The Ultimate 1-day Queenstown Itinerary for Families

Queenstown, New Zealand. Known as the adventure capital of the World! But what if your kids are too young for bungy jumping or sky-diving and too bored to watch while you do it? Well here we list our top tips for the ultimate itinerary for families in Queenstown!  

1Grab some breakfast at Brazz on Athol Street. It’s family friendly, incredibly well priced and has a menu that will satisfy even the pickiest little eaters. Better still, it’s practically next door to a handy little car park (also on Athol Street). Once you’re fed and watered, head back to the car and head out of town!

2 Just a short drive out of town, Remarkables Park is you’re next stop. Game Over to be precise. The home to New Zealand’s best Indoor Kart Racing, Lazer Tag and arcade. Game Over is a family’s paradise… you’ll come head to head with a Triceratops as soon as you walk in! Then it’s time to choose your activities… with the arcade starting from $1 there’s something for the whole family. We even have free wi-fi so you can keep in touch while the kids play!

3Every Game Over customer gets 20% at SITE trampoline which is just a short walk across the carpark. Try out the seven, Olympic quality trampolines and the super fun ‘tramp park’ with 30 interconnected trampolines and a walled tramp area. The kids want to practice some cooler moves? No problem, they’ll land safely on the super soft air bag or foam pit!  SITE is perfect for the whole family!

4 Feeling hungry yet? Head back into town and have lunch at one of the many family friendly restaurants (we suggest Speights Ale House so you can have a beer). Or grab something on the go from one of the many casual dining places or street food vendors that line Marine Parade.

5 After you’ve refreshed yourselves why not walk to Queenstown gardens for a round of Disc Golf? It’s family friendly and super inexpensive. Start at Queenstown Ice Arena where you can hire the discs and grab a map and scorecard then get the game going. Who’s got the best eye and throwing skills? It’s trickier that it seems!  

Queenstown Gardens, Game Over Queenstown
Enjoy the beautiful Queenstown Gardens

6 Finish up the day at Cookie time on Camp Street and treat the family to a cookie or one of the amazing shakes before heading back to your accommodation for a well-earned rest!

There you have it folks our top picks for the ultimate family day out in Queenstown. So what are you waiting for?

5 ways to keep the kids happy on a rainy day in Queenstown

We’ve all been there… it’s the big trip, we’ve been saving for weeks, everyone’s excited and the plans are set. But wait, you wake up in the gorgeous Queenstown and it’s raining. Bad times. That’s the stroll to the playground with an ice cream and meander through the Chinese village in Arrowtown out of the window. You’ve only got a couple of minutes to come up with a plan before your little darlings become little monsters. 

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Our definitive list of the 5 best ways to keep the kids happy on a rainy day in Queenstown to the rescue!

1Get out of town. The only thing worse than a rainy day in Queenstown, is a walking around in the wet and skipping the puddles in the town centre.  Why not pile everyone into the car or, if you want an adventure, take a ride on the bus and head to Remarkables Park. Queenstown’s premium shopping centre and newest entertainment precinct. At the foot of the Remarkables, the view is incredible!

2 Have a drink and a bite at Franks Eatery, at the bottom of the Ramada Hotel before heading across the road to Game Over, the home to New Zealand’s best Indoor Kart Racing, Lazer Tag and arcade. Game Over is a kids paradise… you’ll come head to head with a Triceratops as soon as you walk in! Then it’s time to choose your activities… with the arcade starting from $1 there’s something for everyone. We even have free wi-fi so you can keep in touch while the kids play!

3Every Game Over customer gets 20% at SITE trampoline which is just a short walk across the carpark. Try out the seven, Olympic quality trampolines and the super fun ‘tramp park’ with 30 interconnected trampolines and a walled tramp area. The kids want to practice some cooler moves? No problem, they’ll land safely on the super soft air bag or foam pit!  

4 Young kids still got energy to burn? Head a couple of doors down from SITE to Chipmunks Playland. Suitable for 2 – 11 year olds there is unlimited fun to be had and the best part? There’s a café on site so you can grab a coffee while the kids have the time of their life

5 After all that excitement you’re going to need to refuel… head round the ‘The Shelter’ in Remarkables Park shopping centre. You’ll find a menu with something to suit even the fussiest diners and fantastic service. With a wide selection of beverages to choose from, you’re sure to find the right drop with which to toast an awesome day out!

7 things you must do to make a Stag weekend in Queenstown unforgettable

He’s got a hall pass before his big day… you’ve got 24 hours… Queenstown is the destination. How are you going to ensure his last trip without the ball and chain goes off with a bang? Read on for our top 7 picks for an unforgettable Stag Weekend in Queenstown

Queenstown

Dubbed the adventure capital of the World, Queenstown is a diverse adventure playground that is easily accessible from throughout New Zealand and the World thanks to an international airport with direct, daily links to Australia’s major cities.  With a broad selection of activities including adventures on the water, on land, in the air or a mix of both, there is something for the most extreme thrill seekers to those seeking a more refined experience.

If you’re planning a Stag weekend in Queenstown, here are the 7 places you have to stay, eat, drink and experience. It won’t be relaxing, but it will ensure your Stag has a party he’ll remember for all his days.

1Go-Karting at Game Over – situated right by the airport this is your first port of call to get the party started. Fully electric Go-Karts with a top speed of 45kph this indoor activity is the most affordable adrenaline activity in Queenstown. Ask the team to design a package for your group – whether you want a Grand Prix style event that culminates in a thrilling final or simply want to run a few laps each, anything is possible. After the karting, sort the men from the boys in the lazer tag arena, it’s like paint ball without the mess!  Note: Game Over operates a strict alcohol free policy so save the drinking ‘til afterwards boys!

2 Next up is The Playground, just outside of Queenstown. Offering an exciting range of group activities to provide ‘Big Kids’ with an incredible experience, perfectly suited to stag groups. Whether it be smashing into your opponents while playing Bubble Soccer or honing your bow and arrow skills during a game of Archery Combat, The Playground has unique activities that feature strategic skill, commando style and good, old fashioned fun!

3 You’re going to want to check into your accommodation and there’s none better than Base Backpackers.  Situated on the busiest street in Queenstown, right opposite the world famous burger joint, Base is your ‘one stop’ hostel with everything you need under one roof… bed, entertainment, nightlife and incredible views!

4 By now you’ve earned a drink lads and where better to start that 1876? Unbeatable food and drink deals, daily happy hour and a large, deck that overlooks the street, this is an awesome year-round destination. Adored by visitors and locals alike you can’t do better than starting your night at 1876!

5 Hungry? Head to Winnies for the best pizza and casual dining experience in Queenstown. What’s more, you can stay way beyond your food… Winnies is also one of the hottest party spots in Queenstown after dark!  Go for the Pizza, stay for the Party!

The day after

6 Boys, after check out head straight round the corner to Red Rock for a $10 all-day breakfast. If it’s coffee or something stronger you’re after Red Rock, has got you covered

Bring your Queenstown adventure to a relaxed end with a round of Frisbee Golf in the Queenstown Gardens. Add the last bit of competitive spirit as you make your way around and try to get the discs into the baskets… you can use the time to get the ‘story straight’ if anyone has some explaining to do back home.  Discs may be bought or hired from sports stores or the ice-rink.