Stuck at home during alert level 3 and have some spare time up your sleeve? There are a range of businesses around Auckland city centre that can help you learn new skills, get a game going, or give you an activity to do at home. We have created a list of some great boredom busters and boredom breaking activities you can do when you’re stuck at home during Alert level 3. See below for some ideas that are sure to beat your boredom.


Grab a board game, puzzle or brain teaser from Iko Iko | 26 High Street 

Play a game of cards with your bubble while learning a new language with these handy lingo playing cards! These novelty playing cards are filled with lingo from different languages, choose Indonesian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Te Reo Maori, Greek or German! Iko Iko is High Street's cute little gift and homeware store, and has a great range of cool books on design, amusing things to make you laugh, crafty things for the crafty minded, and nostalgic bits of Kiwiana for those who like to reminisce. Orders over $20 made via the online store will receive free shipping.


Famous Women Quiz, Shut The Front Door 

Shut The Front Door's fun and ever changing range of the coolest products from around the world is sure to keep you entertained. Test your knowledge on the famous women of our world with this quiz game. Get creative, set up a quiz night with your bubble and see who comes out with the most points. Browse the online store for bits and bobs to keep you busy during your time at home - Shipping is free on orders made during alert level 3!

Bath water soaps

Take a relaxing bath or have an at-home pamper session thanks to LUSH 

There's nothing quite like a bit of self care when you're feeling a little stressed, bored, or both. Take a moment or two for yourself with a relaxing bath if you have one, and pick up one of Lush's awesome bath bombs to make it extra fun. Or, there's also plenty of other eco-friendly and waste-free beauty products like face masks that can kill time and make you feel (and look!) brand new. Order online and receive free shipping on orders over $95.

Records displayed on wood shelf

Get dancing and signing with an old school record from Holiday Records 

Holiday Records is New Zealand’s full vinyl experience with a thoughtfully curated collection of around 1000 brand-new essential records spanning a variety of genres and eras. Head to their online store to grab a record, and take a trip down memory lane! 


Pick up a new skill through NZ Fabrics & Yarn

Get knitting with the help of NZ Fabrics and Yarn. Try one of the many embroidery or needle point kits or pick up a cross stitch pattern to get you started. Whether you’re a beginner or you need to stock up on your supplies, NZ Fabrics & Yarn has you covered. Open for curb-side pick up or delivery via online ordering.


Pick up your next read 

Reading never gets old (in our eyes at least), scroll through the website of Unity Books to order your next best read. Or, for those interested in boating and maritime studies, Boat Books is your one-stop shop, find reading material on navigation, sailing & racing, cruising guides, knots & ropework and everything in-between. 

If you are a city centre business we would love to hear from you about what you are currently offering at Alert Level 3. Please email us at so we can support you by spreading the word and including you in relevant wrap ups. 

Last updated: 07 May 2020