Ice skating & Ice Bumper Cars

Queenstown has a covered ice arena located in the Queenstown Gardens, providing fun for all ages and abilities. Have a go at ice skating, ice hockey or their brand new ice bumper cars. The ice hockey season runs through winter and the local team the Southern Stampede have a very loyal following!

Kids having fun at the Queenstown Ice Arena Bumper Cars

Ice Bumper Cars at Queenstown Ice Arena

Skiing or snowboarding

With four ski resorts within 90 minutes of downtown, Queenstown is the perfect place to let you kids experience the snow for the first time and this year kids under 10 years of age ski free at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. You just might be amazed at how fast your kids pick it up! 

Kids Ski lesson at The Remarkables

Kids Ski Lessons at The Remarkables Ski Area

Discover our wildlife

Get close to wildlife at the Kiwi Birdlife Park and working farms across Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown you have the chance to meet a real-life dinosaur, the tuatara, or get up close and personal with brand new spring lambs, highland cattle, llamas and deer.

Kiwi Birdlife Park moorpork

Meeting New Zealand's native wildlife at Kiwi Birdlife Park

Ice, Ice Baby

Have an Antarctic adventure when you visit one of Queenstown’s two ice bars, both at temperatures way below zero. Enjoy a non – alcoholic beverage from an ice glass, and see who can stay inside for the longest!

Family Friendly Minus 5º ICE BAR

Family friendly mocktails at Minus 5º Ice Bar

Rock climbing

There’s an indoor climbing wall located at the Queenstown Events Centre (minimum age 8 years old), and at Basecamp Adventures Indoor Climbing Centre. Or in the summertime, try an outdoor climbing experience with Via Ferrata for kids aged 10 years and over, but be careful you might start a hobby!

Rockatipu open day climbing wall

Rockatipu Climbing Wall at the Queenstown Events Centre

Horse trekking

Saddle up and join a horse riding adventure in Glenorchy, Walter Peak, Arrowtown or Ben Lomond; our horse trek operators and scenery are second to none.

Horseriding in Glenorchy

Horse riding in Glenorchy

Paddle Up

Book a kayak or canoe trip with an experienced operator and paddle along the lake side at your own pace. Older kids can paddle their own kayak, while younger ones will be able to sit in front of mum or dad and help! Or try something new and give aqua-biking a go with the family along the Queenstown waterfront.

 

Gone Fishin'

Prep your reel and head out fishing for the day. You can fish in the lake year round, and the back country rivers open for the season on the 1st November and close between April and May. You can check these dates at fishandgame.org.nz and make sure you have a fishing licence to avoid fines.

 

On Your Bike

Try out the Queenstown Trail network of cycle trails, its a great way to see more of Queenstown and you can do as much or as little as you would like! If you don't have your own bikes with you, there are plenty of bike hire options around too for families. For biking of a different kind, take your kids off road on a guided quad bike or buggy adventure, with trips tailored for young explorers.

Boy Biking Jack's Point Trail

Biking the Jack's Point Trail

Indoor Fun

For downtime or rainy days there’s plenty of indoor fun including cinema, swimming pools and trampolines to keep everyone occupied and happy. Get competitive as a family with go kartinglaser tag or battle it out with paintless paintball, all without stepping outside. For the brave, wind your way through a haunted house or try indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel!

Foam Pit SITE trampoline Queenstown Family

Indoor fun at SITE Trampoline