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The ONLY family guide to the Southern Lakes EXCLUSIVE FAMILY DEALS! skiing with kids rainy day ideas on a budget activity age guide family accommodation milford sound child-friendly dining maps 

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If you’re looking for some fun things to do with the kids we’ve got the perfect activities for you! Queenstown

Travel on our 100 year old steamship to Walter Peak, and if you like, join a farm tour

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Scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau for a magical glowworm adventure

Milford sound

See waterfalls, wildlife and spectacular Mitre Peak on our Scenic and Nature Cruises

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Travel across Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass and experience true wilderness on a fiord cruise

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Cruise over Lake Manapouri to the Underground Power Station – one of NZ’s greatest engineering achievements

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Cross Foveaux Strait on a modern catamaran to NZ’s third Island

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Queenstown Wanaka Fiordland

Your one-stop family guide to New Zealand’s stunning Southern Lakes region. Queenstown and Arrowtown – You’ll never run out of things to do in Queenstown but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, shopping and wineries and six fantastic ski fields nearby, 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, offering accommodation, restaurants, activities and fantastic family bike tracks.

Wanaka – A perfect year-round holiday spot with a laid-back feel. Stay on the shore of Lake Wanaka surrounded by magnificent valleys, mountains and glaciers. Wanaka offers stunning scenery, fabulous dining, festivals and family fun. Activities include jet boating, paintball, kids’ climbing and the famous Puzzling World, as well as family bike and walking tracks and four fantastic skifields between half an hour and one hour from town.

Fiordland and Te Anau – Milford and Doubtful Sounds are just a short trip from Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. The peaceful lakeside town of Te Anau offers fun family activities including cruises, biking, jet boating, hiking tours and horse riding. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the glowworm caves, nearby Lake Manapouri and the rugged wonders of Fiordland including Doubtful Sound and the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound.

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THE SNOW SCENE: June–October Local ski fields and snow activities Hiring gear Ski schools / childcare facilities Mountain transport The Wanaka snow scene

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Wanaka activities Eating out made easy Family-friendly shopping The kids’ directory Wanaka useful contacts Wanaka walking/biking tracks Exploring Cromwell

Te Anau activities Te Anau walking/biking tracks Te Anau useful contacts Eating out made easy Milford Sound Doubtful Sound

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ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS On a budget Rainy day ideas Jet boating Family fun The Queenstown Trail Walking/biking tracks Playgrounds Adventure activity age guide Adventure fun Glenorchy Arrowtown

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOPPING Clothing, toys, books, sweets and treats, supermarkets and more

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SOUTHERN L AKES MAPS Queenstown and Fernhill Queenstown centre Frankton and Kelvin Heights Ski fields map Arrowtown Wanaka Te Anau The road to Milford Sound The route to Doubtful Sound Southern Lakes area

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OTHER STUFF Queenstown useful contacts 7 Winter events highlights 8 The Queenstown quiz 47 Getting around 78 55 The Legend of Our Breathing Lake 79 58 Family deals 80 60 Index 82 60 61 62 63 Visit KidzGo.co.nz

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Queenstown Useful Contacts EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL AID Police / Fire / Ambulance Call 111 (Did you know you can TEXT to 111 if necessary?) Queenstown Medical Centre 03 441 0500 9 Isle St, Queenstown Remarkables Park Medical Centre 03 450 9199 Level 2, Building 12, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Hawthorne Drive, 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 03 442 0975 20 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Queenstown Pharmacy 03 441 0590 Isle Street, Queenstown QT Pharmacy 03 442 6326 O’Connells Shopping Centre, Queenstown Unichem Remarkables Pharmacy 03 442 2800 Remarkables Park Town Centre Summerfield’s Frankton Pharmacy 03 442 3467 Frankton Roundabout, Frankton Unichem Wilkinson’s Pharmacy 03 442 7313 4 The Mall, Queenstown 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

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POST OFFICES Queenstown 03 442 7670 Mon–Fri, 8.30am–5.30pm, Sat, 9am–4pm Arrowtown 03 442 1885 Mon–Fri, 9am–4.30pm Frankton (inside Summerfield's Pharmacy) 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

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INFORMATION CENTRES & BOOKING AGENTS 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 Qbook Central 03 409 2969 Lower Shotover Street Qbook Kawarau Village 03 441 4107 Alpine Lakes Drive, Kawarau Village 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 FACILITIES Queenstown (see maps p4 & p6) ✽ One Mile Reserve Fernhill Roundabout ✽ Earnslaw Park Lower Beach Street ✽ O’Connell’s Shopping Centre Beach Street ground 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 p6) ✽ Frankton Beach ✽ Frankton Bus Stop ✽ Frankton Marina ✽ Remarkables Park Town Centre (disabled access and full service parents room behind Flight Centre) ✽ New World Supermarket and The Warehouse (with babychanging) Kelvin Heights (see map p6) ✽ Kelvin Grove at entrance to picnic area and golf course ✽ Bayview Reserve Arrowtown (see map p40) ✽ Ramshaw Lane alongside Arrow River, half way down (with babychanging) and at the end near Fork and Tap. ✽ Next to Chinese Village TAXIS Green Cabs Queenstown Water Taxis OTHER TRANSPORT Snow Transport Getting Around

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KIDS GO FREE on selected departures during NZ school holidays (TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises, Walter Peak High Country Farm, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Doubtful Sound Daytime Cruises, Milford Sound Scenic Cruises and Nature Cruises and Stewart Island Ferry). Conditions apply. Phone: 0800 65 65 03.

New Zealand School Holiday Dates 13th July to 28th July 28th Sept to 13th October. Scheduled skifield opening/closing dates (snow dependent) Cardrona Alpine Resort 21 June – 6 October Coronet Peak 8 June – 6 October The Remarkables 22 June – 29 September Snow Farm NZ 29 June – late September Treble Cone 27 June – 29 September

28 Kids’ Day Out Kids rule The Peak all day with plenty of activities, entertainment and games. Venue: Coronet Peak www.nzski.com AUGUST 17 Merino Muster Snowfarm's headline event. Different length races including a short distance race for children 10 years and under – you can even enter something if it's your first day! Register online. www.snowfarmnz.com

Regular Events Queenstown Ice Arena Disco on ice – skate to great sounds and lighting every Friday and Saturday night through the season. 03 441 8000

17 Parklife Invitational with FMX Demos Snow and rails brought into downtown Queenstown for 30 invited freestylers to bust out their tricks. Brought to you by nzski.com Queenstown Rec Ground 5.30pm–9.30pm

Alpine Aqualand Family Fun Day 03 450 9005 On the last Sunday of every month we throw all the toys in the pool and show the kids a good time! JUNE 21 – 30 AMERICAN EXPRESS QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL See feature below for great family fun events.

SEPTEMBER 1 Streets Youth Mini Shred 2 @ The Remarkables Young skiers & snowboarders compete to blow minds with their ripping style and technical tricks. For under 16s www.nzski.com

JULY 10 – 14 Ice Sculpture on the Plaza Ice sculpture competition at Treble Cone Skifield. Subject to snow/weather and date changes. www.treblecone.com

7 PUMP Mini Mountain www.treblecone.com Child-specific ski / snowboard competition. Subject to snow/weather and date changes.

19 + 20 45° Below Sled Dog Race Great for spectators; great fun for the kids to see and hear the dogs in action. Good viewing deck and lots to do! www.snowfarmnz.com

19 International ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ @ The Remarkables Dress like a pirate and come up to The Remarks for the day. Past events have included cardboard ship races and lolly scrambles.

21 Streets Youth Mini Shred 1 @ The Remarkables Young skiers and snowboarders compete to blow minds with their ripping style and technical tricks. For under 16s www.nzski.com

OCTOBER 24-27 Willowridge Wanakafest A calendar of events such as street parade, wine and food fest, urban downhill and mountain bike race. www.wanakafest.co.nz

24 TC Cat’s Birthday Help TC Cat celebrate his birthday with cake and treats! Venue: Treble Cone Skifield, www.treblecone.com Event subject to snow/weather conditions & date changes.

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American Express opening party and fireworks. Earnslaw Park, 6pm. Fireworks 7pm Auckland Airport Family Fun Day Earnslaw Park from 1pm American Express Festival Street Parade downtown Queenstown from noon MoreFM Day on the Bay (Jet Sprints, Paddle Board race, Undy 500 and more). Queenstown Bay, from noon MoreFM Birdman – a festival favourite! Earnslaw Park from noon Ice Hockey; Southern Stampede v Red Devils Queenstown Ice Arena from 7pm MoreFM Downtown Day Earnslaw Park, noon Speights Dog Derby Coronet Peak, noon Speights Dog Barking Earnslaw Park, 3pm Mountain Mayhem – one for the kids! Coronet Peak, from 11am Auckland Airport International Community Carnival Earnslaw Park, 4pm Visit www.winterfestival.co.nz

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10 Days Of Non-Stop Live Entertainment In Queenstown! More Than 60 Events Including Street Parties, Fireworks, Ice hockey tournaments, Birdman Flying, Big Air Jumping, Glitzy Balls, Sports And Comedy. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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The Snow Scene Contents 10 Ski Fields & Snow Activities 13 Hiring Gear 16 Ski School / Childcare 18 Mountain Transport 20 The Wanaka Snow Scene With more than 25 scenic ski areas and lots of perfect, crisp, blue-sky days, New Zealand has the best ski and snowboard areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Base yourself in Queenstown or Wanaka and you’ll be as little as half an hour’s drive from six fantastic ski areas, with a world of snow to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmobile, tube, toboggan and play in. Find out all you need to know for a day on the snow in this chapter...

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CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Cardrona is the largest ski area easily accessed from Queenstown, and New Zealand’s favourite family mountain! Kids love Cardrona, thanks to its crazy colourful base area and mellow groomed runs, perfect for young ones finding their feet. There are plenty of flexible options available which means mums & dads can have as much free time as they wish. Cardrona offers care, activities, lessons and FUN in flexi full-day, half-day and multiday options. Shorter lessons are available for families who'd like to spend more time skiing together. Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes. Phone: 03 443 7341 (Mountain) 03 442 4112 (Queenstown) 03 443 7411 (Wanaka) Lifts: 4 quad chairlifts, 3 surface conveyor lifts, 1 platter tow Facilities: nursery & kindy (3mths–4 yrs), ski kindy (3–4 yrs), kids' ski & snowboard school (5–14 yrs), based in the Archway Eastside & Westside Kids' Centres; five cafés, snow shop, rental and repairs, ski/ snowboard school, first aid, doctor. Terrain: beginners 20%, intermediate 55%, advanced 25% www.cardrona.com

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OVERSNOW SNOWMOBILE TOURS Min age 8* OverSnow Tours offers guided snowmobile tours, a fantastic experience across the easyto-ride terrain located at Snow Farm, atop the Pisa Range. Feel the exhilaration as you ride your snowmobile and explore New Zealand's stunning winter backcountry. Take our 60 minute Hanging Valley Snowmobile Tour or venture further afield with our 1½ hour Road To Nowhere Tour. Minimum age for driving a snowmobile is 14 years. Children can accompany a rider (min age 8, limited numbers and conditions apply). Bookings essential. Phone: 021 790 395 Departs: Snow Farm Lodge Hanging Valley Snowmobile Tour: 60mins, $199pp Pillion riders Adult $90/Child $60 (8–13yrs) Road To Nowhere Snowmobile Tour: 1½ hours, $345pp Pillion riders Adult $90/Child $60 (8–13yrs) Group discount 10% for bookings of 6+ riders Email: info@oversnowtours.co.nz www.oversnowtours.co.nz *Pillion only. Riders must be at least 14 years. ALL participants ride at our discretion and may be subject to other factors such as weight, height and confidence.

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TREBLE CONE Treble Cone is an exciting winter playground offering options for families who are either first-timers or regular skiers and snowboarders. Our congestion-free slopes and two chairlifts provide access to the South Island’s largest ski area. Families can also learn to ski or ride together using our FREE ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy beginner platter and protected beginner ski area, sightsee on a scenic chairlift ride or just play in the snow on the lower mountain. Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. Phone: 03 443 7443 Lifts: 6-seater express chairlift, saddle quad chairlift, nice ‘n’ easy platter and magic carpet Family discounted lift pass: $268 (2 adults + 2 children, extra children only $25 each) Family scenic chairlift ride: $40 Facilities: café, adults and kids ski/snowboard school, childcare centre, retail shop, rental equipment & repairs, medical centre. Terrain: beginners 10%, intermediate 45%, advanced 45% www.treblecone.com Qualmark Visitor Activity & Enviro Silver SNOW FARM Experience New Zealand's only cross-country ski area. A perfect family activity and it doesn’t matter if you’re all new to it! Slip into the skinny skis and choose your route from up to 55kms of trails. Children will love it too! FOR THE KIDS – Tubing and Sledding. We have sleds and tubes available for hire with protective headwear. Baby Sleds are also available for parents who want to take baby skiing with them (this also adds to the exercise!) A café/restaurant is onsite, with comfy seating and a great viewing area so in- or outdoors, spend a family day at Snow Farm! Phone: 03 443 7542 Facilities: café, ski rental, ski school, accommodation, backcountry huts. www.snowfarmnz.com Bring along your Kidz Go magazine and receive one child’s ski rental free of charge. GUIDED SNOWSHOE WALKS Everyone can snowshoe and on our trip ... every step is a story! Make your own tracks as our friendly guides take you on a mountain adventure! Snowshoes grip into the snow and are so easy to use – we just fit them onto your own shoes and within minutes you will be walking and playing on the snow! Explore the alpine backcountry, walk on frozen lakes and have lots of fun! This is a unique snow activity the whole family will love! Small, personal groups with distance, pace and duration adjusted according to group’s ability. Privately guided trips available, suitable for families with younger children. www.KidzGo.co.nz

Departs: 8am and 1.30pm (courtesy pick-up service) Half Day: Adult $145, Child $105 (7–14 years) Allow 4–5 hours (2–3 hours snowshoeing) Freephone: 0800 455 712 Phone: 03 442 7126 Email: info@nzwalks.com www.snowshoeing.co.nz


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Discount Rates: All listed stores offer family deals or excellent discount rates for multi-day hire. The chart below shows you this season’s rental rates around town. Prices quoted are for standard equipment but in general the more you pay, the newer the gear. If you want to try the latest and best, ask for ‘executive’ or ‘performance’ rental prices. If you don't have your own snow clothes there are plenty of options. Listed outlets rent clothes with a good range of ski trousers, jackets and suits for children and adults. However, you may prefer to buy your gloves, hat and goggles (or just use sunglasses), as these are often not rented.

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$46 $25

$36 $20

$20 $15

$46 $25

$35 $25

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$24 $18

$20 $16

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$24 $18

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KIWI DISCOVERY Adult 03 442 7340 Child (3–17 years)

$47 $31

$35 $27

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$47 $31

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ONE STOP Adult 03 441 2085 Child (15 & under) (w/ Kidz Go discount))

$25.60 $16

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ROCKIES Queenstown’s premier children’s shop stocks the largest range of snow wear for ages 1–16 years. Renting or buying ski clothing for the kids? Visit the specialist children’s clothing store for top quality kids’ ski and snowboard gear – this season’s jackets and pants for the trendy kids and snuggly warm clothing and accessories for your toddler. Rockies stocks all your favourite labels, including Burton, Spyder, Surfanic, Roxy and Quiksilver. Check out our gorgeous kids’ Icebreaker merino and Emu Ugg Boots. Accessories include a large range of snowboots, gloves, mittens, goggles, helmets, sunglasses, beanies and socks. Rental: visit Rockies for your child’s ski rental clothing with prices from just $10 a day. Toboggan hire also available. 49 Beach St, Queenstown Hours: daily, 9am to 9pm Phone: 03 442 8153 Email: sales@rockies.co.nz www.rockies.co.nz

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TOBOGGANS For back to basics fun on the snow you can’t get past a good old toboggan and all listed stores rent them out. Snowbiz and Browns also rent out snowboots – great for playing in the snow, and Browns Retail sell kids' harnesses and ‘Edgie-Wedgies’ – ideal for young skiers (around 3 years). GOGGLES AND GLOVES These can be rented from Green Toad, One Stop, Kiwi Discovery or all stores have a good range for purchase along with lots of other accessories. HELMETS AND WRISTGUARDS These are available for hire or are often free with rental in ski rental stores listed. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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GREEN TOAD The Family Rental Specialists The Ski and Snowboard rental specialists offer great equipment at great prices for all gear including child rentals. Free wristguards with snowboard hire and great, friendly, helpful staff. Jackets, pants, helmets and toboggans available for hire as well as all your winter accessories including hats, gloves and goggles. Discounts for multi-day hire. Chain hire now available. Child is 15 years and under. The Station Building, 48 Camp St (next to Red Rock) Phone: 03 442 5311 Hours: Open 7 days, 7.30am – 9.00pm www.greentoad.co.nz See p20 for Green Toad, Wanaka BROWNS SKI SHOP Rental – Book online! You need us! Kids are our thing – most of us have our own and we know exactly what it takes to make a family holiday work. We have what you need – great kids’ rental gear, a family discount of 15%*, FREE helmets for kids, FREE wrist guards with snowboards, FREE delivery and pick-up, FREE gear insurance, FREE baby-sitting – sorry, just kidding... Really tho, all those extras add up to LOTS OF SAVINGS, check around and check us out – oh, BTW, we consider anyone up to & including 17 years old as a kid (although most of us like to think we’re all still kids). Retail – exclusive range of kids’ (from 6 months) and adults’ skiwear and accessories from around the world. Hire: 4 Brecon St, 03 442 4005 Retail Shop: 39 Shotover St, 03 442 4003 Hours: Open 7 days, 7.30am – 8.00pm Email: info@brownsnz.com www.brownsnz.com * 15% family discount – minimum 1 adult plus 1 child KIWI DISCOVERY RENTAL Located in central Queenstown and operating for over 25 years, Kiwi Discovery are the experts for your perfect ski holiday. The staff are passionate about snow and will kit you and the family out with gear as well as offer advice and information. Offering a large range of children's skis/snowboards, clothing from infants upwards and free delivery to all major accommodations, Kiwi Discovery also have the largest range of women-specific skis. For the experienced skier or rider, choose from an extensive range of performance equipment. Gloves & goggles and warm snow boots for “play in the snow” occasions are also available for hire or purchase. Kiwi Discovery operate a large fleet of buses to and from the ski fields and have many packages for learner packs, lift pass combos and bus transport. 37 Camp Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7340 Hours: 0pen 7 days, 7.00am – 8.30pm Email: info@kiwidiscovery.com www.kiwidiscovery.com


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SNOWBIZ Ski & Snowboard Rental All you need for a great day on the slopes – in one place! Great package deals (including equipment rental, lift pass, lesson and transport). Make your ski/snowboard rental experience completely hassle-free! Mountain transport departs from our front door. FREE hotel delivery. Brand new 2013 skis and snowboards, including a large range of Twin-Tip skis for children and adults. Try out the ‘latest and greatest’. Our ‘Sport’ and ‘Performance’ lines cater for all abilities. Child rates up to 17 years. Locally owned and operated. Come in and see the experts! Centrally located in The Station Building, Duke St, Central Queenstown Phone: (03) 441 2085 Hours: 7.15am to 9.00pm, 7 days Email: info@snowbiz.co.nz www.snowbiz.co.nz For a great family deal, present your Kidz Go 20% discount voucher in-store – PLUS RECEIVE THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DAY TOTALLY FREE! ONE STOP Ski & Snowboard Rental We specialize in top gear for the whole family at truly affordable rates! Great package deals (including equipment rental, lift pass, lesson and transport) and you'll love the convenience of mountain transport departing from our front door. Our international team of experts is available to assist in all your ski, snowboard and winter clothing requirements. Glove, goggle, helmet and wristguard rental available. Large range of accessories for sale. Child rates up to 15 years. Locally owned and operated. Personalised Service! Centrally located in The Station Building, Duke St, Central Queenstown Phone: (03) 441 2085 Hours: 7.15am to 9.00pm, 7 days Email: info@onestopsnowshop.com www.onestopsnowshop.com For a great family deal present your Kidz Go 20% discount voucher in-store!

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CORONET PEAK AND THE REMARKABLES

For bookings, prices and more information phone the Snowsports School or visit www.nzski.com Coronet Peak: 03 442 4692 / The Remarkables: 03 442 4908 SKIWILAND EARLY LEARNING CENTRES (3 months–5 years) Fully licensed on-mountain childcare from Qualified Early Learning Educators; supervised indoor fun and playtime in the snow. Bookings essential. Mini Kids (3 mths–under 2 years) Qualified staff ensure safe and fun activity-based childcare including playtime in the snow. Lunch is not included. Reservations essential. Kiwi Kids (2–5 years) If your child is not yet ready to ski, Kiwi Kids provides safe and fun childcare. A mix of supervised indoor fun and playtime in the snow. Full day option includes lunch. Reservations essential. Skiwi Kids (3–5 years) Enthusiastic instructors ensure early snow experiences are fun. Includes a ski lesson in small groups in our dedicated Skiwi Kids area, plus lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Full day option includes lunch. Ski, boot and helmet hire included. Reservations essential. KEA CLUB (Ski 5–15 years | Snowboard 8–15 years) Specifically designed for kids, encouraging maximum participation, safety and fun. We do not take advance bookings, but recommend early arrival to ensure participation. Lift pass included. Full day option includes lunch. Options including rental available. KRUISER SQUAD – School Holiday Programme (Ski 5–15 years | Snowboard 8-15 years) Run during the school holidays for all children level 2 and above. Children stay with the same instructor and focus on improving skills in a safe, fun environment. Five days with a three day option available at The Remarkables. Lunch included. Reservations essential. Options including rental and/or lift pass are available.

CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT

For bookings, prices and more information visit www.cardrona.com or phone 03 443 7411 (Wanaka), 03 443 7341 (Mountain), 03 442 4112 (Queenstown) NURSERY (3 months–under 2 years) & KINDY (2–4 years) Fully-licensed Early Childhood Centre. Games, toys and FUN. Snacks and drinks are provided. Price includes lunch for Kindy only. SKI KINDY (3–4 years) Fully-licensed Early Childhood Centre offering activities, lunch (full day only) and ski lessons. 1) Under 5s Private Lesson 1-on-1 experience with a professional instructor for 60 minutes. 2) Under 5s Group Lesson 2 x 2-hour lessons with 2–3 children of the same age & ability level. KIDS’ SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL (5 years and over) 1. Full day (8.30am–4pm) of 2 x 2-hour lessons, lunch and activities. 2. Flexible half day options available, including activities and 2-hour group lesson, plus lunch if required. 3. Skiwees (ski) & Lowriders (snowboard) 4 days (Mon–Thurs) of lessons with the same instructor and group. HOBBITS (4+ years) Sunday workshops for little skiers and riders – lots of fun! CARDRONA ACADEMY (10+ years*) 4-day camps for kids wanting to improve their race, pipe and/or park skills. Mon–Thurs in July school holidays. (*Under 10s may be accepted on individual basis; please enquire.)

TREBLE CONE

For bookings, prices and more information visit www.treblecone.com or phone 03 443 7443 KITTY CAT CLUB (from 3–6 years*) Fully-supervised indoor area with a range of games, books, toys, and craft materials. Ideal for children wanting a break from the snow. Maximum stay is 2 hours. No food provided. *Children under 3 are welcome if accompanied by parent or guardian. KITTY CAT SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON Offered to 3 and 4 year olds in childcare to create a 3-hour indoor / outdoor programme. Includes a 1-hour lesson with a maximum of 3 children, ski and boot hire and 2 hours of childcare. A perfect way to discover skiing in a friendly and fun mini group! TC CAT KIDS’ CLUB (3–15 years*) – Full day with lessons We guarantee your kids will learn loads and have plenty of fun in the TC CAT KIDS’ CLUB. This is a full (single or multi-day) ski or snowboarding programme that runs daily from 10am to 3.15pm. Includes 4 hours coaching and a supervised lunch. *Skiing min age 3, Snowboarding min age 6. Early drop-off available from 9am.


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From $260 (for 6 Sundays) Add lunch $60 $470 per week. See www.cardronaparksnz.com

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Cardrona Morning lessons 10.20am–12.20pm Afternoon lessons 2pm–4pm

All day care, lessons & lunch $114 (Add lift pass $40, add rental $30 with full day package booking.) 4 day Skiwees and Lowriders $393 (NOT including gear and lift pass.)

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Times Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Morning lessons 10am–12.30pm Afternoon lessons 1pm–3.50pm Note: these are CHILD lesson times – they start 20 minutes prior to adult lessons and finish 20 minutes after, giving you time to have your own lesson.

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With the exception of Coronet Peak, the local ski field access roads are unsealed. While they are maintained regularly throughout winter, road conditions can vary on a daily basis. If you’re not comfortable with fitting chains or mountain driving in snow or icy conditions, you’ll be far better off letting someone else drive you to the slopes. If you do drive, carry chains at all times; the access roads will provide signage advising whether it is necessary for these to be fitted. If you’re driving, remember to always drive to the conditions, carry warm clothing, food, water, blankets, chains, a shovel, first aid kit, and keep your petrol tank full. Remember, weather can deteriorate quickly while you are skiing.

MOUNTAIN ACCESS ROADS (see map p9) CARDRONA The Crown Range is the shortest route between Queenstown and Wanaka, but the winding road requires great care in snow or icy conditions. It is sealed but very twisty and steep in parts. The 10km Cardrona ski field access road is unsealed. You are able to park very close to base if you arrive early. Otherwise courtesy car park shuttles run throughout the day. CORONET PEAK The closest ski field to Queenstown, the start of the access road is an easy 5 minutes drive from town centre. It's 9km of good, sealed road. Car parks fill up quickly so be prepared for a 5–10 minute walk or catch the regular courtesy car park shuttle. Cardrona THE REMARKABLES The access road is 20 minutes drive from Queenstown or 5 minutes from Frankton. It's 13km and unsealed. Parking generally very close to base building. TREBLE CONE The closest ski field to Wanaka, drive 22km along the Mt Aspiring Road to the Treble Cone turnoff. The access road is only 7km but steep and unsealed. Parking close to base building. SNOW FARM Take the Crown Range road to the Cardrona Valley. If you're coming from Queenstown, the sealed road is twisty and steep but well-maintained. The access road is 13km, well-graded but unsealed. CHAINS Our ski areas require chains to be carried as conditions can change drastically

during the day. Watch for signs indicating the state of the road ahead and whether it is necessary to fit chains. Chains can be bought at most petrol stations or hired from Queenstown Bike Hire (03 442 6039), Green Toad Queenstown (03 442 5311) or Green Toad Wanaka (03 443 4315).

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DISCOUNT CAR RENTALS 03 442 6039 GREEN CABS 0508 447 336

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INFO AND surcharge $10SNOW 03 442 9708 INFO & SNOW 03 442DISCOVERY 9708 KIWI 03 442 7340 KIWI DISCOVERY SKI LINKCABS GREEN 03 442 441 7340 2085

SERIOUS FUN SERIOUS FUN SNOW SHUTTLES SNOW SHUTTLE 03 442 5262 03 442 5262 www.KidzGo.co.nz

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CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT

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4WD car hire just $75 per day (based on ONE day hire) or from $49 per day for multi-day hire. Includes ski racks and snow chains. Car (seats 1–4) $70 one way Van (seats 1–11) $75 one way

Van (1–11) $130 o/w

Car (1–4) $160 o/w Van (1–11) $200 o/w

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SERIOUS FUN SNOW SHUTTLES The most friendly and personalized transport to Cardrona. We provide door-to-door service from anywhere in Queenstown, plus affordable lift/rental/ lesson packages without you having to queue to collect your passes. Our 10-seater vans are equipped with ski/ board racks and with a 9am arrival and on-site assistance we will make sure you get the best out of your day on the mountain. Our drivers are focused on your safety and comfort to ensure your day is Serious Fun! Phone: 03 442 5262 (Bookings essential) Freephone: 0800 SERIOUS (0800 737 468) Times: Queenstown pick-ups from 7.30am Arrival Cardrona 9am, Departs Cardrona car park 4pm Email: sales@snowshuttles.co.nz www.snowshuttles.co.nz GREEN CABS Door-to-door ski field transport NZ’s environmentally-friendly taxi company with economical hybrid vehicles and dedication to tree planting. Because our cars cost a lot less to run than your average taxi, our rates are also less than many of our competitors. So not only will you get a safe, quiet, comfortable ride when you take a Green Cab, you'll have more money left over! Our door-to-door ski field service gives your family flexibility and convenience – no schedules, no timetables, and no self-driving on snowy mountain roads! We have cars (seat 1–4 passengers) and minivans (seat up to 11 passengers) set up for ski field access, with competent, experienced drivers, snow chains if required and child seats available on request too ($5). Call us for a quote today! Phone: 0508 447 336 www.greencabs.co.nz KIWI DISCOVERY :: SKI LINK TRANSPORT Easy transport to ALL the local skifields from over 25 locations and accommodations round town to make your family day hassle-free! Kiwi Discovery Ski Link are the only transport operator to service all resorts daily: Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Treble Cone. Book one of the services before 7pm the night prior to departure and you’ll have a guaranteed seat right to the snow, no chain-fitting or carrying skis (and kids) to and from the car park. Just sit back and relax and enjoy your holiday. Located in central Queenstown and operating for over 25 years, all drivers are experienced and trained for the icy conditions and are friendly and passionate about Queenstown and the snow. Their motto is to 'make it easy' to help you get the most out of your time in Queenstown. Shop open 7 days a week, 7am – 8pm. 37 Camp Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7340 Email: info@kiwidiscovery.com www.kiwidiscovery.com

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SNOW SHUTTLES ONALISED AFFORDABLE & PERS DAILY TRANSPORT QUEENSTOWN TO CARDRONA

Why travel with us: * Complete snow packages – transport, lift passes, rental & lessons in easy combos. * Door-to-door service to Cardrona’s lifts! * Comfortable 4x4 vans with snow-tyres. * On-site assistance and orientation.

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INFO & SNOW MOUNTAIN TRANSPORT Daily ski transport service to Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park and Snow Farm. We offer competitive rates, reliable transport and great savings with lift pass/ transport combos. Looking for gear and lessons too? All-inclusive ski packages for the whole family are also available through our one-stop-shop for all things snow! Come and see our experienced and friendly staff. Centrally located with departures from our shop or selected Queenstown accommodation. 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 9708 Freephone: 0800 46 22 48 Email: info@infosnow.co.nz www.infosnow.co.nz DISCOUNT CAR RENTALS Locally owned and 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. 4WD car hire from $49 per day (based on multi-day hire). Corner of Marine Parade and Church Street, at Queenstown Bike Hire Phone: 03 442 6039 Mobile: 027 432 7621 Freephone: 0800 557 232 Email: regsbikes@xtra.co.nz www.discountrentals.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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The Wanaka Snow Scene Wanaka is the perfect base for accessing four fantastic ski areas, in as little as half an hour's drive. If you don’t have your own gear or you’re not sure how to get to the snow, check out these Wanaka-based businesses. Discount Rates: All listed stores offer family deals or excellent discount rates for multi-day hire. Prices quoted are for standard equipment but in general the more you pay, the newer the gear. If you want to try the latest and best, ask for ‘executive’ or ‘performance’ hire prices. GREEN TOAD WANAKA The Family Rental Specialists The Ski and Snowboard rental specialists offer great equipment at great prices for all gear including child rentals. Free wrist guards with snowboard hire and great, friendly, helpful staff. Jackets, pants, helmets and toboggans available for hire as well as all your winter accessories including hats, gloves and goggles. Discounts for multi-day hire. Chain hire now available. Child is 15 and under. For more information see colour ad p14. 6 Pembroke Mall, behind the bakery, Wanaka Hours: open 7 days, 7.30am–9pm Phone: 03 443 4315 www.greentoad.co.nz ROCKET RENTAL Cheap ski hire? Cheap snowboard hire? We are Wanaka’s cheapest ski and snowboard rental option... Guaranteed. Our experienced and friendly crew is dedicated to getting your family on the hill for less in less time. We take being cheap very seriously. That doesn’t mean compromising on service, and it doesn’t mean gear that won’t do the job. Located in the centre of Wanaka, our specialist store can kit you out in everything you need for a fun day on the snow. 39 Helwick Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 ROCK (7625) Hours: daily, 7.30am–7.30pm Email: info@rocketrental.co.nz www.rocketrental.co.nz

Treble Cone, Wanaka

BASE ULTIMATE RENTAL We guarantee you the ultimate rental experience with the largest range of 2014 skis and snowboards – whether it's new, up-to-date beginners’ equipment, or the latest in high-tech, topend skis and snowboards. Base Ultimate Rental has three levels of equipment which means that no matter what your ability, from beginner to all mountain ripper, children or women’s specific, we have the gear to suit your needs. With top quality service and a comfort boot fit guarantee, Base Ultimate Rental is the best choice for ski & snowboard hire in Wanaka. Come and see us or book your gear online before you arrive! FREE hotel delivery and multi-day discounts available. 12 Helwick Street, (inside BASE2) Wanaka Phone: 03 443 6620 Hours: daily, 7am–7pm Email: rentals@basenz.com www.BaseNZ.com

HIRING GEAR GREEN TOAD 03 443 4315

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ROCKET RENTAL INFO 03 443AND 7625SNOW Adult (better) 03 442 9708 Child (9 & under) Adult

KIWI DISCOVERY BASE 03 442 7340 ULTIMATE RENTAL Youth (12 – 16) 03 443 6620 Child (11 & under) GREEN CABS SNOW TRANSPORT 03 441 2085 (return per head) ALPINE SNOW SHUTTLE 03 443 9120 www.KidzGo.co.nz

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Queenstown Activities & Trips Contents On a budget Rainy day ideas Jet boating Family fun Walking/biking tracks Playgrounds Adventure fun Glenorchy Arrowtown

On a budget? bright ideas to entertain the family

$50 OR UNDER

FREE v AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Centre v Arrowtown historical houses walk v Botanical gardens, Queenstown v Explore one of Queenstown’s family-friendly bike tracks (p33) v Feed the ducks at the lakefront v Frisbee golf, Queenstown gardens (hire discs from QT Ice Arena) v Join the library (ratepayers and children are free) v Playgrounds v Queenstown Airport – watch planes and helicopters v Saturday markets, Steamer Wharf v Skateboard halfpipe / skatepark v Tastings – lollies or fudge v Visit Chinese Settlement v Walks (see p34 and our maps)

v Climbing at Rockatipu Climbing Wall, Queenstown Events Centre v Goldfields Mining Centre v Design jewellery at The Bead Shop v Frankton driving range v Highlands Motorsport Museum v Highlands Mini Golf + Pedal Cars v Goldpanning in Arrowtown v Hire bikes, kayaks, scooters, or pogo sticks at QT lakefront v Join the library (non-ratepayers $25, children free) v Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown v Mini golf v Minus 5° ICEBAR v Puzzling World, Wanaka v Reading Cinema family pass v Rent a car for the day and go sightseeing

Note: prices based on cost for family of four at time of print.

v Rent toboggans v Ride the Skyline Luge, Queenstown v Site Trampoline ($25 per head) v Swimming at Alpine Aqualand v Swimming at Wanaka Pool v Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka v Underwater Observatory – town pier v Video, DVD or games hire

$75 OR UNDER v Clip ‘N Climb, Wanaka v Connectabus – hop on and off for a self-guided tour of the area v Guided tour of Goldfields Mining Centre with goldpanning v Ice skating at QT Ice Arena v Onsen Hot Pools (11am–3pm) v Ozone Tubing Park @ The Remarkables v Queenstown Lake Cruise v Have a Shot, Wanaka

QUALMARK is New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality. All businesses that carry the Qualmark® have chosen to be independently assessed and have been found to be professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence. You will find the Qualmark logo next to those activities that have been assessed and licensed by Qualmark. RESPONSIBLE TOURISM Qualmark Enviro-Gold, Silver or Bronze recognises those businesses that are actively participating in energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation or community activities. Please note: It is not mandatory to apply for a Qualmark assessment. While this guide acknowledges those businesses that have done so, this is not in any way intended to negatively implicate non-Qualmark rated businesses.

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Rainy Day Activities and Trips Day Trip to Arrowtown Visit the Lakes District Museum, cafés, the Arrow River and more. p40 Day Trip to Milford Sound It may be fine at Milford Sound even if it’s rainy in town. Otherwise the waterfalls are spectacular in the rain. p68 Day Trip to Wanaka Stay dry and visit Puzzling World, National Transport and Toy Museum, Clip ‘N Climb and Controller Freaks or have a play at the Wanaka Community Pool. p55 Goldfields Mining Centre Worth checking the weather – it’s often dry out there when raining in town. p26 Highlands Motorsport Park The latest day out destination, FASTlaps Porsche rides available for adults, motorsport museum, mini golf, go karting and café. Near Cromwell. p27 AJ Hackett Bungy – Kawarau Bungy Centre p38 Watch bungy jumpers & discover the ‘Secrets of Bungy’.

Alpine Aqualand, Frankton Complete with leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, 25m lap pool, adult hot pool and learn-to-swim classes. p26 Caddyshack City, Indoor Mini Golf Unique and lively indoor course on Brecon Street. Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown p27 Lots to see under cover, cosy café, umbrellas available. Kiwi Haka, Queenstown Maori cultural performance at the Skyline Gondola.

Luxury Spa Pools – Onsen, Queenstown Relax and unwind in your own private spa with `spectacular river and mountain views.

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Minus 5° ICEBAR Queenstown Come inside and marvel at a room where EVERYTHING is carved from ice. p28 Puzzling World, Wanaka Lots of indoor fun – illusion rooms and puzzles galore. p57 Queenstown Ice Arena A covered ice rink in Queenstown Gardens. Comfy skates, awesome LED lighting.

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Reading Cinemas, Queenstown Three screens and all the latest releases.

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Rockatipu Indoor Climbing Wall, Events Centre Free instruction and hire equipment available.

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Skyline Queenstown The trip in the cable car is a Queenstown ‘must do’. There's lots to entertain the family. p30 Site Trampoline Playground Have fun and build confidence!

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The Bead Shop, Queenstown Design your own wearable art.

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Te Anau Glowworm Caves p65 Boating and glowworms, all in an underground cave. TSS Earnslaw / Walter Peak High Country Farm p29 Combined with the farm tour, this is a great trip – rain or shine. Underwater Observatory, Queenstown Life under the surface of the lake; see the trout, salmon and eels in their natural habitat. See ad this page. Videos, DVDs, games, machine and console hire Video Ezy (Frankton or Arrowtown) or United Video (Stanley St). Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours, Queenstown p37 Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the canopy of the trees – a guided ecological adventure.

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MAIN TOWN PIER, MARINE PARADE, QUEENSTOWN, PH 0800 52 92 72

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), diving ducks and monster eels. Feed the fish and watch the frenzy! Main Town Pier, Queenstown. See map p6 Phone: 03 409 0000 Price: Adult $5, Child $3, Family $10


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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 on the spot. 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. THEN

SOUTHERN LAKES JET BOAT COMPANIES CLUTHA JET departs: Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7495 / 0508 525 352

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DART RIVER JET departs: Queenstown / Glenorchy Phone: 0800 327 853 p25 GOLDFIELDS JET departs: Queenstown / Cromwell Phone: 03 445 1038 / 0800 111 038 p24 KJET departs: Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 / 0800 52 92 72

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KJET Ideal for all ages You can step into a big yellow KJet every hour at the Main Town Pier, Queenstown. Travelling 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 Phone: 03 409 0000 Freephone: 0800 52 92 72 Departs: Every hour on the hour from 9am–5pm, daily Duration: 1 hour Price*: Adult $119, Child $69 (child is 5–15 years) Under 5 yrs ride FREE *Rates valid until 30th September 2013 Email: bookings@kjet.co.nz www.kjet.co.nz Family Deal: $307 for two adults & two children plus photo pack at discount rate, plus FREE entry into the Underwater Observatory!

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SHOTOVER JET Min child height 1m 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! Shotover Jet River Base, Gorge Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL Freephone: 0800 SHOTOVER (0800 746 868) Departs: Up to every 15 minutes FREE return transport available from ‘The Station’ Information Centre Duration: Allow 90 mins Queenstown return Email: reservations@shotoverjet.co.nz www.shotoverjet.com Ride with Shotover Jet and receive a *FREE family digital photo download (worth $20) and *FREE Shotover Jet Family Pass with exclusive savings at other Queenstown family-friendly businesses (*conditions apply). 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 Kawarau Bungy Centre and vineyards on the way and Goldfields Mining Centre next to Goldfields Jet. See ad page 26 and map p83. Phone: 03 445 1038 Freephone: 0800 111 038 Hours: 9am–5pm, 7 days Price: Adult $95, Child $49 (5–11yrs) See below for family deal. Duration: 40 minutes Email: enquiries@goldfieldsjet.co.nz 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!

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Activities :: Jet Boating DART RIVER JET WILDERNESS SAFARI Min child height 1m Journey deep into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park. Learn from your guide about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and lore of the Māori. Walk in the ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years. Travel by locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle Earth. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world. Adult Child *Family Special Price Wilderness Safari $219 $119 $557(save $119) *Family is 2 ad + 2 ch (age 5–15yrs) additional child ½ price. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL Information Centre cnr Camp & Shotover Streets Dart Visitor Centre Mull St, Glenorchy Freephone: 0800 DART JET (0800 327 853) Departs: Up to twice daily Duration: 6 hrs Queenstown rtn / 3 hrs Glenorchy rtn Email: reservations@dartriverjetsafaris.co.nz www.dartriverjetsafaris.com Rates valid until 30/06/14 DART RIVER JET FUNYAK SAFARI Min height 1m Min age 5 years Funyak Safari is an amazing journey deep into the Mt Aspiring National Park. Get involved with nature and enjoy exploring the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing in your ‘Funyak’ downstream to ‘Paradise’. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies to illustrate Middle Earth. Price Adult Child *Family Special Funyak Safari $299 $199 $797(save $199) *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: 8am daily Duration: Queenstown rtn 9 hrs/ Glenorchy rtn 7 hrs Email: reservations@dartriverjetsafaris.co.nz www.dartriverjetsafaris.com Rates valid until 30/06/14

Glenorchy Dart River flows into Lake Wakatipu at Glenorchy. If you're driving yourself on the stunning, 45km drive from Queenstown to the head of the lake for one of the above adventures it's worth staying around and spending time in this tiny frontier township. Find out more about Glenorchy, activities and eating out on page 39.

