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Attractions & Adventures


Activity Age Guide


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Biking with Kids


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Cover pic: Tyge and Kaja Bradshaw, Arrowtown

Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Cromwell – you’ll never run out of things to do in and around Queenstown but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, beaches and bike tracks, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort justifiably rates as one of the world’s top destinations for all ages and seasons. Just 20km away, the old-world ambience of Arrowtown is also a must-visit, while the tiny township of Glenorchy, at the head of the lake, really is the gateway to Paradise! Wanaka – Lake Wanaka, surrounded by magnificent mountains, is a perfect year-round holiday spot with a laid-back feel. Wanaka offers stunning scenery, fabulous dining, festivals and plenty of family fun, making this a dream destination for families. Activities include jet boating, horse riding, family climbing adventures, and the famous Puzzling World as well as family biking and walking tracks. Wanaka's beaches are wonderful for shallow swimming, slow picnics and lots of friendly families to meet. Nearby the idyllic township of Lake Hawea is waiting for you to discover it! Fiordland and Te Anau – the peaceful lakeside town of Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park with the rugged wonders of Milford and Doubtful Sound just a short trip away. Te Anau offers fun family activities including lake cruises, jet boating, biking, hiking and farm tours. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the glowworm caves and is the set-off point for walking the outstanding Milford or Kepler Tracks. Nearby Lake Manapouri is home to NZ's Pearl Harbour and Doubtful Sound departures.

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Te Anau walks and family bike rides 68 69 8 Te Anau activities 70 9 Eating out made easy 10 Milford Sound 72 17 Doubtful Sound 75 24 32 FAMILY ACCOMMODATION 34 76 36 Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown 82 38 Wanaka and Lake Hawea 83 42 Te Anau and Manapouri – Fiordland 43 43 SOUTHERN L AKES MAPS 46 2 46 Queenstown, Fernhill and Sunshine Bay Queenstown centre 4 84 Frankton and Kelvin Heights 4 THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY Family attractions 10 Childcare, clubs, party ideas, annual passes plus Arrowtown 32 lots more information for parents 44 Glenorchy 34 Cromwell 37 EATING OUT MADE EASY 40 The Queenstown Trail Family-friendly restaurants and cafés 48 Wanaka 56 Te Anau and Manapouri 67 FAMILY SHOPPING 72 The road to Milford Sound Clothing, toys, books, sweets, gifts, 75 supermarkets and intriguing stores The route to Doubtful Sound Southern Lakes area 87

ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS On a budget Rainy day activities and trips Family attractions Discover Queenstown Adventure fun Discover Arrowtown Discover Glenorchy Discover Cromwell The Queenstown Trail and family bike rides Queenstown and Arrowtown walking tracks Queenstown and Arrowtown picnic spots Queenstown and Arrowtown playgrounds Annual and season activity passes Birthday party activities and ideas Family deals and savings

KIDZ GO WAN AKA Annual and season activity passes Wanaka birthday party activities and ideas Wanaka activities Wanaka walks and family bike rides Eating out made easy Family shopping and kids' directory

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Summer events highlights 6 Queenstown useful contacts 7 Getting around 7 The Legend of our Breathing Lake 53 Family discounts and deals 84 Index 86

6 Summer Events Highlights

Summer Events Highlights NOVEMBER 3-4 Queenstown, 10-11 Wanaka The Extravaganza Fair A free, fun day out with stalls, food, entertainment, circus shows, kids' shows, games and more! Enjoy 'old school' fun with sack races or musical bean bags. Pedal-powered merry- go-round, tropical island bouncy fun, plus a trampoline bungee! www.extravaganza.co.nz 17 Air NZ Queenstown International Marathon This annual event brings competitors from around the world. For the kids there's a 10km race (7-15 years) plus a 2.2km ‘Kids' Run’ (5-12 years). www.queenstown-marathon.co.nz/race-options/kids-run

5 Glenorchy Races Horse races, stockman races, the occasional people racing, food stalls and hopefully glorious sunshine! Followed by entertainment in the evening. 12 Lake Hayes A&P Show Show jumping, obstacle courses for horses (and riders), dog agility shows, sheep shearing, food stalls, pet shows, rides, petting zoos and entertainment. www.lakehayesshow.com 26 The Ruby Swim Race The greatest little swim race from Wanaka lakeshore to Ruby Island. www.swimrubyisland.co.nz FEBRUARY 6 Waitangi Day (Public Holiday)

25 'Art on the Green' Glenorchy Village Fair A family-friendly day with music, art, food, craft stalls and more. www.glenorchycommunity.co.nz

14-15 Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka Fun event for children to challenge and compete individually against their peers. www.challenge-wanaka.com

DECEMBER 1 Cardrona Alpine Resort – opening day Cardrona Alpine Resort's summer fun kicks in! There'll be lots of entertainment and action on opening weekend. www.cardrona.com

MARCH 2 Arrowtown Trolley Derby Competitors race in hand-made trolleys! Facebook: Arrowtown Trolley Derby

8 Te Anau – Santa Parade and Fun in the Park Fun in the Park starts at midday and the parade starts at 2pm at the top end of Town Centre. Entertainment throughout the afternoon including a chocolate wheel and prizes. Facebook: Te Anau Santa Parade 9 ‘12 Bells of Christmas’ Shotover Jet Christmas Show Headed by local kids, world-famous-in-Queenstown entertainers and a giant teddy bear, all will be delighted with this funny, touching, fast-paced show. QT Events Centre Facebook: Shotover Jet Christmas Show 30 Te Anau Rodeo View examples of horsemanship and stock handling as well as all the rodeo favourites. www.teanaurodeo.co.nz 31 Queenstown and Wanaka – New Year's Eve Live music, entertainment and fireworks. A FREE event. Queenstown and Wanaka Lakefronts, 7pm-1am. JANUARY 2 Wanaka Rodeo Watch from the viewing amphitheatre as competitors battle it out for national championship points and prizes. Food stalls onsite. www.wanakarodeo.co.nz

8-9 Wanaka A&P Show Equestrian, cattle judging, pet shows, plus the highly entertaining Jack Russell race. www.wanakashow.co.nz 25 Otago Anniversary Day (Public Holiday) APRIL 2-7 Wanaka Festival of Colour Bringing together local, national and international performers from circus to puppetry, live music to storytelling. www.festivalofcolour.co.nz 6-8 Highlands, Cromwell – Festival of Speed A weekend packed with spectacular classic racing. www.highlands.co.nz 21 Easter Sunday 23 – 28 Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival Packed full of events: opening ceremony, children's workshops, historic walks, an outdoor movie, kids scarecrow competition, dog shows, plus more. Daily entertainment at Buckingham Green plus the famous street parade. www.arrowtownautumnfestival.co.nz 25 Anzac Day (Public Holiday)

Queenstown Useful Contacts

Getting Around

Useful Contacts EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL AID Police / Fire / Ambulance 111 Queenstown Medical Centre 03 441 0500 9 Isle Street, Queenstown Remarkables Park Medical Centre 03 450 9199 Level 2, Building12, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Wakatipu Medical Centre 03 442 2288 11 McBride Street, Frankton Arrowtown Medical Centre 03 450 1355 cnr Buckingham/Berkshire Streets, Arrowtown Lakes District Hospital 03 441 0015 Douglas Street, Frankton Mountain Lakes Medical 03 442 7188 44 Beach Street or Level 1, 34 Grant Road, Five Mile Wakatipu Community Mental Health 03 441 0010 19 Douglas Street, Frankton PHARMACIES Unichem Arrowtown Pharmacy 20 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Queenstown Pharmacy Isle Street, Queenstown QT Pharmacy O’Connells Shopping Centre, Queenstown Summerfield’s Frankton Pharmacy Frankton Roundabout, Frankton Unichem Remarkables Pharmacy Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Life Pharmacy Wilkinson's 4 The Mall, Queenstown DENTAL SERVICES Frankton Dental Surgery Queenstown Dentist Ltd Lakeside Dental Practice Queenstown Dental Centre Remarkables Dental Centre


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INFORMATION CENTRES & BOOKING AGENTS Cardrona Info and Booking Centre 03 442 4511 30 Camp Street Discover Queenstown Info Centre 03 441 2979 corner The Mall / Camp Street Dept of Conservation Visitor Ctre Stanley St 03 442 7935 Go Orange 35 Shotover Street 03 442 7340 Info and Track 37 Shotover Street 03 442 9708 Lakes District Museum and Info Centre 03 442 1824 Buckingham St, Arrowtown QT Information Centre 03 442 7319 corner Shotover / Camp Street Queenstown i-Site Visitor Centre 03 442 4100 corner Shotover / Camp Street Queenstown Local Sights 03 442 7936 2 Rees Street Southern Lakes Info Centre 03 442 7640 corner Shotover / Rees Street The Station corner Shotover / Camp Street 03 442 5252

Queenstown Taxis Personal door-to-door transport! We get you door-to-door with total flexibility and convenience – no schedules, no timetables – you decide when you want to travel and we’ll be there! Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are our priority. We have cars (seat 1-4) or minivans (seat 1-11) for everything from sightseeing to airport transfers. Call for a quote today! Child seats available on request. Phone: 03 450 3000 (24 hours) Freephone: 0800 QT TAXI (0800 788 294) www.queenstowntaxis.com Yello! Taxi Service and Track Transport, Wanaka Yello! services include Queenstown airport transfers, track transport, sightseeing and personal tours, or general taxi charter to local/regional attractions. Keep safe on the roads this summer and travel with Yello! Local, friendly and experienced drivers. Children and infants’ car seats available on request. Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 Enquiries: info@yello.co.nz www.yello.co.nz Orbus www.orc.govt.nz/busQT Local area bus service connecting all Queenstown suburbs plus airport and Arrowtown. Ritchies www.ritchies.co.nz/wanaka Daily service to Wanaka via the Crown Range or Cromwell. Additional services available to Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka. Info and Track – Track Transport www.infotrack.co.nz Daily track transport services from Queenstown to Glenorchy, also the start/finish of the Routeburn, Rees, Dart and Greenstone Tracks. Queenstown Water Taxis 03 441 1124 Boat service from the town centre to accommodation along the Frankton Arm, Kelvin Heights and Kawarau Village. Supershuttle Airport Shuttle


Tracknet 03 249 7777 Services between Queenstown, Invercargill and Te Anau. Transport to all main day and multi-day walks. Around the Basin Trail Transport Shuttle service for the Queenstown Trails Also specialising in half or full-day supported bike tours – full vehicle support and pick up should you need it. Fully-guided tours available. Shop Location: The Station Building, 9 Duke St, Queenstown Freephone: 0508 78 29 253 (0508 QT CYCLE) www.aroundthebasin.co.nz Queenstown to Mount Cook www.intercity.co.nz Daily service between Queenstown and Mount Cook, then on to Christchurch. Operated by Intercity and Great Sights.

Queenstown On a budget Rainy day activities Family attractions Discover Queenstown Adventure fun Discover Arrowtown Discover Glenorchy Discover Cromwell Family bike rides Walks Picnics and playgrounds Annual and season passes Birthday party ideas Skippers Canyon Jet

On a budget? bright ideas to entertain the family

FREE ❖ Arrowtown historical houses walk ❖ Family-friendly bike tracks (p38) ❖ Feed the ducks at the lakefront ❖ Free fudge and nougat tastings at Remarkable Sweet Shop ❖ Frisbee golf, QT gardens ❖ Mountain bike learner zone at Cardrona Bike Park ❖ Playgrounds (p43) ❖ Queenstown Gardens ❖ Saturday markets, Earnslaw Park ❖ Skateboard halfpipe / skatepark ❖ Visit Chinese Settlement ❖ Visit Frankton Zoological Garden ❖ Walks (see p42 and our maps) ❖ Swimming in a local lake

$50 OR UNDER for family ❖ Chipmunks Playland and Café ❖ Crossfire, Wanaka ❖ Design jewellery at The Bead Shop

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Glenorchy Animal Experience Highlands Museum Lakes District Museum Minus 5° or Below Zero Ice Bar Reading Cinemas family pass Rockatipu Climbing Wall Swimming at Alpine Aqualand Swimming at Wanaka Pool Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka Underwater Observatory Warbirds and Wheels, Wanaka Wanaka Recreation Centre

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Clip ‘N Climb, Wanaka Game Over - Lazer Tag Alpaca Farm Tours - Fiordland Paddle Wanaka kayak/SUP rental The Playground - Nerf Wars Puzzling World, Wanaka Note: prices based on cost for family of four at time of print.

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Cardrona Gondola Pass Cruise Te Anau – Bay Cruise Fear Factory, Queenstown Fiordland Jet family pass Go Orange - cruise Milford Sound Highlands tandem Go-Karts Highlands Taxi – Porsche Turbo Kiwi Birdlife Park Mt Nicholas Farm Experience (during NZ school holidays) Paintball Central SITE Trampoline Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise The Playground - Bubble Soccer The Playground - Archery The Playground - Foosball The Playground - Rope Challenge THRILLZONE 3600 VR/12D Theatre THRILLZONE 3600 Drift THRILLZONE Lasertag/Heroblast TSS Earnslaw Cruise (selected dates during NZ school holidays)

QUALMARK® All businesses that carry the Qualmark® have chosen to be independently assessed and have been found to be professional, trustworthy and committed to an environmentally friendly and sustainable experience. Qualmark's Gold, Silver or Bronze status recognises those businesses that are actively participating in energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation or community activities. You will find the Qualmark logo next to those activities that have been assessed and licensed by Qualmark. 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 Milford Sound p72 It may be fine at Milford Sound even if it’s raining in town. Otherwise the waterfalls are spectacular in the rain. See our listed companies for travel from Queenstown. Day Trip to Wanaka p56 Visit Puzzling World, Crossfire, National Transport and Toy Museum, Warbirds and Wheels, Clip ‘N Climb and Cinema Paradiso or have a play at the Wanaka Recreation Centre and Pool. Alpine Aqualand, Frankton p15 Leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, lap pool, hot pool. The Bead Shop, Queenstown p12 Design your own wearable art. Kids and adults alike love selecting their favourite beads and creating something special.

Minus 5° ICE BAR, Queenstown p12 Come inside and marvel at a room where EVERYTHING is carved from ice. Off Road Adventures 4x4 Scenic Tours p26 Splash through rivers, explore canyons and visit movie scenes, whilst staying dry. Off Road Adventures Quad Bike or Buggy Tours p26 Even more fun in the wet! We have kids' quads, a tour that is tailor-made for families and wet weather gear. Paintball Central, Cromwell p37 It’s often dry in Cromwell when raining in town so come on out and enjoy some action adventure! Reading Cinemas Three screens and all the latest releases.


Riverboarding p28 Come riverboarding – you're going to get wet anyway!


Rockatipu Climbing Wall p15 Qualified instructors to help you discover the thrill of climbing. Gear hire available.

Chipmunks Playland and Café p16 Lots of indoor fun to entertain the kids while you enjoy our café with friends or leave the little ones in our care.

SITE Trampoline p15 Have fun and bounce! Try the trampoline snowboards!

Below Zero Ice Bar, Queenstown Visit the biggest Ice Bar in Australasia!

Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown Gorgeous boutique cinema, open from 10.30am daily. Escape Quest p10 Unravel the mystery and escape the room in one hour. A fun, bonding family experience where you embrace kiwi ingenuity to hunt for clues and solve the puzzles. Fear Factory p12 New Zealand's scariest haunted house! Spine-tingling surprises and lots of fun – if you're brave enough! Game Over Queenstown p16 Grand Prix indoor karting, Lazer Tag and Lazer Web. Highlands p30 A great family day-out destination. Single or tandem gokarting, high-speed circuit thrills, Highlands Museum, wacky sculpture park and café. Near Cromwell. iFly Indoor Skydiving p27 Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction. Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown p17 See a real live kiwi! Plus get up close with over 20 species of native wildlife. Lots to see under cover, café and a` gorgeous shop. Umbrellas available.

Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown p33 A lively museum filled with hands-on displays and a kids' code-cracking treasure hunt. Explore the colourful stories behind the gold rush.

Southern Discoveries Mt Nicholas Farm Experience A great boat trip combined with farm tour. p18 Te Anau Glowworm Caves p68 Boating and glowworms, all in an underground cave. THRILLZONE – Kidz Club p11 Kids-only entertainment – treat the kids at our awesome Kidz Club, perfect for ages 4-13 years, while you enjoy Queenstown at your own pace! THRILLZONE – 360° Virtual Reality p11 Step into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits! The revolutionary magic cinematic experience. THRILLZONE – Vortex 12D Motion Theatre p11 State-of-the-art motion theatre; white-knuckle adventure! THRILLZONE – a World of Thrills! p11 Fun with 360° Drift and 360° Battleground including Paintless Paintball, Lasertag/Heroblast and Bazooka Ball. True Kiwi Play An enriched activity day, just for the kids!


TSS Earnslaw / Walter Peak High Country Farm p23 Combined with a farm tour, this is a great trip, rain or shine. Underwater Observatory, Queenstown p14 See the trout, salmon and eels in their natural habitat. Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours, Queenstown p25 Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the tree canopy – a guided ecological adventure. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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Queenstown has never had as many fun, family attractions on offer as now! With so much entertainment with appeal to grown-ups and children, you can entertain the family day and night! Discover Queenstown's latest thrill - iFly indoor skydive, right in the middle of town! Interact with multi-D motion pictures, play Paintless Paintball or Lasertag, dare to visit the Fear Factory, discover the ice bar, solve mysteries, go trampolining, indoor go karting and more! Note: map above shows family attractions in the centre of Queenstown only. See map p4 for location of SITE Trampoline, Game Over, Chipmunks and Alpine Aqualand and map p37 for Highlands.


ESCAPE QUEST QUEENSTOWN Min Age 7* Can you escape the room in time? Step into Queenstown’s 1860s gold rush, crack the codes, solve the puzzles and try to escape in 60 minutes! Based on real crimes, places and people, choose between our 4 missions. Our games are immersive with integrated technology and mechanics, authentic handcrafted props and richly-themed rooms. Race the clock and race in teams. What a rush! Then dress the part for your fun, 1860’s photo to complete your memorable family experience. The Games Gold Heist in the Gold Rush Based on a real gold robbery, the biggest gold heist in Queenstown's history! Murder in the Prince of Wales Hotel 2 Based on a real gang of gold rush bandits! Jackpot in the Miners Cottage Hunt for the Gold Rush’s greatest treasure, the mother lode of the world’s richest river! Murder in the Old Man Range Based on a real gold rush murder! Level 1, 32 Rees Street (above Kathmandu) Phone: 03 442 4948 Price: $38-$44 Hours: daily, 10am-10pm (last session starts at 8:30pm) *Kids under 7 are FREE and can join the family team, though the puzzles may be too hard for them. Adult supervision for children under 10 recommended. Email: queenstown@escapequest.co.nz BOOK ONLINE: www.escapequest.co.nz



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Leave the kids with us and we’ll indulge them with fun and entertainment! Our Kidz Club includes access to all our products plus fun and games conducted by our enthusiastic staff! Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are welcome from one hour to all-day.

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OPEN 7 DAYS 10am to late. Phone: 03 441 1159 53 Shotover Street



Step into Queenstown’s THRILLZONE – a fun, high-energy, adrenaline-fuelled experience with a huge range of indoor adventures… Take a journey to the edge of reality with our Vortex 12D Motion Theatre. Experience the ride of your life on our wild roller coasters, creepy haunted houses and crazy jetpack adventures! Or discover our 360° Virtual Reality dimensions and experience worlds without limits! See, move and feel the games you play in a completely realistic and immersive way. Choose from OVER 50 games and multiple gaming stations! If a shoot ‘em up mission is more your game then choose our 360° Battleground with the adrenaline action of Paintless Paintball, Bazooka Ball, Lasertag or Heroblast (Lasertag specially designed for youngsters). Drive, spin, or drift like a pro with our 360° Drift. Drive like a go-kart or lift the drift bar and drift forwards, backwards, sideways, diagonally and everything inbetween!

www.Thrillzone.co.nz Come and see us!

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FEAR FACTORY Bring the kids to New Zealand's Scariest Haunted House! We've now had more than 16,000 people chicken out, but don't be fooled – it's lots of fun too! Enter the old Lockhart Hotel and meet the ghosts, ghouls and monsters that lurk in our Haunted Hallways. This live and interactive maze will give you and your family the creeps! We recommend under 15s be accompanied by an adult. 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 4428 666 Freephone: 0800 FEAR FACTORY Hours: daily, 11am-late Duration: allow 30 minutes Price: Adult $40, Child $20, Family $99 (2 adults + 2 children, child is 15 yrs and under) Email: info@fearfactory.co.nz www.fearfactory.co.nz Facebook 'Fear Factory Queenstown' for special themes.

