Queenstown is mostly known for thrilling jet boat rides, mountain biking and bungy jumping but there's more activities appearing that are family friendly and perfect for that odd rainy or windy day.
There are two mini golf attractions in town, conveniently located near the bottom of the gondola, and just a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. You have a choice of the indoor CaddyShack mini golf, and just across the road there's an outdoors option if the weather turns good.
Interactive Motion Rides
Both Vortex and Dark Ride provide a new type of attraction to Queenstown where you have interactive rides, that are like sitting in a multi dimensional arcade game with motion and interactivity like shooting. You get a real sense of the movement as you wear special glasses to make the ride really 'pop' out at you. Rides start from $19-30 with discounts for more rides, and both attractions are in the main town centre.
Indoor Sensory Maze
Odyssey Sensory Maze is one of the newest attractions at the time of writing. It's like an old school maze brought into the 21st century with multiple senses activated during your journey. You'll find illusions, effects and sounds to keep you amazed during the journey. Odyssey is located just a few seconds from the main Earnslaw park by the wharf.
The Fear Factory is one for the older kids - that includes you, but you may want to set an age limit if you have young children with you to avoid frights and tears. This is not like any other haunted house - it's pitch black, and fear and frights are the main words. Even if you're used to Queenstown's adrenalin focussed activities, you'll probably jump out your skin at some point during your visit. Fear Factory is just across from the main Earnslaw Park in town.
We all know that at some point on your trip you'll be pestered for sweet treats and ice cream. You can relax at the well known Patagonia Chocolates and watch the world go by, or some of the newer chocolate and ice cream parlours that have cropped up in town over the last couple of years.
The beauty of Queenstown is that all these activities are just around the corner from each other or just a few minutes walk from Earnslaw Park by the main wharf in town.
Although we're lucky enough to be blessed with good weather most of the time, you won't be stuck in Queenstown if the weather turns on your next visit.