Queenstown Adventure Activities - Minimum Age Guide

Flying Fox – Ziptrek Eco Tours

Queenstown and Wanaka Adventure: minimum age guide

Queenstown has never had as many fun, family attractions on offer as now!  With so much entertainment and excitement with appeal to grown-ups and children you'll never be short of family fun!   Kids can also take part in some of Queenstown's famous, thrilling adventure activities but there may be restrictions.

Read on for minimum age information for Queenstown's adventure activities.   All activities are mentioned once, at the minimum age.  Therefore read all activities up to and including the age of your child.  Some activities will indicate a minimum weight or height in brackets.  In these cases a child of any age must have reached this weight/height to participate.  
Note : To make it easy use our 'Search By Age' Filter at the top of each activities page.

Age 2    Kjet and Go Orange Thunder Jet – Jet Boat Rides

Age 3    Basecamp Adventures Clip 'N Climb, Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Adventure*, 
                     NZ Snowshoe - Snow Play,  Vortex 12D Motion Theatre, Family Adventures Rafting (summer only).

Age 4    Kidz Club*,  Thrillzone Battleground, Thrillzone 360° Drift*, Game Over Lazer Tag*,
                     SITE Trampoline*,  Off Road Queenstown 4x4 Buggy (passenger), Thrillzone 360° VR, 
                     Go Jets Wanaka.

Age 5     iFly Indoor Skydiving*, Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, iFly Indoor Skydiving,
                     Rockatipu Climbing Wall, Paintball Central, Cardrona Carting – passenger (summer only).

Age 6     Buzzstop Honey Centre 'Bee- a- Beekeeper', Off Road Quad Bike Tour
                      Ziptrek EcoTours – Kea or Moa Tour (min weight to ride solo 30kg)

Age 7     Fear Factory*, Realm VR Wanaka, Family Snowshoeing,
                      Cardrona Mountain Carting – driver (summer only)

Age 8     Rippled Earth – Island Kayak Safari, Riversurfing (summer only), Game Over Indoor Karting

Age 9     Wanaka Wild Wire

Age 10  Ziptrek Ecotours - Kereru Tour, Thrillzone Paintless Paintball*,  Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox                              (min weight 35kg), Segway on Q, (min weight 35kg)*

Age 12  Riversledging, Bodhi Trout Fly Fishing Adventure.

* may be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator.  Your child's participation in an activity may also be dependent on factors such as confidence or weather.  

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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.