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Let us take you on an unexpected journey Journey deep into the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park and experience ‘New Zealand’s most sensational journey’. The Wilderness Safari includes an animating jet boat ride, a guided ancient forest walk and back-country tour. Book now on Freephone 0800 327 853 or visit our website.

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DART RIVER JET

Let us take you on an unexpected journey Get involved with nature in the World Heritage area of Mount Aspiring National Park and experience ‘New Zealand’s most sensational journey’. The Funyak Safari includes an animating jet boat ride, unique Funyak adventure and a wilderness buffet lunch. Book now on Freephone 0800 327 853 or visit our website.

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Alpine Aqualand Fun Filled Leisure Pool Lazy River Hydroslide Water Features Toddlers Area Adult Hot Pool 25m Lap Pool Swim Lessons

www.lakesleisure.co.nz 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 | info@lakesleisure.co.nz

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GOLDFIELDS MINING CENTRE Jet Boat – Goldpan – Explore – Relax Don’t miss this fascinating, 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 goldmining 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 daily 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 $95, Child $49 (5–11 years) Email: info@goldfieldsmining.co.nz www.goldfieldsmining.co.nz ALPINE AQUALAND Take in the excitement of Queenstown’s aquatic facility. Features include a leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, inflatables, toddlers’ area, lap pool, adult hot pool and swim school. Located a short drive from the town centre with plenty of parking on-site. Also on the bus route. Pool admission price: Adult $8, Child $3, Toddler plus one adult $6, Hydroslide: $2 15% discount for 5 or more people. QUEENSTOWN EVENTS CENTRE 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 school holiday programmes cater for kids aged 5–12 years. 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: info@lakesleisure.co.nz www.lakesleisure.co.nz Note: Alpine Aqualand supervision policy – all children must be actively supervised by an adult and under 5s kept within arm's reach.

MINI GOLF COURSES CADDYSHACK CITY Indoor mini golf in a themed setting. Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6642 QUEENSTOWN MINI GOLF Garden setting. Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7652


Activities :: Family Fun HIGHLANDS MOTORSPORT PARK Enjoy a family day out with exciting and varied activities for all ages! Highlands is a spectacular international standard motorsport circuit 45 minutes from Queenstown. The 650m Go-kart track provides family fun with single or tandem racing karts (single kart driver: min age 10 yrs, tandem driver: min age 16 yrs, tandem passenger: min age 6 yrs). The whole family can enjoy playing mini golf and for the little ones there are pedal cars on the track in the shape of Bathurst! Visit the National Motorsport Museum for memorabilia and cool cars and for the grown ups (min age 16) why not experience a FASTlaps ride in a Porsche with a race car driver! Café onsite. Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 03 445 4052 Hours: Open daily Go-karts $35 (10 mins), $60 (2 x 10 mins) $85 (3 x 10 mins) Museum Family $45 (2 adults + 2 kids) $79 for a 1-year ‘Friends of the Museum’ pass Mini Golf and Pedal Cars Family $25 (2 adults + 2 kids) Email: admin@highlands.co.nz www.highlands.co.nz

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Go Karts Museum Mini Golf FASTlaps Café Corner SH6 & Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 03 4454052 www.highlands.co.nz

KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK Kids Go FREE!* See a real live kiwi! The kids will love getting up close with over 20 species of native wildlife in our 5 acre breeding sanctuary. Come face to face with a kiwi at our kiwi feedings, experience birds flying overhead in our exciting free-flight Conservation Show, and meet our ‘living dinosaur’, the tuatara! We're an all-weather activity so any day is great to explore our sanctuary and experience conservation in action. Entry ticket valid all day. See map p6. Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8059 Conservation Show: 11am and 3pm, daily Kiwi Feeding Times: 10am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Price: Ad $42, Ch $21* (Child is 5–14 yrs, under 5s FREE) Family $95 (2 adults and up to 3 children) www.kiwibird.co.nz *1 child goes free with each paying adult on mention of Kidz Go (all day access, includes kiwi feedings, exciting free-flight Conservation Show, audio tour).

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Protecting the Kiwi and other Natives

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is more than a tourist attraction – they assist the Department of Conservation with recovery efforts for, amongst others, brown kiwi, tuatara, brown teal, kea, weka, blue duck and black stilt.

Did you know? * The kiwi, New Zealand's national emblem, is a flightless bird with hairlike feathers and a long, slender bill which it uses to pull worms and insects out of the ground. * Only 10% of kiwi chicks make it to six months and fewer than 5% reach adulthood.

* The kiwi is nocturnal, so it is active only at night, in forest areas. * The kiwi is only found in New Zealand. There are five species: little spotted, great spotted, brown, rowi and tokoeka. This chick, Tuku, was born in the park and released into the wild when she reached 1kg

* All species, apart from the little spotted, are in gradual or critical decline.

* The Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown is devoted to conservation and rehabilitation of the kiwi and other native birds.

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0800 264 536 (InternatIonal) +64 3 441 1137 QUEENSTOWN LAKE CRUISE (includes FREE entry to Underwater Observatory) This 1½ hour cruise is a gorgeous way to explore Queenstown and its beautiful lake. Your cruise takes you on a journey over to Hidden Island, Cecil Peak and the Frankton Arm as your skipper entertains with fun facts and lake legends. Great value at only $25 for adults and $15 for children, your fare includes free entry to see the diving ducks and slinky eels at Queenstown Underwater World and free tea/coffee & biscuit. Phone: 03 441 1137 Freephone: 0800 264 536 Departs: 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm daily Duration: 1 hour 30min Price: Adult $25, Child $15 (Child is 4–14yrs, under 4s travel free) Email: reservations@southerndiscoveries.co.nz www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz FAMILY DEAL – Kidz Go Free during New Zealand school holidays! www.KidzGo.co.nz

MINUS 5° ICE BAR Kids Go FREE!* Minus 5° ICE BAR is Queenstown's COOLEST experience taking the family on a frozen adventure they will never forget. You’ll be absorbed in a world crafted purely of ice. Everything from the walls and furniture to the bar and intricately hand-carved statues are made from crystal clear ice, even the glass that you enjoy one of our infamous cocktails from is made of ice (not forgetting the delicious Kids Juice Cocktails too!) Minus 5° ICE BAR is open all year so bring the family and step into our winter wonderland. Jackets, gloves and warm footwear is provided. Bookings recommended, conditions apply. Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown Lakefront (next to TSS Earnslaw) Phone: 03 442 6050 Freephone: 0800 MINUS5 Hours: noon – late Price: Adult from $20, Child $15* Email: info@minus5icebar.com www.minus5icebar.com *KIDZ GO DEAL: 1 child goes FREE with each paying adult! BIKE AND KAYAK HIRE QUEENSTOWN The best prices in town! 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! 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 hour), $25 – $40 (full day) Kayaks from $14 per hour. See shop for full price list. Email: regsbikes@xtra.co.nz 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 make this a unique outdoor spa experience. Pure, clean alpine water is heated to your requested temperature. Towels are available for hire. Bookings essential. 160 Arthurs Point Rd, behind The Barn, opp Coronet Peak Hotel Phone: 03 442 5707 Hours: 11am–11pm, daily Duration: 1 hour Price: Adult $32–$46 depending on number in your party, Child $10 (child is 5–15 years) Email: info@onsen.co.nz 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)


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The Lady of the Lake THE LADY OF THE LAKE Launched in 1912, TSS Earnslaw is the same age as the Titanic and was built to transport sheep, cattle and passengers from the high country stations. She was known as 'The Lady of the Lake' and worked alongside her sister ships, Antrim and Mountaineer. After nearly being scuttled in 1968, TSS Earnslaw was rescued by Fiordland Travel (now Real Journeys) and instead of sheep and cattle, commenced tourism operations, transporting visitors across Lake Wakatipu to visit Walter Peak High Country Farm to watch a working Kiwi sheep station in action. TSS Earnslaw, along with the Kingston Flyer steam train (built 1878) are all that remain of the Wakatipu's steam era and both are still powered by coal – a highlight of your trip on the Earnslaw is watching the stokers in action! OTHER FACTS: TSS stands for Twin Screw Steamship. The TSS Earnslaw travels 1½ times the circumferance of the earth each year – not bad for a 100 year old girl! In March 1990 TSS Earnslaw carried Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. She has also carried the King and Queen of Belgium, the Prince of Thailand, the Emperor and Empress of Japan and Bill Clinton.

TSS EARNSLAW & WALTER PEAK Experience Queenstown's heritage with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Departs: Daily from Steamer Wharf, Queenstown TSS Earnslaw Cruises from Adult $55, Child $22 Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Tour from Adult $75, Child $22 Cruise, Farm Tour & BBQ Lunch from Adult $85*, Child $32* Cruise & Evening Carvery Buffet from Adult $85*, Child $42.50* *Hot Deal promotional rate valid until October 2013 The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey from 27th May–28th June 2013. During this time a launch will substitute .

KIDS GO FREE! KIDS TRAVEL FREE DURING ALL NZ SCHOOL HOLIDAYS WITH FULL FARE-PAYING ADULTS.* * Maximum two school-aged children (up to 18 years) per adult. Conditions apply. See website for details.

Real Journeys Visitor Centre Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

FREEPHONE: 0800 65 65 03

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QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA A destination the whole family will enjoy! New this winter are comfy skates, awesome LED lighting and cool penguin pals and seals for the kids! For those not interested in skating we have a cosy lounge with comfortable seating and a view out to the action on the ice. Our café offers a full menu and hot drinks to keep you refreshed and refuelled. Best of all, no bookings and no time limits – skate as long as you like! Just show up with warm clothing, gloves and a camera! Queenstown Gardens. Free Parking. Phone: 03 441 8000 Open: 10am–5pm 7 days, Evening skate sessions 5:30pm–9:30pm every Friday and Saturday* Price: $15 pp. Pre-schoolers: $7 (all prices include skate hire) Family Pass: $55 2 Adults + 2 Children. (U18) 20 minute starter lesson: $20 pp, additional skaters $5 pp. max: 4 persons. Kids Parties: Contact the Arena for more information. www.queenstownicearena.co.nz *Session times are subject to change; please check our website or call to avoid disappointment.

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THE BEAD SHOP Relax in our friendly, colourful shop. Have fun designing your own wearable art or choose from our handcrafted selection. Hundreds of colours and styles of pieces to choose from to make your jewellery unique! Birthday parties and groups welcome. 2b Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 8466 Hours: 10am – 6pm daily Prices: from as little as $5 Email: lee@beadshopnz.com www.beadshopnz.com

SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN Ride the Gondola to family fun! 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 Blue or the faster Red track, double up with infants or ride alone… the choice is yours! Fun for all ages. Height restrictions apply. Bob’s Peak, Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0101 Price: Family Deal – Gondola and 1 Luge ride each – $104 for 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (child is 5–14 years) Valid to 30th Sept 2013. Skyline Luge Blue Track – children under 110cm must ride in tandem with an adult, ($2 per ride for future Luge riders) – 110cm – 135cm, children can ride unaccompanied. Skyline Luge Red Track – Children over 135cm can ride unaccompanied. Email: reservations@skyline.co.nz www.skyline.co.nz SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN STARGAZING A guided tour of our galaxy. The clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown are the perfect setting for stargazing. Skyline Stargazing takes you to a specially-constructed area above the Gondola for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky. Top-ofthe-line telescopes reveal an amazing array of sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulae, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies. Suitable for children, the commentary is informed but with easy-to-understand explanations and lots of interesting facts. Kids love spotting satellites as they move across the sky, or if you're lucky, a shooting star! Bob’s Peak, Brecon St, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 0101 Session Times: Tours run for 75 minutes and are available daily, after dark. Price: Gondola + Stargazing, Ad $79, Ch $39, Family $199 (Family = 2 ad and up to 3 ch, Child price is 5–14 years) Valid to 30th Sept 2013. Email: reservations@skyline.co.nz www.skyline.co.nz

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AROUND THE BASIN :: FAMILY BIKE ADVENTURES With 100km of purpose-built, non-technical cycle trails, you and the kids can explore Queenstown's stunning rivers, lakes and backcountry away from the traffic. Take our half-day cycle tour and we'll pick you up, kit out the family with bikes to suit all ages and abilities and select a section of the trail to suit your ability. You will ride beside river gorges, lakes and over numerous bridges as you explore the stunning Wakatipu Basin area that has never been accessible to the public before. Phone: 0508 782 9253 (QT CYCLE) Departs: Queenstown or Arrowtown Duration: morning, afternoon or full-day adventures. Choose from independent packages or fully-guided. SHUTTLE SERVICE: We also offer a trail shuttle service at designated times and locations for independent bikers. Bike Hire: We have a range of bikes to suit all ages including half-bikes, trailers and children's bikes. Email: info@aroundthebasin.co.nz www.aroundthebasin.co.nz RABBIT RIDGE BIKE RESORT Queenstown's brand-new super family-friendly bike activity! Rabbit Ridge is a year-round resort with mountain bike tracks to cater for beginner and younger riders as well as those with more experience. Situated

on 400 hectares of land, the resort is offering 30km of varied bike trails with construction on new trails happening all winter. The trails go all the way to the Gibbston Valley winery close to the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Gibbston Valley Station, Close to Gibbston Valley Winery and the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Enquiries: 0508 RIDERABBIT (7433 72248) READING CINEMAS Keep the family entertained. Screening the latest movies daily on our three big screens. Treat the kids to a blockbuster and relax in an exciting cinema environment. The cinemas feature wall-to-wall screens, stadium seating, first release movies, value packed candy bar deals and Timezone™ games centre. SPIT THE DUMMY WEDNESDAYS Enjoy our Wednesday morning movie session for parents. We keep the lights dimmed so you can see what you’re doing and entry is free for children under five years (max two per paying adult). 11-13 The Mall Queenstown Info line: 03 442 9990 Hours: 7 days. Check website or ‘Movie info line’ for movie times. Price: Adult $16.20, Student $14.70, Senior (65+) or Child $10.50 (Child is up to age 14 years) Family Pass: $42 for a family of four BOOK ONLINE, save time and guarantee a seat. www.readingcinemas.co.nz

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Each Wednesday morning, at Reading Cinemas Queenstown relax and enjoy a movie without worrying about feeding in the dark or those unexpected hissy-fits. Not available during school holidays.

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The Queenstown Trail

The new Queenstown Trail unveils 100+kms of stunning new vistas and much of the river, lake and country trails are accessible to the public for the first time ever. You can now explore the whole of the Wakatipu region, discover hidden ruins, spectacular suspension bridges, secret swim holes, cute cafés and wonderful wineries, all on easy bike or walking trails. Pick up a trails map or visit the official website at: QueenstownTrail.co.nz To make things easy you can use shuttle bus drop-off or pick-up services, allowing you to select the section of trail to suit you – the following companies offer this service:Around the Basin (aroundthebasin.co.nz) or Queenstown Bike Tours (queenstownbiketours.co.nz).

Easy Rides Lake Wakatipu Ride Departs: Queenstown Distance: 15km one way The flattest, easiest section of The Queenstown Trail starts from the centre of town and follows the lake right round the Frankton Arm. There are café stops at Frankton and Kelvin Heights. Highlights: Follows the lake shore with stunning views all the way, easy and social riding for all ages. Arrow River Bridges Ride Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 16km one way Ride alongside the Arrow River, and on to the Kawarau RIver and Gibbston Valley. The suspension bridges are fun to ride across and worth a stop in the middle to admire the view! The historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge has a family-friendly café which makes a great lunch spot if you're riding back the same way. Highlights: Crossing the two suspension bridges, watching the bungy jumping at Kawarau Bungy Bridge.

Intermediate Rides Old Shotover Bridge to Morven Ferry Road Departs: near Frankton Distance: 20km return From the Old Shotover Bridge follow the willow-lined banks of the Kawarau River. There are a few hilly

sections. Grab a lift back at Morven Ferry Road, bike back the way you came or continue to Arrowtown (8km). Note: no cafés or toilets along this section of trail. Highlights: Biking alongside the aquamarine Kawarau River. Arrowtown Return via Lake Hayes Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 25½ km loop A beautiful ride from Arrowtown, through Millbrook Resort and down to picturesque Lake Hayes. It's an 8km circuit round the lake on gravel path/boardwalk, slightly undulating. Look out for the NZ native pukeko (Purple Swamphen). Toilets at Lake Hayes & Millbrook. Highlights: Stopping for a picnic or swim (summer only!) at Lake Hayes.

Advanced Rides Arrowtown loop via Kawarau River and Millbrook Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 30km loop Ride from Arrowtown through Millbrook Resort to the Old Shotover Bridge. Follow the trail along the Kawarau River up to Morven Ferry Road, along the Arrow River back to Arrowtown. Toilets and café at Millbrook Resort or in Arrowtown. Highlights: Following the Kawarau River. Crossing the Southern Discoveries suspension bridge. Frankton to Jacks Point Departs: Kelvin Heights Distance: 14km one way The first half is an easy trail along the Kelvin Heights Track. Leave this section at Bay View Road and pick up the trail at Jardines Park. This track is more technical; undulating with some short, steep climbs, making it more enjoyable for children 10 years + with reasonable fitness. Highlights: Unique views of Lake Wakatipu. Riding alongside the majestic Remarkables mountain range.

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Family Walking Tracks

Walk/biking locations are shown on various maps. You’ll find the page number of the relevant map along with the ref number of the walk alongside each description. Note: Walks labelled ‘hard’ have been done so with a family in mind. The hard walks may be too much for children under 10 yrs. Times shown are indications for walking NOT biking. w1 Frankton Arm Track

Easy – 2 hour return A pleasant lakeside track with views across the Frankton Arm. Finish at Frankton Marina or continue to the main beach at Frankton. Buggy-friendly. Beginner biking. Map p4

w4 ..Bob’s Cove Scenic Reserve Med – 1 hour return Gentle descent through bush to Bob’s Cove beach, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. One of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets. Buggy-friendly. Beginner biking. Map p83 w5 Sunshine Bay Track Easy – 1 hour return Lovely lakeside walk with waterfall and native bush. Intermediate biking. Map p4 w6 Arawata Track, Sunshine Bay Easy – 1 hr return Stunning lake views. Path descends to road at end; follow and loop back along road, or return along track. Intermediate+ biking. Map p4

w2 Queenstown Gardens Easy – 30 minutes Views right around the peninsula. Buggy-friendly. Beginner biking. Map p4

w7 Queenstown Hill Hard – 2 hour return Amazing views from the top of the hill. Not suitable for biking. Map p4

w3 ..Frankton–Kelvin Heights Easy – 90 mins return Follow the lakeside track in front of the Hilton Hotel and stroll along this very scenic, easy track to the Kelvin Heights Yacht Club. Continue on to the end of the peninsula for a longer walk. Buggy-friendly. Beginner biking, slight undulations. Map p6

w8 ..Oxenbridge Tunnel Track Easy – 20 mins return Follow the track to the beach opposite Shotover Jet and keep going along the signed footpath. Watch the jet boats and look out for rafters coming out of the tunnel! The track finishes at a viewing platform with a stunning view down the Shotover Canyon. Map p83

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 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 Remarkables Crescent Frankton Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: basketball hoop and court www.KidzGo.co.nz

Kelvin Grove entrance to golf course, Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame Nearby: toilet, BBQ, picnic benches, lake beach Bayview Reserve Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: toilet, picnic benches, lake beach Jardine Park Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, playing field Nearby: kid-friendly mountain bike park, BMX track, Jacks Point walking/biking 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 McChesney Road Arthurs Point Queenstown Gardens (skatepark) Chalmers Place Arrowtown (in school grounds so not useable during school hours) Elva Dawson Place Arrowtown Ramshaw Lane Arrowtown (skatepark) Adamson Drive Arrowtown


Activities :: Adventure Fun

Adventure Activities >> minimum age guide

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Paraflying (accompanied) Jet boat*, Skyline Luge (Scenic Track, accompanied) Dart River Safaris Fun Yaks (min height 1m), Luxury Spa Pools – Onsen Skyline Luge (Scenic Track, unaccompanied – min height 110cm), Ziptrek Flying Fox (min weight 30kg), G Force Paragliding* (min weight 25kg), SITE Trampoline, Highlands Go-karts (passenger) Off Road Adventures Explorer Quad Bike tour, Guided Snowshow Walks Oversnow Snowmobile Tours (pillion), Kawarau Zipride (min weight 35kg) Shotover Canyon Swing, Paintball*, Segway on Q, AJ Hackett Bungy (Kawarau Bridge & The Ledge (min weight 35kg), The Nevis Swing – AJ Hackett (min weight 35kg), Highlands Go-karts (single driver) Skyline Luge (Advanced Track, min height 135cm) AJ Hackett Bungy (Nevis Highwire – min weight 45kg) Oversnow Snowmobile Tours (driver) * may be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator.

