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Queenstown Wanaka Fiordland Your one-stop family guide to New Zealand’s stunning Southern Lakes region. Queenstown - You’ll never run out of things to do here but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and events, cafés and restaurants, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top destinations for all ages and seasons. Just 19 km away, the old-world ambience of Arrowtown, on the bank of the once gold-laden Arrow River, is also a must-visit. Wanaka - A perfect year-round holiday spot on the shore of Lake Wanaka with magnificent valleys, mountains and glaciers on its doorstep. Wanaka offers stunning scenery and a laid-back feel. Activities include jet boating, Monster Truck riding and the famous Puzzling World, as well as lakeside swim and picnic spots, bike and walking tracks, horseriding and more. Fiordland - Milford and Doubtful Sounds are just a short trip from Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. The lakeside town of Te Anau bustles with accommodation and restaurants and is the perfect base from which to explore the glowworm caves, nearby Lake Manapouri and the rugged wonders of Fiordland. KIDZ GO provides everything you need for making the most of your Southern Lakes holiday. You’ll find sections on accommodation, activities, dining and shopping, all with families in mind. Our maps will show you the best walks and playgrounds. Find out what you can do for free and how to keep everyone sane when it rains! In fact, whether you’re a local or just passing through, you’ll find Kidz Go an essential reference. If you find this magazine useful but don't wish to keep it, please pass it on to another family.
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ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS Rainy day ideas On a budget Jet boating Family fun Adventure activity age guide Adventure fun Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Arrowtown Fun in the Sun - walks and picnics Playgrounds Family-friendly bike tracks FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOPPING Clothing, toys, books, sweets, supermarkets and more
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EATING OUT MADE EASY Family-friendly restaurants and cafés
PARENTS AND KIDS Childcare, education, clubs, party ideas plus lots more information for parents
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Wanaka walks and bike tracks Adventure activity age guide Wanaka activities Eating out made easy Family-friendly shopping Parents and kids Useful information
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Te Anau activities Te Anau useful information Eating out made easy Doubtful Sound Milford Sound
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FAMILY ACCOMMODATION Queenstown and Arrowtown Wanaka Fiordland – Te Anau and Manapouri
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SOUTHERN L AKES MAPS Queenstown / Fernhill Queenstown centre Frankton / Kelvin Heights Glenorchy Arrowtown Southern Lakes area Wanaka Te Anau The route to Doubtful Sound The road to Milford Sound
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OTHER STUFF Getting around The Queenstown quiz Summer events Queenstown useful information The Legend of Our Breathing Lake Family deals Kidz Go index
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queenstown Activities & trips Contents Rainy day ideas On a budget Jet boating Family fun Adventure fun Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Arrowtown Fun in the Sun – walks and picnics Playgrounds Family-friendly bike rides
RAINY DAY IDEAS AJ Hackett Bungy – Kawarau Bungy Centre p18 Watch bungy jumpers & discover the 'Secrets of Bungy'. Alpine Aqualand, Frankton p14 Complete with leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, adult spa pool and 25m lap pool. Caddyshack City, Indoor Mini Golf Unique and lively indoor course on Brecon Street. Child-friendly shopping p28 From toy shops to lolly shops (with free tastings!), clothing stores, supermarkets and more. Kiwi Birdlife Park p7 Lots to see under cover, cosy café, umbrellas available. Kiwi Haka p13 Maori cultural performance at the Skyline Gondola. Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown p23 Exhibits and displays document the fascinating history of the area, plus they have a great bookstore! Luxury Hot Pools – Onsen p12 Relax and unwind in your own private spa with spectacular river and mountain views. Minus 5° Step into a truly unique ice experience.
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Queenstown Paintball p19 Just as much fun in the rain plus you get headgear and overalls to wear. Reading Cinemas p10 Three screens and all the latest releases. Rockatipu climbing wall, Events Centre p14 Gear and guides provided. Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge p12 The trip in the cable car is a Queenstown 'must do'. Strike Bowl, Queenstown p15 Indoor bowling, kids’ room and games zone. The Bead Shop, Queenstown Design your own wearable art. TSS Earnslaw / Walter Peak High Country Farm p13 The vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw is a favourite with everyone and combined with the farm tour, makes a great trip – rain or shine. Umbrellas provided. Underwater Observatory p10 Life under the surface of the lake; see the trout, salmon and eels in their natural habitat. Videos, DVDs, games, machine and console hire Video Ezy (Frankton or Arrowtown) or United Video (Stanley St). Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours p19 Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the canopy of the trees – a guided ecological adventure.
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Activities :: On a Budget
RAINY DAY TRIPS AND TOURS Day Trip to Arrowtown p22 Hire a sightseeing taxi (see p14) or drive yourself – and visit the Lakes District Museum, Lots for Tots, cafés, the Arrow River and more. Day Trip to Milford Sound p48 It may be fine at Milford Sound even if it’s rainy in town. Otherwise the waterfalls are spectacular in the rain. Day Trip to Wanaka p41 Stay dry and visit Puzzling World, the National Transport and Toy Museum, Clip ‘N Climb and ‘Have a Shot’ indoor target shooting or get wet and have a play at the Wanaka Community Pool. Goldfields Mining Centre p11 Worth checking the weather – it’s often dry out there when raining in town. Monster Trucks, Cardrona Adventure Park p43 Take an all-terrain ride in the School Bully bus at Cardrona Valley. Puzzling World, Wanaka p45 Lots of indoor fun – illusion rooms and puzzles galore. Southern Explorer p23 Stay dry in our sturdy, comfortable 4WD vehicles and explore the wild backcountry of the goldrush. Te Anau Glowworm Caves p49 Boating and glowworms, all in an underground cave.
Kids go FREE with paying adults*
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KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK – see a real live kiwi The kids will love getting up close to native birdlife in our live conservation shows and our FREE personal audio sets will guide you through the native flora and fauna of our 5 acre park. Great family activity for any weather, entry ticket valid all day. See map p4. Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8059 Conservation Show: 11am and 3pm daily Kiwi Feeding Times: 10am, noon, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Price: Adult $38, Child $19* (Age 5–15 yrs, under 5s FREE) www.kiwibird.co.nz * Up to two children go FREE with every two paying adults on mention of KIDZ GO (all day access, includes shows).
on a budget? bright ideas to entertain the family
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v Arrowtown historical houses walk v Botanical Gardens, Queenstown v Bungy Tour (free w/ Kidz Go ad p18) v Explore one of Queenstown’s ... new, family-friendly bike tracks. v Feed the ducks at the lakefront v Frisbee golf, Queenstown gdns v Kawarau Bungy Centre v Movie of Fiordland, DOC, Te Anau v Picnic by the lake v Playgrounds (see p26) v Queenstown Airport – watch ....planes and helicopters v Saturday markets, Steamer Wharf v Skateboard halfpipe / skatepark v Tastings – lollies (see p28) v Visit Chinese Settlement v Walks (see p25 and our maps)
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Alpine Aqualand, Events Centre Goldfields Mining Centre Design jewellery at The Bead Shop Frankton driving range Game of pool at Winnies Goldpanning in Arrowtown Hire bikes, kayaks, scooters, or pogo sticks at the lakefront Lakes District Museum Mini golf Play tennis at Queenstown Events Centre Puzzling World, Wanaka Reading Cinema family pass Rent a car for the day and go sightseeing Rockatipu climbing wall, Events Centre, Frankton
Note: prices based on cost for family of four at time of print.
v Swimming at Wanaka Community Pool v Ten pin bowling at Strike Bowl v Transport and Toy Museum v Underwater Observatory – main pier v Video, DVD or games hire v Join a library ($40 bond, $20 back)
$75 OR UNDER v Cardrona Adventure Park (Family quad bike ride) v Clip ‘N Climb, Wanaka v Connectabus – hop on and off for a self-guided tour of the area v Hire bikes at .Outside Sports or ......Arrow Mountan Bike Rentals v Onsen Hot Pools (11am–3pm) v Have a Shot, Wanaka v Kiwi Birdlife Park
Activities :: Jet Boating
What’s a jet boat? Unlike a conventional propeller-driven boat, a jet boat utilises an internal propeller (impeller), drawing water up through an inlet in the bottom of the boat and driving it with great force through a moveable nozzle at the rear. This allows the jet boat to travel in water only inches deep, and it is so manoeuvrable it can perform a 360⁰ turn in position. The jet boat’s uses worldwide vary from passenger ferries to military and coastguard craft. Yet it was invented right here in the ‘50s by Bill ‘Mad Irishman’ Hamilton, a farmer and self-taught engineer. He devised it as a means of getting around his Canterbury farm via shallow rivers without the propellers hitting rocks. Just over a decade later the world’s first tourist jet boat operation commenced in Queenstown.
DART RIVER JET SAFARIS Min age 5 For a complete Queenstown family wilderness adventure, join us, the only operator on the Dart River, for a unique experience combining breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure. Travel deep into Mount Aspiring National Park and explore little known areas inaccessible by other means and discover a unique and dramatic environment of both natural and cultural significance. Choose the ‘Safari’ option that suits you best and experience ‘New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey’. Price (until 30/09/11) Adult Child *Family Special Wilderness Safari $219 $119 $557 (save $119) Funyak Safari $289 $189 $767 (save $189) *Family is 2 ad + 2 ch (age 5-15yrs) additional child ½ price. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL Information Centre, cnr Camp & Shotover Streets or Dart Visitor Centre, Mull St, Glenorchy Freephone: 0800 DART JET (0800 327 853) Departs: Up to twice daily Duration: Wilderness Safari 6 hrs Queenstown return / 3 hrs Glenorchy return Funyak Safari - 9 hrs Queenstown rtn / 7 hrs Glenorchy rtn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dartriverjetsafaris.com
KAWARAU JET Ideal for all ages You can step into a big yellow Kawarau Jet every hour at the Main Town Pier, Queenstown. Across the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and through the tranquil beauty of the willow-lined Kawarau River, the jet boat then speeds into the shallow, fast-moving braids of the Shotover River. The 43km, hour-long adventure highlights the magnificent diversity of Queenstown’s waterways. This trip includes FREE entry into Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory. Main Town Pier, Queenstown. See display ad p10 & map p4 Phone: 03 409 0000 Freephone: 0800 KAWARAU (0800 52 92 72) Departs: Every hour on the hour from 8am – late Duration: 1 hour Price: Adult $99, Child $59 (child is 5-15 years) Under 5 yrs ride FREE Email: email@example.com www.kjet.co.nz Family Deal: $257 for 2 adults & 2 children PLUS receive a photo pack at discount rate, plus FREE entry into the Underwater Observatory!
SHOTOVER JET Min age 5 For the ultimate family fun and unforgettable Queenstown family holiday, ‘Catch the Canyons’ with Shotover Jet, ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. Our unique canyon location, unrivalled drive style and driver entertainment provide fun and thrills for the whole family. A major highlight, hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360° spins – excitement guaranteed! Ride with Shotover Jet and receive a *FREE 6x8 family photo (worth $20) and *FREE Shotover Jet Family Pass with exclusive savings at other Queenstown family-friendly businesses (*conditions apply). RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL Shotover Jet River Base, Gorge Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 SHOTOVER (0800 746 868) Departs: Up to every 15 minutes FREE return transport available from ‘The Station’ Information Centre Duration: Allow 90 minutes Queenstown return Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.shotoverjet.com
GOLDFIELDS JET, KAWARAU GORGE p10 Spectacular 40-minute jet boat ride through the Kawarau Gorge. Based at the Goldfields Mining Centre. Phone: 03 455 1038
CLUTHA RIVER JET, WANAKA p44 Jet boat Lake Wanaka and the mighty Clutha River. Regular departures daily from Wanaka waterfront. Phone: 03 443 7495
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Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination. Choose the ‘Safari’ option that suits your family best and join us, the only operator on the Dart River, on a diverse adventure travelling deep into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park to explore this awe-inspiring area and experience ‘New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey.’ Queenstown Info Centre: Cnr Camp & Shotover Sts , Queenstown - or - Dart Visitor Centre: Mull St, Glenorchy Free phone: 0800 327 853 Email: email@example.com Web: www.dartriverjetsafaris.com
World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 2.5 million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360˚ spins. ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ with award winning Shotover Jet, ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
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Activities :: Jet Boating KAWARAU JET Ideal for all ages You can step into a big yellow Kawarau Jet for a 43km, hour-long adventure encompassing the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. See display ad this page & map p4. Main Town Pier, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 Freephone: 0800 KAWARAU (0800 52 92 72) Family Deal: $257 for 2 adults & 2 children PLUS a photo pack at discount rate, plus FREE entry into the Underwater Observatory!
ONE HOUR OF REAL JETBOATING ON THE SHOTOVER AND KAWARAU RIVERS DEPARTING EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR FROM THE MAIN TOWN PIER 03 409 0000 0800 KAWARAU 0800 5 2 9 2 7 2 www.kjet.co.nz
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GOLDFIELDS JET Min age 5 For the ride of your life! Make sure you STOP – for this exhilarating jet boat ride into the spectacular Kawarau Gorge canyons. Experience the excitement as the river narrows and the rapids begin to form, then experience the thrill of our unique 360° spin as we head back to base. Look out for us as you drive through the Kawarau Gorge or visit from Queenstown. Make a day trip and include the Bungy Centre (p18), vineyards and Goldfields Mining Centre (p11) next to the jet boat. Phone: 03 445 1038 Freephone: 0800 111 038 Hours: 9am – 5pm, 7 days Price: Adult $90, Child $49 (5–11yrs) Duration: 40 minutes Email: email@example.com www.goldfieldsjet.co.nz Family Deal: FREE JET BOAT RIDE! One child goes jet boating for FREE with every two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go!
Family Fun UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY Take the time to visit Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory on the Main Town Pier. This is the home of Queenstown’s BIG fish (brown and rainbow trout) and monster eels. Enjoy the frenzy of feeding time! Main Town Pier, Queenstown. See map p4 Phone: 03 442 8538 Price: Adult $5, Child $3, Family $10 READING CINEMAS Keep the whole family entertained – screening the latest movies daily on our three big screens. Treat the kids to a blockbuster, sit back and relax in an exciting cinema environment. BOOK ONLINE, save time and guarantee a seat. 11-13 The Mall, Queenstown Movie info line: 03 442 9990 Hours: Open 7 days. Check our website or ‘Movie info line’ for movie times. Price: Adult $15.80, Child $10.80 (Child is up to age 14 years) Family Pass: $42.50 for a family of four www.readingcinemas.co.nz
Activities :: Family Fun GOLDFIELDS MINING CENTRE Fun for all ages Jet Boat – Goldpan – Explore – Relax Don’t miss this fascinating and fun attraction – the centre of where the Goldrush began. Take an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge canyons. Learn about New Zealand’s gold mining history, with 100-year-old gold workings still in operation! Explore the old Chinese Village and try your hand at goldpanning. Then relax in our friendly café with sunny garden seating. Hours of fun for the whole family. Kawarau Gorge, Queenstown – Cromwell Highway (SH6) (A scenic 45 minute drive from Queenstown). Phone: 03 445 1038 Hours: 9am–5pm, 7 days Price: Guided tour (1 hour): Adult $25, Child $10 Self-guided tour (take your time): Adult $20, Child $7.50 (both tours include goldpanning) Jet Boat: Adult $90, Child $49 (5-11 years) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goldfieldsmining.co.nz Family Deal: FREE JET BOAT RIDE! One child goes jet boating for FREE with every two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go! BIKE AND KAYAK HIRE QUEENSTOWN The best prices in town or we’ll beat it! We are the lakefront family hire shop, easy bike tracks start here and you can kayak from our doorstep…why go anywhere else? On your bike – kids’ & adult bikes, baby seats, tricycles, trainer wheels, trailer bikes, tandems & triples. Plus kayaks suitable for beginners, buggy hire, scooters, pogo sticks and more! Gather up the family, and spend less by making your own adventure! See map p4. Corner of Marine Parade and Church St, Lakefront Phone: 03 442 6039 Freephone: 0800 557 232 Hours: Open every day ‘til dark Prices: Bikes $10 – $15 (1 hr), $25 – $40 (full day) Kayaks from $14 per hour. See shop for full price list. Email: email@example.com
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EXPLORE SOUTHERN LAKES ON HORSEBACK There’s no better way for your children to absorb the beauty of this area than from horseback. Not only can they feel a living creature underneath them, but they’ll experience the scenery and feel the elements. The operators we’ve listed below have horses to suit all abilities KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK – see a real live kiwi The kids will love getting up close to native birdlife in our and will make sure you have live conservation shows – here’s your chance to see a kiwi a safe, fun and unforgettable and much more! Great family activity for any weather, adventure together! entry ticket valid all day. See colour ad page 7 NZ BACKCOUNTRY Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8059 .SADDLE EXPEDITIONS * Up to two children go FREE with every two paying adults A unique horse trekking adventure on Appaloosa on mention of KIDZ GO (all day access, includes shows). (spotted) horses outfitted with Western saddles (easy to GLENORCHY AIR – SCENIC FLIGHTS FROM QUEENSTOWN hang on to). See listing p43. Cardrona Valley Phone: 03 443 8151 Queenstown to Milford Sound Scenic Flights A must-do experience! Fly over or combine with cruise. DART STABLES Phone: 03 442 2207 See colour ad page 57 for details. Spectacular riding in beautiful Glenorchy and Paradise. Lord of the Rings Scenery - by Air or Land Visit some of the sites used to create Lord of the Rings Two or three hour rides, plus ‘Lord of the Rings’ rides available. Quality horses for all levels. See listing p21. movies with the company that flew cast and crew. Glenorchy Phone: 0800 4 RIDING (0800 4 743 464) Phone: 03 442 2207 See listing page 21 for details. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Activities :: Family Fun LUXURY SPA POOLS – ONSEN Min age 5* Holiday time is family time – relax and unwind in your own private spa; simply stop – and take in the view or chat about your day, plan tomorrow and share your favourite moments! Each spa overlooks the dramatic Shotover River while the retractable roof and wall makes this a unique outdoor spa experience. Pure, clean alpine water is heated to your requested temperature. Towels are available. Bookings essential. 160 Arthurs Point Rd, behind The Barn, opp Coronet Peak Hotel Phone: 03 442 5707 Hours: 11am–11pm Duration: 1 hour Price: Adult from $32, Child $10 (child is 5–15 years) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.onsen.co.nz * May be suitable for younger children at operator’s discretion. FAMILY DEAL – Kidz Go FREE 11am–3pm! (one child free per one paying adult) SKYLINE GONDOLA RESTAURANT AND LUGE Ride the Gondola to family fun! Min age 3* The Luge is a fun-filled ride on a three-wheeled cart. The unique braking and steering system gives the rider full control. Take the slow Scenic or the faster Advanced track, double up with infants or ride alone… the choice is yours! Fun for all ages. See map p2. Bob’s Peak, Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0101 Fax: 03 442 6391 Price: Family Deal, 2 Adults & up to 3 Children – gondola and 1 luge ride each – total $87(valid to 30th Sept 2011). *Height restrictions apply. Skyline Luge Scenic Track - children under 110cm must ride in tandem with an adult. - between 110cm and 135cm, children can ride unaccompanied. Skyline Luge Advanced Track - Children over 135cm can ride unaccompanied Email: email@example.com www.skyline.co.nz
Fun for the whole family Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand Phone: 03 441 0101 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities :: Family Fun TSS EARNSLAW & WALTER PEAK HIGH COUNTRY FARM Experience Queenstown’s heritage with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Explore this historic vessel, enjoy a sing-along or relax on deck. At Walter Peak join a farmyard tour, help feed the animals and watch the sheep shearing. Morning or afternoon tea is included, or BBQ lunches are available (extra cost). Evening dining, horse treks (min. age 8) and guided cycling (min. age 10) are other popular options. See map p4. Departs: Daily from Steamer Wharf Times: TSS Earnslaw Cruises 12noon, 2pm, 4pm (all year) plus 10am, 6pm and 8pm (15 Oct–15 Apr) Duration 1½ hrs. Walter Peak High Country Farm Excursions 12noon and 2pm (all year) plus 10am (15 Oct–15 Apr) Duration 3½ hrs. Prices: TSS Earnslaw Cruises Adult $50, Child $22 Walter Peak High Country Farm Excursions Adult $70, Child $22 (child is 5–14 years, 4 years and under carried free). Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz (prices valid to 30/09/11) Ask about ‘Kids Go Free!’ specials during NZ School Holidays
TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship & Walter Peak High Country Farm
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the steamship TSS Earnslaw. Explore the decks and watch the stokers. At Walter Peak High Country farm help feed the animals and then relax with morning or afternoon tea. BBQ lunches, horse treks and guided cycling are other popular options. Children of all ages love cruising on the TSS Earnslaw.
KIWI HAKA Queenstown’s leading Māori cultural experience Step into the world of the Māori and feel the spirit of NZ’s proud history celebrated through traditional song and dance. Experience the fearsome Haka, stunning poi display and haunting sounds of traditional instruments performed by Queenstown’s leading Kapa Haka group. Top of the Skyline Gondola Bookings / enquiries: 03 441 0101 Gondola & Kiwi Haka Show Adult $55, Child $29, Family $139 Kiwi Haka (Show Only) Adult $35, Child $22, Family $95 (child is 5–14 yrs, family is 2 adults + up to 3 children) Prices valid to 30th Sept 2011 Hours: Shows at 5.15pm, 6pm, 7.15pm and 8pm (subject to availability and requires minimum of 10 people) Show Duration: 30 minutes. Bookings essential. Email: email@example.com
www.realjourneys.co.nz Freephone 0800 65 65 03
Activities :: Family Fun QUEENSTOWN EVENTS CENTRE Keep the kids entertained in this multi-purpose sports, aquatic and events complex providing fun, fitness and entertainment for all ages. Tackle the indoor Rockatipu Climbing Wall with an instructor, hit the outdoor tennis courts and fields or join in on one of our many events. Our highly popular school holiday programmes cater for kids aged 5–12 years. Check out our website for details and times. ALPINE AQUALAND - take in the excitement of Queenstown’s newest aquatic facility. We offer family group rates and Toddler Time seven days a week at just $6 for one adult and one child under 5. Located a short drive from the town centre with plenty of parking onsite and on the bus route. See map p4. Joe O’Connell Drive, off State Highway 6, Frankton Phone: 03 450 9005 Fax: 03 442 3665 Hours: Mon-Fri 6am–9pm, Sat-Sun 8am–8pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakesleisure.co.nz Note: Alpine Aqualand supervision policy – all children must be actively supervised by an adult and under 5s kept within arms reach.
