You won't be waiting for a rainy day when you see what AMAZING INDOOR THINGS to do Queenstown has got stored up for you!
If the weather isn't so great or even if it is but you just want to experience some of the best range of indoor attractions in the world, STEP INSIDE! Right here in Queenstown and Frankton you won't believe how much there is on offer, and with KIDZ GO you can search our activities by indoors-only.
There is no need to let a rainy day in Queenstown slow down you and your tribe! There has never been so much fun entertainment ~ all under cover! Check out some of the best indoor family activities and attractions here!
CENTRAL QUEENSTOWN ~ 10 of the best
Solve a goldrush mystery or escape into a complete other world! Escape Quest run Queenstown-themed escape rooms and also the brand-new VR Escape Room that is just mind-blowing! Or step into new dimensions with Thrillzone’s 360 VR games.
Both Escape Quest and Thrillzone now also invite you to roam the streets of Queenstown whilst solving a fun, interactive outdoor Escape Game!
2. Cinema Experiences
Reading Cinemas Queenstown has the latest releases plus Spit the Dummy Wednesday screenings for parents and bubs. Thrillzone’s Vortex 12d Motion Theatre is a cutting edge, white-knuckle adventure. On Queenstown main pier you’ll discover a Queenstown you never imagined at Time Tripper. On any visit to Arrowtown you must include stopping by Dorothy Browns boutique cinema.
Now open most of the year, Queenstown Ice Arena is centrally located. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time skater you will have a blast! Comfy skates, ice sleds, ride-on-seals, penguin pals and learn-to-skate lessons make it easy for everyone. If you’re not keen on skating, you can relax in our alpine-style café, bar and lounge with a view out to the action on the ice. It's fully-licensed with free WiFi.
THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU’LL FIND ICE BUMPER CARS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE!
That’s right! Queenstown is the only place in New Zealand you get to experience the feeling of a 13,000ft freefall ~ indoors at iFly Skydiving Centre. Indoor Skydiving is the most non-scary but most exhilarating experience you can do together as a family - AND you only need to be 5 years old to fly! Blow your mind and your perceptions - things will never be the same once you all experience the thrill of truly flying. There is seriously nothing that is more unique, uplifting (literally), truly thrilling and more bonding that a family could do together.
5. Indoor Entertainment Centres
Right in the heart of Queenstown is Thrillzone Entertainment Centre, with Paintless Paintball, 360 Battleground, Drift Carts, Laser Tag, Race Simulator, Motion Theatre, VR Adventures and more. Next door you’ll find Odyssey Sensory Maze or the crazy SmashIt Rooms!
6. Ice Bars
Check out a world where EVERYTHING is made of ice, even the drinks glasses and chairs!
Queenstown has Minus 5 or Below Zero to choose from for a unique experience the kids LOVE!
7. Fear Factory
Scare yourself to pieces at the hysterical and truly frightening Fear Factory. Not for the faint-hearted!
A rainy day in Queenstown is a perfect excuse to explore the shops and cafes! Kids’ friendly shops include The Bead Shop, where you can make your own jewellery and the Remarkables Sweet Shop with free fudge tastings.
Even if it’s raining you can still explore Queenstown and discover a slice of New Zealand. Take a lake cruise on the Spirit of Queenstown or The TSS Earnslaw. Hop on a 4WD adventure with Off Road Adventures or discover a kiwi at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. Ziptrek Ecotours meanwhile will take you on a zipline adventure under the canopy of the trees. They depart from the top of the gondola, which will also take you to the Skyline complex.
Otherwise you can always go Riverboarding (minimum age 8) as you’re going to get wet anyway!
Explore our 5 acre oasis at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. A family-owned and operated wildlife center in the heart of Queenstown, dedicated to saving our endangered wildlife species.
