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Things to Do in Queenstown with Kids

Things to Do in Queenstown with Kids

Queenstown is an outdoor adventure playground, with all kinds of activities to keep your kids happy and tire them out. Whether you have teens with a fondness for extreme sports or a toddler who needs age-appropriate adventures, here are a few suggestions for things to do with kids in Queenstown.

  • Explore central Queenstown and its surrounding areas along Lake Wakatipu on a Segway tour with older children.
  • Take a gentle hike with smaller kids (either in a hiking pack or a stroller) along the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
  • Ride the Skyline cable car (locally called the gondola) to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of the town, lake, and mountains.
  • When the weather is cold or wet, check out Kiwi Birdlife Park to learn about New Zealand’s native flora and fauna, or get lost at Odyssey Sensory Maze.
  • Movie buffs—young and old—can join a day trip to places featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
  • Older kids and parents can join a white-water rafting tour on the Shotover or Kawarau rivers, with various options available to suit all ages and experience level.
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Queenstown Segway Tour

Queenstown Segway Tour

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This Segway tour of Queenstown covers a lot of ground in less time. Embark on a 1- or 2-hour tour aboard your personal transporter. Your guide leads you around the shores of Lake Wakatipu, passing natural landmarks along the way. Select from various departure times throughout the day. This small-group tour is limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.89
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Kiwi Birdlife Park Admission

Kiwi Birdlife Park Admission

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Observe more than 20 native bird species —including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi — with admission to Kiwi Birdlife Park in central Queenstown. See wildlife shows, nature exhibits and daily keeper presentations, and catch a rare sight of the flightless kiwi in a nocturnal enclosure. In addition to these feathered stars, take a look at critters such as the Auckland green gecko, the kea and a prehistoric tuatara. Your admission ticket is valid for the entire day so you can explore the park at your own pace.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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Family Adventures Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Family Adventures Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

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Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour - Into the Vale of Wizards

Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour - Into the Vale of Wizards

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The dramatic topography and lush countryside of New Zealand’s South Island was famously seen on-screen in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies. This tour takes you on a journey around Middle Earth, visiting some of the most memorable filming locations, including 12 Mile Delta, Wakatipu, Glenorchy, and Paradise. See sites that doubled up as Isengard, Nan Curunir, and Ithilien; hear all about the filming of the movies in New Zealand, and see some of the original props used in the films.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$219.08
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Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Queenstown Ticket

Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Queenstown Ticket

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Treat your senses to a fun challenge at the Odyssey Sensory Maze in Queenstown. Your admission ticket gives you access to the maze, which generally takes 20-30 minutes to complete, although you can spend as much time as you like. Find your way through dark spaces and physical obstacles created by lighting, sound, and room design. An ideal activity for older kids and adults of all ages.
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  • 20 to 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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Vortex 12D Motion Theatre

Vortex 12D Motion Theatre

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Buckle up and explore the outer reaches of reality on this vortex 12D motion theater experience in Queenstown! Step inside your own personal motion theater and choose from over 80 different movie scenarios including jet-pack rides, roller coasters, alien battles and dinosaur races. With each ride combining up to 12 different features including snow, wind, rain and even bubbles, it almost feels real! Transport yourself into magical worlds where fantastic surprises await round every corner, and enjoy an out-of-this-world adventure suitable for all ages in Queenstown, New Zealand.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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