Alpine Aqualand Fun Filled Leisure Pool Lazy River Hydroslide Water Features Toddlers Area Adult Hot Pool 25m Lap Pool Swim Lessons
Your connection to leisure, recreation, venues and entertainment in the Southern Lakes.
Queenstown Events Centre Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown T 03 450 9005, F 03 442 3665, email@example.com
QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING You Say! We’ll Go! Take the family on your own personalised tour with total flexibility and convenience – no schedules, no timetables – you decide when you want to travel, where you want to go and how long you want to stay! Our knowledgeable drivers will guide you to and through places of interest, with your safety, comfort and enjoyment being top priority. No need for buses or tours – we have cars (seat 1–4) or minivans (seat 1–11), all tailored to your needs. Airport transfers organised on request. Child seats available. 56 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7788 (24 hours) Freephone: 0800 788 294 Price: $75 per hour (1–4 people), $90 per hour (5–11 people) Note: Minimum 2 hours – must finish where you start Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.queenstowntaxi.com
MINI GOLF COURSES CADDYSHACK CITY Min age 5 Indoor mini golf in a themed setting. Brecon Street, phone 03 442 6642 QUEENSTOWN MINI GOLF Garden setting. Brecon Street, phone 03 442 7652
Activities :: Adventure Fun
STRIKE BOWL The Family Entertainment Centre Experience the excitement of ten-pin bowling at Strike Bowl Queenstown. Seven fully-automated lanes with child-friendly, ‘bowl-easy’ equipment and smaller bowling balls. Test your skills in our games zone – fun for everyone – and visit our children’s room, café, bar & restaurant. It’s the perfect day’s entertainment for the whole family. Children’s themed birthday parties are also our speciality. Coronet Peak Hotel, Arthur’s Point Road. If driving, follow Gorge Rd towards Shotover Jet; we are 2 minutes past their turn off. Or catch our free shuttle departing from The Station building at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm daily – call us to make a booking. Phone: 03 409 2135 Freephone: 0800 STRIKE (787 453) Hours: 2pm–10pm weekdays, 11am–10pm weekends, noon–10pm public & school holidays (subject to change) Price: Adult $14, Child $10 (child price for 17yrs and under, if still at school) Email: email@example.com Kidz Go Deal: One child goes FREE with paying adult
minimum age guide
Kids can experience a whole range of challenges in a safe enviornment. This guide gives you minimum age information for Queenstown’s adventure activities. All activities are mentioned once, at the minimum age. Therefore read all activities up to and including the age of your child. Some activities will indicate a minimum weight in brackets. In these cases a child of any age must have reached this weight to participate. Your child’s participation is at the discretion of the operator and may be dependent on other factors such as height or confidence. Please see individual listings for more information. Age 2 Paraflying (accompanied) Age 3 Skyline Luge (Scenic Track, accompanied), Family Adventures rafting Age 5 Dart River Safaris Fun Yaks, Shotover Jet, Goldfields Jet Horseriding Age 6 Cardrona Adventure Park quad bike rides, Skyline Luge .. .............(Scenic Track, unaccompanied – minimum height 110cm), Tandem Skydive (Queenstown or Glenorchy – 30kg), .. .............Paragliding (minimum weight – 20kg) Age 7 Ziptrek Flying Fox, Dart Stables, aerobatic flight Age 8 Serious Fun River Surfing, Queenstown Paintball*, Climbing Queenstown (Via Ferrata or abseiling adventure.) Age 10 The Ledge Sky Swing (minimum weight 35kg), Segway on Q*, canyoning.co.nz*, AJ Hackett Bungy (Kawarau Bridge & The Ledge at Skyline Gondola), The Nevis Arc (AJ Hackett Bungy) Age 11 Skyline Luge (Advanced Track, min height 135cm), Age 12 Family Adventures inflatable kayaks* (summer only) Age 13 AJ Hackett Bungy (Nevis Highwire), whitewater rafting
* may be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator.
Activities :: Adventure Fun CANYONING.CO.NZ Min age 10 (see below) * Combine the fun and adrenalin of this action adventure with safe, experienced guiding – a perfect balance of ropes, rocks and rivers. Rappel down waterfalls, fly over the canyon on ziplines, splash into rock pools, cascade down chutes and swim narrow passageways as you descend into the canyon. No experience required. Activities are fully demonstrated by professional qualified guides, with safety briefings before each mission. For a longer trip suitable for older children ask staff about our challenging Routeburn canyoning option in Glenorchy. Phone: 03 441 3003 Queenstown – Twelve Mile Delta Departs: October & November at 11am December onwards 9am and 1.30pm Duration: 3½ hours (up to 2 hours canyoning) Price: $175 Glenorchy – Routeburn (minimum age 15 years) Departs: 9.30am Queenstown, 10.30am Glenorchy Duration: 7 hours (up to 3 hours canyoning) Price: $230 from Queenstown, $205 from Glenorchy www.canyoning.co.nz *Note: The Twelve Mile Delta trip is suitable for ages under 10 years at the discretion of the operator. We request that families meet the guides and watch our trip video prior to taking this trip. This company has a long record of safety and experience. We’d call this a ‘low risk, high action’ activity!
Activities :: Adventure Fun FUN TOUR – SEGWAY ON Q Min age 10* ’The best fun on two wheels’ The whole family will have a blast on these unique and easy to ride eco-friendly transporters! Segways are selfbalancing, which means they only move when you lean forward – so speed it up or go real slow. Giggle your way through our one-hour trip as you explore Queenstown Bay and Gardens. Extend the fun on our two-hour tour with added commentary, different terrain and hills if you are ready for it! See display ad on facing page. Phone: 03 442 TOUR (8687) Hours: 9am–5.30pm Freephone: 0800 SEG FUN (734 386) Duration: 1 hour and 2 hour tours daily Departure: Free pick up Price: 1 hr Bay Ride – Adult $75, Child $65 (Child 10–15yrs) 2 hour Queenstown Tour – Adult $109, Child $99 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.segwayonq.com *May be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator. FAMILY DEAL: $250 for 2 adults + 2 children on the Bay Ride Experience or $375 on the Queenstown Tour. OUTSIDE SPORTS RENTAL Rental by the hour, day or multi-day for bikes and outdoor gear for all ages. Family-friendly, knowledgeable staff will kit you out and provide you with trail maps and great trip ideas. Cycling: mountain bikes, child seats and tow-alongs. Helmets included. Around the Mountains: take the bikes across the lake on the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a fabulous family bike trip; choose guided or independent and we’ll organise rental and transport for this great combo trip! Refreshments included. Tramping and Camping: tents (large and small), packs, boots, waterproof clothing, child carriers (buggies and backpacks). 36-38 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0074 Hours: 7.30am – 8pm Email: email@example.com www.outsidesports.co.nz CLIMBING QUEENSTOWN : VIA FERRATA Min age 8 The fully-guided, safe climbing experience. The Via Ferrata rungway is a carefully constructed route of iron rungs, ladders and wire ropes that give you the chance to climb up the rocky faces overlooking Queenstown. This unique vertical playground is safe and fun. You’re harnessed and clipped in at all times and no technical experience is necessary. There are climbs for all confidence and ability levels so give the kids a taster of climbing in the great outdoors! Phone: 03 450 2119 Freephone: 0800 CLIMBING Departs: Outside Sports, Shotover Street Hours: Daily, 9am and 1pm Duration: 4 hours Price: Adult $159, Child $89 (child is up to 15 yrs) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.climbingqueenstown.co.nz
AROUND THE MOUNTAINS
1 Day Guided/ Independent Bike Trip; easy riding through historic sheep stations with lake & mountain views, includes TSS Earnslaw boat cruise.
RENTAL BIKE CAMP HIKE
Plan your day out with Outside Sports
OUTSIDE SPORTS www.outsidesports.co.nz Shotover St QUEENSTOWN 03 441 0074 Dunmore St WANAKA 03 443 7966 Town Centre TE ANAU 03 249 8195 www.KidzGo.co.nz
Activities :: Adventure Fun
0800 SERIOUS email@example.com www.riversurfing.co.nz
SERIOUS FUN RIVER SURFING Min age 8* Come whitewater bodyboarding down the Kawarau River with the original River Surfing company. We have the best-trained guides, giving our riders the ultimate river thrills since ’89 with a 100% safety record. Guaranteed excitement, entertainment and exhilaration from ages 8 to 84. Extra guide in water to assist under 12 year olds. Phone: 03 442 5262 Price: $169 Freephone: 0800 SERIOUS (0800 737 468) Departs: Twice daily, 9am & 2pm – September to May Duration: 4 to 4½ hours (1½ to 2½ hours on river) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.riversurfing.co.nz *Participants are subject to trip leader’s discretion. Must be able to swim. Maximum of two under 12yr olds per trip. All you need is a towel and a swimsuit – we’ll provide the rest! Good guide-to-swimmer ratios. A top adrenalin-pumping trip for the active family! Ask about our ‘Kidz Go’ family offer! KAWARAU BUNGY CENTRE Ideal for all ages The World Home of Bungy – AJ Hackett Bungy’s 1st Commercial Bungy Jump Site! The perfect stop for the whole family. You can Bungy Jump yourself or watch others take the leap from the viewing deck. Learn about the history of Bungy Jumping in the Secrets of Bungy full interactive tour, shop in the Bungy Shop or enjoy a coffee from the Freefall café. Bungy Jumpers must be at least 10 yrs old and min/max weight 35kg/220kg. Kawarau Bungy Centre, State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley. Just 20 minutes from Queenstown. Freephone: 0800 286 495 for transport & bookings Phone: 03 442 4007 Hours: daily except Christmas Day Price: Entrance to Kawarau Bungy Centre: FREE Bungy Tour Price: FREE WITH KIDZ GO (ask at booking centre & mention Kidz Go – conditions apply) Bungy Jump Price: Adult $180, Child $130, Family $480 Family is 2 adults + 2 children. (Minimum age to jump is 10 years, min. weight 35kg) Email: email@example.com www.bungy.co.nz FAMILY ADVENTURES RAFTING AND INFLATABLE KAYAKS For ages 3–103 (older by arrangement) We are specialists in soft adventure trips, rafting & kayaking the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown. Our trip by bus & raft is a unique way to experience the wonderful gold mining history of Skippers Canyon and is suitable for everyone from 3 years upwards. Water confidence is NOT necessary. Phone: 03 442 8836 Freephone: 0800 4 RAFTING (0800 472 384) Departs: Daily 8.30am and 2pm from outside The Station on Camp Street Duration: Allow 5 hours Price: Adult $169, Child $110 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.familyadventures.co.nz
Activities :: Adventure Fun
ZIPTREK ECOTOURS – FLYING FOX Min age 7 Queenstown’s newest activity is an exhilarating adventure for the entire family! Ride the Skyline gondola to our tree-house, harness up and fly through the air as you traverse the forest with our guides. Take in spectacular views of Queenstown like you’ve never seen them as you whizz from tree to tree. A safe, ecological and guided adventure for the whole family that’s unforgettable, rain or shine! Booking Desk: 45 Camp Street (opp The Station Building) Bookings essential as small personal groups of 10 Departs: The Ziptrek Treehouse, top of the Skyline Gondola Freephone: 0800 ZIPTREK (0800 947 8735) Phone: 03 441 2102 Hours: Daily from 9am ‘til 6pm Duration: Allow 1½–2 hours for 4 zip line course (not including Gondola travel) Price: Adult $119, Child $69 (7–14yrs), Senior $69 (65+) Email: email@example.com www.ziptrek.com QUEENSTOWN PAINTBALL Min age 8 Adrenalin, Excitement, Laughter! Splat…run…hide…splat! This is so much fun! The paintballs don’t hurt…that much, but Dad’s pride will, if you shoot him before he sees you. Paintball is interactive, heart-pumping, hilarious and a fantastic experience that won’t break the bank. Take the family on this exciting and unique forest adventure…an awesome teambuilding activity that the kids won’t stop talking about! The end of Woolshed Road (1km past the Remarkables Skifield turn off, on the right) See map back page Phone: 027 226 8106 Duration: Allow 1½–2 hours Freephone: 0800 SNIPER (764 737) Departs: transport available ($10 per head) Price: From only $60 per person for 1 hour’s fun! (Includes gun, paintballs and protective clothing) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.queenstownpaintball.co.nz Kidz Go offer – kids get a reload of 50 paintballs FREE or txt KIDZGO to 343 to double offer to 100! Txts cost 99c
LE FAMILY! R THE WHO O F N FU Adults v Kids
“Look out adults!” 0800 SNIPER (0800 764 737)
From only $60 per head or $70 with return transport
Activities :: Glenorchy
Get away from it all and explore the spectacular upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu. Glenorchy is right in the heart of numerous Lord of the Rings filming locations and the lake views and snow-capped mountains will transport you to the fantasy of 'Middle-earth'! With only 200 locals and Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep, this really is a slice of Paradise! Glenorchy Township Bordered by a World Heritage Area, the frontier village of Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains, glacier-fed rivers and beech forest. It’s the gateway to Paradise and Mount Aspiring National Park and the starting point for multi-day treks, including the famous Routeburn Walk. Getting to Glenorchy The stunning 45km lakeside drive offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu, hanging valleys and sheer mountains. Make sure you stop at the Bennetts Bluff Lookout (on the left, 25kms from Queenstown) for an amazing view of the head of the lake and an excellent photo opportunity. Eating Drop into Foxy’s Cafe at Glenorchy Lodge, open all day, lots of hot and cold choices, highchairs and kids’ toys/activity sheets. Glenorchy Lodge’s evening restaurant and bar is also a great choice for families, with in and outdoor space, toys and kids’ menu. Accommodation See Glenorchy Lodge’s listing page 63 for family-friendly ensuite accommodation right in the heart of Glenorchy. Phone 03 442 9968
Activities Dart Stables horseriding Spectacular location for a horseride; tours suitable for families and complete beginners through to advanced. Splash through streams, see Lord of the Rings locations and explore Paradise on horseback. See listing on facing page.
Dart River Safaris Jet boat through the breathtaking scenery of Mt Aspiring National Park. Combine with a funyak trip for a real family adventure! See listing p8
Other activities Glenorchy is a great place to wander around, with several picnic / BBQ spots, an adventure playground, pool and skateboard/bike park right by the lake. WALKS Lagoon Loop Easy – 1 hour Facing the lake and Glenorchy Jetty, follow the path to your right – it leads to a boardwalk skirting the lagoon. Stunning views and lots of birdlife, including black swans. Lake Sylvan Easy – 45 min return Driving from Glenorchy, follow the Routeburn road and turn right towards the Routeburn Track. The Lake Sylvan turn off is well-marked and the pleasant bush walk starts with a swing bridge and finishes at a hidden lake. Glenorchy Battery Moderate – 45 min each way Short, steep climb to great views and relics of the goldmining era. Track starts from Whakaari Conservation Area carpark, 2km before you get to Glenorchy. Routeburn Track beginning Moderate This track takes 2–3 days to complete but why not walk along it for a while and explore? Starts at the end of the Routeburn Road. The first track hut is at Routeburn Flats and takes about 2 hrs each way (8km). The most stunning mountain top views are from the Routeburn Falls hut, about 3 hrs each way (11km) with the final hour or so being a steady climb. Well worth it if you have the energy.
Activities :: Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings
You’ve seen the movies; now’s your chance to transport yourself to the fantasy of ‘Middle-earth’. Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy are home to many scenes from the trilogy. Take a tour and explore the scenery captured by Peter Jackson. GLENORCHY AIR : TRILOGY TRAIL Lord of the Rings scenery – by air or by land Visit some of the sites used to create The Lord of the Rings movies and replicate Middle-earth. Take an unbelievable journey over or through our Middle-earth. Fly with the company that flew cast and crew! Land Tour: Comfortable four wheel drive vehicles with the chance to visit and explore many Lord of the Rings locations. Freephone: 0800 676 264 Phone: 03 442 2207 Departs: pick up from your accommodation Contact us now for more information on our scenic flight or road tour options. Email: email@example.com www.glenorchy.net.nz
TOP FILMING LOCATIONS
Kawarau River – Pillars of the Kings, The River Anduin Arrowtown – Ford of Bruinen Skippers Canyon – Ford of Bruinen The Remarkables – Dimrill Dale Closeburn – Amon Hen Twelve Mile Delta – Ithilien Camp Glenorchy – Isengard, The Wizard's Vale, Lothlórien Mount Earnslaw – Methedres Mavora Lakes – Fangorn Forest
DART STABLES, GLENORCHY Min age 7 The Ride of the Rings Be transported to Middle-earth astride your own steed! First drive the shores of Lake Wakatipu, passing Ithilien and stopping en-route to marvel at the Misty Mountains. Your 1½ hour horse ride begins from Paradise, winding through the golden woods of Lothlórien, passing Amon Hen, then the track opens up into the Golden Mile. From here the views over Isengard, the Wizard’s Vale and the mighty peak of Methedras are breathtaking. This is probably the most scenic horse ride in the world, and the ride of a lifetime for ‘Rings’ fans. It is a slower paced ride, suitable for beginner riders. Visit our shop at 26 Shotover Street, Queenstown for family discounts (4 or more) and free rocking horse rides for children. Phone: 0800 4 RIDING (0800 4 743 464) Departs: daily from Queenstown Duration: Allow 5 hours total, 1½ hours riding Price: Adult $169, Child $159 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dartstables.com
Cardrona Valley & Cromwell Cardrona Valley – Only half an hour’s drive from Queenstown or Wanaka, the Cardrona Valley is a top destination in its own right. It’s still retained its charm, beauty and a sense of timelessness, yet Cardrona is now home to a host of fun family activities and the famous Cardrona Hotel. Activities include Backcountry Saddle horseriding and the Cardrona Adventure Park featuring the world’s biggest School Bus Monster Truck, kids’ quad bikes, buggy rides, quad bike safari, go-karts and stunt rides. Cromwell – Situated on the shores
of Lake Dunstan at the junction between Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka, Cromwell is one of Otago’s top wine and fruit growing regions – hence its famous ‘big fruit’ sculpture by the town centre! Cromwell has activities to suit the family. Explore the vineyards of Cromwell and Bannockburn or call in to The Big Picture for a ‘virtual wine tour’. Visit historic Old Cromwell Town, go fishing or boating on Lake Dunstan, play mini golf, stock up at the fruit orchards, and whatever you do, don’t miss trying Cromwell’s specialities – real fruit ice cream and fresh Central Otago Benger juice. Other popular activities include trekking and mountain biking, 4-wheel driving and exploring old goldmining landscapes. Cromwell is also close to the famous Clyde Dam and the spectacular confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau rivers. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Activities :: Arrowtown
Only 19km from Queenstown, Arrowtown was born of the 1862 goldrush and is a step back in time with tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages and a main street reminiscent of a ‘Wild West’ movie. The Arrow River, with the fascinating Chinese Settlement on its bank, was at one time worked by thousands of goldseekers who came from around the world to toil in the Arrow RIver for gold and good fortune.
Although Arrowtown has grown over the years it’s lost none of its appeal. The town offers restaurants and cafés, Lots for Tots children’s shop, Dorothy Browns boutique cinema, mountain bike rental, family tours and a variety of accommodation. THE CHINESE SETTLEMENT In 1865 the Chinese were invited to come and mine the goldfields around the Arrow Gorge. They built and lived in around 20 huts that now offer one of the region’s most vivid insights into life during the goldrush.
THE ARROW RIVER Gold is discovered in the river every year and some recently found nuggets are on display in Arrowtown. Why not hire a goldpan and try your luck? Goldpans can be hired for $3 from the Lakes District Museum. Otherwise the Arrow River is a popular swimming hole with local children, with picnic spots and skateboard / bike park on its bank, plus easy walking / biking tracks alongside. ACCOMMODATION Family-friendly choices in and around Arrowtown include Arrowfield Apartments, Millbrook Resort, Number 10, Redlands Farm, Skyview Magic and Willowbank. See page 64 for more details on family accommodation in the region.
