Getting ready for level 2…

Getting ready for level 2…

Queenstown’s slowly coming back to life. It’s almost as though we’re coming out of hibernation… right in time for winter! It’s hard to know how to feel, in among the bad news and uncertainty there has been some really positive stuff happening. To me it’s as though a new appreciation of ‘the little things’ has been born. It’s been amazing seeing some of our friends and neighbour’s opening their doors again and bringing back a little more life to Queenstown AND in some really cool, creative ways too!

Supporting local has never been more important. In the last 10 days I have ‘supported’ Food On Q, Franks Eatery, Devil Burger, Fat Badgers, Buzz Stop, Subway and 30 mins a go I finished supporting a burrito from Zambrero. Soon I will support my local Hallenstein’s as my belt struggles to continue supporting me!

So as I waddle around Game Over today, let me tell you about some of what we have been up to prepare for level 2…

Looking better than ever…

5 years in and our building has never looked better. Our cleaning schedule was tight before…now it’s on a whole other level! The track has been scrubbed down, barriers replaced, winter tires are on and ‘Dino’ is on lookout getting ready to welcome you back!

Brand New helmets

The Game Over fall/winter collection, featuring some brand new helmets! They were bought with the current climate in mind – to enable your nose and mouth to practice social distancing! Our original helmets are still available and all helmets are disinfected after every use, but for those who prefer a more open faced style, we got you covered.

Promotions and deals

Before COVID-19 threw us all a curve ball we had so many amazing ideas and promotions and none of that has changed. Our DOUBLE VALUE GIFTCARDS are still up for grabs through our website until this Sunday night (10th May). We will be launching an amazing value combo deal with SITE trampoline and Basecamp Adventures starting come level 2, we call it the QUEENSTOWN ACTIVITY PACK.

Had a birthday during lockdown? Bring in your ID during the first 2 weeks of us re-opening and have a free race on us! We will also be running a LOCAL HEROES campaign where you can nominate someone who you think has gone above and beyond during lockdown to help those around them. We will pick out some winners and reward them with some free experiences here with us as a thank you.

Follow us on Instagram @gameover_qt or Facebook @GameOverQT for updates as they happen, or drop me an email at

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


Diary Of A Quarantined Game Over Employee – Week 2 & 3 – The ‘New Normal’

Day 8:

Today was a very special day for me. It’s not my birthday. No, today I go shopping!

Day 10:

Found a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle this afternoon! Haven’t done one in years. Why do people not do these things anymore?

Day 12:

Rebuilding the coffee table today. Proving pretty difficult as I’m fairly certain a piece of light blue sky is still embedded in one of my knuckles.

Day 13:

Found a page on Instagram filled with Dad jokes! Must have told my girlfriend at least 100 classics!

Day 14:

…Working from the balcony today.

Day 16:

Finding working out from home just isn’t the same as the gym. Figured it out though. Every night when I open my 4th beer, I send myself an email with the subject heading, ‘We haven’t seen you in a while?’

Day 18:

Did an Easter egg hunt this morning! Found 50c, the top of a potato, an old tennis ball and the manual for the fridge!

…Either somebody forgot what weekend it is, or the Easter bunny’s been drinking again.

Day 19:

Sneakily broke wind in the living room today. When my girlfriend asked “Was that you?” I shamelessly blamed the dog. All too quickly she threw in my face, “Darren, we don’t have a dog”.

Day 20:

…Working from the bottom end of the garden today.

Day 21:

Getting slightly concerned about how much I’m drinking. Tonight I got refused entry to my kitchen. Will try again tomorrow.


Diary of a quarantined Game Over employee. Week 1 – Motivation!

Day 1:

7.30am: Woke up to get ready for work.

7.33am: Remembered I didn’t have work.

8.30am: Made a coffee, ate breakfast and contemplated when I’d see the outside world again.

Darren realised Food on Q is not an essential service

8.35am: Saw the outside world again.

8.36am: Went back inside…Far too cold.

9.00am: Considered if showering before a video meeting was necessary? Decided it wasn’t.

9.20am: Decided it was.

9.35am: Late for meeting.

10.00am: Boss says take next few days to spend quality time with the people we live with.

10.02am: The person I live with not pleased at this news.

12.00pm-5pm: Eat food. Watch Netflix. Eat more food. Watch TVNZ. Consider a snack while eating a snack. Watch Disney +. Where did I get another snack from? Plan dinner – something healthy after all these snacks…

5.40pm: Check Food On Q website on the odd chance that they are deemed an ‘essential business’.

9.00pm: Good first day. Tomorrow will be more productive.

Day 2

Was not more productive

Day 3

8.00am: Woke up following a dream that one of the Game Over go karts was driving itself and was chasing me around the track… Why was it laughing at me?

9.30am: Showered. 2 coffees. Breakfast.

11.00am: Had the realisation that the reason I hadn’t been productive was down to not having a plan! It was so simple, if I wrote down a schedule of things I had to do, then my motivation would finally kick in!

Darren waiting for the motivation to kick in
Waiting for the motivation to kick-in

4:40pm: Probably napped longer than I should have.

6.00pm: Seriously Food On Q ISN’T an essential service?! 8.00pm: Made dinner. Watched movie. Made a plan to make a plan!

Day 4

9.00am: Considered trimming back my beard.

Deserted Queenstown street

9.01am: Dismissed this idea. Tidy beards were for the outside days!

11.10am: Went for my first ‘isolation’ walk! Man, Queenstown is eerie with no people. Like the backdrop of a zombie movie.

11.16am: Ran away from a zombie!

11.18am: On reflection, zombie may have just been an older gentleman with a limp.

12.30pm: Returned home with a new lease on life and MADE MY PLAN!!! Productivity here I come!

1.30pm: Quick game of Call Of Duty – Warzone, as a reward my mornings exercise!

8.00pm: Xbox controller out of battery… When did it get dark?

9.58pm: Awkward discussion in bed when asking about my girlfriend’s day….apparently she had been here the entire time?

Day 5

8.00am: Woke up. This time I chased the go kart.

9.00am: Preparing for video meeting. Decided to NOT shower!

I put on a Game Over hat and sat further back from the camera. The perfect crime.  

9.35am: They can tell. I don’t know how, but they can tell! Why didn’t I shower and why am I wearing toy story pyjamas?

12.00-6.00pm: Cooked! Cleaned! Baked! Did gardening! Got some exercise! Looked into some online learning!

Hello productivity!

8.45pm: Successful day. Feeling good. 1, maybe 2 glasses of wine to celebrate?

????pm: 3rd bottle? Easy! hmm? Jeffffaallllllll!!Nope giddneeehhht! HHHAAA!

Day 6

8.45am: Stupid wine.

9.30am: Video meeting. Everyone is talking far too loud today.

12.00pm: Afternoon of answering emails. Event planning. Easing into working from home!

9.00pm: Early night… Stupid wine.

Day 7

9.30am: Showered. 2 coffees. Breakfast. Meeting. DONE!

11.00am: Exercised. Answered emails. Planned events. Written blog. Marketing plan. DONE!

6.00pm: Cooked dinner. Watched movie. Read book. Done!

10.00pm: One week down with no dramas and no reason to panic…

10.02pm: I am informed we only have 8 rolls of toilet paper left.


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.

stag party queenstown
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.

best stag activities in Queenstown
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!

Queenstown is a family friendly location
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.

Laser tag is a family friendly activity
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!