MINUS 5° ICE BAR Kids Go FREE!* A FROZEN ADVENTURE… Take a step into our Winter Wonderland and experience using paua, greenstone and beads life like a penguin in extreme temperatures of –5º and Gifts, repairs, parties and so much colder! Dressed like an Eskimo, you get to explore this more at The Bead Shop! Antarctic World created by over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice architecture, ice furniture, and hand-made ice carvings. Drink from ICE glasses filled with our famous yummy non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids or delicious Check out our alcoholic cocktails for the parents. A family experience sweet kids’ activity you will never forget! Bookings recommended. deals on BookMe! Jackets, gloves and warm footwear provided. Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown Lakefront (next to the TSS Earnslaw) Phone: 03 442 6050 Hours: ICE BAR open 2pm-late (reception open from 12pm) Prices from: Adult $20 (entry only), Child $15 (includes mocktail). 2b Shotover St Family Pass: $75 (2 Adults + 2 Children. Includes 2 cocktails p 03 441 8466 and 2 mocktails). Cocktail refills from $8. Daily, 10am-6pm Email: info@minus5icebar.com READING CINEMAS QUEENSTOWN Reading Cinemas Queenstown screens the latest www.minus5icebar.com blockbusters. Our cinemas feature wall-to-wall screens, *KIDZ GO DEAL: One child (under 18 years) goes FREE with stadium seating, value-packed candy bar deals and each paying adult with colour ad on this page. Timezone™ games centre. THE BEAD SHOP SPIT THE DUMMY WEDNESDAYS Enjoy our Wednesday morning movie session for Design your own wearable art or select from our own parents. We keep the lights dimmed so you can see beautifully handcrafted jewellery selection. Hundreds what you’re doing and entry is free for children under of colours and styles to choose from! Kids (and adults!) love selecting their favourite beads and creating five years (max two per paying adult). something special with help and ideas if needed from Not available during school holidays. our awesome staff. 11-13 The Mall, Queenstown Movie Hotline: 03 442 9990 Birthday parties and groups welcome. Check out our Price: Adult $17, Student $15, Child $13 amazing kids’ activity deals on Book Me too! We also Plus check website for weekly discount days. have a fantastic selection of genuine NZ Greenstone Family Pass: $33 for family of three (1 Adult, 2 Children) and Paua jewellery at very competitive prices. $44 for family of 4 (1 Adult, 3 Children or 2 Adult and 2 Children) 2b Shotover Street, Queenstown Family pass for P & PG movies only. Phone: 03 441 8466 BOOK ONLINE: www.readingcinemas.co.nz or like us on Hours: daily, 10am-6pm Facebook for our weekly schedule and regular updates: Prices: from as little as $5 www.facebook.com/readingcinemasqueenstown



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An enriched educational and play programme for children visiting Queenstown


BELOW ZERO° ICE BAR Kids Go FREE!* Kids and grown-ups will love visiting the biggest ice bar in Australasia! We'll make sure the family is toasty warm, then come inside and marvel at a room where EVERYTHING is carved from ice — our amazing sculptures constantly change, but include something to delight the kids and an awesome photo booth — intrigued? Come and see it for yourself! Even all our drinks are served in an ice glass! Lots of fun and great camera opportunities, with no time limit – stay as long as you want to! Searle Lane, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0040 Hours: daily from noon Prices from: Adult $20 (entry only), Child $17, non-alcoholic mocktail included. (Child is 12 years and under) Email: info@belowzeroicebar.co.nz www.belowzeroicebar.co.nz *KIDZ GO DEAL: One child (12 and under) goes FREE with each full-paying adult with colour ad on this page. UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY Check out the underwater inhabitants of Lake Wakatipu – diving ducks, massive trout and slinky eels mix and mingle just metres from the lakeshore! Fascinating and informative entertainment for all ages in all weather. Informative story boards tell the Māori mythological history of the lake and the 60-year history of KJet while feeding the fish offers excitement for the fish as well as the viewers. Underwater Observatory is possibly the best value attraction available in Queenstown. Main Town Pier, Marine Parade, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 Hours: daily, 8.30am-dusk Price: Family $20*, Adult $10, Child $5 *Two children go free with two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go.

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Queenstown Activities 15 SITE TRAMPOLINE Book online Not just your normal trampoline experience! Express yourself and jump, dive, twist and turn for the ultimate freedom of movement. SITE Trampoline's padded floors, super-soft foam pit and air bag, combined with the world’s best trampolines, gives you the opportunity to test out your freestyle moves in a safe and fun environment. An experience the whole family will enjoy. 1/15 Red Oaks Drive, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Freephone: 0800 QT BOUNCE (0800 78 268623) Hours: daily, 9.30am-9.30pm Price: 6 years and under – $15 for 60 minute session 7 years and over – $25 for 60 minute session Multi-pass: 5 sessions $110, 10 sessions $200 (can be shared amongst family members). After School Lessons: max 5 per group, Parkour lessons available, phone for details. Mini Bouncers (under 5s): Tue and Fri 9am-10:30am Birthday Parties: $199 Birthday Package (up to 8 kids), phone for more details. E: info@sitetrampoline.co.nz www.sitetrampoline.co.nz ALPINE AQUALAND Our indoor swimming complex has something for everyone – a leisure pool, lazy river, two hydroslides, toddlers’ area, 25m lap pool, adult hot pool and a swim school. Located at Frankton with plenty of free parking on-site. Note: children must be actively supervised by an adult and under 5s kept within arm's reach. Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton Phone: 03 450 9005 Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat-Sun and public holidays 8am-8pm Price: Adult $8, Child $4 (5 years+), 1 Adult + up to 2 Toddlers (4 years & under) $6; 15% discount for 5 or more people. Hydroslide Pass: $5 extra (open certain hours – call for details) Birthday parties: ask about exclusive use of our learners’ pool for parties! Email: swim@qldc.govt.nz http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/swim ROCKATIPU CLIMBING WALL Min age 5 Give indoor climbing a go! We have a range of climbs catering for beginners through to advanced climbers. Our friendly, qualified instructors can help you discover the thrill of climbing, teaching you the basics in a safe and fun environment. Ask about our kids' climbing lessons across four levels, for ages 6 and over, teaching a variety of skills and building confidence, strength and fitness. Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton Birthday parties: Climbing birthday parties are perfect for groups of 6-12 people and the birthday kid climbs for free! Phone: 03 450 9005 Price: Adult $12.50, Child $10, gear hire $5 Family pass: $50 including gear hire See website for times of instructor supervised sessions (belay licence required outside these times). http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/climb






7 & OVER




Visit Alpine Aqualand for hours of family entertainment. Hydroslide Leisure Pool Lazy River Toddlers’ Area Water Features Adult Hot Pool 25m Lap Pool Swim Lessons sportrec.qldc.govt.nz

Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O’Connell Drive T 03 450 9005 | qec@qldc.govt.nz


16 Activities :: Family Attractions GAME OVER QUEENSTOWN Min age 4 Indoor Karting and Lazer Tag Queenstown's ultimate indoor adrenalin destination and one-stop entertainment venue features Grand Prix Indoor Electric Karting, Lazer Tag, Lazer Web and a lifelike sports simulator. Grand Prix Indoor Karting – race your mates on our 290m track with bridge and tunnel features. Junior karts run separately (minimum age 8 years). Lazer Tag – play in our purpose-built, Jurassic-themed Lazer Tag arena (minimum age 4 years). Also onsite is the fun Lazer Web and Arcade games to test your skills. Game Over Birthday Parties Check out our website for awesome combo deals and birthday party packages – birthday child goes free! (terms and conditions apply). 14 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 3139 Hours: daily, 10am-7pm Karting: Adult $45 (14 lap race), Child $35 (10 lap race) (Minimum age 8 years, child is 8-12 years) Lazer Tag: 1 mission $19, 2 missions $29 (Minimum age 4 years) Combo (1x Lazer Tag + 1x Go Karts) Adult $55, Child $45 (Minimum age 8 years, or at parents’ discretion) www.gameoverqt.co.nz

QUEENSTOWN’S INDOOR ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (ages 0-11 years) Unlimited play ALL DAY from less than $12! Free WiFi and full-service café on site Drop-off service for kids 5-11 years Ideal for birthday parties

Casuals welcome NO BOOKING NEEDED!

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Discover Queenstown There are plenty of ways to see and enjoy the natural beauty of Queenstown and the surrounding area and around nearly every corner is new scenery to take your breath away. You can discover it for yourself on a family-friendly cruise, by jet boat, raft, bike or perhaps on horseback. Say g'day to the famous kiwi, visit a high country farm, or take part in one of Queenstown's famous, thrilling, adventure activities – this chapter has all the information on which ones you can experience with the kids, family deals and more! 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 where you can experience conservation in action. Come face to face with a kiwi at our kiwi feedings. Viewing is guaranteed! Experience birds flying overhead in our exciting, extreme close-up free-flight Conservation Show, packed full of live animals and amazing facts. Look into the prehistoric eye of our ‘living dinosaur’, the tuatara! Take a forest walk with our self-guided audio system. Come and visit our new, free-of-charge Honey Bee Centre. Learn more about the importance of bees and see our transparent hive. Can you spot the Queen? Gift shop and café onsite. Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8059 Conservation Show: daily, 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm (allow 30 minutes) Kiwi Feeding Times: daily, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 5pm Price: Adult $50, Child $25* (Child is 5-14 years, under 5s FREE) Family $125 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) www.kiwibird.co.nz *One child goes free with each paying adult on mention of Kidz Go (all day access, includes kiwi feedings, exciting freeflight Conservation Show and audio tour).

meet a living dinosaur!

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Discover more of Queenstown on our scenic cruise, farm experience and cycle trail.

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Queenstown Activities 19 FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY – QUEENSTOWN TAXIS Half or Full Day Adventure Your family adventure begins here! Learn how to pan for gold in a Chinese Village, explore the fun and interactive Old Cromwell Town, marvel at the magnificent Clyde Dam, tuck into yummy local gelato, discover a secret picnic spot (swimming opportunity if weather permits), get lost in the famous Puzzling World and travel along New Zealand's highest highway! Your friendly driver will guide you to and through places of interest, with your safety, comfort and enjoyment being top priority. We have cars (seat 1-4) or minivans (seat 1-11). Child seats available. Call us for your half or full-day adventure or customize your own tour in your own time frame! Taxi Base: Level 1, 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 450 3000 (24 hours) Freephone: 0800 QT TAXI (0800 788 294) E: bookings@queenstowntaxis.com www.queenstowntaxis.com Mobility taxi available. Member of the New Zealand Taxi Federation. GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE The kids will love this delightful, fun encounter with a DELTA DISCOVERY wide variety of friendly farm animals – in an amazing A new concept in Eco-Adventures located in the beautiful setting! Feed and pat and watch our quiet and friendly Dart River Valley, 15 minutes from Glenorchy. Self-drive goats, miniature horses, alpacas, llamas, sheep, donkey, our amazing electric 4WD vehicles and explore the cows, bunnies, guinea pigs and more – get really close wilderness trail in comfort, safety and silence! for great photo opportunities! The on-board interactive GPS guidance system helps you Make an afternoon of it, explore the nearby Lagoon Track, navigate the course while delivering information on the walk through the paddocks, watch a sheep shearing area’s remarkable history and wildlife. demonstration and experience NZ farm life up close. Our friendly team at base can remotely communicate Getting There: Self-drive – 2.25 km from Glenorchy township with you and monitor your progress at all times. This fun towards Paradise; look out for the big red barn on the left. activity is ideal for families of all ages. Each of our three Transport available with Glenorchy Journeys (0800 495 687). self-drive vehicles carry up to three people. Phone: 021 252 7753 399 Glenorchy-Routeburn Road Open: daily, 9am-5pm (closing hours may vary) Phone: 027 374 7555 / 03 450 0031 Duration: allow minimum of 30 mins, but stay as long as you like. Hours: 10am or 2pm, or by request; allow 2 to 3 hours Shearing demonstration: 2.30pm daily Price: $250 per vehicle (holds 1-3 people) Price: Adult $20, Child $10 (child is 5-15 years), Under 5s FREE Email: info@deltadiscovery.nz www.deltadiscovery.nz Family Pass: 2 Ad + up to 3 Ch $50 Animal Feed: $5 per bag Drivers must hold a current driving licence. www.glenorchyanimalexperience.co.nz Guests can request a guide if they prefer at no extra charge. AROUND THE BASIN CHARGEABOUT QUEENSTOWN Bike Tours ~ Rental ~ Transport Electric-assist Mountain Bikes Around The Basin specialise in mountain biking See more of Queenstown’s cycle trails on Electric adventures on the Queenstown Trails. We love kids Mountain Bikes – the ultimate way to keep everyone and we're eager to make a biking adventure easy and in the family happy and riding together. ChargeAbout enjoyable for your family. We offer premium adult are Queenstown’s original electric bike rental service, mountain and electric bike rental and child mountain offering only the finest eBikes that have your comfort bikes as well as child-friendly accessories. and safety in mind. The smart pedal-assist system is so We offer a shuttle service and also specialise in half or easy to ride, the only difficulty will be hiding your grin as full-day supported bike tours – explore the trails by you power up the hills! yourselves with the assurance of full vehicle support ChargeAbout eBikes are available for ages 9 years up, and pick up should you need it for those tired children! plus they have tow-along and trailer options for riders Visit our shop or book our services online. from 6 months to 8 years. Shop location: The Station Building, 9 Duke St ChargeAbout HQ is at The Hilton Hotel Jetty on the lakeside trail Queenstown or visit the Queenstown pop-up shop, 9B Earl St across from the Freephone: 0508 78 29 253 (0508 QT CYCLE) Novotel. Free delivery and pick up for 4 or more half-day rentals. Email: info@aroundthebasin.co.nz Phone: 03 442 6376 Freephone: 0800 324 536 www.aroundthebasin.co.nz www.chargeabout.co.nz Booking Essential. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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What’s a jet boat?


of hour For Power the whole family

Family Pack $307

save $101! Includes free entry into the Underwater Observatory Family - 2 adults and 2 children

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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 it to travel in water only inches deep, and it is so manoeuvrable it can perform a 3600 turn on the spot. It was invented in NZ in the 1950s by Bill Hamilton, a farmer and self-taught engineer. Just over a decade later the world’s first tourist jet boat operation commenced in Queenstown. See page 59 for jet boating in Wanaka with Go Jets and page 69 for jet boating in Te Anau with Fiordland Jet.

KJET Min age 2 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 Duration: 1 hour Departs: daily, every hour on the hour from 9am-6pm Price: Adult $135, Child $69 (child is 5-14 years), Family $307* Children aged 2-4 years ride FREE. Rates valid until 30th September 2019 Email: bookings@kjet.co.nz www.kjet.co.nz *Family Deal: $307 for two adults and two children with FREE entry into the Underwater Observatory! Plus one child FREE with every paying adult during school holidays. GO ORANGE – THUNDER JET Min age 2 ONLY $216 to take the whole family on a fast action Jet Boat ride! Go Faster – as you experience an exhilarating adventure of 25 minutes of adrenaline fun. Go Further – when you opt for a whole hour of world famous 360° spins, skimming the water at exciting speeds of up to 90kmph, traveling the furthest distance (44km), complete with entertaining commentary. Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during your authentic jet boat adventure along the historic Kawarau River. Thunder Jet – go louder, further, faster! Thunder Bay Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7340 Freephone: 0800 505 504 Prices: 25 minutes Adult $69, Child $39 $216 for whole family (2 adult + 2 children)! 1 hour Adult $135, Child $65 Email: info@GoOrange.nz www.GoOrange.nz

Queenstown Activities 21 SKIPPERS CANYON JET Min age 3 Experience a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Discover a land rich in gold mining history and stunning scenery via the infamous Skippers Road, carved out of the vertical rock face over 120 years ago. On the jet boat you will travel deep into Skippers Canyon while our highly-skilled drivers manoeuvre the boat inches from the sheer canyon walls and keep the excitement levels high with a series of 360° spins. This is the only jet boat ride where you’ll see historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river plus Lord of the Rings movie locations. Other Skippers Canyon Adventures See even more with the Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour – a road tour with gold panning – or enjoy our exciting half-day Scenic Tour + Jet Boat combo. Pick Up: ‘The Station’ Information Centre, cnr Camp / Shotover St Phone: 0800 CANYON (0800 226 966) Departs: 8.30am, 12pm, 3.30pm Duration: 3 hours return trip from Queenstown Price (Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour): Adult $159, Child $85, Family $318* *FIRST CHILD GOES FREE WITH TWO PAYING ADULTS! Extra children are charged at the child rate. Email: info@skipperscanyon.co.nz www.skipperscanyonjet.co.nz

Family fun. Unbeatable value. Breathtaking drive. Thrilling jet boat ride. The narrowest canyons. Lord of the Rings locations. Gold mining history. Stunning scenery.

Go louder, further, faster

Take the family, From 2 years +


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Explore The Southern Lakes On Horseback There's no better way for your children to fully absorb the beauty of this area than from horseback. The operators we've listed on this page have horses to suit all abilities and will make sure you have a safe, fun and unforgettable adventure together!


SPOT THE ! E DIFFERENC BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Adult $95, Child $75 Phone 03 443 8151 Freephone 0800 4 SADDLES backcountrysaddles.co.nz find us on Trip Advisor

immerse yourself...

0800 236 566 nzhorsetreks.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 28 years in the Cardrona Valley Your horse trek adventure starts in the Cardrona Valley where experienced riders or first-timers alike will love our friendly Appaloosa (spotted) horses with comfortable western saddles (easy to hold on to!) and our rides that explore historic goldmining valleys, splash through streams, then climb up to the high country with towering mountains as your backdrop. Our horses have a lovely, calm nature and we adjust each ride to the age, experience and ability of your family. 2130 Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 8151 (bookings essential) Freephone: 0800 4 SADDLES (0800 4 723 3537) Departs: 10am and 1.30pm year round (minimum 2 riders) Duration: 2 hours Price: Adult $95, Child $75 Email: nzbse@xtra.co.nz www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz BEN LOMOND HORSE TREKS The whole family will love exploring NZ's most spectacular scenery on horseback. Immerse yourself in the stunning lake and mountain views, splash through rivers, wander through a working sheep and cattle farm and grab the perfect photo alongside picturesque Moke Lake. No experience necessary – our familyfriendly treks are suitable for children/adults of all abilities and younger children can have their own guide to lead them. Treks depart just 20 minutes from Queenstown but you'll find yourself in another world! Treks for all abilities – ride from 45 minutes, 11/2 or 2 hours to a half or full-day. Moke Lake, 20 mins from Queenstown Freeph: 0800 236 566 Departures: free pick up/return from Queenstown, or self-drive. Hours: daily treks, 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 4.15pm Duration: from 1½ hours (round trip) Price: from $89 Price: from $89 Mention Kidz Go and ask about our exclusive Family Packages – save up to $89! Email: info@nzhorsetreks.co.nz www.nzhorsetreks.co.nz


No experience needed Free transport from town Splash through rivers Rides from $89pp

THE LADY OF THE LAKE TSS Earnslaw was launched in 1912 – the same year as the Titanic. She was the largest boat ever to be built in New Zealand at the time and became known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’. Her original purpose was to transport sheep, cattle, goods and passengers to and from the high country stations. As more roads were built, steamers slowly disappeared from Lake Wakatipu until only the TSS Earnslaw remained. In 1968 she too, was almost scuttled. Rescued by Fiordland Travel (now Real Journeys) she would eventually become one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourism attractions – taking visitors across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm to see animals in the farmyard and the workings of a Kiwi sheep station. TSS EARNSLAW: TSS stands for Twin Screw Steamship. TSS Earnslaw is the oldest coal-fired passenger-carrying steamship in the Southern Hemisphere – a highlight of your trip is watching the stokers in action! The TSS Earnslaw travels 1½ times the circumference of the earth every year – not bad for a centurian!

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 Adult $70, Child $30 Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Experience Adult $95, Child $35 Cruise, Farm Tour & Gourmet BBQ Lunch Adult $125, Child $50 Cruise, Farm Tour & Gourmet BBQ Dinner Adult $145, Child $70 Cruise and Electric Farm Bike Adult $165 (min age 13) Cruise & Walter Peak Horse Trek Adult $149, Child $89 Cruise & Walter Peak Independent Cycling Adult $80, Child $40

KIDS TRAVEL FREE ON SELECTED DATES DURING 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

0800 65 65 01


24 Activities :: Adventure Fun MINIMUM AGE GUIDE 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.

Age 3

Family Adventures Rafting, THRILLZONE Vortex 12D Motion Theatre, Clip 'N Climb, Skippers Canyon Jet

Age 4

Kidz Club*, THRILLZONE 360° Drift* or Battleground, Game Over Lazer Tag*, SITE Trampoline*, Off Road Queenstown 4x4 Buggy (passenger), Go Jets Wanaka, Wanaka Parasailing


Age 5 The Playground – Rope Challenge, Human Foosball or Nerf Wars, Horse Trekking, iFly Indoor Skydiving, Rockatipu Climbing Wall, Paintball Central, Cardrona Carting (passenger) Age 6 Ziptrek EcoTours (min weight to ride solo 30kg), Highlands GoKarts (passenger), Off Road Quad Bike Tour, THRILLZONE 360° VR Age 7 Escape Quest, Cardrona Mountain Carting (driver) Age 8 The Playground – Bubble Soccer or Archery Combat, Rippled Earth – Island Kayak Safari, Crossfire Wanaka – Archery or Battlefield, Game Over Indoor Karting, Riversurfing Age 9 Wanaka Wild Wire Age 10 THRILLZONE Paintless Paintball*, The Playground – Paintball, Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox (min weight 35kg), Segway on Q, (min weight35kg)*, Highlands Go-Karts (single kart driver), Fear Factory* Age 12 Riversledging, Crossfire Wanaka – Riflerange, Bodhi Trout Fly Fishing Adventure

1 or 2 hours hands-on fun!

Wanaka Wild Wire “Hanging on bridge 5 of the Wild Thing Intermediate Climb”

*May be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator. Your child's participation in an activity may also be dependent on factors such as confidence or weather. Please see individual listings for more information.

SEGWAY ON Q Min age 10* Discover a new sensation that's fantastic fun! Segway on Q’s tours are an excellent way to see the town and have a great time along the way. The family will have a blast, whether cruising or going fast. Creating memories that'll last, so let your adventure start! Book the 1hour Ride with your awesome guide or the 2hour Tour with more to see, hear and explore!

0800 SEG FUN (734 386)

segwayonq.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


*See listing for details

Shop Location: shop 5, 93 Beach Street Departs: town centre Phone: 03 442 8687 (TOUR) Freephone: 0800 734 386 (SEG FUN) Bay Ride – 1 hour Adult $89, Child $79, Family $299 Queenstown Tour – 2 hours Adult $139, Child $125, Family $449 SAVE UP TO $79 WITH OUR FAMILY PACK! Child is 15 and under, family is 2 adult/2 child or 1 adult/3 child Email: info@segwayonq.com www.segwayonq.co.nz *Slightly younger/smaller children may be permitted. Minimum weight 35kg. Contact us for a free trial to check suitability.

