Queenstown Adventure Activities - Minimum Age Guide

Adventure Guide

Queenstown Adventure: minimum age guide

Find the 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.

* 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.   
Please see individual listings for more information.

Age 3    Jet boating*,  NZ Snow Shoe - Snow Play, Vortex 12D Motion Theatre, Family Adventures Rafting, Clip 'N Climb

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

Age 5     Dart River Fun Yaks (min height1m), Horse Treks with our listed companies, Rockatipu Climbing Wall

Age 6     Ziptrek EcoTours (min weight to ride solo 30kg),  Highlands Go-Karts (passenger),
Off Road Quad Bike Tour, Thrillzone 360° VR

Age 7     Escape Quest, Cardrona Mountain Carting, Paintball Central*

Age 8     Kawarau Zipride (min weight 35kg), Riversurfing, Game Over Indoor Karting, Crossfire Wanaka – archery or battlefield

Age 10  Go Orange Cycle, Thrillzone Paintless Paintball*, Shotover Canyon Swing (min weight 35kg) and Fox (min weight 45kg), Segway on Q, (min weight 35kg)*,  AJ Hackett Bungy (Kawarau Bridge – min weight 35kg),   Highlands Go-Karts (single kart driver), Fear Factory* (recommendation – at your discretion)

Age 12  Riversledging, Crossfire Wanaka – riflerange

Map of New Zealand
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Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


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.