Activities :: Arrowtown
LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM AND INFO CENTRE
ARROWTOWN DISCOVERY ACTIVITY TOUR Southern Explorer Combine entertaining guides, splashing through streams in our sturdy 4WD vehicles (the kids love this bit), exploring a ‘ghost town’, panning for your own gold and discovering movie locations from Lord of the Rings. We make several river crossings to explore scenery that time forgot. The discovery of gold in the Arrow River sparked one of the richest gold rushes in the world, and there are still nuggets being discovered. Everyone gets gold pans and a chance to seek their fortune. This informative and fun trip includes refreshments. Phone: 03 441 1144 Freephone: 0800 4WD XPL (493 975) Departs: Arrowtown, 10am and 3.30pm, Queenstown pick -ups by arrangement (extra cost) Duration: 2 hours Price: $65 per person or $240 for family Email: email@example.com www.southernexplorer.co.nz ARROWTOWN INFO AND MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTAL Offering bikes and helmets to suit young children through to adults. Our mountain bikes are Specialized Hardrock latest models. For the kids we have bikes with/without training wheels available. All rentals include safety helmets and local biking trail ideas. Our friendly shop is located in the centre of Arrowtown, right by the river and close to lots of superb tracks and the skateboard park. If there are littlies amongst you we can even help you arrange childminding! See us for bike rentals and local activity or accommodation bookings. Opposite bus stop, Ramshaw Lane, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0450 Freephone: 0800 arrowi (277 694) Price: Adult/Child (approx 10yrs or over – height requirements must be met) $25 per hour, $40 per half day, $65 per full day, Children’s bikes (9 yrs and under) $10 per hour, $30 per half day, $55 per full day www.arrowinfo.co.nz
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A ‘living museum’ filled with ‘hands-on’ displays, interesting artefacts and local exhibits, ranging from early Maori to the excitement of the gold rush. Lots of colourful displays plus an exhibition gallery that changes regularly. Informative and fun with plenty to occupy the children. Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1824 Hours: Daily, from 8.30am to 5pm Price: Adult $7, Child $1 (child is 17 years and under), Family $14 (2 adults & 2 children), group concessions Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.museumqueenstown.com (museum site) www.handsonhistory.co.nz (education site) Hire goldpans for $3 and pick up goldpanning tips here. Internet access, kids’ activity packs, diverse bookshop, information and activity/accommodation booking agent.
explore by 4WD river crossings ghost village goldpanning movie locations stories & more BOOK NOW:
0800 493 975
OPEN 7 DAYS 7am - 11pm Groceries, fresh bread, deli foods, freezer section, wines and beers, chocolate and more! 39 Buckingham St Arrowtown Ph 03 442 1866 www.KidzGo.co.nz
Activities :: Arrowtown
ARROWTOWN WALKING & BIKE TRACKS
Arrowtown Millennium Track Easy – 1 hr rtn Start from the carpark in Ramshaw Lane, centre of Arrowtown. Follow the Arrow River along the flat to the outskirts of Arrowtown. Cross the bridge and return most of the way along the other side, crossing a bridge once more and finishing in the carpark. Mountain Biking: a great family track. Lake Hayes Track Easy – 2hr loop This easy, scenic walk (just 2km from Arrowtown) takes you right round Lake Hayes on a gravel path / boardwalk. Mostly flat, although there are some short climbs. The track has a slight drop-off at some points along the lake’s far side, so keep small children with you. Look out for the NZ native pukeko, or swamp hen. Why not finish off your walk with a lunch or afternoon tea stop in the nearby gardens of Walnut Cottage? Mountain Biking: a great family track. See p 27 Manse Road Walkway Easy 20 – mins each way This new walkway running beside the road allows users to walk/bike to or from Manse Road, Arrowfield Apartments or Millbrook Resort into Arrowtown. You can also divert off the trail to the Chinese Village and onto Arrowtown Millennium Walkway or Bush Creek. Mountain Biking: a great family track. The unique specialty store for mums-to-be and babies through to children up to 7 years. Visit Lots for Tots for a rare selection of devine clothing, cots, bedding, educational toys, pushchairs, gorgeous gifts and much more!.
a r r o w to w n 50 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown tel: 03 442 0580 email: email@example.com
Bush Creek Trail Easy – 1 hour return Start by the Trails Notice Board at Butlers Green and walk diagonally to your left to cross a small footbridge over Bush Creek. Then turn left and continue up the road until you walk over the irrigation pipe and through a sheep gate. The trail winds gently alongside Bush Creek. Look out for stone walls in the centre of the river. These were reportedly built by Chinese miners in an effort to divert the water from one side to the other. They then worked the dry side, always profitably. After 15 minutes, the trail will lead up over a footbridge where the Big Hill and Sawpit Gully trails start. Veer left at this point and continue along Bush Creek to the old water supply intake (1881). To return, retrace your steps back to Arrowtown. Sawpit Gully Trail Med – Hard 2-3 hour loop This is a great loop with a variety of scenery. The easier way to walk is to follow the Arrow River Trail first in an anticlockwise direction. You sidle high above the river before you reach the turn off to Sawpit Gully. Once in Sawpit Gully itself parts of a water race are followed and piles of stone gold mining tailings are evident near the creek. Look out for the remains of an old stone hut on your right on a grassy terrace just before you begin to climb out of Sawpit Gully. Up the hill you meet the Big Hill Trail at Eichardt’s Flat and walk down towards Arrowtown with Lake Hayes in full view. Note: private farmland; strictly no dogs or mountain bikes. Tobins Track Med – Hard 1 hr return A brisk walk to the top of Tobins Track will reward you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the Wakatipu basin. A straightforward, wide track; short and steep!
LOTS FOR TOTS ARROWTOWN Devine and unique, this specialist store carries a tasteful combination of everything you need from pregnancy to 7yrs. Lots for Tots sources from leading designers and offers a selection of quality New Zealand designed products that you would rarely find anywhere under the same roof. Our range includes gorgeous maternity wear and organic-nature baby clothing, educational toys, one-off presents and quality everyday items such as linen, cots, and pushchairs. There is something here you will just have to have! The Royal Oak Complex, 50 Buckingham St, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0580 Fax: 03 442 0586 Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am–5.30pm, 10am–5pm weekends Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lotsfortots.co.nz
Activities :: Fun in the Sun
fun in the sun Some of the best stuff to do on holiday costs little or no money and makes for the most fun memories ... Check out the following few pages for playground locations, how to get started on a fishing trip, swimming pool contacts, top family walks, picnic spots and our new section on fantastic family mountain bike trips! indicates that the track is good for baby buggies. Note: Walks labelled 'Hard' have been done so with a family in mind. The hard walks here would probably be too much for children under 10 and reasonable fitness would be required for adults or children.
W1 Sunshine Bay Track
Easy – 1hr return Lakeside walk with waterfall and native bush. Map p2
P1 The Esplanade Close to playground and toilets. BBQ areas. Map p2
W2 Arawata Track, Sunshine Bay Easy – 1hr return Stunning lake views. Path descends to road at end follow and loop back along road, or return along track. Map p2
P2 Frankton Beach Picnic tables, BBQ area, toilets, short walk to playground plus the warmest swimming beach of Lake Wakatipu. Map p4
W3 Queenstown Gardens
Views right around the peninsula.
Easy – 30mins Map p2
W4 Queenstown Hill Hard – 2 hrs return Amazing views from the top of the hill. Map p2 W5 One Mile Creek Track
Hard – 90 mins return Steady climb through native beech, joining the Skyline vehicle track. Continue to the Skyline, take the vehicle track down, finishing in town, or return back through the bush. Map p2 W6 Kelvin Heights loop Easy – 90mins return Start from playground and carpark on Bay View Road. Head to the golf course and round the perimeter. Map p4 W7 Kelvin Heights Track Easy – 90mins return Start from the carpark and playground on Bay View Road. Head to the right and follow the easy, well-graded track alongside the lake. Admire the peninsula houses and enjoy the lake views back towards Queenstown. Map p4 W8 Frankton Arm Walk Easy – 2hrs return A pleasant lakeside walk with views across the Frankton Arm. Finish at Frankton Marina or continue to the main beach at Frankton. Map p2 W9 Moke Lake to Sefferstown Med – 3hr rtn The Moonlight Track starts at Moke Lake and comes out at Arthurs Point. The first section is a 4WD track high above Moonlight Stream with spectacular valley views. A good lunch/turn around spot is the now deserted settlement of Sefferstown. Map back page W10 Bob’s Cove Scenic Reserve
Med – 1 hr return A gentle descent through bush to Bob’s Cove beach, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. One of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets. Map back page
P3 Moke Lake A small lake (takes approx. 90 minutes to walk round) and an ideal swimming spot. Longdrop (bush) toilet on site. No dogs allowed. Map back page P4 Devils Staircase Queenstown – Kingston road. Access to lake. Map back page P5 Drift Bay Queenstown – Kingston road. Secluded beach spot, ideal for relaxing, fishing or swimming. Map back page P6 Lake Hayes Recreation Area The best picnic area is 2km along the Arrowtown road at the head of the lake. Sandy beach, warm shallows, lots of space, shade and toilets. Map back page P7 Bobs Cove Scenic Reserve A gentle 10 min. descent through bush to the beach at Bob’s Cove. Ideal picnic and swimming spot. Toilets on site. Map back page P8 Wilsons Bay If you’re heading out on the road to Glenorchy, Wilson’s Bay, 5 minutes drive out of Queenstown is a gorgeous rest stop. Picnic from the car as the beach is right by the road. Walking tracks nearby. Map back page P9 Kelvin Grove, Kelvin Heights At the entrance to the golf course, right on the lake. Toilets and playground. Map p4
SUNSMART The New Zealand sun is particularly strong. Don’t let your child get burned. Be Sunsmart, screen up and cover yourselves, particularly between midday and 3pm. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Activities :: Playgrounds
Fishing – rod hire and licences Fishing is a great activity for the family – take a picnic and enjoy our beautiful rivers and lakes! Fishing licences allow the secondary holder to take the kids fishing if the primary holder isn’t available. Free licences for children under 12 yrs. Day Licence: Adult $21, Child $4 (12–17yrs), unders 12s free Annual Licence: Adult $113, Family $147 (2 adults + up to 4 children) Queenstown Outside Sports Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0074 (rods for sale and licences) Wanaka Outside Sports Dunmore Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7966 (rods for sale / hire and licences) Lakeland Adventures Lakefront, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7495 (rods for sale / hire and licences) Te Anau Outside Sports Main Street, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8195 (rods for sale / hire and licences) Note: Sandfly repellent is recommended for local fishing spots or overnight walking tracks.
playgrounds Kidz Go top playground spots
Below we have listed all playgrounds in this area and detailed our favourites – these are public playgrounds, although many of our accommodation recommendations also have their own playground. See maps for locations.
St Omer Park entrance to Queenstown Gardens Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: lake, beach, park, café, toilets Main Beach Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: lake, beach, picnic and BBQ area, toilets Man Street Queenstown Features: swing, climbing frames, slide Nearby: walking distance to town centre Fernhill Road Fernhill, Queenstown Features: Slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw, fenced area for ball play Williams Street Sunshine Bay Features: slide, swing, climbing frame Nearby: picnic bench, tennis courts, BBQ Waterfront Frankton Features: slide, climbing frame, tennis court Nearby: toilet, BBQ www.KidzGo.co.nz
Swimming pools & programmes Alpine Aqualand Features leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, water features, toddlers' area, adult spa and lap pool. Phone: 03 450 9005 Arrowtown Pool (outdoor, Dec-Mar) 03 442 0145 Outdoor, Dec-March, solar heated 25m, 6 lanes. Glenorchy Pool (indoor – summer only) Phone: 03 442 9952 Wakatipu Swim School from 6 mths to 12 yrs. Includes water safety. Lessons once a week. Holiday programmes available. Jane 03 451 1161 Queenstown Amateur Swimming Club All swimming abilities for children 6 years and over. A twice weekly club, where children learn to improve their skills and confidence. Susan, 03 409 0744
Remarkables Crescent Frankton Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: basketball hoop and court Kelvin Grove entrance to golf course, Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame Nearby: toilet, BBQ, picnic benches Bayview Reserve Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: toilet, picnic benches, lake for swimming Jardine Park Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, playing field Nearby: kid-friendly mountain bike park, BMX track, Jacks Point walking track. Hope Avenue Lake Hayes Estate Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw, climbing boulder, flying fox Nearby: toilet, gas BBQ Rose M Douglas Park Wiltshire St, Arrowtown Features: slide, swing, see-saw, fire engine climbing frame and water pump play feature, playhouse on the hill Goldfields Road Goldfields Heights Features: slide, swing, see-saw, climbing boulders Other playgrounds Dublin Street Queenstown Remarkables Crescent Frankton Chalmers Place Arrowtown (in school grounds so not useable during school hours) Elva Dawson Street Arrowtown McChesney Road Arthurs Point
Activities :: Family Bike Rides
Family Friendly Bike Rides
Queenstown and Arrowtown have their fair share of ‘big boys and girls’ advanced mountain bike tracks but it’s never been so well set up for family trips as it is these days. If you don’t have your own you can hire bikes for the family in Queenstown or Arrowtown. Bike hire comes with helmets and friendly advice on local bike rides to suit your family’s ability. THE QUEENSTOWN TRAIL A new initiative, the 100km Queenstown Trail will combine a series of biking/walking trails within the Wakatipu Basin, incorporating the wine area of Gibbston Valley, the goldmining town of Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown.
QUEENSTOWN GARDENS The walking / biking path runs from the entrance at the Queenstown lakeshore around the perimeter of the gardens. It’s totally flat, easy, and very scenic, with the lake on one side and gardens on the other. Lots of places to stop and play or have a picnic on the beach. FRANKTON ARM TRACK This is a good add-on to the Queenstown Gardens track, starting a few minutes’ ride away, at the end of Park Street. Queenstown’s easiest and most popular walk or bike track, it’s about 6km to Frankton Beach; a great picnic or swim spot.
ROUND THE MOUNTAINS Take the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak for a great biking day out. The track follows the lakeshore before heading inland. The entire circuit takes several days, so just ride for as long as you feel like before heading back to Walter Peak Sheep Station. (Note: Outside Sports can organise a bike hire/steamship combo, or even a guided day excursion for this trip.)
FAMILY BIKE HIRE
OUTSIDE SPORTS Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0074 See p17 for more information QUEENSTOWN BIKE HIRE Marine Parade, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6039 See p11 for more information
JARDINES TO JACKS POINT Well-graded, non-technical track that heads out of town, alongside the lake to Jacks Point (where there’s a café and lunch spot). A few short, grunty sections make this more enjoyable for ages 10 years and over, of at least moderate fitness. Stunning lake views all the way along the track.
KELVIN HEIGHTS TRACK AND LOOP Recently upgraded, this is a gorgeous track that’s perfect for all ages. Park at Bayview Road where there’s a toilet ARROW MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTAL and playground. Take the left track Ramshaw Lane, Arrowtown JARDINES MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, towards the golf course and peninsula Phone: 03 442 0450 KELVIN HEIGHTS for a loop ride. Mostly flat, with a See p23 for more information Perfect for kids and adults to improve short, slightly trickier section that can your confidence and skills and have be walked if not confident. Turn right a play! There’s a BMX pump track from Bayview Road for a well-graded, circuit plus longer bike courses from 2–6km. Follow the easy lakeside track. Either direction is 30–40 mins return or do both for a sign on the right to the Jacks Point track. Playground, good 1 to 1 ½ hour ride. (Times based on riders aged toilets and picnic area nearby. 10 years and up). OUR FAVOURITE HARDER RIDES LAKE HAYES This 8km track runs right around Lake Hayes. It’s varied and slightly undulating, yet easy for children. (There is a section with a fairly steep bank along the far side, so keep smaller children with you). The track is slightly easier clockwise and overall, while not completely flat, makes for a great family outing. Expect to take 45 minutes to an hour for riders 10 years and up. There are many starting points around Lake Hayes, or it’s a 6km bike ride from Arrowtown. MILLENNIUM TRACK, ARROWTOWN An easy, circular route that follows the banks of the Arrow River and includes a couple of bridge crossings. Entirely flat, wide path. Allow about 40 minutes, or take your time, have a picnic or cool off in the river.
MACETOWN For the more adventurous, head out from Arrowtown on the 4WD track towards Macetown. It’s hilly in parts, with lots of river crossings and steep drop offs, but the track itself is wide and not technical. Allow a half to full day if going all the way, (about 3 hours solid riding return, if experienced and fit) or take a Southern Explorer 4WD tour one way, and bike back! TWELVE MILE DELTA TO BOB’S COVE This undulating, intermediate grade single track runs below the Glenorchy Road, starting from Twelve Mile Delta, 10km from Queenstown. Suitable for teens and adults with some experience. Lots of steep ups and downs as well as long, flat sections. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Family-Friendly Shopping SWEETS AND TOYS THE BRITISH LOLLY SHOP
Sweets and treats don’t get any better than at the British Lolly Shop. Old favourites, Memory Lane magic or a craving for the best lollies in town – come in for a free tasting! Church Lane (behind Monty’s – see map p4) Phone: 03 441 2274 Hours: daily until late www.thebritishlollyshop.com TOYWORLD Where the best toys come from! The only specialist toy store in Queenstown. From toys for pre-schoolers and educational gifts for the older child, to models for Dad – we cater for a wide range. Our board games will fill those wet days and our dress up area will help create a theme party. We also stock a range of toys that can be a souvenir of your time in Queenstown. 3rd Floor – Top of escalator, O’Connells Shopping Centre, Camp Street, Queenstown (see map p4) Phone: 03 442 8445 Hours: daily 10am–9pm CHILDREN’S CLOTHING LOTS FOR TOTS – Queenstown
Pure New Zealand labels and gorgeous designs! For mums-to-be and babies, through to children up to 7 years. Organic cotton and merino, beautiful toys and exquisite gifts.
Queenstown’s largest range of beautiful designer maternity wear.
queenstown Upstairs, The Mountaineer Building, corner of Shotover St and Rees St, Queenstown Tel 03 442 4948
Exclusive stockists of ‘Nurtured by Nature’ luxurious, exquisitely-crafted gifts for newborns. Also showcasing Nature Baby & Nature Kid (0-7yrs) – a pure New Zealand label that creates gorgeous designs in organic cotton and merino wool, as well as furniture, bedding and even food and natural remedies. You’ll love our large range of designer maternity wear, beautiful toys and fabulous gifts. Come up and see us at ‘Lots for Tots’ to find something special and unique you’ll just have to have! 1st Floor (upstairs), The Mountaineer Building, Corner of Shotover & Rees St, Queenstown (see map p4) Phone: 03 442 4948 Hours: Mon–Fri 9.30am–5.30pm, 10am–5pm weekends Email: email@example.com www.lotsfortots.co.nz LOTS FOR TOTS – Arrowtown If you’re over in Arrowtown visit our unique children’s specialty store, where you will find designer products alongside quality everyday items such as linen, cots, buggies and funky maternity bags. See p24 for more details. 50 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0580 OUTSIDE SPORTS Kids’ clothing and gear for small adventurers. Introduce them to the great outdoors with kids’ technical clothing to suit their every need and keep them warm and dry. Great brands including Icebreaker, Marmot, Columbia. 36-38 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0074
Family-Friendly Shopping ROCKIES Visit Rockies for an amazing choice of clothes and shoes for newborns up to sixteen years. Every occasion and all seasons covered. Top labels include Trelise Cooper, Quiksilver, Roxy, Burton, Metalicus, Hurley, O’Neill, Seafolly, One Red Fly, Eternal Creation, Icebreaker, Catimini, Levis, Munster, Tiger Joe, Tommy Rocket, Two Belles, Mini Treasures Kids, Minti, Pure Baby, Dimples, Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, Bobux and lots more. Shoes include Converse, Globe, DC, Merrell, Lelli Kelly, Skechers, Marc Ecko, Gallaz, Bopy, Bibi, Ecco, Lego, Clarks, Havianas and Crocs. 49 Beach St, Queenstown (see map p4) Hours: daily 9am to 9pm Phone: 03 442 8153 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rockies.co.nz
10% off ALL stock* only when you mention Kidz Go! Clothing, footwear, accessories and toys for babies through to teenagers.
CHILD FURNITURE, BUGGY AND BACKPACK HIRE TOTS ON TOUR p36
Queenstown’s quality baby equipment hire specialists. Phone: 03 441 1314 / 021 293 7125
* excluding school uniforms and sale items.
OUTSIDE SPORTS p17 Buggies, kids and adult mountain bikes and tandems. 36-38 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0074 ROCKIES Adventure Buggies – suitable for newborn to 4 years. $20 per day Backpack – suitable from 3 months, and up to 16 kilos. $15 per day Phone: 03 442 8153 PLUNKET Buggies, prams, portacots, highchairs, carseats. Phone: 03 442 7380 for rates. Booking essential.
49 Beach St, Queenstown 03 442 8153 visit us online at www.rockies.co.nz
HERE’S WHY WE LOVE SHOPPING AT REMARKABLES PARK TOWN CENTRE! Over 25 stores including
OTHER CHILD-FRIENDLY SERVICES AND SHOPS LINDAS HAIR DESIGN p36
Queenstown’s most family-friendly hairdresser. Children under 10 years receive 1/2 price cut with every adult cut. Phone: 03 442 8881 Upstairs, 68 Shotover Street, Queenstown p37 MARINA MATHEWS PHOTOGRAPHY Tasteful pregnancy and gorgeous baby or child photography; create a unique memento or wonderful gift. Phone: 021 541 676 www.marinamathews.net O’CONNELLS SHOPPING CENTRE This multi-level, centrally located complex is packed full of shops. Toys, fashion, music, jewellery, souvenirs, pharmacy, internet services, sports apparel, hair and beauty, homewares, wine, outdoor gear and much more…plus an international food court. O’Connell’s has something to suit the whole family! O’Connells Shopping Centre, cnr Camp & Beach Streets Hours: daily, 7am till 9pm
Easy parking, on the bus route, close to Frankton and airport and just 10 minutes from Queenstown!
* Baby City * Fashion for kids and adults * Electronics * Homewares * Medical centre and physios * Optometry * Whitcoulls * Cafés and restaurants * Hardware * Department stores * Hairdressers * Banks and lots more!
Think Fresh! Queenstown
Proudly supplying all your grocery needs including an extensive range of gluten free, locally produced and organic products.
