FAMILY HOLIDAY GUIDE QUEENSTOWN * WANAKA * FIORDLAND
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Attractions & adventures
Activity age guide
Skiing with kids
Tips and Info for locals
Rainy day activities
THE ONLY FAMILY GUIDE TO THE SOUTHERN LAKES
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Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy – you’ll never run out of things to do in Queenstown but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities, festivals, shopping and wineries plus fantastic ski areas nearby, this lakeside alpine resort justifiably rates as one of the world’s top destinations for all ages and seasons. Just 20km away the old-world ambience of Arrowtown, on the bank of the once gold-laden Arrow River, is also a must-visit, while the township of Glenorchy, at the head of the lake, really is the gateway to Paradise!
Wanaka – Lake Wanaka, surrounded by magnificent mountains, is a perfect year-round holiday spot with a laid-back feel. Wanaka offers stunning scenery, fabulous dining, festivals and plenty of family fun, making this a dream destination for families. Activities include jet boating, horse riding, indoor climbing, salmon fishing, snow shoeing and the famous Puzzling World. Nearby are three fantastic ski areas between half an hour and one hour from town.
Fiordland and Te Anau – the peaceful lakeside town of Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park with the rugged wonders of Milford and Doubtful Sound just a short trip away. Te Anau offers fun family activities including lake cruises to explore the inland fiords or exploring the Waiau River by jet boat. There are numerous family friendly walking and biking tracks near town and it’s also the set-off point for walking the outstanding Milford or Kepler Tracks. Nearby Lake Manapouri, often described as NZ's prettiest lake, is home to Doubtful Sound departures.
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KIDZ GO FIORDL AND
THE SNOW SCENE: June-October Local ski areas and snow activities Hiring gear – Queenstown Mountain transport – Queenstown Ski schools/childcare facilities Hiring gear and transport – Wanaka
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KIDZ GO QUEENSTOWN ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS On a budget ideas Rainy day ideas Family attractions Discover Queenstown Family walking tracks Adventure activities Discover Arrowtown Discover Glenorchy The Queenstown Trail and family bike rides Birthday party activities and ideas Annual and season activity passes
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Discover Te Anau Te Anau walking/biking tracks Te Anau activities Eating out made easy Milford Sound
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FAMILY ACCOMMODATION Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy 74 Wanaka 79 Te Anau, Fiordland 79
SOUTHERN L AKES MAPS
Queenstown, Fernhill and Sunshine Bay 2 Queenstown centre 4 Frankton 4 Ski areas map 8 Family attractions 18 Family Fun Zone – Frankton 27 Arrowtown 40 Glenorchy 42 THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY 48 Wanaka 58 Childcare, clubs, annual passes and parents' help. Te Anau and Manapouri 67 The road to Milford Sound 70 EATING OUT MADE EASY Family-friendly restaurants and cafés 51 Southern Lakes area 83 FAMILY SHOPPING and SERVICES Clothing, toys, books, sweet things, supermarkets, organics and more.
KIDZ GO WANAK A The Wanaka snow scene Wanaka birthday party ideas Wanaka activities Wanaka walking/biking tracks Eating out made easy Family shopping and services Wanaka useful contacts
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OTHER STUFF Queenstown useful contacts 6 Getting around 6 Winter events highlights 7 A nugget of Southern Lakes history 39 The Legend of our Breathing Lake 43 Meet the locals of Fiordland 73 Family discounts and deals 80 Index 82 www.KidzGo.co.nz
Queenstown 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 03 450 1355 cnr Buckingham/Berkshire Streets, Arrowtown Lakes District Hospital 03 441 0015 Douglas Street, Frankton Mountain Lakes Medical 03 442 7188 38b Gorge Road, Queenstown Wakatipu Community Mental Health Team 19 Douglas Street, Frankton 03 441 0010
SKI AREA TRANSPORT See p12 for ski area transport departing Queenstown and p15 for ski area transport departing Wanaka.
PHARMACIES Five Mile Pharmacy Five Mile Retail Centre Unichem Arrowtown Pharmacy 20 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Queenstown Pharmacy Isle Street, Queenstown QT Pharmacy O’Connells Shopping Centre, Queenstown Summerfield’s Frankton Pharmacy Frankton Roundabout, Frankton Unichem Remarkables Pharmacy Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Life Pharmacy Wilkinson's 4 The Mall, Queenstown DENTAL SERVICES Frankton Dental Surgery Queenstown Dentist Ltd Lakeside Dental Practice Queenstown Dental Centre Remarkables Dental Centre
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INFORMATION CENTRES & BOOKING AGENTS Cardrona Info and Booking Centre 03 442 4511 37 Camp Street Discover Queenstown Info Centre 03 441 2979 corner The Mall/Camp Street Dept of Conservation Stanley St 03 442 7935 Go Orange 35 Shotover Street 03 442 7340 Info and Snow Shotover Street 03 442 9708 Lakes District Museum and Info Centre 03 442 1824 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown QT Information Centre 03 442 7319 corner Shotover/Camp Street Southern Lakes Info Centre 03 442 7640 corner Shotover/Rees Street The Station corner Shotover/Camp Street 03 442 5252
Orbus 0800 ORBUSQT (6728778) Local area bus service connecting all Queenstown suburbs plus airport, Arrowtown and daily service to Wanaka and Cromwell. QUEENSTOWN TAXIS The EASIEST way for your family to go Street to Slope! Book your ski transfer with Queenstown Taxis and we’ll be at your door with a warm, safe vehicle to escort your excited family right to the chairlift! Depending on the number in your party, your personal taxi transfer can be even cheaper than a bus! We have cars (seat 1-4) or minivans (seat 1-11) and we'll take you to any Queenstown or Wanaka ski area (and back again!). Available also for everything from sightseeing, getting around and 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 NZ Taxi Federation. Queenstown Water Taxis 03 441 1124 Boat service every 45 mins from the town centre to the walking/bike tracks along the Frankton Arm, Kelvin Heights and Kawarau Village. Ritchies Coachlines 0800 405 066 Connecting Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin & Cromwell. Supershuttle Airport Shuttle
Tracknet 03 249 7777 Services between Queenstown, Invercargill and Te Anau. Charters to walking tracks in Te Anau. Queenstown to Mount Cook 03 442 4922 Daily service between Queenstown and Mount Cook, then on to Christchurch. www.intercity.co.nz YELLO! CABS AND TRAVEL Family-friendly transport for travel within Lake Wanaka and surrounds. Yello! has a comprehensive fleet of cabs, maxi-taxis and coaches, and can cater for your every transport need. Local, friendly and experienced drivers. Children and infants’ car seats available on request. Yello! services include Queenstown airport transfers, ski area transport, sightseeing and personal tours, and general taxi charter to local and regional attractions. Keep safe on the roads this winter and travel with yello! Locally family-owned and operated. 2018 Regional Winner, Westpac Business Growth Grant Awards Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org www.yello.co.nz
Winter Events :: Highlights 7
Winter Events 2019 Highlights New Zealand School Holiday Dates 6th July to 21st July 28th Sept to 13th October Scheduled skifield opening/closing dates (snow dependent) Cardrona Alpine Resort 1 June-20 October Snow Farm NZ 21 June-22 September Coronet Peak 15 June-29 September The Remarkables 8 June-13 October Treble Cone 27 June-22 September Opening and closing days are a big deal that each mountain celebrates, so check their websites for details. Coronet Peak Night Ski - 22 June-31 August Hit your favourite M1 trail as the sun sets and the lights downtown start twinkling. Wed, Fri, Sat nights. Friday and Saturday Night ICE Discos Skate to your favourite tunes and pretend to be a ‘star on ice’! State-of-the-art lighting, hot drinks and yummy food, licensed café – a great family night out. www.queenstownicearena.co.nz JUNE 31 May -3 June Luma 'Southern Light Project' Discover the collection of light sculptures and installations at this magical, free evening event in Queenstown Gardens. 20-23 REAL JOURNEYS QUEENSTOWN 45th WINTER FESTIVAL Step into a 4-day extravaganza of street parties, fireworks, comedy and family fun. Highlights include: 20 Matariki Torchlight Hikoi and Winter Festival Welcome For $5 a family can collect a torch and walk through the streets of Queenstown to watch the official Winter Festival Maori welcome followed by live music on the Bathhouse stage. 21 Monteith's Dog Derby, Dog Barking, Suitcase Race, Tug o' War on skis, Snow Tubing Cardrona Alpine Resort 21 Real Journeys Friday Night Fireworks Queenstown Bay 22 More FM Day on the Bay Watch the crazy and enthusiastic launch themselves into icy cold Lake Wakatipu, or running in their undies! Jet boat sprints and more. Queenstown Bay 23 Macpac Bikes on Snow race Cardrona Alpine Resort 23 Queenstown Mardi Gras Queenstown Bay 23 Superhero Sunday Ice Skate Queenstown Ice Arena See full program at www.winterfestival.co.nz 22 The Carnival – Fear Factory Queenstown Step right up and marvel at this carnival freak show at New Zealand’s Scariest Haunted House. Each step you'll encounter increasingly darker circus acts. www.fearfactory.co.nz/deals
JULY 12+13 Ice Hockey – SKYCITY Stampede v Red Devils Watch our local team take on the Canterbury Red Devils. Queenstown Ice Arena www.skycitystampede.co.nz 14 Pīki Maunga Rangatahi Freeride Competition Watch young skiers and snowboarders show off their control, fluidity, jumps and technique. www.cardrona.com 14 Kids Day Out – Coronet Peak Bring the kids up for face painting, colouring competitions, scavenger hunts, ski-doo rides, cupcake decorating and more! www.coronetpeak.co.nz 21 July + 15 August The Remarkables Mini Shred Calling all kids 12 and under! Show us your coolest tricks or just come and watch the action. www.theremarkables.co.nz AUGUST 4-5 Snow Farm NZ – 30th Anniversary Celebrations Treasure hunts, chocolate fish races, musterers' dogs having ‘bark off’ competitions and more. www.snowfarmnz.com 4 Underdog NZ Sled Dog Marathon Kids can meet the dogs and their mushers beforehand and the race is from 4:30pm until midnight. www.snowfarmnz.com 23 Winter Games NZ Opening Ceremony Dramatic Night Slalom contest under floodlights, with top skiers from around the world at Coronet Peak. Watch local kids ski with flags and flares plus live music and fireworks. www.wintergamesnz.kiwi 23 August -7 September Winter Games NZ World-class athletes compete on the snow. www.wintergamesnz.kiwi SEPTEMBER 5+6+7 Ice Hockey Action – New Zealand v Australia Watch the fastest game on earth as New Zealand's Ice Blacks take on Australia. www.wintergamesnz.kiwi 14 Beach Day – Coronet Peak Join in the silliness in your finest summer get-up – the brighter the better! www.coronetpeak.co.nz 19 Talk Like a Pirate Day – The Remarkables It’s all about pirates! The staff dress up and race cardboard boats for charity. Come watch and take part. www.theremarkables.co.nz 31 Worldloppet Merino Muster Snow Farm's headline event. Includes a 1km Mini Muster for children 10 years and under. www.merinomuster.com 21 Speights Coronet Peak Dog Derby The kids will love watching an avalanche of dogs running down the slopes with their owners! www.coronetpeak.co.nz
The Snow Scene :: Ski Areas
Ski Area Locations Treble Cone Ski Area
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21km / 25 mins Glenorchy 34km / 50 mins 37km / 45 mins 37km / 45 mins
The Snow Farm Cardrona Valley
80km / 70 mins 83km / 90 mins 34km / 45 mins 34km / 45 mins Frankton
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Queenstown to Coronet Peak The Remarkables Cardrona Snow Farm Arrowtown to Coronet Peak Kinloch The Remarkables Cardrona Snow Farm Wanaka to Coronet Peak The Remarkables Cardrona Snow Farm
CORONET PEAK This is the locals' playground, at just 25 minutes from downtown Queenstown. Modern facilities, extensive snow-making, grooming and great learner slopes combined with roller coaster terrain make Coronet Peak a truly world-class ski area. NEW for 2019 – come ride our faster, quieter 6-seater chairlift! There’s plenty of fun for kids, from the licensed childcare and ski school to beginner slopes with 4 conveyor lifts. Sledding can be enjoyed in the Snow Play Zone with rental or purchase of sleds available. If you’ve never skied after sundown don’t miss Night Skiing – Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm until 9pm (end June to end of August). Phone: 03 450 1970 Freephone: 0800 697 547 Transport/tickets: from the Queenstown Snow Centres: The Station Building, 9 Duke St or 41 Shotover St, Queenstown Lifts: NEW 2019 high-speed six-seater lift – it’s faster and quieter! Plus 2 high-speed quad chairs, 1 T-bar, 4 surface conveyor lifts (magic carpet). Kids' programs: Skiwiland licensed early learning centre and ski school (3 months-5 years), Kea Club ski and snowboard school (5-17 years). Facilities: Cafés and restaurants including the on-mountain Corona Ice Bar and Heidi’s Hut, snow shop, rental and repairs, ski/snowboard school, first aid. Terrain: approx. beginner 15%, intermediate 33%, advanced 25%, expert 27% www.coronetpeak.com Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes.
THE REMARKABLES Just 45 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, The Remarkables is where you’ll find your freedom. This is Queenstown’s big mountain with sunny slopes, wide bowls, fast chutes and terrain for all abilities in your family. Adrenalin-seekers love the three dedicated terrain parks and off-piste runs down Outward Bound. Extensive trail work and a new learner slope with magic carpet-style conveyor makes the progression from beginner to intermediate easier and more enjoyable. Kids aged four and up have an awesome time with Mini Kea ski school, and for those freestylers wanting to progress to the park, the ski field also hosts The Remarkables Snow Sports Academy (6-17 years). Phone: 03 450 1970 Freephone: 0800 697 547 Transport/tickets: from the Queenstown Snow Centres: The Station Building, 9 Duke St or 41 Shotover St, Queenstown Lifts: 1 high-speed six-seater chair, 3 quad chairs, 5 surface conveyor lifts (magic carpet) including a covered double. Kids' programs: Mini Kea (4-5 years), Kea Club ski and snowboard school (5-17 years) and Remarkables Snow Sports Academy (a freestyle coaching program). Facilities: 3 progressive terrain parks, three dining areas in the state of the art, award-winning base building, plus the on-mountain Corona Ice Bar, snow shop, rental and repairs, ski/ snowboard school, first aid. Terrain: beginner 30%, intermediate 40%, advanced 30% www.theremarkables.co.nz Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes.
CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Cardrona is the largest ski area close to both Queenstown and Wanaka, and is NZ’s favourite family mountain where everyone’s a VIP! With a fun-filled atmosphere, wide, open runs and an abundance of intermediate terrain, Cardrona is welcoming and enjoyable to ski or ride. It’s the perfect place for beginners and intermediates; with easy-to use surface lifts, beginner packages and plenty of wide, open trails spread over 3 basins. McDougall’s Express Chondola A combined lift of 8-person gondola cabins and 6-seater chairs – NZ’s first gondola-style lift on a ski area! Cardrona’s Childcare Centre and Snow Sports School Options on and off the snow for kids from 3 months to 14 years, offering care, lessons, food and FUN in flexible packages. Shorter lesson and care packages are available for families who’d like to spend more time skiing together. Phone: 03 443 8880 Freephone: 0800 440 800 Lifts: 1 x 6/8-person chondola, 4 quad chairlifts (including Pringles quad, new for 2019!), 3 learner conveyors (1 with weather-proof gallery tunnel), 1 platter tow. Facilities: Childcare centre, snow sports school, eight cafés, Cardrona’s alpine apartments, shop, rental & workshop, medical centre, free WiFi. Terrain: beginner 25%, intermediate 25%, advanced 30%, expert 20% www.cardrona.com Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day passes. www.KidzGo.co.nz
10 The Snow Scene :: Ski Areas and Hiring Gear
SAVE 10% WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE! Applies to some products with promo code ‘kidsgo’
$10 snow play $15 tube hire Other adventures, prices from:
$25 snowshoe $45 cross country experience
SKIS + BOOTS + POLES
SNOW FARM – THE ULTIMATE SNOW FUN ZONE Snow Play * Snow Shoe * Snow Ski * Snow Fun! Come and play in the snow with fun activities for all ages and levels. Play – build a snowman or go tubing in the play zone. Explore – our ‘winter wonderland’ on cross-country skis or snowshoes, with the option of tow-behind kids’ ski sleds for the wee ones to hire. Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing – social and fun – we have wide, groomed trails, gently rolling hills and peaceful valleys to explore. This is the perfect terrain for beginners and families, plus lots to discover if you're experienced! Our packages for skiing and snowshoeing include instruction before you set off. Stunning views and backcountry huts to discover. Relax – check out the action and the scenery from the comfort of the café. Snow Farm is NZ’s only cross country skifield – high on top of the Pisa Range plateau with 55km of stunning tracks to explore. Phone: 03 443 7542 Facilities: café, ski rental, ski school, snow play zone, tubing area, backcountry huts. www.snowfarmnz.com Book online and use the discount code: 'kidsgo' to save 10% on your bookings. Applies to some products. See pages 12 and 15 for transport options from Queenstown and Wanaka.