Queenstown Activities 25 ZIPTREK ECOTOURS Min age 6 1-3 hour tour options New Zealand's original zipline tour is an exhilarating and fun adventure for the entire family. It is a must-do in Queenstown! Ride the Skyline gondola to our tree-house, harness up and fly through the air as you traverse the forest on ziplines with our knowledgeable guides, who take care of everything technical, so you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of Queenstown from a unique angle. Ziptrek is a fun, guided adventure for the whole family that’s unforgettable, rain or shine! Warm clothing and closed-toe footwear are essential, year-round. If you’re looking to save time and money, check out our combo or family deals! Check out the brand NEW one hour Kereru Tour featuring two ziplines and a 21m drop! Booking Desk: 45 Camp Street (opposite The Station Building) Freephone: 0800 ZIPTREK (0800 947 873) Hours: tours daily, 10am ‘til 6pm Departs: The Ziptrek Treehouse, top of Skyline Gondola Duration: allow 1 hour for Kereru Tour, 2 hours for Moa and 3 hours for Kea Tour (not including Gondola travel) Price*: Kereru Tour Adult or Child $95 Moa Tour Adult $145, Child or Senior $99 Kea Tour Adult $195, Child or Senior $149 Child is 6-14 years, Senior is 65 years+ *prices do not include Skyline gondola access. www.ziptrek.co.nz Note: minimum weight to ride alone is 30kg. Children over 6 years but under 30kg may ride the Moa Tour in tandem with a guide. Minimum age for Kereru Tour is 10 years or 20kg.

Great fun for the whole family!

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RIPPLED EARTH – ISLAND KAYAK SAFARI Min age 8 A truly unique guided kayak and walking adventure across stunning Lake Wakatipu to explore Pigeon Island (nature reserve) with its breathtaking backdrop of glacial mountains, native birds and plants, unique history and secluded beaches. No kayaking experience necessary; this 45 minute paddle to the island is suitable for beginners and perfect for families. Immerse yourself fully in nature, out in the wilderness with the Rippled Earth beneath you! Freephone: 0800 474 775 or Book Online Pick Up: Queenstown The Station Building, corner Camp/Shotover Street Glenorchy Mrs Woolly's General Store Departure: Queenstown 8am, Glenorchy 8.30am Duration: Queenstown rtn 5 hrs / Glenorchy rtn 3 hrs (approx) Paddle Time: 1½ hours (45 minutes each way) Price: $145 pp from Glenorchy ($30 extra from Queenstown) Email: kayak@rippledearth.co.nz www.rippledearth.co.nz



26 Activities :: Adventure Fun OFF ROAD QUEENSTOWN OFF ROAD ADVENTURES: QUAD BIKE TOURS Min age 6 The best hands-on adventure for families for over 28 years! Our kids’ quads are super-easy to use and our experienced guides will tailor the tour to your family, through our 11,000 acre playground. Includes training area, creek crossings with fun trails for all levels and stunning views. Wet weather gear supplied if required. Departs: 9am and 1pm Duration: allow 3 hours (1 hour riding) Explorer Quad Bike Tour Price: $199 per person FAMILY SPECIAL: $50 off for kids 6-12 years on 9am Explorer Tour with accompanying adult. FREE ACTION PHOTOS INCLUDED.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone: 0800 SNIPER Web: theplayground.kiwi.nz

OFF ROAD 4X4 QUEENSTOWN: LORD OF THE RINGS, WINE AND HISTORIC SCENIC 4X4 TOURS Splash through rivers, explore canyons and visit movie scenes. Forward-facing window seats, refreshments, iPad presentations and gold panning demos included. Departs: 8:15am and 1:15pm Duration: 4 hours Price: Adult $175 HALF PRICE for kids aged 6-12 years! Families can also arrange private charters from just $899 per vehicle (seats 7 pax). OFF ROAD EXPEDITIONS: SELF DRIVE & GUIDED BUGGY TOURS Min age 4 New Zealand’s premium off road buggy experience utilising the best machines, guides and terrain including steep mountain climbs, creek crossings and forest tracks. Self-drive or guided tours. Wet weather gear supplied if required. Challenger Self-Drive Guided Buggy Tour: 1½ hrs (60 mins action) Price: $348 per Yamaha Wolverine buggy (seats 2) Scenic Guided Buggy Ride: 1½ hours (60 mins action) Price: $398 per Yamaha Viking buggy (5 plus guide – not self-drive) FAMILY SPECIAL: $398 for four-seater self-drive buggy; one driver only with up to 3 family members as passengers. Shop: 61A Shotover Street, Queenstown www.offroad.co.nz Phone: 03 442 7858 Freephone: 0800 OFF ROAD (633 7623) Choose a combo of the above for 10% discount.


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THE PLAYGROUND For Children AND Adults Action-packed and great value family fun! The Playground is for big kids, little kids and adults and provides a variety of hilarious activities – choose one or a combo, grab the troops and come play. Only 15 minutes drive from Queenstown, you’re in for hilarious family fun! Fantastic for birthday parties. (See ad p26). The Rope Challenge (5 years+) 25 obstacles that will keep the kids fully-focused! Bubble Soccer (8 years+) Soccer with a twist – play soccer whilst inside a giant, inflatable, zorb-like ball! Archery Combat (8 years+) A cross between dodgeball and paintball – with a bow and foam tipped arrows. Human Foosball (5 years+) Think of an oversized foosball table and you are the little players on the table! Paintball (10 years+) Games that feature strategic skill, team building and good old fashioned fun! Nerf Wars (5 years+) An action-packed game in a safe environment, ideal for 5-14 year olds. Freephone: 0800 SNIPER (764 737) Bookings essential. Free transport and BBQ facilities available. Prices: activities start at $20 per head. Book activity combos for discounts. Email: info@theplayground.kiwi.nz www.theplayground.kiwi.nz IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING Min age 5 You’ll be floating on air – during and after your visit! Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at iFLY – New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction. iFLY creates a smooth, wall-to-wall cushion of air on which anyone can safely float – no experience necessary. Simply lean into the airflow and you’re flying! There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to Planet Earth. This is where the skydiving pros train! Warning: this is highly addictive so you may want to keep coming back and practising your flight skills! Contact us for adult and child return flight packages. 27 Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0665 Freephone: 0800 435 969 (iFLY NZ) Hours: daily, 9am-10pm Facilities: free viewing deck, free WiFi, bar and café, retail shop, outdoor seating, lockers, toilets, birthday party room. Price for TWO flights: Adult $149, Child $99 (2 flights – equivalent to 3 skydiving freefalls from 12,000ft) FAMILY PACKAGE: $595 for 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft. Can be shared between up to 5 family members. Email: info.queenstown@iflynz.co.nz BOOK ONLINE: www.iflynz.co.nz

Ever dream of flying? Now you can!

BOOK NOW 0800 435 969 | +64 3 409 0665 info.queenstown@iflynz.co.nz 27 Brecon Street, Queenstown BOOKINGS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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RIVERBOARDING Min age 8* Go Riverboarding with the originals! Celebrating 30 years operating in the pristine waters of Kawarau River. If you do one water activity in Queenstown it HAS to be this – riverboarding is the most thrilling water activity on the planet. We offer you and your family the chance to navigate a wild and historic river, surf standing waves, ride whirlpools, try squirting (underwater flying) and play on eddy lines. There are good guide-to-swimmer ratios and an extra guide in the water to assist under 12 year olds. Please contact us to check availability for 8-12 year olds. Phone: 03 442 5262 Freephone: 0800 SERIOUS (0800 737 468) Riversurfing: $225pp or $199pp for family of four or more. Departs: 8.30am and 2pm (November to March), 1pm (September, October, April) and noon (May). Minimum age 8 years. *Must be able to swim. Maximum of two under 12s per trip. Sledging: $225pp Departs: 11am (November to March). Minimum age 12 years. Duration: 4 to 4½ hours (up to 2 hours in river). Email: book@riverboarding.co.nz www.riverboarding.co.nz Kidz Go special. $199 per person for family of four or more. Save $104! Mention Kidz Go when you call and book. FAMILY ADVENTURES RAFTING For ages 3-103 (older by arrangement) We specialise in soft adventure trips, rafting the gentle rapids of the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Our bus and raft adventure is an exciting way to experience the goldmining history of amazing Skippers Canyon, experience easy rafting that’s just perfect for the kids and create memories of a lifetime! Our trip is suitable for everyone from 3 years upwards. Join us for a half-day of family fun! Water confidence not necessary. Phone: 03 442 8836 Freephone: 0800 4 RAFTING (0800 472 384) Departs: 7.45am & 1.30pm, Alpine Sports, 39 Shotover Street Duration: Allow 5 hours Price: Adult $199, Child $120 (up to 17 years), drive only (non-rafters) $70 Email: info@familyadventures.co.nz www.familyadventures.co.nz

shotover river | skippers canyon FREEPHONE 0800 4 RAFTING PH: 03 442 8836

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Family Adventures on the Shotover River


Queenstown Activities 29 CLIMBING QUEENSTOWN No Experience Necessary. The ultimate family adventure awaits you! Choose from a ½ day to a two-day adventure. Combine activities and take advantage of our family packages. BOOK ONLINE. Rock Climbing – ½ day to full- day climbing or abseiling. Locations for all levels from beginners to experienced. Spectators welcome. Alpine Hikes – get off the beaten track and access truly spectacular places and hidden gems. Bespoke Family Adventures – an unforgettable family experience. We will tailor your day to suit the interests and fitness of your clan. We provide the equipment and our expert guides will help you explore and enjoy our unique New Zealand wilderness. Phone: 0800 CLIMBING (0800 254 624) or 027 477 9393 Departs: daily, Queenstown Duration: half- (4 hours) or full-day experiences Price: Adult from $189, Child from $109 Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) half-day $499, extra children $109 each Email: info@climbingqueenstown.com www.climbingqueenstown.com SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX SHOTOVER CANYON SWING Min age 10 /35kg Jump from our immense 109m high platform, free-fall alongside the cliff face for 60m then swing in the canyon for 200m. We’ve over 70 jump styles to choose from so how about a tandem jump with your mum or dad? Gravity is a toy. Come out and play! SHOTOVER CANYON FOX Min age 10 /35kg The Shotover Canyon Fox is the world's only Flying Fox that lets gravity drop you from 182m high onto a 240m long cable suspended across a canyon. Kids LOVE this! Ask about our great value Family Deals and drop into the unknown! Shop location: 34 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6990 / 0800 279 464 Price: Swing $249, Fox $169, Spectators $20 Combo Deal: $319 for Swing + Fox, save $99 Visit website for Fox Family Packs. www.canyonswing.co.nz BODHI TROUT FLY FISHING ADVENTURE Min age 12 An ideal adventure for anyone keen to discover the art of fly fishing, learn to cast and spot fish, and maybe catch your own trout. Note: fly fishing is a rewarding sport, that takes you to some of the earth's most beautiful places. It is an art form however, and beginners may not catch their own fish. However, we ensure you have an exciting and informative introduction and a great family day out! Departs: Queenstown Phone: 021 269 5260 Duration: 6-8 hours Price: $750 for 1-3 people (exclusive trip so your party will be the only participants). Lunch and gear included. www.bodhitrout.com






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30 Activities :: Adventure Fun HIGHLANDS – Ultimate family action fun! Let us take your family on the 'Ride of Your Life' on our International standard race track, compete against each other Go-Karting (6 years+), choose from 6 highspeed circuit thrills, then kick back and visit the Wacky Sculpture Park and interactive museum plus a café that overlooks the attractions. Make a day of it. Go-Karts Choose single or tandem Go-Karts – either way the kids get to drive! 10-minute session: $45 (single), $49 (tandem) Single driver: min age 10 years (minimum height 1.4m) Tandem driver: min age16 years (height restrictions apply) Tandem passenger: min age 6 years (minimum height 1.2m) Famous Highlands High-Speed Taxi Sample the circuit at speed in our Porsche Cayenne taxi – great for the whole family! $129 for one to four people. Highlands Museum Family $50 (2 adults & up to 3 children) ‘Friends of Highlands' Family annual pass $149 – over $230 of value plus unlimited Highlands entry. Adrenalin activity on track Choose from U-drive in a Radical or a V8 Muscle Car or a Fast Dash in a Supercar. Prices vary. Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 0508 HIGHLANDS (4444 52637) www.highlands.co.nz Visit us on Facebook PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5 Ultimate action adventure that can be played with a minimum of two players. With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family or group. Paintball is fun, fast and as actionpacked as you want! Play on 10 acres of courses or make your way through Shantytown! Bannockburn, Cromwell Bookings essential: 027 448 5399 www.paintballcentral.co.nz


ACTIVITIES FOR AGES 5 YEARS AND OVER Open 7 days Bookings 027 448 5399 paintballcentral.co.nz


Queenstown Activities 31 CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (Dec 1st- March 31st) The Crown Range road is NZ's highest main road and Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting and Biking links Queenstown and Wanaka via the Cardrona Valley. Stargazing ~ Alpine Walking The route is a scenic wonderland with incredible views Come play in New Zealand’s highest playground! Take and golden hills in every direction. Just 45 minutes the gondola to the top of the mountain – at over 1800m, Cardrona offers incredible sightseeing where young from Queenstown brings you through Cardrona – and old can experience NZ’s most accessible mountain home to the historic Cardrona Hotel (one of the most peak. The more adventurous can explore by mountain photographed buildings in New Zealand), the famous cart or bike. Afterwards enjoy delicious food in our bra fence, Backcountry Saddle horseriding and the alpine restaurant and take in the views. We have something to keep every member of the fabulous year-round activities at Cardrona Alpine Resort family with a smile on their face at Cardrona! – including gondola rides, lift-accessed mountain biking, Note: Kids between 100-120cm can ride tandem with you hiking and mountain carting. on our Mountain Carts (so everyone can go). Freephone: 0800 440 880 Phone: +64 3 443 8880 Facilities: FREE mountain bike learner zone plus beginner tracks and bike lessons, bike and cart rental, bike workshop, safety patrol, café, retail store, plus on-mountain apartments Activities: Sightseeing Gondola, Mountain Carting, Mountain Biking, Walking/Hiking, Stargazing Price: Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes Mountain Bike Learner Zone FREE Gondola Adult $35, Child $25, 5 years and under FREE Mountain Carting $100 for 2 hours of action – includes lift ($70 if you have a lift pass) Mountain Biking half-day lift pass Adult $70, Child $40 (6-17 yrs), Under 5s FREE Stargazing Tour $99 (extra with dinner option) Crown Range road to Cardrona Valley Email: info@cardrona.com www.cardrona.com


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Discover Arrowtown Only 20km from Queenstown, Arrowtown is a great destination for an inexpensive, chilled morning or afternoon with the kids. The Lakes District Museum is interactive and fun for all and they also hire out goldpans, so you can try your luck in the nearby Arrow River.

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Discover Arrowtown 33 Arrowtown was born of the 1862 goldrush and is a step back in time with tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages and a main street reminiscent of a ‘Wild West’ movie. The Arrow River was at one time worked by thousands of goldseekers who came from around the world to toil for gold and good fortune. ARROWTOWN CHINESE SETTLEMENT Visit the partially restored and well-interpreted Chinese Settlement from the 1880s. Discover how the Chinese immigrants lived during the gold rush; explore inside their restored huts and Ah Lum’s store that was central to their community. The settlement is a reminder of some of the 3,500 Chinese miners and businessmen who lived in Otago during the goldrush. Some of the region's best biking/walking tracks start here and you're also just a short drive from the famous Kawarau Bungy Bridge and Gibbston Valley, home to some of the region's best wineries. THEN


LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM AND INFO CENTRE A lively museum, filled with hands-on displays and plenty to entertain the kids! The museum has a code-cracking treasure hunt to entertain you as you explore the stories behind the gold rush 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 gold rush. You can even hire a pan, and try your luck in the Arrow River just like the early miners (seriously – gold is still discovered there!) See exhibits from the lives of the early Māori and even artefacts from the extinct moa bird! The museum contains a fabulous bookshop and exhibition gallery that changes regularly. There are local walking and biking maps, internet access and an activity booking desk, all making the Lakes District Museum a must-visit! Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1824 Hours: daily, 8.30am to 5pm (except Christmas Day) Price: Adult $10, Seniors $8, Child $3 (17 years and under), Family $20 – Kids Go FREE! (2 adults + 2 children) Museum treasure hunt $1 Gold pan hire $3 (plus a $10 refundable deposit) Email: info@museumqueenstown.com www.museumqueenstown.com

Buckingham St, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1824 FUN AND INTERACTIVE! Complete our code-cracking treasure hunt and get a reward of your own piece of greenstone! Discover the stories behind the goldrush and search for your own gold. Senior $8, Adult $10, Child $3, Family $20

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ARROWTOWN COMMUNITY POOL Our solar-heated outdoor pool is right in the centre of Arrowtown and opens from early December through to late February. The main pool is 29m long with 6 lanes; additionally there is a 5m x 5m toddler pool. We have a snack shop on-site, a large grassy picnic area and a covered BBQ area. 4 Hertford Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0145 Hours: daily, 11am-6pm throughout summer, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. https://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/ swim/arrowtown-pool www.KidzGo.co.nz

Discover Glenorchy At the Head of the Lake Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, overlooked by the awe-inspiring Earnslaw Glacier. It is home to the Rees and Dart valleys (whose rivers are two main sources of Lake Wakatipu) and starting point for the famous Routeburn Track, also The Greenstone, Caples, Rees and Dart multi-day tracks. This really is a slice of paradise and you can stay overnight at the delightful and earth-friendly Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat (see p76).

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Paradise, 20km north of Glenorchy, is possibly named after the paradise ducks that are found there, and which are endemic to New Zealand. You'll generally see them in pairs because they mate for life and unusually it is the female that is the more eye-catching. Otherwise, with the landmarks of Peter's Tomb, Rock of Eden, River Jordan and Heaven's Gate, perhaps early settlers just felt they had discovered Paradise on Earth! www.KidzGo.co.nz

Glenorchy township

Glenorchy is without doubt one of the most charming townships in the world, tucked away at the end of a road with nothing but rivers, mountains and glaciers in its back garden. With only a few hundred residents, a tiny school, and horseback a common mode of transport it's easy to forget you're on the same planet as wherever you have come from! There are excellent tours to help you discover the exciting landscapes of the region while the town itself has plenty of amenities, including cafĂŠs, accommodation and the must-visit Mrs Woolly's general store. Getting There: the 45km lakeside drive offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu. Stop at Bennetts Bluff Lookout (25kms from Queenstown) for an amazing view of the head of the lake and an excellent photo opportunity. Drive yourself, catch a bus or check whether your booked tour includes Queenstown transport.

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Lake Sylvan Easy – 1½ hour return Driving from Glenorchy, follow the Routeburn road and turn right towards the Routeburn Track. The Lake Sylvan turn-off is well-marked and the pleasant bush walk starts with a swing bridge and finishes at a hidden lake.

Mt Judah Track – Whakaari Conservation Area Moderate – 1-3 hours one way From the car park on the Queenstown–Glenorchy Road, three kilometres before Glenorchy, an easy climb leads up the old Mt Judah Road and the track passes the remains of the Glenorchy Scheelite Battery and the State Mine, last operated in the 1960s. You can walk for as long or little as you want on this walk and return the same way, but you get to interesting relics and incredible views very quickly.

Routeburn Track Day Walk Moderate This track takes 2–3 days to complete but the first few kilometres feature show-stopping scenery. The first track hut takes about 2 hours one way (8km). There are stunning mountain views on the hike up to Routeburn Falls hut, about 3½ hours one way (11km) with the final hour or so being a steady climb.

Greenstone Track Day Walk Moderate The start of this multi-day walking track is probably the most beautiful and well-worth exploring for a few hours. It starts from the carpark beyond Kinloch and although it's a further 35km from Glenorchy, the drive itself is incredible. Follow the Greenstone River and look out for trout in the incredible emerald water!

Lagoon Loop Easy – 1 hour Facing the lake and Glenorchy jetty, follow the path to your right – it leads to a boardwalk skirting the lagoon. Stunning views and lots of birdlife, including black swans.

play ~ eat ~ shop ~ explore ~ sleep RIPPLED EARTH KAYAK SAFARIS Take a truly stunning kayak adventure across Lake Wakatipu to Pigeon Island with its breathtaking backdrop of glacial mountains, native birds and secluded beaches. No kayaking experience necessary.

Phone: 03 442 9904 Operates: daily, subject to weather. www.rippledearth.co.nz Read more on page 25

GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE The kids will love this delightful, fun encounter with a wide variety of friendly farm animals. Feed and pat goats, miniature horses, alpacas, llamas, sheep, donkey, cows, bunnies and guinea pigs.

Phone: 021 252 7753 Open: daily www.glenorchyanimal experience.co.nz Read more on page 19

DELTA DISCOVERY Take charge of our amazing, electric 4WD vehicles and let the on-board computer guide you along the Dart River delta trail in comfort, safety and silence! Ideal for families and eco-friendly.

Phone: 027 374 7555 Departs: twice daily www.deltadiscovery.nz

MRS WOOLLY'S GENERAL STORE Our store is famous for its delicious sundaes; healthy takeaway salads, wraps and treats for your picnic plus great coffee, homemade cookies, fresh pastries, groceries, supplies and a divine range of NZ gifts.

Phone: 03 409 0051 Open: daily www.theheadwaters.co.nz

MRS WOOLLY'S CAMPGROUND This might just be the most stunning campground setting on Earth! Bring the family and snuggle down in our stylish and funky “glamping” tents. Fully-furnished and with all the home comforts.

Phone: 021 0889 4008 Open: daily www.theheadwaters.co.nz

CAMP GLENORCHY ECO RETREAT Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat offers cosy, comfortable year-round cabins, bunkhouses and powered motorhome sites. NZ’s first NetZero Energy accommodation welcomes you!

Phone: 03 409 0401 Open: daily www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz

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Discover Cromwell

A 45-minute drive from Queenstown or Wanaka brings you to Cromwell, 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. Its 'old town', along with a half-buried historic building is a must to explore. Attractions include Highlands and the super-fun Paintball Central.

HIGHLANDS – Ultimate family action fun! Let us take your family on the 'Ride of Your Life' on our International standard race track, compete against each other Go-Karting (6 years+), choose from 6 highspeed circuit thrills, then kick back and visit the Wacky Sculpture Park and interactive museum plus a café that overlooks the attractions. Make a day of it. Go-Karts Choose single or tandem Go-Karts – either way the kids get to drive! 10-minute session: $45 (single), $49 (tandem) Single driver: min age10 years (minimum height 1.4m) Tandem driver: min age16 years (height restrictions apply) Tandem passenger: min age 6 years (minimum height 1.2m)


Famous Highlands High-Speed Taxi Sample the circuit at speed in our Porsche Cayenne taxi; great for the whole family! $129 for one to four people. Highlands Museum Family $50 (2 adults & up to 3 children) ‘Friends of Highlands' Family annual pass $149 – over $230 of value plus unlimited Highlands entry. Adrenalin activity on track Choose from U-drive in a Radical or a V8 Muscle Car or a Fast Dash in a Supercar. Prices vary.