Look for our product identifier shelf tags instore. Organic Product
FRESH CHOICE SUPERMARKET QUEENSTOWN The specialists in fresh, quality food Centrally located, just 5 minutes from the town centre, on the road to Coronet Peak and opposite Caltex petrol station. For all your grocery requirements and an extensive range of fresh fruit & vegetables, serviced delicatessen, full bakery including specialty loaves, butchery including the best tasting tender cuts of meat, local and imported wines and beers (popular labels or boutique). We’re open 7am–midnight everyday, but if that doesn’t suit, email us and we’ll have your groceries waiting or come in and select them yourself and request to have them delivered! SPECIFIC FOOD REQUIREMENTS Gluten-free, organic, international foods, food in a hurry, gourmet and local products Fresh Choice Supermarket specialises in catering for specific food requirements; keep an eye out for our shopper assistance tags. For your general grocery requirements or something a little special at the best value, come and visit or contact us. 64 Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 1252 Fax: 03 441 1019 Hours: daily, 7am–midnight Email: email@example.com
FreshChoice Queenstown, 64 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Phone (03) 441-1252. Open 7 days, 7am - midnight
> > > GETTING AROUND Family car hire DISCOUNT CAR RENTALS Locally owned / operated, long established Discount Rentals provide a great range of quality vehicles to suit any family! We offer budget cars, 4WDs, minibuses, touring vehicles and people movers. We’re reliable and consistent, plus there’s no charge for those extras like child seats or airport transfers on pre-booked hires. Car hire from $30 per day. Corner of Marine Parade and Church Street Phone: 03 442 6039 / 027 432 7621 Freephone: 0800 557 232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.discountrentals.co.nz
taxi / shuttle / bus Queenstown Taxis Child car seats available - booking advised Phone: 03 442 7788 / 0800 QT TAXIS (0800 788 294) Shotover Street, next to Westpac Bank Atomic Travel 0508 108 359 Daily to and from Queenstown, Christchurch, Greymouth and Dunedin (plus around the South Island). www.KidzGo.co.nz
Catch-a-Bus (Wanaka) 03 449 2024 Connecting Dunedin and Wanaka (Sun to Fri) Supershuttle Airport Shuttle Car seats available on request.
03 442 3639
Tracknet 03 249 7777 Daily services to and from Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound and most hiking tracks. Wanaka ConneXions 03 443 9120 The transport service between Queenstown & Wanaka plus connections to Invercargill, Dunedin and Cromwell. Connectabus 03 441 4471 Queenstown and Arrowtown bus service. Stops include Sunshine Bay – Fernhill – Queenstown – Frankton Rd – Airport – Remarkables Park – Lake Hayes – Millbrook – Arrowtown Departs: daily, every 30 minutes from 7am–11pm.
AIRLINE INFORMATION RESERVATIONS AND ENQUIRIES Air New Zealand Qantas Jetstar Airways
0800 737 000 0800 808 767 0800 800 995
Eating Out Made Easy
MINAMI JUJISEI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
An award-winning restaurant, bringing the best of Japan to Queenstown for over 20 years. Our innovative chefs serve a wide range of delicious traditional cuisine, mixed with modern influences to create a unique menu. Small portions of all mains available. Our semi-private dining rooms are ideal for birthday dinners or special occasions.
Eating Out Made Easy Dining with a family requires extra planning and with over a hundred eating places around Queenstown we’ve narrowed down your search – all establishments listed are family-friendly and will go the extra mile to ensure you have a great experience. All have either children’s menus or children’s portions. Sample Menu Items – each listing features selections from the restaurant’s menu at time of print. They are intended as a guide only and menus or prices may change. For locations see map p4 Open Daytime Toys/Colouring
Evening Play Area
High Chair Available Outdoor Dining
Sample Menu Items * Sushi and sashimi from $10 * Tempura – choose vegetables, prawns, fish or oysters from $10 * Teriyaki chicken $12 / $25 * Deep fried chicken drizzled with special sauce and served with Japanese mayonnaise $12 / $25 * Yakizakana – slices of NZ king salmon fillet grilled and served with salad $27 * Seared scallops, Japanese style $15 / $28 * Venison steak $28.50 * Lamb fillet and ginger $28.50 Kids’ Menu $10 Chicken sushi roll, egg omelette, salad, a choice of deep fried chicken or tempura blue cod or deep fried prawns. All kids’ meals include an orange, ice cream and soft drink. 45 Beach Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 9854 Hours: daily, lunch 11.30am – 2 pm serving tempting specials, dinner from 6pm www.minamijujisei.co.nz
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL
Casual Relaxed Dining in the Heart of Queenstown Enjoy the wholesome flavours of New Zealand produce including succulent seafood, premium steaks and daily fresh fish specials. With great food and great prices in a fabulous location, Finz offers a unique and casual dining experience on the waterfront in Queenstown. Children, families and group bookings most welcome. For reservations telephone: 03 442 7405 or email@example.com Sample Menu Items * Crispy battered fish ‘n’ chips $22 * Steamed mussels $24 / $15 * Chargrilled salmon $28 * Rib-eye steak with rosemary garlic butter $34 * ½ kilo of braised ribs with roasted potatoes $29 * Grilled Southland pork chop with apple, smoked bacon and potatoes $29 Children’s Menu $10 Choose from... fish ‘n’ chips, squid rings, spaghetti bolognese or puppy dogs. $12 combo includes soft drink and ice cream sundae
The Waterfront, Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7405 Hours: daily from 5pm www.finzdownunder.co.nz
FINZ Seafood and Grill Affordable, funky, very kid-friendly! Offering premium grilled steaks and lamb, a wide variety of fresh seafood, superb kids’ menu and delicious desserts! All served on the wharfside an absolute lakefront location. Whether you’re turning 4 or 40, call us for your next birthday party!
steamer wharf queenstown finzdownunder.co.nz
byo welcome ph 03 442 7405 5pm–late 7 days
Eating Out Made Easy WINNIES GOURMET PIZZA BAR With our amazing opening roof, some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste and of course warm, friendly service you won’t regret bringing the family to Winnies! The kids’ menu has some healthy options, as well as traditional favourites plus free fizzy for the kids! A great venue for birthdays with a free T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl! Casual dining that keeps the whole family happy. Don’t forget we do takeaways and deliveries! Sample Menu Items Gourmet Pizzas * Montonara – Our best seller (the best chicken pizza ever!) * Moroccan lamb * Zucha (if you are a vegetarian this is a must-try!) Just some examples! From $15.95 A La Carte Menu * Pasta, steak, lamb, fish, gourmet burgers and salads Desserts from $9.50 * Banoffee pie, chocolate mudcake, sticky date pudding and for something a little different try our dessert pizza! For the Kids...all $10.95, including free fizzy drink * Kids’ pizza – cheese + tomato (with optional ham/pineapple) * fish and chips * chicken nuggets * spaghetti bolognese * healthy kids’ platter, steamed vegetables option * ice cream sundaes from $3.50 7 The Mall, Central Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8635 Hours: daily, noon until late Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.winnies.co.nz
Child-friendly cafés and top breakfast spots POST OFFICE CAFE New café that’s quickly become a local favourite! Great food, sunny courtyard. Breakfast, lunch and all-day menus, plus delicious counter food. Toy box, comfy couches and private room for groups/meetings. Ballarat Street, behind Post Office Hours: daily 8am - 5pm HALO In/outdoor seating. Good breakfast menu & counter food. Highchair, kids’ menu and colouring books. Church Street Hours: daily from 7am WALNUT COTTAGE Close to Arrowtown, the sunny outdoor space is very childfriendly and delightful in summer. Fenced playground with sandpit. Lake Hayes Road Hours: daily 9am - 6pm ELEMENTS in Novotel Hotel Family-friendly with separate kids’ playroom, and right on lakefront. Mums’ + kids’ groups welcome. Inside Novotel Lakeside Hours: daily from 10am THE BAKERY Takeaway hot and cold baked goods plus indoor seating. Big Breakfast and brekky rolls. Shotover Street Hours: daily from 6am www.KidzGo.co.nz
Eating Out Made Easy SOMBREROS MEXICAN CANTINA
Hey amigos – spice up your night at Queenstown’s original Mexican restaurant! We offer yummy 3 course meals for kids plus colouring sheet, fresh healthy food (mild to extra hot), generous portions, great prices, friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and exceptional margaritas. Great combo deals plus huge range of vegetarian, dairy free, vegan and gluten-free meals. Fully licensed & BYO wine. Bookings recommended. Sample Menu Items With chicken, beef or seasonal vegetables: * Nachos from $18 * Quesadillas from $18 * Enchilada with your choice of filling, smothered with salsa & cheese, from $18 * Burrito stuffed with your choice of filling, veggies, salsa & cheese from $26 * Sizzling Fajitas – roll your own tasty combinations, from $32 * Combo platters for 2 or more amigos from $23pp For the Niños (kids) $12.50 * Cheesy corn chips, either a beef, chicken or veggie taco or a mini quesadilla (Mexican Pizza) and an ice cream sundae plus colouring sheet. For the Growing Niños $15.50 * Beef nachos with salsa and melted cheese followed by ice cream sundae. Upstairs, Beech Tree Arcade, 11-13 Beach Street (opposite Whitcoulls) Phone: 03 442 8240 Hours: daily, from lunch until late
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SPLIT INTO PAIRS OR GROUPS TO SOLVE THE QUEENSTOWN QUIZ. YOU’LL NEED TO LOOK AROUND YOU AND MAYBE ASK A FEW QUESTIONS TO GET THE ANSWERS ...
The Moa may be extinct, but you’ll find one on which street? What is the name of the only river to flow OUT of Lake Wakatipu? What’s the name of the wildest, wettest 360° turn in Queenstown? Which famous movie trilogy was filmed largely around Queenstown? Who is the man with his sheep at the bottom of the Mall? Take a trip across the water to get to which sheep station? How did Queenstown get its name? Why did tens of thousands of people come to Queenstown 150 years ago? Who started the Bungy Jump? What is the ‘Lady of the Lake’? Name TWO places where you can see the biggest Kiwi birds in Queenstown! Where can you get eye-to-eye with an eel? What is the Maori name for Greenstone? What is the name of the Giant of Lake Wakatipu? How many stars shine above the Antarctica Memorial in Queenstown Gardens?
Answers: 1 Beach Street 2 Kawarau River 3 Hamilton Turn 4 Lord of the Rings 5 William Rees, founder of Queenstown 6 Walter Peak 7 Back in the 19th century it was considered a town ‘fit for a Queen’ (Queen Victoria) 8 They were seeking gold 9 AJ Hackett and Henry Van Asch 10 TSS Earnslaw steamship 11 Steamer Wharf and Brecon Street, entrance to Kiwi Birdlife 12 Underwater Observatory 13 Pounamu 14 Matau 15 Five
Parents and Kids
Parents and Kids For locals you’ll find heaps of information for mums, dads and kids – early childhood education and school contacts, clubs and hobbies, after school care, school holiday programmes, annual activity passes and organisations that help make family life easier. For locals and visitors there’s contacts for everyone – childminding, birthday party ideas, baby furniture rental, child-friendly hairdressers and more...
NANNIES / CHILDCARE / EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SERVICES THE NANNY COMPANY The Personal Touch Join us with your caregiver or let us find you the perfect nanny. We are a quality home-based care provider for families in Queenstown and surrounding areas. We can find you a nanny or you can join us with your caregiver (grandparent, aunty, uncle, friend, au pair, private nanny or babysitter) and access all the wonderful financial and educational benefits we offer. Call our friendly, well informed staff today to have a chat. Phone: 03 441 3955 Email: email@example.com www.thenannycompany.co.nz
* Casual Childcare for 0–14 years * Children’s Party Planners Contact: Tigs 03 442 0409 / 027 643 2298 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ACTIVE CARE This long established business has over 24 years of childcare experience with a fantastic team of at least 25 carers – qualified and/or professional nannies/early childhood educators/mums. We provide casual care day/evening/overnights for children 0–14 yrs either in your home, accommodation or our carers’ homes. Last minute bookings not a problem. Local rates available. Boxes of toys and games available to hire for all ages. We also provide Early Childhood consultations for questions regarding newborns’ routines, feeding, sleeping issues, behaviour issues for toddlers and general guidance for parenting. Contact: Carolyn Griffiths (Tigs) Phone: 03 442 0409 Mobile: 027 643 2298 Email: email@example.com www.activecarenz.com KONFERENCE KIDS Children’s entertainment, day trips, evening activities for parents who are on conference/dinner parties and need lots of children looked after at the same time. Min 6 children. Contact: Carolyn 442 0409 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For Birthday Party entertainment see Fun 4 Kidz listing p37
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NANNIES / CHILDCARE / EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SERVICES PORSE Porse In-Home Childcare & Educator Training Looking for in-home childcare, work or training? Children, parents, nannies, au-pairs, grandparents and educators can enjoy the benefits. Individual programmes for children & daily journal entries ensure the very best in quality care for your child with your chosen educator or family member. Subsidies available. Curious? Talk to our friendly team for more details. PORSE – Play, Observe, Record, Support, Extend and Evaluate. Phone: 03 441 1230 Fax: 03 441 1240 Email: email@example.com www.porse.co.nz Arrowtown Early Learning Centre 03 442 0172 Cotter Ave, Arrowtown, 2–4 years Arrowtown Pre-school 03 442 1416 Cnr Caernarvon & Durham Streets, 3–5 years ABC Arrowtown Montessori 03 442 0032 16 Wiltshire Street, Arrowtown, 0 –5 years Frankton Playcentre 03 442 3354 12 McBride Street, birth–6 years Frankton Kindergarten 03 442 2744 13 Robertson Street, Frankton, 3–5 years Glenorchy Playgroup 03 442 9669 Argyle Street, Glenorchy, 0– 5 years Plunket Playgroup 03 442 7380 Henry St, Queenstown ABC Queenstown 03 442 6822 18b Hamilton Road, Queenstown, 3 months–5 years Queenstown Pre-school and Nursery 03 442 9217 45 Brecon St, Queenstown, 3 months–5 years Queenstown Playcentre 03 442 9309 Stanley Street, Queenstown, birth–6 years Queenstown Montessori 03 442 6567 25 Robins Road, 3–6 years MIDWIVES Lakes District Hospital Midwives
03 441 0015
Lake Hayes Estate Midwives Wendy Wilkins 03 441 1314 / 021 293 7125 Siobhan Bissett 03 441 4710 / 021 269 1203 Susanne Cleland 03 442 1892 / 021 420 762 OTHER HELP FOR PARENTS HAPPINESS HOUSE Walking groups, legal and budgeting advice, counselling, community support and craft groups. Second-hand clothes (including Wakatipu High School uniforms), toys & furniture. Come browse or join us for coffee and a chat. 4 Park St, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6531 Open: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm Donations welcome.
In-Home is best with PORSE! Affordable, flexible childcare in your home or a PORSE Home. 20 Hours ECE.
PORSE Queenstown Ph 441 1230 www.PORSE.co.nz OTHER HELP FOR PARENTS PLUNKET ‘New parent’, ‘play’ and ‘pregnancy & parenting’ groups. Wednesdays 1pm: Japanese Mums’ Group Thursdays 1.30pm: Educational talks for new mums Parenting Classes for first time parents: weekly 7pm – 9pm for three weeks Rooms open to all, Monday to Friday 10am–3pm Queenstown Plunket: Henry Street 03 442 7380 Arrowtown Plunket: Cardigan Street 03 442 1323 HEAVEN SCENT – Family & Child Consultations. Techniques & expert parenting advice. Phone: Carolyn (Tigs) 03 442 0409 / 027 643 2298 KIDSLINE For under 14 yr olds
0800 KIDSLINE (0800 543 754)
SHINY HAPPY BABY CLASSES For infants, toddlers and parents
03 442 7657
WAKATIPU TOY LIBRARY 027 678 5593 Open: Mon 9am–10.30pm, Thur 11.30am–1.30pm, Sat 9am–noon. Man St, nr Queenstown Camp Ground COMMUNITY YOUTH WORKER Support, practical advice and contacts regarding youth issues, advocacy, the law, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, school, family or peers. Phone: Roanna 03 442 8115 / 021 525 595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.KidzGo.co.nz
Parents and Kids
QUEENSTOWN LAKES FAMILY CENTRE Free specialist counselling and support services for children, teenagers and their families. Includes ‘How to help your kids when you separate’ programme. Phone: 03 441 4331 Email: email@example.com THE BUDDY PROGRAMME For ages 4–12 For children in need of additional adult support; one-onone friendship with a trained, specially matched buddy with min. 1 year commitment. Help your child to build self-esteem and gain confidence. Interested in being a buddy? Do you have a child we may be able to help? Phone: Nanette Bennington 03 442 4470 YOUTH ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS SERVICE (YADS) Free assessment, education & counselling for young people up to age 20 who have concerns about the impact alcohol & drugs have on the quality of their life. Phone/txt: Malcolm 027 254 9323 CHILD FURNITURE HIRE TOTS ON TOUR Queenstown’s quality baby equipment hire specialists. Owned and operated by a local midwife. Make travelling to Queenstown with your young ones easy. Don’t pay hefty airline baggage excess charges – hire all your child and baby equipment right here in Queenstown! Portacots (including bedding), highchairs, mountain buggies, foldaway beds, car seats, toy boxes and much more. Delivered to Queenstown airport or your accommodation. Enquiries and bookings: Wendy Wilkins Phone: 03 441 1314 / 021 293 7125 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.totsontour.co.nz ROCKIES Adventure Buggies – newborn to 4 years: $20 per day Backpack – from 3 months, or up to 16 kilos: $15 per day 49 Beach St, Queenstown Hours: daily 9am to 9pm Phone: 03 442 8153 Email: email@example.com BIKE & KAYAK HIRE/ DISCOUNT RENTALS Buggy Hire $5 an hr, $15 a day. Phone: 03 442 6039 / 027 432 7621 (see p26) OUTSIDE SPORTS Buggies, kids and adult mountain bikes and tandems. Phone: 03 441 0074 PLUNKET Buggies, prams, portacots, highchairs, carseats. Phone: 03 442 7380 for rates. Booking essential. SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Local Library Programmes Limited space so bookings are essential. 03 441 0600 Holiday Programmes and After School Care Jane Schieb: 03 442 7192 / 027 438 3645
X-It Youth Centre 03 409 0376 Pool tables, air hockey, table tennis, computers, music, movie nights, mixed girls/ boys activity clubs. Open weekdays 3.30pm–6pm term time, 1pm–6pm holidays. For 12–20 years. 66 Stanley Street, Queenstown Lakes Leisure Holiday Programme
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AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS After School Childcare 03 442 7192 / 027 438 3645 5–12 years (3pm–5.30pm) Contact: Jane Schieb X-It Youth Centre 03 409 0376 Pool tables, air hockey, computers, free internet access, life size playstation 2, music, mixed girls and boys activity clubs. Open weekdays 3.30pm– 6pm term time, 1pm–6pm holidays. For 12–20 years. 66 Stanley Street, Queenstown. Tribe 03 442 5103 12–16 years term time, Tuesdays 3.45pm–5pm CLUBS AND HOBBIES Arrowtown Scout Group 03 442 0064 / 027 221 6094 Queenstown Scout Group 0800 Scouts (0800 726 887) Wakatipu Guides Club 03 453 1448 Danceworks Toddler Dance Classes 03 441 4202 / 021 210 6124 Mini Muscles 03 443 1209 / 027 414 9562 Mountain Biking 03 442 9233 / 021 264 4722 Climbing Classes Events Centre 03 450 9005 Fun French Club 03 442 0075 Ican Models,Talent and Dance Tracey Neave 03 441 2412 / 021 818 318 Mainly Music for pre-schoolers. Janetta Coulter 03 442 3194 Queenstown Gymnastics Club 027 314 2674 Shine Speech and Drama classes 03 442 7657 Singing Margaret O’Hanlon 03 442 8696 Spratz Christian Sunday School for primary children. 03 442 5103 Twinkles Music Education Classes (newborn to 6yrs) Kiersten Bisset 021 273 7123 Wakatipu Pony Club www.wakatipuponyclub.co.nz X-It Youth Centre See After School Clubs Summit YouthWorker Roanna 03 442 8115 / 021 525 595 HAIRCUTS FOR THE FAMILY LINDA’S HAIR DESIGN All senior internationally-trained stylists specialising in the latest colour and cut techniques and all aspects of hairdressing. We’ll keep the kids amused with books, toys and puzzles, plus treats with all children’s haircuts. Stockists of Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Nioxin, Matrix and KMS. CND Shellac nail polish technician also available. FREE CAR PARKING. 68 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8881 Price: Child cuts from $20 Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am–late Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday by appointment Kidz Go Offer: Children under 10 years receive ½ price cut with every adult cut.
