Queenstown activities for families

A selection of top Queenstown activities – all suitable for travellers with children.

Take a look at some of Queenstown's top activities, all suitable for families.   Adventure activities often have a minimum age restriction.  

Alpine Aqualand, Queenstown

Modern aquatic centre with toddlers' pool, lazy river and hydroslide.  Great, affordable time out for the kids.  There are even hot pools for adults to relax!

Queenstown Ice Arena
The Queenstown Ice Arena is a covered rink with lots of seating space for spectators. 
As well as free skating, we run lessons from beginners to experienced  Skates for littlies and stabilisers available. 

Southern Explorer

A very popular trip with families - combine entertaining guides, splashing through streams in our sturdy 4WD vehicles (the kids love this bit!), exploring a 'ghost town', panning for your own gold and discovering movie locations from Lord of the Rings!

Dart River Jet Safaris

For a complete Queenstown family wilderness adventure, join us, the only operator on the Dart River.


The Family Entertainment Centre. Experience the excitement of ten pin bowling at Strike Bowl Queenstown! Seven fully-automated lanes with child-friendly, ‘bowl-easy’ equipment and smaller bowling balls.

Family Adventures

This fantastic combo trip is tailor-made for families! A complete family adventure, starting on the historic and spectacular Skippers road leading to the Shotover canyon...

Flying Fox : Ziptrek Ecotours

Queenstown’s newest activity is an exhilarating adventure for the entire family! Ride the Skyline gondola to our tree-house, harness up and fly through the air as you traverse the forest with our guides. Min age 7.

Segway on Q

The whole family will have a blast on these unique and easy to ride eco-friendly transporters!  Min age 10.

Kawarau Bungy Centre

The World Home of Bungy - AJ Hackett Bungy’s 1st Commercial Bungy Jump Site! The perfect stop for the whole family.

Kawarau Jet

You can step into a big yellow Kawarau Jet every hour at the Main Town Pier, Queenstown.

Lakes District Museum

A ‘living museum’ filled with ‘hands on’ displays, interesting artefacts and local exhibits. Ranging from early Maori to the excitement of the gold rush.

Serious Fun Riversurfing

Come whitewater bodyboarding down the Kawarau River with the original Riversurfing company. We have the best-trained guides, giving our riders the ultimate river thrills since ’89 with a 100% safety record.  Min age 8 years.

Shotover Jet

For the ultimate family fun and unforgettable Queenstown family holiday ‘Catch the Canyons’ with Shotover Jet, 'The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride'.

Skyline Queenstown

The Luge is a fun filled ride on a three-wheel cart. The unique braking and steering system provides the rider full control.

TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Farm

Experience Queenstown’s heritage with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Explore this historic vessel, enjoy a sing-along or relax on deck. At Walter Peak join a farmyard tour, help feed the animals and watch the sheep shearing.

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The kids will love getting up close to native birdlife in our live conservation shows, plus enjoy the commentary through our FREE personal audio sets which guide you through the native flora and fauna of our 5 acre park.

Kiwi Haka

Step into the world of Maori and feel the spirit of NZ’s proud history celebrated through traditional song and dance. Experience the fearsome Haka, stunning poi display and haunting sounds of traditional instruments performed by Queenstown’s leading Kapa Haka group.

Underwater Observatory

Take the time to visit Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory on the Main Town Pier. This is the home of Queenstown’s BIG fish (brown and rainbow trout) and monster eels! Enjoy the frenzy of feeding time!

Information from Kidz Go New Zealand

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