For thrill seekers, nature lovers, serious athletes and your kids too, Queenstown is a great vacation destination for the whole family. From horses running free in the farmland to a lush and lively forest which lies below snow-capped skiing peaks, New Zealand has so much to offer and you can access it all in Queenstown.
Get ready to park your camper, stretch your legs, get your adrenaline going and have an unforgettable time!
Fun things to do in Queenstown for the whole family
1. Hit the Slopes
Queenstown is an ideal spot to make a ski outing as well as a great place for kids to learn the basics. The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona are all great skiing options which are in close proximity to the city.
All have childcare facilities, but Coronet Peak stands out as the best family choice as it offers free lift passes to children 10 and under, and it features slightly easier slopes for beginners.
2. Luge in the City
With plenty of mountains and a beautiful city skyline, Queenstown is an ideal place to luge and it’s great for all ages.
Skyline Luge is just minutes away from the city centre and features several stunning tracks.
The equipment is simple and safe, and first-timers can try it out and learn out to drive on the mandatory training course.
Children under 5 can be a part of the fun and join an adult on a tandem, and ticket prices include the lift rides.
3. Take a Hike
Queenstown is a perfect combination of city bustle and outdoor adventure.
After you’ve perused the urban areas, be sure to get out into the wilderness to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. A city surrounded by gardens, forests and a gigantic lake, Queenstown has a wide variety of nature tours to offer.
For an all-inclusive guided tour of Lord of the Rings settings and other stunning landscapes, Nomad Safaris has extensive offerings.
For something a little more budget-friendly and laid back, try heading up the Queenstown Hill Time Walk. This beloved trail is easily accessed through the city and is a great activity for beauty-seeking, energetic families.
4. Play Disc Golf
Put nature, fun games and active endeavours together, and you get a wonderful afternoon of disc golf.
The Queenstown Gardens is one of the most scenic disc golf courses in the world. Grab a few discs you have lying around the camper or rent a few from one of the many outdoor shops for the day.
In just a 5 minute walk from Shotover Street, you’ll be having an invigorating and budget-friendly day with the family.
5. Explore the Arts
If you’re feeling a bit adventured-out, Queenstown has a bevy of artisans ready to share their craft.
On every Saturday of the year, artists come out to the waterfront to share their wares, and this is a great way to see some local art and re-stock your camper with some soap, knitwear and other artisanal goodies.
If you’re not in town on a Saturday, you can still check out some great local art at the Queenstown Arts Centre.
6. Exercise Your Brain at Puzzling World
Photo Credit: Puzzling World by Paul Green
Just about an hour away from Queenstown lies a place of illusion and intrigue.
Puzzling World is a type of house of mirrors-turned-museum where you’ll find yourself wandering in a room twice as small as it should be, solving ancient mysteries and meandering through a world-famous maze. It’s fun for the whole family, so take the scenic trip out for a little fun or at least keep it on your rainy day list.
Where to Stay in Queenstown
Travel with family and kids can present a few extra challenges. However Queenstown offers a respite from common travel troubles.
It not only offers a bevy of fun family and group activities but it’s also truly a safe haven from stress.
Camping in Queenstown is made easy by city regulations which allow campers to set up nearly anywhere. To be a freedom camper, your vehicle must be self-contained (include a toilet, wastewater tank and rubbish receptacle).
Freedom camping excludes the city centre, parks, and residential areas, but everywhere else is fair game.
If you are traveling in a non self-contained vehicle or you just prefer campsites, Queenstown has a great offering of campgrounds too.
Frankton Motor Camp sits right on the banks of the lake with full facilities, and Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde is close to the city centre. For a truly picturesque camp, check out Lakeland Park which is a 15 minute drive from town.