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3-day Queenstown itinerary for family adventures this spring

Queenstown in springtime is a spectacular place to be. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing – a perfect time for family adventures.

Resting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps, Queenstown was carved out by glaciers, lakes and rivers and remains to be one of New Zealand’s best natural playgrounds and reputed as the ‘adventure capital of the world.’

On land, in the air and on water, there’s a magical mix of adrenaline pumping experiences here that the whole family can enjoy. Here’s what 3 days of adventuring in Queenstown (and surrounds) looks like:

Day 1:  Soar above the trees

Haven’t the kids always wondered what it felt like to fly? Then it’s time to grant their wish and let them spread their wings at Ziptrek Ekotours. Located at the iconic Gondola Hill in Queenstown, you and the family will score a Gondola ride up to begin your tour at the Ziptrek Treehouse. Or for those keen to burn off extra energy, you can walk up along the adventurous Tiki Walking Trail. Be prepared for a challenging 1.5-hour forest climb up (a bit longer with smaller children) but the views are worth it. From 45 minutes to 3-hour zipline tours there’s a range of high-flying fun to choose from catering to beginners as well as more the advanced thrill seekers wanting to take on the world’s steepest zipline course.

Day 2: Four-wheel adventures

Less than an hour’s drive from Queenstown, in Cromwell, is Highlands – Experience the Exceptional, a world-class facility delivering exceptionally fun experiences for the whole family. The outdoor go-karts are always a hit, with single and two-seater options so you can ride and race together with the littlies on board. For high speed fun, you can all hop in the Highlands Taxi for an exhilarating experience on an international-standard racetrack in a luxurious, high-performance Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Chauffeured by our professional drivers, you and the family can sit back and enjoy speeds reaching up to 180 km/hour. You can easily make this a full day out by exploring the fascinating Highlands Museum (complete with arcade games and a Batak machine), the Sculpture Park (with wacky and one-of-a-kind sculptures), the mini-golf course and delicious café on-site.

Top tip: If you’re looking for an indoor activity that still involves four-wheel fun, Game Over in Queenstown (conveniently located near the airport so ideal if you’re coming or going) is packed with family fun including lazer tag, arcade games and of course indoor go-karts!

Highlands Motorsport Park Track, New Zealand
For a little bit of adrenaline try racing round the Highland’s track

Day 3: Experience the gold rush

With a rich gold mining history, you can step back in time and experience the infamous gold rush that the Central Otago region is famed for. Just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, grab a pan and see if you can strike it rich along the legendary Arrow River in Arrowtown. Charming and family friendly, the picturesque town is full of history and of course gold panning fun with the Arrow River located an easy 2-minute walk from town. Dudley’s Cottage is another popular place to try and pan for gold with a café on site as well as local bike hires. Just around the corner from Dudley’s is the Historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement village which is free to visit and provides a window to Arrowtown’s colourful past.

Historic Arrowtown, New Zealand
Step back in time and visit the historic Arrowtown

July 31, 2019

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