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Contents KIDZ GO QUEENSTOWN ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS On a budget Rainy day activities and trips Family attractions Downtown Queenstown – Activity Central Discover Queenstown Adventure fun Discover Cardrona The Queenstown Trail and family bike rides Discover Arrowtown Discover Cromwell Discover Glenorchy Queenstown walking tracks Queenstown picnic spots Annual and season activity passes Birthday party activities and ideas Family deals and savings

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Discover Te Anau – gateway to Fiordland Fiordland and Te Anau activities Te Anau walks and family bike rides Eating out made easy Milford Sound

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FAMILY ACCOMMODATION Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown Wanaka and Lake Hawea Te Anau – Fiordland

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Queenstown, Fernhill and Sunshine Bay 2 Central Queenstown 4 Frankton 4 Downtown Queenstown Attractions 10 THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY 47 The Queenstown Trail 36 Childcare, clubs, party ideas, annual passes plus Arrowtown 38 lots more information for parents Cromwell 43 EATING OUT MADE EASY 52 Glenorchy 44 Wanaka 60 Family-friendly restaurants and cafés 66 FAMILY SHOPPING 58 Lake Hawea Te Anau and Manapouri 72 Clothing, toys, books, sweets, gifts, The road to Milford Sound 76 supermarkets and intriguing stores Southern Lakes area 92

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Annual and season activity passes Wanaka birthday party activities and ideas Wanaka activities Discover Lake Hawea Eating out made easy Family shopping and kids' directory Wanaka walks and family bike rides

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OTHER STUFF Summer events highlights 6 The Legend of our Breathing Lake 7 A Nugget of Southern Lakes History 41 Family discounts and deals 88 Queenstown useful contacts 90 Getting around 90 Index 91


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Summer Events Highlights

Summer Events Highlights New Zealand School Holiday Dates 14th December to 27th January 10th April to 27th April

NOVEMBER 9-10 The Extravaganza Fair – Wanaka A free, fun day out with stalls, food, musicians, circus and magic 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

JANUARY 2 Wanaka Rodeo Recognised as one of the best rodeo in the country. Watch as competitors battle it out for national championship points. www.wanakarodeo.co.nz 4 Glenorchy Races Horse and stockman races, the occasional people racing, food stalls and hopefully glorious sunshine! Followed by evening entertainment. 11 Lake Hayes A&P Show Show jumping, obstacle courses for horses (and riders), dog agility shows, sheep shearing, food stalls, pet shows, petting zoos and entertainment. www.lakehayesshow.com

16 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 25 The Ruby Swim Race The greatest little swim race from Wanaka lakeshore to a 2.2km ‘Kids' Run’ (5-12 years) which starts at 1pm. Ruby Island. Eight different levels of races from 200m www.queenstown-marathon.co.nz/race-options/kids-run ‘Little Gems’ to 10km marathon swim. www.swimrubyisland.co.nz DECEMBER 1 Coronet Peak Gondola – open for summer Coronet Peak gondola opens for sightseeing, hiking, lunches and mountain biking. www.coronetpeak.co.nz/summer 7 Cardrona Alpine Resort – open for summer Cardrona's summer fun kicks in! There'll be lots of entertainment and action on opening weekend. www.cardrona.com

FEBRUARY 6 Waitangi Day (Public Holiday) 13-14 Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka Fun event for children to challenge themselves and compete against their peers. www.challenge-wanaka.com

MARCH 13-14 Wanaka A&P Show 14 Santa Parade and Fun in the Park – Te Anau Equestrian, cattle judging, pet shows, plus the highly Fun in the Park starts at midday and the parade starts entertaining Jack Russell race. Market stalls, fairground at 2pm at the top end of Town Centre. Entertainment rides, inflatables and food stalls. www.wanakashow.co.nz throughout the afternoon including a chocolate wheel 23 Otago Anniversary Day (Public Holiday) and prizes. Facebook: Te Anau Santa Parade 15 ‘Stepping into the World of Christmas’ Join the families of Queenstown on a diverse journey, discovering where our Christmas traditions originated and how the rest of the world celebrates. Shows at 1pm and 5pm. Family pass only $35. Queenstown Events Centre Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz

APRIL 4- 5 Highlands Festival of Speed – Cromwell A weekend packed with spectacular motorsport racing. www.highlands.co.nz

10-12 Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow Three days of WOW entertainment in the sky and on the 30 Te Anau Rodeo ground! Packed with airshow display days with continuous View examples of horsemanship and stock handling as action. Wanaka Airport www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com well as all the rodeo favourites. www.teanaurodeo.co.nz 12 Easter Sunday 31 Queenstown and Wanaka – New Year's Eve Join in the celebrations in the picturesque surroundings 16-20 Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival of Queenstown or Wanaka. Live music, entertainment Street parade, markets, children's workshops, kids' and fireworks. FREE events and open to all ages. scarecrow competition, dog shows and more events daily. www.arrowtownautumnfestival.co.nz Queenstown and Wanaka lakefronts, 7pm-1am 25 Anzac Day (Public Holiday)

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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 offered 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 was Matau, 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


Queenstown Activities On a budget 8 Rainy day activities 9 Family attractions 10 Downtown Queenstown 10 Discover Queenstown 21 Adventure fun 28 Discover Cardrona 33 Family bike rides 34 Discover Arrowtown 38 Discover Cromwell 42 Discover Glenorchy 44 Walks and picnic spots 46 Annual and season passes 47 Birthday party ideas 50

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FREE v Arrowtown historical houses walk v Buzzstop Honey Centre, Frankton v Chinese Settlement, Arrowtown v Family-friendly bike tracks (p34) v Feed the ducks at the lakefront v Free fudge and nougat tastings at The Remarkable Sweet Shop v Highlands Sculpture Park v Mountain bike learner zone at Cardrona Bike Park v Queenstown Bay Playground v Queenstown Gardens v Saturday markets, Earnslaw Park v Skateboard halfpipe / skatepark v Te Anau Bird Sanctuary v Walks (see p46 and our maps) v Swimming in a local lake $50 OR less ~ family of 4 v Below Zero° Ice Bar v Chipmunks Playland and Café v Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka

v Design jewellery at The Bead Shop v Fishing at Hook, Wanaka v Frisbee golf, QT gardens (free to play, hire discs from Queenstown Ice Arena) v Glenorchy Animal Experience v Highlands Museum v Lakes District Museum v Rockatipu Climbing Wall v Swimming at Alpine Aqualand v Swimming at Arrowtown Pool v Swimming at Wanaka Pool v Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka v Warbirds and Wheels, Wanaka v Wanaka Recreation Centre $80 OR less ~ family of 4 v KMV Alpaca Farm Tours - Fiordland v Clip 'n Climb Wanaka v Coronet Peak Sunset Pass v Fiordland Jet pedal boat hire v Game Over - Lazer Tag v Minus 5° Ice Bar

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$100 OR less ~ family of 4 v Clip 'n Climb Queenstown v Coronet Peak Sightseeing Gondola v Fear Factory, Queenstown v Highlands Go Karts – tandems v Odyssey Sensory Maze v SITE Trampoline v THRILLZONE 360° Virtual Reality v THRILLZONE Vortex 12D Theatre $150 OR less ~ family of 4 v Cardrona Alpine Resort Gondola v Cruise Te Anau – Bay Cruise v Fiordland Escapes v Game Over Indoor Karting v Kiwi Birdlife Park v Odyssey SMASHIT Room v Realm Full Motion VR

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Activities :: Rainy Day Ideas

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Just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown town centre is the fantastic entertainment and shopping hub The Bead Shop, Queenstown p14 of Frankton, basking at the base of the dramatic Create your own wearable art or gifts to take home. Remarkables Mountain Range. Alpine Aqualand, Frankton p20 Below Zero° Ice Bar, Queenstown p14 Leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, lap pool, hot pool. Visit the biggest Ice Bar in Australasia where EVERYBasecamp Adventures – indoor climbing p19 THING is carved from ice! Indoor climbing and bouldering walls. Escape Quest p15 Basecamp Adventures – Clip 'n Climb p19 Unravel the mystery and escape the room in one hour. A colourful, funky and fun climbing wall adventure A fun, bonding family experience. with supervised sessions and automatic belay. Fear Factory Queenstown p13 Buzzstop Honey Centre, Frankton p20 New Zealand's scariest haunted house! Spine-tingling All things bees! Activities, bee tours, parties, café surprises and lots of fun – if you're brave enough! and bee/honey shop. iFLY Indoor Skydiving p17 Chipmunks Playland and Café p18 Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at Lots of indoor fun to entertain the kids while you enjoy New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction. our café with friends, or leave the little ones in our care. Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown p21 Game Over Queenstown p18 Lots to see under cover, umbrellas available. Grand Prix indoor karting, Lazer Tag and Lazer Web. Minus 5° ICE BAR, Queenstown p14 SITE Trampoline p19 Come inside, drink from ice glasses and marvel at a Have fun and bounce! Try the trampoline snowboards! Winter Wonderland of ice architecture!

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Odyssey Sensory Maze p12 Out of town adventures Feel your way from one illusory room to another – each Day trip to Cromwell p42 of the zones is different, exciting and unexpected. Visit Highlands Museum and Highlands Go Karts Odyssey SMASHIT Room p12 or enjoy some action adventure at Paintball Central! Let loose and smash it up at SMASHIT! Day trip to Wanaka p60 Queenstown Ice Arena p16 Visit Puzzling World, National Transport and Toy Comfy skates, ice sleds, ride-on seals and other fun Museum, Warbirds and Wheels, Basecamp Adventures, accessories. Great café and spectator area. Free WiFi. Realm Full Motion VR, Cinema Paradiso or have a play Reading Cinemas p16 at the Wanaka Recreation Centre and Pool. Three screens and all the latest blockbusters, plus Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown p39 Wednesday morning movie session for parents. A lively museum with a kids' treasure hunt. THRILLZONE – Kidz Club p11 Off Road Adventures 4x4 Scenic Tours p26 Kids-only entertainment at Kidz Club, for ages 4-13 years. Stay inside a warm vehicle on our exciting 4x4 adventure. THRILLZONE – a World of Thrills! p11 Fun and adrenaline with 360° Drift and 360° Battleground plus 360° Virtual Reality Gaming. THRILLZONE – Vortex 12D Motion Theatre p11 State-of-the-art motion theatre; white-knuckle adventure with wind, smoke, rain, snow, speed and a few surprises! Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours, Queenstown p29 Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the tree canopy – a guided ecological adventure.

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. Riverboarding p31 Come riverboarding – you're going to get wet anyway! Southern Discoveries Mt Nicholas Farm Experience A great boat trip combined with farm tour. p23

At home fun Rockababy Rentals p47 You can rent age-specific toyboxes and keep the goodies on hand to entertain throughout the week! Also baby gyms and play pens complete with balls. Great for the essential at-home, rainy day or down time! www.rockababyrentals.co.nz

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FEAR FACTORY Min Age 7 Bring the kids to New Zealand's Scariest Haunted House! We've now had more than 20,000 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. Entry from 54 Shotover Street, or 59 Beach 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 years and under) Email: queenstown@fearfactory.co.nz www.fearfactory.co.nz Facebook 'Fear Factory Queenstown' for our latest special themes.

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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, plus we have 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 17 years and under). Family Pass: $85 (2 adults + 2 children aged 17 years and under) Includes 2 vodka cocktails and 2 juice mocktails. Email: info@belowzeroicebar.co.nz www.belowzeroicebar.co.nz *KIDZ GO DEAL: One child (12 years and under) goes FREE with each full-paying adult with colour ad on this page. THE BEAD SHOP Design your own wearable art or select from our own beautifully handcrafted jewellery selection. Hundreds of colours and styles to choose from! Kids (and adults!) love selecting their favourite beads and creating something special with help and ideas if needed from our awesome staff.  Birthday parties and groups welcome.  Check out our amazing kids’ activity deals on Book Me too! We also have a fantastic selection of genuine New Zealand Greenstone and Paua jewellery at very competitive prices.   2b Shotover Street, Queenstown   Phone: 03 441 8466    Hours: daily, 10am-6pm Prices: from as little as $5 MINUS 5° ICE BAR Kids Go FREE!* A FROZEN ADVENTURE.... Take a step into our Winter Wonderland and experience life like a penguin in extreme temperatures of –5º and colder! Dressed like an Eskimo, you get to explore this Antarctic World created by over 18 tonnes of crystalclear 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 alcoholic cocktails for the parents. A family experience you will never forget! Bookings recommended. Jackets, gloves and warm footwear provided. Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown Lakefront Phone: 03 442 6050 Hours: ICE BAR open 2pm-late (reception open from noon) Prices from: Adult $30 (includes mocktail), Child $20 (includes mocktail) Adult $35 (includes 1 x cocktail or shot), $40 (2 cocktails or 2 shots) Family Pass: $85 (2 adults + 2 children. Includes 2 cocktails and 2 mocktails). Cocktail refills from $10 Email: info@minus5icebar.com www.minus5icebar.com *KIDZ GO DEAL: One child (under 18 years) goes FREE with each paying adult with colour ad on this page.


Time Travel! Travel back in time to Queenstown’s 1860’s Gold Rush! Hunt for clues, Crack the codes and Solve the mysteries. Escape in 60 minutes! Play together,

It’s fun for the whole family!

Level 1 Mountaineer Building, 32 Rees Street, Queenstown (Enter between Kathmandu & Quiksilver) PH 03 442 4948 10am–8:30pm (last session) Min age 7 (under 7 free with supervision rvision)

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QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA Lights ~ Camera ~ Action ~ Fun! Get your SKATES ON at the Queenstown Ice Arena – the most fun family activity to do in the summer, no matter what the weather! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time skater you will have a blast! Comfy skates, ice sleds, ride-on-seals, penguin pals and learn-to-skate lessons make it easy for everyone. If you’re not keen on skating, you can relax in our alpinestyle café, bar and lounge with a view out to the action on the ice. It's fully-licensed with free WiFi. Also at the ice rink you'll find arcade games, big screen TV and frisbee hire for disc golf in the gardens. No bookings are necessary, spectators are free and there are no time limits – skate as long as you like! Queenstown Gardens. Free parking Phone: 03 441 8000 Hours: check our website for summer session times. Price: single entry: $19, preschool: $9.50, Family: $68 (2 adults + 2 children) All prices include skate hire. 5-session passes & season passes available; see website for details. 20-minute starter lesson $30pp or $40 for two skaters together. Children's Parties: skating, skate hire, decorated party table and a meal – all for $25 per child! Plus, free skating pass for birthday child's next visit. Add-on: You can also choose to hire an instructor, invite Pingu the Penguin, or play games in a separate area cordoned off for your group (see website for add-on prices). www.queenstownicearena.co.nz

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QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA – Frisbee Hire Queenstown Ice Arena is right next to the most scenic frisbee golf course in the world! Hours of free fun plus the Ice Arena hires frisbees for disc golf for only $5 each, or add a scorecard and map for only $3 (good for 6 players). Plus the winner can 'shout' everyone ice creams (or a beer/coffee/ice skate) back at the rink when you have finished! Queenstown Ice Arena, Queenstown Gardens READING CINEMAS QUEENSTOWN Reading Cinemas Queenstown screens the latest blockbusters. Our cinemas feature wall-to-wall screens, stadium seating, value-packed candy bar deals and Timezone™ games centre. SPIT THE DUMMY WEDNESDAYS Enjoy our Wednesday morning movie session for parents. We keep the lights dimmed so you can see what you’re doing and entry is free for children under five years (max two per paying adult). Not available during school holidays. 11 The Mall, Queenstown Movie Hotline: 03 442 9994 Price: Adult $17, Student $15, Child $13 Plus check website for weekly discount days. Family Pass: $39 for family of three (1 adult, 2 children) $52 for family of 4 (1 adult, 3 children or 2 adult and 2 children) Family pass for G & PG movies only. BOOK ONLINE: www.readingcinemas.co.nz or like us on Facebook for our weekly schedule and regular updates: www.facebook.com/readingcinemasqueenstown

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Please see website for summer hours. CONTACT: 03 441 8000 29 Park St, Queenstown Gardens, Town Centre


Downtown Queenstown :: Activity Central 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. Ask about our Virtual Reality Freefall Flights! Freefall from 13,000 feet over the Nevada desert, Hawaii, the Swiss Alps or perhaps the Palm in Dubai – without jumping out of a plane! Combine VR technology with the thrill of human flight at iFly (minimum age 8). 27 Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0665 Freephone: 0800 435 969 (iFLY NZ) Hours: daily, 9am-10pm Facilities: free viewing deck, free WiFi, retail shop, outdoor seating, lockers, toilets, birthday party room, conference room. Price for TWO flights: Adult $149, Child $99 (2 flights – equivalent to 3 skydiving freefalls from 12,000ft) FAMILY PACKAGE: $399 for 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft. Can be shared between up to five family members. BOOK ONLINE: www.iflynz.co.nz

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GAME OVER QUEENSTOWN Min age 4 Indoor Karting and Lazer Tag NZ's best indoor kart racing and one-stop entertainment venue features thrilling Indoor Electric Go-Karts and Queenstown’s most advanced Lazer Tag and Arcade. Grand Prix Indoor Karting – tear up our 290m track complete with unique bridge and tunnel. Junior karts run separately (for 8-12 year-olds). Lazer Tag – play in the state-of-the-art, Jurassicthemed Lazer Tag arena (minimum age 4 years). Also onsite is the incredible Lazer Web and Arcade games to test your skills. Game Over Birthday Parties See our website for incredible birthday party packages starting from just $35! (terms and conditions apply). 14 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 3139 Hours: daily, 10am-7pm Karting: Adult $49 (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 $59, Child $45 (Minimum age 8 years) 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

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QUEENSTOWN CLIMBING CENTRE BOOK ONLINE! Min age 3 Clip 'n Climb (booking essential) 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. Add to the fun by taking a ’Leap of Faith’ onto a flying trapeze, or plunge down the Vertical Drop Slide. Bouldering Boasting 200sqm of bouldering, with a huge variety of terrain, our new boulder wall is one of the largest in New Zealand! Sport Climbing With top-rope and lead climbing routes, plus an Olympic-style speed wall, there is no better place to climb, whatever your ability and experience. Unit 3, 15 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown Phone: 03 443 1110 Hours: 10am-9pm daily Prices for Clip 'n Climb: $25pp, preschool $15 www.basecampadventures.co.nz SITE TRAMPOLINE Book online Not your normal trampoline experience! Learn a new flip, progress your air awareness and freestyle skills, or just bounce with the kids. SITE Trampoline's super trampolines, Olympic trampolines, foam pit and airbag give you the opportunity to test out your freestyle moves in a safe and fun environment. With drop-in sessions along with private coaching, SITE has something for the whole family. 1/15 Red Oaks Drive, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Freephone: 0800 QT BOUNCE (0800 78 268 623) Hours: daily, 9.30am-8.30pm Price: 6 years and under – $15 for 60 minute session 6 years and under – $25 for 120 minute session 7 years and over – $25 for 60 minute session 7 years and over – $40 for 120 minute session Multi-pass: 5 sessions $110, 10 sessions $200 (can be shared amongst family members). Trampoline and Parkour lessons available: phone for details. Mini Bouncers (under 5s): Tuesday and Friday 9am-10:30am Birthday Parties: $199 Birthday Package (up to 8 kids) www.sitetrampoline.co.nz

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BEE-A-BEEKEEPER Explore an active hive in a bee suit! SPIN YOUR (Seasonal, OWN HONEY age 6+) Hands-on, fun family activity FREE with honey to TASTINGS take away.

