Family Activities in Queenstown

Queenstown offers lots of different activities for families, ranging from sightseeing to action and adventure.

Milford Sound Cruise

Take the family on a day out to Milford Sound with Mitre Peak Cruises. Milford Sound offers unforgettable scenery, with steep, snow-capped mountains dropping down into waterfalls, rock faces and native forests that touch the water below. Get up close to the local wildlife, such as native birds, seals and dolphins, as they join you on your trip. Mitre Peak offers a range of return transport packages to get your family safely and comfortably from Queenstown to Milford Sound.


Looking for something closer to town? The Gondola and Luge package is a fun way to spend a few hours. Travel up behind the township in the Gondola, admiring the stunning views of Queenstown, Lake Wakitipu and The Remarkables mountain range. At the top is the Luge course. There are two tracks to ride the Luge cart down, suitable for any skill level. The purpose built Luge carts are safe and easy to use, making it a great ride for kids. Combo tickets are very affordable, making this family activity package the definite must do.

Jet Boating

A trip to Queenstown isn’t complete without jumping on a jet boat trip. Shotover Jet run tours every 20 minutes through the Shotover River Canyon. Experience an exciting challenge as the Jetboat hurtles through corners and navigates the braids of the river.
Save time and money by combining activities in a great family day out with Queenstown Combos. The Shotover High 5 trip gets you a ride on Shotover Jet, a helicopter flight to the top of Skyline Gondola, Luge rides and a trip down the Gondola back to Queenstown. The perfect ticket to a great day of family activities in Queenstown.

Horse riding

Horse riding Queenstown is the perfect way to relax and enjoy nature. It’s also a great way for kids to explore the outdoors without exhausting them. There are several routes to take, each varying in length and excitement. All of the routes are safe, including the river crossing points. This is a great family activity for any budget and will be sure to keep your kids happy.

Kiwi Birdlife Park

Why not take the kids to this beautiful little bird sanctuary, located right in the heart of Queenstown next to the Skyline Gondola. Give the children the chance to see a live bird show and kiwi bird feedings while learning about the conservation of New Zealand’s native birds and wildlife. You can also buy a Kiwi Kombo ticket that gives you all day access to the park and a return Gondola ride at Skyline Queenstown.


Begin your Family Adventures Rafting trip right from the front door of your accommodation. The four wheel drive will take you up Coronet Peak to Skippers Canyon. On this section of the Shotover River it’s a grade 2, which means it has easy rapids, which your experienced guides will help you navigate. Nevertheless, the river has plenty of twists and turns to get the adrenaline going. The guides are experts in the local area and full of interesting information. This rafting adventure was specifically designed as a family activity, with children in mind, so everyone will have a great time.

If you have teenagers to entertain then you can take the next step up with Challenge Rafting. This section of the Shotover River is between Grade 3 -5, depending on the water levels. Your expert guides will teach you all that you need to know to paddle your way down these exciting and more difficult rapids.


Kayaking is a great family activity for all ages. The journey starts with a jet boat ride up a braided river, a thrilling experience in itself. Then climb aboard your inflatable canoe ready to paddle downstream. An experienced guide will travel with you the whole way down, through currents and around river bends. Kids will love being a part of such an exciting adventure, in a safe environment. Allow most of the day for this trip.

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