BOOK NOW HIGHLANDS.CO.NZ 0508 444 452 www.KidzGo.co.nz

Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 0508 HIGHLANDS (4444 52637) www.highlands.co.nz Visit us on Facebook

Discover Cromwell 37 PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5* Ultimate action adventure that can be played with a minimum of two players. With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family or group. Paintball is fun, fast and as actionpacked as you want! Play on 10 acres of courses or make your way through Shantytown! *Note: children under 18 years must be accompanied by adults at or on the field. We require a ratio of max four children aged 7-15 years to one adult. Younger children (from 5 years) can join in the fun of our Paintball Shooting Gallery as well as watching the excitement of the game – so bring the whole family for a fun experience! Bannockburn, Cromwell Bookings essential: 027 448 5399 Open: daily Summer hours: from 9am to late. Game Times: arranged on booking Duration: max 2 hours Price: $35 per person for basic game (includes 100 shots, gun, overalls and mask) E: paintballcentral@xtra.co.nz www.paintballcentral.co.nz

Old Cromwell Town and The Clyde Dam Most of historic Cromwell is now underwater – as the Clyde Hydro Dam was constructed, the waters of the Clutha River and what is now Lake Dunstan, rose behind it, eventually submerging 280 homes, 6 farms, 17 orchards and 2 bridges. In 1985 a selection of historic buildings due to be submerged were rescued and relocated to where they stand now, on the banks of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers, and so began Old Cromwell town. Well worth a visit, Cromwell Old town provides an insight into the past along with cool cafés, weekend markets and unique shops to browse. Read more at cromwellheritageprecinct.co.nz Picnic spots, a riverside walk and bike tracks start from Old Cromwell Town and from here you can also see the spectacular confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers.

OTHER ACTIVITIES * Ride at the Cromwell bike park, Ortive Street with BMX, learn-to-ride area and jump tracks. * Highlands – a day out with exciting activities for all ages. See ad on opposite page. * Explore Old Cromwell Town. * Visit Cromwell and Districts museum. * See the famous and spectacular Clyde Dam. * Visit one of the many fruit outlets or try the delicious Benger Gold Juice for a taste of Central Otago! * Picnic by the river or take a family walk or bike ride. * Visit Bannockburn – including the historic relics and 'Wild West' scenery of the Bannockburn sluicings, swim or picnic at the Inlet and enjoy some of the country's best wineries, many serving lunch. * Visit Goldfields Mining Centre and pan for gold. * Visit Cromwell mini golf next to the giant 'fruit sculpture'.

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The Queenstown Trail unveils 100+kms of stunning vistas for you to explore by bike or on foot. Discover spectacular suspension bridges, secret swim holes, cute Short on time or just want to cafés and wonderful wineries, all on easy bike or walking trails. choose one ride? Don't miss this! The Queenstown Trail makes a perfect outing for families and below you'll find information on some of our favourite sections.

Easy Rides LAKE WAKATIPU RIDE Part I: Queenstown to Frankton Distance: 15km return The easiest section of The Queenstown Trail starts from the centre of town and follows the lake around the Queenstown Gardens and then along the Frankton Arm to Frankton Beach – a great picnic or rest spot before you turn around for the ride back. Part II: Frankton to Kelvin Heights Distance: 15km return From Frankton keep riding alongside the lake and over the Kawarau Falls Bridge – an exciting view and photo spot! Ride past Kawarau Village and look out for the eclectic sculptures on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula Loop section of the track. Note: a small part of this track rides alongside the Kelvin Heights golf course. There are café stops right on the track at Frankton Marina, Kawarau Village and Kelvin Heights golf course. Highlights: Follows the lake shore with stunning views all the way; easy and social riding for all ages. www.KidzGo.co.nz

QUEENSTOWN GARDENS Departs: Queenstown Distance: 3km return A lovely way to explore Queenstown Gardens and an ideal, fun ride with littlies. From the centre of town you follow the lake into the gardens and can do a loop round the outside track followed by a loop round the inside track, then back into town centre. Beautiful lake views round the peninsula. Why not take a picnic or a frisbee (there is a free frisbee golf course in the gardens). ARROW RIVER BRIDGES RIDE Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 16km one way This ride crosses five bridges alongside two rivers and includes two exciting suspension bridges. Ride alongside the Arrow River, cross the little bridge and turn right. Head over the Southern Discoveries suspension bridge and through the Arrow Gorge (where the 80m Edgar Suspension Bridge is an impressive sight). The bridges are fun to ride across and worth a stop in the middle to admire the view! Continue on to the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge and Gibbston Valley. Highlights: Crossing the two suspension bridges, watching the bungy jumping at Kawarau Bungy Bridge.

Queenstown Family Biking MILLENNIUM TRACK Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 4½ km return Ride from Arrowtown alongside the Arrow River, with the river on your left, then over the little bridge and back along the far side. This is a very pretty, cruisy ride with swim and play spots along the way. Very popular with younger riders. GIBBSTON RIVER RIDE Departs: Kawarau Bungy Bridge Distance: 18km return A gorgeous ride along Queenstown's famous 'valley of the vines'. Follow an easy bike trail with spectacular views down to the Kawarau River as it snakes its way towards the gorge. The route is dotted with wineries with cellar door tastings, a wine cave to visit and several great lunch options. For a shorter ride If you only want to ride one way (8.7km) you can arrange shuttle transport. See our listed companies for options. Highlights: Riding through and alongside the vines

Intermediate Rides TWIN RIVERS RIDE (Kawarau Falls Bridge to Morven Ferry Road) Departs: near Frankton Distance: 36km return The ride starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and after a short cycle through residential streets, the trail meanders down to wind along the Kawarau River’s edge and takes you up into the famous Shotover Delta. From the Old Shotover Bridge follow the willow-lined bank of the Kawarau River where you'll find lots of cool picnic and play spots. There are a few hilly sections until you climb away from the river and alongside a deer farm. This is a good spot to turn round for the return ride. For a shorter ride you can arrange a shuttle pick up back to your starting point. Highlights: Riding alongside the Kawarau River.


ARROWTOWN RETURN VIA LAKE HAYES CIRCUIT Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 22km loop A beautiful ride from Arrowtown, through Millbrook Resort and down to picturesque Lake Hayes. It's an 8km circuit around the lake on slightly undulating gravel path/boardwalk. Look out for the NZ native pukeko (Purple Swamphen). There's an excellent swimming and picnic beach with toilets at one end of the lake. Note: for a shorter, easier ride, park at Lake Hayes and take the 8km loop around the lake. Highlights: Riding around beautiful Lake Hayes. SHOTOVER COUNTRYSIDE RIDE (Arrowtown to Shotover Bridge) Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 24km return From the Arrowtown River carpark follow the trail alongside Bush Creek, up to the road and on through Millbrook Resort. Enjoy the beautiful countryside views from the top of Christine's Hill before descending down towards Slopehill Road and onto the Shotover River, finishing at the historic Shotover Bridge. For a shorter ride this would be a good point to grab a shuttle back to Arrowtown – otherwise get a shuttle to the bridge and ride back. Highlights: Riding alongside the Shotover River.

Advanced Rides Three Rivers Ride Countryside + Twin Rivers + Arrow River Bridges Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 33km loop Ride from Arrowtown through Millbrook Resort then alongside the Shotover River to the Old Shotover Bridge. Follow the trail along the Kawarau River up to Morven Ferry Road, along the Arrow River and back to Arrowtown. Toilets and café at Millbrook Resort or in Arrowtown. Highlights: Riding alongside three rivers. Crossing the Southern Discoveries suspension bridge.


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Queenstown Family Biking (Continued from page 39)

Advanced Rides Frankton to Jacks Point Departs: Frankton Beach 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: Riding alongside the majestic Remarkables mountain range. Jack's Point restaurant and playground.

Other local bike tracks

WYNYARD FREESTYLE TERRAIN PARK A steeper park with flowy berms and big jumps! Fun to try some of the smaller stuff or go watch the action! Bike shuttle available to return you to top of park. GORGE ROAD JUMP PARK Free to use, well-maintained freestyle facility – hit jumps, work berms and grab some pump track action. The size of a rugby field with over 40 jumps and other features. Something for all riders – from 5 years to experts! SKYLINE GONDOLA MOUNTAIN BIKING Pop your bikes on the Skyline Gondola and explore the Queenstown Bike Park's 30kms of downhill tracks. The world-class trails cater for beginner to expert riders. Kidz Go recommends the 6km Hammys Track – it's a beginners' downhill run – wide single track with few obstacles and a more gradual descent. This is heaps of fun, recommended for 8 years and up.


BANNOCKBURN SLUICINGS Departs: Bannockburn Distance: 3.5km loop Starting on Felton Road and adjacent to vineyards, this intermediate track takes you into a real 'Wild West' landscape as you ride through a former gold field. The trail winds its way past crazy rock formations, towering cliff faces, old mud brick homes, gold workings and apricot trees. There are DOC markers and interpretation panels on this interesting ride. Note: the trail is undulating with steep climbs and is very exposed in parts. Not recommended with small children. Highlights: The crazy, unique landscape. CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Open December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 Lap the lifts daily with your family from 10am to 4pm (6pm during Peak Season plus 8pm on Friday nights) with mountain bike trails for all levels, or have the ultimate family adventure with the Southern Hemisphere’s only mountain carts. Cardrona offers mountain bike lessons and full bike rental (including safety gear), a FREE learner zone and the McDougall’s Chondola for gondola cabin access to Cardrona’s scenic walking and biking tracks. Freephone: 0800 440 800 www.cardrona.com/summer Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes.

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42 Family Walking Tracks

Queenstown and Arrowtown walking tracks Note: Walks labelled 'Hard' have been done so with a family in mind. The hard walks here may be too much for children under 10 and reasonable fitness would be required for adults or children.

Queenstown 1 Sunshine Bay Track W1 Easy – 1 hour return Lakeside walk starting from Fernhill roundabout. Map p2 2

Arawata Track, Sunshine Bay Easy – 1 hour return Stunning lake views. Look out for the mountain goats. Path descends to road at end – follow and loop back along road, or return along the track. Map p2 3 Queenstown Gardens W3

Easy – 30 mins Views right around the peninsula. Great for the family to walk/ bike around, play tennis, try the frisbee golf course or picnic on one of the beaches. Buggy friendly. Map p2

4 Queenstown Hill Time Walk Hard – 3 hrs return Starts from Belfast Terrace. A steady 500m climb through pine forest is rewarded with amazing views from the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness). Interpretive panels along the way. Map p2 5 Skyline Tiki Trail Hard – 90 mins return Steady climb from the Gondola base as you zig zag your way up to the Skyline. View Ziptrek, paragliders and mountain bikers from some sections of track. Map p2 6 Kelvin Heights Loop Easy – 90 mins return Start from playground and carpark on Bay View Road. Head to the golf course and round the perimeter. Map p4 7 Kelvin Heights Track Easy – 90 mins return Start from Kawarau Village. Head to the left and follow the easy, well-graded track alongside the lake towards the Map p4 peninsula. Buggy friendly. 8 Frankton Track Easy – 2 hours return A pleasant lakeside walk with views across the Frankton Arm. Finish at Frankton Marina or continue to the main beach at Frankton. Buggy friendly. Map p2 9 Bob’s Cove Scenic Reserve Med – 1 hour return A gentle descent through bush to Bob’s Cove beach, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. One of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets. Buggy friendly. Map p87

10 12 Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Med – 1 hour return Follow the shore of Lake Wakatipu from 12 Mile Delta campsite to Bob's Cove Scenic Reserve, with native bush and vibrant red Rata to spot. Map p87 Arrowtown 11 Millennium Track Easy – 1 hour return Start from the carpark in Ramshaw Lane. Follow the Arrow River 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 Map p32 carpark. Buggy friendly. 12 Lake Hayes Track Easy – 2 hour loop This easy walk takes you around Lake Hayes. The track has steep drop-offs at some points so keep small children with you. Excellent beach, picnic/swim area and toilets with easy road access at one end. Buggy friendly. Map p87 13 Tobins Track Med/Hard – 1 hour return for Tobins Track or 2 hour loop 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 loop 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. Map p32 14 Arrow River – Macetown Road Easy and Sawpit Gully Trail Med/Hard – 2-3 hour loop Follow the Arrow River Trail towards Macetown on an easy path that sidles the river as you wander through unforgettable scenery. The track is above the river for the first 45 minutes before you hit the river crossings, so this is a good turnaround point. For a harder, loop walk, look for the turn-off and steep path up to your left, to Sawpit Gully. You'll climb alongside an old water race and past goldmining tailings before the walk back down towards Arrowtown with Lake Hayes in full view. Private farmland; strictly no dogs or mountain bikes. Map p32

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Queenstown and Arrowtown picnic spots 1 The Esplanade From St Omer Park to Steamer Wharf – shady lakefront, playground and toilets. BBQ areas and beaches. Map p2

6 Kingston At the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu is the tiny, lakeside community of Kingston. Great picnic/swim spot. Map p87

2 Frankton Beach Picnic tables, BBQ, toilets, short walk to playground plus Lake Wakatipu's warmest swimming beach. Great for biking, following the trail towards Queenstown or the Kelvin Heights peninsula. Map p4

7 Bob's Cove Scenic Reserve A gentle 10 minute descent through bush to the beach at Bob’s Cove. Beautiful picnic and swimming spot. Toilets at the beach. Map p87


Moke Lake A small lake (takes approx. 90 minutes to walk round) and an idyllic swimming spot. Toilets and camping onsite. No dogs allowed. Map p87 4 Lake Hayes Recreation Area The best picnic area is 2km along the Arrowtown-Lake Hayes road at the Arrowtown end of the lake. Sandy beach, warm shallows, lots of space, shade, toilets. Map p87 5

Devils Staircase Queenstown – Kingston road. Spectacular lookout spots and lake access. Map p87

8 Wilson Bay Five minutes drive along the Glenorchy Road brings you to the gorgeous beach at Wilson Bay. Parking right at the beach and toilets nearby. The 7 Mile Reserve walking tracks and mountain bike trails start from here. Map p87 9 Kelvin Grove, Kelvin Heights At the entrance to the golf course, right on the lake. Toilets and playground. Map p4 10 Arrow River, Arrowtown Grab a spot under the trees anywhere along the shallows of the Arrow River; kids love splashing around in the water. Map p32

Queenstown and Arrowtown playgrounds Main Beach entrance to Queenstown Gardens Features: acoustic play bridge, climbing net, slide, tree house Nearby: lake, beach, Queenstown Gardens, café, toilets Queenstown Gardens off Park Street Features: skatepark, frisbee golf course, tennis Nearby: lake, beach, picnic and BBQ area, toilets St Omer Park 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 Nearby: BBQ area, dairy Williams Street Sunshine Bay Features: slide, swing, climbing frame Nearby: picnic bench, tennis courts, BBQ Frankton Waterfront Features: slide, small flying fox, tennis court Nearby: toilet, BBQ, bike track, shallow swimming beach Remarkables Crescent Frankton Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: basketball hoop and court Kelvin Grove entrance to golf course, Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame Nearby: toilet, BBQ, picnic benches, beach Bayview Reserve Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw Nearby: toilet, picnic benches, lake beach, bike track

Jardine Park Kelvin Heights Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, playing field Nearby: kid-friendly mountain bike pump tracks, Jacks Point walking/biking track, croquet club, multi-purpose sports court Jacks Point Playground Jacks Point Features: slide, climbing frame, mega tunnel slide, flying fox Nearby: restaurant, bike trails, sports field, tennis court Hope Avenue Lake Hayes Estate Features: slide, swing, climbing frame, see-saw, climbing boulder, flying fox, dedicated toddler area Nearby: toilet, gas BBQ, tennis, bike tracks, café, dairy 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 Nearby: toilet, picnic bench, outdoor swimming pool, café.


44 The Kids’ Directory

The Kids' Directory For locals >> it's all about the kids – including childminding, clubs and hobbies, after-school care, school holiday programmes, annual activity passes and fantastic birthday party ideas! For locals and visitors >> there are contacts for everyone – essential info for childminding services, birthday party ideas and more.

Holiday Programmes and After-School Care Chipmunks Playland – after-school and 03 428 2745 holiday programmes Casual or permanant care outside school hours. Local Library holiday programmes Limited space so bookings are essential.

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sKids Remarkables 021 251 8688 Queenstown, Remarkables, Arrowtown and Shotover Schools. Onsite after-school care and full and half-day fun, action-packed holiday programmes. Queenstown Events Centre 03 450 9005 Full and half-day programmes for 5-7 years and 8-12 years. Sherwood after-school and holiday programmes An everchanging variety of kids workshops; art, storytelling, jewellery-making, baking and more. 03 450 1090 Wakatipu Youth Trust – The Booth 03 442 8115 Drop-in after-school activities for year 9s and older. Year 7 and 8s programme Thursday evenings 6 – 8pm. 5/15 Oaks Drive, Frankton (near Site Trampoline). www.wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz

Clubs and Hobbies Helpful Tip: Often classes/clubs require you to commit for a whole term so It may be a good idea to ask to do a one-off class the term before to make sure your child will love it. Plan ahead – classes often fill up quickly.

Art Classes 6 -12 years www.queenstownartscentre.co.nz Aqualand Swim School baby to adult 03 450 9005 Arrowtown Keas, Cubs and Scouts See Facebook Arrowtown Circus School 022 017 2046 Circus lessons for boys and girls aged 6-12 years Ballet Classes 5 years to adult 021 062 2939 Cutie Crew 021 062 2939 Music and movement dance classes 2-4 years Chipmunks Playland 03 428 2745 Climbing Classes 03 450 9005 www.KidzGo.co.nz

Danceworks 2 years to adult 021 062 2939 Book a free taster lesson. www.danceworksqueenstown.co.nz Drama Queenstown 021 178 1669 Drama, improvisation and theatre sports for 5-18 years Gravity – Ariel Silks classes 5 years+ 021 161 9098 Your kids will gain strength, flexibility and fitness while learning aerial acrobatics hanging from fabric. Just like at the circus! Jazz Classes 5 years to adult 021 062 2939 Junior Athletics www.remarkablerunners.co.nz Junior Football www.queenstownfootball.com Foot Golf 03 442 3584 Fun French Club Natalie, 03 442 0075 Hip Hop Classes 5 years to adult 021 062 2939 Kidz Club Queenstown 03 441 1159 Drop off the kids (4-13 years) and we'll entertain them. Hourly, half or full-day sessions www.thrillzone.co.nz Little Yogis Arrowtown Niki Goile, 027 866 7681 Mainly Music Arrowtown Amanda, 03 441 4900 Mainly Music Queenstown – for preschoolers Facebook: Mainly Music Queenstown The Making Room 021 455 309 After school classes (Mon, Wed, Thur 3.30-4.30pm) and school holiday art workshops for kids 5-12 years. Musical Theatre Classes 021 178 1669 Music Lessons Facebook: Lakes Community Music School Queenstown Gymnastics Club www.qtgymnastics.co.nz Queenstown Mountain Bike Club www.queenstownmtb.co.nz Queenstown Scout Group Facebook: Queenstown Scouts Queenstown Tennis Club www.queenstowntennisclub.co.nz Singing Margaret O’Hanlon, 03 442 8696 SITE Trampoline Mini Bouncers 0800 78 268 623 Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-10.30am. SITE Trampoline and Parkour 0800 78 268 623 Movement techniques and tricks – after school classes. St John Youth Penguin and Cadet Programmes 6-18 years 10 Douglas St, Frankton 0800 785 646 Wakatipu Junior Golf Club www.wjgc.co.nz Wakatipu Girl Guides Association Sharon, 027 246 8962 Yoga for Kids – Nadi Wellness Centre 03 409 0318

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Babysitting and Childminding CHIPMUNKS PLAYLAND Offering a drop-off service for ages 5-11 years. Casuals and visitors welcome. Drop your kids off while you go and exercise, shop or have a break. Everyone is happy. Cost is admission plus $5 per hour (maximum 3 hours). Phone: 03 428 2745 / 021 882 745 KIDZ CLUB Kids-only entertainment – everyone wins! Treat the kids at our awesome Kidz Club, perfect for ages 4-13 years, while you enjoy Queenstown at your own pace! Phone: 03 428 2745 / 021 882 745 Hours: 10am-10pm – hourly, 1/2 or full-day sessions available. Bookings are recommended but walk-ins welcome. www.thrillzone.co.nz TRUE KIWI PLAY • Peace of mind for parents, fun learning for children. • Offering adventures where children can explore, discover, create, inquire and learn new knowledge in our natural environment. • Outings may include seeing native birds including the kiwi, rope swings, beach, short bush walks, climbing trees, building dams – balanced with an indoor programme which may include clay, art, music, construction, creative activities, food preparation. • To ensure quality we operate with a maximum ratio of 4 children to 1 adult. • Qualified, registered and experienced teachers, trained in first aid and police checked. • Clothing provided for all weather conditions. Central Queenstown. Phone: 027 622 9808 Hours: daily, 9am-3pm www.truekiwiplay.co.nz

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This is a proudly locally owned centre. Amazingly quiet, warm and sunny all day. Huge outdoor playground, with sand pits & real grass all on the roof top! mamaschildcare.nz Open 7.45am till 5.30pm Ph. 442 9440 | admin@mamaschildcare.nz Level 1, above Brandland at the end of Five Mile Place, Five Mile Retail Centre Casuals and one-day bookings welcome!