LET’S MAKE IT!

HONEY SHOP & CAFE

Make beeswax candles and wraps or honey soap.

A HIVE OF ACTIVITIES AT BUZZSTOP HONEY CENTRE HANSEN ROAD, FRANKTON PH 021 942 808 OPEN 7 DAYS WWW.BUZZSTOP.CO.NZ

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

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BUZZSTOP HONEY CENTRE Step into the magical world of bees! Learn, delight, and get stuck into this unique interactive experience (seriously the kids won't want to leave!). Dress up in a beekeeper's suit on one of our tours (minimum age 6 years) or spin your own honey and finish with a personalised jar of kiwi honey goodness to take away! Get crafty making beeswax candles, soap or your own beeswax food wraps. Browse our honey store, grab a coffee and something yummy to eat and relax in the 'Bees Nest' – our sunny garden with playhouse and trampoline, or in the charm of our renovated retro wool shed. Bring the swarm in anytime for a snack and a FREE look at our active observation hive. 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown Phone: 021 942 808 Hours: daily, 9am-5pm Email: tours@buzzstop.co.nz www.buzzstop.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 $8.50, Child $4 (5 years+), Toddlers' Pool $7 (1 adult + up to 2 toddlers 4 years & under) Group discounts available for advanced bookings. Hydroslide Pass: Adult $8, Child $5 (open certain hours – call for details) Birthday parties: Bring a birthday group and the birthday kid swims free! Book ahead for exclusive use of the learners' pool. 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 years 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 plus the birthday child climbs free! Phone: 03 450 9005 Price: Adult $12.50, Child $10, gear hire $5 Family pass: $50 including gear hire (conditions apply). See website for times of instructor supervised sessions (belay licence required outside these times). http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/climb


Discover Queenstown

There are plenty of ways to see and enjoy the beauty of Queenstown and the surrounding area and around nearly every corner is new scenery to take your breath away. Discover it for yourself on a family-friendly cruise, by jet boat, raft, Segway, 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 – they are a breed of their own and have been around since the age of the dinosaurs (that's more than 65 million years!) Take a forest walk with our self-guided audio system. Come and visit our new, free-of-charge Honey Bee Centre – discover a world of fun bee facts and see our transparent hive. Can you spot the Queen? Gift shop 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 $60, Child $30* (Child is 5-14 years, under 5s FREE) Family $140 (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 free-flight Conservation Show and audio tour).

meet a living dinosaur!

FUN, FUR & FEATHERS with NZ’s original wildlife show plus we guarantee you’ll see a kiwi in our BRAND NEW Kiwi House!

GUAR AN TO SEE TEED ME PL KIDZ G US O FRE E!*

Open daily with 5 acres to explore and 20 species of wildlife to get up close to!

www.kiwibird.co.nz

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

CARDRONA HORSE TREKKING

SPOT THE ! E DIFFERENC BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Adult $100, Child $80 Phone 03 443 8151 Freephone 0800 4 SADDLES backcountrysaddles.co.nz find us on Trip Advisor

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BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 29 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 Rd, Cardrona (45 minutes scenic drive from Queenstown) Phone: 03 443 8151 (bookings essential) Freephone: 0800 4 SADDLES (0800 4 723 3537) Departs*: 10am and 1.30pm year round (minimum 2 riders) *IMPORTANT – you must check in 30 mins prior to ride departure. Duration: 2 hours Price: Adult $100, Child $80 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 is necessary – our family-friendly treks are suitable for children and 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 Departs: free pick up / return from central Queenstown, or self-drive. Hours: daily treks 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 4.15pm Duration: from 1½ hours ex-Queenstown Price: from $89 Mention Kidz Go and ask about our exclusive family packages – save up to $89! E: info@nzhorsetreks.co.nz www.nzhorsetreks.co.nz

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TAKE A LOOK INSIDE A WORKING KIWI SHEEP STATION!

Photo courtesy of Southern Discoveries

Mt Nicholas was first established in the 1860s and is one of NZ's largest stations with 30,000 merino sheep and over 2000 cattle. Around 30 dogs help look after the sheep while they grow their wool coats for Icebreaker clothing! Their job includes bringing the sheep in from the high country before the winter snow falls. You'll see them at work when you visit on a Southern Discoveries farm experience.

MERINO – ITS JOURNEY TO KEEP YOU WARM!

Most breeds of sheep struggle to survive in the rugged high country, but merinos have learned to thrive in the extreme environment. They grow a fleece that is luxuriously soft, yet the wool is light and breathable in summer and highly insulating in winter – that means they can survive temperatures that soar to 35° or plummet to minus 20° when the mountains are blanketed in snow. And that's why you love your merino too! On a Southern Discoveries farm experience you’ll learn how a shearer removes the sheep's heavy woollen fleece before it's inspected, pressed and stored, ready to be transported to Icebreaker – the first company to develop merino clothing. Every year each merino's wool makes five Icebreaker garments!

Photo courtesy of Southern Discoveries

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What’s a jet boat? Unlike a conventional propeller-driven boat, a jet boat utilises an internal propeller (impeller), drawing water up through an inlet in the bottom of the boat and driving it with great force through a moveable nozzle at the rear. This allows the jet boat to travel in water only inches deep, and it is so manoeuvrable it can perform a 360° turn on the spot. The jet boat’s uses worldwide vary from passenger ferries to military and coastguard craft. Yet it was invented right here in the 1950s by Bill ‘Mad Irishman’ Hamilton, a farmer and selftaught engineer. He devised it as a means of getting around his Canterbury farm via shallow rivers without the propellers hitting rocks. Just over a decade later the world’s first tourist jet boat operation commenced in Queenstown.

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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 45km, hour long adventure highlights the magnificent diversity of Queenstown’s waterways. Main Town Pier, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 Freephone: 0800 52 92 72 Opening hours: 8.30am-6pm Departs: daily, every hour on the hour from 9am-6pm Duration: 1 hour Price: Adult $135, Child $69 (child is 5-14 years), Family $307 Children aged 2-4 years ride FREE. Rates valid until 30th September 2020 Email: bookings@kjet.co.nz www.kjet.co.nz Out Of Town Jet Boat Adventures

WANAKA Explore the Clutha River with GO JETS – world-renowned scenery, fast-flowing waters and JET BOAT action! Page 63 TE ANAU, FIORDLAND Discover the Fiordland Wilderness and Lord of the Rings country by JET BOAT with FIORDLAND JET! Page 73

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Activities :: Discover Queenstown 25 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 and 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. 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.

GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE The kids will love this delightful, fun encounter with a wide variety of friendly farm animals – in an amazing setting! Feed and pat and watch our quiet and friendly goats, miniature horses, alpacas, llamas, sheep, donkey, cows, bunnies, guinea pigs and more – get really close for great photo opportunities! Make an afternoon of it, explore the nearby Lagoon Track, walk through the paddocks, watch a sheep shearing demonstration and experience NZ farm life up close. Getting There: self-drive – 2.25km from Glenorchy township towards Paradise; look out for the big red barn on the left. Transport available with Glenorchy Journeys (0800 495 687). Phone: 021 252 7753 Open: daily, 9am-5pm Duration: allow minimum 30 minutes, but stay as long as you like. Shearing demonstration: 2.30pm daily Price: Adult $20, Child $10 (child is 5-15 years), Under 5s FREE Family Pass: $50 (2 ad + up to 3 ch) Animal Feed: $5 per bag www.glenorchyanimalexperience.co.nz

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Activities :: Discover Queenstown CORONET PEAK SIGHTSEEING GONDOLA Hike ~ Bike ~ Café ~ Relax OPEN DECEMBER 2019 Remarkable 360° panoramas guaranteed. Our sightseeing gondola takes your family to the top of 'The Peak' for unsurpassed panoramic views across Queenstown and the Southern Alps. From there you can take a hike (freedom or guided) or just soak up the vista from our viewing platform. Why not hire a bike and explore our purpose-made trails, or simply relax at our café and soak in the unique alpine environment of Coronet Peak. Self-drive or take one of our scheduled buses departing Queenstown every hour for a 16km / 20-minute drive on an easy sealed road with the Wakatipu Basin laid out below you. Transport departs: The Station building, Queenstown – on the hour, every hour from midday. Last return 6.30pm. Sightseeing Gondola High-speed eight seater gondola – it’s faster and quieter! Price (return ride): Adult $30, Child $15 (6-17yrs), Family $85 CORONET PEAK GUIDED HIKES Our guides will take you on a short walk around the summit rocks and along the ridgeline overlooking Mt Aurum. On the way you will discover points of interest and native flora as well as hearing stories of the goldminers and farmers who settled this rugged land. Supportive footwear required. Duration: 75 mins Departs: 2pm or 4pm Purchase your ticket at our base building. Price: $60 per person (minimum 2 people)

OFF ROAD 4X4 QUEENSTOWN: SCENIC AND LORD OF THE RINGS 4X4 TOURS Splash through rivers, explore canyons and visit movie scenes around Queenstown, Glenorchy and Skippers Canyon. Forward-facing window seats, refreshments, iPad presentations and gold panning demos included. Departs: 8:15am and 1:15pm Duration: 4 hours Price: Adult $189, Child (6-12years) $99 FAMILY SPECIAL: Families can also arrange private charters from just $699 per vehicle (seats 7 pax). No minimum age for charters and child seats can be supplied. Shop: 61A Shotover Street, Queenstown www.offroad.co.nz Phone: 03 442 7858 Freephone: 0800 OFF ROAD (633 7623) See page 30 for more Off Road Adventures. SEGWAY ON Q Min age 10* Discover Queenstown on a SEGWAY! It's a new sensation that's fantastic fun for everyone! Segway on Q’s tours are an excellent way to see the town and have a great time along the way. See page 28 for more details. *Minimum weight 35kg www.segwayonq.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

CORONET PEAK MOUNTAIN BIKING Cross-country and downhill mountain bike tracks suitable for every level. Find out why Coronet Peak biking is considered world-class! Full Day Pass: Adult $55, Child $35 (6-17years) Sunset Pass (4.30pm onwards): Adult $25, Child $15 Season pass: Adult $399, Child $199 (6-17years) Facilities: Licensed café with takeaway gourmet lunch hampers available, scenic sightseeing chairlift, guided hikes, mountain biking, mountain bike rental and repairs, toilets, ticket office, gift and accessories shop, shuttles from town. Phone: 03 450 1970 Freephone: 0800 697 547 www.coronetpeak.co.nz/summer Kids 5 years and under receive FREE gondola passes when accompanied by a paying adult.


Activities :: Discover Queenstown CHARGEABOUT QUEENSTOWN Electric-assist Mountain Bikes See more of Queenstown’s cycle trails on Electric Mountain Bikes – the ultimate way to keep everyone in the family happy and riding together. ChargeAbout are Queenstown’s original electric bike rental service, offering only the finest quality eBikes with your comfort and safety in mind. The smart pedal-assist system is so easy to ride, the only difficulty will be hiding your grin as you power up the hills! ChargeAbout eBikes are available for ages 9 years up, plus they have tag-along and trailer options for your younger ones. ChargeAbout HQ: Hilton Hotel Jetty right on the lakeside trail Queenstown pop-up shop: 9B Earl St across from the Novotel. Free delivery and pick up for 4 or more with half or full-day rentals. Phone: 03 442 6376 Freephone: 0800 324 536 www.chargeabout.co.nz AROUND THE BASIN - BIKE QUEENSTOWN Bike Hire | Ride Packages | Bike Tours Around The Basin specialise in mountain biking adventures on the Queenstown Trail. We love kids and we're eager to make your biking adventure fun for all the family. We offer premium mountain and electric bike rental for adults, mountain bikes for kids plus trailers and infant seats. From self-guided family ride packages through to fully supported bike tours – explore the trails by yourselves or with the re-assurance of vehicle support along the way

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should you need it for those tired children (or adults)! Visit our shop or book our services online. Shop location: The Station Building, 9 Duke Street, Queenstown Freephone: 0508 78 29 253 (0508 QT CYCLE) or +64 27 952 5801 www.aroundthebasin.co.nz FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING 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 TAXIS (0800 788 294) Enquiries: enquiries@queenstowntaxis.com www.queenstowntaxis.com Mobility taxi available. Member of the New Zealand Taxi Federation.

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ADVENTURE FUN!

Minimum age guide Age 2+ KJet – Jet boating adventure Age 3+ Basecamp Adventures Clip 'n Climb, SITE Trampoline*, Skippers Canyon Jet*, Family Adventures Rafting, THRILLZONE Vortex 12D Motion Theatre* Age 4+ Kidz Club*, THRILLZONE Battleground or 360° Drift*, THRILLZONE 360° VR , Game Over Lazer Tag*, Go Jets, Off Road 4x4 Buggy (passenger) Age 5+

iFly Indoor Skydiving, Backcountry Saddle horsetreks, Paintball Central, Cardrona Carting (passenger)

Age 6+ Buzzstop Bee-a-Beekeeper, Off Road Quad Bike Tours, Ziptrek EcoTours, Highlands Go Karts (passenger) Age 7+ Fear Factory, Realm VR Wanaka Age 8+ Cardrona Carting (driver, min height 100cm), Riversurfing or Drifting, Game Over Indoor Karting, Rippled Earth Island Kayak Safari Age 10+ Segway on Q (min weight 35kg)*, Highlands Go Karts (single kart driver), Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox (min weight 35kg) Age 12+ Riversledging, Odyssey SMASHIT

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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 when a child of any age must have reached this weight/height to participate. * The activity may be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator. 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.

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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 *Minimum weight 35kg. Slightly smaller/younger children may be permitted at operator's discretion. Contact us for a free trial to check suitability.


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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, Oban Street Departure: Queenstown 8am, Glenorchy 8.30am Duration: Queenstown rtn 5 hours / Glenorchy rtn 3hrs (approx) Paddle Time: 1½ hours (45 mins each way) Price: $145 pp from Glenorchy ($30 extra from Queenstown) Email: kayak@rippledearth.co.nz www.rippledearth.co.nz.

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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 and is celebrating TEN YEARS of zipping flying through 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. Booking Desk: 45 Camp Street (opposite The Station Building) Freephone: 0800 ZIPTREK (0800 947 873) Hours: tours daily, 9.30am ‘til 7pm 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 (2 ziplines + 21m drop) Adult or Child $99 flat rate Moa Tour (4-line) Adult $145, Child or Senior $99 Kea Tour (6-line) Adult $195, Child/Senior $149 Child is 6-14 years, Senior is 65 years+ *prices do not include Skyline Gondola access. Family Deal – 4-line Moa Tour: $399 for two adults and two children, additional child $80 www.ziptrek.co.nz Note: zippers under 25kg may ride the Moa Tour in tandem with a guide.