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Children can experience a whole range of challenges in a safe environment. The above 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 or height in brackets. In these cases a child of any age must have reached this weight/ height to participate. OFF ROAD ADVENTURES EXPLORER QUAD BIKE TOUR Min age 7 This is a fun adventure for the whole family. Our kids’ quads are easy to use and our experienced guides will ensure you all have a fantastic time! The Explorer Tour is designed for beginners and youngsters on terrain tailored to riders’ ability amongst stunning scenery. We’re a family-owned and operated business with over twenty years experience. All safety gear is provided. Allow 3 hours round trip with 1 hour riding included. Shop: 61A Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7858 Freephone: 0800 OFF ROAD (633 7623) Departs: 9am and 1pm, daily Duration: Allow 3 hours Price: $199 per person (HALF PRICE for kids under 12yrs on 9am Explorer Tour) Email: play@offroad.co.nz www.offroad.co.nz

Your child's participation is at the discretion of the operator and may also be dependent on factors such as confidence or weather. Please see individual listings for more information.

Family Quad Bike TourS Minimum Age: 7 yrs Tours Depart: 9am & 1pm Tour Duration: 3 hours with 1 hour riding

Family Special: ½ pRice FOR KiDS under 12 on our 9am Explorer Tour Phone: 0800 633 7623 Shop: 61A Shotover Street, Queenstown Email: play@offroad.co.nz Website: www.offroad.co.nz

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SITE TRAMPOLINE Min age 6 SITE trampoline playground is an ideal venue for athletes of any age or children from 6 years. Trampolining is the perfect training ground for snowboarders, skiers or wakeboarders wishing to stay fit, practice tricks and improve aerial awareness. For those of us just wanting to have fun and build confidence, who doesn't like to bounce?!! We offer high quality trampolines, access to a foam pit, Trampoline Snowboards and Trampoline Skis, as well as a dedicated team of coaches. Bookings essential (max 10–12 on the floor at one time). 153B Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 QT BOUNCE Hrs: 9.30am – 9.30pm daily Price: $25 for 90 minute session Birthday Parties: $200 per group for 90 minute session (max 10–12 jumpers) After School Classes: one hour duration, phone for details. Email: info@sitetrampoline.co.nz www.sitetrampoline.co.nz G FORCE PARAGLIDING Min age 6* Exhilarating – Spectacular – Unforgettable Experience a safe, controlled Tandem Paraglide flight from the Skyline Gondola, flying over Queenstown and stunning Lake Wakatipu! We’ll make it an exciting, adrenalised trip or a relaxing scenic flight — it's your choice. Our friendly and experienced team will take care of everything. In-flight video and photos are available. Bring the whole family to watch; there is plenty for spectators to do! *Minimum weight 25kg See display ad for huge savings with Kidz Go! Top of the Skyline Gondola Phone: 03 441 8581 Freephone: 0800 759 688 Departs: From 10am ‘til late, on demand Duration: 8–12 minutes flying, allow 1 hour Price: $199, or ‘Early Bird’ $179 (10am departure) Note: Mention Kidz Go for up to $40 discount per flight. Email: info@nzgforce.com www.nzgforce.com KIDZ GO DEAL: 20% off advertised price with voucher this page. SHOTOVER CANYON SWING Min age 10 The world’s highest cliff jump! Jump yourself, or be released from our 109m high cliff-mounted platform into a canyon. Freefall 60m and reach speeds of 150kph before you smoothly pendulum into a giant 200m swing. We’ve got 70 awesome jump styles with different ratings on our ‘Scary Meter’; you can even do a tandem jump with your mum or dad! Watch the fun from our spectators’ platform (see below for Kidz Go deal). Shop Location: 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown Ph: 03 442 6990 Freephone: 0800 2 SWING (279 464) Price: $199 for first jump, $39 for extra jumps taken at the same time. Email: bookings@canyonswing.co.nz www.canyonswing.co.nz Kidz Go deal: mention Kidz Go to receive a FREE spectator seat with every Canyon Swing booked by someone under 18 years of age (saving: $20 per person.)

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ZIPTREK ECOTOURS – FLYING FOX Min age 6 NZ’s #1 original zipline tour 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 ‘zip’ from tree to tree. A safe, ecological and guided adventure for the whole family that’s unforgettable, rain or shine! Note: ski clothing is preferable. Gloves, jacket and closed toe footwear is essential. 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 Phone: 03 441 2102 Freephone: 0800 ZIPTREK (0800 947 873) Hours: 10am ‘til 6pm, daily Duration: Allow 1.5 hours for Moa 4-Line Tour and 2.5 hours for Kea 6-Line Tour (not including Gondola travel) Price: Adult $129 (Moa 4-line tour) $179 (Kea 6-line tour), Child (6–14yrs) and Seniors (65+) $79 (Moa) $129 (Kea) Email: nzinfo@ziptrek.com www.ziptrek.com GUIDED SNOWSHOE WALKS Min age 7* Make your own tracks as our friendly guides take you on a mountain adventure! Snowshoes grip into the snow and are so easy to use – we just fit them onto your own shoes and within minutes you will be walking and playing on the snow! Explore the alpine backcountry, walk on frozen lakes and have lots of fun! Small, personal groups with distance, pace and duration adjusted according to group’s ability. Freephone: 0800 455 712 Phone: 03 442 7126 www.snowshoeing.co.nz *smaller children can be carried. More Information: page 12 OVERSNOW SNOWMOBILE TOURS Min age 8* Guided snowmobile tours across the easy-to-ride terrain at Snow Farm. Feel the exhilaration as you ride your snowmobile and explore New Zealand's stunning winter backcountry. Take our 60 minute 'Hanging Valley Snowmobile Tour' or venture further afield with our 1½ hour 'Road to Nowhere Tour'. Phone: 021 790 395 *Pillion only. Riders must be min 14. www.oversnowtours.co.nz More Information: page 11 OZONE TUBING PARK Non-skiers, or those taking a break from skiing/riding, will love tubing! Enjoy the freedom of sliding down purpose-built snow lanes in/on a tube (big rubber doughnut) at the Ozone Tubing Park situated in the sunny bowls of The Remarkables Ski Resort. Open Daily: 9.30am–3pm (subject to weather conditions). Bookings essential: 03 442 4908 www.nzski.com www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Activities :: Adventure Fun KAWARAU BUNGY CENTRE No visit to Queenstown would be complete without a stop at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre – The World Home of Bungy! You can Bungy Jump yourself, or watch from the viewing deck as others take the leap. Watch the new Bungy Movie on the massive 16-screen TV wall to learn about the history of Bungy Jumping, pick up a treasure or two from the Bungy shop or enjoy a coffee and leisurely lunch in the Bungy café. Note: Bungy Jumpers must be at least 10 yrs old and the min/max weight is 35kg/220kg. State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley, just 20 minutes from Queenstown. Phone: 03 450 1300 Freephone: 0800 BUNGYJUMP Open: Daily (except Christmas Day) Price: Entrance to Kawarau Bungy Centre is FREE Bungy Jump Price: Adult $180, Child $130, Family $480 (2 adults + 2 children) Email: enquiries@bungy.co.nz www.bungy.co.nz

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KAWARAU ZIPRIDE Min age 8* The latest innovation from the Bungy pioneers is perfect for families! It’s safe, super-fun, very exciting, and for moral support, the whole family can ride together (with three zip lines, each allowing for singles or tandems, up to six people can ride at once!) From Sightseer to Superman you can choose your ride style and cruise 130m alongside the Kawarau River – if you’ve time to look around, take in the panoramic views and perhaps spot a bungy jumper! State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley, just 20 minutes from Queenstown. Phone: 03 450 1300 Freephone: 0800 BUNGYJUMP Open: Daily (except Christmas Day), 9.30am–4pm Single Ride: Adult $60, Child $40 Multi-ride discounts available Family Zip Pass (two rides each): $200 (2 adults + 2 children) Email: enquiries@bungy.co.nz www.zipride.co.nz *Children aged 8–10 must ride in tandem with an adult. Minimum weight 35kg

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Glenorchy Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains, glacier-fed rivers and beech forest. It’s the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the starting point for multi-day treks, including the famous Routeburn Walk. With only 200 locals and Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep, this really is a slice of paradise!

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ACTIVITIES Horse riding Spectacular location for a horse ride; tours suitable for families and complete beginners through to advanced. Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari Jet boat through the breathtaking scenery of Mt Aspiring National Park. Combine with a Funyak trip for a real family adventure! See listing p25. 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.

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Although Arrowtown has grown over the years it’s lost none of its appeal. The town offers restaurants and cafés, varied shopping, boutique cinema, family tours, costume photography, bike hire 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 from Lakes District Museum and try your luck? Otherwise the Arrow River is a popular spot with easy walking/biking tracks alongside and a skateboard/bike park on its bank. Accommodation Family-friendly choices in and around Arrowtown include Arrowfield Apartments, Millbrook Resort and Willowbank. See page 72 for more on family accommodation. LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM AND INFO CENTRE A lively, ‘living museum’ filled with colourful, ‘hands-on’ displays, offering kids’ activity packs to entertain as you explore the exciting stories behind the goldrush that turned Queenstown and Arrowtown into a frenzy! Meet colourful characters from the past and discover how you and the kids would have lived through a goldrush. You can even learn how to pan for gold, hire a pan, and go try in the Arrow River (seriously – gold is still discovered there!) See exhibits from the lives of the early Maori and even artifacts from the extinct Moa bird! An exciting shop, exhibition gallery that changes regularly and local walking and biking maps plus internet access and activity booking desk make this a must-visit! Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1824 Hours: 8.30am to 5pm, daily Price: Adult $8, Child $2 (child is 17 years and under), Family $16 (2 adults & 2 children), group concessions Email: info@museumqueenstown.com www.museumqueenstown.com (museum site) www.handsonhistory.co.nz (education site) Hire goldpans for $3 and pick up goldpanning tips here. OLD FASHIONED COSTUME PHOTOGRAPHY Offering a wide choice of children's and adults' Victorian costumes from the years of pioneers and goldminers, along with props such as dolls, guns, parasols and musical instruments. Fuss-free, costumes fit all ages and sizes and go over your street clothes. Bookings by appointment only during winter month. Phone: 027 445 2569 Prices: from $40 DOROTHY BROWNS CINEMA Luxurious boutique cinema with seriously spacious seats! Enjoy your movie with homemade icecream or other treats. 18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Info Line: 03 442 1968

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Arrowtown walking tracks See page 33 for information on biking or walking on the Queenstown Trail including some of the best tracks from and around Arrowtown. Lake Hayes Track Easy – 2 hour loop This easy walk takes you around Lake Hayes on a gravel path/boardwalk. There are a number of parking spots alongside the lake and you can join the walk at any point. The track has steep drop-offs at some points so keep small children with you. Buggy friendly. Biking: some undulating terrain but a good family track. Tobins Track Medium/Hard – 1 hour return for Tobins Track or 2 hours return via New Chum 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! For a longer walk, look out for the sign to New Chum track as you walk up the hill. This single track enters the bush and comes out along the Macetown Road.

Arrowtown Millennium Walk Easy – 1 hour return 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. Buggy friendly. Beginner biking. Manse Road Walkway Easy – 20 mins each way This walkway 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. Buggy friendly. Beginner biking. Chinese Settlement Easy – ½ hr to 1 hour 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 have been restored and now offer one of the region’s most vivid insights into life during the goldrush. Buggy friendly

POSTMASTERS ARROWTOWN

With a cosy interior, sunny verandah and garden area, this historic cottage is a great place to relax and refuel. The family-friendly setting, helpful staff and delicious local dishes are hard to beat! There’s a dedicated kids’ menu with plenty of choices as well as a special activity book to keep small hands busy. Adults will also enjoy the seasonal menu featuring fresh flavours, top quality local produce and Central Otago wines. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available too. Sample Menu Items * Rich, creamy seafood chowder * Venison burger w/ smoked bacon and swiss cheese * Postmasters sharing platter * NZ green-lipped mussels * Vegetable moussaka * Lamb shank cottage pie * Fiordland venison * Seafood risotto * Wild mushroom pappardelle Children’s Menu – $12 * Lunch box full of goodies * Homemade shepherd’s pie with vegetables * Macaroni cheese * Bangers and mash with gravy * Omelette – choose your fillings * Steamed vegetables and rice with soy dipping sauce Any kiddie who clears their plate gets a special ice cream dessert FREE! 54 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone 03 442 0991 Hours: daily – lunch, dinner, morning & afternoon teas Email: postmasters.residence@xtra.co.nz www.postmasters.co.nz

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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. 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 fish 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, 11.30am til late www.minamijujisei.co.nz

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 – these are 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 p6 Open Daytime

Open Evening

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FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL

Casual Relaxed Dining in the Heart of Queenstown Whilst offering some of the freshest seafood and fish in Queenstown, Finz will also tempt you with prime NZ beef, Southland lamb and free range pork. Ingredients are selected by the chef owners from the wonderful array of premium produce on Queenstown’s doorstep. A good wine selection, including Central Otago Pinot Noir is cleverly displayed on the restaurant walls. Finz has a great waterfront location and diners can watch the TSS Earnslaw head off on its evening cruise. Sample Menu Items * Seafood chowder w/ smoked fish, mussels, cockles, squid $18 * Crispy battered fish ‘n’ chips $24 * Steamed mussels $28 * Chargrilled salmon $34 * Seafood platter for two $90 * Monkfish wrapped in bacon $32 * 400g Prime Angus Ribeye $38 * Grilled Southland pork ribs with apple, smoked bacon and potatoes $30 * Lamb cutlets w/ semolina gnocci $34 * Parmesan Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce $28 Children’s Menu $12 Choose from... fish ‘n’ chips, squid rings, spaghetti bolognese or mini hot dogs. $14 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, relaxed, 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.

finz for family dining ph 03 442 7405 5pm–late 7 days steamer wharf queenstown www.finzdownunder.co.nz

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We pride ourselves on a relaxed and fun dining experience, located in the heart of Queenstown. Our cosy booths and warm fire are perfect for winter dining. Fun and family-friendly with varied children's menu. Sample Menu Items * Venison and blue cheese salad * Crumbed tuna, pineapple salsa and new potatoes * Baked spinach & ricotta cannelloni * Rustic cured sausage, roasted capsicum & onions served with creamy mash and real gravy * Pork spare ribs, slow-cooked in a sticky BBQ sauce * Lamb rump, mash and pinot noir pan jus * Mixed grill to share * Selection of Prime NZ beef steaks: Lunch/Brunch Menu Items * Surf & turf burger * Beef burger * BTC big breakfast * Lamb wrap * Pie of the day * Grilled chicken salad

Free Kids Meal [including free fizzy drink]

Between 5pm and 6pm with any main meal purchased

No.7 The Mall, Queenstown, NZ. (03) 442 4222. www.ballarat.co.nz

kids menu

delicious & great value, for the growing niÑos!

HeyAmigos! Upstairs, Beech Tree Arcade, Beach Street Tel 03 442 8240 www.sombreros.co.nz

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Visit Queenstown’s original Mexican Restaurant. Serving all your favourites, mild to hot ~ generous portions, great prices, fabulous margaritas!

Open ‘til late, 7 days

Children’s Menu - $12.95 * Classic Kiwiana fish and chips * Cheeseburger with chips * Bangers and mash (or fries) * Chicken nuggets and fries * Sandwich of the day with fries * Vegetable lasagne * Side order of steamed vegetables $7.50 (children’s meals include fizzy drink and a scoop of ice cream for dessert) The Mall, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 4222 Hours: daily, midday til late www.ballarat.co.nz

SOMBREROS MEXICAN CANTINA

Hey amigos – spice up your night at Queenstown’s original Mexican restaurant! We offer a yummy kids’ menu (with a non-Mexican option) that comes with their own activity bag. 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. Open for lunch (noon–5pm, options from $8), dinner and takeaways. 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) $15 set meal deal (includes activity bag, ideal for ages 2–8 years) * Cheesy corn chips, * Choose from 1) beef, chicken or veggie taco with rice 2) beef, chicken or veggie mini quesadilla (Mexican pizza) 3) bowl of baby sausages (cheerios) with tomato sauce * ice cream sundae w/ chocolate sauce and marshmallow. Upstairs, Beech Tree Arcade, 11-13 Beach Street (opposite Whitcoulls) Phone: 03 442 8240 Hours: daily, from lunch til late www.sombreros.co.nz


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Vudu Café Beach Street Popular, bustling café with booth seating, excellent breakfast and lunch menu plus awesome cabinet food. Phone: 03 442 5357 Habebes Lebanese and Vegetarian Takeaways Between Beach Street and Shotover Street Long-term local favourite. Delicious, healthy lunch options with lots to please everyone. Ph: 03 442 9861 Patagonia Beach Street South American chocolate and dessert restaurant. Dine-in or takeaway. Irresistable treats and excellent atmosphere and service. Phone: 03 442 9066

pastas, risottos wood-fired pizzas italian cheeses delicious desserts

Fat Badgers Pizza Shotover Street Giant pizzas or buy by the slice. Great menu and lots of extras. Grab takeaways or enjoy the buzzy dining atmosphere. See ad p46 Phone: 0800 223 429 Lick Shotover Street Ice cream, hot waffles and soups. Phone: 03 441 8505 The Bakery Shotover Street Breakfast items plus lunches, coffees and baked goods. Good range. Eat in or takeaway. Phone: 03 442 8698

OPEN FROM 5PM FOR DINNER 6 BRECON ST, QUEENSTOWN BOOKINGS PHONE 442 6762

CHURCH STREET and SEARLE LANE Halo Forbidden Bite Church Street Breakfasts, good all-day menu and counter food, plus excellent kids’ menu. Highchair, toybox, takeaways. Phone: 03 441 1411 Johnny Barrs Church Street Salads, gourmet sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, juices. Kids’ menu. Small indoor space and takeaways. Phone: 03 409 0169 Joe’s Garage Searle Lane Breakfast, lunch, kids’ menu, highchair, toybox. Buzzy, fun atmosphere. Phone: 03 442 5282 OTHER LOCATIONS Postmasters Arrowtown Great family lunch spot in Arrowtown. See ad page 42. Phone: 03 442 0991 Post Office Café Ballarat Street Excellent breakfast and lunch menu plus good cabinet food, child-friendly, highchair, toybox. See ad p46 Phone: 03 442 8238 www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Anytime Family Dining CHURCH STREET @Thai Church Street Excellent Thai cuisine, fast service, kids’ menu, colouring books. Dine-in or takeaway. Phone: 03 442 3683

BALLARAT STREET/THE MALL Winnies Gourmet Pizzas The Mall Varied menu, delicious gourmet pizzas, kids’ menu and fantastic atmosphere. See ad p45. Phone: 03 442 8635 Ballarat Trading Co. The Mall Cosy booths, warm fire, good kids’ menu, fun atmosphere. Highchair, colouring sheets. See ad p44. Phone: 03 442 4222 Chicos The Mall Good for early dining, cosy fire, booth seating. Varied menu and generous portions. Phone: 03 442 8439 BEACH STREET AND STEAMER WHARF Sombreros Mexican Beach Street Queenstown’s original Mexican – good kids’ menu, great food, value and atmosphere. Highchair, activity books for kids. See ad page 44. Phone: 03 442 8240 O'Connells International Food Court Beach Street Ground floor, O'Connells Shopping Centre, on Camp and Beach Street. Variety of fast food and takeaways including McDonald's, Thai, Indian, Japanese and more. Minami Jujisei Beach Street Award-winning Japanese restaurant with kids’ menu, sushi, sashimi and lots of other favourites. See listing page 43. Phone: 03 442 9854 Finz Seafood and Grill Steamer Wharf Relaxed dining, great seafood and steak menu plus lots of other options including healthy kids’ choices. Watch the TSS Earnslaw come and go on the lake while you dine. See ad page 43. Phone: 03 442 7405

Post Office Café Cafe breakfast and lunch menu plus all day snacks & fresh baked treats. takeaways available, child-friendly options and superb coffee!

6.30am – late

highchair, toy box, comfy seats.

Daily, 7.30am to 4pm Ballarat Street, Queenstown, (behind the Post Office) 03 442 8238 www.KidzGo.co.nz

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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 famous 'Lady' celebrated her 100th birthday in Queenstown in 2012? 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? What small township does the Dart River flow into? What famous Sound has an uncertain name? What is NZ's highest mountain called? Name five local resorts where you can go snowboarding. What river is home to steep, narrow canyons that you can jet boat through?

