You came for the landscape, but New Zealanders know how to entertain themselves on a rainy day (or night). Major touring acts crank up the decibels in Auckland and Wellington, while art-house cinemas, theatres and rockin' live-music rooms keep a buzz about big cities and towns. In smaller towns you'll be limited to open-mic or a sports screening in the local pub. Check out local media to see what's happening.

Spectator Sports

Spectator sports are big in NZ – especially rugby and netball. Catch a big-ticket international game (be quick – All Blacks' and Silver Ferns' tickets sell like hotcakes!), or go local and turn up to a Saturday morning game in a small town and yell along with the crowd. Watching rugby on a big screen in a Kiwi pub is one of life's guilty pleasures – hollering for the All Blacks as they collide with any of a number of nemeses (Australia, England, South Africa, France, Wales…) and downing a few ales with the locals is utterly entertaining.