Parents and Kids ANNUAL PASSES TSS EARNSLAW CLUB MEMBERSHIP Enjoy unlimited travel for one year on board the vintage steamship TSS (Twin Screw Steamer) Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm. There’s so much to fascinate and entertain children – they’ll love it! Annual Fee: Adult Pass $110, Child Pass $55 Great discounts and benefits for members. Conditions apply. (child is 5–14 years, 4 years and under carried free) Freephone: Real Journeys on 0800 65 65 03 (prices valid to 30/09/11) SKYLINE ANNUAL PASS Free gondola rides, plus discounts for the restaurant, luge, Kiwi Haka, souvenir shop and café. See website for more details. Price: Adult $74, Child $44, Senior Citizen $54 (Child 5–14 years, Under 5s FREE) Phone: 03 441 0101 www.skyline.co.nz (prices valid to 30/09/11) ALPINE AQUALAND Unlimited Swimming! A fun family activity, or join our Aqualand Swim School and learn to swim. From 6 months of age right through to adults there is a learn-to-swim level here for you! Contact us for your FREE swimming assessment. Annual Fee: Family $750, Adults $315, Child $120 (up to high school age) 3 month Family Pass: $214.50 Family pass is for 2 adults and any dependent children who live with them. Includes all facilities except hydroslide. Phone: 03 450 9005
BIrtHDAY ParTY IDeAS
Ideas to make your child’s birthday special. Alpine Aqualand 03 450 9005 Caddyshack Indoor Mini Golf 03 442 6642 Clip ‘N Climb 03 443 1110 Cherry Blossom - Cupcake Decorating Parties 021 178 9887 Face Painting Artist 021 532 643 Finz Down Under Restaurant 03 442 7405 Inflatable Bouncy Train 03 442 0409 Mini Muscles birthday parties www.mini-muscles.co.nz Monster Trucks 03 443 6363 Paintball – Queenstown 0800 SPLATT (775 288) Rockatipu Climbing Wall 03 450 9005 Segway on Q 03 442 8687 Skyline Luge 03 441 0101 Strike Bowl Queenstown 03 409 2135 The Bead Shop Queenstown 03 441 8466 Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar 03 442 8635
FUN 4 KIDZ LTD CHILDREN’S PARTY PLANNERS – complete party organisation from activities to advice on how to organise your own party. Bouncy train available for hire for preschoolers. Phone: 03 442 0409 / 027 643 2298 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fun4kidz.co.nz
MARINA MATHEWS PHOTOGRAPHY With a passion for people photography and a unique ability to capture mood and character, Marina Mathews’ gorgeous black & white and sepia toned portraits will give you a lasting memory of a special moment. Marina specialises in tasteful pregnancy and baby or child shots and with no two portraits being the same, this is an opportunity for you or your child to join with Marina and create a piece of art. This makes a beautiful and memorable gift for new parents! Gift vouchers available. Level One, 27 Rees Street, central Queenstown (by appointment only) Phone: 021 541 676 Duration: Allow for one hour studio session Price: $195 session fee plus cost of prints & framing. Email: email@example.com www.marinamathews.net
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Summer Events and Highlights
Summer Events Highlights
NOVEMBER 6 Cardrona Vintage Fair Family day: gold panning, kids’ games, live music, treats to eat and vintage market. Noon til 4pm phone 443 8151 7 Frankton Playcentre Funwalk Fun day out, including Scavenger Hunt. $10 per family. Frankton Playcentre, phone 442 3354 27 Remarkables Park Towncentre Family Fun Day Great family entertainment – activities, Santa, entertainers, competitions and more! Afternoon event. www.remarkablesparktowncentre.co.nz DECEMBER 1–19 Santa’s Christmas Tree Grotto Exhibition A world of Christmas fun and fantasy! Events Centre 12–19 Christmas in Arrowtown Entertainment throughout the week. Visit Santa on 19th. 12 The Shotover Jet Remarkable Christmas Spectacular Exciting concert featuring a special guest from the North Pole! Events Centre, 4pm–5.30pm. Ph: 027 233 7934 31 Queenstown New Years Eve celebrations Fun, music and fireworks. Earnslaw Park 8pm–1am JANUARY 2 Wanaka Rodeo One of the best rodeo events in the South Island 7 Summerdaze Kite Workshop Create your own kite during the 90-minute workshop to fly in the display. A professional kite maker will assist the children. Lake Wanaka Centre 7 Summerdaze Kite Display Kites from national and international flyers will be on display, all sizes, shapes and formations. Bring your own and join in the fun. Pembroke Park, Wanaka. 8 Wanaka Holiday Gala Stalls of homemade goods, sweets & treats, sideshows, face painting, bouncy castle, activities and live entertainment. Wanaka Show Grounds, 10am–3pm 8 Glenorchy Races A real southern kiwi experience and one of the premier events on Queenstown’s social calendar! Glenorchy Rec Grounds from 11am, phone: Pete 027 442 9950 www.KidzGo.co.nz
NZ School holiday dates (individual schools may vary slightly) Dec 15th–Jan 31 (2011) and April 16th– May 1st (2011)
CHILDREN GO FREE on selected Real Journeys departures during NZ school holidays (TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises, Walter Peak High Country Farm, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Doubtful Sound Daytime Cruises, Manapouri Underground Power Station, Milford Sound Scenic Cruises and Nature Cruises). Conditions apply. Freephone: Real Journeys on 0800 65 65 03. 9 Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka Triathletes from ages 6 to 15 years swim, bike and run individually or as part of a team. Starts at Pembroke Park, registration from 8.30am, phone: 03 443 2700 29 Remarkables Park Towncentre Teddy Bears’ Picnic Games, competitions, face-painting, dress-ups, lolly scrambles, bouncy castle, merry-go-round and some story-telling for the youngsters. Afternoon event. 30 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Wanaka Games, face-painting, dress-ups, lolly scrambles, bouncy castle, merry-go-round and some story-telling for the youngsters. Dinosaur Park, Lakefront Playground, Wanaka FEBRUARY 6 Waitangi Day (Public Holiday) MARCH 11 + 12 Wanaka A & P Show 21 Otago Anniversary Day (Public Holiday) APRIL 12–17 Wanaka Festival of Colour Includes art exhibitions, street theatre, music and school programs. Various venues in Wanaka. 23 New World Tour de Wakatipu Queenstown’s Easter cycling event. 36kms recreational course. Min age 15 www.tourdewakatipu.co.nz 24 Easter Sunday 25 Anzac Day (public holiday) 29–8 May Arrowtown Autumn Festival Events over 10 days plus Market Day and Street Parade on Saturday 30th April. www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz Dec 31st ‘10 - Jan 30th ‘11
Summerdaze ~ Lakes District Festival Kick back and enjoy our Southern Lakes summer, packed full of sporting, recreational, arts and cultural events. There’s so much going on for all ages, visit our website or pick up this summer’s programme! See you at Summerdaze! For updated events visit www.summerdaze.co.nz or pick up a programme at any local visitor information centres.
Queenstown Useful Information
Queenstown useful information EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL AID Police / Fire / Ambulance Call 111 Queenstown Medical Centre 03 441 0500 9 Isle St Midtown Medical Centre 03 441 8878 O’Connells Shopping Centre Remarkables Park Medical Centre 03 450 9199 Level 2, Building 12, Remarkables Park Shopping Centre, Hawthorne Dr, Frankton Wakatipu Medical Centre 03 442 2288 11 McBride St, Frankton Arrowtown Medical Centre 03 442 1215 Cnr Buckingham/Berkshire Streets Lakes District Hospital 03 441 0015 Douglas St, Frankton Wakatipu Community Mental Health 03 441 0010 19 Douglas St, Frankton PHARMACIES Arrowtown Pharmacy Queenstown Pharmacy QT Pharmacy Unichem Remarkables Pharmacy Summerfield’s Frankton Pharmacy Unichem Wilkinson’s Pharmacy
03 442 0975 03 441 0590 03 442 6326 03 442 2800 03 442 3467 03 442 7313
DENTAL SERVICES Arrowtown School Dental Clinic Frankton Dental Surgery John Molloy Dental Surgery Lakeside Dental Practice Queenstown Dental Centre Queenstown School Dental Clinic Remarkables Dental Centre
03 442 1769 03 442 2711 03 442 7274 03 441 8248 03 442 8580 03 442 9121 03 442 3531
POST OFFICES Queenstown 03 442 7670 Mon–Fri, 8.30am–5.30pm, Sat, 9am–4pm Arrowtown 03 442 1885 Mon–Thur, 9am–4.30pm, Fri 9am–12noon Frankton 03 442 3568 Mon–Fri, 9am–6pm, Sat, 9am–2pm COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS Queenstown Library Arrowtown Library Glenorchy Library Wakatipu Toy Library Citizens’ Advice Bureau QLDC Lakes Environmental Computing for Free
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INFORMATION CENTRES & BOOKING AGENTS Destination Glenorchy Camp Street 441 3003 Info and Track Shotover Street 03 442 9708 The Station cnr Shotover / Camp St 03 442 5252 QT Information Centre 03 442 7319 cnr Shotover / Camp St Queenstown i-Site Visitor Centre 03 442 4100 cnr Shotover / Camp St The Southern Lakes Info Centre 03 442 7640 cnr The Mall / Camp St DOC Office Shotover Street 03 442 7933 Lakes District Museum and Info Centre 03 442 1824 Buckingham St, Arrowtown TOILETS / BABY CHANGING Queenstown (see maps p2 & p4) ✽ One Mile Reserve Fernhill Roundabout ✽ Earnslaw Park Lower Beach Street ✽ O’Connell’s Shopping Centre Beach Streetground floor (with babychanging) ✽ Marine Parade opposite Williams Cottage (Vesta) ✽ Athol Street Car Park (behind KFC) ✽ Queenstown Plunket Henry Street, (with babychanging) ✽ Queenstown Gardens Bowling Club, (with babychanging) ✽ Queenstown Medical Centre cnr Isle & Brecon St, (with babychanging) ✽ Fresh Choice Supermarket Gorge Rd, (with babychanging) Frankton (see map p4) ✽ Frankton Beach ✽ Frankton Bus Stop ✽ Remarkables Park Shopping Centre (disabled access & full service parents room behind Flight Centre) ✽ New World & The Warehouse (with babychanging) Kelvin Heights (see map p4) ✽ Kelvin Grove at entrance to picnic area and golf course ✽ Bayview Reserve Arrowtown (see map p33) ✽ Ramshaw Lane alongside Arrow River, half way down and at end. TAXIS Queenstown Taxis Alpine Taxis Wan A Cab
03 442 7788 03 442 6666 03 442 8294
HASSLE FREE PARKING Man Street Car Park 2 minutes’ walk to downtown Queenstown; safe, covered, 400+parks. See map p4.
The Legend of Our Breathing Lake
About our lake...
did you know that some parts of Lake Wakatipu are over 1km deep and that it's 82km in length? The temperature of the water varies by only a few degrees from winter to summer. Wakatipu is NZ's longest lake and the third largest (after Taupo and Te Anau). But, the strangest fact of all is that the lake rises and falls by 12cm every 5 minutes. Here's one explanation. Wakatipu (maori) ~ 1. trough of the giant 2. hole of the giant
The Legend of our Breathing Lake A long time ago in the South of Aotearoa there lived a Mâori chief. He had a fine looking daughter with glossy black hair and velvety brown eyes. The warrior, Matakauri, had fallen in love with her. But the Chief told Matakauri to stay away – he wasn’t good enough for her. The Chief’s daughter, Manata, was sorry she was not allowed to be with her love. Then, one morning, it was noticed that Manata was missing from her bed. Everyone searched everywhere they could think of, but nothing. Then, one of the tribes people called, “over here!” Everyone rushed to the woodland he had been searching, and there, in the mud, was a footprint bigger than a house. “I remember the ground shaking in the night,” cried one man. “I thought it was an earthquake.” But everyone knew who owned the footprint – the mighty and feared giant, Matau. Matau was bigger than all the houses in the village put together. He was bigger than a mountain, and what was more, he had a terrible temper. So when the Chief said “who is going to rescue my beloved daughter?” everyone looked down, even the biggest, strongest warriors in the tribe. “Whoever rescues Manata may marry her” the Chief tried in desperation. Still, no one moved. No one believed you could come back from a fight with a giant. However, one warrior was missing. While the Chief had been pleading with his men, Matakauri was already packing his bags. Off he went with determination in his stride, heading for Matau’s lair. Suddenly, there he was, fast asleep, and Manata was tied to his body by ropes made from nearby bushes. Her eyes lit up as she caught sight of her rescuer, but at the same time she cautioned him. “Be careful. If the wind changes he’ll wake up. You’ll be killed!” she whispered. Matakauri was not to be put off. He crept up to the
mountain of snoring flesh and grasped one of the ropes tied to his love. “You’re free!” he cried recklessly, as he swung his trusty axe, made from the finest greenstone. The axe did not make one mark on the rope. Again and again he swung it, but to no avail. Manata wept. “Go back,” she pleaded, “it’s useless!” But then a strange thing happened. The girl’s tears fell onto the rope and as they touched it the rope melted and broke away. Matakauri gasped in delight and gathered up Manata. The pair ran home to safety and when Manata’s father saw, he proclaimed the two must be married. Still, to make sure Manata stayed safe, Matakauri had to destroy Matau once and for all. Although he explained that while the northwest wind blew the giant would sleep, once more not one man stepped forward to help. So Matakauri was alone again, creeping up to the giant. Matau was curled up like a child, his enormous head and feet resting on mountain tops many miles apart. His very snore rumbled across the valley like an earthquake. Quietly Matakauri started gathering armfuls of flax and dried wood. It took many days to pile the scrub all around the huge body, but still Matau slept. Then, just before the wind seemed to be changing Matakauri lit the fire. He ran along the giant, from arm to leg, across hills and around stomach until it seemed the world was ablaze and Matau was devoured by the flames. The flames were so hot and so fierce that they burned a hole in the ground where the giant had been and what's more, they melted all the snow on the mountain tops. The streams swelled and the water flowed into the newly made hole, filling it right up until it became the Lake Wakatipu we know today. The water still lies in the giant shape hole that Matau left, when his head was up in Glenorchy, his knees tucked up in Frankton, and his feet all the way down in Kingston. But there’s one strange thing. Legend has it you can never destroy a giant’s heart. Sure enough, the heart of Matau, deep in the lake, beats on and the waters of Lake Wakatipu rise and fall whilst Matau still sleeps. The Beating Heart There's a tiny island that sits off the far shore of the lake, near the base of Cecil Peak. It's only visible from some parts of Queenstown or from close up, on the lake itself. It's known as Hidden Island, and known to some as the heart of Matau the giant...
Contents Wanaka Walks / Biking Activities Eating out made easy Family-friendly shopping Useful information Parents and kids Wanaka accommodation
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This perfect, year-round destination is situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka (New Zealand’s fourth largest lake) with magnificent valleys, mountains and glaciers on its doorstep. Take in the breathtaking views with a road tour – stop for a picnic, swim or scenic walk (see p42) and make a day of it! Summer activities include jet boating, kayaking, horseriding, climbing, swimming pool, the famous Puzzling World and a unique adventure ride park! There are also plenty of shops to browse and plenty of places to eat out. Did you know ... Wanaka used to be called Pembroke, after a British Colonial Secretary, and was only renamed Wanaka in 1940. Wanaka is an altered form of Oanaka – meaning ‘place of Anaka’ in Māori. (Anaka was an early Māori chief ).
Wanaka :: Walks and Family Biking
Wanaka walkS AND FAMILY BIKING
ROB ROY TRACK Moderate – 3-4 hours return Start from the Raspberry Flat carpark, an hour’s drive from Wanaka on the Glendhu Bay Road. Fifteen minute flat walk to a swing bridge then climb to the head of the valley and great views of Rob Roy Glacier.
photo courtesy of Edgewater Resort, Wanaka
MILLENNIUM WALK Medium – 2hrs* Take the Mount Aspiring Road out of town towards Glendhu Bay. The track is well-signposted on the right hand side, just a few kilometres along this road, and finishes at a secluded bay. Ideal picnic / swim spot. * Note: there are several stiles along this walk. Mountain Biking: intermediate – suit older children.
indicates that the track is suitable for baby buggies, although where mentioned the track has stiles to cross. MOUNT IRON TRACK Hard – 1½ hrs return Mount Iron is a glacier-carved hill, visible from anywhere in Wanaka. Worth the climb, the summit provides panoramic views. The access track is well signposted 2km from Wanaka, near Puzzling World, along State Highway 6. DIAMOND LAKE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WALKING TRACK Hard – 1½-2 hrs 25 mins drive west of Wanaka, along the Mount Aspiring Road. The entire track takes around 3 hours return but the views from the summit are stunning. For a shorter walk take the return track to the Lake Wanaka viewpoint. Note: the track is steep and uneven in parts - not suited to poor weather conditions. LAKE OUTLET WALK Easy – 1hr* This leisurely walk follows the Clutha River from Wanaka to Albert Town. You can park at the town end of Penrith Beach and walk from here, or access the Outlet carpark via the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Rd. * Note: there are several stiles along the walk. Mountain Biking: a great family track.
BEACON POINT WALK Easy – 1 hr return Follow the Lakeside Road alongside the lake to the scenic Bremner Bay. Park here and follow the flat path along the shoreline to Penrith Beach. An easy, peaceful walk – good opportunity to picnic or play at one of the beaches. LAKE HAWEA TRACKS HAWEA RIVER TRACK Easy – 2hrs* An easy, well-formed track that follows the Hawea River to Albert Town. Ideal family walking or biking track. Start from Domain Road, on the right as you enter Lake Hawea township. Mountain Biking: a great family track. HAWEA LAKEFRONT TRACK A scenic, gently undulating track that passes through several popular swimming and picnic spots. Start from The Esplanade or Scotts Beach, and wander along the foreshore. Stunning views of Hunter Valley and the head of the lake.
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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES Minimum Age Guide Age 3 Clutha River Jet* Age 5 Horse trekking – NZ Backcountry Saddle Expeditions (at operator’s discretion), . . . .............. Pioneer Rafting’s half day trip (summer only), *Monster Truck (self drive) Age 6 Cardrona Adventure Park kids’ quad bikes, Clip ‘N Climb Age 8 Wanaka Paintball*, Alpine Kayak Guides ‘Grandview’ relaxed float (summer only). Age 9 Skydive Lake Wanaka* Age 10 Have a Shot Battlefield and Archery Age 12 Have a Shot Cropool and Smallbore Rifle Range, *Deep Canyon Experience .............. ...............(depending on weight and confidence, summer only) Age 14 Alpine Kayak Guides half or full day adventure (summer only) * may be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator.
Wanaka :: Activities WANAKA COMMUNITY POOL Swim the day away, relax and play at the Wanaka Community Pool. Indoors and heated, we’re open all year round. Learn to swim classes for pre-school and school aged children with FREE swim assessments. Lap swimming, Aquafit aqua aerobic classes and Aquabars. Come and visit us for affordable fun for the whole family. Locals and visitors welcome. See map 41 121 Plantation Road (beside Mount Aspiring College), Phone: 03 443 9334 Hours: Mon–Fri 6am to 7pm, Sat & Sun 12pm to 6pm Pool admission price: Adult $5, Child $3, Family $14 (2 ad + 2 ch). (child is 5yrs to tertiary age, under 5yrs swim FREE) Email: email@example.com www.lakesleisure.co.nz/aquatic/wanaka-pool.html CARDRONA ADVENTURE PARK The only ride park of its kind in the world! Let the family drive the world’s biggest school bus monster truck over the top of cars and through an obstacle course. Try our family quad bike rides (suitable for ages 6+). Quad bikes, all new extreme 8-wheel argo ride, stunt rides plus more! Cardrona Valley (opp Cardrona Skifield turnoff) Phone: 03 443 6363 Mobile: 027 602 7040 Freephone: 0800 10 21 22 Prices: • School Bully, Self-Drive: $140 (up to 4 people) • Extreme Argo Ride: $90 (1–3 passengers), $30 per passenger thereafter. Max 6 people • Kids’ Quads: $25 per 10 mins (min age 6) • Family Quad Bike Ride: $75pp – 30 mins, $95pp – 1 hr (min age 6) plus many more options Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.adventurepark.co.nz CLIP ‘N CLIMB, BASECAMP WANAKA Best suited for ages 6 and up Clip ‘N Climb at Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre is the newest thing in family entertainment. With automatic belays and funky colourful climbs, climbing will never be the same. No one has to manage the rope at the bottom; you just clip in and climb. That means everyone gets to climb together. Staff supervise the session, but younger children require an adult to help clip them in. Great for kids and adults alike. An excellent birthday activity where everyone will have fun. Sessions start on the hour and bookings are required, so call 03 443 1110 now to get in. We also have a standard climbing wall and there is a Lone Star Family Restaurant next door which is open evenings. 50 Cardrona Valley Road Phone: 03 443 1110 Hours: 12pm–8pm weekdays, 10am–8pm weekends 10am daily during school holidays and peak seasons. Prices: Clip ’N Climb 18yrs and up $20, 10–17yrs $16, 5–9yrs $12, 3–4yrs $8 Email: email@example.com www.basecampwanaka.co.nz See map p41
Monday to Friday 6am - 7pm | Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 6pm
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for the ride of your life
CARDRONA ADVENTURE PARK
Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka tel 03 443 6363 :: FREEPHONE 0800 10 21 22 email@example.com :: www. adventurepark.co.nz
NZ BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 An ‘up-close-and-personal’ animal experience. A unique horse-trekking adventure on Appaloosa (spotted) horses outfitted with western saddles (easy to hang onto!). From our bustling stableyard of farm animals (which the kids can pat) we will take you riding high with spectacular views, down to splashing through the valley streams. Each ride is adjusted to the age, experience and ability of the rider. Safety helmets supplied. Bookings essential. RD 1 Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 8151 Departs: 10am and 1.30pm year round (min 2 riders) Duration: 2 hours Price: 2 hour trek Adult $80, Child $60 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz Ask about our transport service from Wanaka – $15 pp www.KidzGo.co.nz
Wanaka :: Activities
1 hour of jet
Regular departures from lakefront
Come down to the Log Cabin, Wanaka Lakefront, for the town’s most popular jet boat experience FREEPHONE 0508 525 352
CLUTHA RIVER JET
thrills for all ages! to Queenstown via Kawarau Gorge
WANAKA AIRPORT 10 km
• Wanaka Warbirds Museum • Scenic plane and helicopter ﬂights • Skydiving
HAVE A SHOT 10 km
• Themed mini golf • Battleﬁeld • Archery • Target shooting • Driving Ranges
TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM 10 km
• Toy and Vehicle collection • Film props • Toy Shop
PUZZLING WORLD 1km
Visit some of Wanaka’s top attractions - all just 10 minutes’ drive or less from lakefront and towncentre!