MAMAS FIVE MILE CHILDCARE Open 5 days a week – casuals welcome Mamas Five Mile childcare provides care for your child. It's a place you can leave your little ones (from infants to 5 years) knowing they will be safe and happy in a stimulating environment and with creative, caring teachers. Our well-resourced, purpose-built centre provides challenging equipment and activities suitable for every age. We have a large outdoor playground including a huge grassy lawn, all situated on the rooftop above Countdown. Just visiting and wanting some casual care? Call now for our attractive rates. Five Mile Retail Centre, Level 1 above Brandland and Countdown Supermarket, Frankton. Phone: 03 442 9440 Hours: 7.45am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri) Call us for weekend care information; subject to availability. www.mamaschildcare.nz Facebook: Mamas childcare

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46 The Kids’ Directory :: Annual/Season Passes

Annual and Season Passes Alpine Aqualand 03 450 9005 Swimming complex including leisure pool, lazy river, two hydroslides, toddlers' area and adult hot pool. Annual: Adult $399, Child $179, Family $709 (2 adults + dependants) Cardrona Mountain Bike Park www.cardrona.com Unlimited lift access to Cardrona’s network of mountain bike trails for the summer season. Kids 5 years & under visit FREE! Ad $499, Ch $299 (6-17 years) Friends of Highlands 03 445 4052 Unlimited Highlands entry plus over $230 of value! Annual: Family $149 (2 adults + up to 3 children) Kiwi Birdlife 'Friend of the Park' 03 442 8059 Enjoy unlimited visits to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, plus perks and discounts for friends. Annual: $55 (Local residents) National Transport and Toy Museum Locals Pass 03 443 8765 Pay full price first time, then go FREE for the first six months, and pay only $5 for the following six months. Puzzling World Wanaka – Puzzports 03 443 7489 Unlimited access to all attractions for 12 months. Annual: Adult $55, Child $39 (5-15 years) Real Journeys Real Rewards Card 0800 65 65 01 Unlimited TSS Earnslaw steamship cruises and discounts across Real Journeys product range. Annual: Adult $125, Child $65 (conditions apply) Southern Discoveries 'Locals Discovery Card' Unlimited travel on Spirit of Queenstown and on Milford Sound Scenic and Nature Cruises. Plus other discounts. Annual: Adult $79, Child $39 (conditions apply) 0800 264 536 southerndiscoveries.co.nz/localsdiscoverycard SITE Trampoline 0800 (QT BOUNCE) 78 268 623 Freestyle trampolining, parkour, snowboard and freeski, adult and children's coaching. Great value multi-passes. 5 sessions $110 (12% off), 10 sessions $200 (20% off) Wanaka Pool 03 443 9334 Featuring 8-lanes, 25m lap pool, adult hot pool, learners’ pool, separate toddlers’ area. Annual: ad $399, ch $179, family $709 (2 adult + dependants)



Birthday Party Ideas Alpine Aqualand Pool Party 03 450 9005 Bring a birthday group and the birthday child swims free! Book ahead for exclusive use of learners' pool. You can also hire a party room if you wish to bring food, drinks and birthday cake. The Bead Shop 03 441 8466 Fun, social atmosphere, catering by arrangement. Chipmunks Playland and Café 03 428 2745 Chipmunks Party room for up to 1 hour, includes party meal and drink for each child, lollies, themed party gear including invitations, hats, blowers and plates. Unlimited stay and play, dedicated party host and a birthday certificate and return entry for the birthday child! Packages from $195 for up to 8 children. Declan Wong Illusionist 021 269 5260 The 'prince of magic' presents a show in your home/ chosen location that will delight all, from 5 year olds to adults. Phone or email for quote for 30 minutes to one hour of magic. Enquiries: declanmwong@gmail.com Game Over Queenstown 03 441 3139 Choose from an action-packed Lazer Tag, Karting or Combo birthday party with prices from $35 per person. Parties run for two hours and include food. Minus 5° Ice Bar 03 442 6050 Get down to Minus 5 – literally, with a fun birthday experience in an exciting frozen wonderland! We can accommodate up to 30 party guests in one session. $15 per child (includes entry and mocktail).


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The Kids’ Directory :: Birthday Parties 47 Highlands 03 445 4052 A fun day out with lots of activities – go-karting, mini golf, balance bikes, museum and wacky sculpture park. Contact: functions@highlands.co.nz iFly Indoor Skydiving 03 409 0665 An exciting party for any age! Dedicated birthday party room plus you and your friends experience soaring on air! Talk to our team about customising the perfect party for your child. Paintball Central 027 448 5399 With three courses and 14 different games this is a brilliant and energetic birthday party group activity. Rockatipu Climbing Wall 03 450 9005 Perfect for groups of 6-12. Birthday child climbs free. Ring for party, instruction and party room prices. You can also hire a party room if you wish to bring food, drinks and birthday cake. Segway on Q 03 442 8687 Take a fun, birthday Segway Tour. Receive a 15% discount with groups of 4 or more children. (Not applicable to family package). SITE Trampoline 0800 QT BOUNCE Suitable for toddlers to adults, one hour of bouncing fun plus one hour in the party room. Just $199 for groups of up to 8 bouncers. Call for a personalised package. The Playground 0800 764 737 With so many fun activities, value for money, and plenty of space for the kids to run around The Playground is sure to be a hit. Free transport and you are welcome to bring food and use our free BBQ facilities.



THRILLZONE 03 441 1159 Create the perfect combo birthday package – 12D Motion Theatre, 360° Virtual Reality, 360° Drift and 360° Battleground with Paintless Paintball, Laser Tag and Hero Blast. Two hours entertainment – packages from $29 per head. Winnies Pizza-Making Party 03 442 8635 Groups of 10 at $20 each, includes activities, goody bag, food and drinks. Free t-shirt for birthday child. Zambrero 03 441 8330 We can cater for you and your crew! Pick up your birthday order instore or we can deliver to your place.

Wanaka-based birthday ideas Basecamp Rock Adventures – Wanaka 0800 227 322 Half-day birthday climbing adventure for groups of four to ten children. Call for more information. Clip ‘N Climb – Wanaka 03 443 1110 Get your wee one and their mates active on their next birthday at Clip 'n Climb. One hour of fun, funky climbing for ages 3 years and up. Prices from $11 per head. Crossfire Battlefield – Wanaka 03 443 5995 Action fun for parties with cannons that launch sponge balls at the speed of a tennis serve. $10 for 20 mins. 8-12 people and you get it to yourself! Paddle Wanaka beach rental 0800 926 925 Experience some birthday fun at the beach with our wide range of kayaks and SUP rentals. Puzzling World 03 443 7489 Large party booth in our Puzzle Centre plus special rates on admission. We offer combos that include BYO birthday cake, or we can provide cake and candles, party hats balloons, party food and more! Download our FREE party invites. Transport & Toy Museum – Wanaka 03 443 8765 $43 family pass price for up to 15 party people (children or adults). Plus you can bring your own food and cake! Wanaka Recreation Centre 03 443 9334 Bring a birthday group and the birthday kid goes free! Book ahead for exclusive use.




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48 Eating Out Made Easy The Ballarat Trading Co. Cosy booths or outdoor Mall dining. Great value kids' menu. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 4222


Balls and Bangles Freshly-made donut balls, plus awesome bagels and over-the-top Freak Shakes! 15 Church Street Ph: 03 442 7999 www.ballsandbangles.com Bella Cucina The home of Italian cooking in Queenstown. Simple, fresh flavours. 6 Brecon Street Ph: 03 442 6762 www.bellacucina.co.nz Public Kitchen and Bar

Eating out made easy Open Daytime

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Dining with a family requires extra planning and with well over a hundred eating places around Queenstown we've narrowed down your search. All establishments listed are family-friendly and will go kidzgo.pdf 1 have 17/09/18 10:01 AM the extra mile to ensure you a great experience.

Chipmunks Playland and Café Coffee, meal deals and plenty of family favourites + Chipmunks indoor playground onsite! Red Oaks Drive, Frankton Phone: 03 428 2745 www.chipmunks.co.nz Elements Café and Bar Novotel's lakeside café where you can sit outside overlooking the beach or playground. Lakefront, Marine Parade Phone: 03 442 7750 Eriks Fish & Chips Delicious food in Central Queenstown and Wanaka. Cooked fresh in healthy rice bran oil. Order online. 13 Earl Street www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz Finz Seafood and Grill Absolute lakefront dining, affordable, relaxed and very kid-friendly! Steamer Wharf, Beach Street Phone: 03 442 7405 www.finzseafoodandgrill.co.nz


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Amazing range of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Sides and Shakes to satisfy everyone’s needs! 100% plant based, 100% delicious The healthier fast food choice for you and your family www.lordofthefries.co.nz


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ORGANIC ❊ FREE DELIVERY Creating authentic, delicious Thai favourites, using only organic vegetables! Free delivery Queenstown/Frankton/Arrowtown (2 mains min for some areas). Open 7 days 4-10pm

Call 03 451 1414 or order online


Fresh, bold, nutrient-rich and made with love, our delicious Mexican favourites are crammed with tasty goodness and are simply mouth-watering. Eat in or takeaway today!

For every burrito or bowl purchased we’ll donate a meal to a child in need through Plate4Plate project


The Landing, Frankton (Opposite Remarkables Park Town Ctre) Tel 03 441 8330 Open 10am - late daily WWW.ZAMBRERO.CO.NZ www.KidzGo.co.nz

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FISH AND CHIPS BY THE LAKE Fish and Chips is a traditional food, everyone needs to try while in NZ! Erik’s fish is all cooked in a light crisp batter. Busy families can order online at: www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz Dine In, Takeaway or Deliveries available Gluten Free – Suitable for Coeliacs. Glu

Kids Meals only $6.50 Feed a family of 4-5 for $28! Find us at 13 Earl St, Queenstown, opposite the Novotel. DONUTS - BAGELS - SHAKES - COFFEE THE BALLARAT TRADING CO.

We pride ourselves on our relaxed and fun dining experience, located in the heart of Queenstown. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ballarat is ideal whatever the weather and if it's sunny diners can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of The Mall at our al fresco tables. Fun and family-friendly with a varied children's menu.




all day every day

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


Sample Menu Items – from $25 * Linguini, grilled courgette, oven-roasted cherry tomato sauce, garlic and chilli, crème fraĭche, parmesan and rocket. * 250g Wakanui beef burger, bacon, cheese, jalapeños, onion rings, smokey BBQ sauce and beer fries. * Marlborough Sound salmon, with buttered baby potatoes, sautéed leek and cabbage and caviar buerre blanc. * Braised pork ribs, smokey BBQ glaze, coleslaw and fries. * A classic, the local butcher's bangers & mash. * New Zealand steaks; your choice of ribeye or fillet with potato gratin and sautéed greens. Children’s Menu from $5 * Spaghetti Pasta * Classic Kiwiana fish & chips * Soup of the day * Kids’ burger Children's meals include a free fizzy drink The Mall, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 4222 Hours: midday until late www.ballarat.co.nz



PUBLIC KITCHEN AND BAR Serving good, honest kiwi fare that’s designed to be shared – our innovative menu offers so much choice you’ll have no worries pleasing the whole family! Sample and share an assortment of plates and ph 03 442 5969 enjoy our delectable desserts! noon-late 7 days What better way to bring the family together than steamer wharf around the table at Public Kitchen? queenstown

Sample menu items * sticky pork belly sticks * chickpea chips * squid rings * smoked cod croquettes * lamb kofta * Marty’s handmade sausage with lentil sauce * duck pancakes * char-grilled vegetable & filo tart * lemon and thyme chicken * chicken kiev * coconut ceviche * venison osso buco * braised beef cheeks with roasted cauliflower * pork loin with honey * green-lipped mussels and southern clams * Stewart Island blue cod * salmon and fried capers


FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL Casual Relaxed Dining in the Heart of Queenstown Affordable, relaxed, very kid-friendly! 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. Finz has a great waterfront location where diners can watch the TSS Earnslaw head off on its evening cruise. Sample Menu Items * Fresh New Zealand oysters * Seafood chowder w/ smoked fish, mussels, cockles, squid $18.50 * Crispy battered blue cod fish ‘n’ chips $30.50 * Green-lipped mussels $30.50 * Chargrilled Stewart Island salmon $35 * Seafood platter for two $110 * Sesame rolled tuna loin $40.50 * Smoky BBQ beef short ribs $34.50 * NZ rack of lamb $45.50 * Cider-roasted pork belly $32.50 * Pumpkin gnocchi with blue cheese $28.50 Children’s Menu $15 Choose from... fish ‘n’ chips, squid rings, spaghetti bolognese or mini hot dogs. $17.50 combo includes soft drink and ice cream sundae. ph 03 442 7405 5pm-late 7 days steamer wharf queenstown www.finzseafoodandgrill.co.nz

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Italian made brilliant... right in the heart of Queenstown

pastas, risottos wood-fired pizzas italian cheeses delicious desserts OPEN FROM 5PM FOR DINNER 6 BRECON ST, QUEENSTOWN BOOKINGS PHONE 442 6762

Protecting the Kiwi and other Natives *

* The kiwi, New Zealand's national emblem, is a flightless bird with hair-like feathers and a long, slender bill which it uses to pull worms and insects out of the ground. * The kiwi is nocturnal and lives in forest areas.

* The kiwi is endemic to NZ – meaning it's a native and is not found in the wild in any other country. There are five species: little spotted, great spotted, brown, rowi and tokoeka. * The tokoeka kiwi is found in Fiordland and literally means, 'weka with a walking stick'! * Only 10% of kiwi chicks make it to six months and fewer than 5% reach adulthood. * All species, apart from the little spotted, are in gradual or critical decline. * An average of 27 kiwi are killed by predators every week. A single roaming dog can wipe out an entire kiwi population in a matter of days. * The Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown is devoted to conservation and rehabilitation of the kiwi and other native birds as well as the rare tuatara reptile.

Pedros House of Lamb The very best NZ lamb takeaway dish. Great value and a great sharing meal for the family. Cnr Gorge Road/Hallenstein Streets Phone: 0800 695 262 www.pedros.co.nz Public Kitchen and Bar Lakeside dining ~ good, honest Kiwi fare that's designed to be shared. Steamer Wharf, Beach Street Phone: 03 442 5969 www.publickitchen.co.nz Remarkables Park Family cafés, takeaways and restaurants including Pita Pit, sushi, thai, chinese, french bakery and the new Shelter bar and restaurant. Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Thai2Go Authentic Thai Cuisine cooked with 100% organic vegetables delivered straight to your accommodation or home. 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone: 03 451 1414 www.thai2go.menu Winnies Gourmet Pizzas Relaxed, fun dining, gourmet pizza plus non-pizza options. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 8635 www.winnies.co.nz Zambrero Fresh, healthy Mexican food. The Landing, Frankton Phone: 03 441 8330 www.zambrero.co.nz 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. Captive breeding programs, together with rehabilitation and ultimately release into natural habitat, are the key goals of the park's programs. Kiwi Conservation As the park is self-funded, public visits and contributions have been vital to their efforts over the last 30 years, to ensure that our rare and beautiful native birds aren't lost forever. See more on visiting the Kiwi Birdlife Park on page 17.

Lake Wakatipu Wakatipu (măori) ~ 1. trough of the giant 2. hole of the giant Did you know that some parts of Lake Wakatipu are 380m 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.

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. The villagers 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 with determination in his stride, heading for Matau’s lair. Suddenly, there he was, fast asleep, with Manata 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 pounamu. 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 them 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-shaped hole that Matau left; 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. Called Hidden Island, it's known to some as the heart of Matau the giant... www.KidzGo.co.nz

54 Family Shopping MRS WOOLLY’S GENERAL STORE – GLENORCHY A breathtaking drive to Glenorchy is not complete without a visit to Mrs Woolly’s General Store where you’ll find everything you need, and a few things you have to have! Easy to find as you enter Glenorchy, our store is famous for its delicious Full Monty gelato sundaes; healthy takeaway salads, tacos, muffins and treats for your picnic; plus great coffee, irresistible homemade cookies, fresh pastries, groceries, supplies and a divine range of New Zealand gifts. The whole family will love to browse our imaginative gift store – with unique mementos of your visit to the South Island. Supplies include maps, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, games, books, binoculars or that extra layer, so stop by and stock up before you head out to explore Paradise or come see us for hot chocolates or gelatos on your way home! 64 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: 03 409 0051 Hours: daily, 10am-6pm www.mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz


Gifts, repairs, parties & more at The Bead Shop! 2b Shotover St p 03 441 8466 Daily, 10am-6pm


Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown remarkablesparktowncentre.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

QUEENSTOWN WHOLE FOODS Organic groceries ~ free delivery Order organic for your week’s groceries in our specialty store and make sure the whole family still eats well on holiday. Order online from our organic shop and we'll deliver to your accommodation (using our electric cars), or come and browse the options on offer. Organic veggie boxes, fruit, organic bakery, organic breakfast cereals and snacks, chocolate, sweets and ice cream, milk, dairy, eggs, organic seeds, pasta and grains and more. Our goal is to provide the best organic products, we use electric cars to deliver and our aim is for zero waste. 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone: 03 451 1414 Hours: daily, 10am-10pm www.queenstownwholefoods.com

Family Shopping 55 ROCKIES Rockies is a locally-owned and operated children’s boutique – we're a bunch of big kids at heart. It is the home of style and fashion design covering the future, from newborn-16 years with the coolest children’s brands in all the land. Rockies help your kids stand out with fun and unique clothing, toys, footwear and accessories such as Minti, Munster Kids, Radicool Kids, Sudo, Eve’s Sister, Huxbaby, Nature Baby, Bobux, Pretty Brave, Sketchers, Converse, Le Toy Van and much more. With over 90 brands, check out the collection in store or shop online at www.rockies.co.nz. Worldwide shipping, Alipay and Laybuy available. Rockies Queenstown: 49 Beach Street, Queenstown. Hours: daily, 9am-9pm Rockies Remarkables Park Town Centre: Hawthorne Drive, Frankton. Hours: daily, 9am-6pm Phone: 03 442 8153 (Queenstown) or 03 441 4991 (Frankton) Email: shopping@rockies.co.nz www.rockies.co.nz FRESH CHOICE – Free fruit for kids! Looking after you while you shop, parents and caregivers are welcome to help themselves to a piece of fresh fruit for their children from the basket located in the produce department, for while they are shopping– no charge! 64 Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 1252 Hours: daily, 7am-11pm www.freshchoice.co.nz

queenstown Your local full range supermarket for everything you need during your stay. Email your order and pick up or we can deliver to you! (Fees apply).

64 Gorge Road, Queenstown

Open 7am-11pm, 7 days Phone 441 1252. Email fc.queenstown@xtra.co.nz



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This idyllic family destination is situated on New Zealand’s fourth largest lake with the mountains and glaciers of Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep. Wanaka used to be called Pembroke, after a British Colonial Secretary, and was renamed Wanaka in 1940. Wanaka is an altered form of Oanaka – ‘place of Anaka’ in Māori. (Anaka was an early Māori chief). Activities include jet boating, mountain biking, horseriding, climbing, parasailing, SUP and kayaking, lake swimming, farm tour, target shooting, mini golf, interactive museums and the famous Puzzling World. Lake Hawea 10 minutes drive from Wanaka is the lovely Lake Hawea. Lake Hawea has lots of safe swimming spots and family-friendly walking and biking tracks alongside the lake plus camping and accommodation at Lake Hawea Holiday Park.

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Wanaka Activities 57 PUZZLING WORLD Welcome to Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness! For over 45 years Puzzling World has been baffling brains in the Great Maze and challenging reality in the Illusion Rooms. Take amazing photos, enjoy the Puzzle Centre, café and gift shop and visit New Zealand’s most incredible public toilets! Offering a great day out for all ages, Puzzling World provides affordable, world-unique entertainment making it a “must-see” addition to your NZ itinerary. 188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (84), 3 minutes drive from town centre. Phone: 03 443 7489 Hours: daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5.30pm Illusion Rooms PLUS Great Maze: Adult $22.50, Child $16, Family $69 (2 adults + 2 children) Illusion Rooms OR Great Maze: Adult $18, Child $14 (Child is 5-15 years) Email: info@puzzlingworld.co.nz www.puzzlingworld.co.nz CINEMA PARADISO Cinema – Café – Bar This is how all cinemas should be and a must-do during your stay in Wanaka. This three-screen, 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 onsite licensed café serving delicious meals, pizza, homemade ice cream and warm cookies – all available to enjoy before, during or after your movie. Bookings recommended; call us now or check our website for current features. 72 Brownston Street, Wanaka Reservations/Enquiries: 03 443 1505 Hours: daily from 11.30am www.paradiso.net.nz CLIP ‘N CLIMB, BASECAMP WANAKA Min age 3 BOOK ONLINE! These colourful, funky climbing walls are awesome entertainment for kids and adults – our automatic belays mean no one has to manage the rope – just clip in and climb, then let the machine lower you gently back down! Everyone can climb at the same time and no experience is necessary. Staff supervise each session, but children require an adult to be present and help clip them in. Sessions start on the hour and bookings are required. No minimum number is required and if you’re not climbing yourself you can come and watch the kids have fun! Ideal for birthday parties. We also have a sport climbing wall onsite. 50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 1110 Hours: 12pm-8pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends From 10am daily during school and public holidays. Prices for Clip ’N Climb: 18 years and up $20, 5-17 years $17, preschool $11 Email: climb@basecampwanaka.co.nz www.basecampwanaka.co.nz


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visit, explore, imagine... National Transport & Toy Museum Open Daily: 8.30am - 5pm Next to Wanaka Airport, State Highway 6 T: 64 3 443 8765, E: museum@lakewanaka.co.nz

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BASECAMP ADVENTURES Basecamp Adventures is the best way to get the whole family rock climbing – tailored to your requirements and catering to your different skills and abilities. We'll introduce you to a fantastic climbing venue, where our qualified staff will ensure you have a fun day on the rock! Whether you're all new to it or just want to introduce the kids to how much fun this sport can be, Basecamp Adventures is the way up (or down – abseil adventures available also). 50 Cardrona Valley Road Phone: 0800 227 322 Price: Adult from $189, Child from $109 Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) half-day $499, extra children $109 each Birthdays: an exciting ½ day birthday adventure for 4-10 children. Contact us for prices and more info. Email: bookings@rockadventures.co.nz www.rockadventures.co.nz WARBIRDS AND WHEELS Don’t miss this unique chance to discover a worldclass collection of over 30 American classic cars and incredible vintage warbirds aircraft! Immaculate and beautifully presented, this famous Wanaka collection – alongside stories and photography of the daring escapades of wartime pilots – will enthral and impress everyone. Our warbirds-themed retail shop offers memorabilia, toys and souvenirs you will love and to top it off the child-friendly licensed diner at Warbirds & Wheels features 1950s themed décor, great food, famous Warbirds pies and the best milkshakes in town! No booking required. Lloyd Dunn Avenue (10 mins from town centre, at Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 7010 Hours: daily, 8am-4pm Price: Adult $20, Child $5 (5-15 years), Family $45 (family is 2 adult + unlimited children of the same family) Under 5s go FREE. www.warbirdsandwheels.com NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM Prepare to be amazed! The whole family will be surprised and delighted by this unique and fascinating collection of over 70,000 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 interactive pedal cars, plane and antiaircraft guns while the nearby picnic and playground area also features swings and play equipment. Don't miss our HUGE toy shop (see p65). 891 Wanaka–Luggate Highway (10 mins from town centre, next door to Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: daily, 8.30am-5pm Price: Adult $18, Senior 65+ $15, Child $5, under 5 years FREE Family $43 (2 adults + up to 4 children) Email: museum@lakewanaka.co.nz www.nttmuseum.co.nz

Wanaka Activities 59 WILDWIRE – TWIN FALLS WATERFALL CLIMB *Min age 9 ‘Go Wild’ with Wildwire – no experience necessary! Welcome to the family adventure of a lifetime – our experienced guides will teach you everything you need to know before starting your climb and support you the whole way up an exciting waterfall Via Ferrata (network of steel cables, rungs and ladders). You’ll climb high above Wanaka, discover hidden pools, enjoy the thrill of a 35m high suspension bridge and enjoy stunning views. If you can climb a ladder you can do it! Departs: i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street Phone: 0800 WILDWIRE / 027 430 1332 Price: Go Wild 3 hours (1 hour climbing) Adult $189, Child $149 Min age 9 KIDZ GO DEAL: Save $10 per person on our Go Wild climb when you book 2 or more. Book online and use voucher code: KIDSGOWILD10 Wild Thing 5 hours (3 hours climbing) Adult: $249, Child $229 Min age 12 Email: info@wildwire.co.nz www.wildwire.co.nz *We will take younger adventurous children lower then the age limit specified - call us to discuss.