HIRING GEAR QUEENSTOWN
RENTAL RATES (BASED ON ONE-DAY HIRE)
MULTI-DAY DISCOUNT RATES: All listed stores offer family deals or excellent discount rates for multi-day hire. Prices quoted are based on one-day, standard equipment but in general the more you pay, the better the gear. If you want to try the latest and best, ask for ‘executive’ or ‘performance’ rental prices. Listed outlets also rent clothing with ski pants, jackets and suits for children and adults. Accessories such as gloves, hat, goggles and sunglasses are available in all listed stores for rental or purchase.
SNOWBOARD + BOOTS
SKIS + POLES
BOOTS ONLY (SKI / SNOWBOARD)
JACKET + PANTS
BROWNS 03 442 4005 (w/ Kidz Go discount)
Adult Youth (10-17 years) Child (under 10 years)
$45 $27 $18.90
$45 $27 $18.90
$36 $22 $14.40
$18 $13.50 $9
GREEN TOAD 03 442 5311
ONE STOP 03 441 2085 (w/ Kidz Go discount)
Child (15 & under)
Child (up to 17 years)
$31.50 $25.20 $18.90
ONE STOP Ski and Snowboard Rental For the best family deal, present your Kidz Go 20% discount voucher in-store ! We specialise in top gear for the whole family at truly affordable rates, plus we can organise awesome kids' lesson packages. Great package deals for everyone including your equipment rental, lift pass, lessons and transport all on the one “mypass” card. Hop aboard mountain transport at our front door and straight onto the lifts – no more queuing ! Our international team of experts is available to assist in all your ski, snowboard and winter clothing requirements. Glove, goggle, helmet and wristguard rental available. Child rates up to 17 years. Locally owned and operated. Personalised service ! The Station Building, Duke St, Central Queenstown Phone: (03) 441 2085 Hours: 7:15am to 9:00pm, 7 days Email: email@example.com www.onestopsnowshop.co.nz BROWNS SKI SHOP You need us! Kids are our thing – most of us have our own and we know what it takes to make a family holiday work. We have what you need – great kids’ rental gear, FREE helmets for kids, FREE wrist guards with snowboards, FREE delivery and pick-up, FREE gear insurance, FREE baby-sitting – sorry, just kidding... Really though, all those extras add up to LOTS OF SAVINGS, check around and check us out. Child rates for under 10s plus special youth rates available for ages 10-17 years. Family discounts of 10% also available when quoting ‘Kidz Go’. Retail – exclusive range of kids’ (from 6 months) and adults’ snowwear and accessories from around the world. We import much of it ourselves that you won’t find anywhere else in NZ! Browns Ski Rental: 4 Brecon Street, 03 442 4005 Browns Ski Shop Retail: 39 Shotover Street, 03 442 4003 Hours: daily, 7.30am-8pm (we close earlier early/late season) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brownsnz.com GREEN TOAD The Family Rental Specialists The Ski and Snowboard rental specialists offer excellent equipment at great prices for all gear including child rentals. Free wristguards with snowboard hire and great, friendly, helpful staff. Jackets, pants, helmets and toboggans available for hire as well as all your winter accessories including hats, gloves and goggles. Discounts for multi-day hire. Chain hire available. Child is 15 years and under. Now in two Queenstown locations: 50 Stanley Street and The Station Building, 48 Camp St (next to Red Rock bar) Phone: 03 442 5311 Hours: daily, 7.30am-9pm www.greentoad.co.nz See p15 for Green Toad, Wanaka
20% OFF Present this voucher for
SKI, BOARD & CLOTHING RENTAL
onestopsnowshop.co.nz Come and find us at: The Station Building, Duke Street, Queenstown
KIDS BEST PRICES IN TOWN! HIRE from Lots of new rental gear $18 Gloves and goggles for hire per DAY! Helmets available Wristguards included with snowboard rental Hire ski clothing and save $$$ Toboggans and other toys Adult hire from $25 per day
NOW IN 3 LOCATIONS!
Queenstown: The Station Building, 48 Camp Street (next to Red Rock) and 50 Stanley Street, ph: 03 442 5311 Wanaka: 6 Pembroke Mall, ph 03 443 4315
12 The Snow Scene :: Mountain Transport
MOUNTAIN TRANSPORT QUEENSTOWN While the ski area access roads are maintained regularly, road conditions can vary on a daily basis. If you’re not comfortable with fitting chains or mountain driving on unsealed roads in snow or icy conditions, you’ll be far better off letting someone else drive you to the slopes. Read on for our easy options to get you and your family quickly and conveniently to the snow from Queenstown. See p 15 for Wanaka snow transport. If you’re driving, be aware of road/weather conditions and carry chains (these can be hired from Green Toad). Weather can deteriorate quickly while you are skiing and ski areas may not let you up without them.
SKI AREA ACCESS ROADS (see map p8)
SNOW SHUTTLES transport your own private
14 seater van
Queenstown > all ski fields
Why travel with us: * Door-to-door service to/from any ski area with your own private transport. * Choose your own pick-up and return times. * Modern and comfortable vans with experienced drivers. * On-ski field assistance and orientation.
0800 SERIOUS 0800 737 468
SKI AREA TRANSPORT ex Queenstown
CARDRONA The 10km Cardrona access road is unsealed. Courtesy car park shuttles throughout the day. Distance / driving times: ex Queenstown 58km/60 minutes ex Wanaka 34km/45 minutes SNOW FARM Access road is 13km, well-graded and unsealed. Parking right at base building. Distance / driving times: ex Queenstown 58km/60 minutes ex Wanaka 37km/45 minutes CORONET PEAK Access road is 9km, sealed. Regular courtesy car park shuttles. Distance / driving times: ex Queenstown 18km/20 minutes ex Wanaka 80km/70 minutes THE REMARKABLES Access road is 13km and partly unsealed. Courtesy carpark shuttles from lower carparks. Distance / driving times: ex Queenstown 28km/45 minutes ex Wanaka 83km/90 minutes TREBLE CONE Drive 22km along Mt Aspiring Rd to the Treble Cone turnoff. Access is 7km, unsealed. Distance / driving times: ex Queenstown 100km/90 minutes ex Wanaka 30km/35 minutes
CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT
SNOW SHUTTLES 03 442 5262 0800 468 INFO737 AND SNOW 03 442 9708
Private Charter $330 (up to 13 pax)
Private Charter $430 (up to 13 pax)
Private Charter $450 (up to 13 pax)
QUEENSTOWN KIWI DISCOVERY TAXIS 03 450 3000 03 442 Note: price7340 per vehicle,
Car (seats 1-4) $80 one way Van (seats 5-11) $95 one way
based on Queenstown departure.
Private Private Charter $460 Charter $450 (up to 13 pax) (up to 13 pax)
Above are Queenstown return prices – includes on-mountain assistance and orientation
Car (1-4) $145 one way Van (5-11) $175 one way
Car (1-4) $200 one way Van (5-11) $245 one way
Car (1-4) $300 one way Van (5-11) $345 one way
Car (1-4) $200 one way Van (5-11) $245 one way
USEFUL SNOW INFORMATION Find out the latest weather and which ski lifts are operating plus Queenstown is 300m above sea forecast down to 300m, it’ll be
road conditions, recent snowfall. level; if snow’s white in town!
QUEENSTOWN TAXIS The EASIEST way for your family to go Street to Slope! Morning chaos, getting the kids into warm gear, trying to get breakfast sorted – we’re family people and we know what it’s like! So book your ski transfer with Queenstown Taxis and we’ll be at your door with a warm, safe vehicle to escort your excited family right to the chairlift! And would you believe – depending on the number in your party, your personal taxi transfer can be even cheaper than a bus! We have cars (seat 1-4) or minivans (seat 1-11) with knowledgeable drivers that will take you to any Queenstown or Wanaka ski area (and back again!). 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 NZ Taxi Federation.
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FIND OUT ABOUT SNOW & ROAD CONDITIONS d Ask at reception (they receive a report each day) d Visit ski field websites for the day's snow report d Snow reports www.snowhq.com/nz d NZ snow scene www.snow.co.nz/snowreports d Weather reports www.metservice.com d Road reports www.aaroadwatch.co.nz d Daily winter road report Facebook: QLDC SNOW SHUTTLES – PRIVATE TRANSPORT Friendly and personalised private transport to ALL the Queenstown and Wanaka ski areas. Our door-to-door service, seating up to 13 passengers, will pick you up from Queenstown and surrounds and we operate like a taxi, so our transport is just for you and your family and friends. No waiting for others, and we pick up and return when YOU want! We even provide ‘on the ski field’ assistance and orientation so you can find your way around and make the most of your day. Our experienced drivers are focused on safety and comfort to ensure your day is Serious Fun! Phone: 03 442 5262 (Bookings essential) Freephone: 0800 SERIOUS (0800 737 468) Times: Queenstown pick-ups from 7am Price: from $330 RETURN for up to 13 people Email: email@example.com www.snowshuttles.co.nz
STREET TO SLOPE HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER! www.queenstowntaxis.com
CORONET PEAK transport FROM JUST $9 PER PERSON!
Based on 11 people travelling together. See chart p12 for more great rates!
Cardrona | Coronet Peak | The Remarkables | Snow Farm | Treble Cone www.KidzGo.co.nz
CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT
14 The Snow Scene :: Childcare and Ski School
CORONET PEAK & THE REMARKABLES
PENGI'S NURSERY & SKI KINDY (3 mths-5 years) Fully licensed Early Childhood Centre, with highly experienced and qualified teachers, sleep and infant areas, activities, meals plus snow exploration and under 5s lessons in our outdoor play zone. Full day care (3 months-2 years): $110 Full day care (2-5 years): $105 Full day care + 2x 2-hour group lessons: $189
KIDS ADVENTURE PROGRAMMES (5-14 years) Skiwees & Lowriders – four days of lessons, lunch and activities in the same group, with the same instructor Monday-Thursday every week of season $455 Ride Tribe – four days of lessons for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, with the same instructor (BYO lunch). Mon-Thurs every week of season $499
KIDS’ SNOW SPORTS SCHOOL (5-14 years) We'll help your kids learn to ski (from age 5) or snowboard (from age 7) with a perfect mix of fun and adventure! Kids’ am/pm group lessons plus full-day package that includes passes, rental and lunch plus our team will get them ready for their day on the snow. For bookings, prices and more information visit www.cardrona.com Phone 03 443 8880 Freephone 0800 440 800
CASUAL GROUP LESSONS Morning and afternoon lessons for both children and adults, and advance booking is not required except for private lessons. Children will be in a separate group. Casual private or group ski lessons for under 5s also offered.
CORONET PEAK SKIWILAND - MY FIRST SKI SCHOOL (3 mths-5 yrs) Fully licensed on-mountain Early Learning Centre; supervised indoor fun and playtime in the snow. Bookings essential. Mini Kids (3 mths-2 years) Qualified staff ensure safe, fun activity-based childcare with playtime in the snow. Lunch not included. 9am-4pm: $104 Kiwi Kids (2-5 years) A mix of supervised indoor fun and playtime in the snow. Lunch included. 9am-4pm: $114 Skiwi Kids (3-5 years) Enthusiastic instructors ensure snow experiences are fun! Includes a ski lesson in small groups in our dedicated Skiwi Kids area (ski, boot and helmet hire provided), plus lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Lunch included. 9am-4pm: $174
THE REMARKABLES – MINI KEA (4-5 years) Supervised indoor fun plus playtime in the snow. Lunch included with full-day booking. Reservations essential. Half-day $125 / Full-day 9am-4pm: $155
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LESSONS and BEGINNERS PACKAGES Casual lessons available daily for children and adults. PRIVATE FAMILY LESSONS Casual lessons just for your family! Experience cross country skiing together for the first time. MERINO LAMBS (3-5 years) Every Saturday morning focusing on games, fun
CORONET PEAK and THE REMARKABLES KEA CLUB (Ski 5-17 years | Snowboard 7-17 years) Encourages maximum participation, safety and fun. Lift pass, 2 lessons, equipment and supervised lunch. 9am drop-off service Our staff will take your child through rentals and on to Kea Club, ready for their morning lesson (extra fee $20). Booking required. NEW FOR 2019, our first time ever FAMILY LEARNER EXPERIENCE Spend the whole day together with one of our highlyskilled instructors exclusive to your family, and be provided with everything you need for your first day on the snow! Advanced booking essential; see us for details. Other services: Mountain Holiday Kids five-day programmes. Runs in school holidays. For bookings, prices and more information visit www.nzski.com Freephone 0800 697 547 and fitness. Includes day pass, equipment and tuition. MINI MERINOS (6-12 years) Runs on Saturdays, focusing on technique, exploring the mountain and looking after each other. For bookings, prices and more information visit www.snowfarmnz.com Phone 03 443 7542
Skiing without children Whilst our ski areas offer great on-mountain facilities and children's programmes, you can also opt for arranging your own childcare. The below offer day or half-day rates for casual visitors: Mamas Childcare 03 442 9440 True Kiwi Play 027 622 9808 Kidz Club 03 441 1159.
HIRE AND TRANSPORT WANAKA
GREEN TOAD WANAKA The Family Rental Specialists The Ski and Snowboard rental specialists offer excellent equipment at great prices for all gear including child rentals. Free wristguards with snowboard hire and great, friendly, helpful staff. Jackets, pants, helmets and toboggans available for hire as well as all your winter accessories including hats, gloves and goggles. Discounts for multi-day hire. Chain hire now available. Child is 15 and under. For more information see colour ad p11. 6 Pembroke Mall, behind the bakery, Wanaka Hours: daily, 7.30am-9pm Phone: 03 443 4315 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.greentoad.co.nz
Adult Child (15 & under)
SKI AREA TRANSPORT
CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT
YELLO! CABS & TRAVEL SKIFIELD TAXI 03 443 5555 0800 443 5555
$150 one way for up to 4 people. $30pp over 4pax.
YELLO! CABS & TRAVEL SKIFIELD SHUTTLE 03 443 5555 / 0800 443 5555
from Adult $35 rtn from Child $30 rtn
SKIS + POLES
BOOTS ONLY (SKI / SNOWBOARD)
$22 $18 TREBLE CONE
$150 one way for up to 4 people. $30pp over 4pax.
JACKET + PANTS
SNOW FARM $150 one way for up to 4 people. $30pp over 4pax.
Above are ex Wanaka one way prices
Adult $35 rtn Child $30 rtn
Above are ex Wanaka return prices
SNOWSHOEING ~ QUEENSTOWN AND WANAKA
Snowshoes enable you to walk on snow easily. Your feet will be warm and dry as you explore our Winter Wonderland and have fun! If you don't ski or you're having a break, but still want to explore and play in the snow with the kids, our listed companies have perfect day or half-day trips planned for you!
