

Classic cars, warbirds and wearable creations are the ideal places for a wet morning brunch at the 1950s Retro Diner. Perhaps coffee with friends. Plan your visit on the first Sunday of the month to experience Cars Over Coffee Breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. The red vinyl chairs and the chequerboard floor set the scene for a unique experience. The museum houses an extensive assortment of luxury American classic automobiles. For Warbirds over Wanaka festival tribute, the six fighter aircraft get to annually test their wings.

@Warbirds & Wheels Cafe
@Warbirds & Wheels Cafe
@Rubys Cinema
@Rubys Cinema
  1. Ruby’s Cinema & Bar

It is another vintage entertainment centre with outstanding audio quality surround sound in two gold-class theatres. The latest film releases as well as Art House titles offer families, couples, and singles ample choices of what to watch. There are slices of pizza, gourmet snacks, coffee and drinks for every palate.

  1. Cinema Paradiso

It is where state of art screens are matched with a classic movie theatre vibe. Boutique luxury cinema experience in cosy sofas, perhaps you score the old Morris Minor seats, a cafe, dining menu and homemade ice cream. A MUST-DO FOR FILM BLUFFS. Truly a memorable movie experience.

Paradiso cinema Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
Paradiso cinema Wanaka, South Island

Getting to Wanaka

For more holiday inspiration check out Wanaka Travel Guide, Wanaka walks and Wanaka road trips.


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