GO JETS Min age 4 The Ultimate Clutha River Jet Boat Experience Let us take you on an exhilarating jet boat ride down the mighty Clutha River. Go further and see more on our exciting ride down the mighty Clutha River to the spectacular Devil's Nook. World-renowned scenery, fast-flowing waters, old goldmining sites, riding under the historic 'Red Bridge' plus numerous thrilling 3600 spins make this an unforgettable jet boat river journey that's Wanaka's 'must do' family attraction. Bring your camera as there's plenty of photo stops along the way. Great family rates! Freephone: 0800 46 5387 (GO JETS) Departs: outside Wanaka iSite, 99 Ardmore St Hours: 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm Duration: 1½ hours (70 mins jet boating) Price: Adult $129, Child $62, Family $329 (Save $53!) (family is 2 adults + 2 children) Email: info@gojetswanaka.co.nz www.gojetswanaka.co.nz CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting / Biking Stargazing ~ Hiking (Open Dec 1st- March 31st) Take the gondola to the top of the mountain – at over 1800m, Cardrona offers incredible sightseeing. Or explore by mountain cart or bike. Enjoy delicious food in our alpine restaurant and take in the views. Freephone: 0800 440 880 Phone: +64 3 443 8880 Facilities: FREE mountain bike learner zone, beginner tracks and bike lessons, bike and cart rental, bike workshop, safety patrol, café, retail store, plus on-mountain apartments Activities: Sightseeing Gondola, Mountain Carting, Mountain Biking, Walking/Hiking, Stargazing Email: info@cardrona.com www.cardrona.com

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60 Wanaka Activities WANAKA PARASAILING Min age 4* Adrenalin Buzz + Scenic Cruise = 1 hour of Family Fun! Fly high above the lake on this amazing Parasailing Adventure (we can take 1-3 flyers up together) or sit back on the boat and enjoy the view. Since the whole family can come out as a group (our boat seats six) and choose to either fly or spectate**, this will be an action activity everyone can experience together! * Minimum age is 4 years, minimum weight 35kg. ** Maximum one spectator to every flyer. Lakeside Road, Wanaka – public launching ramp next to Wanaka Marina Phone: 021 057 3474 Freephone: 0800 11 22 88 Duration: one hour experience with 10 minutes flight time Price: $150 per person. Ask about our great family deals for 3+ flyers. Spectators: small fee, subject to availability Email: wanakaparasailing@gmail.com www.wanakaparasailing.co.nz

hours to complete your fully-supported, self-guided tour, allowing time to stop for a snack or swim along the way. Guided Tours – Our popular half day tours, 'Lake Escape' and 'Tiki Tour' are ideal for those with or without paddling experience. These trips are combined perfectly with our water taxi to ensure you have a memorable time out on the water. See ad below for Kidz Go discount. Where: Wanaka waterfront opp Subway. Look for our logo on the van! Phone: 0800 926 925 Hours: daily 9am - 6pm www.paddlewanaka.co.nz

YELLO! CABS, SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS Family-friendly transport for travel within Lake Wanaka and surrounds. Wanaka’s largest and only locallybased transport service. With a comprehensive fleet of cabs, vans and coaches, yello! can cater for your every transport need. Local, friendly and experienced drivers. Children and infants’ car seats available on request. We welcome all enquiries to ensure your summer holiday PADDLE WANAKA runs smoothly. Yello! services include Queenstown Escape, explore and experience some family fun on Lake airport transfers, track transport, sightseeing and Wanaka! We have a wide range of options available – personal tours, or general taxi charter to local/regional whether it’s kayaking or Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP), attractions. Keep safe on the roads this summer and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. travel with yello! Beach Rentals – One hour rentals are ideal for families 2018 Regional Winner, Westpac Business Growth Grant Awards with children who want to get out and give it a go. Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 The Mission – A kayaking adventure for those who have Enquiries: info@yello.co.nz more time to explore our beautiful lake. We suggest 3-4 www.yello.co.nz


Wanaka Activities 61 CROSSFIRE The Thing to Do in Wanaka! Crossfire hits the target in offering competitive fun for the whole family whatever your age. Choose from 7 different combinations of targets to hit and ways to hit them – compete against each other, play as a family, or choose what appeals to you personally and do your own thing. Experiences include a locally-themed mini putt, archery, golf driving range, battlefield, rifle range, claybird shooting and a hole-in-one course. There are minimum age requirements for some activities, but if you can swing a mini putt you can play. Prices starting at just $10! Snowing, rainy, windy or sunny, we will be open! BOOK ONLINE or contact us for group bookings, our great value combos and birthday party ideas. 9 Mount Barker Road, Wanaka, Corner of SH6 opposite Wanaka Airport (10 minutes from town) Phone: 03 443 5995 Hours: daily, 9am-5pm Price (per person): Mini Putt (all ages) Under 12s $10, over 12s $14 Archery (8 years+) $23 for 20 minutes Battlefield (8 years+) $13 for 20 minutes Rifle range (12 years+) $25 for 25 shots Claybird shooting (15 years+) $55 for 20 shots Combos from $65 Email: info@crossfirewanaka.co.nz www.crossfirewanaka.co.nz CRIFFEL STATION – EXPLORE FARM TOUR Ten minutes drive away from central Wanaka lies Criffel Station, a 2000-hectare high country deer farm. Step into our world and experience New Zealand highcountry farm life, on this fun and interactive tour that will delight those young and old. Come and meet our friendly team of Alpaca, visit different parts of a working high-country deer farm, see the bees hard at work in our unique glass hive, and take in some of our stunning mountain views. Meeting point: Crossfire Wanaka Reception, 9 Mount Barker Road, Wanaka (Corner of SH6 and Mount Barker Road) Phone: 03 443 1034 Tours times: daily, 10am and 2pm (public holidays may differ) Duration: 1½ hours Price: Adult $80, Child $32 (5 to15 years), Under 5s FREE Email: tours@criffelstation.com www.criffelstation.com BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 28 years in the Cardrona Valley Experienced riders or first-timers alike will love our friendly Appaloosa (spotted) horses with comfortable western saddles (easy to hold on to!) and our rides that explore historic goldmining valleys, splash through streams, then climb up to the high country with towering mountains as your backdrop. 2130 Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 8151 Freephone: 0800 4 723 3537 www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz


SPOT THE ! E DIFFERENC BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Adult $95, Child $75 Phone 03 443 8151 Freephone 0800 4 SADDLES backcountrysaddles.co.nz find us on Trip Advisor


62 Wanaka Activities WANAKA RECREATION CENTRE Affordable, healthy, family fun at Wanaka's community sports hub whatever the weather! Brand new swimming complex opened June 2018 featuring 8-lane, 25m lap pool, adult hot pool and learners’ pool with separate toddlers’ area. Family changing rooms available. Note: children must be actively supervised by an adult and under 5s kept within arm's reach. Indoor courts, outdoor sports fields and artificial turf available for a variety of sports and kids/family games, casual use and bookings, club training and matches. Shoot a few hoops, grab some hockey sticks or challenge each other to a game of table tennis or badminton. Close to Wanaka CBD with plenty of free parking on-site. 41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, (off Ballantyne Road), Wanaka Phone: 03 443 9334 Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat-Sun and public holidays 8am-8pm. Birthday parties: Ask about exclusive use for birthday parties, including a separate room perfect for eating the cake! Swim admission prices: Adult $8, Child $4 (5 years and over), 1 adult + up to 2 toddlers (4 years & under) $6; 15% discount for 5 or more people. Indoor/outdoor court admission prices: Adult $5, Child $2 (casual entry, ie if a court is empty and no set-up required). Pre-booking available; call for prices. Equipment hire: Adult $5, Child $2 Email: wrc@qldc.govt.nz http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz

PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5 Ultimate action adventure that can be played with a minimum of two players. With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family or group. Paintball is fun, fast and as action-packed as you want! Play on 10 acres of courses or make your way through Shantytown! Bannockburn, Cromwell Bookings essential: 027 448 5399 www.paintballcentral.co.nz HIGHLANDS – Ultimate family action fun! Let us take your family on the 'Ride of Your Life' on our International standard race track, compete against each other Go-Karting (6 years+), choose from 6 highspeed circuit thrills, then kick back and visit the Wacky Sculpture Park and interactive museum plus a café that overlooks the attractions. Make a day of it. Go-Karts (minimum age 6) Choose single or tandem Go-Karts – either way the kids get to drive! Famous Highlands High-Speed Taxi Sample the circuit at speed in our Porsche Cayenne taxi. Highlands Museum Family $50 (2 adults & up to 3 children) Adrenalin activity on track Choose from U-drive in a Radical or a V8 Muscle Car or a Fast Dash in a Supercar. Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Ph: 0508 HIGHLANDS (444 452) www.highlands.co.nz

GET ACTIVE ANTTRE WANAKA REC CE Indoor courts, outdoor sports fields & artificial turf

Netball, futsal, football, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, hockey, badminton & heaps more Equipment hire including kids games Great for birthday parties! Bookings & casual visits welcome

NE N O W P OO WO L PE N S ! www.KidzGo.co.nz

41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive (off Ballantyne Rd), Wanaka T 03 443 9334 | E wrc@qldc.govt.nz | W sportrec.qldc.govt.nz

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Wanaka Walks and Family Bike Rides

Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Hawea Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Outlet Easy – 2 hours return (walk) This flat and wide track skirts the marina and then follows around the back of the yacht club 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 (where you can buy ice creams) – a great picnic spot. Lake Outlet to Albert Town Easy/Med – 2 hours return (walk) This is one of our favourite sections simply because the Clutha River is so gorgeous and such different scenery from the lake. Park right at the start of the track near the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road. The track is slightly more narrow and undulating than the lakefront rides but certainly fine for bikers of all ages.

WANAKA LAKESIDE TRACKS You can bike or walk all the way from Glendhu Bay to Lake Hawea or Luggate via Wanaka township, along gorgeous, well-formed 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 Glendhu Bay Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek Carpark Easy – 2 hours return (walk) Starting from town, follow the walking track with the lake on your right. This track is perfect with littlies, completely flat and quite wide. Buggy-friendly. Waterfall Creek Carpark to Glendhu Bay Part I: Med – 2 hours return (walk) Part II: Med/Hard – 3 hours return (walk) The first section is more undulating as you follow the lake round to a secluded bay. Mountain bikers will find this just slightly harder going but not technical and definitely still great for families. You reach a turn off where you can choose to dip down to the lake shore, or follow the track to Glendhu Bay. From here the track becomes more technical in places with several steep undulations. The views are stunning as you climb above the lake, then dip down to the shore. THE PLANTATION AND STICKY

Albert Town to Lake Hawea Easy/Med – 4 hours return (walk) 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. MOUNT IRON TRACK Moderate – 1½ hour loop Mount Iron is a glacier-carved hill, visible from anywhere in Wanaka. Well worth the climb, the summit provides panoramic views. The access track is well signposted 2km from Wanaka, near Puzzling World, along State Highway 6. Not suitable for bikes. ROB ROY TRACK Moderate – 3-4 hours return Start from the Raspberry Flat carpark, an hour’s drive from Wanaka on the Mount Aspiring Road. Fifteen minutes flat walk to a swing bridge then a moderate climb to the head of the valley and great views of Rob Roy Glacier. Not suitable for bikes. DIAMOND LAKE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WALKING TRACK Hard – 1½-3 hrs 25 mins drive west of Wanaka, along the Mount Aspiring Road. The entire track takes around 3 hours return and the views from the summit are stunning. For a shorter walk take the return track to the Lake Wanaka viewpoint. Not suitable for bikes. Note: the track is steep and uneven in parts and not suited to poor weather conditions.


EST Near Lake Outlet Holiday Park you’ll find a pine forest with a network of well-built and main single tracks. The tracks are grad tained ed and suitable for young teen s and up, with some experienc e. LISMORE JUMP PARK An awesome jump park with some hair- raising challenges – hang out and experts or prac tice your bike watch the www.KidzGo.co.nz tricks on some of the smaller jump s. Off Plantation Road.

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Eating out made easy GOURMET BURGERS + CRAFT BEER CINEMA PARADISO CAFÉ Cinema ~ Café ~ Bar 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! Open every day and central enough to make a great meeting spot. Sit back and enjoy the Paradiso Café and Cinema experience. Fully-licensed, serving local beers and wines. 72 Brownston Street, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 1505 Hours: daily from 11.30am www.paradiso.net.nz PUZZLING WORLD CAFÉ Sandwiches, wraps, salads and other savoury or sweet treats to sustain along with puzzles galore to entertain! Main Highway, Wanaka, 3 minutes drive from town centre Phone: 03 443 7489 www.puzzlingworld.co.nz




FISH AND CHIPS BY THE LAKE Step back in time with our 1950’s American Diner Atomic coffee / Freshly baked goodies / Pies / Full diner menu / Local wines and beers Wanaka Airport, 9km from Wanaka on SH6 Ph: (03) 443 7010 www.warbirdsandwheels.com


Fish and Chips is a traditional food everyone needs to try while in NZ! Erik’s fish is all cooked in a light crisp batter. Busy families can order online at: www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz Dine In, Takeaway or Deliveries available Gluten Glu Free – Suitable for Coeliacs.

Kids Meals only $6.50 Feed a family of 4-5 for $28! Find us at 54 Ardmore St, Wanaka opposite the BP Garage

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Wanaka Shopping

Clubs and Hobbies

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 stages are covered. A wide range of Illusion postcards, posters and books are available, along with tourist collectables, 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. 188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (84), 3 minutes drive from town centre. Phone: 03 443 7489 See ad page 57. Hours: daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5.30pm Email: info@puzzlingworld.co.nz www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

Aspiring Gym Sports www.aspiringgymsports.co.nz Gymnastics classes for children from 4 years. Bike Wanaka Mountain Bike Club www.bikewanaka.org.nz Climbing Classes 03 443 1110 With 30 climbs spread over 12 ropes and grades 12-25+ there is plenty of scope – our friendly staff are happy to show you the ropes on a casual visit or in a class. Dance Out Loud www.danceoutloudwanaka.com Dance Wanaka www.dancewanaka.co.nz Disc Golf Wanaka www.discgolfwanaka.co.nz Drama Gillian Pugh, 03 443 9226 Flying Colours Music www.flyingcoloursmusic.co.nz Vocals, guitar, piano/keys, song writing. Inky Fingers Art School www.inkyfingersartschool.com NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM SHOP www kahuyouth.org Find Wanaka’s biggest toy shop at the entrance to the Kahu Youth Transport and Toy Museum. Stockists of a large selection Programmes, activities and a fun, safe, base for young of collectable car and tractor models, as well as a wide people 11 to 24 years in Wanaka. Pool, free internet range of toys and souvenirs, diecast car models and the access, table tennis, football, comfy couches, cook a new “Our Generation” Dolls and accessories. Discover shared meal and more! Check website for holiday plastic model kit sets, Playmobil, a large Sylvanian programmes. After-school and school holiday sessions. Families range, Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, Siku, Karate Club Facebook: Kyokushin Karate Wanaka Tonka and Bruder toys – and quality birthday presents Kayak and Stand up Paddleboard Classes under $20. www.paddlewanaka.co.nz 891 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (10 mins from town centre, beside Mainly Music Lucy, 03 443 6513 Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 See ad page 58. Hours: daily, 8.30am-5pm For pre-schoolers and their caregivers. www.nttmuseum.co.nz Mini Muscles Facebook: Mini Muscles Play gym and gymnastics (0-4 years). Help & Contacts for Parents Pony Club Hawea/Wanaka Police / Fire / Ambulance Dial 111 Facebook: Hawea Wanaka pony club Police Station 5 Ballantyne Rd 03 443 7272 Sailing Classes www.wanakayachtclub.co.nz Post Office Ardmore Street 0800 081190 Waterfall Equestrian Centre Aspiring Medical Centre Rides, lessons and school holiday programmes. 23 Cardrona Valley Road 03 443 0725 www.waterfallequestrian.com Wanaka Medical Centre 03 443 7888 23 Cardrona Valley Road 03 443 0710 Wanaka Golf Club Wanaka Baby 03 443 9224 Junior membership available. Wanaka Kids Club www.wanakakidsclub.co.nz Your one-stop hire shop for quality hire equipment. A huge selection of age-specific toys, backpacks, prams, After-school care, school holiday adventures, babysitting. car seats, portacots, baby monitor, high chairs and more. Wanaka Recreation Centre 03 443 9334 www.wanakababy.co.nz Come and play at Wanaka's new community sports hub Wanaka Bubs and Bugs Walking Group and three pool swimming complex. Join in and make new friends on a one hour walk Indoor stadium and outdoor artificial turf for netball, followed by coffee. Mondays 10.30am Find us on Facebook. basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis and hockey. Wanaka Library 03 443 0410 Wanaka Skate Club Facebook: Wanaka Skate Club Regular pre-schooler sessions and holiday programmes. A group with a passion for skateboarding. Bullock Creek, Dunmore Street Wanaka Swim School 03 443 9334 Upper Clutha Plunket 03 443 8799 Lessons available each weekday during the school term, Wanaka Toy Library Toys for 0-6 year-olds. catering for children from 6 months through to adults. 3 Reece Crescent Facebook: Wanaka Toy Library Wanaka Tennis Club www.wanaka-tennis.net.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

Fiordland National Park Named for the 14 fiords that carve into its western coastline and the three freshwater fiords of Lake Te Anau, Fiordland is the work of over 500 million years of constant sculpting by glaciers and water. Fiordland contains some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, including Milford and Doubtful Sound, and is home to the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Great Walks. At 12,500 square kilometres, Fiordland is New Zealand’s largest National Park and has been designated a World Heritage Area for its unique landscapes.

Te Anau

The name Te Anau is of Mâori origin (Te Ana-au), meaning ‘rushing waters in a cave’. 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. Te Anau is a perfect place to ‘stay and play’ for a few days whilst exploring Fiordland National Park. Situated on the shore of Lake Te Anau only two hours’ drive from Queenstown, this pretty lakeside community bustles with cafés, shops and accommodation. Local activities include jet boating, fishing, visiting the magical world of the glowworm caves, taking a cruise on gorgeous Lake Te Anau and discovering the inland fiords and exploring numerous family-friendly walking and biking tracks. If you want to trek further afield the 'Great Walks' – Milford, Kepler and Routeburn multi-day tracks depart from here, while the world-famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds are just a day trip away.


Originally called Roto-au (the rainy lake) by early Mâori and then Moturau (many islands), Lake Manapouri (Lake of the Sorrowing Heart) is the second deepest in New Zealand and the gateway to Doubtful Sound. Dotted with over 30 small islands, it also has the enviable reputation as New Zealand's prettiest lake. You will travel across Lake Manapouri on your Doubtful Sounds excursion (see p75). While you're in Manapouri why not stop off and visit a working Alpaca Farm (see p 69). Manapouri township is a 20 minute drive from Te Anau. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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A Sound or a Fiord? Fiord (also spelled fjord): a long, narrow inlet caused by glacial erosion. A fiord forms when, over millions of years, a glacier has carved a U-shaped valley through abrasion of surrounding bedrock. When the glacier melts, the resulting valley fills with seawater and a fiord is formed.

Milford Sound (is a fiord)

Sound: a large sea inlet, often formed by the sinking of a river valley below sea-level and subsequent flooding. This produces a long inlet with sloping sides, such as the Marlborough Sounds, in the north of the South Island. Freshwater Fiords of Lake Te Anau: sometimes a freshwater lake has formed in a glacially-carved valley, resulting in freshwater fiords. Our local examples are the inland fiords of Lake Te Anau (which can be explored with Cruise Te Anau). The naming of these is not very creative: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord! They are NZ's only inland fiords – the other 14 are on the coast.

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Interestingly, the freshwater fiords are the only correctly named ones – all the rest were named Sounds over 100 years ago in error. Although this has never been corrected, the region was named Fiordland to recognise the true nature of its amazing fiords.

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1 to Glowworm Caves 2 Cruise Te Anau departs 3 Fiordland Jet departs 4 Te Anau TOP 10 5 Alpine View Motel 6 Wild Rides Bike Hire 7 Kepler Restaurant 8 Fat Duck Gastropub 9 The Ranch 10 KMV Alpaca Farm Tours Visitor Information Te Anau Library Skateboard Park Public Toilets Babychanging facility


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Walks and Bike Rides

Note, times given are based on walking.