QUEENSTOWN FAMILY SNOWSHOEING Min age 7 An amazing half- or full-day guided snowy adventure tailored entirely to your family. Phone: 03 443 1110 basecampadventures.co.nz Read more on page 36
NZ SNOWSHOE SNOW PLAY Min age 3 An easy snowshoe trip where we enjoy million-dollar views and playing in the snow. Phone: 0800 832 226 nzwalks.com Read more on page 38
YELLO! CABS AND TRAVEL SKIFIELD TRANSPORT We welcome all enquiries for ski field transport this winter season. We provide a door-to-door service at your request so you and the tribe can travel at your convenience! We provide scheduled transport to Snow Farm and connecting services to scheduled transport for Cardrona and Treble Cone so your day is easy and hassle-free! We can provide Private Transport to the ski area of your choice if scheduled services do not suit. Our vehicles are comfortable, warm and with friendly, experienced drivers. Book online and we'll confirm your location and pick-up time, so getting to the snow couldn't be easier! Leave the car at home and let us take you and your family safely to your chosen ski area. Call us for general taxi service and door-to-door Queenstown airport transfers. See chart below for prices. Phone: 03 443 5555 Freephone: 0800 443 5555 Enquiries: email@example.com www.yello.co.nz
SKIS + BOOTS SNOWBOARD + BOOTS + POLES
HIRING GEAR GREEN TOAD 03 443 4315
Wanaka Mountain Transport
WANAKA FAMILY SNOWSHOEING Min age 7 Explore the wilderness of the Pisas with your own guide. Fun, adventure & excitement! Phone: 0800 227 322 basecampadventures.co.nz Read more on page 61
SNOW FARM SNOWSHOEING The perfect terrain for beginners and families. Packages for snowshoeing include instruction. Phone: 03 443 7542 snowfarmnz.com Read more on page 10
QUEENSTOWN ACTIVITIES On a budget Rainy day activities Family attractions Discover Queenstown Walks Adventure fun Discover Arrowtown Discover Glenorchy Family bike rides Birthday party ideas
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ON A BUDGET? Note: prices based on cost for family of four at time of print.
Free v Arrowtown historical houses walk v Botanical gardens, Queenstown v Buzzstop Honey Centre, Frankton v Family-friendly bike tracks (p44) v Feed the ducks at the lakefront v Free fudge and nougat tasting at The Remarkable Sweet Shop v Frisbee golf, Queenstown gardens (hire discs from QT Ice Arena) v Playgrounds v Saturday markets, Earnslaw Park v Skateboard halfpipe / skatepark v Visit Chinese Settlement v Walks (see p31 and our maps) $50 or less for family v Chipmunks Playland and Café v Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka
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Create jewellery at The Bead Shop Glenorchy Animal Experience Fish at Hook, Wanaka Lakes District Museum Rent toboggans and visit the Snow Farm for snow play. Swimming at Alpine Aqualand Swimming at Wanaka Pool Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka Underwater Observatory Warbirds & Wheels, Wanaka Wanaka Recreation Centre
$80 or less for family v Basecamp Adventures - climbing wall v Basecamp Adventures - Clip 'n Climb v Dorothy Browns family pass v Game Over – Lazer Tag v Minus 5° or Below Zero° Ice Bar v Puzzling World, Wanaka v Queenstown Ice Arena v Reading Cinemas Queenstown
$100 or less for family v Fear Factory Queenstown v Odyssey Sensory Maze v Snowshoe hire, Snow Farm v Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise (school holidays) $150 or less for family v Cruise Te Anau – Bay Cruise v Fiordland Jet family pass v Game Over Indoor Karting v Kiwi Birdlife Park v Mt Nicholas Farm Experience (during NZ/Aus school holidays) v Paintball Central v Realm Full Motion VR v SITE Trampoline v THRILLZONE 3600 Virtual Reality v THRILLZONE Drift Karts or Lasertag v THRILLZONE Vortex 12D Theatre
QUALMARK® All businesses that carry the Qualmark® have chosen to be independently assessed and have been found to be professional, trustworthy and committed to an environmentally friendly and sustainable experience. Qualmark's Gold, Silver or Bronze status recognises those businesses that are actively participating in energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation or community activities. You will find the Qualmark logo next to those activities that have been assessed and licensed by Qualmark. Note: It is not mandatory to apply for a Qualmark assessment. While this guide acknowledges those businesses that have done so, this is not in any way intended to negatively implicate non-Qualmark rated businesses.
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RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
Town Centre The Bead Shop, Queenstown p22 Create your own wearable art or gifts to take home.
Just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown town centre is the fantastic entertainment and shopping hub of Frankton, basking at the base of the dramatic Remarkables Mountain Range.
Below Zero° Ice Bar, Queenstown Visit the biggest Ice Bar in Australasia!
Alpine Aqualand, Frankton p25 Leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, lap pool, hot pool.
Escape Quest p20 Unravel the mystery and escape the room in one hour. A fun, bonding family experience where you embrace kiwi ingenuity to hunt for clues and solve the puzzles.
Basecamp Adventures - Queenstown and Wanaka Indoor climbing and bouldering walls plus the fantastic fun of Clip 'n Climb. p27
Fear Factory Queenstown p21 New Zealand's scariest haunted house! Spine-tingling surprises and lots of fun – if you're brave enough! iFly Indoor Skydiving p37 Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction. Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown p28 Lots to see under cover, cosy café, umbrellas available. Minus 5° ICE BAR, Queenstown p24 Come inside and marvel at a room where EVERYTHING is carved from ice. Odyssey Sensory Maze p18 Feel your way from one illusory room to another – each of the zones is different, exciting and unexpected. Queenstown Ice Arena p23 Comfy skates, ice sleds, ride-on seals and other fun accessories. Great café and spectator area. Free WiFi. Reading Cinemas Three screens and all the latest releases.
THRILLZONE – Kidz Club p19 Kids-only entertainment at Kidz Club, for ages 4-13 years. THRILLZONE – a World of Thrills! p19 Fun and adrenaline with 360° Drift and 360° Battleground including Paintless Paintball, Lasertag and Hero Blast. THRILLZONE – 360° Virtual Reality Gaming Completely immersive and realistic.
THRILLZONE – Vortex 12D Motion Theatre p19 State-of-the-art motion theatre; white-knuckle adventure with wind, smoke, rain, snow, speed and a few surprises! True Kiwi Play An enriched activity day, just for the kids!
Underwater Observatory, Queenstown p24 See the fish, diving ducks and eels in their natural habitat.
Buzzstop Honey Centre, Frankton All things bees! Activities, bee tours, parties, café and bee/honey shop.
Chipmunks Playland and Café p26 Lots of indoor fun to entertain the kids while you enjoy our café with friends or leave the little ones in our care. Game Over Queenstown p26 Grand Prix indoor karting, Lazer Tag and Lazer Web. SITE Trampoline Playground p27 Have fun and bounce! Try the trampoline snowboards!
Out of town adventures Day Trip to Wanaka p59 Visit Puzzling World, National Transport and Toy Museum, Warbirds and Wheels, Basecamp Adventures, Realm Full Motion VR, Cinema Paradiso or have a play at the Wanaka Recreation Centre and Pool. Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown p41 Gorgeous boutique cinema, open from 10.30am daily. Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown A lively museum with a kids' treasure hunt.
Off Road Adventures 4x4 Scenic Tours p38 Stay inside a warm vehicle on our exciting 4x4 adventure. Off Road Adventures Quad Bike or Buggy Tours p38 Even more fun in the wet! We have kids' quads, a tour that is tailor-made for families and wet weather gear. Paintball Central, Cromwell p35 It’s often dry in Cromwell when raining in town so come on out and enjoy some action adventure! Southern Discoveries Mt Nicholas Farm Experience A great boat trip combined with farm tour. p29 Ziptrek – Flying Fox Ecotours, Queenstown p35 Harness up and fly through the air while keeping dry under the tree canopy – a guided ecological adventure. www.KidzGo.co.nz
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Below Zero° Ice Bar iFly Indoor Skydiving Queenstown Ice Arena
Queenstown has never had as many fun, family attractions on offer as now – with so much entertainment with appeal to grown-ups and children, you can take a break from the winter chill and entertain the family day and night! Discover Queenstown's latest thrill – iFly indoor skydive. Challenge your senses, explore mazes, interact with multi-D motion pictures, play Paintless Paintball or Lasertag, dare to visit the Fear Factory, chill out at the ice bars, solve mysteries, go trampolining, ice skating, indoor go karting, indoor climbing and more! Note: above map shows attractions in the centre of Queenstown only. See map p4 for location of SITE Trampoline, Game Over, Chipmunks, Basecamp Adventures, Clip 'n Climb, Alpine Aqualand and Buzzstop Honey Centre. ODYSSEY SENSORY MAZE Get lost in a world of A-MAZE-MENT! The whole family will LOVE our truly unique sensory experience of discovery and illusions that challenge and delight! Feel your way from one illusory room to another – with each zone offering something different, exciting and unexpected. Nothing is quite what it seems! So get ready for a fantastic family adventure together – as you weave through quirky obstacles, get lost in the Mirror Maze, transport yourself into Native NZ bush and much more! ‘NEW’ SMASHIT Room for older kids and parents (12 years+ accompanied by an adult). Let off some steam in our specially designed rooms with loud music, lots of breakable items, a weapon and a license to SMASH IT! 57 Shotover Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 3313 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm Duration: allow 30-60 minutes Odyssey Sensory Maze: Single entry Adult $32, Child $22 (aged 5-15 years), Family $99 Under 5s FREE (must be accompanied by an adult). One Hour Experience with Crazy Goggles: just $5 extra! SMASHIT: $27 per person (min age 12). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.odysseysensorymaze.co.nz FREE GIFT!: Show ad this page for FREE GIFT with purchase! Terms and Conditions apply. www.KidzGo.co.nz
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Step into Queenstown’s THRILLZONE – a fun, adrenalinefuelled experience with a huge range of indoor adventures. from Child $24, Adult $29 SAVE up to Stimulate your senses with VORTEX 12D Motion Theatre 20% with our combo passes! – a white-knuckle adventure with up to 12 sychronised, multi-sensory effects such as snow, rain, bubbles, fog and KIDZ CLUB Age 4-13 years surprises! Experience new dimensions when playing Leave the kids with us and we’ll indulge 360° VR Virtual Reality – a one-of-its-kind experience for them with fun and entertainment! up to 4 players with the latest gear and state-of-the-art Kidz Club includes access to all our products plus fun and games conducted by technology. Over 90 different games and multiple VR stations! Or enter our Battleground arena for NZ’s most our enthusiastic staff! Bookings are exhilarating indoor shooting activities! Experience action recommended but walk-ins are welcome -packed fun when playing Paintless Paintball, Bazooka from one hour to all-day. Ball, Lasertag or Heroblast (Lasertag specially designed for youngsters) with your own referee! Try our 360° Drift Karts. Feel your adrenalin pumping as queenstown MENTIO you drive, spin or drift to find out if KIDZ GO N FOR A you’re a pro at controlling the unique rear wheels. OPEN 7 DAYS SLUSHY POPCOR OR 10am to late. N EVERY E WITH 53 Shotover Street NTR TICKET Y Come and see us! Phone: 03 441 1159
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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FEAR FACTORY QUEENSTOWN Min age 7 Bring the kids to New Zealand's Scariest Haunted House! We've now had more than 18,000 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 yrs and under) Email: email@example.com www.fearfactory.co.nz Facebook 'Fear Factory Queenstown' for our latest special themes.
TRUE KIWI PLAY • Peace of mind for parents, fun learning for children. • Offering adventures where children can explore, discover, create, inquire and learn new knowledge in our natural environment. • Outings may include seeing native birds including the kiwi, rope swings, beach, short bush walks, climbing trees, building dams – and when limited by weather, we offer an indoor programme which may include clay, art, music, construction and creative activities. • To ensure quality: a maximum ratio of one adult to four children. • Qualified, registered and experienced teachers, trained in first aid and police checked. • Clothing available for all weather conditions. Central Queenstown. Phone: 027 622 9808 Hours: daily, 9am-3pm www.truekiwiplay.co.nz
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Activities :: Family Attractions 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 9990 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
11 THE MALL, QUEENSTOWN MOVIE HOTLINE (03) 442 9990
CREATE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY using paua, greenstone and beads Gifts, repairs, parties and so much more at The Bead Shop!
Check out our sweet kids’ activity deals on BookMe!
2b Shotover St p 03 441 8466 Daily, 10am-6pm
THE REMARKABLE SWEET SHOP QUEENSTOWN For a truly 'remarkable' sweet shopping experience step into The Remarkable Sweet Shop and be prepared to never want to come out again! Be greeted by the smell of our scrumptious homemade fudge and our awesome staff offering FREE tastings. 39 Beach Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 2630 Hours: daily, 9am-11pm www.remarkablesweetshop.co.nz
QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first time skater we will provide an unforgettable ice skating experience. Comfy skates, ice sleds, ride-on-seals, penguin pals and learn-to-skate lessons ensure the kids will have a blast. If you’re not keen on skating you can relax by the fire in our alpine-style café and lounge with a view out to the action on the ice. We have a full menu, free WiFi, video games and a big screen TV. No bookings are necessary at the Queenstown Ice Arena, spectators are free and there are no time limits – skate as long as you like! Queenstown Gardens. Free parking Phone: 03 441 8000 Hours: typically open 7 days a week from 10am. Please check the calendar on our website for session times. Price: single entry: $19, preschool: $9.50 Family: $68 (2 adults + 2 children). 5-session passes & season passes available; see website for details. All prices include skate hire. 20 minute starter lesson: $30 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. You can also choose to hire an instructor or invite Pingu the Penguin (additional cost). www.queenstownicearena.co.nz 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 NZ 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
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SESSION TIMES AND PRICES Typically open 7 days a week from 10am Please check our calendar online for daily session times:
Single Entry: $19 | Preschool: $9.50 (5 years & younger) Family: $68 (2 adults + 2 children) All prices include unlimited skating, skate hire and free parking. Spectators and skaters can enjoy our fully licensed café & lounge!
CONTACT: 03 441 8000 29 Park Street, Queenstown Gardens, Town Centre
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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 crystal clear ice architecture, ice furniture, and hand-made ice carvings. Drink from ICE glasses filled with our famous yummy non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids or delicious 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 $20 (entry only), Child $15 (includes mocktail). Family Pass: $75 (2 adults + 2 children. Includes 2 cocktails and 2 mocktails). Cocktail refills from $8. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.minus5icebar.com *KIDZ GO DEAL: One child (under 18 years) goes FREE with each paying adult with colour ad on this page. 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: email@example.com 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. UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY Check out the underwater inhabitants of Lake Wakatipu – diving ducks, massive trout and slinky eels mix and mingle just metres from the lakeshore! Fascinating and educational entertainment for all ages in all weather. Informative story boards tell the Māori mythological history of the lake and the 60-year history of KJet while feeding the fish offers excitement for the fish as well as the viewers. Underwater Observatory is possibly the best value attraction available in Queenstown. Main Town Pier, Marine Parade, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 Hours: daily, 8.30am-dusk Price: Family $20*, Adult $10, Child $5 *Two children go free with two paying adults when you mention Kidz Go. Free entry with every KJet Jet boat ride.
Family Attractions BUZZSTOP HONEY CENTRE Step into the magical world of bees! Learn, delight, and get stuck in this unique interactive experience (seriously the kids won't want to leave!). Dress up in a beekeeper's suit on one of our tours (min 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-3pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: ask about exclusive use of our learners’ pool for parties! Email: email@example.com http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/swim ROCKATIPU CLIMBING WALL Min age 5 Give indoor climbing a go! We have a range of climbs catering for beginners through to advanced climbers. Our friendly, qualified instructors can help you discover the thrill of climbing, teaching you the basics in a safe and fun environment. Ask about our kids' climbing lessons across four levels, for ages 6 and over, teaching a variety of skills and building confidence, strength and fitness. Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton Birthday parties: Climbing birthday parties are perfect for groups of 6-12 people and the birthday kid climbs for free! Phone: 03 450 9005 Price: Adult $12.50, Child $10, gear hire $5 Family pass: $50 including gear hire (conditions apply). See website for times of instructor supervised sessions (belay licence required outside these times). http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz/climb
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.
HONEY SHOP & CAFE
LET’S MAKE IT!