Answers: 1 Beach St 2 Kawarau River 3 Hamilton Turn 4 Lord of the Rings 5 William Rees, founder of Queenstown 6 Walter Peak 7 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 & Brecon St, entrance to Kiwi Birdlife 12 Underwater Observatory 13 Pounamu 14 Matau 15 five 16 Glenorchy 17 Doubtful 18 Mount Cook (Aoraki) 19 Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park 20 Shotover River

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Family Shopping and Services OUTDOOR AND SNOW SHOPS Visit one of the following stores to get on the slopes with the kids this winter. See pages 13–15 for details. Browns 03 442 4005 Green Toad 03 442 5311 Kiwi Discovery 03 442 7340 One Stop 03 441 2085 Snowbiz 03 441 2085 SWEET TREATS The British Lolly Shop The best sweets, chocolate and lollies from the UK. Church Lane Phone: 03 441 2274 Cookie Time NZ’s favourite homemade, warm choc chip cookies. Camp Street Phone: 03 442 4891 Cup & Cake Melt in your mouth cupcakes. Between Church Street & Searle Lane Ph: 03 409 2253 Patagonia All things chocolate, including desserts and ice creams. Beach St, Lakefront Phone: 03 442 9066 The Remarkable Sweet Shop Largest selection of confectionary in NZ Beach Street Phone: 03 409 2630

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, Nioxin, Matrix and KMS. OPI GelColour and CND Shellac manicures, pedicures and waxing service also available. FREE CAR PARKING (ask when booking). 68 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8881 Price: Child cuts from $22 Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am–late Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday by appointment Email: carl.linda@xtra.co.nz www.lindashairdesign.co.nz Kidz Go Offer: Children under 10 years receive ½ price cut with every adult cut. DVD HIRE United Video DVD players can be rented and temporary membership available. Stanley Street, Queenstown Ph: 03 442 4226 Video Ezy, Arrowtown Temporary membership available. 32 Adamson Drive, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0087 Video Ezy, Frankton DVD players can be rented and temporary membership available. 12 Gray St, Frankton Village Ph: 03 442 2118

queenstown The only full range supermarket in town On the road to Coronet Peak, opposite Caltex. For everything you need during your stay.

Catering for breakfast, lunch, tea and all the snacks in between. Email your order or come in and pick up yourself. We can deliver to your room (fees apply).

64 Gorge Rd, Queenstown. Phone (03) 441 1252. Email fc.queenstown@xtra.co.nz Open 7am - Midnight, 7 days. www.KidzGo.co.nz


Family Shopping and Services CHILDREN’S CLOTHING, TOYS and BOOKS ROCKIES Queenstown’s premier children’s shop stocks the largest range of snow wear for ages 1–16 years. Renting or buying ski clothing for the kids? Visit the specialist children’s clothing store for top quality kids’ ski and snowboard gear – this season’s jackets and pants for the trendy kids and snuggly warm clothing and accessories for your toddler. Rockies stocks all your favourite labels for all seasons, including Roxy, Quiksilver, Catimimi, Minti, Munster, Rock Your Baby and Converse Shoes. Check out our gorgeous kids’ Icebreaker merino and Emu Ugg Boots. Accessories include a large range of snowboots, gloves, mittens, goggles, helmets, sunglasses, beanies and socks. Come and browse our great range (we even have a wee playhouse to occupy the littlies!) or shop online at www.rockies.co.nz 49 Beach St, Queenstown Hours: Daily, 9am to 9pm Phone: 03 442 8153 Email: sales@rockies.co.nz www.rockies.co.nz Lots for Tots Arrowtown 50 Buckingham St, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0580

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HERE’S WHY WE LOVE SHOPPING AT REMARKABLES PARK TOWN CENTRE! Over 25 stores including * Fashion for kids and adults * Footwear and Homeware Easy parking, * Giftware and Stationary on the bus route, * Supermarket close to Frankton, * Medical Centre and Physio the airport and just 10 minutes from * Pharmaceutical * Electronics and Hardware Queenstown! * Optometry * Cafés and Restaurants * Hairdresser * Banks * Travel Agent * Department Stores and lots more!

JK Kids Remarkables Park Town Centre Phone: 03 441 4580 Salvation Army Family Store Second-hand clothing and shoes for children and adults, books, toys , furniture and other household goods. Industrial Place, Queenstown. Donations welcome. Phone: 03 442 9661 Hours: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm

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jewellery earrings bracelets gifts *repairs welcome phone dangles key rings

Whitcoulls Great range of children’s books, toys and games, school stationary, diaries, arts and craft, stickers and more. Beach Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 9739 Remarkables Park Shopping Centre Phone: 03 901 0100 The Warehouse For kids’ books, arts and crafts, toys and games, clothing and shoes, all under one roof. Hrs: daily, 8.30am–8pm Remarkables Park Shopping Centre Phone: 03 441 4400 Lakes District Museum Stocking a diverse book selection for adults and children, from native New Zealand stories to cook books, activity books and more. Hours: daily, 8.30am–5pm Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1824 O’Connells Shopping Centre This centrally-located complex includes fashion, souvenirs, sports apparel, hair and beauty, homewares, wine, outdoor gear, pharmacy, and services such as internet, watch repairs, key cutting & shoe repairs and more…plus an international food court. O’Connells Shopping Centre, cnr Camp & Beach Streets Hours: Daily, 7am 'til late

2b Shotover Street p: 03 441 8466 www.QTgem.com

THE BEAD SHOP Relax in our friendly, colourful shop. Have fun designing your own wearable art or choose from our handcrafted selection. Hundreds of colours and styles of pieces to choose from to make your jewellery unique! Birthday parties and groups welcome. 2b Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 8466 Hours: Daily, 10am–6pm www.QTgem.com www.KidzGo.co.nz


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The Kids’ Directory

The Kids' Directory

For locals You’ll find heaps of information for mums, dads and kids – childminding and nannies, 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 are contacts for everyone – childminding, birthday party ideas, baby furniture rental, child-friendly hairdressers and more...

Day & night. Nannies for newborn to teens In-room at your accommodation All areas of Queenstown – we come to you Rates from 3 hours to multi-day

10 years of childcare in Queenstown!

Around The Clock Childcare *formerly Active Care

Congratulations Around the Clock Childcare

*formerly known as Active Care

TEN YEARS OLD! And ten years of looking after Queenstown’s youngest visitors and locals. www.KidzGo.co.nz

AROUND THE CLOCK CHILDCARE Childcare, Babysitting, Holiday Nannies Experienced babysitters are available 24/7 to care for your children at your hotel or holiday accommodation. From minimum 3 hours to multiple days or nights, we can ensure the same babysitter or nanny for your stay. They will bring books, games and age-appropriate activities while you enjoy an uninterrupted day or night out. Last minute bookings are no problem. We have a capable team of at least 30 carers (non-smokers, 20 years+, and first aid current). All have been personally interviewed and NZ Police checked. Our carers have support from our agency at all times while at a job. Rest assured, your children are in safe hands. Contact: Bridget Cameron Phone: 03 442 0409 Mobile: 027 643 2298 Email: aroundtheclock@xtra.co.nz www.aroundtheclock.co.nz EDUCARENTS HOMEBASED CHILDCARE Did you know 85% of your baby's brain is programmed in the first 3 years of life – you are the programmer and brain connections are made though consistent one-on-one relationships. Whether you already have a family member or nanny caring for your child or would like to chose your own carer, Educarents is perfect, offering affordable, licensed Early Childhood care and education, providing your 0–5 year old child with a unique early childhood education programme for as little as a few dollars a day. Your ECE subsidies through Educarents are available for up to 30 hours a week of childcare. Educarents is all about upskilling your chosen nanny or homebased educarer. All educarers/nannies have first-aid certificates and receive the latest training on childhood development, plus ongoing personal support, ensuring we provide your child with consistent, professional care. Available Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra. Contact: Pip Walsh Ph: 021 272 8883 / 03 442 8228 Email: pip@educarents.com www.educarents.com


The Kids’ Directory BABYSITTING NEW ZEALAND – QUEENSTOWN “Stepping in when you need to step out” The professional choice in childcare. Experienced, reliable and carefully screened carers aged from 20 to 60+ years. 24/7, 365 days a year service and bookings. We come to you at your location – Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Te Anau. Enquire about our toy hire. Let us book all your Queenstown activities. Flexible bookings from 3 hours to permanent. Member of the Queenstown Wedding Association – we have multiple carers available for your wedding or function. Phone: 027 247 BABY (+64 27 247 2229) Email: info@babysittingqueenstown.com www.babysittingqueenstown.com EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRES 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 Educarents 03 442 8228 Homebased care, 0–5 years, see ad this page Frankton Playcentre 03 442 3354 51 Lake Avenue, 0–6 years Frankton Kindergarten 03 442 2744 13 Robertson Street, Frankton, 3–5 years Glenorchy Playgroup 03 441 2298 Argyle Street, Glenorchy, 0– 5 years Little Rockets Educare 03 428 2116 Lake Hayes Estate, 4 months–5 years Plunket Playgroup 03 442 7380 8 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 57 Stanley Street, Queenstown, birth–6 years Queenstown Montessori 03 442 6567 25 Robins Road, 1½–6 years Wakatipu Kindergarten 03 442 6236 Brecon Street, 3–5 years Zig Zag Zoo Early Learning Centre 03 409 0441 Henry Street, 3 months–5 years Zig Zag Zoo2 Early Learning Centre 03 409 0441 Remarkables Park Town Centre, 3 months–5 years OTHER HELP FOR PARENTS BUBHUB WAKATIPU Great local website for parents – events, classes and advice. www.bubhubwakatipu.co.nz WAKATIPU TOY LIBRARY 027 678 5593 Hours: Mon 9.30am–11am, Thur 2.30pm–4pm, Sat 9am–1pm. Man St, near the playground.

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Need a babysitter?

Call 027 247 BABY www.babysittingqueenstown.com

Agencies also in Wanaka, Cromwell and Te Anau

Quality homebased care & education for children 0-5 years. If you already have a nanny or carer you can still beneet from our educational programme & great subsidies. Educarents ECE subsidy rates* Per hour

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Affordable, high quality, homebased education and care. Services in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell & Alexandra. 021 272 8883 03 442 8228 pip@educarents.com www.educarents.com

THE BUDDY PROGRAMME For ages 4–12 For children in need of additional adult support; oneon-one friendship with a trained, specially-matched buddy with minimum one year commitment. Phone: Nanette Bennington 03 442 4470 YOUTH WORKER 03 442 8115 / 021 525 595 Email: jacqui@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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HYPNO FOR BIRTHING ‘How we give birth matters! What our babies experience shapes who they are’. Gain techniques to manage tension and prepare for a relaxed birth. Contact: Vicky Cooper Phone: 027 329 0364 www.lifeunlimitedhypnotherapy.com HAPPINESS HOUSE Community support centre. Counselling, craft groups, legal and budgeting advice, second-hand clothes including school uniforms. 4 Park St, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6531 Open: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm Donations welcome KIDSLINE For under 14 yr olds 0800 KIDSLINE (0800 543 754) PLUNKET Queenstown Plunket Henry Street Arrowtown Plunket Cardigan Street

03 442 7380 03 442 7380

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: info@familiesfirst.co.nz KIDS CLINIC 03 409 8046 Children's health and wellbeing using homeopathy, nutrition and body–brain connection therapy. Kip McGrath Education Centre 03 442 9616 Free educational assessments, private tuition and dyslexia screening. Pre-school through to secondary and tertiary studies. TOOLBOX PARENTING PROGRAMME 03 441 4331 Free educational assessments and private tuition. YOUTH ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS SERVICE (YADS) Free assessment, education & counselling for young people up to age 20. 03 218 8833 / 027 254 9325 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, Nioxin, Matrix and KMS. OPI GelColour and CND Shellac manicures, pedicures and waxing service also available. FREE CAR PARKING (ask when booking). 68 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8881 Price: Child cuts from $22 Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am–late Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday by appointment Email: carl.linda@xtra.co.nz www.lindashairdesign.co.nz Kidz Go Offer: Children under 10 years receive ½ price cut with every adult cut. www.KidzGo.co.nz

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS After School Childcare 5–12 yrs (3pm–5.30pm) Contact: Jane Schieb 03 442 7192 / 022 676 6700 The Youth Booth 03 442 8115 Games, free internet access, life-size playstation 2, interests, groups, events, mentoring. Open weekdays 3pm– 6pm term time, call for times during holidays. For 12–20 yrs. Email: theyouthbooth@gmail.com 66 Stanley Street, Queenstown TRIBE After-school club for ages 12–16 years. Top Floor, 29 Camp Street, Queenstown Tuesdays 3.30pm–5.30pm Stephen, 027 510 3686 CLUBS AND HOBBIES Aqualand Swim School 03 450 9005 For ages from 6 months –16 years, plus adult classes. Arrowtown Cubs and Scouts Steve, 021 969 793 Queenstown Scout Group Taryn, 021 942 793 Wakatipu Guides Club gg.central.otago.lakes@gmail.com Climbing Classes Lakes Leisure Ctre 03 450 9005 Danceworks 021 062 2939 Toddler to teenage dance classes. First Kicks Damien, 027 291 9884 Football for under 4s. Football Factory Damien, 027 291 9884 High-quality football training. F.I.S.H (water discovery). Emma, 03 441 3434 Fun French Club Natalie, 03 442 0075 Mini Muscles play gym (0-4 years) & gymnastics. Rae Paterson 027 414 9562 Mountain Biking 03 442 9233 / 021 264 4722 Mainly Music Eileen, 03 442 1912 For pre-schoolers. Queenstown Gymnastics Club (4–16 years) qtgymnastics@hotmail.co.nz Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Learn to skate, figure skate or play ice hockey. Queenstown Mountain Bike Club www.queenstownmtb.co.nz Singing Margaret O’Hanlon, 03 442 8696 SITE Trampoline 0800 QT BOUNCE Venue for children from 6 years to adult to practice skills in snowboarding and skiing, general aerial awareness, or just to gain confidence and have fun! St John Youth Penguin Programme 03 441 4555 Mondays 4pm-5pm, 6–8 years 10 Douglas St, Frankton St John Youth Cadet Programme 03 441 4555 Tues 6.30pm-8.30pm, 8–18 years 10 Douglas St, Frankton Wakatipu Youth Trust 03 442 8115 / 021 525 595 Wakatipu Pony Club 03 409 8700 Wakatipu Swim School 027 451 1161 Wakatipu Riding School 03 442 9915 Yoga for Kids – Yoga Nadi 03 409 0318 Plus 'mums and bubs' and pregnancy yoga. '


The Kids’ Directory CHILD FURNITURE HIRE TOTS ON TOUR Phone: 021 293 7125 Email: totsontour@ymail.com 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: sales@rockies.co.nz PLUNKET 03 442 7380 Buggies, prams, portacots, highchairs, carseats. Phone: 03 442 7380 for rates. Booking essential. SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Holiday Programmes and After School Care Phone: Jane Schieb 03 442 7192 / 022 676 6700 Lakes Leisure Holiday Programme 03 450 9005 Offering a range of activities every day, with two groups; 5–7 years and 8–12 years. 8.30am–5pm Oscar Accredited programme with WINZ subsidies available Local Library Programmes Limited space so bookings are essential. 03 441 0600 Queenstown Ice Arena Meet new friends and get a lesson! 03 441 8000 sKids Remarkables “Safe kids in daily supervision.” The Remarkables Primary School. 027 505 4503 The Youth Booth 03 442 8115 See after school clubs for details. BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS Active Attractions Inflatables 03 442 3300 Alpine Aqualand 03 450 9005 –birthday pool parties The Bead Shop 03 441 8466 Caddyshack City Indoor Mini Golf 03 442 6642 Clip ‘N Climb, Wanaka 03 443 1110 Controller Freaks Console Gaming Lounge -active and fun for big and little kids! 03 443 7429 Cup and Cake -cupcakes, birthday cakes, parties 03 409 2253 Finz Down Under Restaurant 03 442 7405 Mini Muscles birthday parties www.mini-muscles.co.nz Minus 5º Ice Bar 03 442 6050 The Paint People Facepainting 021 532 643 Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Razzle Dazzle face painting 027 254 9022 Rockatipu Climbing Wall 03 450 9005 Site Trampoline 0800 QT BOUNCE Skyline Luge 03 441 0101 Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar 03 442 8635

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Skyline Gondola Annual Pass 03 441 0101 Unlimited gondola rides, plus discounts for restaurant, luge, Kiwi Haka, shop & café. www.skyline.co.nz Annual Fee: Adult $76, Child $46, Senior $56 TSS Earnslaw Club Membership 0800 65 65 03 Unlimited travel on board the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm. www.realjourneys.co.nz Annual Fee: Ad $125, Ch $62.50 (conditions apply). Alpine Aqualand 03 450 9005 Features include a leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, toddlers’ area, 25m lap pool and adult hot pool. Annual Fee: Family $659, Adult $329, Child $139 Highlands Motorsport Museum 03 445 4052 'Friends of the Museum' annual pass $79 www.highlands.co.nz Puzzling World Wanaka 03 443 7489 Multi-entry “PUZZLING PASS”. Unlimited access for 12 months. Order on-line or in the shop for your passport to puzzling fun! Ad $45, Ch $30 (5-15 years) www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

Underwater Observatory 03 409 0000 'Friends of the Fish' annual membership: $40 per family group, valid for 12 months. Main Town Pier KJet 03 409 0000 Jet boat when you like, year round! Just $50 for adults and $30 for children. Proof of residency required. www.kjet.co.nz Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Includes skate hire if required plus unlimited access to all public sessions. Season Pass: Adult $199, Child $150 (under 18 years) Family $399 (2 ad + 2 ch). www.queenstownicearena.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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BASECAMP WANAKA One-stop family entertainment with Clip 'N Climb – (see listing, this page), Rubys Cinema – a boutique cinema with lots of family movies, and Lonestar Family Restaurant. Cardrona Valley Road, open daily til late. HIGHLANDS MOTORSPORT PARK Enjoy a family day out with exciting and varied activities for all ages! Highlands is a spectacular international standard motorsport circuit 45 minutes from Wanaka. The 650m Go-kart track provides family fun with single or tandem racing karts (single kart driver; min age 10 yrs, tandem driver; min age 16 yrs, tandem passenger min age 6 yrs). The whole family can enjoy playing mini golf and for the little ones there are pedal cars on the track in the shape of Bathurst! Visit the National Motorsport Museum for memorabilia and cool cars and for the grown ups (min age 16) why not experience a FASTlaps ride in a Porsche with a race car driver! Café onsite. Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 03 445 4052 Open daily Go-karts $35 (10 mins), $60 (2 x 10 mins) $85 (3 x 10 mins) Museum Family $45 (2 adults + 2 kids) $79 for a 1-year ‘Friends of the Museum’ pass Mini Golf and Pedal Cars Family $25 (2 adults + 2 kids) www.highlands.co.nz See ad page 27 www.KidzGo.co.nz


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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 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. Main Wanaka–Queenstown road via Cromwell (beside Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: Daily 8.30am–5pm Price: Adult $14, Child $5, Under 5 years FREE Family $35 (2 adults + up to 6 children) Email: museum@lakewanaka.co.nz www.nttmuseum.co.nz WANAKA COMMUNITY POOL Swim, relax and play at the Wanaka Community Pool. Indoors and heated, we’re open all year round for lap swimming, aquafit classes or play on our inflatables! Come and visit us for affordable fun for the whole family. Learn to swim classes for pre-school and school-aged children with free swim assessments. 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). Ten Swim Concession Card: Adult $45, Child $22.50 Valid for 12 months from date of purchase. 3-monthly and annual memberships available. (Child is 5 yrs to tertiary age, under 5s swim FREE) Email: wanakapool@lakesleisure.co.nz www.lakesleisure.co.nz CONTROLLER FREAKS CONSOLE GAMING LOUNGE Console gaming and entertainment lounge for the whole family where all kids, big and little, can play the latest and popular Xbox 360 games Live, including sports, racing, battle, skill, memory and Kinect body motion games. Activate your children or give them a place to relax for a few hours out of the sun or rain in a safe, clean indoor facility with comfortable gaming chairs and high definition big screen TVs. For parental peace of mind restricted games require proof of age. The lounge is located next to Wanaka’s internet café with easy access to fast computers, printing facilities, skype, wireless wifi hotspot, customer toilet, drinks and snacks. Upstairs, 3 Helwick Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7429 Email: hotspot@wanakainternet.co.nz www.wanakainternet.co.nz


Wanaka :: Activities STUART LANDSBOROUGH’S PUZZLING WORLD A world-unique attraction that’s eccentric, colourful and fantastic for all ages. Challenge yourself in the Great Maze, but don’t worry – there are emergency doors for those with limited time or energy! Check out the incredible Illusion Rooms, be confounded in the Puzzle Café, even using the toilets here is a must (you’ll find out why!) and with a brand new Illusion Room you’ll be even more astounded with what’s on offer! Main Highway, Wanaka, 3 mins drive from town centre Phone: 03 443 7489 Hours: Open daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5pm Illusion Rooms PLUS Great Maze: Adult $17.50, Child $12 Illusion Rooms OR Great Maze: Adult $14, Child $10 (Child is 5–15 years) Email: info@puzzlingworld.co.nz www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

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CINEMA PARADISO Cinema, Café, Bar This is how all cinemas should be and a must-do during your stay in Wanaka. This small, classic movie theatre is a Wanaka icon – seating includes comfy old sofas, lazy-boys and even a Morris Minor! The atmosphere is friendly and very relaxed with delicious meals, pizza, homemade ice cream and warm cookies all available to enjoy before, during or after your movie. Showing new and latest releases, call us now or check our website for current features. 72 Brownston Street, Wanaka Reservations/Enquiries: 03 443 1505 Hours: Daily from 10am Email: info@paradiso.net.nz www.paradiso.net.nz

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OVERSNOW SNOWMOBILE TOURS Min age 8* Guided snowmobile tours; a fantastic experience across the easy-to-ride terrain at Snow Farm. Take our 60 minute 'Hanging Valley Snowmobile Tour' or venture further afield with our 1½ hour 'Road to Nowhere Tour'. Minimum age for driving a snowmobile is 14–16 years. Children can accompany a rider (min age 8*, limited numbers & conditions apply). Bookings essential. Phone: 021 790 395 Departs: Snow Farm Lodge Email: info@oversnowtours.co.nz www.oversnowtours.co.nz *Pillion only. See full listing page 11 for more information.