• Great Maze • Crazy Buildings • Illusion Rooms • Puzzle shop
LAKELAND ADVENTURES Ideal for all ages Fancy a day on the lake? Wanaka’s central beach has sun and shelter, picnic spots and plenty of family entertainment. Visit the Log Cabin on Wanaka’s lakefront to rent a family-friendly, sit-on-top kayak, sea kayak, aqua bike or water bee. Or explore the bays and islands of Lake Wanaka with a Lakeland Adventures cruise. Choose from our 2½ hour or 3½ hour excursions with island stop, short walk and amazing scenery. Mountain bikes also available for hire. See map p41 Phone: 03 443 7495 Freephone: 0508 525 352 Cruises Depart: The Log Cabin, Lakefront, Wanaka Cruise Times: 10am and 2pm Prices from: Adult $85, Child $49 (child is 5–14 years, 4 and under are free) Rental Hours: 9am – 5pm Rental Hire: Kayaks and Aqua bikes from $15pp, Water Bees from $15 for two people. Push bikes $15pp hour / $30 half day / $50 full day Email: email@example.com www.lakelandadventures.co.nz CLUTHA RIVER JET Take the family on an unforgettable jet boat experience. Departing from Wanaka’s waterfront, your 1 hour jet boat trip includes a spectacular ride on Lake Wanaka, leading you to the Clutha River. Discover the fun and exhilaration of riding a jet boat, skim across mere inches of water, enjoy the thrill of the famous Hamilton spin and marvel at the region’s incredible scenery. See map p41 Phone: 03 443 7495 Freephone: 0508 525 352 Departs: The Log Cabin, Lakefront, Wanaka Duration: one hour Hours: daily, from 10am to 5pm Price: Adult $99, Child $49 (child is under 15)* www.lakelandadventures.co.nz OUTSIDE SPORTS RENTAL Wanaka’s outdoor retail and rental specialist. All your family needs – from water to land-based activities, we rent all the toys you’ll need for your Wanaka adventure. Water Fun Wakeboards, kneeboards, water-skis, tubes, wetsuits, lifejackets, kayaks and fishing gear. Cycling Mountain bikes, child seats and tow-alongs. Helmets included. Tramping and Camping Tents (large and small), packs, boots, waterproof clothing, child carriers (buggies and backpacks). See us first for information on walking and cycle tracks, mountain and weather conditions as well as river and lake conditions. 17 – 23 Dunmore Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7966 Hours: 7.30am – 8pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.outsidesports.co.nz
Wanaka :: Activities
STUART LANDSBOROUGH’S PUZZLING WORLD A world-unique attraction, eccentric & colourful. Challenge yourself in the Great Maze (Labyrinth). Don’t worry – there are emergency exits for those with limited time or energy! You’ll be confused in the illusion rooms, astounded by the holograms & confounded by the puzzles. Using the toilets here is a must – you’ll find out why! This is an attraction for all ages. See map p41 Main Highway, Wanaka, 3 mins drive from town centre Phone: 03 443 7489 Hours: Open daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5.30pm Illusion Rooms plus Great Maze: Adult $12.50, Child $9** Illusion Rooms: Adult $9, Child $7** Email: email@example.com www.puzzlingworld.co.nz **All prices to change April 1st 2011 HAVE A SHOT SHOOTING & ACTIVITY VENUE Min ages apply to most activities* Have a Shot is a unique, ‘low cost’ attraction providing a range of experiences including rifle shooting, claybird, archery, cropool and golf driving range suitable for adults and older children. We also offer a locally themed miniputt golf course, suitable for the whole family and our popular Battlefield (10 yrs+). Small café, viewing area and toilets onsite. Full instruction given, so come on out and choose an activity – there’s something here for everyone in the family! Just 10 minutes’ drive from Wanaka. Mt Barker Road, opp Wanaka Airport Phone: 03 443 6656 Freephone: 0800 HAVE A SHOT *Minimum ages: Mini Putt and golf driving range – all ages, Battlefield and Archery – 10 yrs Cropool and Smallbore Rifle Range – 12 yrs Claybird – adults only (17 yrs +) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.haveashot.co.nz NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM The whole family will be surprised and delighted by this unique and fascinating collection of over 50,000 items – from tiny children’s toys, including a huge range of Barbies and an exciting Star Wars collection to unusual motorcycles and rare cars, bikes, fire appliances and aircraft. Kids will love our huge toyshop plus picnic and playground area featuring pedal tractors and trucks. See map p41 Main Wanaka-Queenstown road via Cromwell (beside Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: daily 8.30am–5pm Price: Adult $12, Child $5, Family $30 (2 adults + up to 6 children) Under 5 years FREE Email: email@example.com www.nttmuseum.co.nz
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visit, explore, imagine... National Transport & Toy Museum Open Daily: 8.30am - 5pm Next to Wanaka Airport, State Highway 6 T: 64 3 443 8765, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wanaka :: Eating Out Made Easy
Eating Out Made Easy
The establishments listed below are super family-friendly with lots of options to keep you all happy! LONESTAR: huge menu, including large, separate kids’ menu, delicious food and so varied, you’re sure to please the crowd! Cardrona Valley Road, next to Basecamp Wanaka. Open from 4pm SUBWAY® RESTAURANT: Central, lakefront location, varied menu including salads and smoothies, plus healthy and tasty kids’ options. Ardmore Street, Wanaka. Open from 7am - 9pm FOR KIDS 12 YEARS AND UNDER
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Enjoy a SUBWAY® meal today! Restaurants located at Wanaka – Lakefront, 145 Ardmore St. Queenstown – Clocktower Building, 36 Camp St Frankton – Frankton Roundabout (next to BP) Te Anau – Luxmore Drive (next to Caltex) Alexandra – 50 Centennial Ave (behind Caltex) Cromwell – Cromwell Centre (behind the Big Fruit) ©2010 Doctor’s Associates Inc.SUBWAY® and SUBWAY 6-INCH® are registered trademarks of Doctor’s Associates Inc.
WANAKA SHOPPING NEW WORLD WANAKA Conveniently located in the middle of Wanaka, our huge range of products include fresh goods, in-store delicatessen, bakery, best quality meat and seafood, wine and beer, meals to go and all you need to stock the house. If you’re visiting Wanaka, make us your first stop and stock up with goodies or all the basics. Offering in-store specials each week, plus FLY BUY points and Fuel Dockets. 20 Dunmore Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 0048 Hours: daily 8am–8pm www.newworld.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz
DEPUTY DOG Mini hot dogs $11 WRAP STAR Tortilla filled with chicken + yummy goodies $11 DO GOODER OR HERO BURGER Choose vegetarian or homestyle beef $11 GIDDY UP Salad with chicken and other yummy goodies $11 CHIEF CHICKEN MINIS Chicken drumsticks, Lonestar style $12 NIPPER’S FISH ‘N’ CHIPS $12 BARNEYS RIBS Juicy pork ribs, Lonestar style $14 HEY KIDS! Meals come with coleslaw, plus chips, mashed potato or rice. Ask for our vegetarian options. FREE! DESSERT + DRINK WITH YOUR MEAL (excludes bottled products)
50 CARDRONA VALLEY RD WANAKA
03 443 6901
OTHER FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOPS OUTSIDE SPORTS Great range of kids’ and adults’ outdoor gear. Dunmore Street Phone: 03 443 7966 BIG TUMS LITTLE BUMS Children’s clothing and toys plus maternity clothing. 68 Ardmore Street Phone: 03 443 2340 NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM / SHOP Wanaka’s biggest toyshop! Wanaka – Cromwell Highway Phone: 03 443 8765 PUZZLING WORLD SHOP Puzzles to challenge and intrigue all ages! Wanaka – Cromwell Highway Phone: 03 443 7489
Wanaka :: Useful Information
WANAKA PARENTS AND KIDS BABYSITTING / CHILDMINDING Lake Wanaka Babysitting Service
027 291 3138
EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre Warren St 03 443 1181 Footsteps 0800 FOOTSTEPS Montessori Children’s House Kings Drive 03 443 8389 Wanaka Pre-School Tenby St 03 443 7090 Wild Things 0800 44 44 70 CLUBS AND HOBBIES Aspiring Gym Sports Kath Nicholson 03 443 4054 / 021 140 7444 Climbing Classes 03 443 1110 Drama Gillian Pugh 03 443 9226 Mini Muscles play gym (0-4) & gymnastics Rae Paterson 03 443 1209 / 027 877 763 Keyboard and Piano Dave Strang 03 443 8681 Mainly Music for pre-schoolers & their caregivers. Lynda 03 443 8708 Wanaka Cubs George 03 443 4083 Wanaka Scouts Hew 03 443 4033 SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Wanaka Library
03 443 0410
BIRTHDAY PARTIES 03 442 3300 Active Attractions Inflatables Cardrona Adventure Park See display ad page 43 03 443 6363 Clip ‘N Climb themed indoor climbing wall 03 443 1110 Wanaka Community Pool 03 443 9334 SWIMMING POOL Wanaka Community Pool 03 443 9334 Heated indoor pool – learn to swim and school holiday programmes Hours: Monday to Friday 6am–7pm Saturday and Sunday 12pm–6pm CHILD FURNITURE / ACCESSORIES HIRE Outside Sports 03 443 7966 child mountain buggy, $20 per day child backpack carrier, $15 per day Plunket car seats 03 443 8706 Plunket 03 443 7030 Portacots, backpacks, buggies, high chairs OTHER HELP FOR PARENTS Wanaka Library Dunmore St 03 443 0410 Plunket Ardmore St 03 443 8799 / 0800 933 922 Kip McGrath 03 443 1547 After-school Maths, English and Science tuition.
WANAKA USEFUL INFORMATION Police / Fire / Ambulance Police Station Helwick St Library Bullock Creek, Dunmore St Post Office Ardmore Street HEALTH Aspiring Pharmacy 29 Helwick St Wanaka Pharmacy 41 Helwick St Aspiring Medical Centre 28 Dungarvon St Wanaka Medical Centre 21 Russell St Aspiring Dental Services 64 Brownston St INFORMATION CENTRES Department of Conservation (DOC) Cnr Ardmore St / Ballantyne Rd Wanaka i-Site The Log Cabin, Lakefront Southern Alps Booking Centre 48 Helwick St Wanaka Reservations 21 Helwick St
Dial 111 03 443 7272 03 443 0410 03 443 8211
PLAYGROUNDS ✽ Aeolus Place ✽ Achilles Place ✽ Wanaka Waterfront ✽ Cherry Court ✽ Wanaka Station Park ✽ Rimu Lane ✽ Scurr Heights Reserve off Travathan Lane ✽ Lake Hawea rec ground See map p41
03 443 7986
SKATEPARK Pembroke Park, Ardmore Street
03 443 8000 03 443 1226 03 443 7811 03 443 7705
03 443 7660 03 443 1233
BIKE PARK Lismore Dirt Park (LDP), off Lismore Street. PUBLIC TOILETS ✽ Wanaka Lakefront ✽ Eely Point ✽ Wanaka Marina ✽ Wanaka Station Park ✽ Wanaka Lakefront Playground ✽ Lakefront opposite Showgrounds. See map p41. SUPERMARKET New World 20 Dunmore Street 8am–8pm, 7 days Phone: 03 443 0048 See full listing on facing page.
03 443 4385
GETTING AROUND Wanaka Taxis (Wan A Cab)
03 443 1599
See ‘Getting Around’ p30 for other transport information.
03 443 7999
Named for the 14 fiords that carve into its western coastline, Fiordland is the work of over 500 million years of constant sculpting. Fiordland contains some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, including Milford and Doubtful Sounds and the Milford and Kepler Great Walks. At 12,000 square kilometres, Fiordland is New Zealand’s largest National Park and has been designated a World Heritage Area for its unique landscapes.
is a perfect place to ‘stay and play’ for a few days while exploring Fiordland National Park. Situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau only two hours’ drive from Queenstown, this lively and pretty lakeside community bustles with cafés, shops, accommodation (see page 65) and lots of things to see and do. Te Anau is the nearest town to Milford and Doubtful Sounds as well as having the famous Milford and Kepler Great Walks on its doorstep. The name Te Anau is of Mâori origin (Te Ana-au), meaning ‘rushing waters in a cave’ and Te Anau’s actual caves were lost in Mâori legend until being rediscovered by a European explorer in the 1940s. At 12,000 years old, they are relatively young and are still being formed by water action. These days they’re famous for the glowworm grotto deep inside which you can explore with Real Journeys (see facing page).
Fiordland :: Activities TE ANAU GLOWWORM CAVES Visiting the Glowworm Caves on the isolated western shores of Lake Te Anau is a fascinating experience. Join our nature guide to explore a mysterious underground world of sculpted rock and rushing water, before drifting into a cavern of silence beneath the shimmering glowworms. Departs: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Times: 2pm and 7pm (all year) plus 5.45pm (Nov–Apr), 8.15pm (Oct–15 Apr) Other departures as locally advertised Duration: 2 hours 15 mins Price: Adult $67, Child $22 (child is 5–14 years, 4 years and under carried free). Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 Email: email@example.com Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz (prices valid to 30/09/11) Ask about ‘Kids Go Free!’ specials during New Zealand School Holidays CRUISE TE ANAU Ideal for all ages Leave the crowds behind, bring the family aboard and explore Lake Te Anau with your own knowledgeable guide and get close to nature. Visit secret corners of NZ’s second largest lake and go exploring on a gentle bush / nature walk to the hidden lakes. There’s nothing like life on the water on this personalised tour (max 12 passengers) and when the lake is in stunning Fiordland the experience is unforgettable! Phone: 03 249 8005 Departs: Lake Te Anau waterfront, next to i-Site Centre Departure Times: 10am, 1pm & 5pm Duration: 3 hours Price: Adult $90, Child $25 (child is 5–14 years) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cruiseteanau.co.nz Note: Trip is ideally suited for children over the age of 5. MV Carousel is available for private charter for fishing, picnic, customised or overnight cruises. FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE Stop! Do not go any further into Fiordland without visiting us. With stunning movies, interactive displays, native bird park, and conservation gift store, the family will have fun whilst gaining an appreciation of this amazing area, and it’s FREE! From geology and local history to familyfriendly day walks, our knowledgeable, friendly staff will ensure you get the best out of your visit to Fiordland. Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7924 Hours: 8.30am–5pm (Mid Dec–mid March 6pm) Movie Times: Continuous Duration: 20 mins Price: FREE Email: email@example.com www.doc.govt.nz Take the family on an overnight adventure – ask about suitable family hikes. FREE hut fees for children on ‘Great Walks’
Te Anau Glowworm Caves magical world
Cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House and view informative displays. Journey underground with our nature guide and see rushing water sculpting the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. Children of all ages will be fascinated by this magical world!
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The Great Walks of New Zealand
MILFORD, KEPLER AND ROUTEBURN WALKING TRACKS Show the kids the real New Zealand: take a hike on all or part of one of Fiordland’s Great Walks. Visit Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for information on exploring Fiordland with the family. Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Ph 03 249 8514 www.doc.govt.nz Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai
Fiordland :: Useful Information
OUTSIDE SPORTS RENTAL Te Anau’s outdoor retail and rental specialist. All your family needs – from water to land-based activities for your Fiordland adventure. Cycling Mountain bikes available. Helmets included. Tramping and Camping Tents (large and small), packs, boots, waterproof clothing, child carriers (buggies and backpacks). Plus fishing licenses issued, fishing rod and golf equipment rental. Main Street, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8195 Hours: 7.30am – 8pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.outsidesports.co.nz
Other Activities Te Anau Mini Golf, Quadricycle and Bike Hire 18 hole mini-golf course. Quadricycles, bikes, tandems and child bike seats for hire. Phone: 03 249 7211 DOC Te Anau Look out for family-focused activity programmes over the Christmas holidays. Phone: 03 249 7924 Fiordland Cinema Daily screenings of Ata Whenua, an incredible Fiordland movie, as well as regular movies. Phone: 03 249 8844 Astronomy Fiordland View Fiordland’s stunning starry nights through our large telescope, or take our unique Stardome experience. Freephone: 0508 COSMOS (267 667)
FIORDLAND USEFUL INFORMATION
TRANSPORT For transport information see p30
EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL Police/Fire/Ambulance Police Station Milford Road Fiordland Dental Centre The Jailhouse Mall, Town Centre Fiordland Community Pharmacy 93 Town Centre Te Anau Pharmacy Milford Road Te Anau Health Centre Luxmore Drive
INFORMATION CENTRES Real Journeys Visitor Centre Fiordland Nat Park Visitor Centre Southern Discoveries Info Centre
SERVICES Southland District Council Library Manapouri Community Library Post Office 100 Town Centre (in Paper Plus) Community Swimming Pool
111 03 249 7600 03 249 8580 03 249 9268 03 249 7134 03 249 7007 0800 732 542 03 249 6987 03 249 7348 03 249 8392
CONTACTS FOR PARENTS Te Anau Childcare Centre 03 249 7858 Aged 0–5 years, for locals and visitors OSCAR Programme 03 249 7858 Aged 5–13 years, after school and holidays Car Seat Hire 03 249 9553 Plunket and Baby Furniture Hire 03 249 7044 Te Anau Toy Library 03 249 9342 The Key Playcentre 03 249 9488 Manapouri Playgroup 03 249 9524 CLUBS AND HOBBIES Girl Guides ages 5–14 yrs. Scout Group Keas to Venturers – ages 6–18 yrs. St John Youth Ages 6–18 yrs Athletics Club Marakura Yacht Club from 8 years
03 249 7492 03 249 7394 03 249 8015 03 249 8680 03 249 8535
0800 65 65 03 03 249 7924 03 249 7516
INTERNET SERVICE TE ANAU PHOTOCENTRE AND INTERNET Our photocentre includes a high-speed broadband internet café plus a wireless connection if you have your own laptop. Other services included CD / DVD burning and production of DVD slideshows. For a gift or special, lasting memory, bring us your images and we can print them onto canvas, or make your favourite pics into a calendar. Friendly, helpful staff, modern computers and efficient service. 62 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7620 Hours: daily, 8.30am–6pm Email: email@example.com www.teanauphotocentre.com FAMILY ACCOMMODATION Te Anau Blue Mountain Cottages 03 249 9030 Edgewater Motel 03 249 7258 Fiordland Hotel 03 249 7511 Red Tussock Motel 03 249 9110 Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park 03 249 7457 Manapouri Acheron Cottages 03 249 6869 See page 65 for full accommodation listings.
Fiordland :: Eating Out Made Easy
THE RANCH CAFÉ, BAR AND GRILL Superb family dining – delicious and hearty, good value Kiwi meals with our traditional Sunday roast a speciality at only $14. Friendly service and excellent atmosphere are complemented by a cosy open fire or sunny outdoor dining. Special Deal: Mention KIDZ GO for a free 12oz beer or glass of wine with your adult meal. Sample Menu Items * Sunday roast with trimmings just $14 (Monday–Saturday roast $18) * Lamb steaks $19.50 * Rump steak with mushroom sauce $19.50 * Beef rib eye steak * Lamb shanks * Breast of chicken * Blue cod fillet, salmon, wild venison and many more dishes available
Eating out made easy Establishments listed here are family-friendly and will go the extra mile to ensure you have a great experience. All have either children’s menus or children’s portions. If you have a particularly good experience at any Fiordland restaurant email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! Sample menu items – each listing features selections from the restaurant’s menu at time of print. They are intended as a guide only – menus and prices may change. For restaurant locations see map page 48. Day Play Area
High Chair Outdoor Dining
Toys/ Colouring Takeaways
Homemade Desserts $9.50 Kids’ Menu $11 (12 years and under) * Hot dog, sausage, chicken nuggets or fish, served with fries * Mini roast & veggies * plus drink and ice cream sundae Top End of Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8801 Email: email@example.com Hours: daily, noon – late Happy Hour: Top Bar 8pm - 9pm every night THE FAT DUCK CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT Families love our stylish dining area, innovative but affordable cuisine and the fact we offer a healthy kids’ menu! In addition to our varied menu we offer platters, cheeseboards, and a range of cabinet food all day. Plus we have activities to keep the kids entertained and we’re right in the middle of Te Anau! Sample Menu Items Breakfast * Dux de lux (the works) $20 * Bacon & eggs $12 Lunch/Dinner * Carbonara pasta $19 * Beef Wellington $37.50 * Chicken and bacon sandwich $20.50 * Rack of lamb $38.50 * Fresh fish of day Ribeye steak sandwich $22.50 Fresh mussels $22/kg * Minted lamb sausages $22.50 * Fiordland venison $36 AND MUCH MORE plus slices and fresh muffins Desserts $11 * Crème brulee * Chocolate mudcake * Pavlova Kids’ Menu (12 yrs and under) $12 * Hotdog & fries GF * Bangers and mash * Chicken wings * Fish and fries * Chicken nuggets and fries * plus an ice-cream sundae Top End of Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8480 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: daily, 8am – late
Fiordland :: Eating Out Made Easy
KEPLERS FAMILY RESTAURANT
This cosy, friendly local restaurant has it all – fantastic and varied menu for the grown ups plus dedicated kids’ menu, with half portions of most meals also happily provided. We offer delicious NZ cuisine, seafood, licenced and BYO (bring your own wine), family-friendly staff, toy box and colouringin activities for the kids, in and outdoor dining and all only a minute from the lakefront and town centre. Sample Menu Items * Magic mushrooms – stuffed with shrimps & other goodies $8.50 * Savoury crēpes $9.00 * Panko chicken schnitzel $27 * Fiordland crayfish (seasonal) * Roast NZ lamb $22 * Spiced chicken salad $19 * Lamb souvlaki sandwich $19 For the Kids...all $10 (includes free ice cream sundae and glass of soft drink) * Fresh grilled chicken breast strips with rice or chips * Fish bites and chips or veggies * Crumbed chicken fillet with veggies * Mini hot dogs and fries * Mini roast lamb and veggies Side of vegetables $2.50 Half portions of mains served where possible. 5 Town Centre, near the mini golf Cnr Milford Rd / Mokonui St, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7909 Hours: 5.30pm till late everyday.