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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 (minimum age 8 years). Lazer Tag – play in the state-of-the-art, Jurassic-themed 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 Check out 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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FAMILY FUN ZONE : ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL! FOUR awesome entertainment venues in ONE great location! Just 15 minutes from central Queenstown, with plenty of parking, cafés and shopping close by. QUEENSTOWN CLIMBING CENTRE BOOK ONLINE! Min age 3 Clip 'n Climb 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 will be 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 just your normal trampoline experience! Express yourself and jump, dive, twist and turn for the ultimate freedom of movement. SITE Trampoline's padded floors, super-soft foam pit and air bag, combined with the world’s best trampolines, gives you the opportunity to test out your freestyle moves in a safe and fun environment. An experience the whole family will enjoy. 1/15 Red Oaks Drive, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Freephone: 0800 QT BOUNCE (0800 78 268 623) Hours: daily, 9.30am-8.30pm Price: 6 years and under – $15 for 60 minute session 7 years and over – $25 for 60 minute session Multi-pass: 5 sessions $110, 10 sessions $200 (can be shared amongst family members). After School Lessons: max 5 per group, Parkour lessons available, phone for details. Mini Bouncers (under 5s): Tue and Fri 9am-10:30am Birthday Parties: $199 Birthday Package (up to 8 kids) www.sitetrampoline.co.nz
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DISCOVER QUEENSTOWN There are plenty of ways to see and enjoy the natural beauty of Queenstown and surrounds – around nearly every corner is new scenery to take your breath away and you can discover it for yourself on a family-friendly cruise, by jet boat, bike or perhaps on horseback. Say kia ora to the iconic kiwi, visit a high country farm, or take part in one of Queenstown's famous, thrilling, adventure activities. See p34 to discover which ones you can do with the kids. This chapter has all the information for you and your family to make the most of your day and discover Queenstown!
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!
*Kids free with paying adult; see listing for conditions.
KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK Kids Go FREE!* See a real live kiwi! The kids will love getting up close with over 20 species of native wildlife in our 5-acre breeding sanctuary where you can experience conservation in action. Come face to face with a kiwi at our kiwi feedings. Viewing is guaranteed! Experience birds flying overhead in our exciting, extreme close-up free-flight Conservation Show, packed full of live animals and amazing facts. Look into the prehistoric eye of our ‘living dinosaur’, the tuatara! Take a forest walk with our self-guided audio system. Come and visit our new, free-of-charge Honey Bee Centre. Learn more about the importance of bees and see our transparent hive. Can you spot the Queen? Gift shop and café onsite. Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 8059 Conservation Show: daily, 11am and 3pm (allow 30 minutes) Kiwi Feeding Times: daily, 10am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Price: Adult $55, Child $25* (Child is 5-14 years, under 5s FREE) Family $130 (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).
Activities :: Discover Queenstown
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
WE GO FURTHER SO YOU SEE MORE.
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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
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
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 mins 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: email@example.com www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz 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, 10am-4pm 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
FAMILY WALKING TRACKS Note: Walks labelled 'Hard' have been done so with a family in mind. The hard walks here may be too much for children under 10 and reasonable fitness would be required for adults or children.
QUEENSTOWN 1 Sunshine Bay Track 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
BASKET OF DREAMS, QUEENSTOWN HILL 9
Bob’s Cove Scenic Reserve
Med – 1 hour return
10 12 Mile Delta to Bob's Cove
Med – 1 hour return
A gentle descent through bush to Bob’s Cove beach, then on past the old lime kiln and jetty. One of Queenstown’s prettiest inlets. Buggy-friendly. Map p83
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 p83 11
Oxenbridge Tunnel Track
Easy – 20 mins return
This short track starts at the beach opposite Shotover 3 Queenstown Gardens Easy – 30 mins Jet. See the jet boats, relics of the gold rush and maybe Map p83 Views right around the peninsula. Great for the family rafters coming out of the tunnel! to walk/ bike around, go ice skating, try the frisbee golf Map p2 ARROWTOWN or picnic on one of the beaches. Buggy-friendly. 12 Millennium Track Easy – 1 hour return 4 Queenstown Hill Time Walk Hard – 3 hours return Start from the carpark in Ramshaw Lane. Follow the Starts from Belfast Terrace. A steady 500m climb through Arrow River to the outskirts of Arrowtown. Cross the pine forest is rewarded with amazing views from the bridge and return most of the way along the other summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness). side, crossing a bridge once more and finishing in the See the famous Basket of Dreams. Map p2 carpark. Buggy-friendly. Map p40 5 Skyline Tiki Trail Hard – 90 mins return 13 Lake Hayes Track Easy – 2 hour loop Steady climb from the Gondola base as you zig zag your This easy walk takes you around Lake Hayes. The track way up to the Skyline. View Ziptrek zipliners from some has steep drop-offs at some points so keep small sections of track. Map p2 children with you. Excellent beach and picnic area with 6 Frankton Track Easy – 2 hours return toilets and easy road access at one end. Map p83 A pleasant lakeside walk with views across the Frankton Buggy-friendly. Arm. Finish at Frankton Marina or continue to the main 14 Tobins Track beach at Frankton. Buggy-friendly. Map p4 Med/Hard – 1 hour return for Tobins Track or 2 hour loop via 7 Kelvin Heights Track Easy – 90 mins return New Chum Start from Kawarau Village. Head to the left and follow A brisk walk to the top of Tobins Track will reward the easy, well-graded track alongside the lake towards you with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the the peninsula. Buggy-friendly. Map p4 Wakatipu Basin. A straightforward, wide track that is short and steep! For a longer loop walk, look out for the 8 Kelvin Heights Peninsula Easy – 90 mins return sign to New Chum track as you walk up the hill – this Start from playground and carpark on Bay View Road. single track enters the bush and comes out along the Look out for the sculptures along the track. Map p83 Macetown Road. Map p40 www.KidzGo.co.nz
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What’s a jet 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 it to travel in water only inches deep, and it is so manoeuvrable it can perform a 3600 turn on the spot. It was invented in NZ in the 1950s by Bill Hamilton, a farmer and self-taught engineer. Just over a decade later the world’s first tourist jet boat operation commenced in Queenstown. See page 68 for jet boating in Te Anau with Fiordland Jet.
KJET Min age 2 You can step into a big yellow KJet every hour at the Main Town Pier, Queenstown. Travelling across the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and through the tranquil beauty of the willow lined Kawarau River, the Jet boat then speeds into the shallow, fast moving braids of the Shotover River. The 45km, hour long adventure highlights the magnificent diversity of Queenstown’s waterways. This trip includes FREE entry into Queenstown’s Underwater Observatory. Main Town Pier, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0000 Freephone: 0800 52 92 72 Opening hours: 8.30am-5.30pm Departs: daily, every hour on the hour from 10am-4pm 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 2019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kjet.co.nz *Family Deal: $307 for two adults and two children with FREE entry into the Underwater Observatory! Plus one child FREE with every paying adult during school holidays. GO ORANGE – THUNDER JET Min age 2 ONLY $236 to take the whole family on a fast action Jet Boat ride! Go Faster – as you experience an exhilarating adventure of 25 minutes of adrenaline fun. Go Further – when you opt for a whole hour of world famous 360° spins, skimming the water at exciting speeds of up to 90kmph, travelling 44km, complete with entertaining commentary. Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during your authentic jet boat adventure along the historic Kawarau River. Thunder Jet – go louder, further, faster! Thunder Bay Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 7340 Freephone: 0800 505 504 Prices: 25 minutes Adult $79, Child $39 $236 for whole family (2 adult + 2 children)! One hour Adult $135, Child $65 Email: info@GoOrange.nz www.GoOrange.nz www.KidzGo.co.nz
Discover Queenstown 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: 9am and 1pm (winter hours) 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.
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Activities :: Adventure Fun
Age 2+ KJet jet boating, Go Orange Thunder Jet Age 3+ Basecamp Adventures Clip 'n Climb, Skippers Canyon Jet*, NZ Snow Shoe – Snow Play, THRILLZONE Vortex 12D Motion Theatre
Age 4+ Kidz Club*, THRILLZONE Battleground or 360° Drift*, THRILLZONE 360° VR , Game Over Lazer Tag*, Go Jets, SITE Trampoline*, Off Road 4x4 Buggy (passenger) Age 5+
iFly Indoor Skydiving, Paintball Central, Backcountry Saddle Horse Trekking
Age 6+ Buzzstop Bee-a-Beekeeper, Off Road Quad Bike Tour, Ziptrek EcoTours – Kea or Moa Tour Age 7+ Family Snowshoeing, Fear Factory, Realm VR Wanaka Age 8+ Game Over Indoor Karting Age 10+ Ziptrek Ecotours – Kereru Tour, Segway on Q (min weight 35kg)*, THRILLZONE – Paintless Paintball*, Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox (min weight 35kg) Age 12+ Bodhi Trout fly fishing adventure, Odyssey SMASHIT
iFly Indoor Skydive
Minimum age guide
All activities are mentioned once, at the minimum age. Therefore read all activities up to and including the age of your child. Some activities will indicate a minimum weight or height when a child of any age must have reached this weight/height to participate.
* May be suitable for younger children at the discretion of the operator. Your child's participation may also depend on factors such as confidence or weather. Please see individual listings for more information.
SEGWAY ON Q Min age 10* Discover a new sensation that's fantastic fun! Segway on Q’s tours are an excellent way to see the town and have a great time along the way.
1 or 2 hours hands-on fun!
The family will have a blast, whether cruising or going fast. Creating memories that'll last, so let your adventure start! Book the 1 hour Ride with your awesome guide or the 2 hour Tour with more to see, hear and explore!
0800 SEG FUN (734 386)
SAVE UP TO $79 WITH OUR FAMILY PACK!*
*See listing for details
Shop Location: shop 5, 93 Beach Street Departs: town centre Phone: 03 442 8687 (TOUR) Freephone: 0800 734 386 (SEG FUN) Bay Ride – 1 hour Adult $89, Child $79, Family $299 Queenstown Tour – 2 hours Adult $139, Child $125, Family $449 SAVE UP TO $79 WITH OUR FAMILY PACK! Child is 15 and under, family is 2 adult/2 child or 1 adult/3 child Email: email@example.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.
Adventure Fun ZIPTREK ECOTOURS Min age 6 1-3 hour tour options New Zealand's original zipline tour is an exhilarating and fun adventure for the entire family. It is a must-do in Queenstown! Ride the Skyline gondola to our tree-house, harness up and fly through the air as you traverse the forest on ziplines with our knowledgeable guides, who take care of everything technical, so you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of Queenstown from a unique angle. Ziptrek is a fun, guided adventure for the whole family that’s unforgettable, rain or shine! Warm clothing and closed-toe footwear are essential, year-round. If you’re looking to save time and money, check out our combo or family deals! Check out the one-hour Kereru Tour featuring two ziplines and an incredible 21m drop! Booking Desk: 45 Camp Street (opposite The Station Building) Freephone: 0800 ZIPTREK (0800 947 873) Hours: tours daily, 10am ‘til 6pm Departs: The Ziptrek Treehouse, top of Skyline Gondola Duration: allow 1 hour for Kereru Tour, 2 hours for Moa and 3 hours for Kea Tour (not including Gondola travel) Price* Kereru Tour (2 ziplines + 21m drop) Adult or Child $95 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: mini zippers may ride the Moa Tour in tandem with a guide. Minimum age for Kereru Tour is 10 years.
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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. *Younger children (from 5 years) can join in the fun of our Paintball Shooting Gallery as well as watching the excitement of the game – so bring the whole family for a fun experience! Bannockburn, Cromwell Bookings essential: 027 448 5399 Open: daily 10am-2pm (winter hours). Game Times: on the hour when you book Duration: max 2 hours Price: $35 per person for basic game (includes 100 shots, gun, overalls and mask) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.paintballcentral.co.nz
Family rates from $399
Activities :: Adventure Fun SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX SHOTOVER CANYON SWING Min age 10 /35kg Jump from our immense 109m high platform, free-fall alongside the cliff face for 60m then swing in the canyon for 200m. We’ve over 70 jump styles to choose from so how about a tandem jump with your mum or dad? Gravity is a toy. Come out and play!
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Explore an alpine playground on our fun family snow adventure! No prior skills or experience required. Ages 7 years and above.
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: Swing $249, Fox $169, Spectators $20 Combo Deal: $299 for Swing + Fox, save $119 Visit website for Fox Group Deals. www.canyonswing.co.nz BASECAMP ADVENTURES FAMILY SNOWSHOEING No Experience Necessary Min age 7 Your own personal guide will take you on an amazing half-day or full-day snowy adventure tailored entirely to your family's fitness, experience and comfort level. Snow shoes are easy to use and make walking on the snow fun! Explore the iconic Remarkables ridge with incredible views, away from the crowds. Your guide will bring this alpine environment to life, with interpretation on flora and fauna, local history and Mãori Legends. Loads of fun, adventure and excitement, this will be a truly memorable experience! Phone: 03 443 1110 / 0800 227 322 / 027 477 9393 Departs: daily, Queenstown Duration: half-day (4 hours) or full-day experiences Price: Adult $189, Child $109 (half-day) FAMILY DEALS Family (2 adult + 2 child) half-day $499, extra children $109 each. Full-day (2 adult + 2 child) $799 www.basecampadventures.co.nz
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Adventure Fun IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING Min age 5 You’ll be floating on air – during and after your visit! Experience the rush of 100% pure human flight at iFLY – New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving attraction. iFLY creates a smooth, wall-to-wall cushion of air on which anyone can safely float – no experience necessary. Simply lean into the airflow and you’re flying! There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to Planet Earth. This is where the skydiving pros train! Warning: this is highly addictive so you may want to keep coming back and practising your flight skills! Contact us for adult and child return flight packages. 27 Brecon Street, Queenstown Phone: 03 409 0665 Freephone: 0800 435 969 (iFLY NZ) Hours: daily, 9am-10pm Facilities: free viewing deck, free WiFi, bar and café, retail shop, outdoor seating, lockers, toilets, birthday party room. Price for TWO flights: Adult $149, Child $99 (2 flights – equivalent to 3 skydiving freefalls from 12,000ft) FAMILY PACKAGE: $595 for 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft. Can be shared between up to 5 family members. Email: email@example.com BOOK ONLINE: www.iflynz.co.nz BODHI TROUT FLY FISHING ADVENTURE Min age 12 An ideal adventure for anyone keen to discover the art of fly fishing, learn to cast and spot fish, and maybe catch your own trout. Note: fly fishing is a rewarding sport, that takes you to some of the earth's most beautiful places. It is an art form however, and beginners may not catch their own fish. However, we ensure you have an exciting and informative introduction and a great family day out! Departs: Queenstown Phone: 021 269 5260 Duration: 5-7 hours Price: $500 for 1-3 people (exclusive trip). Lunch and gear included. www.bodhitrout.com
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Activities :: Adventure Fun NZ SNOWSHOE – SNOW PLAY Min age 3 At Guided Walks New Zealand our goal is to create an unforgettable walking experience within our magnificent local surroundings. Let us make going to the mountains convenient and fun! Join us for an easy family snowshoe trip where we enjoy million-dollar views and get down to the fun business of enjoying the snow. With only a short walk this trip requires a low level of fitness and has a focus on play, shaping and using snow in all its forms. Included is a hot drink and cookies, snowboots, waterproof clothing and snowshoes. Phone: 03 442 3000 Freephone: 0800 832 226 Departs: from your Queenstown accommodation, 8am & 1.30pm Duration: 2 hours on the snow, allow 4 hours total. Price: Adult $175, Child $106* (ages 3-14 years). Private Tours: please enquire for a private family tour departing at your convenience. www.nzwalks.com *Family Deal: With every full-paying adult ONE child receives 50% discount – save $53 OFF ROAD QUEENSTOWN OFF ROAD QUAD BIKE TOURS Min age 6 The best hands-on adventure for families for over 28 years! Our kids’ quads are super-easy to use and our experienced guides will tailor the tour to your family, through our 11,000 acre playground. Includes training area, creek crossings with fun trails for all levels and stunning views. Wet weather gear supplied if required. Departs: 9am and 1pm Duration: allow 3 hours (1 hour riding) Explorer Quad Bike Tour Price: $199 per person FAMILY SPECIAL: $50 off for kids 6-12 years on 9am Explorer Tour with accompanying adult. FREE ACTION PHOTOS INCLUDED. OFF ROAD 4X4 QUEENSTOWN: LORD OF THE RINGS, WINE AND HISTORIC SCENIC 4X4 TOURS Splash through rivers, explore canyons and visit movie scenes. Forward-facing window seats, refreshments, iPad presentations and gold panning demos included. Departs: 8:15am and 1:15pm Duration: 4 hours Price: Adult $175 HALF PRICE for kids aged 6-12 years! Families can also arrange private charters from just $899 per vehicle (seats 7 pax). OFF ROAD EXPEDITIONS: SELF DRIVE & GUIDED BUGGY TOURS Min age 4 New Zealand’s premium off road buggy experience utilising the best machines, guides and terrain including steep mountain climbs, creek crossings and forest tracks. Self-drive or guided tours. Wet weather gear available. Challenger Self-Drive Guided Buggy Tour: 1½ hrs (60 mins action) Price: $348 per Yamaha Wolverine buggy (seats 2) Scenic Guided Buggy Ride: 1½ hours (60 mins action) Price: $398 per Yamaha Viking buggy (5 plus guide – not self-drive) FAMILY SPECIAL: $398 for four-seater self-drive buggy; one driver only with up to 3 family members as passengers. Shop: 61A Shotover Street, Queenstown www.offroad.co.nz Phone: 03 442 7858 Freephone: 0800 OFF ROAD (633 7623) Choose a combo of the above for 10% discount.
