Hiking and biking are perfect ways to spend some quality family time together and explore the great outdoors for which Queenstown is famous. Some of the most scenic trails in the world are within five minutes’ walk from downtown Queenstown and suit all ages and abilities. The Queenstown Trail also offers an extensive network of walking and cycling trails with the different tracks suitable for different ages and abilities, check out the trail map to find a path for your family.
From Queenstown you can explore walking tracks that range from half-hour easy lakeside tracks to multi-day hikes like the Routeburn Track which is classed as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and starts near Glenorchy, just 40 minutes drive from Queenstown.
For bike enthusiasts there are more 100km of easy gradient scenic tracks, wine trails, backcountry trails, serious downhill rides, a jump park, the Skyline gondola-assisted bike trail (September – May) and the ‘all ages, all abilities’ Rabbit Ridge bike resort.
Rainy days can often put a dampener on family holidays, being cooped up all day in a room with bored children, but in Queenstown you’ll never run out of things to do – rail, hail or shine. There is a wide range of wet weather attractions including mazes, 4WD and buggy tours, 4D motion rides, an indoor dry-slope terrain park, site trampolining, indoor golf experience.