HAVE A SHOT SHOOTING & ACTIVITY VENUE Including Battlefield & Archery (min age 8), Cropool & Smallbore Rifle Range (min age 12), Claybird (min age 17) plus locally-themed mini putt golf course for all ages. Mt Barker Rd, opp Wanaka Airport www.haveashot.co.nz

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Eating Out Made Easy Dining with a family requires extra planning and with so many eating places around Wanaka 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. We want to keep this section as helpful and up-todate as possible so if you have a particular favourite Wanaka café or restaurant that we haven’t mentioned, drop us a line at info@kidzgo.co.nz

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HELWICK STREET Ritual Cabinet food or menu – good kids’ options. Toybox, highchair. Phone: 03 443 6662 DUNMORE STREET

Yohei Sushi and Juices Spencer House Sushi and cabinet food. Comfy seats, toybox and books. Phone: 03 443 4222

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Creek Café Lots of space, good breakfast and lunch menu plus cabinet food, deli and lots of treats. Comfy couches, fenced outdoor space, high chair, takeaways. Phone: 03 443 6262

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CINEMA PARADISO CAFÉCinema, Café, Bar Paradiso Café is a perfect hang-out spot whether or not you’re off to the movies! Serving scrumptious cakes and slices, great coffee, irresistible ice cream (try our ‘fish and chips’ ice cream – really!), wedges, salads, gourmet burgers, seriously good pizza and lots more! Our spacious café is open every day and is central enough to make a great meeting spot. Sit back and enjoy the Paradiso Café and Cinema experience. Fully-licensed. 72 Brownston Street, Wanaka Reservations/Enquiries: 03 443 1505 Hours: Daily from 10am Email: info@paradiso.net.nz www.paradiso.net.nz

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ARDMORE STREET Patagonia South American chocolate and dessert restaurant. Dine-in or takeaway. Irresistable treats and excellent atmosphere and service. Phone: 03 443 2380 Lago Variety of cabinet food, kids’ menu, highchair, toybox. Takeaways available, some outdoor space. Phone: 03 443 2040 Subway® Breakfast subs, mini subs, salads, wraps and smoothies. Phone: 03 443 4651 Snack Shack Turkish kebabs, burgers, wraps, fish and chips, ice cream. Takeaway only. Phone: 03 443 7622 Doughbin Bakery Standard breakfast, lunch and snack takeaway fare. Phone: 03 443 7290 Kai Whaka Pai Good breakfast menu and cabinet food. More space upstairs – good for dining with kids. Small kids’ menu. Phone: 03 443 7795 Tangos Café and Ice Creamery Great lakefront location, quick lunches and snacks, children's menu and an ice cream bar. Phone: 03 443 7669 Relishes Excellent breakfast and lunch menus and good kids’ choices. Half portions also available. Toy box. Phone: 03 443 9018 Gusto Big breakfast menu plus lunches and cabinet food. Kids’ menu, high chair, toybox. Phone: 03 443 6639

Evening Family Dining ARDMORE STREET Wanaka Ale House Excellent menu – lots to please everyone and kids’ menu. Good size servings. Booster seats, colouring sheets. Phone: 03 443 2920 Subway® Subs, mini subs, salads, wraps and smoothies. Phone: 03 443 4651 Sagun Indian Small indoor dining area but good for takeaways. Kids’ menu. Phone: 03 443 9220

Relishes Great menu including kids’ menu, good portions. Phone: 03 443 9018 Thai Siam Large menu, non-spicy options. Quick service. Highchair and takeaways available. Phone: 03 443 5010 Red Star Luxury Burgers Excellent gourmet burgers; be warned, they are large! Small dining area or takeaways. Phone: 03 443 9322 Amigos Mexican Good kids’ menu, fun atmosphere, highchair, takeaways available. Phone: 03 443 7872 HELWICK STREET Uncle John Pizzeria Pizza, pasta, fish and chips, chinese. Eat in or takeaway. Delivery free with orders over $20. Highchair available. Phone: 03 443 9166

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CLUBS AND HOBBIES Aspiring Gym Sports Kath, 03 443 4054 Gymnastics classes for children from 4 years. Aspiring Trampolining 021 203 8798 Climbing Classes 03 443 1110 Controller Freaks Console Gaming Lounge For big and little kids - see ad below. 03 443 7429 Dance Wanaka Anna Thomas, 03 443 1670 Drama Gillian Pugh, 03 443 9226 Keyboard and Piano Dave Strang, 03 443 8681 KinzYoga Nicola, 027 358 4465 Yoga poses taught through stories (3+ years) Mainly Music Lynda, 03 443 8708 for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. Mini Muscles play gym (0–4) & gymnastics. Rae Paterson 027 414 9562 Timber Creek Equestrian 03 443 2933 Weekly lessons, quick ‘taster’ lessons also offered and riding for the disabled. Wanaka Scouts, Cubs, Keas Huw, 03 443 4033 Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club www.wanakasnowsports.co.nz

PUZZLING WORLD SHOP Puzzling World offers one of the largest puzzle gift shops in the country. With NZ-made wooden puzzles, string puzzles, brain teasers and metal creations plus the latest family games, all ages and abilities are covered. A wide range of Illusion postcards, posters and books are available, along with tourist collectibles, illusion t-shirts and oddities found only at Puzzling World! We offer a world-wide postage service and a large online gift shop for those with no room left in their suitcases. See ad page 57. Phone: 03 443 7489 Main Highway, Wanaka, 3 mins drive from town centre Email: info@puzzlingworld.co.nz www.puzzlingworld.co.nz NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM SHOP Find Wanaka’s biggest toyshop at the entrance to the Transport and Toy Museum. Stockists of the largest selection of collectible models and cars as well as a wide range of toys and souvenirs. Heavy duty car models plus Lego sets, a large Sylvanian Families range (miniature animals), Star Wars models, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine plus lots of fun items from just 50c. See ad page 56. Phone: 03 443 8765 Main Highway, Wanaka, 10 mins drive from town centre. Hours: 8.30am–5pm, 7 days www.nttmuseum.co.nz SNOWBOARD/SKI RENTAL AND RETAIL See page 20 for detailed information. Base Ultimate 12 Helwick Street Green Toad 6 Pembroke Mall, behind the Bakery Rocket Rental 39 Helwick St

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES Active Attractions Inflatables 03 442 3300 Clip ‘N Climb themed indoor climbing wall. 03 443 1110 Controller Freaks Gaming Lounge 03 443 7429 Highlands Motorsport Park 03 445 4052 A fun day out with lots of activities. Lonestar Wanaka 03 443 6901 Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Razzle Dazzle face painting 027 254 9022 Minus 5º Ice Bar 03 442 6050 Site Trampoline 0800 QT BOUNCE Skyline Luge 03 441 0101 Timber Creek Equestrian 03 443 2933 Wanaka Community Pool 03 443 9334 CONTROLLER FREAKS CONSOLE GAMING LOUNGE BIRTHDAY PARTIES Book your child’s next birthday party in our console gaming lounge featuring the latest and popular Xbox 360 games that kids love to play. Let us handle the entertainment in our clean, safe and comfortable facility while you relax and take a breather. Exciting party games for kids include sports, racing, battle, skill, memory and body motion games that activate children to swing their arms, move their bodies, twist and jump in various activities like dancing, skating, biking, rock climbing and extreme skiing. Light refreshments, vending snacks and catering available on request. Wanaka’s internet café with wireless hotspot and customer toilet is onsite. Upstairs, 3 Helwick Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 7429 Email: hotspot@wanakainternet.co.nz www.wanakainternet.co.nz


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BABYSITTING / CHILDMINDING BABYSITTING NEW ZEALAND - WANAKA “Stepping in when you need to step out” The professional choice in childcare. Experienced, reliable and carefully screened carers aged from 20 to 60+ years. 24/7, 365 days a year service and bookings. We come to you at your location – Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell and Te Anau. Let us book all your Wanaka activities. Flexible bookings from 3 hours to permanent. We have multiple carers available for your wedding or function. Phone: 027 247 BABY (+64 27 247 2229) Email: info@babysittingwanaka.com www.babysittingwanaka.com Around the Clock Childcare Contact: Bridget Cameron 03 442 0409 / 027 643 2298 Lake Wanaka Babysitting Service Contact: Deidre Donovan 03 443 9513 EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre Warren Street, 3 mths–5 years 03 443 1181 Educarents 021 272 8883 Homebased care, 0–5 years, see ad page 51 Montessori Children’s House 03 443 8389 Kings Drive, 1–6 years Riverside Educare Albert Town, 3 mths–5 years 03 443 4073 Wanaka Playgroup Tenby St 021 102 9130 Wanaka Pre-School Tenby St, 18 mths–5 years 03 443 7090

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Agencies also in Queenstown, Cromwell and Te Anau

PLAYGROUNDS ✽ Aeolus Place ✽ Achilles Place ✽ Wanaka Waterfront ✽ Cherry Court ✽ Wanaka Station Park ✽ Rimu Lane ✽ Scurr Heights Reserve off Travathan Lane ✽ Lake Hawea recreation ground USEFUL CONTACTS Police / Fire / Ambulance Police Station Helwick St Library Bullock Creek, Dunmore St Post Office Ardmore Street

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HEALTH Aspiring Pharmacy 03 443 7986 29 Helwick Street SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Wanaka Pharmacy 03 443 8000 Wanaka Library 41 Helwick Street Bullock Creek, Dunmore St 03 443 0410 Wanacare Pharmacy 03 443 5290 Community Networks 03 443 7799 Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd OSCAR accredited programme. Work and Income Aspiring Medical Centre (24 hrs) 03 443 1226 Childcare subsidies apply. www.communitynetworks.co.nz Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd Wanaka Medical Centre (24 hrs) 03 443 7811 SWIMMING POOL Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd Wanaka Community Pool 03 443 9334 Aspiring Dental Services 03 443 7705 Heated indoor pool – learn-to-swim and school holiday 64 Brownston Street programmes. Hours: Monday to Friday 6am–7pm INFORMATION CENTRES Saturday and Sunday 12pm–6pm Department of Conservation (DOC) 03 443 7660 CHILD FURNITURE / ACCESSORIES HIRE Cnr Ardmore Street/Ballantyne Rd Plunket car seats 03 443 8706 Wanaka i-Site 03 443 1233 Plunket 03 443 7030 The Log Cabin, Lakefront Portacots, backpacks, buggies, high chairs PUBLIC TOILETS OTHER HELP FOR PARENTS ✽ Wanaka Lakefront ✽ Eely Point ✽ Wanaka Marina Wanaka Library ✽ Wanaka Station Park ✽ Wanaka Lakefront Playground Regular pre-schooler sessions ✽ Lakefront opposite Showgrounds Bullock Creek, Dunmore St 03 443 0410 GETTING AROUND Wanaka Toy Library Toys for 0-6 years Yello! Wanaka Cabs 03 443 5555 Hours: Tues 7.30pm–8.30pm & Fri + Sat 9.30am–11am 3 Reece Crescent 03 443 5053 See ‘Getting Around’ p78 for other transport information. www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Wanaka Walks and Family Biking WANAKA LAKESIDE TRACKS You can bike or walk all the way from Glendhu Bay to Hawea via Wanaka township, along gorgeous, wellformed and very scenic tracks. Choose a section of track (some are completely flat and others more challenging), take a family walk or bike ride, and dip down into one of the hundreds of beautiful coves and picnic spots along the way. Note: times are estimated walking times with children.

Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Hawea Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Outlet Easy – 3 hours return This flat and wide track skirts the marina and then follows around the back of the yacht club and continues to Eely Point. Continue along the beach to Bremner Bay and you’ll see the start of the Clutha River – Lake Wanaka’s outlet. Finish up at the outlet near the campground – a great picnic spot. Lake Outlet to Albert Town Easy/Med – 2 hours return This is one of our favourite sections simply because the Clutha river is so gorgeous and suddenly such different scenery from the lake. Parking right at the start of the track near the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road. The track is slightly more narrow and undulating but certainly fine for bikers of all ages. Albert Town to Lake Hawea Easy/Med – 4 hours return An easy, well-formed 10km track that follows the Hawea River to Lake Hawea. Slightly undulating but overall very easy walking and biking for all ages.

Family Bike Hire MOUNT IRON TRACK Wanaka Lakefront to Moderate – 1½ hrs loop Glendhu Bay LAKELAND ADVENTURES Mount Iron is a glacier-carved hill, Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek Log Cabin, Lakefront, Wanaka visible from anywhere in Wanaka. Carpark 03 443 7495 Worth the climb, the summit provides Easy – 2 hours return panoramic views. The access track is LAKE HAWEA HOLIDAY PARK Starting from town, follow the well signposted 2km from Wanaka, near SH 6, Lake Hawea walking track with the lake on your Puzzling World, along State Highway 6. 03 443 1767 / 0800 525 322 right. This track is perfect with Not suitable for bikes. littlies, completely flat and quite wide. Buggy friendly. ROB ROY TRACK Waterfall Creek Carpark to Moderate – 3–4 hours return Glendhu Bay Start from the Raspberry Flat carpark, an hour’s drive Part I: Med – 2 hours return from Wanaka on the Glendhu Bay Road. Fifteen minute Part II: Med/Hard – 3 hours return flat walk to a swing bridge then climb to the head of the The first section is more undulating as you follow the valley and see great views of Rob Roy Glacier. lake round to a secluded bay. Mountain bikers will find Not suitable for bikes. this just slightly harder going but not technical and definitely still great for families. You reach a turn off DIAMOND LAKE where you can choose to dip down to the bay, or follow ROCKY MOUNTAIN WALKING TRACK Hard – 1½–3 hrs the track to Glendhu Bay. From here the track becomes 25 mins drive west of Wanaka, along the Mount Aspiring more technical in places with several steep undulations. Road. The entire track takes around 3 hours return and The views are stunning as you climb above the lake, the views from the summit are stunning. For a shorter then dip down to the shore. walk take the return track to the Lake Wanaka viewpoint. Not suitable for bikes. Note: the track is steep and uneven in parts – not suited to poor weather conditions. THE PLANTATION AN

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Exploring Central Otago Cromwell — a 45-minute drive from Queenstown or Wanaka brings you to Cromwell, the gateway to Central Otago. On the shore of Lake Dunstan and the bank of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers, Cromwell is one of Otago's top wine and fruit growing regions with a funky 'old town' to visit and the region's latest family attraction, Highlands Motorsport Park. Central Otago — Encompassing the land between Dunedin and the Southern Lakes, you'll discover a spectacular and remote region; a world of wild, rugged views, golden tussocked high-country, weird rock formations, alluring rivers, quiet roads and relics of the gold rush.

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* Explore the Clutha River by kayak or boat – there are family-friendly options departing from nearby Clyde. * See the famous Clyde Dam. * Visit one of the many fruit outlets or try the delicious Benger Gold Juice for a taste of Central Otago! * Visit the wineries – some with excellent lunch options. * Picnic by the river or take a family walk or bike ride. * Jet boat the Kawarau Gorge with Goldfields Jet. * Visit Goldfields Mining Centre and pan for gold. HIGHLANDS MOTORSPORT PARK Enjoy a day out with exciting activities for all ages! Highlands is a spectacular international standard motorsport circuit 45 minutes from Queenstown. The 650m Go-kart track provides family fun with single or tandem racing karts (single kart driver; min age 10 yrs, tandem driver; min age 16 yrs, tandem passenger min age 6 yrs). The whole family can enjoy playing mini golf and for the little ones there are pedal cars on the track in the shape of Bathurst! Visit the National Motorsport Museum for memorabilia and cool cars and for the grown ups (min age 16) why not experience a FASTlaps ride in a Porsche with a race car driver! Café onsite. Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 03 445 4052 Hours: Open daily Mini Golf and Pedal Cars Family $25 (2 adults + 2 kids) www.highlands.co.nz See ad p27 for prices & more info.

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Exploring Cromwell BABYSITTING NEW ZEALAND - CROMWELL “Stepping in when you need to step out” The professional choice in childcare. Experienced, reliable and carefully screened carers aged from 20 to 60+ years. 24/7, 365 days a year service and bookings. We come to you at your location – Cromwell, Wanaka, Queenstown and Te Anau. Let us book all your Cromwell activities. Flexible bookings from 3 hours to permanent. We have multiple carers available for your wedding or function. Phone: 027 247 BABY (+64 27 247 2229) Email: info@babysittingcromwell.com www.babysittingcromwell.com

Cromwell Old Town - did you know?

Most of historic Cromwell is now underwater – as the Clyde Hydro Dam was constru cted, the waters of the Clutha River and what is now Lake Dunstan, rose behind it. In 1985 a selection of building s due to be submerged were rescued and relocated to where they stand now, on the banks of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers. Well worth a visit, the hist oric shopping precinct provides an insight into the pas t, cool cafés, great shops to browse and even an old-fash ioned lolly shop! Riverside walk and bike trac ks start from Old Cromwell Town and from here you can also see the spectacular confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers.

Walks and Bike Rides Cromwell Lakeside Track Start at the marina carpark close to Old Cromwell Town along Butchers Drive. From here, follow the Kawarau River round to Lake Dunstan and past numerous picnic spots. If you keep going for about 10km (all flat) you’ll come to the family-friendly Pisa Moorings, with a café/ restaurant spot right on the lake. Cromwell Old Town – Bannockburn Starting point as above but follow the track the other way for a few pleasant and easy kilometers and you’ll come to the start of Bannockburn and the historic Bannockburn Bridge.

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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 is home to the Milford, Routeburn 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.

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is a perfect place to ‘stay and play’ for a few days while exploring Fiordland National Park. Situated on the shore of Lake Te Anau only two hours’ drive from Queenstown, this lively and pretty lakeside community bustles with cafés, shops, accommodation 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. See page 78 for Te Anau Accommodation. 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). To Manapouri 22kms

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Te Anau :: Activities LUXMORE JET A one-hour Fiordland jet boating experience that is both scenic and exciting! Join us for a thrilling ride on the Waiau River between Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri. See Lord of the Rings locations and experience an hour's worth of fun along with a lifetime's worth of memories. This is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Fiordland, and guaranteed to please the whole family! Freephone: 0800 25 38 26 Price: Adult $99, Child $49 (child is aged 5–15 years, under 5s travel FREE) Departs: Daily, Te Anau waterfront Accommodation pick-ups available Hours: 11am, 2pm and 4pm Duration: Allow 90 minutes Email: info@luxmorejet.com www.luxmorejet.com 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: Daily from Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Duration: 2 hours 15 mins Price: Adult $75, Child $22 Phone: 0800 65 65 03 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays CRUISE TE ANAU Leave the crowds behind, bring the family aboard and explore Lake Te Anau with your own knowledgeable guide and get truly close to nature. Your guide will take you to hidden corners of NZ’s second largest lake and exploring on a gentle bush / nature walk to the hidden lakes. There’s nothing quite like life on the water on this personalised tour (maximum 12 passengers) and when the lake is in stunning Fiordland the experience is unforgettable! Ask about our wilderness adventures with jet boat and float plane combinations. Phone: 03 249 8005 Departs: Lake Te Anau waterfront, next to i-Site Centre Departure Times: 10am, 1pm and 5pm (minimum passenger numbers may apply) Duration: 3 hours Price: Adult $90, Child $25 (child is 5–14 years) Email: info@cruiseteanau.co.nz 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.

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“the best jet boat ride ever!” Adrenalin, excitement, movie locations and a heap of natural beauty.