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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!
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!
Unbelievably, 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) So if you want to try your luck at making it big, there’s and thorny Matagouri bushes and it was a weary and still gold in them there hills! bloody pair that finally emerged at the water’s edge Discover more at Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown where you (where William Rees’ statue stands today). can hire gold pans and pan for gold in the Arrow River just like By early 1861 Rees was established as the first WIlliam Fox! See page 41. farmer of the Wakatipu, with a high-country farm Or visit Escape Quest taking you back in time to the goldrush while near the mouth of the Kawarau River, whilst you solve a crime. See page 20. Von Tunzelman established a farm at the Can you find the statue of WIlliam Rees right in the middle of location of Mt Nicholas. Boats now provided Queenstown? 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 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. 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 41 Arrowtown is a great destination for an inexpensive, chilled day out with the kids. The Lakes District Museum is interactive and fun for all and they also hire out goldpans. Meanwhile some of the region's best biking/walking tracks start here. You're also just a short drive from Gibbston Valley, home to some of the region's best wineries. While in town discover the unique Dorothy Browns boutique cinema with daytime and evening screenings, and the famous Remarkable Sweet Shop, plus a must-do is a visit to the Chinese Settlement. GETTING HERE Arrowtown is 20 minutes drive from Queenstown, either via Arthurs Point or Frankton. It's only 45 minutes from Wanaka and 30 minutes from Cromwell. There is regular public transport from Queenstown and Frankton. THEN
LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM AND INFO CENTRE A lively museum, filled with hands-on displays and plenty to entertain the kids! The museum has a code-cracking treasure hunt to entertain you as you explore the stories behind the gold rush that turned Queenstown and Arrowtown into a frenzy! Meet colourful characters from the past and discover how you and the kids would have lived through a gold rush. You can even hire a pan, and try your luck in the Arrow River just like the early miners (seriously – gold is still discovered there!) See exhibits from the lives of the early Māori and even 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 (plus a $10 refundable deposit) www.museumqueenstown.com
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
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DISCOVER GLENORCHY At the Head of the Lake
Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, overlooked by the awe-inspiring Mt Earnslaw and Earnslaw Glacier. It's also home to the Rees and Dart valleys (whose rivers are two main sources of Lake Wakatipu) and the starting point for the famous Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples and Rees-Dart Tracks. Getting There: The stunning 45km lakeside drive offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu, hanging valleys, sheer mountains and the Earnslaw Glacier.
One of the most charming townships in the world is tucked away at the end of a road with nothing but rivers, mountains and glaciers in its back yard. 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!
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Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway Easy Loop – 1 hour Facing the lake and Glenorchy jetty, take the gentle, well-formed track to your right – following the Rees River and leading to the lagoon. A boardwalk winds its way through the lagoon. Stunning views and lots of birdlife, including black swans and paradise ducks. 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 takes you to a hidden lake. Routeburn Track Day Walk Med/hard This track takes 2–3 days but even the first few kilometres features show-stopping scenery. Routeburn Flats takes about 2 hours one way (8km). There are stunning views on the hike up to Routeburn Falls hut, about 3½ hours one way (11km) with the final hour being a steady climb. Mt Judah Track – Whakaari Conservation Area Med/hard – 90 minute return to the Scheelite Battery. From the car park on the Queenstown–Glenorchy Road, an easy climb leads up the old Mt Judah Road, passing the old Glenorchy Scheelite Battery last operated in the 1960s. Interesting relics and incredible views.
MRS WOOLLY'S GENERAL STORE Our store is famous for its delicious sundaes; healthy takeaway salads, wraps and treats for your picnic plus great coffee, homemade cookies, fresh pastries, groceries, supplies and a divine range of NZ gifts.
Phone: 03 409 0051 Open: daily mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz Read more on page 57
CAMP GLENORCHY ECO RETREAT Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat offers cosy, comfortable year-round cabins, bunkhouses and powered motorhome sites. NZ’s first NetZero Energy accommodation welcomes you!
Phone: 03 409 0401 Open: daily www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz Read more on page 74
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 30
About our lake
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. Wakatipu (măori) ~ 1. trough of the giant 2. hole of the giant
The Legend of our Breathing Lake A long time ago in the South of Aotearoa there lived a Măori chief. He had a beautiful 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 tribespeople called, “over here!” Everyone rushed to the woodland he had been searching, and there in the mud, was a footprint bigger than a house. “I remember the ground shaking in the night,” cried one man. “I thought it was an earthquake.” But everyone knew who owned the footprint – the mighty and feared giant, Matau. Matau was bigger than all the houses in the village put together. He was bigger than a mountain, and what was more, he had a terrible temper. So when the Chief said “who is going to rescue my beloved daughter?” everyone looked down, even the biggest, strongest warriors in the tribe. “Whoever rescues Manata may marry her” the Chief tried in desperation. Still, no one moved. No one believed you could come back from a fight with a giant. However, one warrior was missing. While the Chief had been pleading with his men, Matakauri was already packing his bags. Off he went with determination in his stride, heading for Matau’s lair. Suddenly, there was the giant, 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
DISCOVER QUEENSTOWN BIKE TRAILS The Queenstown Trail unveils 100+kms of stunning vistas for you to explore by bike or on foot. Discover spectacular suspension bridges, cute cafés and wonderful wineries, all on easy bike or walking trails. Why not travel just one way and go further, and then grab a bus-bike shuttle back to your starting point? Electric Bikes: go further, see more and keep the family together! Almost all bike hire companies now offer electric bike options. Jacks Point. Photo courtesy of Chargeabout Electric Bikes
Easy Rides QUEENSTOWN GARDENS Departs: Queenstown Distance: 3km return A lovely way to explore Queenstown Gardens and an ideal, fun ride with littlies. From the centre of town you follow the lake into the gardens and can do a loop round the outside track followed by a loop round the inside track, then back into town centre. Beautiful lake views round the peninsula. Why not take a picnic or a frisbee (there is a free frisbee golf course in the gardens). You'll also find the indoor ice rink in the gardens, and a brand new, exciting adventure playground that will make you want to be a kid again! Your family specialists for all your biking needs
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LAKE WAKATIPU RIDE Part I: Queenstown to Frankton Distance: 15km return The easiest section of The Queenstown Trail starts from the centre of town and follows the lake around the Queenstown Gardens and then along the Frankton Arm to Frankton Marina where there is a café and toilets, and onto Frankton Beach – a great picnic or rest spot before you turn around for the ride back. Part II: Frankton to Kelvin Heights Distance: 15km return From Frankton keep riding alongside the lake and over the old Kawarau Falls Bridge – an exciting view and photo spot! Ride past Kawarau Village – where there is a lakeside café and toilets, and look out for the eclectic sculptures on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula Loop section of the track. Note: a small part of this track rides alongside the Kelvin Heights golf course. There are café stops right on the track at Frankton Marina, Kawarau Village and Kelvin Heights golf course. Highlights: Follows the lake shore with stunning views all the way; easy and social riding for all ages.
Family Bike Rides ARROW RIVER BRIDGES RIDE Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 16km one way This ride crosses five bridges alongside two rivers, including 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 cruisy ride with swim and play spots along the way. Very popular with younger riders. Highlights: Enjoy the ride alongside the pretty Arrow River and maybe stop and pan for gold! GIBBSTON RIVER RIDE Departs: Kawarau Bungy Bridge Distance: 18km return A gorgeous ride through 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.
SHOTOVER COUNTRYSIDE RIDE (Arrowtown to Shotover Bridge) Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 24km return From the Arrow River carpark follow the trail alongside Bush Creek, up to the road and on through Millbrook Resort. Enjoy the beautiful countryside views from the top of Christine's Hill before descending down towards Slopehill Road and onto the Shotover River, finishing at the historic Shotover Bridge. For a shorter ride this would be a good point to grab a shuttle back to Arrowtown – otherwise get a shuttle to the bridge first, and ride back. Highlights: Riding alongside the Shotover River. ARROWTOWN RETURN VIA LAKE HAYES CIRCUIT Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 22km loop A beautiful ride from Arrowtown, through Millbrook Resort and down to picturesque Lake Hayes. It's an 8km circuit around the lake on slightly undulating gravel path/boardwalk. Look out for the NZ native pukeko (Purple Swamphen). There's an excellent swimming and picnic beach with toilets at one end of the lake. Note: for a shorter, easier ride, park at Lake Hayes and take the 8km loop around the lake. Highlights: Riding around beautiful Lake Hayes.
Advanced Rides Three Rivers Ride Countryside + Twin Rivers + Arrow River Bridges Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 33km loop Ride from Arrowtown through Millbrook Resort and follow the marked trail until you get to the Shotover River and the Old Lower Shotover Bridge. Continue to the confluence with the Kawarau River which you ride alongside, and then up to Morven Ferry Road, along the Arrow River and back to Arrowtown. Toilets and café at Millbrook Resort or in Arrowtown. Highlights: Riding alongside three rivers. Crossing the Southern Discoveries suspension bridge.
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TWIN RIVERS RIDE (Kawarau Falls Bridge to Morven Ferry Road) Departs: near Frankton Distance: 36km return The ride starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and after a short cycle through residential streets, the trail meanders down to wind along the Kawarau River’s edge and takes you up into the famous Shotover Delta. From the Old Shotover Bridge follow the willow-lined bank of the Kawarau River where you'll find lots of cool picnic and play spots. There are a few hilly sections until you climb away from the river and alongside a deer farm. This is a good spot to turn round for the return ride. For a shorter ride you can arrange a shuttle pick up back to your starting point. Highlights: Riding alongside the Kawarau River.
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Activities :: Birthday Parties
Birthday Party Ideas
Dorothy Browns 03 442 1964 Hire either cinema exclusively – bring the birthday child, their friends and a cake, and celebrate the special day!
Alpine Aqualand Pool Party 03 450 9005 03 409 0665 Bring a birthday group and the birthday kid swims free! Escape Quest Can you escape the room in time? Step into Book ahead for exclusive use of the learners' pool. Queenstown's 1860s gold rush, crack the codes, solve Basecamp Adventures - Clip 'n Climb 03 443 1110 the puzzles and escape the room in 60 minutes! Get your wee one and their mates active on their next 25% discount for kids' birthdays! birthday at Clip 'n Climb. One hour of fun, funky climbing Fear Factory Queenstown 0800 FEAR FACTORY for ages 3 years and up. Prices from $15 per head. Scare them into getting older! For a spine-tingling, Bead Shop 03 441 8466 unique, adrenaline birthday experience that will have them in stitches. Contact us with your party size and Fun, social atmosphere, design your own jewellery, we will work out a chilling deal for you. Min age 7 catering by arrangement. Buzzstop Honey Centre 021 942 808 Bring the swarm into Buzzstop for honey-inspired, hands-on, indoor activities to make the special day truly memorable.
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.
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.
iFly Indoor Skydiving 03 409 0665 An exciting party for any age! Dedicated birthday party room plus you and your friends experience soaring on air! Talk to our team about customising the perfect party for your child.
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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° with a fun birthday experience in an exciting frozen wonderland! We can accommodate up to 30 guests in one session. $15 per child (inc entry + mocktail). Odyssey Sensory Maze 03 441 3313 Make your birthday party an A-MAZE-ING event – 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. Rockatipu Climbing Wall 03 450 9005 Perfect for groups of 6-12. Birthday child climbs free. Ring for bookings, info and prices. Segway on Q 03 442 8687 Take a fun, birthday Segway Tour. Receive a 20% discount with groups of 4 or more children. (Not applicable to family package).
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SITE Trampoline 0800 QT BOUNCE Suitable for toddlers to adults, one hour of bouncing fun plus one hour in the party room. Just $199 for groups of up to 8 bouncers. Call for a personalised package.
Birthday Parties 47 Snow Farm Fun – Snow Play and Tubing Zone A dedicated Fun Zone snow playground for Tubing and Snow Play. Learn cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Café and bar onsite. www.snowfarmnz.com THRILLZONE 03 441 1159 An awesome range of activities for you to create the perfect combo birthday package. Two hours of entertainment. Packages from $25 per head. 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. 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 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. Prices from $11 per head. Hook A fishing party! How much fun at 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 birthday cake or we can provide birthday cake and all the trimmings. Contact us to discuss your child's special day. Realm 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!
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PIZZA MAKING PARTY!
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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Phone: 03 443 7489 www.puzzlingworld.co.nz
QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA Exciting packages from $25pp. Includes meal, skate hire & skating, decorated table, birthday songs, candy, free skate pass and more!
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.
On the way to the Gondola
High Flyin’ Birthday Parties!
03 441 8000
48 The Kids’ Directory :: Clubs and Hobbies
THE KIDS' DIRECTORY For locals and visitors >> it's all about the kids – including childminding and casual kids' care, after-school care, kids' activity days, school holiday programmes, clubs and hobbies, annual activity passes and organisations that help make family life easier.
Holiday Programs & After-School Care Chipmunks Playland After-school and holiday programmes 03 428 2745 Casual or permanant care with a structured programme including afternoon tea, homework, play and quiet time. School pick up available (daily or weekly rates). Popular holiday programmes: 8am-6pm. See website for daily activities. www.chipmunks.co.nz Queenstown Sport & Recreation Holiday Programme Sessions are based from Queenstown Events Centre and Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. Full or half-day programmes. 5-7 years and 8-12 years. 03 450 9005 Alpine Aqualand Holiday Swim Week Daily classes, including a breaststroke clinic, over a week of the school holidays for most pre-school and school ages. Bookings essential. 03 450 9005 Local Library holiday programmes 03 441 0600 There will be a range of activity sessions planned for primary aged children, so take a look or contact your local branch for more info. Limited space so bookings are essential. sKids Queenstown 021 251 8688 Onsite after-school care and full and half-day fun, action-packed holiday programmes. Wakatipu Youth Trust Drop-in Centre Year 7 and 8 (10-13 years) programme each school term every Thursday evening from 6-8pm. Red Oaks Drive, Frankton (along from SITE Trampoline. Above Maya Music) www.wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz Mountain Holiday Kids Programme www.nzski.com Five-day ski and snowboard program that runs from 10am to 4pm during the NZ school holidays. For ages 5-15 years (snowboarders must be minimum 7 years). Includes lessons and lunch. Coronet Peak ski area. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Clubs and Hobbies Art Classes 5-12 years 03 442 7782 www.queenstownartscentre.co.nz Art Classes – The Making Room 021 455 309 School holidays/after school, aimed at kids 7-12 years. Aqualand Swim School baby to adult 03 450 9005 Arrowtown Cubs and Scouts 021 493 498 Arrowtown Kids Circus Facebook: Arrowtown kids circus Ballet Classes 3 years to adult 021 062 2939 Chipmunks Playland 03 428 2745 Cutie Crew 021 062 2939 Music and movement dance classes 2-4years Danceworks 2 years to adult 021 062 2939 Drama and Musical Theatre Facebook:Drama Queenstown Foot Golf 03 442 3584 Fun French Club 03 442 0075 Hip Hop & Jazz Classes 5 yrs to adult 021 062 2939 Junior Athletics www.remarkablerunners.co.nz Junior Football www.queenstownfootball.com Kidz Club Queenstown 0800 KIDZCLUB (543 925 82) Drop off the kids (4-13 years) and we'll entertain them. Hourly, half or full-day sessions www.thrillzone.co.nz Little Yogis Arrowtown 027 866 7681 Mainly Music Arrowtown 03 441 4900 Mainly Music Queenstown for preschoolers Facebook: Mainly Music Queenstown Music Lessons Facebook: Turn up the music Queenstown Climbing Centre – BRAND NEW 2019! Sport climbing, huge boulder wall and Clip 'n Climb. For 3 years and up. www.basecampadventures.co.nz Queenstown Gymnastics Club www.qtgymnastics.co.nz Queenstown Ice Skating Facebook: Queenstown Ice Skating Club Queenstown Ice Hockey www.queenstownicehockey.co.nz Queenstown Mountain Bike Club www.queenstownmtb.co.nz Singing 7-18 years 03 442 8696 SITE Trampoline toddlers-adult 0800 QT BOUNCE Mini Bouncers (under 5s), after-school lessons, Snowboard and Freeski training and Parkour classes. Small Seeds www.stpeters.co.nz/small-seeds Parent and toddler music group, Thursdays. Wakatipu Junior Golf Club www.wjgc.co.nz Wakatipu Girl Guides Association 027 246 8962 Wakatipu Ski Club www.wsc.co.nz Sunday lessons and school holiday programmes for members, use of clubhouse on the mountain. Polar Bear room with toys, change table and cots to give your little ones a break from the mountain. Yoga for Kids – Nadi Wellness Centre 03 409 0318
Babysitting and Childminding CHIPMUNKS PLAYLAND Offering a drop-off service for ages 5-11years. 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
Experience Queenstown the way the locals do! Come play, learn, discover and grow with us today!
