Things to do in Queenstown with Kids
Queenstown is the home of family fun and adventure!
Walks & Parks
Discover the region's walks, parks, beaches, lakes or rivers.
With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of things to do in Queenstown ~ it just keeps getting better and better!
Queenstown is for kids, and adults too! 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.
PLUS, it is fast firming up as THE mountain bike destination of Australasia!
Family: there are hundreds of Queenstown activities to choose from and a large amount of these are suitable for children of any age. Find out here how old the kids have to be to join Queenstown’s adventure activities. There may be a minimum age, weight or height requirement to participate in the activity. Search for Queenstown activities using our age filter to find out what suits your whole family.
What will you do in Queenstown?
Base yourself in Queenstown or Wanaka and you'll be as little as half an hour's drive from five fantastic ski areas, with tons of snow to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, toboggan, tube and play in.
Family biking has never been better! The Queenstown Trail unveils 150+km of stunning vistas for you to explore by bike or on foot.
You can hire mountain or e-bikes super easily and discover spectacular suspension bridges, secret swim holes, cute cafes and wonderful wineries – plus our bike companies will pick you up at the end of your ride and shuttle you back!!
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.
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ARROWTOWN ~ the gold rush town that STILL has gold in its rivers!
Only 20km from Queenstown, Arrowtown was born of the 1862 goldrush and is a step back in tmie with tree-lined streets, old miners' cottages and a main street reminscent of a 'Wild West' movie.
The Arrow River, with the must-visit Chinese Settlement on its bank, was at one time worked by thousands of goldseekers who came from around the world in their quest for gold, good fortune and a better life.
Arrowtown is a great spot for an inexpensive, chilled morning or afternoon with the kids. The Lakes District Museum is interactive and fun for all and they also hire out goldpans so you can try your luck in the nearby Arrow River.
You're also just a short drive from the famous bungy bridge and Gibbston Valley – home to some of the region's best wineries and beautiful bike trails.
GLENORCHY ~ it doesn't get more beautiful, wild and remote
(only 45 minutes from Queenstown!)
Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains, glacier-fed rivers and beech forest. It's the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the starting point for multi-day treks, including the famous Routeburn Walk. With only 300 locals and Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep, this really is a slice of paradise!
The stunning 45km drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu, hanging valleys and sheer mountains. Make sure you stop at Bennetts Bluff Lookout (on the left, 25km from Queenstown) for an amazing view of the head of the lake and excellent photo opportunity.