Departs 11am, 2pm, 4pm Allow 90 minutes Adult $99, Child $49 BOOK TODAY ON 0800 25 38 26 www.luxmorejet.com info@luxmorejet.com HIGHRIDE ADVENTURES HORSE TREKS Experience a working deer, sheep and cattle farm on horseback with our scenic treks suitable for beginners to experienced riders. Discover the wonderful views of Fiordland's mountains, cross rivers on horseback and see our farm animals close-up. Our rides are small and our guides friendly, while we have horses suited to all abilities and confidence levels. Free shuttle service from town is available (15 mins drive) and we provide helmets as well as gloves and wet weather gear if necessary. Dale Road, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7570 Freephone: 0508 HIGHRIDE (444 474) Email: info@highride.co.nz www.highride.co.nz Fiordland Cinema Daily screenings of Ata Whenua, an incredible, scenic movie made in Fiordland, 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, indoor Stardome experience. Freephone: 0508 COSMOS (267 667) Te Anau WIldlife Centre View the rare, flightless Takahē along with Kea, Tui and many other New Zealand natives. Entry is free (gold coin donation appreciated). Ten minutes lakeside walk from the DOC Visitor Centre. TE ANAU WILDLIFE CENTRE Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre (DOC) Advice on local walks plus movies, interactive displays and conservation gift store. Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7924 www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Te Anau Useful Contacts EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL Police/Fire/Ambulance Police Station Milford Road Fiordland Dental Centre 52 Town Centre Fiordland Community Pharmacy 70b Town Centre Fiordland Health Centre 25 Luxmore Drive

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CONTACTS FOR PARENTS Southern Stars Early Learning Centre 03 249 7858 0–5 years, for locals and visitors 18 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau Plunket 03 249 9539 Coffee group times, plunket room hire or general Plunket enquiries Car Seat Hire 03 249 9553 Baby Furniture Hire 03 249 8229 Te Anau Toy Library 03 249 8366 The Key Playcentre 03 249 9488 Manapouri Playgroup 03 249 4197 TRANSPORT For transport information see page 78 INFORMATION CENTRES Adventure Fiordland 72 Town Centre, next to Mobil Fiordland iSite Visitor Centre 03 249 8900 Fiordland Nat Park Visitor Centre 03 249 7924 Southern Discoveries Info Centre 03 249 7516

Walking & BikingTracks Te Anau – Control Gates Easy 1½ hour rtn Follow the lakefront path with the lake on your right to walk around to the start of the Kepler Track, passing the DOC centre and the Te Anau Wildlife Centre. Approx 40 mins easy walk each way. Control Gates – Brod Bay Easy 3 hrs rtn Experience an easy introduction to one of NZ's great walks on the start of the Kepler Track. The track from the Control Gates follows the lake shore through mountain and beech forest. You pass through Dock Bay first – great summer swim spot and with toilet facilities. No biking. Te Anau Lakefront Track Easy 2 hour loop Follow the lakeside path with the lake on your left. The path is wide and ideal for family biking (the above tracks have a lot of walkers so this one is better with the bikes). Fantastic views of the lake and mountains and endless beaches to stop and play at. The track loops round and back into town via the main highway. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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Ivon Wilson Park Easy Attractive 35 hectare park with lots of walking tracks and Lake Henry in the middle – the lake, stocked with brook trout, has been developed as a children’s fishery. Mountain Biking: a new addition to the park is a dedicated mountain bike park with loop tracks of around 8.5kms. There are green (beginner), blue and black trails to follow, so this is ideal and fun for all levels of biker. Key Summit Hard 3–4 hours return A more strenuous outing, this walk departs from the Te Anau – Milford Road and takes you onto the Routeburn Track. It’s about 3–4 hours return and reasonable fitness is advised. Rainbow Reach - Shallow Bay Moderate 3–4 hours return Gently undulating forest walk that takes you on part of the Kepler Track. Includes stunning river views, bridge crossings and you come out on the shores of Lake Manapouri where there are trampers' huts with toilet facilities.


Fiordland :: Eating Out Made Easy BABYSITTING NEW ZEALAND - TE ANAU “Stepping in when you need to step out” The professional choice in childcare. Experienced, reliable and carefully screened carers aged from 20 to 60+ years. 24/7, 365 days a year service and bookings. We come to you at your location – Te Anau, Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell. Let us book all your Te Anau activities. Flexible bookings from 3 hours to permanent. We have multiple carers available for your wedding or function. Phone: 027 247 BABY (+64 27 247 2229) Email: info@babysittingteanau.com www.babysittingteanau.com CLUBS AND HOBBIES Girl Guides ages 5–14 yrs Scout Group Keas to Venturers – ages 6–18 years St John Youth Ages 6–18 yrs Athletics Club Marakura Yacht Club from 8 years

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Eating Out Made Easy Establishments listed here are family-friendly and will 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 info@kidzgo.co.nz and let us know! Sandfly Café Locals' favourite – bustling daytime café with great cabinet choices, healthy options and good menu too. 9 The Lane, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 9529 Blue Duck Café and Bar Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the best views in the world! Milford Sound Village Phone: 03 249 7926 The Fat Duck Innovative, affordable cuisine, healthy children’s menu. Top end of Town Centre Phone: 03 249 8480 Olive Tree Café Spacious with toybox, magazines and good value day/eve menu. 52 Town Centre Phone: 03 249 8496 Ming Garden Chinese Restaurant Dine in or takeaway. Good family option, lots of choices and good value. Loop Road Phone: 03 249 7770

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cafe ~ bar ~ grill Sample Menu Items * Sunday roast with trimmings just $15 (Monday – Saturday roast $19) * All day breakfast $20 * Chicken schnitzel $19.50 * Rump steak with mushroom sauce $19.50 * Beef rib eye steak * Lamb shanks * Breast of chicken * Blue cod fillet * Salmon * Wild venison * Lamb steaks and many more dishes available Homemade Desserts $9.50 Kids’ Menu $12.50* (12 years and under) Choose from hot dog, sausage, chicken nuggets or fish bites served with fries or mini roast & veggies * includes drink & ice cream sundae

Superb family dining – delicious and hearty, good value Kiwi meals with our traditional Sunday roast a specialty at only $15. Friendly service and excellent atmosphere are complemented by a cosy open fire or sunny outdoor dining. FREE WIFI. Special Deal: Mention KIDZ GO for a free 12oz beer or glass of wine with your main meal. TOP END OF TOWN CENTRE, TE ANAU OPEN DAILY, NOON - LATE HAPPY HOUR 9PM-10PM EVERY NIGHT TEL 03 249 8801

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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 awe-inspiring 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.

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Drive Times Queenstown to Milford Sound 4½ hours Te Anau to Milford Sound 2½ hours Wanaka to Milford Sound 5½ hours Note: coaching or driving both ways from Queenstown makes for a 12 hour day, so why not break up the journey with a stay in Te Anau? See p78 for accommodation options. 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! Fly-Cruise-Fly Take a 30 to 40 minute flight over glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. Weather dependent. Flights depart Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau.

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About Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) Milford Sound's first settler (Donald Sutherland) arrived in 1877 having sailed there from Dunedin. 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 16kms long and it rains approximately 180 days a year, with an average annual rainfall of over 6½ metres!

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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 was completed in 1953 and 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.

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Fly-Cruise-Coach or Coach-Cruise-Fly The ultimate trip! Around 7½ hours return from Queenstown. Drive Yourself See our map for this spectacular 121km stretch of road. Cruises can be purchased before you leave, in Te Anau, or at Milford Sound. 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; driving speeds vary as people take in the views. Please be courteous to other drivers by pulling over at safe sites and allowing traffic to pass. ✔ WARNING! The road to Milford Sound is an Alpine Route. It is compulsory to carry snow chains on this route in winter. For road information see www.milfordroad.co.nz


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MILFORD SOUND CRUISES - SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES Jump aboard one of our warm, spacious boats for a fun and interactive cruise. Join the skipper in the open bridge, venture under waterfalls and look for dolphins, penguins and seals. The kids will love catching pure glacial water straight from Fairy Falls on our Encounter Nature Small Boat Cruise, watching the dolphins play with our 'cats' on our family friendly Scenic Cruise or visiting the unique Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory on our all-inclusive Discover More Cruise – whichever you choose, it's going to be a great experience for all the family to enjoy! Phone: 03 441 1137 Freephone: 0800 264 536 Departs: 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.45pm, 1.30pm and 3.10pm Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes – 3 hours Price: Adults from $68, Children from $16 (Child is 4–14 yrs, under 4s travel free) Email: reservations@southerndiscoveries.co.nz www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz Kids Go FREE during New Zealand school holidays! MILFORD DISCOVERY CENTRE & UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY - SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES The is the perfect addition to your Milford Sound Cruise. Learn about the environment of Milford Sound with striking displays & original memorabilia. Descend 10 metres underwater into a spacious viewing chamber & be spellbound by the panorama unveiled, encounter the extraordinary rare black coral and colourful sea creatures that teem just below the surface. The Milford Discovery Centre certainly has the wow factor, whatever your age – an exciting experience not to be missed! Harrison Cove, Milford Sound Phone: 03 441 1137 Freephone: 0800 264 536 Duration: 30 – 60 minutes Price: Ad $36, Ch $18 (Child is 4-14 yrs, under 4s travel free) Email: reservations@southerndiscoveries.co.nz www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz Kids Go FREE anytime with Kidz Go Coupon* See display ad this page for conditions.

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MITRE PEAK CRUISES Mitre Peak Cruises operate smaller vessels that will get you up close and personal to Milford Sound. Sheer rock faces, glacial hanging valleys, thick native forest and local wildlife such as fur seal colonies, Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins will delight you and the kids. Mitre Peak Cruises is the only cruise boat that goes past St Anne’s lighthouse and ventures into the Tasman Sea so you can experience a return into the fiord just like the first sealers did. This cruise is fun, educational and enjoyable for the whole family. Phone: 03 249 8110 Freephone: 0800 744 633 Price: Adult from $70, Child from $17, Under 5s FREE (cruise-only). Add-on visit to the Underwater Observatory is available on most cruises. Please enquire for our tours from Queenstown or Te Anau. Departures: Throughout the day, duration 2 hours Email: info@mitrepeak.com www.mitrepeak.com REAL JOURNEYS MILFORD SOUND DAYTIME CRUISES In Milford Sound you’ll see wildlife, towering cliffs, waterfalls and the much photographed Mitre Peak. Once there, join a Scenic Cruise or go on a more leisurely and informative Nature Cruise. Delicious lunch options available. Departs: Daily from Milford Visitor Terminal, Milford Nature Cruises (2 hrs) from Adult $65, Child $15 Scenic Cruises (1hr 40mins) from Adult $70, Child $22 Coach connections from Queenstown & Te Anau. Scenic flight options from Queenstown available. Phone: 0800 65 65 03 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays

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i The Homer Tunnel is a road tunn el in Fiordland linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and providing its only road access. 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 abov e sea level, is 1.2km long and has a steep grad ient down towards Milford Sound. i In 2003 the Homer Nude Tunnel run was introduced. Each year on 1st April , nearly a hundred keen competitors race naked through the tunnel!

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OTHER ACTIVITIES 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. Enjoy kayaking and other activities from your vessel. Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 www.realjourneys.co.nz Southern Discoveries Cruise and Kayak Combo There is nothing to beat getting down at eye level on Milford Sound and drifting in your kayak along the shoreline, gazing up at the sheer cliffs or looking out for wildlife. Southern Discoveries offer sturdy, double kayaks for an exploration of the sheltered... Harrison's Cove. .Little ones as young as 4 years can enjoy the fun and share your kayak. Available as an add-on to your Southern Discoveries Cruise. See page 69 Freephone: 0800 264 536


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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. In fact Doubtful Sound is a staggering 10 times bigger than Milford Sound and is home to fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and dolphins.

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Doubtful Sound

The journey to Doubtful Sound is an experience in itself, crossing Lake Manapouri to the West Arm and the amazing underground, hydro-electric powerstation, then over Wilmot Pass and finally down to the shores of Doubtful Sound. MANAPOURI HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER STATION The largest hydro-electric power station in New Zealand is located deep beneath Fiordland and was completed in 1971. The journey underground to visit it is via a 2km long spiral tunnel and is all part of the interest of the trip while the immense underground machine hall is more reminiscent of a James Bond movie set! A visit is normally but not always included in Real Journeys Doubtful Sound experiences. Check when booking. REAL JOURNEYS DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS 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. Home to abundant wildlife you may see dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare penguin. Delicious picnic lunches available. Departs: Daily from Manapouri. Queenstown & Te Anau coach connections available. Wilderness Cruises (7 hrs 30mins) from Ad $215, Ch $65 Freephone: 0800 65 65 03 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays

THE ROUTE TO DOUBTFUL SOUND Doubtful Sound

Photo courtesy of Real Journeys

Te Anau

Bradshaw Sound

Mt Luxmore

First Arm

Dagg Sound

Waiau River

Kepler Mountains

Crooked Arm

Deep Cove Hall Arm

Wilmot Pass

Mt George

North Arm

Underground Power Station

Te Anau to Manapouri 22km/20mins

Lake Manapouri Hope Arm

Manapouri Pearl Harbour

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Accommodation :: Queenstown and Arrowtown

Family Accommodation

This chapter lists accommodation options in and around Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, and Te Anau. All options welcome families and 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. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs. Email FreshChoice your order and have it delivered before you arrive or anytime during your stay! See page 48

Queenstown and Arrowtown HOLIDAY HOUSES BEL LAGO Luxurious, four-bedroom home with spa, sauna and stunning views. Olivers Place, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 1510 www.relaxitsdone.co.nz THE FERRY HOLIDAY HOME Three-bedroom historic house above the Shotover River and close to Queenstown. Spacious garden, cosy, fully self-contained. Spence Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 2194 Freephone: 0800 111 804 www.ferry.co.nz MATAU PLACE Four-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home sleeping eight. Beautifully presented, stunning all-round property. Aspen Grove, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 409 0537 www.goodstays.co.nz WAKATIPU HEIGHTS Two five-bedroom villas with kitchen, laundry facilities and stunning mountain/lake views. 'A home away from home'. 1 Wakatipu Heights, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7211 www.vacationvillas.co.nz WILLOWBROOK B & B and COTTAGES Two-bedroom cottage or spacious studio (sleeps up to six), gorgeous rural setting, safe and child-friendly. Malaghans Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 1773 www.willowbrook.net.nz WINNIES REST This five-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home is your ultimate alpine getaway! Hensman Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 409 0537 www.goodstays.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

Self-Catering Restaurant onsite Playground onsite

Under 5 minutes walk to play area Toys / Games available Swimming Pool

Under 5 mins walk to town centre FRANKTON MOTOR CAMP Situated near the base of The Remarkables and on a shallow, warm swimming beach, (the only Motor Camp in Queenstown on the lake shore) we’re ideal for families – boating, family biking (including the new Queenstown Trail) and walking tracks start right here! Tourist flats and cabins sleeping up to 5, with kitchenette, bathroom and TV, plus lakefront powered sites. Modern kitchens, laundry facilities and playground on-site. Close to shops, family restaurants, golf course and bus route. Free booking and information service – we can organise your day, offer family-friendly recommendations and book your skiing or other activities. We’re just 5 minutes drive from Queenstown and the closest accommodation to The Remarkables family ski field. Yewlett Crescent, Frankton, Queenstown Office Hours: 9am–9pm 7 days, late check-in by arrangement only. Phone: +64 3 442 2079 Email: g.orourke@xtra.co.nz www.franktonmotorcamp.co.nz ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK Spacious, friendly Kiwi holiday park in gorgeous Arrowtown, close to Queenstown. Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 1876 www.arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz QUEENSTOWN LAKEVIEW HOLIDAY PARK Easy walking distance to Queenstown centre, with variety of accommodation. Upper Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7252 www.holidaypark.net.nz


Accommodation :: Queenstown and Arrowtown TURNER HEIGHTS TOWNHOUSES Perfectly located a 2 or 3 minute walk into Queenstown, the view from most apartments is spectacular, overlooking the town, lake, mountains and up to the Skyline Gondola. The property consists of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments – 2 bedrooms with kitchens, laundry, flat screen TV, DVD, bathroom with shower over bath, balconies and private carport. Some apartments have a BBQ in a private courtyard. A communal spa is available onsite for your use and enjoyment. Check availability now and take advantage of our easy “Book Now” live facility on our website. 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: turnerh@queenstown.co.nz www.turnerheights.co.nz See display ad this page BEST WESTERN CRANBURY COURT APARTMENTS Spacious and warm, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom self-contained apartments, full kitchen/laundry facilities, living/dining area, SKY TV (Disney channel), DVD, stereo, free internet kiosk at reception, free wireless internet (download limits apply). With a supermarket across the road and an easy 5 minute walk to the town centre, Best Western Cranbury Court offers a superb location for all your holiday needs. Free off-street car parks, strictly no smoking in apartments. 19-23 Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 6483 Fax: +64 3 442 9525 Freephone: 0800 269 666 Email: info@cranbury.co.nz www.cranbury.co.nz Best Western Quality Assured, MANZ See display ad this page THE GLEBE APARTMENTS AND PENTHOUSE SUITES Just two minutes walk from central Queenstown, these one, two, three and four-bedroom suites offer lake, mountain or courtyard views. Complete with spacious living areas, private balcony, underfloor heating, fullyequipped kitchen, laundry, SKY TV (50+ channels), CD stereo, wifi (first 200mb free), on-site gym and sauna and secure underground parking. We also have a toy cupboard and DVD library of kids’ movies, plus a babysitting service is available (extra cost). These 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 and her side-kick, Ginni the Jacairn! Corner Stanley and Beetham Streets, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0310 Fax: +64 3 441 0309 Freephone: 0800 484 345 Email: stay@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz See display ad this page

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Minutes walk to town centre

❖ Spacious 1 & 2

b/r apartments

Superb view or courtyard apartments

Top of Turner Street, off Shotover Street, Queenstown phone: +64 3 442 8383 Freephone: 0800 804 333 www.turnerheights.co.nz turnerh@queenstown.co.nz Best Western

CRANBURY COURT

APARTMENTS

FAMILY COMFORT... 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments Easy walk to town centre (400m), 100m to supermarket Portacot and highchair hire Sky TV (Disney channel), DVD, stereo Wireless broadband Best Western Cranbury Court :: Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone +64 3 442 6483 Freephone 0800 269 666 info@cranbury.co.nz www.cranbury.co.nz

apartments & penthouses

Stay a few days .... you may never want to leave! Freephone 0800 484 345 stay@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz

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Southern Hospitality Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom self-catering units. All only 5 minutes stroll to town centre. Ideal for families. 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown p 03 441 0437 info@bluepeaks.co.nz www.bluepeaks.co.nz

Luxury Apartments Luxury 2 and 3 bed apartments, most with mountain views. Self-contained, kitchen, laundry and open-plan living. 8 Coronation Drive, Queenstown p 03 441 0438 info@bluepeaksapartments.co.nz www.bluepeaksapartments.co.nz

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BLUE PEAKS LODGE Bright, modern, motel accommodation in the heart of beautiful Queenstown with a choice of studios, one or two-bedroom units. Our clean and welcoming guest rooms include tea- and coffee-making facilities, ensuite bathroom with shower and daily room service. Many rooms have full kitchen facilities and all have a fridge and microwave, SKY TV and DVD players. Our friendly reception staff are available to help you book activities and ensure you make the most of your stay in Queenstown. All only 5 minutes stroll to town centre, playground, lake beachfront and parks. Ample off-street parking. Friendly, quiet location, ideal for families. 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0437 Fax: +64 3 442 6847 Freephone: 0800 162 122 Email: info@bluepeaks.co.nz www.bluepeaks.co.nz Qualmark 4 star See display ad this page BLUE PEAKS APARTMENTS Modern, stylish, self-catering apartments in the heart of beautiful Queenstown with a choice of two or three bedrooms. All apartments are luxuriously furnished with open-plan living and dining areas, fully-equipped designer kitchen, two bathrooms and a washer/dryer. Television includes SKY TV with Disney and cartoon channels and there is a DVD player with an Ipod dock. Our friendly reception staff are available to help you book activities and ensure you make the most of your stay in Queenstown. Only 5 minutes stroll to town centre, playground, lake beachfront and parks. Friendly, quiet location, ideal for families. 8 Coronation Drive, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0438 Fax: +64 3 442 6847 Freephone: 0800 162 122 Email: info@bluepeaksapartments.co.nz www.bluepeaksapartments.co.nz Qualmark 4+ star See display ad this page. 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: lakefront@xtra.co.nz www.queenstownaccommodation.co.nz


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MILLBROOK RESORT Millbrook Resort is a 5 star accommodation resort in Queenstown, situated on 500 acres of lush fairways, rolling hills and gentle, babbling streams. You’ll soon see why Millbrook was voted No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in 2013 Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards! Millbrook offers world-class dining, an award-winning spa, health and fitness centre, 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts, walking and biking tracks and onsite mountain bike hire. Just add our children’s playground, plentiful outside space and youth golf schools and the whole family will love staying at Millbrook Resort! Malaghans Road, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 441 7000 Freephone: 0800 800 604 Email: reservations@millbrook.co.nz www.millbrook.co.nz Qualmark5 star Hotel and Enviro Gold

TANOA ASPEN HOTEL QUEENSTOWN This family-friendly hotel offers spectacular, elevated lake and mountain views, just a few minutes from central Queenstown (with transport departing from our door every half hour). Accommodation options include hotel rooms plus spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchen, ensuite bathroom, balcony, wireless internet and TV with in-house movies. Our Panorama Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner, and offers kids' menu and toy box along with great atmosphere and views. With regular specials and no surcharge on public holidays, we are the perfect family option. 139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown Phone: + 64 3 441 0097 Fax: +64 3 442 7677 Freephone: 0800 427 688 Email: queenstownres@tanoahotels.co.nz www.tanoaaspen.com Qualmark 3+ star

GOLDRIDGE RESORT This family-friendly property is spread around spacious grounds, with gorgeous lake and mountain views and space for children to play. Goldridge offers double and twin rooms overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range, and family rooms overlooking the garden and courtyard. The on-site restaurant and bar with balcony overlooking the lake offers delicious menu choices for all ages. Facilities include wireless internet, Freeview TV, DVD players + movies, BBQ area, tennis court, spa pools, sauna and laundry. 594 Frankton Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 6500 Fax: +64 3 442 7898 Freephone: 0800 656 100 Email: reservations@goldridgeresort.co.nz www.goldridgeresort.co.nz Qualmark 3 star

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 opposite hotel, parking, babysitting 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: reservations_queenstown@rydges.com www.rydges.com Qualmark 3+ star & Enviro-Silver rating Children stay & eat FREE (terms and conditions apply).

