Six Steps When Planning a Stag Party

Organising a Stag Do in Queenstown can be an excellent task – there’s so so much to do and many fun activities to choose!  While some people want to go all out, others will be looking for something a little more low key.

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Queenstown is full of incredible activities to choose from

Whichever way you’re going there’s one thing to be sure – you want to give the stag a weekend to remember! The harsh reality is that organising a stag do can be a mighty pain in the a$$. Figuring out the costs; what to do when; how to get around and then collecting the money from everyone!

That’s where we come in – check out our step by step guide to organising an incredible stag do without the hassle:

Step one:

Talk to the stag and decide who gets an invite. Once you have the list, pick the best social network for communicating between you and create a group. It’s the quickest and easiest way to keep in touch.

Step two:

While you’re talking to the stag, fix the date that works best for him (and you!) Leave at least two weeks between the stag do and the wedding – you need enough time for everyone to heal afterwards! Avoid school holidays, public holidays, major sporting events and anything else that is likely to tie up the attendees.

Step three:

Agree on a budget! One of the first things to agree with the group is the budget – no point in planning an expensive weekend if no one can afford it! Give some options to the group to help them choose and make sure no one is left singled out. 

Throw around some accommodation options too – Queenstown has everything from five-star resorts and numerous back-packers. Try to find somewhere that ticks everyone’s boxes.

Step four:

You can’t just spend the weekend drinking – it’ll get boring, so pick a couple of activities to keep the boys entertained before the party starts later on. Check out our post on the ‘7 things to make an unforgettable Queenstown stag do’ for some ideas.

We might be biased, but you can’t do better than Go-Karting at Game Over Queenstown. There’s not much in the sub $50 range in Queenstown but Game Over ticks that box. With the World’s fastest and most advanced Go-Karts, a thrilling two-level track and racing timing to the millisecond this is the place to sort the men from the boys in Queenstown.

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Hit the track at Game Over Queenstown

Step five:

As the stag organiser, the rest of the group are going to look to you to fill the gap between activities or any dull moments – have some games and dares prepared and, while you’re at it pick an embarrassing outfit for the stag to wear. It’s his last night of freedom – make sure he looks his best!

Step six:

Make sure you and the stag aren’t out of pocket – you’ve already planned the budget but what about collecting the money? Consider asking people to pay for things (the accommodation) as it becomes due. Only put it on your credit card once the money’s in and everyone’s confirmed. Be clear upfront about the cancellation policy – the last thing you need is misunderstandings over whether or not any dropouts will get their money back!

And finally, take a deep breath because the fun has just started. Keep in touch with the group and make sure everyone knows all the details and stays involved!

Family Friendly Activities in Queenstown

Queenstown’s an incredible destination, year-round, and a trip here with the family doesn’t need to cost the earth!

Here are our five top picks for family things to do in Queenstown that are kind on the wallet!

1Spot native Kiwi at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. The Kiwi Birdlife Park provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with over 20 native species of birds and reptiles including the elusive Kiwi! The park is over 5 acres in size and every animal in the care of the park is part of a managed conservation program. So you do not only have a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these incredible creatures, but you’re also contributing to their ongoing protection. Priced at just $130, when booked online, for the whole family, this is an extraordinary adventure that you can’t afford to miss.

2 Check out the region’s gold mining history in Arrowtown. Arrowtown is a delightful little town just a short drive from Queenstown and is famous for its rich gold mining history. Take some time to explore the 150 year old Chinese settlement before hiring a gold pan and trying your luck in the Arrow River.  Once you’ve struck it rich or just had enough, take a stroll down the quaint high street lined with quirky shops and restaurants. If you have time, take in a movie at Dorothy Browns – an independent movie theatre that still believes in the tradition of an interval halfway through the film to restock on treats!

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Arrowtown cannot be missed on your trip to Queenstown

3Take a Walk. Queenstown is home to some of the most beautiful hikes in the country. If you’re not up for an overnighter then check out one of the day tracks such as Bob’s Peak, Queenstown Hill or Moke Lake. Each one promises incredible scenery and there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking for something, a little flatter then you can’t go past the Queenstown trail, snaking from Sunshine Bay to Kelvin Heights and beyond. Walk as much or as little as you like along the side of the great Lake Wakatipu.

4 Laser Tag at Game Over. A family trip to Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without a couple of games of laser tag at Game Over. The vast, dinosaur-themed arena makes for a challenging and enjoyable game for both adults and kids. With five game modes to choose from, it’s easy to see why some families come back time and time again for a laser tag battle like no other.

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Head over to Game Over Queenstown for some family friendly competition

5 In winter and summer take a drive up Coronet Peak. The access road is just beyond Arthurs Point, a ten-minute ride out of Queenstown and, from there, you can make your ascent. From the top, you’ll have a birdseye view of the whole Queenstown basin and beyond towards Kingston. It is spectacular. Grab yourself a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Be aware that winter can present some challenging road conditions – be sure to check out any signage as you approach the access road.

As you can see, there are some incredible experiences in Queenstown that will appeal to the whole family. Take inspiration from our latest blog post the ultimate 1-day Queenstown itinerary for families and start planning your Queenstown adventure today!