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Queenstown 30 Activities Activities :::: Discover Adventure Fun OFF ROAD QUEENSTOWN OFF ROAD ADVENTURES: QUAD BIKE TOURS Min age 6 The best hands-on adventure for families for over 30 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: $219 per person FAMILY SPECIAL: $50 off for kids 6-12 years on 9am Explorer Tour with accompanying adult. FREE ACTION PHOTOS INCLUDED. OFF ROAD 4X4 QUEENSTOWN SCENIC AND LORD OF THE RINGS 4X4 TOURS Splash through rivers, explore canyons and visit movie scenes. Forward-facing window seats, refreshments, iPad presentations and goldpanning demos included. Departs: 8:15am and 1:15pm Duration: 4 hours Price: Adult $189, Child (6-12 years) $99 FAMILY SPECIAL: Families can also arrange private charters from just $699 per vehicle (seats 7 pax). No minimum age for charters and child seats can be supplied OFF ROAD EXPEDITIONS SELF-DRIVE and 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 available. Challenger Self-Drive Guided Buggy Tour: 1½ hrs (60 mins action) Price: $368 per Yamaha Wolverine buggy (seats 2) Scenic Guided Buggy Ride: 1½ hours (60 minutes action) Price: $418 per Yamaha Viking buggy (5 plus guide – not self-drive) FAMILY SPECIAL: $418 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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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: Alpine Sports, 39 Shotover Street, 7.45am and 1.30pm 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


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Activities :: Adventure Fun RIVERBOARDING Min age 8 Go Riverboarding with the originals! Celebrating over 30 years of adventure on the Kawarau River. If you do one water activity in Queenstown it HAS to be this – the most thrilling water activity on the planet! We offer you and your family the chance to navigate a 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) RIVERBOARDING ADVENTURES Riversurfing: $235pp or $215pp for family of four or more. Bodyboard grade 2-3 rapids alongside expert river guides. Daily departures. Minimum age 8 years (must be able to swim). Maximum of two under 12s per trip. Sledging: $235pp or $215pp for family of four or more. An action-packed adventure for water lovers! Daily departures. Minimum age 12 years (must be able to swim). Drifting: $255pp or $215pp for family of four or more. Start with a jet boat ride then float at a gentle pace with no white water. Daily departures from January. Min age 8 years (must be able to swim). Duration of river trips: 4 to 4½ hours (up to 2 hours in river). www.riverboarding.co.nz Kidz Go special. $215 per person for family of four or more. Mention Kidz Go when you call and book.

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BASECAMP ADVENTURES No Experience Necessary. The ultimate family adventure awaits you! Choose from a half-day to a one or two-day adventure. Combine activities and take advantage of our family packages. BOOK ONLINE! Rock Climbing – half-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 – we will tailor an unforgettable family experience to suit the interests and fitness of your clan. We provide the equipment and our expert guide will help you explore and enjoy our unique New Zealand wilderness. Phone: 03 443 1110 Price for Rock Climbing: Adult from $189, Child from $109 Family (2 Adult + 2 Child) half-day $499, extra children $109 each Other Adventures: see our website for prices and more details of your next family adventure! www.basecampadventures.co.nz SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX SHOTOVER CANYON SWING Min age 10 /35kg Jump from our immense 109m high platform, freefall alongside the cliff face for 60m then swing in the canyon for 200m. We’ve over 70 jump styles to choose from, how about a tandem jump with your mum or dad before you give it a go on your own? 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 Group Deals and drop into the unknown! Shop location: 34 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 6990 / 0800 279 464 Price: Canyon Swing $249, extra jumps $45 Canyon Swing Tandem $229 each Canyon Fox $174, Spectators $22 Combo Deal: $299 for Swing + Fox, save $124 Visit website for Fox Group Deals. www.canyonswing.co.nz

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PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5* With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family (minimum 2 players). Paintball is fun, fast and action-packed! *Minimum age for Paintball is 7 years. 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 Game Times: on the hour when you book Duration: max 2 hours www.paintballcentral.co.nz


Activities :: Discover Cardrona Discover the Cardrona Valley The Crown Range road is NZ's highest main road and links Queenstown and Wanaka via the Cardrona Valley. The route is a scenic wonderland with incredible views and golden hills in every direction. Just 45 minutes from Queenstown brings you to Cardrona township – home to the historic Cardrona Hotel (one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand), the famous bra fence – known as BraDrona, Backcountry Saddle horseriding and the fabulous year-round activities at Cardrona Alpine Resort – including gondola rides, lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking and mountain

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CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (Dec 7th - March 29th) Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting and Biking Stargazing ~ Alpine Walking Take the gondola to the mountaintop and immerse yourself in a beautiful alpine environment. Cardrona offers incredible sightseeing; both young and old can experience NZ’s most accessible mountain and New Zealand’s highest playground! Adventurous families can explore by mountain cart or bike. Afterwards, grab a family-sized woodfired pizza from The Lounge and take in those mountain views. We have something to put a smile on the face of every member of the family at Cardrona this summer! Transport available from Queenstown to Cardrona with every package. 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. Mountain Bike Learner Zone FREE Gondola Adult $35, Child $25 (6-17years) Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes. Mountain Carting $120 for 2 hours of action ($70 with lift pass). Drivers must be at least 100cm height and 8 years+. Kids under 100cm can ride tandem on mountain carts (so everyone can go). Mountain Biking half-day lift pass Adult $75, Child $42 Stargazing Tour $99 (extra with dinner and transport option) www.cardrona.com/summer

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The Queenstown Trail and local bike rides. Welcome to The Queenstown Trail, unveiling 130+kms of well-formed, off-road tracks with stunning vistas for you to explore by bike or on foot. Discover spectacular suspension bridges, secret swim holes, cute cafés and wonderful wineries, all on easy bike or walking trails that follow alongside the rivers and lakes of the Wakatipu Basin. The Queenstown Trail makes a perfect outing for families and below you'll find information on some of our favourite sections. See page 36 for The Queenstown Trail map. Short on time or just want to choose one ride? Don't miss this!

Easy Trails FRANKTON TRACK Departs: Frankton Distance: 15km return The easiest section of The Queenstown Trail starts from the centre of town at the Queenstown Gardens and then follows alongside the lake to Frankton Beach – a great picnic or rest spot before you turn around for the ride back, or continue on to the Kelvin Peninsula Trail (link both these rides for an easy 30km return outing). KELVIN PENINSULA TRAIL Departs: Frankton Distance: 15km return From Frankton beach ride 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 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. QUEENSTOWN GARDENS Departs: Queenstown Distance: 3km return A lovely way to explore Queenstown Gardens and a fun ride with littlies. From the centre of town follow the lake into the gardens and ride 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. Discs can also be hired from Queenstown Ice Arena). Stop by at Queenstown Bay Playground – best playground in town! www.KidzGo.co.nz

Kelvin Heights Trail: photo courtesy of No Boundary BIke Tours

ARROW RIVER BRIDGES TRAIL Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 14km 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 long 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. MILLENNIUM TRACK Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 41/2 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 WINE TRAIL 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 plus stunning views of Kawarau River.


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Intermediate Trails TWIN RIVERS TRAIL (Kawarau Falls Bridge to Morven Ferry Road) Departs: near Frankton Distance: 36km return This section starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and meanders alongside the Kawarau River before taking you up to the Old Lower Shotover Bridge. Follow alongside the Shotover River before returning to the willow-lined bank of the Kawarau, 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 TRAIL 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. For a shorter ride park at Lake Hayes and just take the loop around the lake. Highlights: Riding around beautiful Lake Hayes. SHOTOVER COUNTRYSIDE TRAIL (Arrowtown to Shotover Bridge) Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 26km return From the Arrowtown River carpark follow the trail up to the road and on through Millbrook Resort. Enjoy the beautiful countryside views before descending down towards Slopehill Road and onto the Shotover River, finishing at the historic Old Lower Shotover Bridge. For a shorter ride this would be a good point to grab a shuttle back to Arrowtown. Highlights: Riding alongside the Shotover River.

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Bike Hire and Shuttle Services Kitting out the family with bikes and gear and having a day out when you don't know the area does not need to be a hassle! See our listed companies for easy family biking. They will recommend a great track to suit your family and assist with all bike and transport logistics. You can hire mountain bikes including children's and electric bikes plus accessories for littlies. Bike drop-off, shuttle service to or from your chosen track and supported or guided tours available. CHARGEABOUT ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE Go further, see more with an electric mountain bike. Delivery and pick-ups by arrangement. Free bike charge stations along the Queenstown Trail. See ad this page. Phone 03 442 6376 AROUND THE BASIN Family bike and accessories hire shop in the centre of Queenstown, easy riding to QT gardens and the Queenstown Trail. Shuttle service & tours available. See ad next page. Freephone 0508 78 29 253

Advanced Trails THREE RIVERS TRAIL 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 Lower Shotover Bridge. Follow the trail along the Kawarau River up to Morven Ferry Road, along the Arrow River and back to Arrowtown. Toilets and cafĂŠ at Millbrook Resort or in Arrowtown. Highlights: Riding alongside three rivers. Crossing the Southern Discoveries Suspension Bridge. (Continued next page)

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Arrow River Bridges Easy, 14km

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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. For a shorter ride start from Jardine's Park, Kelvin Heights. 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! Try some of the smaller stuff or just 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 starting with 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.

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CORONET PEAK SIGHTSEEING GONDOLA and MOUNTAIN BIKING (Open December 2019) Remarkable 360° panoramas guaranteed. Cross-country and downhill mountain bike tracks suitable for every level. Find out why Coronet Peak biking is considered world class! Day Pass: Adult $55, Child $35 Sunset Pass (4.30pm onwards): Adult $25, Child $15 Facilities: Licensed café, toilets, ticket office, retail shop, bike rental and repairs, first aid. www.coronetpeak.co.nz/summer Kids 5 years and under receive FREE gondola passes. CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT BIKE PARK (December 7th - March 29th) 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. 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. Afterwards, grab a family-sized woodfired pizza from The Lounge and take in those mountain views. Freephone: 0800 440 800 www.cardrona.com/summer Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes.

7 MILE BIKE PARK, WILSON BAY Renowned as one of the best bike forests in the South Island and a favourite spot for locals. Explore the network of looping tracks throughout the forest with fast and winding trails, wide berms, rolling table tops or technical variations.

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DISCOVER ARROWTOWN Only 20km from Queenstown, Arrowtown was born of the 1862 goldrush and is a step back in time with tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages and a main street reminiscent of a ‘Wild West’ movie, not to mention the original New Orleans Hotel, providing hospitality to the first settlers over 150 years ago and still open today! The Arrow River, with the fascinating Chinese Settlement on its bank, was at one time worked by thousands of goldseekers who came from around the world in their quest for gold, good fortune and a better life.

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Discover Arrowtown 39 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 relics 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 www.museumqueenstown.com ARROWTOWN MEMORIAL POOL Arrowtown's heated outdoor swimming pool is right in the centre of town and is open for summer, through to late February/early March. The main pool is 29m long with 6 lanes; additionally there is a 5m x 5m toddler pool. We have a snack shop onsite, as well as a large grassy picnic area and a covered BBQ area. 4 Hertford Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 0145 Hours: daily, 11am-6pm through summer, except for Christmas and New Year's Day. https://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/ swim/arrowtown-pool

A fun place to find out about the past

Complete our code-cracking treasure hunt and be rewarded with a prize! Discover the stories behind the goldrush and search for your own gold.

Senior $8, Adult $10, Child $3, Family $20 ph 03 442 1824 www.museumqueenstown.com Buckingham Street, Arrowtown

tTHE e AND SOUL of ARROWTOWN since 1866 With a menu that’s jam-packed with hearty goodness, huge pizza selection, sharing plates, Kiwi faves & the best kids’ menu in town!

Plus local & international beer & wines.

Open daily, 9am~late 27 Buckingham Street Phone 03 442 1748 neworleanshotel.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


:: Discover Queenstown 40 Activities Discover Arrowtown

Arrowtown's chinese settlement

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The heritage-listed settlement is a reminder of some of the 3,500 chinese miners and businessmen who lived in Otago during the 1860s goldrush. While wealthy banks and merchants traded in the beautiful avenues of central Arrowtown the chinese settlement on the edge of town reveals their more modest lifestyle, shunned or persecuted by european settlers and mostly working the ground that Europeans had already abandoned as unprofitable. Visit this partially restored and well-interpreted settlement from the goldrush. Discover how the chinese immigrants lived and explore inside their restored huts including Ah Lum’s store that was central to their community.

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Some of our favourite family bike tracks start right from Millennium Track Easy – 1 hour return the centre of Arrowtown and it's easy to organise your Start from the carpark in Ramshaw Lane. Follow the day from here. Our top pick is the: Arrow River to the outskirts of Arrowtown. Cross the Arrow River Bridges Trail (14km one way) bridge and return most of the way along the other This ride crosses five bridges alongside two rivers and side, crossing a bridge once more and finishing in the includes two exciting suspension bridges beforre carpark. Along the way there are picnic and river-play you arrive at the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge and spots, a rope swing and playing field so it's a great wee Gibbston Valley – home of more bike tracks and wineries. walk with the kids. Buggy friendly. Map p38 See lots more suggestions and contacts for your biking 2 Lake Hayes Track Easy – 2 hour loop adventure on page 34. This easy walk takes you around Lake Hayes. The track has steep drop-offs at some points so keep small The Arrow River children with you. Excellent beach, picnic/swim area There's no better way to enjoy a sunny Arrowtown day and toilets with road access at one end. than to join the locals and head to the Arrow River! Buggy friendly. Map p92 It ticks every box for simple, family fun – it's right in the middle of town with a track running alongside 3 Tobins Track that's ideal for walking or biking. The river is shallow Med/Hard – 1 hour return for Tobins Track or and perfect for safe splashing –look out for local kids 2 hour loop via New Chum An uphill hike to the top of Tobins Track will reward playing on rope swings and having a ball! Plus if you you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the want to have a go at goldpanning you can hire a Wakatipu Basin. A straightforward, wide track; short goldpan from the Lakes District Museum and try your and steep! For a longer loop walk, look out for the luck – gold is still discovered in the Arrow River so it sign to New Chum track as you walk up the hill – this might be you that finds the next nugget! 1

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Easy 4 Arrow River – Macetown Road and Sawpit Gully Track 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 p38 www.KidzGo.co.nz


A nugget of Southern Lakes history

A nugget of Southern Lakes history In 1862 gold was discovered in the Shotover River and over the ensuing two years thousands of miners came from around the world in search of their fortune.

Here’s how it all began…

Way back, before white men had even set foot on Aotearoa the Mãori lived in tribes around the South Island. They travelled through the area known today as the Southern Lakes on their journeys to the coast, hunting Moa and searching for pounamu (greenstone) for their tools and weapons. Then one day just over 150 years ago two tired travellers emerged at a point high above the presentday Arrowtown. The Europeans had come searching for land to settle and use for agriculture and pasturing sheep. The view that greeted them must have taken their breath away – William Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann gazed upon rich high country, glistening lakes, flowing rivers and rugged mountains. Surely this must be paradise!

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Competition was fierce and on one supply run, Fox realised he was being followed by prospectors keen to discover where he was finding his gold. Desperate, 'every man for himself' times called for cunning measures – he crept away in the middle of the night, leaving his tent standing, and managed to fool his stalkers for a short time.

The goldrush is on!

Incredibly, in the height of the rush, with 18,000 miners and supporting trades, the local population was similar to that of today and ghost towns like Macetown, Seffertown and Skippers, now just a deserted handful of old stone cottages, were flourishing with schools, bakeries, bars and churches. Within just a few years, the frenzy was over. The days of plucking gold nuggets from the icy waters of the local rivers were gone. In two years alone over 40 tonnes of gold had been discovered, yet the surface had barely been scratched! There was still gold to be had but getting at it was to involve slightly more sophisticated methods than a pair of hands and a goldpan. Commercial mining began in earnest until eventually it too fizzled out, but not without reputedly leaving more gold in the hills than has ever been mined from them.

It was no easy matter getting themselves and their horses through the spiky Speargrass (or Spaniard Grass) and thorny Matagouri bushes and it was a weary and So if you want to try your luck at making it big, there’s bloody pair that finally emerged at the water’s edge still gold in them there hills! Find out more at the exciting and interactive Lakes District Museum (where William Rees’ statue stands today). in Arrowtown where you can also hire gold pans and pan for gold By early 1861 Rees was established as the first in the Arrow River just like WIlliam Fox! See page 39. farmer of the Wakatipu, with a high-country farm Or visit Escape Quest and travel back in time to the goldrush while near the mouth of the Kawarau River, whilst you solve a crime. See page 15. Von Tunzelman established a farm at the Can you find the statue of WIlliam Rees in downtown Queenstown? location of Mt Nicholas. Boats now provided transport and the population of Queenstown, the town that was considered fit for Queen Victoria, started slowly to grow.

There's gold in the rivers!

However, Rees’ peaceful new life was soon to be disrupted – gold was being discovered throughout Otago and the goldseekers were making their way towards the rivers of Queenstown… A sailor, William Fox, was one of the first men to find gold in the Arrow River, in 1862. It sparked an invasion of miners from the Australian and Californian goldfields and makeshift tent towns sprung up almost overnight as eager fortune-seekers set out to pan the Arrow and Shotover Rivers, willing to risk life and limb for their share. Photo courtesy of Sue Todd and The Arrowtown Promotion Board


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. Family attractions include Highlands and the super-fun Paintball Central.

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HIGHLANDS – Ultimate family action fun! Take the family on an action-packed adventure at Highlands Go-Karts as you compete against each other on our single or tandem karts around an exciting outdoor track (6 years+). Add to the outing with Highlands Museum – showcasing the rarest cars in NZ motorsport history, Wacky Sculpture Park, tots' playground and Highlands café that looks down on the fast action of our 4.5km International motorsport circuit! Go-Karts Choose single or tandem Go-Karts. 10-minute session: $49 (single), $49 (tandem per cart) Single driver: min age 10 years (minimum height 1.4m) Tandem driver: min age 16 years (minimum height 1.4m) Tandem passenger: min age 6 years (minimum height 1.2m) Highlands Museum Adult $25, Child $10, Family $50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell Phone: 0508 HIGHLANDS (444 452) www.highlands.co.nz Visit us on Facebook

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Activities :: Discover Cromwell 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! We require a ratio of max four children aged 7-15 years to one adult. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by adults at or on the field. *Minimum age for Paintball is 7 years. 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 Hours: from 9am to late (summer hours). Game Times: on the hour when you book Duration: max 2 hours Price: $40 per person for basic game (includes 100 shots, gun, overalls and mask) Email: 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 Cromwell mini golf next to the giant 'fruit sculpture'.

