Dive into your holiday by visiting Queenstown’s pool complex complete with two hydro-slides and a lazy river. Mum and dad can relax in the adult only hot pool, or keep the fitness levels up in the lap pool while keeping a close eye on the kids. If you’re visiting in summer, the Arrowtown outdoor swimming pool opens early December through to late February.
If the kids aren’t too worn out, there are a huge amount of short walks, and lakeside tracks in the region. The Queenstown gardens are a nice short scenic walk, and you could reward the family with an ice cream on the beach afterwards. If you want everyone to sleep well that night, the Queenstown Hill time walk is a 2 - 3 hour (return) climb to the iconic Basket of Dreams sculpture, with incredible views across Lake Wakatipu. Head into the Department of Conservation office on Stanley Street, for advice on day walks, any track closures and the weather forecast.
Take a day trip to Arrowtown, and have a go gold-panning on the Arrow River, you never know what you might find! Visit the Lakes District Museum and the Chinese Village for a bit of history, and shop at the many child friendly stores including the sweet and ice cream shops for free tastings.
Enjoy takeaway dinner on the beach, with fish and chips, gourmet burgers, pizza and many other takeaway restaurants available downtown, you’re spoiled for choice in Queenstown.
Did you know there are two working farms in Queenstown that you can visit and experience real South Island rural life? Both are accessed by boat, making the trips at least a half day activity. There’s also a birdlife park located right in the heart of Queenstown, where you might be lucky enough to spot a kiwi, as well as 30 other species of animals.
An easy five-minute walk from central Queenstown, Skyline Queenstown offers spectacular views of the region and plenty of entertainment and adventure for the whole family. At the top of Bob’s Peak, the luge is a family favourite, and you’ll probably find yourself in competition with your kids! Pop into a café on the way, or dine at one of the food and beverage outlets at the top of Bobs Peak.