Te Anau – Control Gates via Te Anau Wildlife Centre Easy – 1½ hour return Follow the lakefront path to the start of the Kepler Track, passing the DOC centre and the Te Anau Wildlife Centre/ Bird Sanctuary. Control Gates – Brod Bay Easy – 3 hours return 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 – a great summer swim spot 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 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. Rainbow Reach – Shallow Bay Moderate – 3-4 hours return Gently undulating forest walk that takes you on part of the Manapouri end of the Kepler Track. Includes stunning river views and bridge crossings before coming out on the shore of Lake Manapouri where there are trampers' huts with toilet facilities. No biking.

Key Summit Moderate – 3-4 hours return Enjoy panoramic views across Fiordland on this spectacular Alpine nature walk. Starting from The Divide on the Te Anau-Milford Road it takes you onto the Routeburn Track for an hour before you turn off for the 20 minute climb to Key Summit. No biking. Ivon Wilson Park Easy walking 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 popular addition to the park are the 9km of dedicated mountain bike loop tracks. There are green (beginner), blue and black trails to follow, so this is ideal and fun for all levels of biker. Lake Gunn Nature Walk Easy – 45 minutes return This loop walk is suitable with children and buggyfriendly. Walk through dense, mossy red beech forest to the shore of Lake Gunn. Access is from the Cascade Creek campsite on the Milford Road. No biking. The Lake2Lake Trail Easy 3-4 hours return This is a new track that follows alongside the Waiau River from Lake Te Anau Control Gates to Lake Manapouri. The track is easy and wide for walking or biking with previously unseen views of the beautiful waters of the upper Waiau River. The Lake2Lake Trail is a perfect family bike outing and you can rent bikes and organise trail shuttle with Wild Rides in Te Anau (see opposite page). Buggy-friendly. Easy biking.

Mavora Lakes Park This hidden gem is one hour's drive from Te Anau. The highlights are the two lakes; North Mavora and South Mavora, situated amongst an impressive landscape of Fiordland National Park's rugged mountains. This is a favourite Kiwi campsite, with a DOC ranger in residence over the busy summer and there are also a couple of huts. The lakes make idyllic swimming or fishing spots and there are numerous short or full-day walks.

Key Summit, Routeburn Track

Managed by DOC (Department of Conservation) there are 9 Great Walks in NZ and Fiordland is home to 3 of them – Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks. They are well-maintained multi-day walks through areas of outstanding natural beauty. KIDS STAY FREE! Children 17 years and under stay FREE in Great Walk huts! So no excuses, book your hut acccommodation, pull out the hiking boots and take the kids on a real Kiwi adventure! Booking is essential for both children and adults as hut accommodation fills up quickly. MILFORD TRACK Te Anau – Milford Sound Rugged mountain peaks, breathtaking sheer canyons and majestic waterfalls. Cross the Mackinnon Pass into spectacular Milford Sound. Duration: 4 days Distance: 53.5km

KEPLER TRACK Te Anau – Manapouri From the shore of Lake Te Anau climb to the exposed tussock lands near the summit of Mt Luxmore with spectacular alpine views, before descending to Lake Manapouri. Duration: 3-4 days Distance: 60km ROUTEBURN TRACK Te Anau – Glenorchy Traverse part of the Southern Alps, passing through ice-carved valleys, beech forest and alongside pristine rivers and alpine lakes. Duration: 2-4 days Distance: 32km

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Fiordland Activities FIORDLAND JET Min age 3 From ONLY $148 for the whole family to go Jet Boating! STOP on your way from Milford Sound for 30 minutes of fast action fun across Lake Te Anau. EXPLORE 'Lord of the Rings' country on our 2 hour adventure – an exciting jet boat along the Waiau River all the way into Lake Manapouri, plus an informative bush walk through wild Fiordland. Fiordland Jet is a truly unique and personal jet boating experience the family will love! Ask about our bike, heli and float plane combos. 84 Lake Front Drive, Te Anau 9600 Freephone: 0800 253 826 Beach to Bay (Duration 30 minutes) Adult $49, Child $25, Family $148 (2 adults + 2 children) (child is 5-15 years, under 5s go FREE) Departures: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm Pure Wilderness (Duration 2 hours – 75 mins Jetboat) Adult $139, Child $70, Family $348* (2 adults + 2 children) (child is 5-15 years, under 5s go FREE) Departures: 10am and 2pm *FAMILY DEAL: Pure Wilderness Trip 2nd child goes free when you mention Kidz Go! Email: fun@fjet.nz www.fjet.nz KEPLER MOUNTAIN VIEW – ALPACA FARM TOURS We offer fun farm tours where you get up close with our friendly alpacas, hand feed them and take beautiful photos! We'll introduce you to our adorable, quirky alpacas and you'll discover their different personalities. Learn about how they are farmed in New Zealand, the qualities of their fleece and more. Kids and adults alike enjoy time spent mingling with these beautiful creatures. Follow your tour with a visit to Wild Wool Gallery where you can view products made from Alpaca Fibre, and see and touch processed Alpaca Fibre. Book a tour now and experience the kiwi alpaca lifestyle. 130 Hillside Manapouri Road, Manapouri Phone: 03 249 6685 / 027 354 5960 Hours: daily, 10.30am-11.30am (bookings essential) Price: Adult $20, Child $10 E: bookings@kmv.co.nz www.kmv.co.nz/alpaca-farm-tours 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 minutes Price: Adult $98, Child $30 Phone: 0800 65 65 01 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays.

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WILD RIDES - BIKE FIORDLAND Discover Fiordland by bike and have an exciting family adventure, made easy and fun with Bike Fiordland. We offer bike rental and accessories to suit the whole family from littlies upwards, plus the perfect track recommendation for your crew. Rent bikes and explore, or choose our awesome bike package, including bike and accessory rental and shuttle transport. Lake2Lake – Manapouri to Te Anau Trail Wild Rides – Bike Fiordland provides a shuttle service to Manapouri so you can experience this superb river trail at your leisure as you ride back to Te Anau. Packages include bike hire, accessories and shuttle transport plus picnic lunch if required. Bikes/Accessories Mountain bikes, e-bikes & kids’ bikes including balance bikes, kids’ seats and tow-behinds. 68 Town Centre, Te Anau Ph: 03 280 0116 / Freephone: 0800 96 00 96 Hours (summer): daily, 9am-6pm www.wildridesfiordland.co.nz


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CRUISE TE ANAU – DISCOVERY CRUISE Discover South Fiord – Lake Te Anau! Leave the crowds behind and explore Lake Te Anau with your own knowledgeable guide and get truly close to nature. Visit the hidden corners of NZ’s second largest lake and take a gentle bush / nature walk to the hidden lakes. There’s nothing quite like life on the water on this personalised cruise (maximum 12 passengers) and when the lake is in stunning Fiordland the experience is unforgettable! Phone: 03 249 8005 Duration: 3 hours Departs: Lake Te Anau main wharf, 1pm daily. Bookings essential. Price: Adult $105, Child $35 (child is 5-14 years, under 5s FREE) FAMILY DEAL: one child goes free with every paying adult when you mention Kidz Go! www.cruiseteanau.co.nz CRUISE TE ANAU – BAY CRUISE 1 hour Cruise the beautiful bays, beech forest and secret spots around Te Anau while enjoying the million dollar views from the lake. Phone: 03 249 8005 Departs: Lake Te Anau main wharf, 11am daily. Price: Adult $49, Child $10. Add $15 for lunch option. Bookings essential. www.cruiseteanau.co.nz

Eating out made easy The Ranch Bar and Grill Locals' favourite, operating for over 20 years – renowned for hearty meals and Sunday Roasts. Free WiFi onsite. Top End of Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8801 www.theranchbar.co.nz The Fat Duck Popular restaurant with appealing atmosphere and very family friendly. Kids' menu and activities. 124 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8480 www.thefatduck.co.nz Kepler Family Restaurant Delicious New Zealand food and flavours with a Chilean twist! Specialising in seafood. Children's menu with all fresh ingredients. 90 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7909 www.keplerrestaurant.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

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RESTAURANT CHILDREN’S FAVOURITES Our heart goes into preparing fresh, delicious, children’s favourites! ‘best ever’ lasagne ‘divine’ crumbed chicken with creamy mash Te Anau’s best lamb roast fish & chips - a favourite! $14 (inc drink + ice cream.)

Fully licensed, open 7 days a week 5pm ‘til late. www.keplerrestaurant.co.nz

"Kepler Restaurant is a warm and friendly family restaurant in one of New Zealand's most stunning towns. The name Kepler is inspired by Fiordland's very own world famous walking track and the food is equally breathtaking! The fresh food and flavours are a combination of what New Zealand has to offer with a Chilean twist. We welcome you to a place we are proud to call our own. Specialising in all kinds of seafood, fresh Milford Sound crayfish and NZ’s finest ribeye, venison and lamb.”

90 Town Centre, Te Anau 03 249 7909


Open breakfast, lunch and dinner

* Breakfast $9-$26 * Sunday roast with trimmings just $16 (Monday – Saturday roast $20) * Chicken schnitzel $20 * Rump steak $26 * Steak, egg and chips $26 * Beef rib eye * Lamb shanks * Breast of chicken * Blue cod fillet * Salmon * Wild venison * Lamb steaks Homemade desserts from $10.50

Superb family dining – delicious and hearty, good value Kiwi meals with our traditional Sunday roast a specialty at only $16. Friendly service and excellent atmosphere, complemented by a cosy open fire or sunny outdoor dining. FREE WIFI. www.TheRanchBar.co.nz Mention KIDZ GO for a free kids’ or adults’ drink with your main meal.

Children’s Menu (12 years & under) *meals include standard non-alcoholic drink and ice cream sundae

* Chicken tenders with fries $13 * Bangers and mash $14 * Battered fish with fries $12.50 * Kids’ roast $13 * Pork ribs with fries $15 * Ham/cheese toastie with fries $12.50 * Kids’ nachos with beef & beans $13 * Mini hotdogs $12.50 EE FR * Mince on toast $12


Tasman Sea

Milford Sound Cruises


Milford Sound Lower Hollyford

The Chasm

Pop’s View Lookout

Homer Tunnel 1.25km

The Divide to

Routeburn Track and Key Summit

Milford Track 3–4 day walk

Milford Sound

Lake Gunn

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 dizzying heights.

Knobs Flat Mirror Lakes

An experience on the Sound is enhanced by the abundance of wildlife; fur seals, rare Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins frequently lead the cruise boats, playing in the bow waves.

About Milford Sound (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) and it was the only way to get to Milford other than via the sea. Milford Sound is 16kms long. It rains approximately 180 days a year, with an average annual rainfall of over 6½ metres! Drive Times Queenstown to Milford Sound 4 hours Te Anau to Milford Sound 2 hours Wanaka to Milford Sound 5 hours


Te Anau Downs

Lake Te Anau

Fly-Cruise-Fly Take a 30 to 40 minute flight over glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. Weather dependent. Flights depart Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau. Fly-Cruise-Coach or Coach-Cruise-Fly The ultimate trip! Around 7½ hours return from Queenstown. Drive Yourself See map this page for this spectacular 120 km stretch of road. Cruises can be purchased before you leave, in Te Anau or at Milford Sound.

Places of interest See Keas here Milford Road Information Kiosk (8.5km from Te Anau)

Te Anau Glowworm Caves Cruises to Caves (35–45 mins)

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 p83 for accommodation options. Trip Options Coach-Cruise-Coach The road to Milford Sound is one of the most stunning in NZ. There is no view quite as dramatic as the approach to the Homer Tunnel!

Te Anau to Milford Sound 120kms / 2 hours

Cruise to start of Milford Track (1 hr)

Te Anau 95


To Queenstown 170kms

Places of Interest

Mirror Lakes a 5-minute walk alongside these pools is worth it on a still day – the reflections are quite stunning. Pop's View Lookout a viewing platform looks down over the spectacular panorama of the Hollyford Valley. Homer Tunnel this incredible feat of workmanship cuts 1200 metres through the Darran Mountains. Both the entrance and exit to the tunnel provide awe-inspiring views. The Chasm it's a 20-minute return walk to see the chasm. With its huge volume of water pounding over incredible rock formations, it's truly mesmerising.

Milford Sound

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74 Fiordland :: Milford Sound MITRE PEAK CRUISES Mitre Peak Cruises operate smaller vessels that will get you up close and personal with 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. Ph: 03 249 8110 Freephone: 0800 744 633 Price: Adult from $80, Child from $20, Under 4s FREE (cruise-only). Add-on visit to the Underwater Observatory available on most cruises. Enquire for our tours departing Queenstown or Te Anau. Departures: throughout the day Duration: 2 hours Email: info@mitrepeak.com www.mitrepeak.com Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School holidays. Valid on 9.55am & 3.15pm cruises only. Must be with full fare-paying adult (Max 2 per adult).

The Homer Tunnel

The tunnel passes through the Darran mountain range, below the Homer Saddle, and is 1.2km long with a steep gradient down towards Milford Sound. In 1935 five men with pickaxes began piercing the formidable granite of the Darrans. Although the workers broke through to the other side just five years later, it took much longer to widen the tunnel so it was safe for cars. The project was delayed by World War II, and then again in 1945 by a large avalanche. The Homer Tunnel finally opened in 1954.


GO ORANGE MILFORD SOUND Coach + Cruise or just Cruise! Our large vessel gives you plenty of space, seating, viewing areas – and the opportunity for you and your family to have a relaxed interaction with Milford Sound without being shoulder to shoulder with others! Get excited as we nose right into the waterfalls and the fiord’s sheer cliff faces plus be assured of the best value – we’ll beat any other cruise price by $5! 35 Shotover St, Queenstown Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound Ph: 03 442 7340 Freephone: 0800 505 504 Price: from Adult $49, Child $15 Duration: 2 hours Coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau available (extra cost). Departs: regular departures throughout the day Email: info@GoOrange.nz www.GoOrange.nz Kids Go Free – during the NZ school holiday periods, school-aged children travel FREE! (T&C’s apply. Offer only available in-store). 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 Sound. Nature Cruise (2 hours 15 minutes) from Adult $85, Child $30 Scenic Cruise (1 hour 40 minutes) from Adult $76, Child $30 Coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau. Scenic flight options from Queenstown available. Freephone: 0800 65 65 01 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays.

Doubtful Sound 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 incredibly 10 times bigger than Milford Sound, and like Milford it is a fiord. It is home to fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and dolphins. The journey to Doubtful Sound is an experience in itself, across Lake Manapouri to the West Arm and then traversing the alpine route over Wilmot Pass, through some of Fiordland's most dense and remote rainforest, and finally down to Deep Cove and the shore of Doubtful Sound. 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 and Te Anau coach connections available. Wilderness Cruises duration: 7 hours 15 minutes Price: from Adult $249, Child $80 Freephone: 0800 65 65 01 www.realjourneys.co.nz Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School Holidays. GO ORANGE DOUBTFUL SOUND This awe-inspiring, isolated corner of Fiordland is only accessible through travel by boat across Lake Manapouri (reputedly NZ's prettiest lake), then transport over the super-scenic Wilmot Pass and down to the shore of Doubtful Sound. It's a staggering 10 times bigger than Milford Sound – less explored and less discovered. Go Orange day cruises offer the only small boat day cruise on this Sound that is so awesome you won't believe it! 35 Shotover St, Queenstown / 21 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 442 7340 Freephone: 0800 505 504 Price: from Adult $239, Child $119 Departs: Te Anau/Manapouri. Coach connections from Queenstown available (extra cost). Duration: 5 hours (3 hours cruising Doubtful Sound) Email: info@GoOrange.nz www.GoOrange.nz The route to DOUBTFUL SOUND Doubtful Sound First Arm

Dagg Sound

Photo courtesy of Real Journeys


Bradshaw Sound

Mt Luxmore

Waiau River

Kepler Mountains

Crooked Arm

Deep Cove Hall Arm

Mt George

North Arm

Underground Power Station Wilmot Pass

Lake Manapouri Hope Arm

Te Anau to Manapouri 22km/20mins

Pearl Doubtful Sound Harbour departures

76 Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy Family Amenities Free WiFi (limits may apply)

Playground onsite

Restaurant onsite

Swimming pool


Under 5 minutes walk to play area

Toys / games available

Under 5 minutes walk to town centre

The following options welcome families and most offer services and goodies to make your family’s stay as pleasant and fun as possible. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs. Email Fresh Choice your grocery order and

QUEENSTOWN * ARROWTOWN * GLENORCHY FRANKTON MOTOR CAMP Ideally situated right on the beach.. and the Queenstown Bike Trail! Family biking and walking tracks start here! Tourist flats and family cabins sleeping up to 5, with kitchenette, bathroom and TV, plus lakefront powered sites. Modern kitchens, laundry facilities and playground onsite. Close to shops, restaurants, golf course, swimming pool and bus route. We’re 5 minutes drive from Queenstown and a few seconds walk through the camp brings you onto the beach! IAC WiFi onsite. Yewlett Crescent, Frankton Office Hours: 9am-8pm, 7 days Phone: +64 3 442 2079 Email: g.orourke@xtra.co.nz www.franktonmotorcamp.co.nz See map page 4 CAMP GLENORCHY ECO RETREAT This new, innovative and..................... sustainable destination captures the essence of community, connection and respect for our planet. Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat's goal is to delight and inspire visitors and is welcoming, cosy and comfortable. NZ’s first Net Zero energy guest accommodation includes self-contained 2-3 bedroom cabins, comfy bunkrooms, powered RV sites, shared kitchen, dining area and BBQs and lots of communal space. Visitors will love the artistdesigned campfire shelter and stone mosaic walkways. 42 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: +64 3 409 0401 E: welcome@campglenorchy.co.nz www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz See map page 34 www.KidzGo.co.nz

have it delivered before you arrive (see page 55).

QUEENSTOWN TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK With an alpine setting and only five minutes drive to central Queenstown, offering one and two-bedroom motels, plus cosy cabins. Amenities include newly-renovated toilets and showers with underfloor heating, family bathrooms, kitchen/dining with TV plus undercover BBQ area, brand new hot tub, drying room, children’s playground with jumping pillow, fun bike and mountain bike hire, free WiFi and courtesy shuttle into town. Closest holiday park to Shotover Jet. 70 Arthurs Point Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 9306 Freephone: 0800 462 267 www.qtowntop10.co.nz ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK This picturesque Arrowtown holiday.............. park offers modern amenities and a fabulous kids’ playground plus we're just a short walk to the Arrowtown village. There are many walking and cycling trails nearby and for all levels. Swimming in the local Arrow River is a great attraction in the summer while Queenstown’s exciting festivals and hundreds of activities are just 20 minutes away. Family accommodation includes self-contained studios, 1 bedroom tourist flats, lodge bunk style rooms and powered and unpowered campsites. 12 Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 1876 manager@arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz www.arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz See map page 32

Accommodation 77 NOVOTEL QUEENSTOWN LAKESIDE HOTEL Your children are our special guests! Our location is unbeatable – Central Queenstown, on the edge of the lake next to gardens and playground. All your fun and adventure is just steps away from your new home! Enjoy our well-equipped rooms with AWESOME family discounts! Also onsite you'll find a dedicated kids' play area and staff who love kids – from games to holiday activities we keep them entertained. FREE accommodation for kids OR 50% off the 2nd room PLUS FREE breakfast for 2 children under 16! Lakefront, Marine Parade, Queenstown

At Novotel, children stay for free

See ad this page and map p4

LAKEFRONT APARTMENTS Absolute lakefront location With a stunning view of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains from every apartment and only a twominute, flat stroll into Queenstown centre this is your perfect choice! We offer fully-equipped, immaculate and spacious two and three-bedroom apartments, SKY TV, WiFi, laundry, balconies, BBQ, babysitting service, undercover parking and more! Relaxed and friendly family atmosphere and all directly opposite the lake, beach and playground.



Ph: 03 442 7750 E: h5308-re2@accor.com www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-5308novotel-queenstown-lakeside

Create happy memories at Novotel



for 2 children under 16

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*Conditions apply. See novotel.com for full list of terms and conditions.