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!
Casuals and one-day bookings welcome!
TRUE KIWI PLAY • Peace of mind for parents, fun learning for children. • Offering adventures where children can explore, discover, create, inquire and learn new knowledge in our natural environment. • Outings may include seeing native birds including the kiwi, rope swings, beach, short bush walks, climbing trees, building dams – and when limited by weather, we offer an indoor programme which may include clay, art, music, construction and creative activities. • To ensure quality: a maximum ratio of one adult to four children. • Qualified, registered and experienced teachers, trained in first aid and police checked. • Clothing available for all weather conditions. Central Queenstown. Phone: 027 622 9808 Hours: daily, 9am-3pm www.truekiwiplay.co.nz
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 (Mon-Fri) for fully-enrolled children, 8am-5pm (Mon-Fri) for casual bookings. Call us for weekend care information; subject to availability. www.mamaschildcare.nz Facebook: Mamas childcare
An enriched educational and play programme for children visiting Queenstown
mamaschildcare.nz Ph. 442 9440 | email@example.com Level 1, above Brandland at the end of Five Mile Place, Five Mile Retail Centre
027 622 9808
The Kids’ Directory :: Annual/Season Passes
Annual and Season Passes Alpine Aqualand 03 450 9005 Swimming complex including leisure pool, lazy river, two hydroslides, toddlers' area and adult hot pool. Annual: Adult $425, Child $179, Family $709 (conditions apply). Kiwi Birdlife 'Friend of the Park' 03 442 8059 Enjoy unlimited visits to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, plus perks and discounts for friends. Annual: $55 (local residents). National Transport and Toy Museum Locals Pass Pay full price once, then go FREE for 6 months, and pay only $5 for the following 6 months. (Or go free with any full-paying fare). 03 443 8765 Odyssey Sensory Maze 03 441 3313 Free year-round access (once only per day) Annual: $90 Puzzling World Wanaka – Puzzports 03 443 7489 Unlimited access to all attractions for 12 months. Annual: Adult $55, Child $39 (5-15 years) Queenstown Ice Arena 03 441 8000 Unlimited access to public sessions. Season: Adult $275, Student/Child $225, Family $599. Southern Discoveries 'Locals Discovery Card' Unlimited travel & bike transfers on Spirit of Queenstown and Milford Sound Scenic and Nature Cruises. 50% off all other Southern Discovery experiences (excludes bike hire and flights). Plus other perks. Annual: Adult $79, Child $39 (conditions apply). 0800 264 536 SITE Trampoline 0800 (QT BOUNCE) 78 268623 Great value multi-passes available. 5 sessions $110 (12% off) 10 sessions $200 (20% off).
Library Activities The libraries around the Wakatipu Basin are a haven of warmth, learning, fun and regular kids' activities. Examples are weekly Story Time and Wriggle and Rhyme for babies and toddlers, arts and lego clubs plus regular events. Reading to dogs Bring in your child to read a book to our visiting therapy dogs, which helps children improve their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem. There are seven branches in the Wakatipu area so check library websites or on facebook to find out what's going on at your local library! Queenstown Lakes Family Centre Professional staff provide positive parenting advice and classes to help strengthen families, and work with children and teenagers to build self-esteem and empathy. www.qlfc.co.nz Queenstown Playcentre For children 0-5 years with their caregiver. Meet other families and have fun. The kids will love the huge outdoor and indoor areas, art supplies, toys and activities. Casuals welcome. Parents must attend with their children. Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am1pm; Wednesday, Thursday 9am-12pm. Only $5 for a 3-hour session. Phone: 03 442 9309 Tots on Tour Hire all the baby and kids' gear you need from Tots on Tour. Pick up or delivery available. Includes toys, cots, prams, highchairs and more. www.totsontour.co.nz Wakatipu Toy Library 027 678 5593 Choose from a selection of toys, games, puzzles and outdoor equipment suitable for children 6mths-8yrs. Six month or annual memberships. Man Street, near the playground.
Wanaka Pool 03 443 9334 Swimming complex featuring 8-lane, 25m lap pool, adult hot pool and learners’ pool with separate toddlers’ Wakatipu Youth Trust area. Family changing rooms available. For Wakatipu youth ages 10-24 yrs. Mentoring, holiday Annual: Adult $425, Child $179, Family $709 (conditions apply). activities and youth group. www.wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz
Other Help & Contacts
FACEBOOK US! Kidz Go Queenstown and Wanaka For families who live in or are visiting the Queenstown/ Wanaka area. Updates on school holiday programs, Happiness House 03 442 6531 events and special offers. Practical support for the community – parent and baby Mums helping Mums Arrowtown group, budgeting advice, op shop and more. A group for Arrowtown Mums to offer and ask for Hypno For Birthing Vicky, 027 329 0364 meals and/or baking and other support from likeGain techniques to manage tension and prepare for a minded Mums (and Dads). relaxed birth. www.lifeunlimitedhypnotherapy.com Queenstown Kids Activities For Queenstown families with primary age children – Kip McGrath Education and referral hub that helps students of all clubs, after-school programs, school holiday programs ages who may be struggling to progress and to grow and events relating to children. those who need to be challenged. They can also put Remarkable Kids you in touch with specialists for teaching or diagnosing We are a resource and support group for parents Irlens and Dyslexia, and gifted students. who have kids with learning difficulties, based in the 48 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton 03 442 9616 Queenstown/Arrowtown/ Wakatipu area. The Buddy Programme 03 442 4470 For children 4-12 years in need of additional adult support.
Eating Out Made Easy
EATING OUT MADE EASY
WARM UP WITH FISH AND CHIPS
All establishments listed are family-friendly and will go the extra mile to ensure you have a great experience. Sample Menu Items – these are selections from the restaurant’s menu at time of print – menus or prices may change. For locations see maps pages 2 and 4. Open Daytime
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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.
Family dining at a glance The Ballarat Trading Co. Cosy booths or outdoor Mall dining, right in the heart of Queenstown. Great value kids' menu. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 4222
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 cafe is a warm and cozy haven on winter days. 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
ORGANIC ❊ FREE DELIVERY Creating authentic, delicious Thai favourites, using only organic vegetables! Free delivery Queenstown/Frankton/Arrowtown (2 mains min for some areas). Open 7 days 4-10pm
Call 03 451 1414 or order online
Eating Out Made Easy
$50 DONUTS - BAGELS - SHAKES - COFFEE Elements Lounge Novotel Queenstown Hotel's lakeside cafÃ© 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.thefatlambco.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 Skydive www.lordofthefries.co.nz
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The finest, most ethical AND the tastiest fast food in New Zealand!
Eating Out Made Easy
Fresh, bold, nutrient-rich and made with love, our delicious Mexican favourites are crammed with tasty goodness and are simply mouth-watering. Eat in or takeaway today!
Kids Combo Meals! OPEN NOW 7 DAYS A WEEK! 27 Brecon Street (on the way to the gondola)
Amazing range of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Sides & Shakes 100% plant based, 100% delicious The healthier fast food choice $13.50 kids’ combo meals
Pedros House of Lamb - takeaway Whole lamb shoulder baked with rosemary & garlic. Served with scalloped potatoes. Cnr Gorge Road/Hallenstein Streets Phone: 0800 695 262 www.pedros.co.nz
For every burrito or bowl purchased we’ll donate a meal to a child in need through Plate4Plate project
The Landing, Frankton (Opposite Remarkables Park Town Ctre) Tel 03 441 8330 Open 10am - late daily WWW.ZAMBRERO.CO.NZ For every burrito or bowl you purchase we provide a plate of food for someone in need.
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 Queenstown Ice Arena Don't miss our legendary hot chocolate which you can enjoy by the fire while watching ice skating! 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 new Shelter bar and restaurant. Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton Thai2Go Authentic Thai Cuisine cooked with 100% organic vegetables delivered straight to your accommodation or home. 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone: 03 451 1414 www.thai2go.menu
Winnies Gourmet Pizzas Relaxed, fun dining, gourmet pizza plus non-pizza options. The Mall, Ballarat Street Ph: 03 442 8635 Zambrero Fresh healthy Mexican food and a good cause all rolled into one. The Landing, Frankton Phone: 03 441 8330
54 Eating Out Made Easy THE BALLARAT TRADING CO.
We pride ourselves on our relaxed, friendly and fun dining experience, located in the heart of Queenstown. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ballarat is ideal whatever the weather and if it's sunny diners can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of The Mall at our al fresco tables. Fun and family-friendly with a varied children's menu.
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Sample Menu Items – from $25 * 250g Wakanui beef burger, bacon, cheese, jalapeños, onion rings, smokey BBQ sauce and beer fries. * Braised pork ribs, smokey BBQ glaze, coleslaw and fries. * New Zealand steaks; your choice of ribeye or fillet with potato gratin and sauté greens. Children’s Menu from $5 * Kids’ burger * Spaghetti pasta * Classic Kiwiana fish & chips * Soup of the day Children's meals include a free fizzy drink
INCLUDING A FREE FIZZY DRINK
all day every day The Mall, Queenstown Phone: 03 442 4222 Hours: midday until late www.ballarat.co.nz
Finz for seafood on the wharf. Ph 03 442 7405 5pm-late, 7 days Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
finzseafoodandgrill.co.nz Relaxed and family-friendly! Enjoy perfect fish and chips, seafood, beef and lamb, vegetarian and kids’ fare in a relaxed, lakeside setting.
HANSEN RD, FRANKTON PH 021 942 808 WWW.BUZZSTOP.CO.NZ
No.7 The Mall, Queenstown, NZ. (03) 442 4222. www.ballarat.co.nz
BUZZ INTO BUZZSTOPCAFE!
FULLY-LICENSED CAFE Skaters and non-skaters love our fresh, delicious baking and hot goodies, plus the best mulled wine and hot chocolate in town. Rest and refuel in warmth & comfort! SHOWING KID-FRIENDLY WINTER-THEMED MOVIES ALL DAY!
03 441 8000
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
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
Family Shopping and Services
FAMILY SHOPPING AND SERVICES ROCKIES Rockies is a locally-owned and operated children’s boutique – we're a bunch of big kids at heart. It is the home of style and fashion design covering the future, from newborn-16 years with the coolest children’s brands in all the land. Rockies helps your kids stand out with fun and unique clothing, toys, footwear and accessories such as Minti, Munster Kids, Radicool Kids, Little Flock of Horrors, Eve’s Sister, Huxbaby, Nature Baby, Bobux, Pretty Brave, Skechers, Converse, Le Toy Van and much more. With over 90 brands, check out the collection in store or shop online at www.rockies.co.nz. Worldwide shipping, Alipay and Laybuy available. Rockies Queenstown: 49 Beach Street, Queenstown. Hours: daily, 9am-7pm Rockies Remarkables Park Town Centre: Hawthorne Drive, Frankton. Hours: daily, 9am-6pm Phone: 03 442 8153 (Queenstown) or 03 441 4990 (Frankton) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rockies.co.nz FRESH CHOICE – Free fruit for kids! Looking after you while you shop, parents and caregivers are welcome to help themselves to a piece of fresh fruit for their children from the basket located in the produce department, for while they are shopping – no charge! 64 Gorge Road, Queenstown Phone: 03 441 1252 Hours: daily, 7am-11pm www.freshchoice.co.nz
queenstown Your local full range supermarket for everything you need during your stay. Email your order and pick up or we can deliver to you! (Fees apply).
64 Gorge Road, Queenstown (on the way to Coronet Peak Ski Field)
Open 7am-11pm, 7 days Phone 03 441 1252. Email email@example.com
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Family Shopping and Services MRS WOOLLY’S GENERAL STORE – GLENORCHY A breathtaking drive to Glenorchy is not complete without a visit to Mrs Woolly’s General Store where you’ll find everything you need and a few things you have to have! Easy to find as you enter Glenorchy, our store is famous for its great coffee, irresistible homemade cookies, delicious Full Monty gelato sundaes plus healthy takeaway salads, wraps, muffins and treats for your picnic; fresh pastries, groceries, supplies and a divine range of New Zealand gifts. The whole family will love to browse our imaginative gift store – with unique mementos of your visit to the South Island. Supplies include maps, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, games, books, binoculars or that extra layer, so stop by and stock up before you head out to explore Paradise or come see us for hot chocolates on your way home! 64 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: 03 409 0051 Hours: daily, 9am-6pm Close-down period: 1st-23rd June 2019 www.mrswoollysgeneralstore.co.nz QUEENSTOWN WHOLE FOODS Organic groceries ~ free delivery Order organic for your week’s groceries in our specialty store and make sure the whole family still eats well on holiday. Order online from our organic shop and we'll deliver to your accommodation (using our electric cars), or come and browse the options on offer. Organic veggie boxes, fruit, organic bakery, organic breakfast cereals and snacks, chocolate, sweets and ice cream, milk, dairy, eggs, organic seeds, pasta and grains and more. Our goal is to provide the best organic products, we use electric cars to deliver and our aim is for zero waste. 9 McBride Street, Frankton Phone orders: 03 451 1414 Hours: daily, 10am-10pm ORDER ONLINE: www.queenstownwholefoods.com
REMARKABLES PARK TOWN CENTRE Shop at one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world! From food and fashion to health and beauty plus great choices of family-friendly stores, the Remarkables Park Town Centre has it all. Bigger and better than ever! Everything you need in one easy location! Excellent shopping, lots of eateries and plenty of parking. Hawthorne Drive, Frankton www.remarkablesparktowncentre.co.nz Shop online and enjoy fast, free and easy delivery or pick up at 9 McBride St, Frankton
www.queenstownwholefoods.com All winter long ... fresh farm produce, glass bottled milk, organic meat, eggs, chocolate, desserts, honey, sauces, oils, dressings, salts, quick meals, organic baby foods, nuts, gluten-free goodies and delectable organic hampers. Packaged in eco-friendly containers and arriving by electric car!
FOR A BREATHTAKING SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown
SKI SCENE WANAKA
Everything you need to know for your family ski holiday in and around Wanaka! * Ski areas p8 * Gear hire and transport p15
This year-round resort is situated on Lake Wanaka (NZ's fourth largest lake) with Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep and just one hour's drive from Queenstown. Activities include family-friendly walking and bike tracks, horseriding, climbing, Wanaka pool and recreation centre, Transport and Toy Museum, Warbirds and Wheels and the famous Puzzling World. Plus don't miss the brand new Hook 'lake to plate' fishing and dining experience. Add the local ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Snow Farm and you have a winter family paradise!
