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Family Activities To Do in Queenstown – (recommended)

So you’re heading to Queenstown and you need some family activities to do in Queenstown to keep you and your clan entertained. Thankfully, Queenstown has an impressive array of delights in store for visitors of any age, all with the stunning backdrop of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, offering breath-taking sights and sounds that you’re bound to never forget.

Whether you want to explore Lake Wakatipu from above or below, Queenstown has got you covered. Take a boat trip across the gleaming waters to Kawarau falls or head to the Underwater Observatory to see what life is like beneath the blue. Experience close encounters with the aquatic life of the deep and learn a few fun facts along the way. Families and groups seeking a bit more adventure can take part in diving or other water sports for a fun-filled day.

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The Skyline Gondola Queenstown

The mountain ranges around Queenstown might be phenomenally famous in the Lord of the Rings world, but that’s not all they have to offer. Head up the 450 metre Skyline Gondola and take in the view as you ascend the side of Ben Lomond mountain, whisked away into the clouds on the steepest cable car this side of the earth. Fly across the scenery on the Ziptrek Zipline tour or take The Luge for a speedy descent.

The zipline tour not only welcomes all types of adventurers but offers an ecologically-friendly experience with some interesting lessons along the way. You can zipline in the day or night with guided tours offered throughout the year. The Luge carts cover a track of 800 metres and are also suitable for all ages and abilities. Travel at speed through dippers, twists and tunnels, then head back to the top to do it all again.

After a full afternoon of adventure activities, especially in the summer heat, you can head to an ice-bar. There are two in Queenstown, providing a chilling experience for all sizes. Sit in a mesmerizing frozen world and enjoy a mocktail, cocktail or two from your ice-glass. You’ll appreciate the break, but just make sure you leave before you turn blue!

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The historic town center of Arrowtown

History fans should travel across to Arrowtown to take part in some gold-panning. From the visitor centre you can rent a pan and run on over to the river to start fishing for your fortune. The museum here is idea for learning about the history of gold in Queenstown and Arrowtown itself is an idyllic place, with some nice eateries.

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The TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm

If you’re an animal lover, take the steamboat over to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Rural delights await in the form of sheep-herding, sheep-shearing and some well-deserved afternoon tea. Children will love getting up close with the friendly animals here while parents are welcome to sit back, relax and enjoy a slower pace of life for a few hours.

Whatever you and your family are into, Queenstown can undoubtedly provide it. Great food, excellent service, and luscious views are not the only reason to head into this gorgeous town. So if you’re looking for adventure, entertainment, education or just plain fun, head to Queenstown!

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