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CAFÉ 23 MANAPOURI
This unique two-storey, renovated church serves delicious food and loves having children! Family run, Café 23 offers great value, fast service and caters for your children’s individual tastes. Gluten and dairy free products available. Picnic meals made to order. Games and books and lots of space to keep the kids entertained. Sample Menu Items * Cooked breakfasts from $16 * Smoked salmon, capers, cream cheese sandwich $6.80 * Venison, tomato, feta, olive, chive and pepper wrap $8.50 * Smoked chicken, sundried tomatoes and brie paninis $8.50 * Salad bowl $8.80 * Soup of the day $7.80 * Selection of homemade slices and cakes from $3.60 Mains– All served with salad and fries $27 * Steak sandwich on ciabatta * Spanish omelette *Blue cod * Burgers (cheese, chicken, or beef & bacon) For the Kids... from $7 Whatever you want we can do, from half a sandwich to a smaller portion of our mains. We have secret supplies of chicken nuggets, and a stash of vegemite if it comes down to it…. 23 Waiau Street, Manapouri (Only 15 mins from Te Anau) Phone: 03 249 6988 Hours: 7am till late everyday
fiordland SUMMER events
December 2010 11 Santa Parade Parade start s at 2pm at the top end of town and travels down the Main Street, ending in Lion s Park where there will be fami ly entertainment.
Contact: 03 249 7748
30 Annual Rodeo The Te Anau Rodeo is a great loca l favourite; view examples of horsemanship and stoc k handling, as well as all the usua l rodeo favourites. Part of a South Island circuit of rode o events – a great day out. Contact:
03 249 9215
31 New Year’s Eve Band, firew orks display and bonfire. January 2011 DOC School Holiday Prog ramme Offering all sorts of activities and adventures in the National Park during summer. Contact: 03 249 020
Enjoy a SUBWAY® meal today! Restaurants located at Te Anau – Luxmore Drive (next to Caltex) Wanaka – Lakefront, 145 Ardmore St. Queenstown – Clocktower Building, 36 Camp St Frankton – Frankton Roundabout (next to BP) Alexandra – 50 Centennial Ave (behind Caltex) Cromwell – Cromwell Centre (behind the Big Fruit) ©2010 Doctor’s Associates Inc.SUBWAY® and SUBWAY 6-INCH® are registered trademarks of Doctor’s Associates Inc.
Summer Holiday Sport Prog ramme For children 5–12 years. Con tact
: 03 211 2150
15 Te Anau Harness Street Race Mokonui Street will be closed for this famous annual race. Unique and fun event, followed by an auction.www .teanaueven
Fiordland :: Doubtful Sound
Manapouri AND DOUBTFUL SOUND Originally called Roto-au (the rainy lake) by early Maori and then Moturau (many islands), Lake Manapouri is the second deepest in New Zealand. It’s the gateway to Doubtful Sound. Manapouri is a tranquil township with family dining at Café 23 and a variety of accommodation. Captain Cook sighted Doubtful Sound on his first voyage to NZ in 1770. He called it Doubtful Harbour because he was doubtful about whether he would be able to turn around and exit back to sea. Doubtful Sound is a staggering 10 times bigger than Milford Sound and is home to fur seals, Fiordland Crested penguins and dolphins. REAL JOURNEYS DOUBTFUL SOUND DAYTIME CRUISES When you discover Doubtful Sound with us you will be struck by its silence, broken only by birdsong, or the rushing of a distant waterfall. There are also wildlife viewing opportunities. Delicious picnic lunches and coach connections available (extra cost). Wilderness Cruises Departs: Pearl Harbour, Manapouri Times: 9.45am (all year) 8.30am (Nov–Mar) 11.30am (26 Dec–Mar) Other departures as locally advertised Duration: 7hours 30/45 mins Prices: Adult $280 – $310, Child $65 (child is 5–14 years, 4 years and under carried free) Small Boat Cruises Departs: Pearl Harbour, Manapouri Times: 7.15am (Nov–Mar) Prices: Adult $260, Child $130 Duration: 9hours 30 mins Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 Email: email@example.com Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz (prices valid to 30/09/11) Ask about ‘Kids Go Free!’ specials during New Zealand School Holidays
Doubtful Sound wilderness & wildlife
Doubtful Sound is an unspoilt and remote wilderness. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass and enjoy a three-hour cruise. See seals plus often dolphins and rare penguins. Overnight cruises are also popular. Coach connections are available. Children will find the wildlife fascinating.
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The Route to Doubtful Sound
Fiordland :: Milford Sound
Milford Sound Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is one of the jewels in the Fiordland crown. It’s actually a fiord – created by rivers of glacial ice and flanked on both sides by sheer rock face, rising up to aweinspiring heights. An experience on the Sound is enhanced by the abundance of wildlife; fur seals, rare Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins frequently lead the cruise boats, playing in the bow waves.
About Milford Sound (Piopiotahe) First settled in 1877, the original route to Milford weaved around the Darran Mountains and over the McKinnon Pass. This track is now known as the Milford Track (approx. 52km long). It was the only way to enter Milford other than via the sea. Milford Sound is 16km long and it rains approximately 180 days a year, with an average annual rainfall of over 6½ metres! Drive Times Queenstown to Milford Sound 4½ hours Te Anau to Milford Sound 2½ hours Wanaka to Milford Sound 5½ hours There are plenty of tour options. Tours include a cruise and depart from Queenstown, Wanaka or Te Anau. Coaching or driving both ways from Queenstown makes for a 12 hour day, so you may want to break up the journey in Te Anau. Real Journeys also run overnight cruises (mid Sept–May) with family cabins available. Trip Options Coach-Cruise-Coach The road to Milford Sound is one of the most stunning in NZ. There is nothing quite as awe-inspiring as the approach to the Homer Tunnel and there are plenty of viewpoints along the way.
Places of Interest Mirror Lakes A five-minute walk alongside these pools is well worth it on a still day – the reflections are quite stunning. Pop's View Lookout A viewing platform looks down over the Hollyford Valley – one of the most spectacular panoramas of the drive. Homer Tunnel This incredible feat of workmanship cuts 1200 metres through the Darren Mountains. Both the entrance and exit to the tunnel provide awe-inspiring views. The Chasm A 20 minute return bush walk; the Chasm itself, with its huge volume of water pounding over incredible rock formations, is mesmerising.
Fly-Cruise-Fly Take a 30 to 40 minute flight over glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. Weather dependent so book early to avoid missing out. Flights depart Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau. Fly-Cruise-Coach or Coach-Cruise-Fly This is the ultimate trip! (it’s around 7½ hours return from Queenstown). Take the coach first as it only gives commentary and photo stops on the journey in. Drive Yourself See map this page for this spectacular 121km stretch of road. Cruises can be purchased before you leave, in Te Anau, or when you get to Milford Sound.
Fiordland :: Milford Sound
Milford Sound Day Trips
Photo courtesy of Southern Discoveries
CRUIZE MILFORD with ECO TOURS Explore Milford Sound and enjoy all our family-friendly extras. Hop aboard our smaller boat, ‘The Adventurer’ – it’s personal, friendly and uncrowded PLUS our nature guides love kids and never get sick of questions! Drive yourself or jump on our Eco Tour coach in Queenstown or Te Anau. With late departures, colouring books AND more scenic stops than any other company we are geared up to make sure your family enjoy their whole experience when they Cruize Milford. Queenstown booking office, 26B Shotover Street (opposite the World Bar) Phone: 03 442 4197 Freephone: 0800 900 121 Cruize Milford Departs: Milford Harbour, Milford Sound Sailing Times: 9.15am, 11.15pm, 1.15pm, 3.15pm Duration: 1½ hrs (an extra 15 mins for 1.15pm departure) Price: Adult from $65, Child $15 (Kids under 4yrs go FREE) Eco Tours Coach (door to door pickup and drop off) Departs: Queenstown 8.15am Prices: Adult $159, Child $104 Departs: Te Anau 11am Prices: Adult $117, Child $94 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cruizemilford.co.nz *9.15am departure includes free muffin, coffee and tea. Mention Kidz Go and get further Family Special Deals! Important things to remember: ✔ Fuel up in Te Anau before you head to Milford Sound as this is the last fuel stop. ✔ Milford Road is a scenic highway and driving speeds vary as people take in the views. Please be courteous to other drivers by pulling over at safe sites and allowing queued traffic to pass.
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Fiordland :: Milford Sound
Milford Sound is simply stunning. Daytime cruises with on-board nature guides. Overnight cruises include accommodation, delicious meals and activities. Coach and flight connections are available. Children will love seeing Mitre Peak, waterfalls and the wildlife.
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REAL JOURNEYS MILFORD SOUND DAYTIME CRUISES Grand, brooding, serene and wild, Milford Sound draws visitors from all over the globe to cruise its length – and wonder. Enjoy daytime Nature or Scenic Cruises. Delicious lunch options, coach connections and scenic flights available (weather dependent; extra cost). Departs: Milford Harbour, Milford Sound Times: Nature Cruises 12.55pm (May–Sept) 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.35pm (Oct–Apr) plus 10.40am, 1.25pm (Nov–Apr) and 4pm (Nov–15 Apr) Duration: 2 hours – 2 hours 30 mins Times: Scenic Cruises 11am and 1pm (all year) plus 9am (Oct–Apr) plus 12noon, 2pm, 3pm (Nov–Apr) Duration: 1 hour 40 mins Prices: Nature Cruises Adult $72 – $92, Child $22 Scenic Cruises Adult $66 – $88, Child $22 (child is 5–14 yrs, 4 yrs & under carried free) Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 Email: email@example.com Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz (prices valid to 30/09/11) Ask about ‘Kids Go Free!’ specials during New Zealand School Holidays Other Activities
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Homer Tunnel – did you kno w?
i The Homer Tunnel is a road tunn el in Fiordland linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown. i Milford Sound was inaccessible by road until 1953 when the Homer Tunnel was completed. The tunnel through the Darran Mountain Range took over 20 years to build. i The tunnel, at 945 metres above sea level, is 1.2km long and has a steep gradient down towards Milford Sound. i In 2003 the Homer Nude Tunnel run was introduced. Each year on 1st April, the race involves nearly a hundred keen comp etitors racing naked through the tunnel!
The Milford Track One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. A four day, 53.5km track requiring boat transport at each end. A fun way to finish up is with kayak transport at the Milford Sound end. Not recommended for children under 10 years, due to the mountainous environment and changeable weather conditions, although day walks on the Milford Track can be arranged. Overnight on Milford Sound with Real Journeys This is a Kidz Go favourite; it’s a trip we often personally recommend. Dinner and cooked breakfast included; kayaking and other activities from your vessel. Phone: 0800 65 65 03 www.realjourneys.co.nz Rosco’s Milford Kayaks The perfect way to get up-close to Milford Sound. Trips to suit all levels of fitness and experience. Phone: 03 249 8500 www.roscosmilfordkayaks.com Minimum age 14
Fiordland :: Milford Sound SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES – MILFORD SOUND CRUISES AND THE MILFORD DISCOVERY CENTRE Jump onboard one of our warm and spacious boats for a fun and interactive Milford Sound cruise; join the skipper, venture under waterfalls and keep a look out for rare local wildlife like dolphins, penguins and seals. Plus, visit the NEW Milford Discovery Centre for an interactive and educational journey through the history of Milford Sound, its early settlers, Maori history, geology and wildlife. Then descend 10m underwater to explore the world of exotic creatures and rare black coral. An experience not to be missed. Phone: 03 441 1137 Freephone: 0800 264 536 Departs: Throughout the day, from 9.45am – 3.20pm (all year) Duration: 1hr 45min – 2hr 15min (cruise) Add ½ hour – 1 hour for visit to the Milford Discovery Centre. Price: Cruise – Adults from $63, Child $15 (Child is 4–14yrs, under 4s travel free) Discovery Deal – FREE Kiwi Snack Pack when you add the Milford Discovery Centre to your cruise! KIDS GO FREE during New Zealand school holidays! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz GLENORCHY AIR : MILFORD SOUND AND THE GLACIERS Queenstown to Milford Sound Scenic Flights This is a must-do tour from Queenstown – experience Milford Sound with a flight that takes you over mountains, waterfalls, snowfields and glaciers. An unforgettable experience for all ages. Glenorchy Air is the only operator whose Milford tour includes flying over the glaciers of the Barrier Range. We can arrange your cruise at Milford Sound, or take our shorter, scenic, flyover tour. High standards, friendly service and experienced pilots with a flawless safety record await you. Phone: 03 442 2207 Freephone: 0800 676 264 Departs: Queenstown Airport Hours: from 7.55am and then throughout the day FLY–CRUISE–FLY Price (includes airport transfer from your accommodation) Adult $420, Child $220 (child is 3–12yrs. Under 3 yrs not needing a seat and under 15kg FREE) Duration: allow 4 hours Overhead scenic flights, lunch packages and many other options available. Contact us now for more information. Email: email@example.com www.glenorchy.net.nz
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The Milford Discovery Centre is the perfect addition to your Milford Sound Cruise. Interactive and educational, take a journey through the remarkable history, nature and wildlife of Milford Sound. Then descend 10m underwater to explore the fascinating world of exotic creatures and rare black coral. Delivering you the entire Milford Sound.
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Your must-do tour from Queenstown begins with Glenorchy Air - the only company to fly over the glaciers! Take a spectacular flight over glaciers and Milford Sound or combine with a landing and cruise.
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58 Accommodation - Queenstown and Arrowtown
FAMILY ACCOMMODATION This chapter lists accommodation options in and around Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Te Anau. All featured options welcome families, provide accommodation with separate sleeping areas and will organise baby furniture and child-care services for you. Most offer a range of other services and goodies to make your family’s stay as pleasant and fun as possible. Prices vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and offers - this is a guide only. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs. For child and baby equipment your accommodation doesn’t provide see ‘Tots on Tour’ p36 who hire everything including boxes of toys!
(inc arrowtown & glenorchy)
THE FERRY HOLIDAY HOME Three-bedroom historic house, above the Shotover River and close to Queenstown. Spacious garden, cosy, fully selfcontained. Spence Road, Queenstown Ph: +64 3 442 2194 Freephone: 0800 111 804 www.ferry.co.nz LITTLES LODGE Modern and tidy three-bedroom holiday home, 10 minutes from Queenstown. Well-stocked, lots of space. Littles Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7166 www.littleslodge.co.nz NUMBER 10 Two-bedroom self-contained, sleeps six. Fully-fenced section, BBQ area. 10 Ritchie St, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 441 2225 www.number10.co.nz
Holiday Parks under NZ $120 per night Mid Range NZ $120 - $200 per night Pamper The Family NZ $200 + per night Self-Catering Restaurant onsite Playground onsite Under 5 minutes walk to play area
Toys / Games available Under 5 mins walk to town centre Swimming Pool
FRANKTON MOTOR CAMP Situated on the waterfront we’re ideal for families REDLANDS COUNTRY LODGE boating, biking and walking tracks start right here! Two-bedroom, self-contained, modern holiday home. Tourist flats and cabins sleeping up to five, plus Outskirts of Arrowtown, near Queenstown lakefront powered sites. Modern kitchens, laundry Phone: +64 3 409 8233 / 021 343 087 facilities and playground onsite. Close to shops, family www.redlandscountrylodge.co.nz restaurants, golf course and bus route. Free booking and information service – let us book all your trips for you. All SKYVIEW MAGIC LUXURY LODGE 4-bedroom lodge equipped with EVERYTHING (Including only minutes away from Queenstown. We’re the closest accommodation to The Remarkables family ski field and 25-metre swimming pool and indoor climbing wall). the warmest swimming beach in Queenstown. 44 Jeffery Road, Crown Terrace RD 1 Yewlett Crescent, Frankton Phone: +64 3 442 9405 www.skyview.co.nz Phone: +64 3 442 2079 Fax: +64 3 442 3079 WAKATIPU HEIGHTS Office Hours: Two –five bedroom villas with kitchen, laundry facilities and 9am - 9pm 7 days, late check-in by arrangement stunning mountain / lake views. “A home away from home.” www.franktonmotorcamp.co.nz 1 Wakatipu Heights, Queenstown ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK Phone: +64 3 442 7211 www.vacationvillas.co.nz Spacious, friendly Kiwi holiday park, in gorgeous WILLOWBROOK Two-bedroom cottage or spacious studio (sleeps up to six), Arrowtown, close to Queenstown. Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 1876 gorgeous rural setting, safe and child-friendly. www.arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz Malaghans Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 1773 www.willowbrook.net.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz
Accommodation - Queenstown
MID RANGE BEST WESTERN CRANBURY COURT APARTMENTS Spacious and warm, one-, two- and three-bedroom selfcontained apartments, full kitchen/laundry facilities, living/dining area, SKY TV (Disney channel), DVD, stereo, wireless internet available, internal stairs in most apartments, five minutes to supermarket, easy walk to town centre (400m), off-street car park, strictly no smoking in apartments. 19-23 Gorge Road, Queenstown. See display ad this page. Phone: +64 3 442 6483 Fax: +64 3 442 9525 Freephone: 0800 269 666 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cranbury.co.nz Best Western Quality Assured, MANZ CORONET PEAK HOTEL Where kids stay for FREE! Our family-friendly hotel is located only eight minutes’ drive from central Queenstown (free shuttle service to and from town) and 1 minute from Shotover Jet, Onsen Hot Pools, walking tracks and gorgeous riverside picnic/café area. Facilities include outdoor swimming pool, spa and sauna, exercise room, interconnecting rooms, cosy bar and restaurant with children’s menu, and STRIKE BOWL, Queenstown’s only 10-pin bowling and entertainment centre. 161 Arthur’s Point Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7850 Email: email@example.com www.coronetpeakhotel.co.nz Children 12yrs and under stay FREE with parents (max 2).
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FAMILY COMFORT... 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments Full kitchen / laundry facilities Easy walk to town centre (400m), 100m to supermarket Portacot and highchair hire Sky TV (Disney channel), DVD, stereo Wireless broadband Internal stairs in most apartments All apartments are smoke free Best Western quality assured Best Western Cranbury Court :: Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone +64 3 442 6483 Freephone 0800 269 666 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cranbury.co.nz
BLUE PEAKS LODGE Southern hospitality with an at-home feel. Studio, oneand two-bedroom self-catering units. Good standard accommodation only five minutes’ stroll to town centre, playground, lake beachfront and park. SKY TV and DVD players. Ample off-street parking. Friendly, quiet location, ideal for families. 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown. See display ad this page. Phone: +64 3 441 0437 Fax: +64 3 442 6847 Freephone: 0800 162 122 Email: email@example.com www.bluepeaks.co.nz Qualmark 4 star
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Accommodation :: Queenstown and Arrowtown
GOLDRIDGE RESORT QUEENSTOWN This family-friendly property offers a choice of rooms, spread around spacious grounds, with gorgeous lake and mountain views, and safe spaces for children to play. Each self-catering family unit has a separate bedroom and small kitchenette. Our family rooms are close to the tennis court, basketball hoop and BBQ area. Goldridge also offers a new spa/sauna facility and our on-site restaurant offers delicious choices for all ages (meals can be delivered to your room.) 594 Frankton Road, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 656 100 Phone: +64 3 442 6500 Fax: +64 3 442 7898 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goldridgeresort.co.nz Qualmark 3 star TURNER HEIGHTS TOWNHOUSES Perfectly located above Queenstown Bay, Turner Heights has some of the best views in Queenstown, yet it’s only a few minutes’ walk to town centre and lakeshore. New Zealand architect-designed, these spacious two-bedroom townhouses and one-bedroom apartments are attractively decorated including a lounge, dining room, full kitchen, bathroom/tub and clothes washer/dryer. Some units have private courtyard with a spa pool and BBQ. Affordable rates. Off season discounts on request. Top of Turner Street (P.O.Box 435), Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 8383 Fax: +64 3 442 9494 Freephone: 0800 804 333 (within NZ) Email: email@example.com www.turnerheights.co.nz See display ad this page.