Head 15 minutes out of town towards Clyde and Alexandra and you can swing into a lookout point for the 100m high Clyde Dam – the result of 14 years of construction and controversy, completed in 1993 – and visit the historic riverside settlement of Clyde just beyond it.

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Discover Glenorchy

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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 from Queenstown 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.


Discover Glenorchy

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Lagoon Loop Easy – 1 hour Facing the lake and Glenorchy jetty, follow the path to your right – it leads to a boardwalk skirting the lagoon. Stunning views and lots of birdlife, including black swans. Lake Sylvan Easy – 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. 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 (Routeburn Flats) 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 but rewarding climb.

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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, a hill 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. Walk for as little or long as you want and return the same way. Greenstone Track Day Walk Moderate The Greenstone Track sidles alongside the Greenstone River and is well-worth exploring for a few hours. You can make a 5-6 hour loop by including Lake Rere or simply enjoy a stroll along the emerald green waters of the Greenstone River for as little or long as you like. It starts from the carpark beyond Kinloch and although it's a further 35km from Glenorchy, the lakeside drive itself is incredible.

play ~ eat ~ shop ~ explore ~ sleep MRS WOOLLY'S GENERAL STORE A visit 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 great coffee, irresistible homemade cookies, delicious Full Monty gelato sundaes plus healthy takeaway salads, wraps, muffins and treats for your picnic; fresh pastries, groceries and a divine range of New Zealand gifts. The family will love to browse our imaginative gift store with unique mementos of your visit. Supplies include maps, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, games, books, binoculars or that extra layer, so stock up before you head out to explore Paradise or call in for hot chocolates on your way home!

64 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: 03 409 0051 Hours: daily, 9am-6pm mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz

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 29

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 25

MRS WOOLLY'S CAMPGROUND This might just be the most stunning campground setting on Earth! Bring the family and set up your tent at one of our unpowered sites or plug your campervan at one of our powered sites.

Phone: 021 0889 4008 www.MrsWoollysCampground.co.nz Oban Street, Glenorchy Read more on page 80

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 www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz Oban Street, Glenorchy Read more on page 80

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Walking Tracks & Picnic Spots 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 WALKS 1 Sunshine Bay Track 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 mountain goats! Path descends to the main Glenorchy road with no pavement so it's safest to return along the track. Map p2 3 Queenstown Hill Time Walk Hard – 3 hours 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). See the famous Basket of Dreams. Map p2 4 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 zipliners from some sections of track. Map p2 5 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 p4 6 Kelvin Heights Track Easy – 90 mins return Start from Kawarau Village. Follow the easy, well-graded track alongside the lake towards the peninsula. Buggy-friendly. Map p4 7 Kelvin Heights Scupture Trail Easy – 90 mins return

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Follow the shore of Lake Wakatipu from 12 Mile Delta (location for Lord of the Rings Ithilien Camp) to Bob's Cove Scenic Reserve. Map p92 www.KidzGo.co.nz

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QUEENSTOWN AND AREA PICNIC SPOTS 1 The Esplanade From St Omer Park to Steamer Wharf – shady lakefront, playground and toilets. BBQ areas and beaches. Map p2 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 3 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 p92 4 Lake Hayes Recreation Area The best picnic area is 2km along the Arrowtown-Lake Hayes road at the Arrowtown end of the lake. Beach, warm shallows, lots of space, shade, toilets. Map p92 5 Devils Staircase Queenstown – Kingston road. Spectacular lookout spots and lake access. Map p92 6 Kingston At the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu is the tiny, lakeside community of Kingston. Great picnic/swim spot. Map p92 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 p92 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 p92 9 Kelvin Grove, Kelvin Heights At the entrance to the golf course, right on the lake. Toilets and playground. Map p92 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 p38


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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 information for childminding services, baby and child furniture hire, birthday party ideas and more!

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 $425, Child $179, Family $709 (conditions apply).

Child furniture and accessories

Cardrona Mountain Bike Park www.cardrona.com Unlimited lift access to Cardrona’s network of mountain bike trails for the summer '19-'20 season. Kids 5 years & under visit FREE! Ad $599, Ch $299 (6-17 years) Coronet Peak Sightseeing , Hiking, Biking Unlimited gondola access all summer long plus discounts for NZSki winter '19 pass holders. Adult $399, Child $199 (6-17 yrs) www.coronetpeak.co.nz/summer Friends of Highlands 03 445 4052 Unlimited Highlands Museum entry plus 10% discount on other activities. Annual: Family $60 (2 adults + up to 3 children)

Rockababy Rentals Queenstown –

Kiwi Birdlife 'Friend of the Park' 03 442 8059 Unlimited visits (with up to 3 kids) to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, plus 20% discount for other adults. Adult: $60 (Local residents)

Hire top quality car seats, strollers, cots, toy boxes and much more. Delivery or pick up options available.

National Transport and Toy Museum Locals Pass Pay full price once, then go FREE for 6 months, and pay only $5 for the following 6 months. (Or go free every time with any full-paying fare). 03 443 8765 Puzzling World Wanaka – Puzzports 03 443 7489 Unlimited access to all Puzzling World attractions. Annual: Adult $62, Child $45 (5-15 years) Queenstown Ice Arena Summer Season Unlimited access to public sessions. Check website for prices and further details.

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Southern Discoveries Locals Discovery Card Year-round discounts for Otago and Southland residents. southerndiscoveries.co.nz/localsdiscoverycard Southern Discoveries, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach St, Queenstown 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 $425, ch $179, family $709 (2 adult + dependants)

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ROCKABABY RENTALS Toy Boxes | Baby Gyms | Bikes and Scooters Play Pens | Cots and Bedding Car Seats | Strollers | High Chairs | Bath Time fun Shopping Delivery | Babysitting Lots of other extras for your little ones We provide the best quality equipment for your little one as they munch, splash, drive, stroll, nap and play during your stay in Queenstown. Grab one of our '4-wheel drive' buggies or baby backpacks and get exploring – then relax while the kids are entertained for hours with one of our fantastic ageappropriate toy boxes. We can even help you find a great babysitter. BOOK ONLINE and have EVERYTHING you need assembled and waiting for you when you arrive, including nappies and baby food! Missing something? All gear/toys can also be booked casually during your stay. Phone: 021 038 7731 Email: info@rockababyrentals.co.nz www.rockababyrentals.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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The Kids’ Directory :: Holiday Programes and Clubs

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

Other contacts for parents The Buddy Programme 03 442 4470 For children 4-12 years in need of additional adult support. Happiness House www.happinesshouse.org.nz Practical support and a parent and baby group.

Art Classes 5 -16 years www.queenstownartscentre.co.nz Hypno For Birthing www.lifeunlimitedhypnotherapy.com Art Classes – The Making Room 021 455 309 Gain techniques to manage tension and prepare for a Aqualand Swim School baby to adult 03 450 9005 relaxed birth. Arrowtown Keas, Cubs and Scouts See Facebook Kip McGrath Wakatipu Ballet Classes 3 years to adult 021 062 2939 Education and referral hub that helps students of all ages. Chipmunks Playland 03 428 2745 48 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton 03 442 9616 Cutie Crew 021 062 2939 Library Activities Music and movement dance classes for 2-4 years The libraries around the Wakatipu Basin are a haven Danceworks 2 years to adult 021 062 2939 of warmth, learning, fun and regular kids' activities. Book a free taster lesson. www.danceworksqueenstown.co.nz Examples are weekly Story Time and Wriggle and Drama and Musical Theatre see Facebook Rhyme for babies and toddlers, arts and lego clubs plus Drama, improvisation and theatre sports for 5-18 years regular events. Reading to dogs: bring in your child to read a book to Foot Golf 03 442 3584 our visiting therapy dogs, which helps children improve Fun French Club 03 442 0075 their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem. Hip Hop and Jass Classes 5 years to adult 021 062 2939 There are seven branches in the Wakatipu area so check Ice Skating www.queenstownicearena.co.nz library websites or on Facebook to find out what's going Junior Athletics www.remarkablerunners.co.nz on at your local library! Junior Football www.queenstownfootball.com Queenstown Lakes Family Services Kidz Club Queenstown 03 441 1159 Professional staff provide positive parenting advice. www.qlfc.co.nz Drop off the kids (4-13 years) and we'll entertain them. Hourly, half or full-day sessions. www.thrillzone.co.nz Queenstown Playcentre 03 442 9309 Little Yogis Arrowtown 027 866 7681 For children 0-5 years with their caregiver. Mainly Music Arrowtown 03 441 4900 Mainly Music Queenstown – for preschoolers Holiday programmes and Facebook: Mainly Music Queenstown after-school care Musical Theatre Classes 021 062 2939 Chipmunks Playland Music Lessons Facebook: Turn up the Music After-school and holiday programmes 03 428 2745 Queenstown Climbing Centre – BRAND NEW 2019! Casual or permanant care with a structured programme Sport climbing, huge boulder wall and Clip 'n Climb. including afternoon tea, homework, play and quiet For 3 years and up. www.basecampadventures.co.nz time. School pick up available (daily or weekly rates). Queenstown Gymnastics Club www.qtgymnastics.co.nz Popular holiday programmes: 8am-6pm. See website for daily activities. www.chipmunks.co.nz Queenstown Mountain Bike Club www.queenstownmtb.co.nz Queenstown Scout Group Facebook: Queenstown Scouts Queenstown Sport & Recreation Holiday Programme Queenstown Tennis Club www.queenstowntennisclub.co.nz Sessions are based from Queenstown Events Centre and Queenstown Memorial Centre. Singing 027 442 1768 5-7 years and 8-12 years. 03 450 9005 SITE Trampoline toddlers-adult 0800 QT BOUNCE Alpine Aqualand Holiday Swim Week Mini Bouncers (under 5s), after-school lessons, A 30-minute lesson every day for a week. Each child Snowboard and Freeski training and Parkour classes. Small Seeds www.stpeters.co.nz/small-seeds can enjoy free entry to the pool two hours prior to the lesson and as long as they like afterwards. Parent and toddler music group, Thursdays. Bookings essential. 03 450 9005 Wakatipu Girl Guides Association Sharon, 027 246 8962 Local Library holiday programmes 03 441 0600 Wakatipu Junior Golf Club www.wjgc.co.nz There will be a range of activity sessions planned for Wakatipu Yacht Club www.wakatipuyachtclub.co.nz primary aged children, so take a look or contact your Learn to sail programmes for kids 8-15 years. local branch for more info. Limited space so bookings Yoga for Kids – Nadi Wellness Centre 03 409 0318 are essential. www.KidzGo.co.nz


The Kids’ Directory :: Babysitting and Childminding 49 Coaching Solutions Queenstown Holiday programs and cricket coaching clinics. Facebook: Coaching Solutions Queenstown sKids Queenstown and Shotover Country 021 251 8688 Onsite after-school care and full and half-day fun, action-packed holiday programmes. Wakatipu Youth Trust Drop-in Centre For years 7 and 8 (10-13 years) each school term, every Thursday evening from 6-8pm. Plus youth-centred school holiday programmes. www.wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz Red Oaks Drive, Frankton (Above Maya Music)

Babysitting and childminding 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 sunny rooftop above Countdown. Just visiting and wanting some casual care? Call now to play, learn, discover and grow with us. Five Mile Retail Centre, Level 1 above Brandland and Countdown Supermarket, Frankton. Phone: 03 442 9440 Hours: 7.45am-5.30pm (Monday-Friday) for fully-enrolled children, 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday) for casual bookings. Call us for weekend care information; subject to availability. www.mamaschildcare.nz   Facebook: Mamas childcare BABYSITTING QUEENSTOWN Queenstown’s most trusted holiday babysitting and nanny service. Whether you need a last-minute babysitter, nanny for the week, or someone to watch the children while you head out for a romantic evening or your daytime activities, Babysitting Queenstown will keep your little ones safe and happy. All our babysitters are: * Experienced in childcare * Personally reference checked and interviewed * First aid certified and carry first aid kits * Police-vetted * Legal NZ employees * Aged 20+ years * Attired in a Babysitting Queenstown uniform * Liability insured Phone: +64 27 247 2229 E: info@babysittingqueenstown.com www.babysittingqueenstown.com   Facebook: Babysitting Queenstown Instagram: @babysittingqueenstown

Experience Queenstown the way the locals do! Come play, learn, discover and grow with us today! mamaschildcare.nz 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!

Chat to us now on +6427 247 2229 or book online: it’s simple and fast! www.babysittingqueenstown.com Our sitters are: experienced qualified police-vetted first-aid trained

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! Hours: 10am-10pm – hourly, half or full-day sessions available. Bookings are recommended but walk-ins welcome. Phone: 03 441 1159 www.thrillzone.co.nz Get a FREE awesome Green Screen photo plus fourth child goes FREE when you mention Kidz Go!

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50 Activities Activities::::Discover BirthdayQueenstown Parties

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 the learners' pool. You can also hire a party room. Basecamp Adventures ~ Clip 'n Climb 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. $25pp, preschool $15 BIRTHDAY COMING UP FAST?

Bead Shop 03 441 8466 Fun, social atmosphere, design your own jewellery, catering by arrangement. Below Zero 03 409 0040 Unlimited playtime plus one child (12 and under) goes FREE with each paying adult with colour ad on page 14. Buzzstop Honey Centre 021 942 808 Bring the swarm into Buzzstop for honey-inspired, handson, indoor activities to make a memorable special day. Chipmunks Playland and Café 03 428 2745 Chipmunks Party room with meal & drink, lollies, party gear including invitations, hats, blowers and plates. Unlimited stay and play, dedicated party host. Packages from $195 for up to 8 children. Escape Quest 03 409 0665 Can you escape the room in time? Step into Queenstown's 1860s gold rush, crack the codes, solve the puzzles and escape the room in 60 minutes! 25% discount for kids' birthdays!

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Fear Factory Queenstown 0800 FEAR FACTORY Scare them into getting older! For a spine-tingling, unique, adrenaline birthday experience that will have them in stitches. Contact us with your party size and we will work out a chilling deal for you. Min age 7 Game Over Queenstown 03 441 3139 Choose from Lazer Tag, Karting or book our combo party for even more fun! Parties run for two hours and include food. From just $35 per person.

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Visit Winniesʼ kitchen and make your own pizzas! Groups of 10 at $20 per child, includes activities, goody bag, food, drinks & free t-shirt for birthday child. THE MALL, QUEENSTOWN 03 442 8635 WWW.WINNIES.CO.NZ

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iFly Indoor Skydiving 03 409 0665 An exciting party for any age! Birthday party room plus you and your friends experience soaring on air! Talk to our team about customising the perfect party. Mamas Childcare 03 442 9220 Need a fun party venue, designed for kids with in and outdoor play areas? Call Mamas Five Mile Childcare for your child's next party place! Minus 5° Ice Bar 03 442 6050 Get down to Minus 5° for a fun birthday experience in an exciting frozen wonderland! We can accommodate up to 30 guests in one session. $20 per child (inc entry + mocktail). Odyssey Sensory Maze 03 441 3313 Have an A-MAZE-ING birthday – entry into Odyssey with crazy goggles for one hour plus dining at The London pizza bar. Free entry + dining for birthday child (min 6 children). $45 per child. Check website for more info. Paintball Central 027 448 5399 With three courses and 14 different games this is a brilliant and energetic birthday party group activity. Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Skating, skate hire, decorated party table and a meal – all for $25 per child! Plus free skating pass for the birthday child's next visit.

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Winnies Pizza-Making Party 03 442 8635 Visit Winnies' kitchen and make your own pizzas! Groups of 10 at $20 each, includes activities, goody bag, food and drinks. Free t-shirt for birthday child.

for kids birthdays! Level 1 Mountaineer Building 32 Rees Street, Queenstown PH 03 442 4948

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 Adventures ~ Clip ‘n Climb 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. 5-17 years $17, preschool $11 Hook A fishing party! Only $5 a head to fish (each little fisher person must be accompanied by an adult). Call us for catering options. You are welcome to bring your own cake (cakeage fee applies, $2 per person). Puzzling World 03 443 7489 We offer a large reserved booth in our Puzzle Centre plus special rates on admission and kids' snack packs. Combos can include BYO cake or we can provide birthday cake and all the trimmings. Realm Full Motion VR 0800 733 7455 For a birthday party out of this world let us suggest the best motion virtual reality adventures for your kids’ ages. Group discounts, BYO birthday cake, party hats balloons, party food and more! Transport and Toy Museum 03 443 8765 Amazing birthday deal for locals – a $45 family pass price will cover you for for up to 15 party people (children or adults). Plus you can bring your own food and cake! Wanaka Recreation Centre and Pool 03 443 9334 Indoor/outdoor sport and games, plus a swimming pool. Bring a birthday group and the birthday kid goes free! Book ahead for exclusive use. Warbirds & Wheels Retro Diner 03 443 7010 Fun, bright and spacious, this is a great birthday party venue and you are welcome to bring your own birthday cake. A great location to finish your child's party after a visit to Warbirds & Wheels or other local activity.

