Central Otago, Family Activities


  • Perfect Parties by Mountaineer Events Co

    Mountaineer Events Co brings you simply perfect parties that will delight your little ones right through to teens (and adults!).We have designed a choice of parties and we create t... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Paintball Central - Cromwell

    Ultimate action adventure that can be played with a minimum of four players. With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family or ... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Goldfields Jet

    Take a spectacular 40 minute Jet Boat Ride along the Kawarau River to discover the Kawarau Gorge and the history of the region. Enjoy all the thrills, twists, turns and 360 degree spins as you navigate up and down the river!

    The jet boat ride zips past sheer rock cliff faces, giant boulders and into the shallower waters of Bannokburn. After viewing the beautiful Kawarau Gorge, the ride then speeds to the mighty ‘Staircase’ Rapid before finishing the journey with some fun 360 degree spins.

    The Kawarau Gorge is located 40 minutes drive from Queenstown to the historic gold mining town. Jet boating tours depart daily at 11 am or 2pm which make it a great morning or afternoon activity to add to your itinerary. Full length, protective spray jackets and life jackets are provided but you should dress appropriately and expect to get wet!

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  • Cardrona Alpine Resort - Adventure Playground

    Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting  ~ Mountain Biking ~ Stargazing ~ Alpine Walking.Take a day and come and play in New Zealand’s highest playground! Take the gondola to sight-... read more

  • Ages 8+

    Cardrona Mountain Carting and Lift Pass

    Experience Cardrona’s newest gravity-fuelled activity – Mountain Carting!  No prior experience is needed for this fun downhill activity, just a sense of adventure & a thirst for FU... read more

  • Cardrona Mountain Biking

    Enjoy lift-accessed downhill Mountain Bike Trails for all abilities to enjoy!  Lap the lifts daily from 10am to 4pm or til 6pm during peak periods (26th Dec-22nd Jan). With beginne... read more

  • Snow Fun Zone – Snow Farm

    A day at the Snow Farm is a must-do for all things snow, to suit the whole family!   We're famous for our friendly, social atmosphere and amazing cross-country skiing adventures - ... read more

  • Otago Rail Trail one day cycling tour

    Departing either Clyde or Queenstown in New Zealand's Otago region, this is the ultimate sightseeing adventure for those short on time! Travel around this beautiful region on a bicycle to get up close to the local flora and fauna and explore at your pace.

    Stretching 55 kilometres in distance, this cycling adventure on the Central Otago Rail Trail is the ultimate challenge for those eager to get out and explore. Beginning in Clyde with a bike fitting, you'll be ready to tackle the trail that lays ahead of you. Throughout the cycling journey, you'll pass some incredible scenery, ride over two viaducts, bridges and tunnels while taking in the beautiful sights.

    Though this is an independent journey, you'll be able to easily navigate your way using the easy-to-read maps along the trail. If finishing the 55 kilometres is a little much for you, you can take advantage of the complimentary pickups from Chatto Creek or Alexandra which will take you back to the beginning.

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  • Ages 6+

    Highlands Outdoor Go Karting

    Start your engines and get set for a one of a kind go karting experience in Otago, New Zealand. Set amongst a serene mountainside location, your go kart race delivers all the thrills and chaos that you desire. If you’re a family that love to race or try new experiences together then Otago go karting is a great activity to share together.

    Stop by and buckle up for a go karting race in Otago where passengers as young as 6 and drivers 10 years+ can join you for a go kart ride on this 650 metre outdoor track. Reaching speeds up to 50km/h, these nimble go karts pack a punch and will have you zipping around corners and rushing down the straights during a 10 minute session. From check–in and race track briefing to your 7 laps drive with two introductory laps accompanied by a professional driver. Gather your tribe or fly solo – either way you’re set to have an extraordinary day at the go kart race track in the Highlands.

    • Driver minimum age is 10 years old and must be over height of 140cm
    • Passenger minimum age is 6years old and must be over height of 120cm

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  • Wanaka Jet Boat

    Discover the waterways of Lake Wanaka over a thrilling 60-minute jet boat ride. This experience will see you racing across Lake Wanaka and down NZ's largest river, the Clutha, famous for turquoise waters and a gold-rush history.

    Navigating shallow waters, overhanging trees and pressure waves at hurtling speeds, your adrenaline will be kicked into overdrive. Not least of all by the famous Hamilton spin! But it won't be all screams and spins. Expect plenty of photo opportunities, history and stories from your tour guide and the chance to relax and admire the incredible setting.

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  • Ages 5+

    Paddle Wanaka Kayaks :: Guided Half Day Tour

    Head out onto the water of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region with a guided kayaking tour. This popular Tiki Tour will see you climb into a kayak to spend half the day paddling around the scenic lake taking in all of the region's best sights.

    Ideal for for those visiting with children, this tour features around 8 to 10 kilometres of easy paddling meaning you won't be overly exhausted by the end of the tour. Travelling along the Lake Wanaka coastline this tour is perfect for those looking to explore the region, have some fun and take some incredible photos.

    No experience is required for kayakers and an experienced guide will be on hand to help you whenever you need. Complete with all necessary safety equipment and training, light snacks and refreshments to enjoy during the journey and the choice of a 15-minute peninsula or island walk, this is the ultimate water-based adventure in the beautiful town of Wanaka.

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  • Lake Dunstan Trail - 1 day self-guided tour

    Pedal your way along the stunning 55km Lake Dunstan Trail on this self-guided 1 day cycling tour from Queenstown or Cromwell. Get fitted to your bike at our Cromwell depot (shuttle ex Queenstown available if you are based there).  You can choose regular or e-bikes, insuring the whole family can ride together! Next, you’ll be transferred to the beginning of the Lake Dunstan Trail that leads riders through Smith’s Way, Kawarau River and Cromwell Gorge.

    The one-day cycling tour will see you learn about New Zealand’s early pioneering history, abundant vineyards and cellar doors in Bannockburn and the historical precinct in Cromwell. A morning tea, lunch and return transfers are included in this 55km bicycle trail that meanders through New Zealand. If you love cycling and the great outdoors, this is the perfect day tour for you.


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  • Oxbow Adventure Co. Jet Sprint Boats

    Take a ride on the wild side with Oxbow and learn how it feels to fly across the water on Queenstown’s custom-built Jet Sprint Boats. Hold on tight as you go from 0 to 100km in 2.5 seconds flat racing through a Jet Sprint Boat course comprising of series of islands to navigate around.  At the helm, is an experienced captain, driving a custom-built jet boat with 620 horsepower thanks to the Chevy engine. Feel the 4G forces as you pull around tight corners and islands throughout the exhilarating Queenstown Jet Sprint Boat ride.
    Minimum height for child 1.2m.  Children under 5 must travel in boat with parent or guardian.  Child prices and family deals available.

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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.