9 Things To Do With Kids In Queenstown
Kia ora, welcome to Queenstown!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination with spectacular scenery, fresh air and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, look no further than Queenstown.
This alpine city in New Zealand’s South Island might be known as the adventure capital of the world, but it’s more than just a destination for adrenaline junkies – Queenstown is a fantastic base for the whole family to set out from and explore.
From hitting the slopes to kid-friendly thrills to ice cream crawls, here are nine of the best activities to do in Queenstown with kids.
Family ski day
Photo courtesy of Queenstown Image LibraryReady to hit the slopes with the whole gang? The best place to ski as a family – and the closest ski field to town – is Coronet Peak. Located an easy 30 minute drive (or bus) from Queenstown, Coronet Peak boasts incredible views all year round, and is open to all ages, with a range of ski tracks for first-timers as well as more advanced runs for grown-ups.
Ride the Luge
Photo courtesy of Skyline QueenstownThe downhill Skyline Luge ride is a not-to-be-missed activity for little kids (and big ones). Luge carts are similar to a go-kart or toboggan, with the driver steering themselves down a 900m track with corners and tunnels – all with an incredible view.
Go Jet Boating
Photo courtesy of Dart River
Jet boating is a great family activity that people of all ages will enjoy. While there are several fantastic jet boat operators in Queenstown, the Dart River Wilderness Jet is a great experience for kids because it is less extreme, cruising along an open river as opposed to navigating through tricky terrain.
This two hour guided journey will take you through the Dart River and deep into the stunning Mount Aspiring National Park, where you’ll learn all about the area’s rich history. While it is a relaxed pace tour, there is a minimum age of three years old.
Spot the local bird life
Photo courtesy of Kiwi ParkKiwi sightings are guaranteed at Kiwi Park, a beautiful little reserve located near the entrance to the Skyline Gondolas. The five-acre park is dedicated to saving local wildlife species and is a great way to spend a few hours. The kids will love feeding the kiwis and learning all about native bird life.
Fly high on a zipline
Image courtesy of Ziptrek Eco ToursWhile not all of Queenstown’s thrill seeking activities are suitable for kids, the Moa Tour by ZipTrek is a fantastic eco-flying adventure that people of all ages will enjoy. This ziplining experience is a guided aerial tour that will have you flying high through Queenstown’s stunning canopy, while learning about the natural environment at the same time.
Photo courtesy of ThrillzoneTest your kids’ skills and agility with a guaranteed fun game of mini golf! Set in a beautiful garden in the center of town, Queenstown Mini Golf offers 18 holes that are simple enough for the kids to enjoy but with enough obstacles to make it competitive for adults.
Check out the Ice Bar
Photo courtesy of Republic Hospitality GroupYes, we’ve put a bar on a list of activities for kids, but this one is not just for grown-ups – Below Zero is the biggest ice bar in Australasia, and the whole family is welcome!
Do an ice cream crawl
Photo courtesy of Patagonia Ice Creamery & ChocolaterieIce cream might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to cold weather, but with multiple amazing ice-creameries in Queenstown, it’s something you’ve got to put on the list, especially with kids in tow.
Free play in town
Photo courtesy of: JCT ContractorsOne of Queenstown’s newer additions is The Bathhouse Playground, a fantastic children’s
playground located right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This million dollar urban playground is one of the most scenic playgrounds in the world. Kids will love playing on the slides and climbing nets, as well as exploring the gardens and feeding the ducks.