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Eating Out Made Easy

Public Kitchen and Bar

Family dining at a glance

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 the extra mile to ensure you have a great experience.

The Ballarat Trading Co. A relaxed and fun dining experience right in the heart of Queenstown. Enjoy our cosy interior or outdoor Mall dining. Great value kids' menu. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 4222 www.ballarat.co.nz Balls and Bangles Freshly-made donut balls topped and filled with amazing flavours, fresh-baked bagels, plus awesome, decadent and over-the-top shakes! 15 Church Street Ph: 03 442 7999 www.ballsandbangles.com Buzzstop Honey Centre Bee enchanted by our honeyinspired menu. Buzzstop's spacious café has LOTS of outdoor space for the kids to run free! Try our scrumptious Belgian Waffles drizzled with honey! Hansen Rd, Frankton www.buzzstop.co.nz Chipmunks Playland and Café Good coffee and cakes, delicious meals and plenty of family favourites – while your kids play at Chipmunks indoor playground onsite! Red Oaks Drive, Frankton Phone: 03 428 2745 www.chipmunks.co.nz Elements Lounge Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel's Elements lounge is in the centre of town and seconds from the lakefront beach and playground. Lakefront, Marine Parade Phone: 03 442 7750 Eriks Fish & Chips Award-winning, delicious fast food in Central Queenstown and Wanaka. Halal and gluten-free. Order online. 13 Earl Street www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz

KIDS SAMPLE MENU

KIDS PIZZA $11.95 KIDS PASTA $11.95 SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE $11.95 FISH & CHIPS $11.95 CHICKEN NUGGETS & CHIPS $11.95 MINI HOT DOGS & CHIPS $11.95 VEGETABLES $3.95 BOWL OF STEAMED VEGE ICE CREAM SUNDAE $5.50

The Fat Lamb Heart, wholesome and delicious family fare and specialising in New Zealand lamb that is sustainably sourced. The Mall, Ballarat Street Phone: 03 442 8439 www.thefatlamb.co.nz Finz Seafood and Grill Absolute lakefront dining, affordable, relaxed and very kid-friendly! Steamer Wharf, Beach Street Phone: 03 442 7405 www.finzdownunder.co.nz Lord of the Fries Award-winning vegetarian burgers and hot dogs, the best chips plus mini burgers that are great for kids! 100% plant-based ingredients. Brecon St, outside iFly Indoor Skydiving www.lordofthefries.co.nz

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Two Top Family Restaurants! Two Perfect Locations! 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 enjoy our delectable desserts! ph 03 442 5969 What better way to bring the family together than noon-late 7 days around the table at Public Kitchen? steamer wharf 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

www.publickitchen.co.nz

THE FAT LAMB – exceptional Kiwi dining. Hearty, wholesome, delicious! Here’s some of what families love about The Fat Lamb... tasty, generous portions ... kids’ menu ... best spot for people watching ... in and outdoor seating ... sustainably-sourced, local produce. So book online or wander in to our historic, central restaurant, and enjoy family breakfast, lunch or dinner in the best location in town! Sample menu items Slow-cooked lamb shoulder for 2 or more Moroccan kebabs Lamb ribs with ouzo, maple, fennel & thyme Rack of Cardrona lamb Osso Buco Lamb croquettes Beef sirloin Seafood stew Green-lipped mussels Fish ‘n’ chips Braised lentils, eggplant, beets, sumac Persian-spiced lamb burger Kiwi Farmers’ Breakfast Lemon tart Vanilla and mint semi freddo Chocolate nemises

Visit at: thefatlamb.co.nz

The Mall, Ballarat St, Queenstown 03 442 8439 Open daily 11am-11pm


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Eating Out Made Easy Pedros House of Lamb - takeaway Whole lamb shoulder baked with rosemary and garlic. Served with scalloped potatoes. 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

FISH AND CHIPS BY THE LAKE Fish and Chips is one of the ‘MUST TRY’ foods while you are on holiday! Eriks’ fish is cooked in a light, crisp batter. Busy families can order online for dine-in, takeaway or delivery: www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz Halal and gluten glu free – suitable for coeliacs.

Kids Meals only $6.50 or feed a family (4-5) for $30 Find us at 13 Earl St, Queenstown, opposite the Novotel.

Queenstown Ice Arena Don't miss our legendary hot chocolate, along with a variety of drinks and great snacks, which you can enjoy while watching ice skating! Fully-licensed. Queenstown Gardens Phone: 03 441 8000 www.queenstownicearena.co.nz Remarkables Park Family cafés, takeaways and restaurants including Pita Pit, sushi, thai, chinese, french bakery and The Shelter bar and kitchen. Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Thai2Go Authentic Thai Cuisine cooked with 100% organic vegetables delivered straight to your accommodation or home. Free delivery to local areas. 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone: 03 451 1414 www.thai2go.menu

How’s this for a great family spot for lunch or dinner by the lake?

HANSEN RD, FRANKTON PH 021 942 808 WWW.BUZZSTOP.CO.NZ

Visit Elements lounge in Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel, next to beach and brand new outdoor playground. With outdoor garden games, toys and highchair onsite.

OPEN DAILY 8am-9pm Fri + Sat til 10pm

DONUTS - BAGELS - SHAKES - COFFEE www.KidzGo.co.nz

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Eating Out Made Easy Winnies Gourmet Pizzas Relaxed, fun dining, gourmet pizza plus non-pizza options. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 8635 Zambrero Fresh healthy Mexican food and a good cause all rolled into one. The Landing, Frankton Phone: 03 441 8330

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threesixty Restaurant and Bar Open all day for breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner. Kids under 12 eat free with a paying adult! 93 Beach Street, Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby Phone: 03 442 5360 www.queenstown.crowneplaza.com New Orleans The locals' choice with the best kids' menu in Arrowtown and extensive adults' menu. Serving locals since 1866! Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Phone: 03 442 1748 www.neworleanshotel.co.nz Mrs Woolly's Grab our healthy, fresh takeaway food or sit in the sun with a delicious lunch, irresistible homemade cookies or cake or tuck into a delicious Full Monty gelato sundae! 64 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: 03 409 0051 www.mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz

ORGANIC â?Š 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

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We pride ourselves on our relaxed and fun dining experience, located in the heart of Queenstown. For 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. Sample Menu Items – from $26 * 250g Wakanui beef burger, bacon, cheese, jalapeños, onion rings, smokey BBQ sauce and beer fries * Veggie burger with cauliflower and cumin pattie, cashew pesto and fries * Southland slow-cooked lamb shoulder * Vegetable green curry with lemongrass * Blue cod and chips * Twice-cooked pork belly, pak choi, broccolini and ginger with jasmine rice * New Zealand steaks; your choice of ribeye or fillet with fries or mash and sauté greens Children’s Menu from $5 * Kids’ burger * Spaghetti pasta * Classic Kiwiana fish & chips * Stir-fried rice with ham, pineapple, veges and soy sauce * Soup of the day Children's meals include a free fizzy drink

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MEXICAN WITH A MISSION

For every burrito or bowl you purchase at Zambrero a meal is donated to someone in need. Partnering with Rise Against Hunger we have provided millions of nutritious meals to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia and the Americas. It’s great food and a good cause all rolled into one!

Fresh, bold, nutrient-rich and made with love. ORDER ONLINE www.zambrero.co.nz KIDS ADULTS Dine in our restaurant or MEALS FROM takeaway today! $6

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Wood-fired pizza Friday to Sunday!

Relaxed and family-friendly! Enjoy perfect fish and chips, seafood, beef and lamb, vegetarian and kids’ fare in a relaxed, lakeside setting.

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Family Shopping THE BARN – Unique and contemporary shopping Discover three unique collections, including simply gorgeous, one-of-a-kind kids’ clothes. Pretty Kiwi locally-designed exquisite clothing, accessories and gifts for ages 0-10 years. Our NZ-made, Kiwiana printed fabrics MUST be seen! Also stockists for the extremely popular Jamie Kay brand! Lusso a luxurious range of leather handbags & wallets, jewellery, plus artwork and ‘must have’ pieces of homeware sourced from around the world. Sugar Trading hand-crafted furniture and eclectic pieces for your home. This is a must-see destination complete with a kids’ playhouse, trampoline and sand pit in a spacious garden plus Buzzstop Honey Centre and café right on site! 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown (Next door to Buzzstop Honey Centre) Phone: 021 484 635 Hours: daily, 10am-2.30pm www.prettykiwi.co.nz

The only full range supermarket in town, for everything you need during your stay Email your order and pick up or we can deliver to your accommodation (fees apply). E: fc.queenstown@xtra.co.nz

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MRS WOOLLY’S GENERAL STORE – GLENORCHY ROCKIES Rockies is a locally-owned and operated children’s Discover Mrs Woolly’s General Store where you’ll find boutique – the home of style and fashion covering everything you need and a few things you have to have! the future, from newborn-16 years with the coolest Our store is famous for its irresistible homemade cookies children’s brands in all the land. Rockies helps your kids and delicious Full Monty gelato sundaes plus takeaway stand out with fun and unique clothing, toys, footwear salads, wraps, muffins and treats for your picnic; fresh and accessories such as Minti, Munster Kids, Radicool pastries, groceries and a divine range of New Zealand Kids, Wilson & Frenchy, Eve’s Sister, Huxbaby, Nature gifts. See more on page 45. Baby, Bobux, Pretty Brave, Skechers, Converse, Tiger Oban Street, Glenorchy www.mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz Hours: daily, 9am-6pm Tribe and much more. With over 90 brands, check out Phone: 03 409 0051 the collection in store or shop online. Worldwide shipping, Alipay and Laybuy available. Shop online and enjoy Rockies Queenstown fast, free and easy 49 Beach Street, Queenstown Hours: daily, 9am-7pm delivery or pick up at Rockies Remarkables Park Town Centre 9 McBride St, Frankton Hawthorne Drive, Frankton. Hours: daily, 9am-6pm Phone: 03 442 8153 (Queenstown) or 03 441 4990 (Frankton) www.queenstownwholefoods.com Email: shopping@rockies.co.nz www.rockies.co.nz THE BEAD SHOP Design your own wearable art or select from our beautifully handcrafted jewellery selection. Kids (and adults!) love selecting their favourite beads and creating something special with help and ideas if needed from our awesome staff.  2b Shotover Street, Queenstown   Phone: 03 441 8466    Hours: daily, 10am-6pm QUEENSTOWN WHOLE FOODS Organic groceries ~ free delivery Our Certified Organic produce is grown on our Organic Oamaru Farm. Certified organic eggs, certified organic chicken. Organic and organically raised meats. Certified organic products in bulk, refill BYO containers or takeaway paper bags... bulk bought rice, flours, oats, salt, pepper, dried fruit, nuts. Organic spices, sauces, sours and sweets. Queenstown Organic Wholefoods – Come Here First! 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone orders: 03 451 1414 Hours: daily, 9am-10pm ORDER ONLINE: www.queenstownwholefoods.com

You will love the range of Organic Produce from our own Oamaru Organics Farm! Refill your BYO containers with loads of bulk organic choices in our store

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Wanaka and Lake Hawea Wanaka is situated on the shores of New Zealand’s fourth largest lake with the mountains and glaciers of Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep. The town 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). Family activities include jet boating, mountain biking, horseriding, climbing, SUP and kayaking, lake swimming,

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Lake Hawea (see page 66) 15 minutes drive from Wanaka is the lovely Lake Hawea. Lake Hawea has lots of safe swimming spots and familyfriendly walking and biking tracks alongside the lake plus accommodation at The Camp Lake Hawea and Lake Hawea Hotel, both with absolute lakefront locations!

To Queenstown 1 Paddle Wanaka 2 Go Jets departures via Cardrona (Backcountry Saddle 3 Cardrona Corner Horseriding, 4 Realm Full Motion VR Cardrona Alpine 5 Cinema Paradiso Resort and 6 Eriks Fish & Chips Mountain Bike Park) 7 Red Star Burgers 8 Fairway Motel 9 to Transport & Toy 9 to Warbirds and Wheels 9 to Hook Wanaka Tenby 10 Wanaka Recreation Ctre Stree t 11 to Mt Aspiring Hol. Park 11 to Wanaka Kiwi Hol. Park 11 to Edgewater Warr en Str eet 12 Clip ‘n Climb 12 Basecamp Adventures

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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 COMBO (Illusion Rooms and Great Maze): Adult $25, Child $18, Family $77 (2 adults + 2 children) 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 BASECAMP ADVENTURES – CLIP ‘N CLIMB 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! Booking essential. 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: wanaka@basecampadventures.co.nz www.basecampadventures.co.nz

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WANAKA RECREATION CENTRE Affordable, healthy, family fun at Wanaka's community sports hub whatever the weather! POOL: Swimming complex opened 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. RECREATION CENTRE: 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 $8.50, Child $4 (5 years and over), 1 adult + up to 2 toddlers (4 years & under) $7 Group discounts available for advanced bookings. Indoor/outdoor court admission prices: Casual entry (off-peak) $6, casual entry (peak) $7.50 Freeplay (school-age kids) FREE (if no court 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

BASECAMP ADVENTURES ROCK CLIMBING 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). Phone: 03 443 1110 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. www.basecampadventures.co.nz

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HOOK The new ‘Lake to Plate’ dining experience! Get Hook-ed on fishing and catch your own salmon from our spring-fed fishing lakes. Then relax or explore in our family-friendly grounds while our chef prepares it for you! Take a premium guided experience with a chance to catch a trophy fish, or simply rent a rod and have a go in true Kiwi-style from just $5 per person! With a little patience and luck you could be reeling in your lunch! No need to fish – come visit, watch the action, and choose from our varied menu while the kids play happily in our sandpit, playground and vast outdoor area. Everyone leaves Hook happy! 49 Monteith Road, Wanaka (On the right before the Albert Town Bridge, coming from Wanaka) Phone: 03 443 1222 Anglers' Experience Price: $175 for up to 3 family members Reel Deal Rod hire $5 Price per kg: $39.95 Hours: daily, 10.30am-7pm Last rod hire 6pm Email: hello@hookwanaka.nz www.hookwanaka.nz GO JETS Min age 4 The Ultimate Clutha River Jet Boat Experience Let us take you on an exhilarating jetboat 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 360 degree 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 $139, Child $65, Family $359 (Save $49!) (Family is 2 adults + 2 children) Email: info@gojetswanaka.co.nz www.gojetswanaka.co.nz PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5* Action adventure that can be played with two or more 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! We require a ratio of max four children aged 7-15 years to one adult. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by adults at or on the field. *Minimum age for Paintball is 7 years. 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 Hours: daily from 9am to late (summer hours) www.paintballcentral.co.nz

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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 runs smoothly. 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! 2018 Regional Winner, Westpac Business Growth Grant Awards Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 Enquiries: info@yello.co.nz www.yello.co.nz

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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, LEGO 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 p69). 891 Wanaka–Luggate Highway (10 mins from town centre, next to Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: daily, 8.30am-5pm Price: Adult $19, Senior 65+ $16, Child $5, under 5 years FREE Family $45 (2 adults + up to 4 children) Email: museum@lakewanaka.co.nz www.nttmuseum.co.nz WARBIRDS AND WHEELS Don’t miss this unique chance to discover a world-class collection of over 30 American classic cars and incredible vintage warbird aircraft from every era! Immaculate and beautifully presented, this famous Wanaka collection has stories and photography of the daring escapades of wartime pilots which 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 1950s Diner at Warbirds & Wheels has a great choice of kids’ food, free jukebox, toys, kids’ games and colouring-In plus our famous Warbirds pies and the best milkshakes in town! 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 REALM VR Min age 7* Full Motion Virtual Reality Experience Step into a whole different Realm that is beyond your imagination and like nothing you have ever experienced. Fully immerse yourself into a range of incredible, exciting interactive adventures where you are harnessed in and able to lean back, run and jump in a whole new universe of your choosing! Create, Travel, Explore, and Play with New Zealand's most advanced fully-immersive kinetic experience. Be transported into a 3D painting or climb up Everest. Protect your village from Orcs, ride all the roller coasters in the world or fly around the pyramids, and more! This really is technology of the future. Are you ready? Spencer House (bottom floor, left hand corner), 31 Dunmore Street, Wanaka Phone: 0800 733 7455 Open: 7 days Price: from just $40, book online Discounts available for group bookings and follow on sessions. Duration: from 20-minute to one-hour experiences, but you can do as many as you like! www.realmvr.co.nz *Children 7-12 years must be supervised.


