Central Otago, Family Activities


  • 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

  • Highlands – Experience the Exceptional

    Take the family on an action-packed adventure at Highlands!Choose from single or tandem Go-Karts and race on our exciting outdoor track.  (Drivers must be 10 years+, passengers fro... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball

    There's a new buzz in town and it's called Bumper Ball! Bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to score a goal against your opponents!   Hilarious to play and to watch, Bumper Ball... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Paintball Central - Cromwell

    Ultimate action adventure – CHECK, dressed in camouflage – CHECK, secure your gun and safety goggles – CHECK…now seek your target before they seek you, grab the chance to run and h... read more

  • Central Otago Rock and Tussock Safaris

    We welcome your family to come on one of tours of discovery into some of Central Otago's most spectacular landscapes. From vast open skies to incredible rock formations, golden tussocks or to fish in pristine rivers and lakes. High Country 4x4, photography tours, mountain bike charter adventures, fishing and hunting trips, historic goldfields, winery visits and artist studios we cater for all. For that personal experience we cater for a maximum of 4 passengers in each of our 2 vehicles. We provide homemade morning/afternoon tea and also a picnic lunch for the longer Safaris.

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  • Highland Bike Hire - Roxburgh

    Highland Bike Hire based in Roxburgh is the ideal place to start your Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold trail experience. Bikes for everyone, in addition we link with trail partners Roxburgh Passenger Services to offer transport options.

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  • Heliview Flights - Cromwell

    The Cromwell Basin heliview flight is an unmissable opportunity for a family experience in a helicopter, over the breathtaking Central Otago landscape that includes the golden, rugged desert of Bannockburn, the stunning Kawarau and Cromwell gorges, lakes, snow-capped mountains and vineyards and orchards.

    Enjoy unobstructed views, safety and comfort in our MD600N helicopter - one of the safest and quietest helicopters in the world. Large bubble windows ensure excellent visibility from all seats .

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  • Ranfurly Bike Hire

    Welcome to Ranfurly Bike Hire, we can provide bike hire, luggage transfers, passenger transport and off trail activities around the Maniototo.
    Owned and operated by Bek and Pete Jones, we are the only company to be situated in the middle of the Rail Trail, which means we are readily accessible to its entire length. Whether you’re looking at doing all the Rail Trail or just half a day's excursion, we can help.
    Call us today with your enquiry and one of our friendly staff members will assist in every way possible.

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  • Snow Fun Zone – Snow Farm

    Our family-focused Snow Fun Zone has a gentle hill for sliding with tubes and toboggans.  It is a great place to play in the snow, build a snowman, or just experience snow for the ... read more

  • Off the Rails - Bike Tours

    Specialising in premium 1-4 day cycle tours of the Otago Central Rail Trail, staying in different accommodation every night. A one stop shop for families. Bikes, accommodation and transport are all included in our tour price. We will pick you up from Queenstown at the beginning of your tour and return you to either Queenstown or the Taieri Gorge train to Dunedin at the end of your tour. Our drivers all have a wealth of local knowledge, so you can just relax, knowing you will see the highlights, and everything is taken care of and just  enjoy the wonderful country hospitality of our staff and the Maniototo area after your riding each day.

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  • Heliview Flights

    Blending a luxury helicopter, personalised service, friendly staff and the stunning Central Otago landscape, family-owned Heliview Flights offers a range of scenic helicopter flights and heli-biking trips (guided and self-ride). From their base at Cromwell Racecourse Airfield, flights take in the majestic vista of the surrounding area and Southern Alps. A selection of scenic flight routes range from short sojourns over the Cromwell basin through to lengthier excursions to take in the whole region, landing at a local cafe or winery for refreshments, or taking in the views from a remote alpine landing. See Highlands Motorsport Park, AJ Hackett's Nevis bungy or the Otago Central Rail Trail from above.

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  • Goldfields Jet

    Goldfields Jet is based at Goldfields Mining Centre on state highway 6 in the Kawarau Gorge. (The main Queenstown- Cromwell highway). From our base our 40 minute trip heads south down the river into the shallow braded waters of the Bannockburn arm. This section has only been accessible by Jet boat since the construction of the Clyde dam and the subsequent creation of the lake Dunstan in 1989. The trip then heads up the river and into the spectacular Kawarau gorge.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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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.