Family activity ideas in Queenstown

Family activity ideas in Queenstown

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Apart from its reputation as a top destination for thrill-seekers, Queenstown is also a great place for a holiday with the whole family.

Here are some great ideas for family activities during your Queenstown holiday.

Canoe or kayak Lake Wakatipu

Take in the beautiful views of the mountains that surround Lake Wakatipu, as you spend a few relaxing hours paddling across the lake. There are plenty of experienced guides who will teach you the techniques and let you cruise along at your own pace.

Escape Quest

At Escape Quest, your family must solve a crime and escape within an hour! Not a real crime, of course, but this exciting game for up to five people takes you back to Queenstown’s 1860s gold rush. You’re locked in a room, as you race against the clock to search for clues to get out. There's no doubt that this will be the most exciting game you ever play with the family!

Mountain biking

With more than 100kms of off-road biking tracks, Queenstown is an ideal destination if you're into mountain biking tours and trails. Perhaps you want to try an extreme downhill track, or you’re after an adventurous trail ride more suited to beginners. Either way, you’ll find the experience you’re looking for in Queenstown.

Gold panning at Goldfield’s Mining Centre

Go back in time to the 19th century to explore New Zealand’s early history with a visit to the Goldfields Mining Centre. Pan for gold at the centre, which has been preserved as an authentic mining site, with gold still found by visitors. Through exploring the area’s history, you’ll also gain an understanding of the struggles and harsh conditions faced by early miners along Kawarau Gorge.

Walking trips

Head to the top of Bob’s Peak to enjoy beautiful views of Queenstown. From here, you can pick up a Skyline trail map from the Information Desk. It’ll show several walking tracks, which range from easy to difficult, and offer many interesting sites to see along the way, such as lakes and mountains.


Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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