Arthurs Point and Arrowtown
Hop on a bus or drive to Arrowtown and visit the shops and cafes, along with the interactive Lakes District Museum, complete with kids’ treasure hunt! Also in Arrowtown the kids will love the Remarkables Sweet Shop, or check out a movie at the quirky, must-visit Dorothy Browns cinema. Just want to chill? Take in the spectacular Shotover River from your private family hot pool at Onsens Hot Pools in Arthurs Point.
Frankton is an entertainment hub with the popular Site Trampoline, and right next door is Chipmunks kids-only indoor playground. You just can’t go past Basecamp Adventures, in the same block with climbing walls and the super-fun Clip N Climb experience that is built for kids!
Not far from there is Game Over indoor Karting. Just minutes away you’ll find Alpine Aqualand indoor pool with lane swimming, hot pool and hydroslides. Also in Frankton is the funky Buzzstop Bee and Honey Centre.
Check out more family fun activities, both indoor and outdoor at Kidz Go Queenstown on the website or app.
The Best Indoor, Fun, Family Activities in Queenstown
The Bead Shop, Queenstown
Create your own wearable art or gifts to take home.
Below Zero Ice Bar, Queenstown
Visit the biggest Ice Bar in Australasia where EVERYTHING is carved from ice!
Unravel the mystery and escape the room in one hour. A fun, bonding family experience where you embrace kiwi ingenuity to hunt for clues and solve the puzzles.
New Zealand's scariest haunted house! Spine-tingling surprises and lots of fun – if you're brave enough!
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction.
Minus 5° ICE BAR, Queenstown
Come inside, drink from ice glasses and marvel at a
Winter Wonderland of ice architecture!
Odyssey Sensory Maze
Feel your way from one illusory room to another - each of the zones is different, exciting and unexpected!
Odyssey SmashIt Room
Let loose and smash it up at SMASHIT!
Queenstown Ice Arena
Comfy skates, sleds, ride on seals and other fun accessories. Great cafe and spectator area. Free WIFI.
Three screens and all the latest blockbusters, plus Wednesday morning movie session for parents.
Thrillzone – a World of Thrills!
Fun and adrenaline with 360° Drift and 360° Battleground including Paintless Paintball, Laser Tag and Hero Blast.
Also home of Kidz Club and Vortex 12D Motion Theatre plus 360 Virtual Reality Gaming.
Vortex 12D Motion Theatre/360⁰ VR
State-of-the-art motion theatre; a white-knuckle adventure with lots of surprises!
Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours, Queenstown
Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the tree canopy – a guided ecological adventure.
Just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown town centre is the fantastic entertainment and shopping hub of Frankton, basking at the base of the dramatic Remarkables Mountain Range.
Alpine Aqualand, Frankton
Leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, lap pool, hot pool.
Basecamp Adventures - indoor climbing
Indoor climbing and bouldering walls plus the fantastic fun of Clip 'n Climb.
SITE Trampoline Playground
Have fun and build confidence at SITE trampoline.
Out of Town Adventures
Day Trip to Wanaka
Visit Puzzling World, National Transport & Toy Museum, Basecamp Adventures - Clip ‘N Climb, Cinema Paradiso or have a play at the Wanaka Pool Recreation Centre and Pool.
Day Trip to Milford Sound
It may be fine at Milford Sound even if it’s raining in town. Otherwise the waterfalls are spectacular in the rain.
Discovery Day – Queenstown Sightseeing
Half or full-day family adventures!
Dorothy Browns, Arrowtown
Gorgeous boutique cinema, open from 10.30am daily.
Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown
A lively museum with a kids' treasure hunt.
Off Road Adventures Quad Bike or Buggy Tours
Even more fun in the wet! We have kids' quads, a tour that is tailor-made for families and wet weather gear.
Off Road Adventures 4x4 Scenic Tours
Stay inside a warm vehicle on our exciting 4x4 adventure.
Southern Discoveries Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
A great boat trip combined with farm tour.
Come riverboarding – you're going to get wet anyway!