Wanaka :: Activities CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (Dec 7th - March 29th) Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting and Biking Stargazing ~ Alpine Walking Take the gondola to the mountaintop and immerse yourself in a beautiful alpine environment. Cardrona offers incredible sightseeing; both young and old can experience NZ’s most accessible mountain and New Zealand’s highest playground! Adventurous families can explore by mountain cart or bike. Afterwards, grab a family-sized woodfired pizza from The Lounge and take in those mountain views. We have something to put a smile on the face of every member of the family at Cardrona this summer! Shuttle transport daily from the Cardrona Valley to the top of the mountain access road. 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. Mountain Bike Learner Zone FREE Gondola Adult $35, Child $25 (6-17years) Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes. Mountain Carting $120 for 2 hours of action ($70 with lift pass). Drivers must be at least 100cm height and 8 years+. Kids under 100cm can ride tandem on mountain carts (so everyone can go). Mountain Biking half-day lift pass Adult $75, Child $42 Stargazing Tour $99 (extra with dinner and transport option) www.cardrona.com/summer

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BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 29 years in the Cardrona Valley Experienced riders or first-timers will love our friendly Appaloosa horses with comfortable western saddles (easy to hold on to!) and our rides that explore goldmining valleys, splash through streams, then climb up to the high country. 2130 Cardrona Valley Rd Freephone: 0800 4 723 3537 Departs*: 10am and 1.30pm year round (minimum 2 riders) *IMPORTANT – you must check in 30 mins prior to ride departure. Duration: 2 hours Price: Adult $100, Child $80 www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz PADDLE WANAKA Escape, explore and experience some family fun on Lake Wanaka! We have a range of kayaking or SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) options available. Beach Rentals – one hour rentals are ideal for families with children who want to give SUP or kayaking a go. The Mission – a kayaking adventure for those who have more time to explore our beautiful lake. We suggest 3-4 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 are ideal for those with or without paddling experience. These trips are combined perfectly with our water taxi. See ad below for Kidz Go discount. Wanaka waterfront opposite Subway. Look for our logo on the van! Phone: 0800 926 925 Hours: daily 9am-6pm www.paddlewanaka.co.nz

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Discover Lake Hawea

Just when you think New Zealand can't get any prettier and life can't get any more chilled, you discover Lake Hawea township! One of the crusiest locations to hang out in NZ is only 15 minutes drive from Wanaka (or a lovely, riverside bike ride away). If you're driving to or from the West Coast, you'll follow the road alongside Lake Hawea, but it's worth turning off at the village and slowing down for an hour or a day or two! While the township of Lake Hawea is small, it's anything but sleepy – that's because the locals like to have fun! On their doorstep is world-class kite and wind-surfing and there's often some cool cats to watch in action! It's also a hot spot for paragliding and holds the secret to some of the country's finest fly fishing!

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Lake Hawea is an absolute favourite 'day at the beach' location for any family in the know, with good reason. There are no crowds (as there is so much beach with enticing, shallow, swimming) plus walking and bike tracks up and down the lakefront – you can even ride all the way from Wanaka to Lake Hawea on easy, offroad bike paths. Toilets, picnic benches and BBQ areas make life a breeze on the Lake Hawea beachfront! Supplies and sustenance Both Lake Hawea Hotel and Hawea Store and Kitchen tick the boxes whether you want a cruisy lakefront lunch or a family picnic or BBQ, with great food, indoor, outdoor or takeaway, plus that stunning lakefront location. Peter Fraser Park Opposite the beach is Peter Fraser Playground with a separate area for smaller kids. Nearby is Lake Hawea's community centre, library, toilets, bowling club and tennis courts.

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Read more on these great family options on p86. LAKE HAWEA HOTEL A dream location! Lakefront family suites offer uninterrupted lake views, plus family restaurant onsite. www.lakehawea.co.nz THE CAMP LAKE HAWEA The quintessential Kiwi camping experience. Classic family fun and a fantastic choice of ways to stay from camping to cottages. www.thecamp.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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HAWEA STORE AND KITCHEN GENERAL STORE ~ CAFÉ ~ RESTAURANT So much more than a General Store! We have EVERYTHING you need for a day out at Hawea. Enjoy a morning coffee and breakfast or a sit-down, lakeview lunch. Grab some of our luxury picnic food or BBQ packs and a selection of takeaway wines and beers, or choose from the BEST homemade pies, cakes and sandwiches. PLUS our store carries a wide range of necessities, from groceries and daily fresh bread, to sunscreen, insect repellent, fishing lures, nappies and toiletries plus post office services. And let’s not forget, ICE CREAMS! Evening choose from takeaways at the café or delicious restaurant meals served with a local beer or wine on the balcony looking out to the lake. All bases covered! We really are the ONE STOP SHOP! 33 Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea Phone: 03 443 1696 Hours: daily, 7.30am-9pm www.haweastoreandkitchen.nz

Biking or Walking Tracks Gladstone Track Easy/Med – 2 hours return (walk), 1 hour biking An easy family walking track that follows the shoreline of Lake Hawea. Start from the Lake Hawea dam and wander along to what's known locally as Kite Surfers Beach, then on to Johns Creek. Lots of picnic, BBQ and swim spots along the way. This is a great track to go for a shorter wander, enjoy some gentle biking or send the kids off to explore from your beach and picnic base or while you're relaxing in one of Lake Hawea's eateries.

LAKEFRONT DINING DAY & NIGHT Extensive garden bar with BBQ, kids’ play area and kids’ menu.

Isthmus Peak Track Hard – 5-7 hours or 16km return A world-renowned hike that is several hours uphill to incredible views of both Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka as well as a panorama of the Southern Alps. Starts from Stewart Creek carpark, 15 minutes drive from Lake Hawea. Hawea River Track – Albert Town to Lake Hawea Easy/Med – 4-5 hours return (walk), 1-2 hours biking An easy, well-formed 12km track that follows the Hawea River to Lake Hawea. Slightly undulating but overall very easy walking or biking for all ages. Look out for the purpose-built Hawea Whitewater Park – two standing surfing waves near Camphill Bridge. It's massive amounts of fun for whitewater fans, but not for beginners – however if you're lucky you might spot surfers getting some action!

In and outdoor dining where the locals go! From breakfast through to dinner with superb menus, and great kids’ choices! 1 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea Phone: 03 443 1224 www.lakehawea.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Eating out made easy PUZZLING WORLD CAFÉ Sandwiches, wraps, salads and other savoury or sweet treats to sustain along with puzzles galore to entertain! 188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (84), 3 minutes drive from town centre. www.puzzlingworld.co.nz RED STAR BURGER BAR Handmade burgers and local craft beers plus fries, salads, shakes and smoothies. A Wanaka icon since ’04! 26 Ardmore Street, Wanaka. 034439322. Pre-order at www.redstarburgers.co.nz ERIK'S FISH & CHIPS Delicious fish and chips for your family. Ardmore Street, Wanaka www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz WARBIRDS & WHEELS RETRO DINER A unique dining experience the whole family will love! 11 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka Airport www.warbirdsandwheels.com

FISH AND CHIPS BY THE LAKE Fish and Chips is one of the ‘MUST TRY’ foods while you are on holiday! Eriks’ fish is cooked in a light, crisp batter. Busy families can order online for dine-in, takeaway or delivery: www.eriksfishandchips.co.nz Halal and gluten glu free – suitable for coeliacs.

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Wanaka Airport, 9km from Wanaka on SH6 Phone: 03 443 7010 Open: daily 8am-4pm Facebook: Warbirds & Wheels


Wanaka :: Shopping and Useful Contacts 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 HOOK The new ‘Lake to Plate’ dining experience! No need to fish – just come and watch, enjoy the scenery and have lunch. Or enjoy the thrill of Hook-ing your own fish and our chef will cook and plate up your catch! Serving tasting platters, vegetarian options plus a fantastic kids’ menu! Soak up the atmosphere in our outdoor (covered) restaurant. Enjoy a local wine or craft beer while the kids play happily in our sandpit, playground and vast outdoor area. 49 Monteith Road, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 1222 Hours: daily, 10.30am-7pm www.hookwanaka.nz EDGEWATER - WINEGLASS CAFE Scones from 10am! Enjoy lakeside brunch from 10am or discover our unbeatable fresh baked scones menu – always offering devine choices like Lemon and poppy seed with sweet lemon mascarpone, Salmon with lemon and chive creme fraiche, Crystallised ginger with rhubarb and lime compote, Ham, onion and gruyere, Buttermilk raspberry jam and whipped cream, Spinach and feta with smoked olive butter ~ mmmn! Edgewater, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 1222 Hours: daily, from 10am www.edgewater.co.nz

Wanaka Shopping PUZZLING WORLD SHOP 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. 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 Hours: daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5.30pm www.puzzlingworld.co.nz See ad page 61 HAWEA STORE AND KITCHEN A general store with EVERYTHING you need for a day out exploring! From necessities to goodies we're a one-stop shop that caters for families. 33 Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea Phone: 03 443 1696 Hours: daily from 7.30am www.haweastoreandkitchen.nz See ad p67

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WARBIRDS AND WHEELS – Gift Shop Fly into our unique warbirds (vintage military aircraft) themed retail shop with a selection of memorabilia, toys and souvenirs the whole family will love – from model aircraft to retro tin signs, New Zealand kids' books to quality merino baby clothes and much more. Located next to our themed American Diner and Warbirds & Wheels Museum. Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka airport Phone: 03 443 7010 Hours: daily, 8am-4pm www.warbirdsandwheels.com See ad page 64. NATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TOY MUSEUM SHOP Find Central Otago’s Largest Toy Shop at the entrance to the Transport and Toy Museum. Stockists of a huge selection of collectible diecast car models, as well as a wide range of toys including “Our Generation” dolls and accessories. Discover the wall of LEGO, a large Sylvanian Families range, plastic model kit sets, Playmobil, Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, Siku, Tonka and Bruder toys – plus plenty of quality birthday presents under $20. 891 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (10 mins from town centre, beside Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: daily, 8.30am-5pm www.nttmuseum.co.nz See ad page 64.

Help & contacts for parents Police / Fire / Ambulance Police Station 5 Ballantyne Rd

Dial 111 03 443 7272

Wanaka Lakes Health Centre Consists of two medical practices plus dentist, pharmacy, physiotherapy, audiology, massage, optomotrist: Aspiring Medical Centre 03 443 0725 Wanaka Medical Centre 03 443 0710 Wanacare Pharmacy 03 443 5290 Lumino the Dentist 03 443 0790 Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka Lake Wanaka Babysitting www.lakewanakababysitting.co.nz Wanaka Baby – equipment hire 03 443 9224 Age-specific toys, backpacks, prams, car seats, portacots, baby monitor, high chairs. www.wanakababy.co.nz Wanaka Library Bullock Creek, Dunmore Street 03 443 0410 Upper Clutha Plunket 03 443 8799 Wanaka Toy Library Toys for 3mths-6 years 3 Reece Crescent Facebook: Wanaka Toy Library YELLO! CABS, SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS Yello! has a comprehensive fleet of cabs, maxi-taxis and coaches. Local, friendly and experienced drivers. Children and infants’ car seats available on request. Yello! services include Queenstown airport transfers, sightseeing and personal tours, and general taxi charter to local and regional attractions. Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 www.yello.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


BLUE POOLS Easy – one hour return The popular Blue Pools are located an hour's drive from Wanaka on SH6, just past Makarora and towards the West Coast. An easy 20-30 minutes on a flat trail through beech forest brings you to these brilliantly clear and deep, emerald-coloured pools. You may spot some large rainbow or brown trout especially in Autumn. Blue Pools, Makarora

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Wanaka Walks and Family Biking

WANAKA LAKESIDE TRACKS You can bike or walk all the way from Glendhu Bay to Lake Hawea or Luggate via Wanaka, along well-formed and scenic tracks. Choose a section of track and take a family walk or bike ride. Note: times are estimated walking times with children. WANAKA LAKEFRONT TO GLENDHU BAY Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek Carpark Easy – 2 hours return Starting from town, follow the walking track with the lake on your right. This track is perfect with littlies, completely flat and quite wide. Look out for the famous Wanaka Tree. Buggy-friendly, easy biking Waterfall Creek Carpark to Glendhu Bay Part I: Med – 2 hours return Part II: Med/Hard – 3 hours return The first section is undulating and mountain bikers will find this slightly harder-going but not technical and still great for families. You reach a turn-off where you can dip down to the lake shore or follow the track to Glendhu Bay. The next section becomes more technical with several steep ups and downs and switch-backs. WANAKA LAKEFRONT TO LAKE HAWEA Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Outlet Easy – 2 hours return This flat and wide track skirts the marina and continues to Eely Point then along the beach to Bremner Bay and on to the start of the Clutha River – Lake Wanaka’s outlet. Buggy-friendly, easy biking Lake Outlet to Albert Town Easy/Med – 2 hours return This river track is one of our favourite sections. Park near Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road and follow the Clutha River or dip into the mountain bike forest. Hook Wanaka in Albert Town makes a great destination for this ride – it's a fabulous lunch spot with salmon fishing for all, and other activities. Buggy-friendly, easy biking

Albert Town to Lake Hawea Easy/Med – 4 hours return An easy, well-formed 12 km track - see page 67. www.KidzGo.co.nz

MOUNT IRON WALK Moderate – 1½ hour loop Mount Iron is a glacier-carved hill, visible from anywhere in Wanaka. Well worth the climb, the summit provides spectacular panoramic views. The access track is well-signposted, near Puzzling World. Not suitable for bikes.

ROB ROY TRACK Moderate – 3-4 hours return This 10km (return) track offers a relatively easy route into a dramatic alpine landscape that includes snowfields and glaciers. Start from the Raspberry Flat carpark, an hour’s drive from Wanaka on the Mount Aspiring Road. Fifteen minute 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. NEWCASTLE TRACK – ALBERT TOWN TO RED BRIDGE Moderate – 2-3 hours one-way A beautiful, mostly flat 12km walk or bike ride that starts in Albert Town and follows alongside the Clutha River as far as the Red Bridge near Luggate. For a loop walk/ride you can cross the bridge and return along the Upper Clutha River Track on the other side (slightly longer and more undulating with some steep drop-offs). Mountain biking and walking. EXPLORE CARDRONA CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Take the gondola to the top of the mountain – at over 1800m, Cardrona Alpine Resort offers an easily-accessed alpine environment. From here enjoy the viewing platform or take a family hike with incredible panoramic views at every turn! For mountain bikers you can play on Cardrona's liftaccessed downhill tracks all day, with exciting routes suitable for beginners right through to very advanced. Café and restaurant, toilets and bike hire onsite. Read more on page 65. SNOW FARM High in the Pisa Ranges, above the Cardrona Valley, the Snow Farm provides a huge expanse of backcountry terrain that is perfect for exploring by foot or mountain bike, along mostly wide, formed trails. Why not make a real adventure of it and spend the night with your family in one of the Snow Farm's backcountry huts? They are easy for kids to walk or ride their bikes to, and you'll find yourself in a remote and wonderful world!


Discover Te Anau ~ Gateway To Fiordland Travelling to Milford Sound? Stop and play on the way! On the shore of Lake Te Anau only two hours’ drive from Queenstown, this dramatic lakeside frontier town bustles with cafés, shops and accommodation, yet is only footsteps away from the vast, majestic and mostly untouched wilderness of Fiordland! Nearby Lake Manapouri is the gateway to Doubtful Sound and also has the enviable reputation as New Zealand’s prettiest lake. Lake experiences include jet boating, family fun pedal boat hire or taking a stunning cruise to an inland fiord. Other fun includes family friendly bike hire and exploring the local tracks, walking with alpacas or tackling an Escape Room with a very Fiordland theme! Well worth a visit before you go any further is the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre and the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, home of the rare, flightless takahē and other birds.

FIORDLAND JET

30 minutes to 2 hour trips – Fast Action Fun into the WILD! Pure wilderness adventures into the heart of Fiordland.

CRUISE TE ANAU A truly magical, peaceful, ‘getting away from the crowds’ cruise to discover the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau.

FAMILY BIKING TRACKS Visit Wild Rides – Bike Fiordland for an exciting family biking adventure and family track recommendations.

ALPACA FARM TOURS Fun farm tours where you get up close with our friendly alpacas and can hand feed them!

FIORDLAND ESCAPES Uniquely Fiordland-themed adventure escape games. You have 60 minutes to solve the mystery!

FUN FAMILY DINING! Discover two of Te Anau’s most popular and central family spots at The Ranch Bar and Grill or the Fat Duck!

GETAWAY TE ANAU Base yourself at lakeside Getaway Holiday Park and Apartments – the family-friendly accommodation.


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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. FIORDLAND ESCAPES We offer bike rental and accessories to suit the whole You have 60 minutes to solve family from littlies upwards, plus the perfect track the mystery and escape the room! Enter one of our mysterious rooms and tackle recommendation for your crew. a uniquely Fiordland-themed adventure game – your Rent bikes and explore, or choose our awesome bike family works together to interpret clues, solve puzzles package, including bike and accessory rental and shuttle transport. and find keys and codes to "escape". Lake2Lake – Manapouri to Te Anau Trail The Games Wild Rides – Bike Fiordland provides a shuttle service Wild Moose Chase You'll find the wild and vast Fiordland bush is good at to Manapouri so you can experience this superb river keeping its secrets. Can you prove moose still exist in trail at your leisure as you ride back to Te Anau. Fiordland or are they really extinct? Piece together the Packages include bike hire, accessories and shuttle transport plus picnic lunch if required. puzzle, compile the evidence and make your case. Bikes/Accessories Rental It’s time to go bush! Mountain bikes, e-bikes & kids’ bikes including balance Blast from the Past bikes, kids’ seats and tow-behinds. Step back in time and join the Homer tunneling team 68 Town Centre, Te Anau to open a road route through to Milford Sound. Do you Ph: 03 280 0116 / Freephone: 0800 96 00 96 have the skills to crack this unforgiving environment Hours (summer): daily, 9am-6pm and blast through to the other side? www.wildridesfiordland.co.nz Warning: High fun rating – highly addictive! 66 Park Lane, Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 9111 Hours (summer): open 7 days, 10am-8pm or by appointment Note: Our mysterious rooms and puzzles are designed to entertain and engage children over 9 years through to adults, but you are welcome to bring younger children along. www.fiordlandescapes.co.nz

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Fiordland and Te Anau :: Activities FIORDLAND JET – WILDERNESS ADVENTURES 30 min-2 hr trips from ONLY $168 for the whole family! STOP on your way from Milford Sound and escape the crowds. JOURNEY deep into remote wilderness and the heart of Fiordland National Park. EXPLORE 'Lord of the Rings' country on a fun and informative trip along the Waiau River to stunning Lake Manapouri, including a guided bush walk! Bike, heli and seaplane combos available. 84 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600 Pure Wilderness (duration 2 hours – our Signature Tour) Adult $159, Child $79, Family $397* (2 adults + 2 children) (child is 5-15 years, under 5s go FREE) Beach to Bay (duration 30 minutes – on Lake Te Anau) Adult $59, Child $30, Family $168 (2 adults + 2 children) (child is 5-15 years, under 5s go FREE) *FAMILY DEAL: Pure Wilderness Trip 2nd child goes free when you mention Kidz Go or use Promo code KIDZGO when booking online. PLUS FREE pedal boat hire with every Pure Wilderness jet boat booking! Phone: 0800 253 826 www.fjet.nz

FREE PEDAL BOAT HIRE!