COPTHORNE HOTEL & APARTMENTS QUEENSTOWN LAKEVIEW With 19 two-bedroom, lake view apartments, this hotel is perfect for families. Located a short walk to the town centre, with plenty of secure parking, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments offer excellent family amenities onsite, such as café and bar with open fire and outdoor courtyard to suit every season, breakfast and evening restaurant and 24 hour room service meals. Our hotel features ski drying room, spa pool and wifi. Apartments include separate lounge, kitchenette, two bathrooms, SKY TV, patio and of course those magnificent views! 88 Frankton Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7950 Fax: +64 3 442 8066 Freephone: 0800 656 100 Email: copthorne.lakeview@millenniumhotels.co.nz www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornequeenstownlakeview/ Qualmark 3 star

HERITAGE QUEENSTOWN APARTMENTS Experience family accommodation at its best at Heritage Queenstown Apartments. Enjoy a home away from home in one of our three-bedroom luxury apartments 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 plus restaurant and bar. Long stay and self-catering options available. 91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 450 1500 Fax: +64 3 442 4989 Freephone: 0800 424 988 Email: resZQN@heritagehotels.co.nz www.heritagehotels.co.nz Qualmark 4+ star & Enviro-Gold rating www.KidzGo.co.nz


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SCENIC SUITES QUEENSTOWN With one of the most desirable hotel locations in Queenstown (only a 200m easy stroll from the centre of town) and offering a selection of superior rooms and one-bedroom suites that can be interconnected, Scenic Suites Queenstown offers every comfort for the travelling family. With full kitchen and laundry facilities plus SKY TV there is also the on-site restaurant, The Hillside Brasserie, featuring a kids’ menu to tempt the fussiest of palates. Added features include 24 hour room service, complimentary covered parking, ski lockers and tourist information with booking service. 27 Stanley Street, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 4718 Fax: +64 3 442 4715 Freephone: 0800 80 77 00 Email: zqn@scenichotels.co.nz www.scenichotels.co.nz/hotels/scenic-suites-queenstown Qualmark 4 star & Enviro-Silver

HEARTLAND HOTEL QUEENSTOWN Heartland Hotel Queenstown is a family-friendly property offering standard and interconnecting rooms plus family rooms. With an elevated position that provides spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, and its handy location just 200m from towncentre, this is a family favourite place to stay. The onsite restaurant, The Hillside Brasserie features a kids’ menu to tempt the fussiest of palates. Other amenities include SKY TV, ski lockers, guest laundry, complimentary parking and an activities desk. 27 Stanley Street, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 7700 Fax: +64 3 442 4715 Freephone: 0800 80 77 00 Email: zqn@heartlandhotels.co.nz www.heartlandhotels.co.nz/hotels/heartland-hotel-queenstown

Qualmark 3+ star & Enviro-Silver

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PEPPERS BEACON QUEENSTOWN Treat your family to the ultimate escape, just a short stroll from Queenstown’s heart. Most of the resort’s spacious self-contained apartments boast a luxurious haven with comfortable living space featuring kitchen and laundry facilities, a fireplace and plenty of room to play. Onsite amenities include a sauna, exercise room, breakfast lounge and secure garden courtyard with BBQ. Situated across from the pristine Lake Wakatipu, grassy park and play area, you’ll find a picturesque backdrop for cherished family moments. 33 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0890 Fax: +64 3 409 0899 Email: beacon@peppers.co.nz www.peppers.co.nz/beacon Qualmark 5 star – self contained & serviced accommodation Enviro-Silver SHOTOVER LODGE Great value studio and one-bedroom family rooms sleeping up to four and including bathroom, TV and kitchenette. Facilities include spotless communal kitchen, lounge with games, books and TV, licensed café, outdoor fireplace, BBQ, volleyball and plenty of play space. We are two minutes stroll to next door's restaurant and indoor bowling, and just across the road is the popular Onsen hot pools overlooking the Shotover River. This wonderful alpine lodge is surrounded by mountain views and plenty of space, and provides sporting equipment to keep the kids entertained. Fantastic value and just a 5 minute drive from Queenstown centre. 157 Arthurs Point Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 3318 Email: info@shotoverlodge.co.nz www.shotoverlodge.co.nz


Accommodation :: Wanaka and Lake Hawea

Wanaka & Lake Hawea 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, with fenced garden. 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 CLEARBROOK HOLIDAY HOME Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, five minutes walk to town centre. Cnr Helwick and Upton Streets, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 4413 www.clearbrook.co.nz WANAKA TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK This holiday park is just great for families! With swimming pool and three-lane slide, spa pool, playground, sports field and bikes for hire the kids are taken care of. Accommodation for all budgets, including camping, 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. Located just 3km from central Wanaka with easy bike tracks right from the door. Wifi and internet kiosk onsite. 217 Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7360 Fax: +64 3 443 7354 Freephone: 0508 WANAKA (926 252) Email: info@wanakatop10.co.nz www.wanakatop10.co.nz Qualmark 4 star CLEARBROOK MOTEL & 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 has wireless internet available and 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 Phone: +64 3 443 4413 Fax: +64 3 443 1660 Freephone: 0800 443 441 Email: info@clearbrook.co.nz www.clearbrook.co.nz

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ALPINE RESORT WANAKA This spacious resort has it all: two swimming pools (heated in summer), tennis court, gym, petanque, games rooms, BBQs and loads of outdoor space. Your family will love the spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (with option for one fivebedroom apartment) and you can enjoy spa baths in some apartments. All accommodation includes kitchen, wireless internet and outdoor space. Located just 1.5km from Wanaka town centre, close to playgrounds, walk and bike tracks, and surrounded by gorgeous mountain and lake views. 144-154 Anderson Rd, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 2325 Fax: +64 3 443 2326 Freephone: 0800 4 WANAKA (0800 492 625) Email: stay@alpineresortwanaka.com www.alpineresortwanaka.com Qualmark 4+ star EDGEWATER This top family accommodation is right on the lakeshore and a 20 minute flat stroll to the town centre. Edgewater offers hotel rooms or one- and two-bedroom suites (suite facilities include laundry and kitchenette). All boast balconies/terrace and spectacular views. An ideal year-round hotel, enjoy Edgewater’s wide-open lawns leading to the lake’s edge. Facilities include: kids’ menus, playground and trampoline, spa/sauna, ski drying rooms, tennis courts, putting green, mountain bikes and kayak hire. Sargood Drive, Lake Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 0011 Fax: +64 3 443 8323 Freephone: 0800 108 311 Email: reservations@edgewater.co.nz www.edgewater.co.nz Qualmark 4 star & Enviro-Silver LAKE HAWEA HOTEL Enjoy stunning views from this lakefront hotel only 10 minutes from Wanaka. Overlooking Lake Hawea this is the perfect spot for a family getaway with beach, walking and biking tracks on the doorstep and ski fields close by. Lake Hawea Hotel provides lake view family rooms sleeping up to five, studio suites and lodge accommodation with communal facilities. With a fantastic onsite restaurant you'll enjoy log fires and again those magical views and a welcoming all-day menu. To complete the picture the garden bar includes playground and lots of space for kids to play. Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea Phone: +64 3 443 1224 Fax: +64 3 443 1024 Email: info@lakehawea.co.nz www.lakehawea.co.nz YHA WANAKA A friendly hostel just 5 minutes from the shores of Lake Wanaka. Family rooms with double bed and bunks. Plenty of open areas to spread out. 94 Brownston Street, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 1880 www.yha.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Te Anau

ALPINE VIEW MOTEL Situated on a quiet corner site with spacious grounds, BBQ area and awesome playground, we offer a range of 1 to 3 bedroom fully-equipped units. Very close to lake, town centre, sports stadium, cinema and park. 12 SKY and Freeview channels and wireless internet available in all the rooms plus free internet onsite. Pet-friendly, competitive rates and friendly hosts. Generous rates from $90 – $180 with nightly specials and long stay discounts. 15 Quintin Drive, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7459 Freephone: 0800 116 123 Email: info@alpineviewmotel.co.nz www.alpineviewmotel.co.nz TE ANAU TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park is centrally located next to the pristine waters of Lake Te Anau and in the heart of Te Anau village. With a selection of modern, comfortable accommodation that ranges from powered campsites to family cabins and fully self-contained motel units there is 'a bed for every budget.' Bicycles are available to hire and our professionally designed kids’ playground will be a hit with the little ones. 128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7462 Freephone: 0800 249 746 Email: fivestar@TeanauTop10.co.nz www.teanautop10.co.nz FIORDLAND HOTEL Fiordland Hotel/Motel offers deluxe studios, larger rooms and motel units with kitchen facilities, many with mountain views. There’s fun for the whole family at Fiordland Hotel with a fenced playground, trampoline, mini golf, BBQ facilities, restaurant, bar, kids’ movies and a solar heated indoor swimming pool and spa – in fact everything you need to keep your family entertained while you enjoy a holiday in Fiordland. 91 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7511 Fax: +64 3 249 8944 Email: information@fiordlandhotel.co.nz www.fiordlandhotel.co.nz YHA TE ANAU This Qualmark 4+ star hostel offers a unique homely atmosphere and cosy accommodation. YHA Te Anau’s lounge has a fireplace and plenty of couch space to sink into while watching one of our free movies. The hostel kitchen is fully-equipped and we have fresh spices and herbs growing in our ‘Edible Garden’. There's plenty to entertain with our overflowing games cupboard, book exchange, free VHS and DVD hire, internet and Skype access. Accommodation includes doubles or twins, small share dormitories and rooms with ensuites. 29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7847 Email: yha.teanau@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

> > > Getting Around the Southern Lakes 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. 4WD car hire from $49 per day (based on multi-day hire) or $75 per day (based on one day only). Includes ski racks and snow chains. Corner of Marine Parade and Church Street Phone: 03 442 6039 / 027 432 7621 Freephone: 0800 557 232 Email: regsbikes@xtra.co.nz www.discountrentals.co.nz

Taxi – Shuttle – Bus Ski Area Transport See page 18 for transport options to all local ski areas. Green Cabs Queenstown 0508 447 336 Child car seats available – booking advised. Atomic Shuttles 03 349 0697 Daily services linking most South Island towns. Supershuttle Airport Shuttle Car seats available on request.

0800 748 885

Tracknet 03 249 7777 Daily services to and from Queenstown, Invercargill, Stewart Island (with Real Journeys boat link), Te Anau, Milford Sound and most hiking tracks. Connectabus 03 441 4471 Queenstown and Arrowtown bus service. Connect Wanaka 03 441 4471 Daily service between Wanaka and Queenstown. Alpine Connexions 03 443 9120 Transport service between Queenstown and Wanaka, connections to Dunedin and Cromwell plus ski field shuttle service. Yello! Cabs and Shuttles 0800 443 5555 Wanaka taxi service, airport shuttle & ski field transport.

Airline Information RESERVATIONS AND ENQUIRIES Air New Zealand Virgin Australia Jetstar Airways

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The Legend of our Lake

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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 (măori) ~ 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 Măori 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 found 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, 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... www.KidzGo.co.nz


80 Family Deals and Savings Coronet Peak Ski Field

Shotover Jet

Kids 6 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. See page 10

FREE digital photo download (worth $20) and FREE Shotover Jet Family Pass with exclusive savings. Conditions apply. See page 24

Remarkables Ski Field

Goldfields Jet

Kids 10 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. See page 10

One child goes jet boating FREE with every two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go. See page 24

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari

Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. See page 11

SAVE $119 on our Family Deal: 2 adults and 2 children. Plus half-price for any additional children. See page 25

Treble Cone Ski Field

Dart River Jet FunYak Safari

FAMILY DISCOUNT DAY PASS $268 (2 adults + 2 children, extra children just $25) Kids 5 years & under ski FREE! See page 12

SAVE $199 on our Family Deal: 2 adults and 2 children. Plus half-price for any additional children. See page 25

Snow Farm

KJet

Receive 1 child's ski rental FREE when you show a copy of this magazine. See page 12

FAMILY DEAL: $307 for 2 adults + 2 children plus photo pack at discount rate plus FREE entry into Underwater Observatory. See p23

Browns Ski Shop

Minus 5° ICEBAR

FAMILY DISCOUNT 15% when you mention Kidz Go magazine (min 1 adult + 1 child). See page 14

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Luxury Spa Pools – Onsen

20% discount off ski, snowboard and clothing rental. Plus 6th consecutive day's hire FREE. See page 15

Kids go FREE! One child goes free with each paying adult 11am–3pm. See page 28

One Stop Ski & Snowboard Rental

Queenstown Lake Cruise

20% discount off ski, snowboard and clothing rental. See page 15

Includes FREE entry to Underwater Observatory plus kids go FREE during NZ School Holidays. See page 28

Queenstown Ice Arena

Real Journeys KIDS GO FREE

FAMILY DEAL: $55 2 adults and 2 children (includes skate hire) See page 30 www.KidzGo.co.nz

Kids travel FREE during NZ School Holidays with full fare paying adult (max 2 per adult) on selected trips & departures. See page 2 and 29


Family Deals and Savings Skyline Queenstown

Off Road Adventures

FAMILY DEAL: Gondola + 1 luge ride each $104 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. See page 30

HALF PRICE: for kids under 12 years on our 9am Explorer Tour! See page 35

G Force Paragliding

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FAMILY DEAL: $200 for 2 adults + 2 children (two rides each). See page 38

Children stay and eat FREE Conditions apply See page 75

AJ Hackett Bungy

Lakes District Museum

FAMILY DEAL: $480 for 2 adults + 2 children (save $140). See page 38

FAMILY PASS: $16 for 2 adults and 2 children. See page 41

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Southern Discoveries Milford Sound

Highlands Motorsport Park

Kids go FREE on Southern Discoveries Cruises during NZ school holidays. Conditions apply. See page 69

FAMILY DEAL (museum) $45 for 2 adults + 2 kids FAMILY DEAL (mini golf and pedal karts) $25 for 2 adults + 2 kids. See page 27

Southern Discoveries Milford Sound

Postmasters Arrowtown

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Kiddies who clear their plate get a FREE ice cream dessert! See page 42

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82 Kidz Go Index SNOW INFORMATION Ski Fields Cardrona Alpine Resort Coronet Peak The Remarkables Snow Farm Treble Cone Hiring Gear Base Ultimate Rental Browns Ski Shop Green Toad - Queenstown Green Toad - Wanaka Kiwi Discovery One Stop Ski & Snowboard Rental Rocket Rental Rockies Snowbiz Ski & Snowboard Rental Snow Transport Discount Cars Info and Snow Kiwi Discovery: Ski Link Green Cabs Serious Fun Snow Shuttles Snow Adventures Guided Snowshoe Walks Oversnow Snowmobile Tours

11 10 10 12 12 20 14 14 20 14 15 20 13 15 19 19 19 19 19 12 11

ACTIVITIES Queenstown AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Centre Alpine Aqualand Around the Basin Family Bike Adventures Dart River Jet Wilderness Safaris G Force Paragliding Goldfields Jet and Mining Centre Highlands Motorsport Park Kawarau Zipride KJet Kiwi Birdlife Park Lakes District Museum Luxury Spa Pools – Onsen Minus 5° ICEBAR Off Road Adventures Queenstown Bike and Kayak Hire Queenstown Combos Queenstown Ice Arena Queenstown Lake Cruise Reading Cinemas Shotover Canyon Swing Shotover Jet Site Trampoline Skyline Queenstown Skyline Queenstown Stargazing The Bead Shop TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Underwater Observatory Ziptrek Flying Fox Ecotours

38 26 32 25 36 24 27 38 23 27 41 28 28 35 28 38 30 28 32 36 24 36 30 30 30 29 22 37

Wanaka Cinema Paradiso Clip ‘N Climb, Basecamp, Wanaka Controller Freaks Console Gaming Lounge Lakeland Adventures and Clutha River Jet National Transport and Toy Museum Puzzling World Wanaka Community Pool

57 55 56 55 56 57 56

Fiordland Luxmore Jet Mitre Peak Cruises Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Cruises Real Journeys Milford Sound Cruises Real Journeys Te Anau Glowworm Caves Southern Discoveries and Milford Discovery Centre ACCOMMODATION Queenstown / Arrowtown Best Western Cranbury Court Apartments Blue Peaks Apartments Blue Peaks Lodge Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Frankton Motor Camp The Glebe Apartments and Penthouse Suites Goldridge Resort Heartland Hotel Heritage Queenstown Apartments Lakefront Apartments Millbrook Resort Peppers Beacon Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel Scenic Suites Queenstown Shotover Lodge Tanoa Aspen Hotel Turner Heights Townhouses Wanaka Alpine Resort Wanaka Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments Edgewater Lake Hawea Hotel Wanaka Top10 Holiday Park Te Anau Alpine View Motel Fiordland Hotel Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park CAFÉS / RESTAURANTS Queenstown / Arrowtown Ballarat Trading Co. Bella Cucina Fat Badgers FINZ Minami Jujisei Post Office Café Postmasters Arrowtown Sombreros Mexican Cantina Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar Wanaka Edgewater – Wineglass Café Lonestar Te Anau The Ranch

65 70 71 70 65 69

73 74 74 75 72 73 75 76 75 74 75 76 75 76 76 75 73 77 77 77 77 77 78 78 78

44 45 46 43 43 46 42 44 45 58 59 67

THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY Around the Clock Childcare Babysitting New Zealand - Queenstown Babysitting New Zealand - Wanaka Educarents

50 51 61 51

FAMILY SHOPPING AND SERVICES Fresh Choice Supermarket Linda’s Hair Design Rockies Childrenswear Remarkables Park Town Centre

48 48 49 49


Tasman Sea Milford Sound Homer Tunnel

See p68

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Mavora Lakes

Dart River Jet Safaris & Funyaks

Lake Sylvan

See p39

To Mt Aspiring (3033 metres)

W4

Five Rivers

Treble Cone Ski Field

Skippers Canyon Road (4WD only)

To

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Cromwell

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8

8A

8

To Mt Cook and Christchurch

6

Hawea Lake The West Coast Hawea Wanaka 6

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Puzzling World

The Snow Farm

See p54

Wanaka

Cardrona Valley

Glendhu Bay

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Arrowtown

Crown Range Road

6

8

Clyde

Clyde Dam

Alexandra

To Dunedin

Roxburgh

Bannockburn

Goldfields Mining Centre & Jet Boat

Gibbston Valley

Highlands Motorsport Park Kawarau Bungy Centre

The Remarkables Ski Area

❄ Queenstown Airport

See p40

Lake Hayes

6 6

Garston

Kingston

Frankton

Coronet Peak Ski Area

W8

Shotover Jet

Athol

Kelvin Heights

Queenstown See p4

6

Walter Peak High Country Farm

Ben Lomond (1748 metres)

Unsealed Road Alpine Route: Expect ice and snow in winter.

In Kilometres From Queenstown to... Arrowtown....................................19 Christchurch...............................486 Cromwell........................................57 Dunedin.......................................283 Fox Glacier........................................380 Franz Josef........................................365 Glenorchy.......................................45 Invercargill...................................187 Kingston.........................................50 Milford Sound.................................291 Mount Cook.....................................328 Te Anau.............................................170 Wanaka (via Route 6)...................117 Wanaka (via Crown Range)..........75

Lake Wakatipu

Kinloch

Glenorchy

The Southern Lakes

Milford Track 3 - 4 day walk

Te Anau Downs

94

To Invercargill

tan

Mitre Peak (1692 metres)

Lake Te Anau Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Cruises to caves (35 - 40 mins)

To Queenstown (170 km / 2 hrs 15 mins)

See p64

Te Anau 95

Manapouri

22km / 20 mins from Te Anau

Doubtful Sound departures

Mossburn

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skiing with kids

WINTER 2013

see page 16 for more information

Treble Cone

KITTY CAT CLUB * Age 3–6 years * Under 3 years with parental supervision * Ski lesson optional for over 3 years TC CAT KIDS’ CLUB * Age 3–15 years * Full day lessons + lunch

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION 03 443 7443

Coronet Peak SKIWILAND EARLY LEARNING CENTRES * Age 3 mths–5 years * Half or full day supervised, licensed childcare *Optional ski lesson from 3 years KEA CLUB * Age 5–15 years * Full day lessons + lunch * Half-day options

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION 03 442 4692

Cardrona Alpine Resort

The Remarkables

NURSERY / KINDY * Licensed Early Childhood Centre * Age 3 mths–4 years

SKIWILAND EARLY LEARNING CENTRES * Age 3 mths–5 years * Half or full day supervised, licensed childcare *Optional ski lesson from 3 years

SKI KINDY * Age 3–4 years * Childcare, activities and ski lessons SKI/SNOWBOARD SCHOOL * Age 5–14 years * Full day lessons + lunch * Flexi half-day options

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION 03 443 7341

KEA CLUB * Age 5–15 years * Full day lessons + lunch * Half-day options SNOWTUBING * Dedicated Ozone Tubing Park for all ages

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION 03 442 4908

NZ Ski Ltd : The Remarkables


Kidz Go Southern Lakes :: Winter 2013