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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 5pm Illusion Rooms PLUS Great Maze: Adult $22.50, Child $16, Family $69 (2 adults + 2 children) Illusion Rooms OR Great Maze: Adult $18, Child $14 (Child is 5-15 years) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 BOOK ONLINE! Min age 3 These colourful, funky climbing walls are awesome entertainment for kids and adults – our automatic belays mean no one has to manage the rope – just clip in and climb, then let the machine lower you gently back down! Everyone can climb at the same time and no experience is necessary. Staff supervise each session, but children require an adult to be present and help clip them in. Sessions start on the hour and bookings are required. No minimum number is required and if you’re not climbing yourself you can come and watch the kids have fun! Ideal for birthday parties. We also have a sport climbing wall onsite. 50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka Phone: 03 443 1110 Hours: 12pm-8pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends From 10am daily during school and public holidays. Prices for Clip ’n Climb: 18 years and up $20, 5-17 years $17, preschool $11 Email: email@example.com www.basecampadventures.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 p65). 891 Wanaka–Luggate Highway (10 mins from town centre, next door to Wanaka airport) Phone: 03 443 8765 Hours: daily, 8.30am-5pm Price: Adult $19, Senior 65+ $16, Child $5, under 5 years FREE Family $45 (2 adults + up to 4 children) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nttmuseum.co.nz
WARBIRDS & 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
Wanaka Airport, 9km from Wanaka on SH6 Ph: 03 443 7010 warbirdsandwheels.com
REALM 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-1 hour experiences, but you can do as many as you like! www.realmvr.co.nz *Children 7-12 years must be supervised.
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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, 11am-7pm Last rod hire 4pm Email: email@example.com www.hookwanaka.nz BASECAMP ADVENTURES FAMILY SNOWSHOEING No Experience Necessary. Min age 7 Your own personal guide will take you on an amazing half-day or full-day snowy adventure tailored entirely to your family's fitness, experience and comfort level. Snow shoes are easy to use and make walking on the snow fun! Explore the remote wilderness of the Pisas, high above the Cardrona Valley. Enjoy exploring this incredible alpine landscape which your guide will bring to life with interpretation on flora and fauna, local history and Mãori Legends. Loads of fun, adventure and excitement, this will be a truly memorable experience! Phone: 03 443 1110 / 0800 227 322 / 027 306 5888 Departs: daily, Wanaka Duration: half-day (4 hours) or full-day experiences Price: Adult $189, Child $109 (half-day) FAMILY DEALS Family (2 adult+2 child) half-day $499, extra children $109 each. Full-day (2 adult+2 child) $799 www.basecampadventures.co.nz BACKCOUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS Min age 5 29 years in the Cardrona Valley You will love our 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. 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. Bookings essential. Phone: 03 443 8151 Freephone: 0800 4 723 3537 www.backcountrysaddles.co.nz
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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
Wanaka :: Activities
WANAKA RECREATION CENTRE Affordable, healthy, family fun at Wanaka's community sports hub whatever the weather! POOL: New 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 yrs 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: firstname.lastname@example.org http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz
PAINTBALL CENTRAL Min age 5* Ultimate action adventure that can be played with a minimum of two players. With three exciting courses and 14 different games you can tailor your mission to suit your family or group. Paintball is fun, fast and as action-packed as you want! Play on 10 acres of courses or make your way through Shantytown! Children under 18 must be accompanied by adults at or on the field. We require a ratio of max four children aged 7-15 years to one adult. *Younger children (from 5 years) can join in our Paintball Shooting Gallery. Bannockburn, Cromwell Bookings essential: 027 448 5399 Winter hours: daily from 10am to 2pm. www.paintballcentral.co.nz GO JETS Min age 4 The Ultimate Clutha River Jet Boat Experience Go further and see more on our exciting jet boat ride down the 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° spins make this an unforgettable jet boat river journey. 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 and 2pm www.gojetswanaka.co.nz
GET ACTIVE ANTTRE WANAKA REC CE Indoor courts, outdoor sports fields & artificial turf
Netball, futsal, football, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, hockey, badminton & heaps more Equipment hire including kids games Great for birthday parties! Bookings & casual visits welcome
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Lake Outlet to Albert Town Easy/Med – 2 hours return This is one of our favourite sections simply because the Clutha River is so gorgeous and such different scenery from the lake. Park right at the start of the track near the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road. The track can be busy with bikers and walkers so ride with care. Buggy-friendly, easy biking
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 township, along well-formed and very scenic tracks. Choose a section of track (some are completely flat and others more challenging) 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 more undulating. Mountain bikers will find this just 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 then follows around the back of the yacht club to Eely Point. Continue along the beach to Bremner Bay and you’ll see the start of the Clutha River – Lake Wanaka’s outlet. Buggy-friendly, easy biking
Albert Town to Lake Hawea Easy/Med – 4 hours return An easy, well-formed 10km track that follows the Hawea River to Lake Hawea. Slightly undulating and a great riverside walk or bike ride for all ages. Buggy-friendly, easy biking
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 or Winter. MOUNT IRON WALK Moderate – 1½ hour loop One of Wanaka's most popular short walks. 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 2km from Wanaka, near Puzzling World, along State Highway 6. 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 the Clutha River. Walk to the Kane Road carpark near the Red Bridge. For a loop walk you can cross the bridge and return along the other side (slightly longer and more undulating with steep drop-offs). Mountain biking and walking. www.KidzGo.co.nz
Wanaka :: Eating Out Made Easy
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. 26 Ardmore Street, Wanaka www.redstarburgers.co.nz Phone: 03 443 9322 (phone orders welcome) ERIK'S FISH AND 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
WARM UP WITH FISH AND CHIPS 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 $28.50 Find us at 54 Ardmore St, Wanaka Opposite the BP Garage
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Step back in time with our 1950’s American Diner Atomic coffee / Freshly baked goodies / Pies / Full diner menu / Local wines and beers Wanaka Airport, 9km from Wanaka on SH6 Ph: (03) 443 7010 www.warbirdsandwheels.com
REDSTARBURGERS.CO.NZ 26 ARDMORE ST, WANAKA PH 03 443 9322
Wanaka :: Shopping 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
Wanaka Shopping 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 60. PUZZLING WORLD SHOP Puzzling World offers one of the largest puzzle gift shops in the country. With NZ-made wooden puzzles, string puzzles, brain teasers and metal creations plus the latest family games, all ages and stages are covered. A wide range of Illusion postcards, posters and books are available, along with tourist collectables, illusion t-shirts and oddities found only at Puzzling World! We offer a world-wide postage service and a large online gift shop for those with no room left in their suitcases. 188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway (84), 3 minutes drive from town centre. Phone: 03 443 7489 Hours: daily from 8.30am. Last admission 5pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.puzzlingworld.co.nz See ad page 59. WARBIRDS & 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
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 9382 (On the right before the Albert Town Bridge, coming from Wanaka) Phone: 03 443 1222 Hours: daily, 11am-7pm www.hookwanaka.nz
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 Ctre, 23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka Aspiring Pharmacy 29 Helwick Street 03 443 7986 Wanaka Pharmacy 41 Helwick Street 03 443 8000 Aspiring Dental Service 64 Brownston Street 03 443 7705 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 03 443 0410 Regular pre-schooler sessions and holiday programmes. Bullock Creek, Dunmore Street Upper Clutha Plunket 03 443 8799 Wanaka Toy Library Toys for 3mths-6 years 3 Reece Crescent Facebook: Wanaka Toy Library YELLO! CABS AND TRAVEL 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, ski area transport, 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
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! Local experiences include jet boating and taking a cruise on stunning Lake Te Anau. 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. So stay a while and meet the locals of Fiordland!
30 minutes to 2 hour trips – a FUN excursion 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 Stunning lake and riverside tracks that are ideal with the kids, with incredible Fiordland as your backdrop!
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.
Fiordland :: Discover Te Anau
WALKING TRACKS Te Anau – Control Gates Easy 1½ hours return Follow the lakefront path with the lake on your right to walk around to the start of the Kepler Track, passing the DOC centre and the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Buggy-friendly. Easy biking.
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 follows the lake shore through mountain and beech forest and you pass through Dock Bay where there are toilet facilities. Buggy-friendly. No biking.
Lake Gunn Nature Walk Easy 45 minutes return This easy loop walk is suitable with small children. It takes you through dense, mossy red beech forest to the shore of Lake Gunn. Access is from the Cascade Creek campsite on the Milford Road. Buggy-friendly. No biking. Te Anau Lakefront Track Easy 3 hour loop Follow the lakeside path with the lake on your left. The path is wide and ideal for family biking. The track passes the boat harbour at Bluegum Point and the mouth of the Upukerora River. From here you can return the same way or loop back into town via a gravel road leading to the Te Anau – Milford highway. Buggy-friendly. Easy biking.
The Lake2Lake Trail The track follows alongside the Waiau River from Lake Te Anau Control Gates to Lake Manapouri (final 3.5km is on the highway). The track is easy and wide for walking or biking with previously unseen views of the beautiful waters of the upper Waiau River.
Ivon Wilson Park Entrance opposite Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Lake Henry is stocked with rainbow and brown trout as a children's fishery. Mountain Biking: there are around 8.5kms of fun loop tracks in the forest including beginner and intermediate trails. An easy 5 minute ride from town into the park.
Buggy-friendly. Easy biking.
Buggy-friendly. Easy-intermediate biking.
To Manapouri 22kms Ivon Wilson Park
Lake Te Anau
Lakefront Drive Southern Discoveries Info Ctre
Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Lions Park Go Orange Cruises and Info Ctre
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Te Anau Memorial Park
Pompolona Street McKinnon Loop
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Fiordland :: Discover Te Anau
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TE ANAU BIRD SANCTUARY Entry is free, gold coin donation appreciated. View the rare, flightless takahē along with kea, tui and other New Zealand natives. Ten minutes lakeside walk from the DOC Visitor Centre. FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE (DOC) The starting point for any visit to Te Anau and Fiordland. Watch the 20-minute movie, "Stepping into Fiordland", and explore the museum. Conservation gift store plus advice on local walks and track/weather information. Lakefront Drive Phone: 03 249 7924 FIORDLAND CINEMA Daily screenings of Ata Whenua, an incredible movie set in Fiordland, as well as regular movies. 7 The Lane Phone: 03 249 884 KEPLER MOUNTAIN VIEW – ALPACA FARM TOURS Fun farm tours where you get up close with our friendly alpacas, hand feed them and take beautiful photos! Phone: 03 249 6685 / 027 354 5960 Price: Adult $20, Child $10 www.kmv.co.nz/alpaca-farm-tours PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS SPUTNIK PLAYGROUND, TE ANAU LAKEFRONT The kids love the colourful ‘satellite’ balls with tunnels and slides plus climbing frames and flying fox. Lakefront Drive, Te Anau www.KidzGo.co.nz
FIORDLAND JET – WILDERNESS ADVENTURES 30 min-2 hr trips from ONLY $148 for the whole family! STOP on your way from Milford Sound to 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 Freephone: 0800 253 826 Pure Wilderness (duration 2 hours – our Signature Tour!) Adult $139, Child $70, Family $348* (2 adults + 2 children) (child is 5-15 years, under 5s go FREE) Beach to Bay (duration 30 minutes – on Lake Te Anau) Adult $49, Child $25, Family $148 (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! Email: email@example.com www.fjet.nz CRUISE TE ANAU – DISCOVERY CRUISE Discover South Fiord – Lake Te Anau! Leave the crowds behind and explore Lake Te Anau with your own knowledgeable guide and get truly close to nature. Visit the hidden corners of NZ’s second largest lake and take a gentle bush / nature walk to the hidden lakes. There’s nothing quite like life on the water on this personalised cruise (maximum 12 passengers) and when the lake is in stunning Fiordland the experience is unforgettable! Phone: 03 249 8005 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 – BAY CRUISE 1 hour Cruise the beautiful bays, beech forest and secret spots around Te Anau while enjoying the million dollar views from the lake. Phone: 03 249 8005 or Mobile 0274 325 029 Departs: 11am daily. Bookings essential. Price: Adult $49, Child $15. Add $15pp for lunch option. www.cruiseteanau.co.nz WILD RIDES – BIKE FIORDLAND Discover Fiordland by bike and have an exciting family adventure, made easy and fun with Bike Fiordland. We offer bike rental and accessories to suit the whole family from littlies upwards, plus the perfect track recommendation for your crew. Bikes/Accessories Mountain bikes, electric-bikes and kids’ bikes including balance bikes, kids’ seats and tow-behinds. 68 Town Centre, Te Anau Phone: 03 280 0116 Freephone: 0800 96 00 96 See website for winter hours. www.wildridesfiordland.co.nz
Fiordland :: Eating Out
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 Sunday Roasts we are renowned for, 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. We have 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 $16 (Monday – Saturday roast $20) * Chicken schnitzel $22 * 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 specialty at only $16. Friendly service and excellent atmosphere, complemented by a cosy open fire or sunny outdoor dining. FREE WIFI. www.theranchbar.co.nz Mention KIDZ GO for a free kids’ or adults’ drink with your main meal.
Children’s Menu (12 years & under) *meals include standard non-alcoholic drink and ice cream sundae
* Chicken tenders with fries $13 * Bangers and mash $14 * Battered fish with fries $12.50 * Kids’ roast $14 * Pork ribs with fries $15 * Ham/cheese toastie with fries $12.50 * Kids’ nachos with beef & beans $13 EE * Mini hotdogs $12.50 FR
Milford Sound Cruises
The road to MILFORD SOUND
Milford Sound Lower Hollyford
The Chasm Homer Tunnel 1.25km
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Milford Track 3–4 day walk
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Te Anau to Milford Sound 120kms / 2 hours Te Anau Downs
Lake Te Anau
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Milford Road Information Kiosk (8.5km from Te Anau)
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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 awe-inspiring heights. An experience on the Sound is enhanced by the abundance of wildlife; fur seals, rare Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins frequently lead the cruise boats, playing in the bow waves.
Cruise to start of Milford Track (1 hr)
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Places of Interest Mirror Lakes A five-minute walk alongside these pools is well worth it on a still day – the reflections are quite stunning. Pop's View Lookout A viewing platform looks down over the spectacular panorama of the Hollyford Valley. Homer Tunnel This incredible feat of workmanship was completed in 1953 and cuts 1200 metres through the Darran Mountains. Both the entrance and exit to the tunnel provide awe-inspiring views. The Chasm A 20-minute return bush walk; the chasm itself, with its huge volume of water pounding over incredible rock formations, is mesmerising.
About Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) Milford Sound's first settler (Donald Sutherland) arrived in 1877 having sailed there from Dunedin. The original route to Milford weaved around the Darran Mountains and over the McKinnon Pass. This track is now known as the Milford Track (approx. 52 km long) and it was the only way to get to Milford other than via the sea. Milford Sound is 16kms long and it rains approximately 180 days a year, with an average annual rainfall of over 6½ metres! Drive Times Queenstown to Milford Sound 4½ hours Te Anau to Milford Sound 21/4 hours Wanaka to Milford Sound 5 hours Note: coaching or driving both ways from Queenstown makes for a 12 hour day, so why not break up the journey with a stay in Te Anau? See p79 for accommodation options. Trip Options Coach-Cruise-Coach The road to Milford Sound is one of the most stunning in NZ. There is nothing quite as awe-inspiring as the approach to the Homer Tunnel! Fly-Cruise-Fly Take a 30 to 40 minute flight over glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. Weather dependent. Flights depart Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau. 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.
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Fiordland :: Milford Sound MITRE PEAK CRUISES Mitre Peak Cruises operate smaller vessels that will get you up close and personal with Milford Sound. Sheer rock faces, glacial hanging valleys, thick native forest and local wildlife such as fur seal colonies, Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins will delight you and the kids. Mitre Peak Cruises is the only cruise boat that goes past St Anne’s lighthouse and ventures into the Tasman Sea so you can experience a return into the fiord just like the first sealers did. This cruise is fun, educational and enjoyable for the whole family. Phone: 03 249 8110 Freephone: 0800 744 633 Price: Adult from $80, Child from $20, Under 4s FREE (cruise-only). Add-on visit to the Underwater Observatory available on most cruises. Enquire for our tours departing Queenstown or Te Anau. Departures: throughout the day Duration: 2 hours Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mitrepeak.com Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School holidays. Valid on 9.55am & 3.15pm cruises only. Must be with full fare-paying adult (Max 2 per adult).
The Homer Tunnel
The tunnel passes through the Darran mountain range, below the Homer Saddle, and is 1.2km long with a steep gradient down towards Milford Sound. In 1935 five men with pickaxes began piercing the formidable granite of the Darrans. Although the workers broke through to the other side just five years later, it took much longer to widen the tunnel so it was safe for cars. The project was delayed by World War II, and then again in 1945 by a large avalanche. The Homer Tunnel finally opened in 1954.