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Explore Fiordland with us for stunning scenery and informative commentary!

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FIORDLAND JET – pedal boat hire Discover lovely Lake Te Anau on your own pedal boat Te Anau – cruise along the lake shore and enjoy some family Lakefront fun! Offering two or four-person pedal swans and twoperson trikes. 0800 253 826 84 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600 Price: $30 for the whole craft, for 20 minutes on the lake. TE ANAU BIRD SANCTUARY View the rare, flightless takahē along with kea, tui, kaka KEPLER MOUNTAIN VIEW – ALPACA FARM TOURS and other New Zealand natives that are difficult to see We offer fun farm tours where you get up close with in the wild. Entry is free for self-guided visitors but a our friendly alpacas, hand feed them and take beautiful donation is appreciated, and the sanctuary is open to photos! We'll introduce you to our adorable, quirky the public from dawn to dusk. alpacas and you'll discover their different personalities. Te Anau-Manapouri Hwy, 10 mins lakeside walk from DOC Visitor Centre. Learn about how they are farmed in New Zealand, the qualities of their fleece and more. Kids and adults FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE (DOC) alike enjoy time spent mingling with these beautiful Watch the 20-minute movie, 'Stepping into Fiordland' creatures. Follow your tour with a visit to Wild Wool and explore the museum showing the natural and gallery where you can view products made from alpaca human history and features of Fiordland. fibre, and see and touch processed alpaca fibre. Conservation gift store plus advice on local walks and Book a tour now and experience the kiwi alpaca lifestyle. track information and weather conditions. Tours range from 30 minute ‘Meet and Greet Alpacas’ to Lakefront Drive, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 7924 a one-hour full farm tour or our premium 'Walking with an Alpaca’ tour. TROUT OBSERVATORY 130 Hillside Manapouri Road, Manapouri For just a $2 entry fee you can visit the local Trout Phone: 03 249 6685 / 027 354 5960 Observatory which contains local brown and rainbow Hours: daily from 10am, check online for tours and times trout. It also features an information display. Price: $10-$50 depending on tour (under 5s free but must be Lakefront Drive, Te Anau across from DOC Visitor Centre. accompanied by a paying adult (1:1 ratio) www.kmv.co.nz/alpaca-farm-tours LIONS PARK and LAKEFRONT Lions Park is a large, lakefront play and picnic space in WILD WOOL GALLERY the middle of town. The fun, adventure playground, For alpaca gifts and souvenirs drop into the Wild Wool Sputnik, is here. On nearby Mokonui Street you'll find gallery during your visit to Kepler Mountain View Alpaca mini golf, quadricycle and bike hire, and if you keep Farm, where owner, Jessie works as a fibre artist creating going around the lakefront you get to the marina where unique, one-off accessories by felting alpaca fibre, silks there is another playground. and merino fibre. www.kmv.co.nz Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau

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Discover magnificent South Fiord, Lake Te Anau!

discovery cruise

one child goes free with every paying adult all summer long!* just $35 PER EXTRA CHILD *When you mention Kidz Go Departs lake waterfront: 1pm 3 hour duration bookings 03 249 8005

www.cruiseteanau.co.nz Walks and Bike Rides Note: times given are based on walking.

Te Anau – Control Gates via Te Anau Bird Sanctuary Easy – 1½ hour return Follow the lakefront path to the start of the Kepler Track, passing the DOC centre and 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. No biking permitted. Te Anau Lakefront Track Easy – 2 hour loop Follow the lakeside path with the lake on your left. The path is flat and wide, ideal for family biking. The track loops round and back into town via the main highway. Rainbow Reach – Shallow Bay Moderate – 3-4 hours return Take a forest walk along part of the Kepler Track. Emerge onto the shore of Lake Manapouri where there are trampers' huts and toilets. No biking. The Lake2Lake Trail Easy 3-4 hours return This track follows alongside the Waiau River from Lake Te Anau Control Gates to Lake Manapouri. The track

CRUISE TE ANAU – DISCOVERY CRUISE Discover South Fiord – Lake Te Anau! Leave the crowds behind and explore Lake Te Anau and the beautiful South Fiord with your own knowledgeable guide, and get truly close to nature. You will visit wild, remote areas of New Zealand’s second largest lake and take a gentle bush walk through Fiordland rain forest to the pristine and remote 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 or Mobile 0274 325 029 Duration: 3 hours Departs: 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 – 1 hour BAY CRUISE 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 or Mobile 0274 325 029 Departs: 11am daily. Bookings essential. Price: Adult $49, Child $15. Add $15pp for lunch option. www.cruiseteanau.co.nz is easy and wide for walking or biking with 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 page 72). Buggy-friendly. Easy biking.

Mavora Lakes Conservation 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. Ivon Wilson Park Easy walking Attractive 35 hectare park with walking tracks and Lake Henry in the middle – stocked with brook trout and developed as a children’s fishery. Mountain Biking: 9km of mountain bike loop tracks – fun for all levels of biker.


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Eating Out Made Easy THE RANCH BAR AND GRILL Locals' favourite, operating for over 20 years and located in the centre of Te Anau. There is a western theme running through the restaurant that makes for a fun, family-friendly atmosphere! Along with the hearty meals and famous Sunday Roasts you'll find the best of Southern Hospitality at The Ranch! Free WiFi onsite. Top End of Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8801 www.theranchbar.co.nz THE FAT DUCK GASTROPUB The Fat Duck Gastropub has the perfect ambience for casual drinks and meals. There is a daily happy hour, free WiFi and a children’s menu with activity sheet. Popular restaurant and very family friendly. 124 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 249 8480 www.thefatduck.co.nz TOP END OF TOWN CENTRE, TE ANAU OPEN DAILY, 8am - LATE HAPPY HOUR 9PM-10PM EVERY NIGHT TEL 03 249 8801

Open breakfast, lunch and dinner * Breakfast $9-$26 * Sunday roast with trimmings just $17.50 (Monday – Saturday roast $20) * Chicken schnitzel $23.50 * Rump steak $28 * Beef rib eye * Lamb shanks * 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 speciality at only $17.50. 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 $14 * Bangers and mash $14 * Battered fish with fries $12.50 * Kids’ roast $15 * Pork ribs with fries $15 * Ham/cheese toastie with fries $12.50 * Kids’ nachos with beef & beans $13 EE * Mini hotdogs $12.50 FR

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Tasman Sea

Milford Sound Cruises

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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. An experience on the Sound is enhanced by the abundance of wildlife; fur seals, rare Fiordland crested penguins and the playfrul bottlenose dolphins. About Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) Milford Sound's first settler (Donald Sutherland) arrived in 1877 having sailed there from Dunedin. The original land 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!

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

Drive Times Queenstown to Milford Sound – 4 hours Te Anau to Milford Sound – 2 hours Wanaka to Milford Sound – 5 hours 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 p87 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! 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. www.KidzGo.co.nz

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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.


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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

0800 744 633 • www.mitrepeak.com 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.

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. Phone: 03 249 8110 Freephone: 0800 744 633 Price: Adult from $95, Child from $30, 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).

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✔ Fuel up in Te Anau – ther e are no shops or fuel stops between Te Anau and Milford Sound. ✔ The Milford Road and its scen ic stops can get extremely congested during peak times. To avoid the crowds we recommend leaving Te Anau either before 8am or after 11am. ✔ The Te Anau-Milford Sound road is 120km long. You should allow two hours for the drive and if you want to enjoy the short walks and many scenic stops along the way (see map p76 ), allow four hours.

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MEET THE LOCALS!

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THE TAKAHẼ What bird is the size of a large chicken with blue and green feathers, short, stout legs and a red bill? The endangered and flightless takahē! The takahē was once thought to be extinct, but in 1948 it hit world headlines when an Invercargill doctor, Geoffrey Orbell, rediscovered the bird high in the tussock grasslands of the remote Murchison Mountains, Fiordland. Even today, despite years of conservation effort, the takahē remains critically endangered. Visit some local residents at the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

FIORDLAND CRESTED PENGUIN THE CHEEKY KEA You can't visit Fiordland without encountering one of the most intelligent and endangered birds in NZ. With bags of personality, meet the world's only alpine parrot, the kea! They are protected and there are thought to be just 1000-5000 left, but you'll see the kea almost anytime you get into the South Island's alpine environment. Keas love eating and destroying rubber – while they are beautiful birds that are fun to watch, given half the chance they will tuck into your car or bike and can cause a lot of damage. In Fiordland your best viewing spots are at the Hollyfood Valley lookout, The Chasm, and the entrance to the Homer Tunnel as you drive into Milford Sound.

NEW ZEALAND FUR SEALS These guys dive deeper and longer than any other type FIORDLAND CRESTED PENGUINS of fur seal (up to 200m, holding their breath for up to 11 minutes!) Fur seals are covered in two layers of fur. The Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki, is one of the The outer layer is used to trap air bubbles and keep the rarest penguins in the world. The penguins tend to inner layer dry and warm. Imagine how cosy they must mate for life and although the pairs separate when not breeding, females return each year to the same beach be when they swim! See them at Milford or Doubtful in search of their mate from the previous season! Sound sunning on a rock or swimming. You may be lucky enough to spot them during DOLPHINS breeding or moulting season on a Fiordland beach, but There are three species of dolphins that can be seen in they are incredibly timid! Milford and Doubtful Sound – bottlenose, dusky and GLOWWORMS Hector's dolphins. Whilst dusky and Hector's are just The NZ glowworm isn’t even a worm; it’s a fungus occasional visitors, the bottlenose are most common, gnat and it loves damp caves! The Māori call them with a resident population of more than 60. They can titiwai, meaning 'projected over water'. At 12,000 grow up to 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg! years old Te Anau's caves are relatively young and still Where to see them? Look out for them playing in the bow waves as you cruise Milford or Doubtful Sound, or being formed by water action. They are famous for the glowworm grotto deep inside. visiting groups of kayakers.


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

Playground onsite

Restaurant onsite

Swimming pool

Self-catering

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

Family Accommodation QUEENSTOWN * ARROWTOWN * GLENORCHY

Rockababy Rentals Queenstown – Family Travel Made Easy

Hire top quality car seats, strollers, cots, toy boxes and much more. Delivery or pick up options available. 021 038 7731 | www.rockababyrentals.co.nz

ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK This picturesque holiday park is ideally situated just 20 minutes from the excitement of Queenstown. Offering modern amenities with a fabulous kids’ playground close by, plus we're just a 10 minute walk to Arrowtown village with its many restaurants and boutique cinema. Swimming in the Arrow River is a great summer attraction along with the region’s best walking/biking tracks. Offering self-contained studios, one-bedroom tourist flats, 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 38 www.KidzGo.co.nz

contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs. Email Fresh Choice your grocery order and have it delivered before you arrive (see page 58).

CAMP GLENORCHY ECO RETREAT Only a 40-minute scenic lakeshore drive from Queenstown, Glenorchy has so much to offer in terms of scenery, family fun and the great outdoors. We offer a range of accommodation, including one, two- or three-bedroom eco-cabins with ensuite, RV sites and bunkrooms. We can arrange a breakfast or BBQ hamper, so you can relax and enjoy our outdoor BBQ area after a day out exploring. End it on a sweet note with some family time roasting marshmallows in the fireplace. Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: +64 3 409 0401 E: host@campglenorchy.co.nz www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz See map page 44 MRS WOOLLY’S CAMPGROUND GLENORCHY This might just be the most stunning campground setting on Earth! Bring the family and set up your tent at one of our unpowered sites or plug your campervan at one of our powered sites. Spotless showers, toilets, kitchen, BBQ and laundry onsite, plus children’s playground and Mrs Woolly’s General Store full of goodness, irresistible sandwiches, salads or picnic food, groceries, fresh produce, supplies and imaginative souvenirs. Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: 021 0889 4008 E: info@MrsWoollysCampground.co.nz www.MrsWoollysCampground.co.nz See map page 44


Blue Peaks Apartments 1st Choice for families * 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 * 5 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown 8 Coronation Drive, Queenstown p 03 441 0438 freeph 0800 162 122

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Blue Peaks Lodge Your home from home * 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 * 10+ 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 the park * 5 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown p 03 441 0437 freeph 0800 162 122

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Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy 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.

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

www.gardencourt.co.nz

41 Frankton Rd, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 9713 Freephone: 0800 GARDEN (427 336) Email: stay@gardencourt.co.nz www.gardencourt.co.nz See ad this page and map page 2. Qualmark 4 star+, Mainstay 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! See website for all family facilities. 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

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Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy CRANBURY COURT APARTMENTS Suitable for the whole family, Cranbury Court has a choice of one, two or three bedroom apartments. All are self-contained, ensuring you have the athome amenities to make the most of your time in beautiful Queenstown. Enjoy our fabulous alpine views whilst being located close to the supermarket and an easy 5 minute walk to town centre 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

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“Excellent accommodation, exceptional hospitality”

HERITAGE QUEENSTOWN Beautiful views, gorgeous.. rooms with interconnecting doors, extra spacious family suites, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, onsite restaurant/bar and a short walk to town centre – are some of the reasons why families just love staying at the Heritage Queenstown! Choose from one of our studio suites (sleep 3), deluxe 33sq metre family rooms or spread out in your own twobedroom suite with kitchenette and laundry! We will customise a space to suit your family! 91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 450 1500 Email:reszqn@heritagehotels.co.nz www.heritagehotels.co.nz/ queenstown See ad this page and map p2

Kids Stay and Eat Free*

* Conditions apply

Book online at

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

WWW.HERITAGEHOTELS.CO.NZ/QUEENSTOWN

www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy HOLIDAY INN QUEENSTOWN Your home away from home, where kids stay and eat free!* A friendly family hotel with spacious rooms, bar, restaurant, sauna, hot tubs, BBQ and heaps of outdoor space, and to top it off, incredible lake views! We go the extra mile to provide the amenities and comforts for your family holiday. Unlimited free WiFi. Only 5 minutes drive from the town centre.

KIDS STAY AND EAT FREE!** FREEPHONE 0800 154 181

holidayinn.com/queenstown *Conditions apply. See listing for details

APARTMENTS & PENTHOUSES

Freephone 0800 484 345

www.theglebe.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz

*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.

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 ARROWFIELD LUXURY 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 Resort and golf course and only 15 minutes from Queenstown. 115 Essex Avenue, 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 page 38


Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy 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 wellequipped rooms with AWESOME family discounts! 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 second room PLUS FREE breakfast for two children under 16! Lakefront, Marine Parade, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7750 www.accorhotels.com See ad this page and map page 4 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 (two-bedroom apartment) include lounge, dining, kitchen, three TVs, two ensuites, balcony or courtyard and those show-stopper views. 12 minutes walk to town on a quiet street. Familyfriendly 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 See ad this page and map page 2

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

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for 2 children under 16

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

highviewapartments.co.nz

Studios and one or two bedroom lakeview self-catering apartments. On a quiet street and all just 12 minutes walk from downtown Queenstown.

freephone 0800 100 904

You’ll love the view! www.KidzGo.co.nz


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Accommodation :: Wanaka and Lake Hawea

WANAKA AND LAKE HAWEA

A dream location...