RYDGES LAKELAND RESORT HOTEL Rydges has lots to offer families – including outdoor heated swimming pool and location right opposite lakefront and playground! Our friendly hotel makes things easy for your family to enjoy your stay. We offer cots, rollaways, highchairs, kids’ menu, spa, sauna, swimming pool, children stay and eat FREE (terms and conditions apply), playground on lakefront next to hotel, parking, baby-sitting and laundry facilities. Affordable Family Packages in our deluxe rooms (sleep up to four) and spacious one-bedroom suites (sleep up to four). Fantastic lake and mountain views from most rooms. 38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown. Phone: +64 3 442 7600 Fax: +64 3 442 9653 Freephone: 0800 478 847 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rydges.com Qualmark 4 star, Green Globe Bronze & Enviro-Silver rating Children stay & eat FREE (terms and conditions apply). MILLENNIUM HOTEL QUEENSTOWN Luxurious interconnecting rooms with full facilities & unique welcome pack for families. Our warm & friendly staff go that extra mile; your kids receive membership to our exclusive kids’ club, discount vouchers, kids’ movies, Sky Sport, Playstation hire & activity book. Free baby welcome package with any cot requested. 10% discount voucher to Toyworld Queenstown. Gym, sauna, spa, and world class restaurant all on premises plus bikes available for hire. 32 Frankton Road Queenstown Phone: +64 3 450 0150 Fax: +64 3 441 8889 Freephone: 0508 707 707 Email: email@example.com www.millenniumhotels.co.nz Qualmark 4+ star & Enviro-Silver rating PAMPER THE FAMILY MILLBROOK RESORT Keep the family happy this summer by visiting Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown. This five-star, four-season resort, surrounded by mountains, is a place for all to enjoy. As well as a full range of luxurious, beautifully appointed and family-friendly accommodation, it features a 27-hole golf course, multi-award winning spa and a number of dining options from casual al fresco to fine dining. An impressive 95% of the grounds is open space with walking and biking tracks for visitors and mountain bikes to hire on-site. Keep Mum, Dad and the kids happy with children’s playgrounds, a 25m indoor heated pool, outdoor hot pools and youth golf schools. Malaghans Road, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 441 7000 Fax: +64 3 441 7007 Freephone: 0800 800 604 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.millbrook.co.nz Qualmark 5 star & Enviro-Gold rating
Accommodation :: Queenstown and Arrowtown
ARROWFIELD LUXURY APARTMENTS “Accommodation Excellence” Spacious and luxurious, our one – three bedroom, ‘5 star’ apartments are set in a spectacular alpine setting. Features include ensuite bathrooms, designer kitchen, 42” plasma TV, SKY with kids’ channel, sport and movies, surroundsound, DVD, CD, VHS, underfloor heating and laundry. Onsite you’ll find a heated indoor pool, tennis court and gym, plus heaps of space for the kids to play. These outstanding apartments are a perfect family base just five minutes from Arrowtown, across the road from Millbrook golf course and only 20 minutes from Queenstown 115 Essex Avenue, Butel Park, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 0012 Fax: +64 3 442 0017 Email: email@example.com www.arrowfield.co.nz Qualmark 5 star. See display ad this page. THE GLEBE APARTMENTS AND PENTHOUSE SUITES Just 300 metres from central Queenstown, these luxurious one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites offer stunning panoramic lake or mountain views. Complete with spacious living areas, private balcony, underfloor heating, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, Sky TV and CD stereo, broadband, on-site gym and sauna and secure underground parking. These elegant apartments are the ideal choice for your family’s comfort and convenience. Look out for ‘Skye’ – our friendly Australian terrier that loves to meet and greet you! Corner Stanley and Beetham Streets, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0310 Fax: +64 3 441 0309 Freephone: 0800 484 345 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theglebe.co.nz Qualmark 5 star See display ad this page. Ask for our discount offer, exclusive to Kidz Go Queenstown. LAKEFRONT APARTMENTS Absolute lakefront location with a stunning view of lake and mountains from every apartment and only a two-minute, flat stroll from the heart of Queenstown. Fully-equipped, immaculate and spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments, SKY TV, internet access, laundry, balconies, BBQ, babysitting service and more! Undercover parking, relaxed and friendly family atmosphere. 18 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 8800 Fax: +64 3 441 8806 Freephone: 0800 160 600 (NZ only) Email: email@example.com www.queenstownaccommodation.co.nz Qualmark 4 star See display ad this page.
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62 Accommodation :: Queenstown BLUE PEAKS APARTMENTS Southern hospitality with an at home feel. Luxury twoand three-bedroom apartments, most with mountain views. Self-contained and fully-equipped with ensuite and separate bathroom (both with underfloor heating), full designer kitchen, laundry and spacious open-plan living and dining areas. SKY TV with Disney and Cartoon channels, CD and DVD players. Only five minutes’ stroll to town centre, playground, lake beachfront and park. Friendly, quiet location, ideal for families. Coronation Drive and Stanley Street Phone: +64 3 441 0437 Fax: +64 3 442 6847 Freephone: 0800 162 122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluepeaksapartments.co.nz Qualmark 4+ star. See display ad this page. HERITAGE QUEENSTOWN Experience the best of both worlds at Heritage Queenstown. Enjoy a home away from home in one of our three-bedroom luxury villas complete with two bathrooms, full kitchen, laundry and a choice of lake or forest views. Then enjoy the facilities at the hotel including a heated indoor / outdoor swimming pool, health spa, restaurant and bar. Other accommodation options include interconnecting rooms or one- and two-bedroom suites. 91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown. Phone: +64 3 442 4988 Fax: +64 3 442 4989 Freephone: 0800 424 988 Email: resZQN@heritagehotels.co.nz www.heritagehotels.co.nz Qualmark 4+ star & Enviro-Gold rating
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“Simply Queenstown’s finest ...” 41 Frankton Road Queenstown Tel +64 3 442 9713 Res 0800 427 336 email@example.com
Private, family apartments, in the heart of Queenstown, superb views and garden setting.
GARDEN COURT SUITES & APARTMENTS Quality accommodation - value for money - personal service Relaxing garden setting yet only five minutes’ stroll to town centre, playground, lake beachfront and park. We offer a range of quality, self-contained one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments (sleeps 1–8) designed to suit your family’s needs and budget. Fully-equipped, including kitchen, laundry, spa bath, SKY TV, DVD and stereo, CD, internet, courtyard/balcony, and free parking. Games, internet and tour desk at reception, private spa and restaurant serving a continental breakfast. Check out our website! 41 Frankton Rd, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 9713 Fax: +64 3 442 6468 Freephone: 0800 GARDEN (427 336) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gardencourt.co.nz See display ad this page.
Accommodation :: Queenstown and Glenorchy
PEPPERS BEACON QUEENSTOWN Lakefront Luxury Apartments These spacious and luxurious family apartments are just a few minutes’ flat stroll from Queenstown’s centre, lakeshore and playground. Most apartments boast superb lake views and facilities including fully-equipped kitchen and laundry, fireplace and luxurious, comfortable living space. The resort offers its own secure gardens, sauna, spa, exercise room and BBQ facilities. Enjoy the perfect getaway at the Peppers Beacon, exceeding your expectations in style and features. 33 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0890 Fax: +64 3 409 0899 Email: email@example.com www.peppers.co.nz Qualmark 5 star – self contained & serviced accommodation Enviro-Silver rating See display ad this page.
GLENORCHY GLENORCHY LODGE We’re the ideal place to experience Kiwi hospitality and offer cosy ensuite rooms, some with their own TV and DVD player. Extra rollaway beds are available if required. The Lodge includes a guests’ lounge, with TV and DVD player, children’s movies and games. Internet access is also available in the main building. Restaurant and bar on-site, serving great home cooking, plus bustling all day café with kids’ menu and spacious garden area. Find us on Glenorchy’s main street and just five minutes’ walk to the lakeshore. Rates from only $125 per night. Cnr Mull & Argle, Glenorchy Phone: +64 3 442 9968 Fax: +64 3 442 9961 Freephone: 0800 925 284 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wakatipu.com
It’s all about having fun with the family Everyone wants to be close to the action, and that’s exactly where you’ll find Peppers Beacon. It’s just a four minute stroll from the centre of town and is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the natural surroundings, with views across the lake to The Remarkables. There’s plenty to do with the kids such as skiing, gondola rides, gold panning, visiting the Kiwi Bird Life Park and cruising Lake Wakatipu. And, when it comes to taking time out, relax in a stylish room, suite or penthouse.
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Accommodation :: Wanaka
wanaka HOLIDAY HOUSES CENTRAL VILLAGE APARTMENT Three-bedroom, two-bathroom, right in Wanaka town centre and close to lakefront. Lakeside Road, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 9224 www.wanakaselection.co.nz CORYAN COTTAGE Three-bedroom, two-bathroom, fully-equipped, quiet, immaculate, fenced garden. Nr Hedditch St, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 9224 www.wanakaselection.co.nz MCDOUGALLS HOLIDAY HOME Two-bedroom, modern, in and outdoor living; toys, trampoline, bikes and kayaks. Terranova Place, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 4678 www.wanakaholidays.com MOUNT IRON HOMESTEAD Four-bedroom, two-bathroom, modern, comfortable and well-equipped. Mt Iron Drive, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 9224 www.wanakaselection.co.nz HOLIDAY PARKS LAKE OUTLET HOLIDAY PARK The perfect family campsite! Secluded campsites set in native bush, situated right on the waterfront with amazing views, but still only a scenic bike ride/walk to the hub of Wanaka. Park up the car and relax! Choose from selfcontained cottages, cabins, three-bedroom family tents, campervan or tent sites. Great swimming beach, mountain bikes for hire. Run by dog-friendly, kid-friendly Kiwis. 197 Outlet Road, off Aubrey Road, Wanaka (see map p41) Phone: +64 3 443 7478 Fax: +64 3 443 7471 Email: email@example.com www.lakeoutlet.co.nz WANAKA TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK This holiday park is just great for families! With swimming pool and slides, spa pool, playground, several adventure play areas, games room, sports field and bikes for hire the kids are taken care of. Accommodation for all budgets, including cabins, self-contained units and park motels with up to two bedrooms and sleeping up to seven. All motel units include kitchen and bathroom, and lounge area with TV. We’re just 3km from central Wanaka and two minutes’ walk to the lakefront. 217 Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka (see map p41) Freephone: 0508 WANAKA (926 252) Phone: +64 3 442 7360 Fax: +64 3 443 7354 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wanakatop10.co.nz Qualmark 4 star www.KidzGo.co.nz
MID RANGE ALPINE VIEW LODGE Our two- and three-bedroom apartments, sleeping up to 8, come fully-equipped for your holiday with a gorgeous setting only two minutes’ drive from town centre. All include kitchen, bathroom and spacious, sunny lounge. There’s lots of outdoor space for the kids to play, and our friendly pets to cuddle! Enjoy the outdoor living with BBQ, outdoor log fireplace and heated spa pool – just perfect for ‘family time’! Cooked and continental breakfast available by arrangement, and we’re a one-minute walk from the popular Oakridge Hot Pools, heated lap pool, restaurant, café and bar. 23 Studholme Road, Wanaka (see map p41) Phone: +64 3 443 7111 Fax: +64 3 443 1723 Email: email@example.com www.alpineviewlodge.co.nz BELVEDERE LUXURY APARTMENTS - BEST WESTERN New, stylish, fully-equipped apartments located at the end of a quiet street but only a five minute stroll from central Wanaka. Luxurious one-, two- and threebedroom apartments or separate townhouses – all selfcontained and self-serviced with full modern kitchen and laundry facilities, SKY TV, and balconies. Guest saunas, undercover parking, great relaxed atmosphere and really family friendly. Why stay anywhere else? 25 Warren Street, Wanaka (see map p41) Phone: +64 3 443 6969 Fax: +64 3 443 6869 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wanakaholidays.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+ BENBRAE APARTMENTS Cardrona Valley Resort Two- and three-bedroom villas in the magical Cardrona Valley. Enjoy the local activities and stunning mountain surrounds, just 20 minutes from Wanaka and 45 minutes from Queenstown! Our villas feature fully-equipped kitchen and lounge, wireless broadband and use of resort facilities including lap pool and giant, heated spa pool, plus BBQ, outdoor brazier, shop and poolside bar, so relax with poolside drinks while the kids play. We’re just a two-minute stroll to the iconic Cardrona Hotel, with fabulous atmosphere, garden and playground, and full menu with kids’ meals. Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7600 Freephone: 0800 BENBRAE (236 2723) Email: email@example.com www.benbrae.co.nz
Accommodation :: Wanaka and Fiordland
ASURE BROOKVALE LAKE WANAKA Perfect for Families! Our cosy yet spacious studio and one-bedroom units are only a one-minute walk from the town centre but are quiet and private, with a fenced, outdoor, heated pool on-site. Each quality unit has its own balcony or courtyard, with lots of grassy space to play, fullyequipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom, plus underfloor and wall heating. Our facilities will keep the whole family entertained, from SKY TV and internet, to our outdoor spa and pool, BBQ area and more! 35 Brownston Street, Wanaka (see map p41) Phone: +64 3 443 8333 Fax: +64 3 443 9040 Freephone: 0800 438 333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brookvale.co.nz
CLEARBROOK MOTEL AND SERVICED APARTMENTS Located metres from the town centre, Clearbrook offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units, plus separate three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouses, all with views to the spectacular Mt Roy mountain range. Selfcontained & superbly appointed, each unit features full kitchen/laundry with double spa bath options. All have private balcony/courtyard opening onto manicured lawns and the crystal clear Bullock Creek. Cnr Helwick and Upton Streets, Wanaka (see map p41) Phone: +64 3 443 4413 Fax: +64 3 443 1660 Freephone: 0800 443 441 Email: email@example.com www.clearbrook.co.nz
TE ANAU & MANAPOURI
HOLIDAY HOUSES ACHERON COTTAGES Cute, fully-equipped, deck with BBQ, games and toys, spectacular views. Hillside Manaopouri Rd, Manapouri Phone: +64 3 249 6869 www.manapouriaccommodation.co.nz BLUE MOUNTAIN COTTAGES Tidy and modern, self-contained cottages with verandah and BBQ, mountain views and space to play. Te Anau - Manapouri Highway Phone: +64 3 249 9030 www.bluemountaincottages.co.nz HOLIDAY PARK TE ANAU LAKEVIEW HOLIDAY PARK Experience Fiordland from our spacious lakeside holiday park; our quiet, established park has amazing views, children’s play area, picnic tables, SKY TV, IAC & wireless internet, laundries, sauna/spa bath, communal bathrooms and kitchens. Family bathroom available on request. Accommodation includes self-contained oneand two-bedroom tourist flats, motels, two-bedroom ensuite rooms, kitchen or basic cabins, powered or non-powered tent and motor home sites. We are located minutes from town centre, Native Bird Park and Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Ask us to help plan your Fiordland activities. 77 Manapouri - Te Anau Hwy, Te Anau (see map p48) Phone: +64 3 249 7457 Fax: +64 3 249 7536 Freephone: 0800 483 262 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.teanau.info Qualmark 4 star + Holiday Park KIDZ GO SPECIAL - Free Wireless Internet for 1 hour
EDGEWATER MOTEL AA Supreme Host of the Year (2009); stay at one of Te Anau’s best motel locations, metres from Lake Te Anau, 5 mins walk to town centre. A variety of accommodation choices for families – our “retro” one- or two-bedroom units sleep 1–7 guests, our Lakefront Room (1–4 guests) has incredible views of Lake Te Anau and our Villa (1–7 guests) is a spacious modern two-bedroom home. Each room with bathroom & kitchenware, SKY TV, wireless internet, laundry, large outdoor area with picnic tables, gardens and BBQ . Portacots and high chairs available. 52 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau (see map p48) Phone: +64 3 249 7258 Fax: +64 3 249 8099 Freephone: 0800 433 439 Email: email@example.com www.edgewater.net.nz Qualmark 3 star + Self Contained and Serviced KIDZ GO SPECIAL - Free Wireless Internet for 1 hour when you quote this advert FIORDLAND HOTEL Family hotel with swimming pool At Fiordland Hotel the majority of rooms provide panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Fun for the family with fenced playground, trampoline, rental bikes, mini golf, BBQ, restaurant and bar, solar-heated indoor swimming pool and spas. We offer two-bedroom family units, fully self-contained with everything you need to keep the kids entertained while you relax and enjoy your family holiday. All just a 10‑minute stroll to Lake Te Anau and town centre. 91 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau (see map p48) Phone: +64 3 249 7511 Fax: +64 3 249 8944 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fiordlandhotel.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz
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KIDZ GO FAMILY OFFERS
Family GROUP RATES
Arrowtown Discovery Tour
FAMILY DEAL $240
9.15am departure includes FREE muffin, coffee and tea. Mention KIDZ GO for further Family Special Deals.
Dart River Jet Safaris
SAVE from $119 - $189 on our Family Deal – for 2 adults & 2 children.
Visit booking office at 26 Shotover Street for information on FAMILY DEALS
Fiordland Nat Park Visitor Ctre
FREE hut fees for children on the Great Walks – Milford, Kepler and Routeburn
One child jet boats FREE with every two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go!
Kawarau Bungy Centre
FREE Bungy Tour when you mention Kidz Go.
$257 for 2 adults & 2 children, with FREE entry to Underwater World, PLUS receive a photo pack at DISCOUNT rate.
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Up to 2 children go FREE with every 2 paying adults with KIDZ GO!
Luxury Spa Pools - Onsen
Kidz Go FREE 11am–3pm, when accompanied by an adult (1 child free per adult)
Kids get a reload of 50 paintballs FREE or txt KIDZGO to 343 to double the offer to 100! Txts cost 99c
Kids go FREE – NZ school holidays. See page 38 for more details.
Segway on Q
FAMILY DEALS: $250 for 2 adults + 2 children, on the Bay Ride experience or $375 on the Queenstown Tour.
Ask for our Kidz Go FAMILY OFFER!
FREE 6 x 8 family photo (worth $20) & FREE Shotover Jet Family Pass with exclusive savings at other Queenstown family-friendly businesses. Conditions apply.
Skyline Gondola & Luge
Gondola / luge package ONLY $87 (2 adults + up to 3 children) Gondola + Kiwi Haka Show ONLY $139 ( 2 adults + up to 3 children )
Southern Discoveries and Milford Discovery Centre
FREE Kiwi snack pack when you add a trip to Milford Discovery Centre. Kidz Go FREE in NZ school holidays on both the cruise & at the Milford Discovery Centre.
One child goes FREE with every paying adult
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Transport and Toy Museum
FAMILY DEAL: only $30 for 2 adults and up to 6 children.
Linda’s Hair Design
Kidz Go Offer: child under 10 years receives ½ price cut with every adult cut.
The British Lolly Shop
Try before you buy FREE tastings – when you mention Kidz Go.
20% off all stock when you mention Kidz Go (excludes school uniforms and sale items)
FREE dessert and drink with children’s meals.
The Ranch Café Bar & Grill
Mention Kidz Go ad for a FREE 12oz beer or glass of wine with adult meal.
Birthday Parties: FREE t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl.
Coronet Peak Hotel
Children 12 yrs and under stay FREE with parents.
The Glebe Apartments
Ask for our exclusive Kidz Go DISCOUNT
FREE baby welcome package with any cot requested. Plus 10% DISCOUNT voucher to Toyworld Queenstown
Rydges Lakeland Hotel
Children stay and eat for FREE (terms and conditions apply)
Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Edgewater Motel
FREE wireless internet for one hour when you mention Kidz Go.
Kidz Go Index
ACTIVITIES Queenstown Arrowtown Info and Mountain Bike Rental Arrowtown Discovery Activity Tour: Southern Explorer Bike and Kayak Hire Queenstown Canyoning.co.nz Climbing Queenstown and Via Ferrata Dart River Jet Safaris Dart Stables, Glenorchy Family Adventures Rafting Glenorchy Air: Trilogy Trail Goldfields Jet Goldfields Mining Centre Kawarau Bungy Centre Kawarau Jet Kiwi Birdlife Park Kiwi Haka Lakes District Museum Luxury Spa Pools - Onsen Outside Sports Rental Queenstown Events Centre & Alpine Aqualand Queenstown Paintball Queenstown Sightseeing Reading Cinemas Segway on Q Serious Fun River Surfing Shotover Jet Skyline Gondola and Luge Strikebowl TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Underwater Observatory Ziptrek Ecotours Wanaka Backcountry Saddle horse riding Cardrona Adventure Park Clip ‘N Climb Clutha River Jet Have a Shot Shooting and Activity Venue Lakeland Adventures National Transport and Toy Museum Outside Sports Rental Puzzling World Wanaka Community Pool Fiordland Cruise Te Anau Cruize Milford / Eco Tours Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre Glenorchy Air: Milford Sound and the Glaciers Outside Sports Rental Real Journeys Doubtful Sound cruises Real Journeys Milford Sound cruises Real Journeys Te Anau Glowworm Caves Southern Discoveries and Milford Discovery Ctre
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ACCOMMODATION Queenstown Arrowfield Luxury Apartments Blue Peaks Lodge and Apartments Coronet Peak Hotel Cranbury Court Apartments Frankton Motor Camp Garden Court Suites and Apartments Glebe Apartments & Penthouse Suites Glenorchy Lodge Goldridge Hotel Heritage Queenstown Lakefront Apartments Millbrook Resort Millennium Hotel Peppers Beacon Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Turner Heights Townhouses Wanaka Alpine View Lodge Belvedere Luxury Apartments Benbrae: Cardrona Valley Resort Brookvale Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments Lake Outlet Holiday Park Wanaka Top10 Holiday Park Fiordland Edgewater Motel Fiordland Hotel Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park CAFÉS / RESTAURANTS Queenstown / Arrowtown / Wanaka FINZ Seafood and Grill Minami Jujisei Post Office Café Sombreros Mexican Cantina Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar Lonestar Wanaka Fiordland Café 23, Manapouri The Fat Duck Café & Restaurant Keplers Family Restaurant The Ranch Café & Restaurant CHILDMINDING / BABY FURNITURE HIRE Active Care / Fun 4 Kidz Ltd The Nanny Company Porse Tots On Tour RETAIL / CAR HIRE The British Lolly Shop Discount Car Rentals Fresh Choice Supermarket Linda’s Hair Design Lots for Tots Marina Mathews Photography Remarkables Park Town Centre Rockies Toyworld
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Published on Oct 9, 2010
Published on Oct 9, 2010
Family guide to holidays in Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland New Zealand. Information for families and children on activities and accommoda...