18 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 8800 Freephone: 0800 160 600 Email: lakefront@xtra.co.nz www.lakefrontqueenstown.co.nz

GARDEN COURT SUITES AND APARTMENTS Ideal for families and only 5 minutes stroll to town centre and lakefront. Quality, self-contained one, two or three-bedroom apartments (sleeps 1–8) to suit your family’s needs and budget. Includes kitchen, laundry, spa bath, SKY TV, DVD, free WiFi, courtyard/balcony, and free parking. Children’s games and tour desk at reception, private spa onsite and breakfast room serving continental breakfast. 41 Frankton Rd, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 9713 Freephone: 0800 GARDEN (427 336) Email: stay@gardencourt.co.nz www.gardencourt.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+, Mainstay See ad this page and map p2

Private, family apartments, in the heart of Queenstown, superb views and garden setting. 41 Frankton Road, Queenstown Tel +64 3 442 9713 Bookings 0800 427 336 stay@gardencourt.co.nz

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1st Choice for Families 8 Coronation Drive, Queenstown p 03 441 0438 freeph 0800 162 122 info@bluepeaksapartments.co.nz * Spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments * Fully-equipped, designer kitchen * Full laundry – washer and dryer * Dishwasher * Large balcony/courtyard * Free WiFi * 60+ channel SKY TV * Stereo, DVD and free DVD hire * Underfloor heating in bathrooms * Under cover/off-street parking * Cots and highchairs on request + babysitting arranged * Ski and bike storage * 2 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown


Your home from home 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown p 03 441 0437 freeph 0800 162 122 info@bluepeaks.co.nz * Studio, 1 or 2 bedroom options * Bright, modern and welcoming * Rooms with full kitchens * Continental breakfast on request * Dry-cleaning service * Guest laundry onsite * Free WiFi * 60+ channel SKY TV and DVD player * Off-street parking * Cots and highchairs on request + babysitting arranged * Ski and bike storage * Friendly, quiet location, close to park * 5 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown


Accommodation 79 CRANBURY COURT APARTMENTS Enjoy our spacious and warm 1, 2 and 3-bedroom self-contained apartments with full kitchen/laundry, living/dining area, SKY TV (Disney channel), DVD, stereo, free internet kiosk, free WiFi (download limits apply) and fabulous alpine views. The supermarket is located across the road and we’re an easy five minute walk to the town centre (400m), offering a superb holiday location. 19-23 Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 6483 Freephone: 0800 269 666 Email: info@cranbury.co.nz www.cranbury.co.nz NZ Tourism Gold Member, ENJO Chemical Free Cleaning See ad this page and map page 2

“Excellent accommodation, exceptional hospitality”

THE GLEBE APARTMENTS AND PENTHOUSE SUITES One, two, three and four-bedroom suites with lake, mountain or courtyard views. Spacious living areas, private balcony, underfloor heating, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, SKY TV (50+ channels), Bluetooth, free WiFi, gym, sauna and underground parking. We have a library of kids’ DVDs, plus a babysitting service is available (extra cost). We’re only two minutes walk to the buzzing centre of downtown Queenstown. Corner Stanley and Beetham Streets, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 441 0310 Freephone: 0800 484 345 Email: stay@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz See ad this page and map page 2


Freephone 0800 484 345


19-23 GORGE ROAD, QUEENSTOWN, NZ +64 3 442 6483 | info@cranbury.co.nz | cranbury.co.nz


80 Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy PLATINUM QUEENSTOWN Stunning, three-bedroom......... villas; 135sq metres of designer living space with two bathrooms, designer kitchen, spacious lounge and dining areas with attractive schist stone gas fireplace, separate laundry, most with lock-up garage and Queenstown's world-famous lake views! You’ll love the ease of the kids having their own rooms to sleep or play in, and their own bathroom. Choose from lake or alpine view villas and unwind into paradise! 96 Fernhill Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 746 7700 Freephone: 0800 422 442 Email:reservations@ platinumqueenstown.co.nz www.platinumqueenstown.co.nz See ad this page and map page 2 HOLIDAY INN QUEENSTOWN Your home away from home, where kids stay and eat free!* A friendly family hotel with spacious rooms, bar and restaurant, sauna and hot tubs, BBQ and heaps of outdoor space and to top it off, incredible lake views! Only 5 minutes drive from town centre. We go the extra mile to provide all the amenities and comforts we can for your family holiday. *Kids 12 and under stay free when sharing their parents’ room. Up to four kids ages 12 and under eat free any time of day in any Holiday Inn on-site restaurant.

594 Frankton Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 6500 Freephone: 0800 154 181 E: info@holidayinnqueenstown.co.nz www.holidayinn.com/queenstown See ad this page



FREEPHONE 0800 154 181

holidayinn.com/queenstown * onditions a


l See listing for details

YHA QUEENSTOWN LAKEFRONT Comfortable, fully-equipped lakefront hostel, ten minutes flat walk from Central Queenstown. A quiet hostel offering rooms with 2-6 beds so you can keep the family together in privacy. There's also a self-contained 2 bedroom family apartment with kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Hostel facilities include WiFi, lounge, TV room, kitchen, library and laundry. Opposite lakeshore, BBQs and playground. 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 8413 E: queenstownlakefront@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Qualmark: 5 Star, Gold Sustainable

Accommodation 81 HIGHVIEW APARTMENTS Take in the majestic views across Lake Wakatipu from throughout the apartment or on your private balcony. Perfect for your family our apartments are simply WOW! Amenities (twobedroom apartment) include lounge, dining, kitchen, three TVs, two ensuites, balcony or courtyard and those show-stopper views. 12 minutes walk from town on a quiet street. Family-friendly extras include highchair, portacots or rollaway beds (extra cost) plus family movies and games at reception. 66-70 Thompson Street, Queenstown Freephone: 0800 100 904 Email:reservations@ highviewapartments.co.nz www.highviewapartments.co.nz TURNER HEIGHTS TOWNHOUSES Located a three-minute walk from........... Queenstown, one or two-bedroom apartments, most with views overlooking the town, lake, mountains and up to the Skyline Gondola. Twobedrooms with full kitchens, laundry, DVD, bathroom with shower over bath, balconies and private carport. One-bedroom with kitchen, onsite laundry, flat screen TV, DVD, shower, off-street parking. BBQ and communal spa available. 5GB WiFi per day FREE. Top of Turner Street (P.O.Box 435), Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 8383 Freephone: 0800 804 333 Email:turnerh@queenstown.co.nz www.turnerheights.co.nz See ad this page and map page 2 ARROWFIELD APARTMENTS Spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments with ensuite bathrooms, designer kitchen, full SKY guest select TV channels, underfloor heating and laundry. Onsite are heated indoor pool, tennis court and gym, plus heaps of space for the kids to play. These outstanding apartments are 5 minutes walk from Arrowtown, across the road from Millbrook golf course and only 15 minutes from Queenstown. 115 Essex Ave, Butel Park, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 0012 Email: stay@arrowfield.co.nz www.arrowfield.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+, Enviro Bronze See ad this page and map p32.


Studios and one or two bedroom lakeview self-catering apartments freephone 0800 100 904

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(limits apply)

Top of Turner Street, off Shotover Street, Queenstown phone: +64 3 442 8383 Freephone: 0800 804 333


One, two & three b/r apartments, close to Arrowtown with family walk/bike tracks from our door. Tennis court, trampoline, swimming www.ArrowďŹ eld.co.nz pool. Free WiFi. www.KidzGo.co.nz

82 Accommodation :: Wanaka and Lake Hawea WANAKA AND LAKE HAWEA

217 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd Phone: +64 3 443 7360 Freephone: 0508 WANAKA (0508 926 252) E: info@mtaspiringholidaypark.co.nz www.mtaspiringholidaypark.co.nz See map page 56

WANAKA KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS Family and child friendly, our facilities include dedicated parents bathroom with change table, two playgrounds and a trampoline plus family spa pools and sauna. Campervan sites, self-contained motel units and 3-bedroom house. Bike hire for the whole family; ‘tag along’, wee ride seat, child carriers, mountain buggy and backpacks. Ask about our ‘kiwi partner card’ for discounts in town at selected stores. 263 Studholme Road North, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7766 Freephone: 0800 229 8439 Email:stay@wanakakiwi.nz www.wanakakiwiholidaypark.nz Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Qualmark 4 star+ Holiday Park Qualmark 3 star+ Motels

LAKE OUTLET HOLIDAY PARK Secluded campsites set in native bush, right on the waterfront with amazing views, but still only a scenic bike ride/walk to Wanaka. Choose from two-bedroom self-contained cottages (sleeps up to six), bush cabins (sleeps up to four), caravan hire, campervan or tent sites. WiFi, laundry, free BBQs and camp store. Great swimming beach, mountain bikes for hire plus baby seats and trailers. Family-friendly bike tracks start right here!

LAKE HAWEA HOLIDAY PARK A unique family camp, located right on the lakefront. This gem of a holiday park offers affordable accommodation including tent and powered sites, gorgeous glamping tents, cabins and 2-3 brm cottages. There is lots of room for the kids to roam, fishing rods are available, pedal carts and bikes to hire, great walking tracks plus a playground and a fire to toast marshmallows in the evening. Great views, good swimming, heaps of space - classic family fun!

MT ASPIRING HOLIDAY PARK Just 3km from central Wanaka with easy bike tracks from the door and on the road to Mt Aspiring National Park. Accommodation includes camping, cabins and self-contained units with up to two bedrooms, sleeping up to seven people. All units include kitchen and bathroom. WiFi and internet onsite. Swimming pool (summer only), spa pool, playground and bikes for hire.

197 Outlet Road, off Aubrey Road, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7478 Email: info@lakeoutlet.co.nz www.lakeoutlet.co.nz

FAIRWAY MOTEL Comfortable, affordable family motel/apartments. Just a short walk from the lakefront, Fairway Motel is a great base offering selfcontained studios with kitchenettes, as well as one and two-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchen and internal laundry. Onsite facilities include trampoline, BBQ, outdoor swimming pool (1 Dec-31 March) and bike/ski storage. Winner Trip Advisor 2017 – Certificate of Excellence. 2 MacPherson Street, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7285 Freephone: 0800 324 792 Email:info@fairwaymotel.co.nz www.fairwaymotel.co.nz See map page 56 www.KidzGo.co.nz

State Highway 6, Lake Hawea Phone: +64 3 443 1767 Reservations: 0800 525 322 (0800 LAKE CAMP) E: stay@haweaholidaypark.co.nz www.haweaholidaypark.co.nz YHA WANAKA A welcoming hostel set in sunny grounds. Multi-share and double/twin rooms, as well as family rooms with double bed and bunks. Lively dining area, pool table, DVD selection. Grab yourself a free tea or coffee from our fullyequipped kitchen and speak to our knowledgeable staff about activities in the area. Neighbouring Pembroke Park is ideal for the kids to let off steam and we are easy walking to town centre. 94 Brownston Street, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 1880 Email: yha.wanaka@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Qualmark: 4 Star, Gold Sustainable

Accommodation :: Te Anau and Manapouri, Fiordland 83 TE ANAU and MANAPOURI FIORDLAND ALPINE VIEW MOTEL Alpine View is situated on a quiet corner in spacious grounds with free guest BBQ and playground. We're only a few minutes stroll to the lakefront or town centre and restaurants, cinema and park. Offering one to three-bedroom fully-equipped units with Freeview TV plus free WiFi. We are pet-friendly and can offer competitive rates with long stay and large group discounts. Booking for all local tours. Safe guests' lock-up facility and car parking whilst away on overnight treks or tours. 15 Quintin Drive, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7459 Email: info@alpineviewmotel.co.nz www.alpineviewmotel.co.nz See map page 67

TE ANAU TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK Centrally located next to the lake with modern, comfortable accommodation from campsites to family cabins and self-contained motels. Our kids’ facilities make this a first choice for families: kids games room stocked with arcade games, toddlers play area, jumping pillow, movie nights during school holidays, Go-Karts and bicycles for hire and extensive kids playground. Our freshwater hot tubs overlooking Lake Te Anau are available for private use. 128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7462 Freephone: 0800 249 746 Email: stay@teanautop10.co.nz www.teanautop10.co.nz

MOTU-AU CLOSE COTTAGES Eco-friendly two or three-bedroom accommodation in Manapouri that ticks the boxes! Quiet street, walking distance to lake, close to amenities plus fully self-contained with the warmth and extras of a true kiwi home. Doubtful Sound departures are just two minutes walk away! Heaps of outdoor space, BBQ and decks, comfy, wellstocked lounge, laundry, TV, games and books and of course those sensational Fiordland views!

TE ANAU YHA Unique, homely, cosy........................... accommodation just a block from Lake Te Anau. There's plenty to entertain with our overflowing games cupboard, book exchange, free DVD hire and 2GB free WiFi per day. Accommodation includes doubles, small share dormitories, and rooms with ensuites. YHA Te Anau also has a self-contained twobedroom house that is ideal for families. Book the whole house or just one room.

16 and 18 Motu-au Close, Manapouri Phone: +64 3 249 6685 Email: bookings@kmv.co.nz www.kmv.co.nz

29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7847 Email: teanau@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+ backpacker, Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award

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84 Family Discounts and Deals

Family Discounts And Deals Most of the Kidz Go family deals below are redeemable whether you book directly or with an agent*. For more information please visit the booking desk at your accommodation or one of the information centres around town and mention your Kidz Go deal when booking. *Very occasionally you may need to book directly to receive the discount on this page.


FAMILY DEAL: $307 (2 ad + 2 ch) with FREE entry into Underwater Observatory! Plus one child FREE with every paying adult during school holidays. See page 20


ONLY $216 to take the whole family on a fast, action Jet Boat ride! (2 adult + 2 children) See page 20


First child goes FREE with two paying adults! Save $85. See page 21





FREE popcorn, slushy or tea with each ticket purchase when you mention Kidz Go. See page 11

FAMILY DEAL: $99 (2 adults and 2 children). Child is under 15 years. See page 12


Kids go FREE! One child (under 18 years) goes free with each paying adult with Kidz Go colour ad voucher on page 12


Kids go FREE! One child (12 years and under) goes free with each paying adult with Kidz Go colour ad voucher on page14

UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY FAMILY DEAL: $20 (2 adults + 2 children) Two children go free with two paying adults with Kidz Go. See page 14


Kids go FREE! One child goes free with each paying adult when you mention Kidz Go. See page 17

SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES FARM EXPERIENCE Kids go FREE during NZ school holidays. Conditions apply. See page 18

GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE FAMILY PASS: $50 Two adults and up to three children. See page 19


Mention Kidz Go and ask about our exclusive Family Packages– save up to $89! See page 22

Kids travel FREE on selected dates during NZ school holidays with full fare-paying adult on selected trips & departures. Conditions apply. See realjourneys.co.nz


KIDZ GO DEAL: save up to $79 with our family pack! Child is 15 and under. See page 24


FAMILY DEALS! Check out our special family rates, available during school holidays. See page 25


Ask about our family deals and group discounts. Free pick up for groups See page 27


Kids under 12 years – $50 discount on 9am Quad Bike Tour / $398 for a self-drive 4 seater buggy tour / ½ price on 4x4 Scenic and Lord of the Rings Tour! See page 26


FAMILY PACKAGE: $595 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft – shared between up to 5 family members. See page 27


Kidz Go special: $199 per person for family of four or more. Save $104! Mention Kidz Go when you call and book. See page 28

Family Discounts and Deals 85

CLIMBING QUEENSTOWN Family climbing adventure – half-day Family (2 adults + 2 kids) $499 Save $97 See page 29

SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX COMBO DEAL: $319 for Swing + Fox, save $99 Visit website for Fox Family Packs. See page 29

CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Kids 5 years and under get FREE day passes! Mountain bike learner zone is FREE! See page 31

LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM FAMILY PASS: $20 (2 adults + 2 children) Kids Go FREE! See page 33


Family of up to four people ride 2 circuits together for one price of $129 in our high speed Porsche Cayenne. See page 36



$5 kids' meal (inc. fizzy drink) all day every day, with any main meal purchased. Conditions apply. See page 50


Illusion Rooms + Great Maze FAMILY PASS: $69 for 2 adults + 2 children. (Child is 5-15 years) See page 57



Save $10 per person on our Go Wild climb when you book 2 or more. Book online and use voucher code: KIDSGOWILD10. See page 59


FAMILY DEAL $329 for 2 adults + 2 children. Save $53 See page 59


Ask about our great family deals for 3+ flyers. See page 60


Use promo code Kidzgo18 & receive 10% off our guided kayaking Tiki Tour (2 adults & 2 kids). Valid until 30th April 2019. See page 60


FAMILY DEAL: Pure Wilderness Trip 2nd child goes FREE when you mention Kidz Go! See page 69


One child goes FREE with every paying adult on the Cruise Te Anau Discovery Cruise. Extra children just $35 each. See page 70


FREE kids' or adults' drink with your main meal when you mention Kidz Go. See page 71


MILFORD SOUND: Kids go FREE during NZ school holidays. Conditions apply. See page 73


Family climbing adventure – half-day Family (2 adults + 2 kids) $499 Save $97 See page 58

Ask about our Kidz Go FREE promotion during NZ school holidays. Valid on 9.55am and 3.15pm cruises only. Must be with full fare-paying adult (max 2). See page 74





FAMILY DEAL: $45 for 2 adults and unlimited children from the same family. See page 58

FAMILY DEAL: $43 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Save up to $13. See page 58

Buy 2 or more different experiences at the same time at full retail rate & SAVE 20% off all lower priced tours. Conditions apply. See www.realjourneys.co.nz

MILFORD SOUND: Kids go FREE during NZ school holidays. Conditions apply. See page 74



Kidz Go Index

ACTIVITIES Queenstown Alpine Aqualand Around the Basin Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Bead Shop Below Zero Ice Bar Ben Lomond Horse Treks Cardrona Alpine Resort & Mountain Bike Park Chargeabout Electric Bikes Chipmunks Playland and Café Climbing Queenstown Delta Discovery Escape Quest Family Adventures Rafting Fear Factory Game Over Queenstown Glenorchy Animal Experience Go Orange - Thunder Jet Highlands iFly Indoor Skydiving KJet Kiwi Birdlife Park Lakes District Museum and Information Centre Minus 5° ICE BAR Off Road Adventures – 4WD and Quad Bike Tours Paintball Central Queenstown Taxis – Family Discovery Day Reading Cinemas Rippled Earth ~ Island Kayak Safari Riverboarding Rockatipu Climbing Wall Segway on Q Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox SITE Trampoline Skippers Canyon Jet Southern Discoveries ~ cruises, farm experience, cycle trail The Playground Thrillzone TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Underwater Observatory Vortex 12D Motion Theatre and 360° VR Ziptrek Ecotours Wanaka Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Basecamp Adventures Cinema Paradiso Clip ‘N Climb, Basecamp, Wanaka Criffel Station – Explore Farm Tour Crossfire Go Jets National Transport and Toy Museum Paddle Wanaka Puzzling World Warbirds and Wheels Wanaka Parasailing Wanaka Recreation Centre and Wanaka Pool Wanaka Wild Wire Yello! Cabs and Travel Fiordland Cruise Te Anau Fiordland Jet Go Orange – Milford Sound Go Orange – Doubtful Sound Mitre Peak Cruises

15 19 22 12 14 22 31 19 16 29 19 10 28 12 16 19 20 30 27 20 17 33 12 26 37 19 12 25 28 15 24 29 15 21 18 26 11 23 14 11 25 61 58 57 57 61 61 59 58 60 57 58 60 62 59 60 70 69 74 75 74

Kepler Mountain View - Alpaca Farm Tours Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Cruises Real Journeys Milford Sound Cruises Real Journeys Te Anau Glowworm Caves Southern Discoveries and Milford Discovery Centre Wild Rides - Bike Fiordland

69 75 74 69 73 69

CAFÉS / RESTAURANTS Queenstown / Arrowtown Balls and Bangles Ballarat Trading Co. Erik's Fish and Chips FINZ Lord of the Fries Pedro's House of Lamb Public Kitchen and Bar Thai2Go Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar Zambrero Wanaka Erik's Fish and Chips Red Star Burger Bar Warbirds and Wheels Retro Family Diner Te Anau The Fat Duck Kepler Restaurant The Ranch Bar and Grill

70 71 71

THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY Kidz Club Mamas Five Mile Childcare True Kiwi Play

45 45 45

FAMILY SHOPPING AND SERVICES Fresh Choice Supermarket Mrs Woolly's General Store Remarkables Park Town Centre The Remarkable Sweet Shop Rockies Childrenswear

55 54 54 54 55

ACCOMMODATION Queenstown / Arrowtown / Glenorchy Arrowtown Holiday Park Arrowfield Apartments Blue Peaks Apartments and Blue Peaks Lodge Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat Cranbury Court Apartments Frankton Motor Camp Garden Court Apartments Highview Apartments Holiday Inn The Glebe Apartments and Penthouse Suites Lakefront Apartments Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Platinum Queenstown Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park Turner Heights Townhouses Wanaka Fairway Motel Lake Hawea Holiday Park Lake Outlet Holiday Park Mt Aspiring Holiday Park Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels Fiordland and Te Anau Alpine View Motel Te Anau TOP 10 Holiday Park

50 50 50 51 48 49 51 49 49 49 64 64 64

76 81 78 76 79 76 77 81 80 79 77 77 80 76 81 82 82 82 82 82 83 83

Tasman Sea

See p72

Homer Tunnel

Milford Sound


To Queenstown (170 km / 2 hours)

Fiordland Jet

To Milford Sound (120 km / 2 hours)

Te Anau Downs

Milford Track 3-4 day walk

Mitre Peak (1692 metres)

Lake Te Anau Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Cruises to caves (35 - 40 mins)

Te Anau See p67 Doubtful Sound departures Manapouri

22km / 20 mins from Te Anau

Caples Track

Routeburn Track

Hollyford Track

Greenstone Track

Mavora Lakes

Lake Sylvan


Dart Track To Mt Aspiring (3033 metres)

Skippers Skippers Canyon Canyon Jet Jet and Family Adventures

See p4

Wild Wire

to Mount Aspiring National Park Treble Cone Ski Area


12 Lake Hayes




Jacks Point





Glendhu Bay

Cardrona Alpine Resort and bike park






To Mt Cook and Christchurch

Lake 6 Dunstan

The Snow Farm

Puzzling World

To Hawea Lake The West Coast Wanaka Hawea 6

See p56


Backcountry Saddle

Cardrona Valley

Highlands Go-Karts

Cromwell See p37

Paintball Central


Clyde Dam


To Dunedin



Gibbston Valley

Crown Range Road

The Remarkables Ski Area

Queenstown Airport

Arrowtown The See p32 Playground

Skippers Canyon Road (4WD only)


Kelvin Heights


Ben Lomond Horse Treks

Ben Lomond (1748 metres)


Moke Lake

10 8


To Invercargill

Five Rivers

Walter Peak High Country Farm

Bobs Cove

7 9

Rees Track

Glenorchy See p34

Pigeon Island

Lake Wakatipu

Mt. Nicholas High Country Station


Unsealed Road

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.............................. 290 Mount Cook.................................. 328 Te Anau........................................... 170 Wanaka (via Gibbston Valley) 117 Wanaka (via Crown Range)....... 75


On selected dates and departures during New Zealand school holidays

Experience the best of the South Island with Real Journeys... Real Journeys has been sharing its backyard since 1954, providing remarkable tourism experiences in this exceptional corner of the world.

QUEENSTOWN: Travel on our vintage steamship to Walter Peak, and if you like, join a farm tour. TE ANAU: Take a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau for a magical glowworm cave adventure. MILFORD SOUND: See waterfalls, wildlife and the spectacular Mitre Peak on our Nature Cruises. DOUBTFUL SOUND: Travel across Lake Manapouri, coach over the remote Wilmot Pass and experience true wilderness while cruising through this dramatic fiord. STEWART ISLAND: Cross Foveaux Strait on a modern catamaran to NZ’s often forgotten third island. Once there, visit a renowned wildlife sanctuary on our Ulva Island Explorer. Terms & conditions apply, see our website for details.

0800 65 65 01 real journeys.co.nz/kidsgofree

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Kidz Go Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland  

Family holiday guide to vacations in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand. Includes family friendly activities, adventure activities with kids...

Kidz Go Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland  

Family holiday guide to vacations in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand. Includes family friendly activities, adventure activities with kids...

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