Lakefront family rooms that tick the boxes, with a popular family restaurant onsite, fun atmosphere and in front of Lake Hawea’s swimming beach and bike tracks! 1 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea Phone: 03 443 1224 www.lakehawea.co.nz THE CAMP LAKE HAWEA The quintessential Kiwi camping experience. Explore the great outdoors and relax in park-like surrounds on the shores of Lake Hawea. Enjoy classic family fun with fishing, biking, walking and a fantastic choice of ways to stay. Children under 5 years stay FREE. Contact The Camp now for more information. SITES | GLAMPING | CABINS | COTTAGES | TINY HOUSE | AIRBNB | EVENTS and MORE State Highway 6, Lake Hawea Phone: +64 3 443 1767 Reservations: 0800 525 322 (0800 LAKE CAMP) Email: stay@thecamp.co.nz www.thecamp.co.nz See map page 66 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. Great swimming beach, mountain bikes for hire and family friendly bike tracks start right here! 197 Outlet Road, off Aubrey Road, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7478 Email: info@lakeoutlet.co.nz www.lakeoutlet.co.nz

www.KidzGo.co.nz

LAKE HAWEA HOTEL A dream location! Relax into the tranquility of stunning Lake Hawea – just 15 minutes from Wanaka. Lakefront family suites offer uninterrupted lake views while our budget accommodation includes dorm beds, caravan hire or camp sites. Popular family restaurant onsite with large outside garden. Situated seconds from Lake Hawea swimming beach with picnics, family biking and walking tracks, kayaking and fishing there for the taking! 1 Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 1224 Email: info@lakehawea.co.nz www.lakehawea.co.nz See map page 66 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 selfcontained 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. 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 60 WANAKA KIWI HOLIDAY PARK AND MOTELS Family and child friendly with lots of space to play! With two playgrounds, a trampoline, plus family spa pools and sauna. Facilities include full kitchens and dedicated parents' bathroom. Campervan sites, selfcontained motel units and 3-bedroom house. Bike hire for the whole family; ‘tag along’, wee ride seat and mountain buggy pram. Free unlimited WIFI, BBQs and an evening courtesy shuttle to town. 263 Studholme Road North, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7766 Freephone: 0800 229 8439 Email: stay@wanakakiwi.nz www.wanakakiwiholidaypark.nz Qualmark Silver See map page 60


Accommodation :: Wanaka and Te Anau, Fiordland

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TE ANAU – FIORDLAND HERE’S WHY OUR PARK IS A HIT WITH KIDS! * Jumping pillow * Adventure playground * Giant chess

BE INSPIRED

* Kids’ go karts & bikes * Kidz Zone games room

by the water’s edge

* Toddlers’ corner

Family holiday fun at Edgewater Lake Wanaka

* Pet lambs (in spring)

We look forward to welcoming you. Reservations +64 3 443 0011 www.edgewater.co.nz

EDGEWATER Absolute lake edge location This spacious resort is perfectly located with wideopen lawns leading straight down to the lake and it's just a 15 minute lakeshore stroll to the town centre. Choose from hotel rooms, or one and two bedroom suites with laundry and kitchenette. All boast balconies/terrace and spectacular views. Facilities include onsite restaurant with kids’ menu, playground, spa/sauna, tennis courts, 9 hole putting green, petanque and mountain bike hire. Sargood Drive, Wanaka Phone:+64 3 443 0011 Freephone: 0800 108 311 Email: reservations@edgewater.co.nz www.edgewater.co.nz See map page 60 Qualmark Silver 4+ FAIRWAY MOTEL Comfortable, affordable....................... family motel/apartments. Just a short walk from the lakefront, Fairway Motel is a great base offering self-contained studios with kitchenettes, as well as one and two bedroom apartments with fullyequipped kitchen and internal laundry. Onsite facilities include trampoline, bike/ski storage, BBQ and outdoor swimming pool (1 Dec-31 March). Winner Trip Advisor – 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 60

* Movie nights * holiday activities * Hot tub with lake view * Family deals

getawayteanau.co.nz GETAWAY TE ANAU HOLIDAY PARK & APARTMENTS Te Anau's only 5 star holiday park has an unbeatable location right in town, overlooking the lake! Comfortable accommodation from campsites to family cabins and luxurious apartments. Our kids’ facilities make this a first choice for families: kids’ games room with toddlers' area, jumping pillow, movie nights (school holidays), Go-Karts and bikes and extensive kids’ playground. Our freshwater hot tubs overlook Lake Te Anau and are available for private use. 128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7462 Freephone: 0800 249 746 www.getawayteanau.co.nz See map page 72 DISTINCTION HOTEL AND VILLAS With an absolute lakefront and central location this is just what your family will delight in! Spacious gardens, family-friendly restaurant and heated outdoor swimming pool (summer months). Our great value garden or lake view hotel rooms (some featuring two queen beds) are ideal for a small family, or our twobedroom villa is the perfect family home away from home. Guest amenities include free unlimited WiFi, sauna and spa pool, massage clinic and restaurant with bar. 64 Lakefront Terrace, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 9700 Email: reservations@ distinctionteanau.co.nz www.distinctionhotelsteanau.co.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz


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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.

THRILLZONE

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

ODYSSEY

Mention Kidz Go for a FREE gift on entry! FAMILY PASS: $99 (2 adults and 2 children). PLUS under 5s are FREE! See page 12

FEAR FACTORY

FAMILY DEAL: $99 (2 adults and 2 children). Child is under 15 years. See page 13

BELOW ZERO° ICE BAR

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

MINUS 5° ICE BAR

SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES

Great value family passes on Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise and Mt Nicholas Farm Experience year-round, plus other awesome family deals. Visit southerndiscoveries.co.nz/specials. See page 23

KJET

EPIC jet boat deals for families! Save $101 with our Family Pack! See page 24

SKIPPERS CANYON JET

First child goes FREE with two paying adults! Save $85. See page 25

GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE FAMILY PASS: $50 Two adults and up to three children. PLUS under 5s are FREE! See page 25

SEGWAY ON Q

KIDZ GO DEAL: save up to $79 with our family pack! (2 adult + 2 child or 1 adult + 3 child) Child is 15 and under. See page 28

ZIPTREK ECOTOURS

FAMILY DEALS – 4 LINE MOA TOUR $399 for two adults and two children, additional child $80. See page 29

OFF ROAD ADVENTURES

Kids under 12 years – $50 discount on 9am Quad Bike Tour / $418 for a self-drive 4 seater buggy tour / private 4WD charter for up to 7 for $699! See page 30

RIVERBOARDING

Kids go FREE! One child (under 18 years) goes free with each paying adult with Kidz Go colour ad voucher on page 14

Kidz Go special: $215 per person for family of four or more. Save up to $160! Mention Kidz Go when you call and book. See page 31

iFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING

CLIMBING QUEENSTOWN

FAMILY PACKAGE: $399 for 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft – shared between up to 5 family members. See page 17

KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK

Kids go FREE! One child goes free with each paying adult when you mention Kidz Go. See page 21

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

www.KidzGo.co.nz

Family climbing adventure – half-day Family (2 adults + 2 kids) $499 Save $97 See page 32

SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX

COMBO DEAL: $299 for Swing + Fox, save $124 Visit website for Fox Group Deals. See page 32

CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Kids 5 years and under get FREE day passes! Mountain bike learner zone is FREE! See page 33


Family Discounts and Deals

LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM FAMILY PASS: $20 (2 adults + 2 children) Kids Go FREE! See page 39

WINNIES

GO JETS WANAKA

FAMILY DEAL $359 for 2 adults + 2 children. Save $49 See page 63

WARBIRDS AND WHEELS

FREE fizzy drinks for kids! Conditions apply. See page 52

FAMILY DEAL: $45 for 2 adults and unlimited children from the same family. See page 64

ERIK'S FISH AND CHIPS QUEENSTOWN

TRANSPORT & TOY MUSEUM

FAMILY MEAL DEAL: $30 KIDS MEALS: $6.50 See page 54

THREESIXTY

FAMILY DEAL: $45 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Under 5s are FREE! See page 64

PADDLE WANAKA

KIDS EAT FREE! Any child under 12 eats FREE with a paying adult! Conditions apply. See page 55

Use promo code Kidzgo18 and receive 10% off our guided kayaking Tiki Tour (2 adults and 2 kids). Valid until 30th April 2020. See page 65

THE BALLARAT TRADING CO.

ERIK'S FISH AND CHIPS WANAKA

Kids' meals from $5 (inc. fizzy drink) all day every day, with any main meal purchased. Conditions apply. See page 56

LORD OF THE FRIES Kids Combo Meals just $13.50! See page 56

ZAMBRERO

FREE meal for a child in need with any burrito or bowl purchased. Donated in partnershop with Rise Against Hunger. See page 57

THE REMARKABLE SWEET SHOP FREE fudge tasting in their Queenstown and Arrowtown stores! See pages 39 and 58

QUEENSTOWN WHOLEFOODS Organic fruit and vegetable baskets. FREE DELIVERY OVER $30 See p59

PUZZLING WORLD

Illusion Rooms + Great Maze FAMILY PASS: $77 for 2 adults + 2 children. (Child is 5-15 years) See page 61

BASECAMP ADVENTURES Family climbing adventure – half-day Family (2 adults + 2 kids) $499 Save $97 See page 62

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FAMILY MEAL DEAL: $28.50 KIDS MEALS: $6.50 See page 68

FIORDLAND JET

FAMILY DEAL: Pure Wilderness Trip 2nd child goes FREE when you mention Kidz Go or use promo code KIDZGO when booking online! See page 73

FIORDLAND JET

FREE pedal boat hire with every Pure Wilderness jet boat booking. See page 73

CRUISE TE ANAU

Mention KIDZ GO and one child goes FREE with every paying adult on the Cruise Te Anau Discovery Cruise. Extra children just $35 each. See page 74

THE RANCH BAR AND GRILL

FREE kids' or adults' drink with your main meal when you mention Kidz Go. See page 75

MITRE PEAK CRUISES

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 78

KIDS STAY AND EAT FREE!

Check out our accommodation section for lots of great family deals. See pages 83-85

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Queenstown Useful Contacts and Getting Around

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, Building 12, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Wakatipu Medical Centre 03 442 2288 11 McBride Street, Frankton Arrowtown Medical Centre 03 442 1215 cnr Buckingham/Berkshire Streets, Arrowtown Lakes District Hospital 03 441 0015 Douglas Street, Frankton Mountain Lakes Medical 03 442 7188 Level 1, 44 Beach Street or 34 Grant Road, Five Mile Wakatipu Community Mental Health Team 19 Douglas Street, Frankton 03 441 0010 PHARMACIES Five Mile Pharmacy Shop 7, 32 Grant Road, Five Mile Retail Centre Unichem Arrowtown Pharmacy 20 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Queenstown Pharmacy Isle Street, 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

03 442 2388

Orbus 0800 ORBUSQT (6728778) Local area bus service connecting all Queenstown suburbs including airport, Fernhill, Arrowtown, Arthurs Point, Lake Hayes and Jacks Point. Queenstown Taxis Personal door-to-door transport We get you door-to-door with total flexibility and convenience – no schudules, 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. Book online with our handy Smart Hail app. Child seats available on request. Taxi Base: unit 36/159 GOrge Road, Queenstown Phone: 03 450 3000 (24 hours) Freephone: 0800 QT TAXIS (0800 788 294) www.queenstowntaxis.com Mobility taxi available. Member of the New Zealand Taxi Federation.

Queenstown Ferries Take the Lake! Regular boat service between Queenstown Bay and Frankton with 5 convenient stops 03 441 0590 along the way including the Kelvin Heights golf course, Frankton Track and Kawarau Village. 03 442 3467 Departs next to Steamer Wharf, Beach Street 03 442 0975

03 442 2800

Ritchies Coachlines 0800 405 066 Connecting Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin & Cromwell.

03 442 7313

Supershuttle Airport Shuttle

www.supershuttle.co.nz

Tracknet 03 249 7777 Services between Queenstown, Invercargill and Te Anau. Charters to walking tracks in Te Anau.

03 442 2711 03 442 7274 03 442 4922 03 441 8248 Queenstown to Mount Cook 03 442 8580 Daily service between Queenstown and Mount Cook, www.intercity.co.nz 03 442 3531 then on to Christchurch.

INFORMATION CENTRES & BOOKING AGENTS Cardrona Info and Booking Centre 03 442 4511 37 Camp Street Discover Queenstown Info Centre 03 441 2979 corner The Mall/Camp Street Dept of Conservation Stanley St 03 442 7935 Info and Track 37 Shotover Street 03 442 9708 Lakes District Museum and Info Centre 03 442 1824 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Queenstown iSite Visitor Centre 03 442 4100 The Clocktower, Cnr Shotover / Camp Street Southern Lakes Info Centre 03 442 7640 corner Shotover/Rees Street The Station corner Shotover/Camp Street 03 442 5252 Q Book / Segway Booking Centre 03 409 2969 93 Beach Street

Yello! Cabs Sightseeing And Tours Family-friendly transport for travel within Lake Wanaka and surrounds. Wanaka’s largest and only locally-based 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 runs smoothly. 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! 2018 Regional Winner, Westpac Business Growth Grants Awards Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 Enquiries: info@yello.co.nz www.yello.co.nz


Kidz Go Index ACTIVITIES Queenstown Alpine Aqualand 20 Around the Basin 37 Backcountry Saddle Expeditions 22 Basecamp Adventures 32 Bead Shop 14 Below Zero Ice Bar 14 Ben Lomond Horse Treks 22 Buzzstop Honey Centre 20 Cardrona Alpine Resort & Mountain Bike Park 33 Chargeabout Electric Bikes 35 Chipmunks Playland and Café 18 Coronet Peak Sightseeing Gondola 26 Escape Quest 15 Family Adventures Rafting 30 Fear Factory 13 Game Over Queenstown 18 Glenorchy Animal Experience 25 Highlands 42 iFly Indoor Skydiving 17 KJet 24 Kiwi Birdlife Park 21 Lakes District Museum & Information Centre 39 Minus 5° ICE BAR 14 Off Road Adventures 30 Odyssey Sensory Maze and SMASHIT 12 Paintball Central 43 Queenstown Climbing Centre & Clip ‘n Climb 19 Queenstown Ice Arena 16 Queenstown Taxis – Family Discovery Day 27 Rippled Earth ~ Island Kayak Safari 29 Riverboarding 31 Segway on Q 28 Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox 32 SITE Trampoline 19 Skippers Canyon Jet 25 Southern Discoveries 23 THRILLZONE 11 Ziptrek Ecotours 29 Wanaka Basecamp Adventures Clip ‘n Climb 61 Basecamp Adventures Rockclimbing 62 Cinema Paradiso 61 Go Jets 63 Hook 63 National Transport and Toy Museum 64 Paddle Wanaka 65 Puzzling World 61 Realm Virtual Reality Experience 64 Warbirds and Wheels 64 Wanaka Recreation Centre and Wanaka Pool 62 Yello! Cabs and Travel 64 Fiordland Cruise Te Anau 74 Fiordland Escapes 72 Fiordland Jet 73 Kepler Mountain View - Alpaca Farm Tours 73 Mitre Peak Cruises 78 Southern Discoveries Wild Rides - Bike Fiordland 72

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CAFÉS / RESTAURANTS Queenstown / Arrowtown Ballarat Trading Co. 56 Balls and Bangles 54 Erik’s Fish and Chips 54 The Fat Lamb 53 Lord of the Fries 56 New Orleans Hotel 39 Pedro’s House of Lamb 55 Public Kitchen and Bar 53 Thai2Go 55 Threesixty 55 Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar 52 Zambrero 57 Wanaka and Lake Hawea Erik’s Fish and Chips 68 Hawea Store and Kitchen 67 Hook Wanaka 69 Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant 67 Red Star Burger Bar 68 Warbirds and Wheels Retro Family Diner 68 Te Anau The Fat Duck Gastropub 75 The Ranch Bar and Grill 75 THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY Babysitting Queenstown Kidz Club Mamas Five Mile Childcare Rockababy Rentals

49 49 49 47

FAMILY SHOPPING AND SERVICES Fresh Choice Supermarket Mrs Woolly’s General Store Queenstown Wholefoods Remarkables Park Town Centre The Remarkable Sweet Shop

58 45 59 59 58

ACCOMMODATION Queenstown / Arrowtown / Glenorchy Arrowfield Luxury Apartments Arrowtown Holiday Park Blue Peaks Apartments and Blue Peaks Lodge Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat Cranbury Court Apartments Garden Court Apartments The Glebe Apartments and Penthouse Suites Heritage Queenstown Highview Apartments Holiday Inn Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Platinum Queenstown Wanaka and Lake Hawea The Camp Lake Hawea Edgewater Fairway Motel Lake Hawea Hotel Lake Outlet Holiday Park Mt Aspiring Holiday Park Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels Fiordland and Te Anau Getaway Te Anau Holiday Park & Apartments

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Tasman Sea

See p76

Milford Sound

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Homer Tunnel

See Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries or Mitre Peak Cruises

Te Anau Downs

Milford Track 3-4 day walk

Mitre Peak (1692 metres)

Lake Te Anau

To Queenstown (170 km / 2 hours)

Fiordland Jet Cruise Te Anau Wild Rides Fiordland Escapes

To Milford Sound (120 km / 2 hours)

See p72

Te Anau

KMV Alpaca Farm Tours Manapouri

22km / 20 mins from Te Anau

Routeburn Track

Hollyford Track

Caples Track

Key Summit

Greenstone Track

Mavora Lakes

Lake Sylvan

Paradise

Kinloch

Dart Track

Glenorchy See p44

Pigeon Island

Lake Wakatipu

Mt. Nicholas High Country Station

DISTANCES

Rees Track

To Mt Aspiring (3033 metres)

Skippers Skippers Canyon Canyon Jet Jet and Family Adventures

See p4

to Mount Aspiring National Park Treble Cone

4 Frankton

9

6

6

Lake

See p66

8a

8

8

To Mt Cook and Christchurch

Lake 6 Dunstan

The Snow Farm

Highlands Go-Karts

Cromwell See p43

Paintball Central

Clyde Dam Lookout

Clyde

Alexandra

To Dunedin

Roxburgh

Bannockburn

Gibbston Valley

Puzzling World

To Hawea Lake the West Coast Lake Hawea Wanaka 6

See p60

Wanaka

Crown Range Road

Glendhu Bay

Queenstown Airport

Lake Hayes

2

P4

Jacks Point

5

Kingston

6

Garston

The Remarkables

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Bike Park Coronet Peak Gondola Backcountry Sightseeing Saddle Cardrona and Mountain Arrowtown Valley Horseriding Biking See p38

Skippers Canyon Road (4WD only)

Athol

Kelvin 7 Heights

Queenstown

Ben Lomond Horse Treks

Ben Lomond (1748 metres)

3

9 8

6

To Invercargill

Five Rivers

Moke Lake Bobs Cove

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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 Unsealed Road Hiking Tracks

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