GO ORANGE MILFORD SOUND Coach + Cruise or just Cruise! Our newly-refurbished vessel gives you plenty of space, outward facing seats, viewing areas – and the opportunity for you and your family to have a relaxed interaction with Milford Sound without being shoulder to shoulder with others! Get excited as we nose right into the waterfalls and the fiord’s sheer cliff faces and look out for the fiord’s wildlife! 35 Shotover St, Queenstown and Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound Ph: 03 442 7340 Freephone: 0800 505 504 Price: from Adult $55, Child $15 Duration: 2 hours Coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau available (extra cost). Departs: regular departures throughout the day Email: info@GoOrange.nz www.GoOrange.nz Kids Go Free – during the NZ school holiday periods, school-aged children travel FREE! (T&C’s apply. Offer only available in-store). SELF-DRIVE TRAVEL IN FIORDLAND IMPORTANT TIPS ✔ Fuel up in Te Anau – there are no shops or fuel stops between Te Anau and Milford Sound. ✔ The Te Anau-Milford highway is 120km long but allow 2 hours (without stops). ✔ WARNING! The road to Milford Sound is an Alpine Route. It is compulsory to carry snow chains in winter and it's essential that you check road and weather conditions. The route may even be impassable at certain times.
✔ For road information see www.milfordroad.co.nz
Meet the Locals MEET THE LOCALS!
KEA 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. NEW ZEALAND FUR SEALS These guys dive deeper and longer than any other type of fur seal (up to 200m, holding their breath for up to 11minutes!) Fur seals are covered in two layers of fur. The outer layer is used to trap air bubbles and keep the inner layer dry and warm. Imagine how cosy they must be when they swim! See them at Milford or Doubtful Sound sunning on a rock or swimming. FIORDLAND CRESTED PENGUINS The Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki, is one of the rarest of New Zealand’s mainland penguins. Although the pairs separate when not breeding, females return each year to the same beach in search of their mate from the previous season! You may be lucky enough to see them during breeding or moulting season on a Fiordland beach. TAKAHE
THE CHEEKY KEA You can't visit Fiordland without meeting one of the most intelligent and endangered birds in New Zealand. With bags of personality, meet the world's only alpine parrot, the kea! They are a protected species and there are thought to be just 1000-5000 left, but you can meet the kea almost anytime you get into the South Island's alpine environment. In winter they love to visit The Remarkables or Treble Cone ski areas – they'll be hanging around the car park or outdoor dining areas! Keas just 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.
FIORDLAND CRESTED PENGUIN DOLPHINS There are three species of dolphins in Milford and Doubtful Sound – Bottlenose, Dusky and Hectors Dolphins. Where to see them? Look out for them playing in the bow waves as you cruise Milford or Doubtful Sound. GLOWWORMS The NZ glowworm isn’t even a worm; it’s a fungus gnat and it loves damp caves! The Māori call them titiwai, meaning 'projected over water'.
Accommodation :: Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy Family Amenities
QUEENSTOWN * ARROWTOWN * GLENORCHY ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK Central for skiing, this picturesque Arrowtown holiday park is ideally situated between Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort. Offering cosy, modern amenities and a fabulous kids’playground close by. Just a 10 minute walk to Arrowtown village with its many restaurants and boutique cinema. Plus Queenstown’s exciting activities are just 20 minutes away! Family accommodation includes selfcontained studios, one-bedroom tourist flats, lodge bunk style rooms and powered campsites. Check out our winter specials online. 12 Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown Phone: +64 3 442 1876 email@example.com www.arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz See map page 40
Studios and one or two bedroom lakeview self-catering apartments freephone 0800 100 904
Free WiFi (limits may apply)
Under 5 minutes walk to play area
Toys / games available
Under 5 minutes walk to town centre
The following options welcome families and most offer services and goodies to make your family’s stay as pleasant and fun as possible. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs. Email Fresh Choice your grocery order or Queenstown Wholefoods for organic vegetable baskets and have it delivered before you arrive (see page 56).
CAMP GLENORCHY ECO RETREAT This new, innovative and sustainable destination captures the essence of community, connection and respect for our planet. Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat's goal is to delight and inspire visitors and is welcoming, cosy and comfortable. NZ’s first Net Zero energy guest accommodation includes selfcontained 2-3 bedroom cabins, comfy bunkrooms, powered RV sites, shared kitchen, dining area, BBQs, fireplace and lots of communal space. Visitors will love the artist-designed campfire shelter and stone mosaic walkways. 34 Oban Street, Glenorchy Phone: +64 3 409 0401 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.CampGlenorchy.co.nz HIGHVIEW APARTMENTS Take in the majestic views across Lake Wakatipu from throughout the apartment or on your private balcony. Perfect for your family, our apartments are simply WOW! Amenities (twobedroom apartment) include lounge, dining, kitchen, three TVs, two ensuites, balcony or courtyard and those show-stopper views. 12 minutes walk 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
1st Choice for Families 8 Coronation Drive, Queenstown p 03 441 0438 freeph 0800 162 122 email@example.com * Spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments * Fully-equipped, designer kitchen * Full laundry â€“ washer and dryer * Dishwasher * Large balcony/courtyard * Free WiFi * 60+ channel SKY TV * Stereo, DVD and free DVD hire * Underfloor heating in bathrooms * Under cover/off-street parking * Cots and highchairs on request + babysitting arranged * Ski and bike storage * 2 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown
Your home from home 11 Sydney Street, Queenstown p 03 441 0437 freeph 0800 162 122 firstname.lastname@example.org * Studio, 1 or 2 bedroom options * Bright, modern and welcoming * Rooms with full kitchens * Continental breakfast on request * Dry-cleaning service * Guest laundry onsite * Free WiFi * 60+ channel SKY TV and DVD player * Off-street parking * Cots and highchairs on request + babysitting arranged * Ski and bike storage * Friendly, quiet location, close to park * 5 minute stroll to centre of Queenstown
Accommodation :: Queenstown
“Excellent accommodation, exceptional hospitality”
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: email@example.com www.cranbury.co.nz NZ Tourism Gold Member, ENJO Chemical Free Cleaning See ad this page and map page 2
KIDS STAY AND EAT FREE!** FREEPHONE 0800 154 181
holidayinn.com/queenstown *Conditions apply. See listing for details
Plan your next family holiday with... 19-23 GORGE ROAD, QUEENSTOWN, NZ +64 3 442 6483 | firstname.lastname@example.org | cranbury.co.nz
Accommodation :: Queenstown
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 P: 03 442 7750 E: email@example.com www.accorhotels.com See ad this page and map page 4
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theglebe.co.nz See ad this page and map page 2 HOLIDAY INN QUEENSTOWN Your home away from home, where kids stay and eat free!* A friendly family hotel with spacious rooms, bar, 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 10 minutes from The Remarkables access road or central Queenstown. *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 www.holidayinn.com/ queenstown See ad this page.
At Novotel, children stay for free
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* Conditions apply. See novotel.com for full list of terms and conditions.
APARTMENTS & PENTHOUSES
Freephone 0800 484 345
Accommodation :: Queenstown 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 GARDEN COURT SUITES AND APARTMENTS Ideal for families and only 5 minutes stroll to town centre and lakefront. Quality, self-contained one, two or three-bedroom apartments (sleeps 1–8) to suit your family’s needs and budget. Includes kitchen, laundry, spa bath, SKY TV, DVD, free WiFi, courtyard/balcony, and free parking. Children’s games and tour desk at reception, private spa onsite and breakfast room serving continental breakfast. 41 Frankton Rd, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 9713 Freephone: 0800 GARDEN (427 336) Email: email@example.com www.gardencourt.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+, Mainstay See ad this page and map page 2
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
YHA QUEENSTOWN LAKEFRONT Absolute lakefront location! Comfortable, fully-equipped lakefront hostel, ten minutes flat walk from Central Queenstown. A quiet hostel offering rooms with 2-6 beds so you can keep the family together in privacy. There's also a self-contained 2 bedroom family apartment with kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Hostel facilities include WiFi, lounge, TV room, kitchen, library and laundry. Opposite lakeshore, BBQs and playground. 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown Phone: +64 3 442 8413 E: email@example.com www.yha.co.nz Qualmark: 5 Star, Gold Sustainable
Accommodation :: Wanaka and Te Anau
TE ANAU ACCOMMODATION
WANAKA KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS Family and child friendly, our facilities include dedicated parents' bathroom with change table, two playgrounds and a trampoline plus family spa pools and sauna. Campervan sites, self-contained motel units and 3-bedroom house. Bike hire for the whole family; ‘tag along’, wee ride seat, child carriers, mountain buggy and backpacks. Ask about our ‘kiwi partner card’ for discounts in town at selected stores. 263 Studholme Road North, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7766 Freephone: 0800 229 8439 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wanakakiwiholidaypark.nz Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Qualmark 4 star+ Holiday Park Qualmark 3 star+ Motels
HERE’S WHY OUR PARK IS A HIT WITH KIDS!
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 and Treble Cone. Accommodation includes camping, cabins and self-contained units with up to two bedrooms, sleeping up to seven people. All units include kitchen and bathroom. WiFi and internet onsite. Swimming pool (summer only), spa pool, playground and bikes for hire.
GETAWAY TE ANAU HOLIDAY PARK AND APARTMENTS Te Anau's only 5 star holiday park has an unbeatable central location right in town, overlooking the lake! Comfortable accommodation from campsites to family cabins and self-contained motels. Our kids’ facilities make this a first choice for families: kids games room, toddlers' play area, jumping pillow, movie nights during school holidays, Go-Karts and bicycles and extensive kids playground. Our freshwater hot tubs overlooking Lake Te Anau are available for private use. 128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7462 Freephone: 0800 249 746 Email: email@example.com www.getawayteanau.co.nz
217 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd Phone: +64 3 443 7360 Freephone: 0508 WANAKA (0508 926 252) E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtaspiringholidaypark.co.nz See map page 58 FAIRWAY MOTEL Comfortable, affordable family motel/apartments. Just a short walk from the lakefront, Fairway Motel is a great base offering selfcontained studios with kitchenettes, as well as one and two-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchen and internal laundry. Onsite facilities include trampoline, BBQ, outdoor swimming pool (1 Dec-31 March) and bike/ski storage. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. 2 MacPherson Street, Wanaka Phone: +64 3 443 7285 Freephone: 0800 324 792 Email: email@example.com www.fairwaymotel.co.nz See map page 58
* Jumping pillow * Adventure playground * Giant chess * Kids’ go kart hire * Kids’ bikes * Kidz Zone games room * Toddlers’ corner * Movie nights * Pet lambs (in spring) * School holiday activities * Hot tub with lake view * Family deals getawayteanau.co.nz
TE ANAU YHA Unique, homely, cosy........................... accommodation just a block from Lake Te Anau. There's plenty to entertain with our overflowing games cupboard, book exchange, free DVD hire and 2GB free WiFi per day. Accommodation includes doubles, small share dormitories, and rooms with ensuites. YHA Te Anau also has a self-contained twobedroom house that is ideal for families. Book the whole house or just one room. 29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau Phone: +64 3 249 7847 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.yha.co.nz Qualmark 4 star+ backpacker, Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award www.KidzGo.co.nz
80 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.
CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. See page 9
THE REMARKABLES AND CORONET PEAK Kids 5 years and under receive FREE day lift passes. See page 9
Book online – use discount code: 'kidsgo' to save 10% on your booking (applies to Fun Zone, snowshoeing and cross country ski beginners lesson packages). See p 10
ONE STOP RENTAL
20% discount off ski, snowboard and clothing rental with Kidz Go voucher. See page 11
FAMILY DEAL: 10% discount when you mention Kidz Go. See page 11
ODYSSEY SENSORY MAZE
Free gift with purchase when you mention Kidz Go. Conditions apply. FAMILY PASS $99 See page 18
Free popcorn or slushy with each ticket purchase when you mention Kidz Go. See page 19
FEAR FACTORY QUEENSTOWN Family Deal: $99 (2 adults and 2 children). Child is 15 and under. See page 21
QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA FAMILY DEAL: $68 (2 adults and 2 children) Includes skate hire. See page 22
MINUS 5° ICE BAR
Kids go FREE! One child (17 years and under) goes free with each paying adult with colour ad voucher. Plus Family Passes available. See p24
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. Plus Family Passes available. See p24
UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY FAMILY PASS: $20 (2 adults + 2 children, Kids Go FREE!) See p24
KIWI BIRDLIFE PARK
Kids go FREE! One child goes free with each paying adult when you mention Kidz Go. See page 28
SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES FARM EXPERIENCE OR LAKE CRUISE
Kids go FREE during NZ & Australia school holidays with farepaying adults. Conditions apply. See p29
GLENORCHY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE
FAMILY PASS: $50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) See p30
FAMILY DEAL: $307 for 2 ad + 2 ch (save $101) includes family photo & FREE entry into Underwater Observatory. School Holidays: 1 child FREE with every paying adult! See page 32
SKIPPERS CANYON JET
First child goes FREE with two paying adults! Save $85. See page 33
GO ORANGE - THUNDER JET
ONLY $236 to take the whole family on a fast, action Jet Boat ride! (2 adult + 2 children) See page 33
SEGWAY ON Q
KIDZ GO DEAL: save up to $79 with our family packs! Child is 15 and under. See page 34
Family Deal – 4-line Moa Tour: $399 for two adults and two children – save $89, additional child $80 See page 35.
Family Discounts and Deals
SHOTOVER CANYON SWING and CANYON FOX Fox Group Deals. Check out our website for details. See p36
Family half-day snowshoeing experience $499 Save $97 (2 adults + 2 children) See page 36
IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING
TRANSPORT & TOY MUSEUM FAMILY DEAL: $45 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. See page 60
WARBIRDS AND WHEELS
FAMILY DEAL: $45 for 2 adults and unlimited children from the same family. See page 60
WANAKA FAMILY SNOWSHOEING
FAMILY PACKAGE: $595 for 10 flights – equivalent to 15 freefalls from 12,000 ft. Can be shared between up to 5 family members. See page 37
Family half-day snowshoeing experience $499 Save $97 (2 adults + 2 children) See page 61
NZ SNOWSHOE – SNOW PLAY
ERIKS FISH AND CHIPS WANAKA
Family Deal: With every full paying adult ONE child will receive a 50% discount – save $53 See page 38
OFF ROAD ADVENTURES
$50 discount for kids under 12 years on our 9am Quad Bike Tour and ½ price on our 4x4 Scenic and Lord of the Rings Tour! See page 38
LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM FAMILY PASS: $20 (2 adults + 2 children, Kids Go FREE!) See page 41
Get a free awesome Green Screen photo plus fourth child goes FREE when you mention Kidz Go! See page 49
ERIKS FISH AND CHIPS QUEENSTOWN FAMILY MEAL DEALS: $30 See p51
THE BALLARAT TRADING CO.
Kids' meals from $5 (inc. fizzy drink) all day every day. See page 52
QUEENSTOWN WHOLEFOODS Organic fruit and vegetable baskets. FREE DELIVERY OVER $20 See p57
Illusion Rooms + Great Maze Family Pass: $69 (2 adults + 2 children, child is 5-15 years). See page 59
FAMILY MEAL DEALS: $28.50 See p64
FIORDLAND JET GRILL THE RANCH BAR AND
FAMILY Puredrink Wilderness Trip main – 2ndmeal childwhen goes FREE kids'DEAL: or adults' with your FREE when you mention Kidz Go! Save $70 you mention Kidz Go. Seepage page77 68 See
Mention KIDZ GO for a free kids’ or adults’ drink with your main meal. See page 69
MILFORD SOUND: Kids go FREE on selected cruises during NZ and Australia school holidays. Conditions apply. See page 71
MITRE PEAK CRUISES
Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZSchool holidays. Valid on 9.55am & 3.15pm cruises only. Must be with full fare-paying adult (max 2). See page 72
MILFORD SOUND: School aged children travel FREE during NZ school holidays. Conditions apply. Offer available when you book in-store. See page 72
NOVOTEL QUEENSTOWN HOTEL FREE accommodation for kids OR 50% off the 2nd room PLUS FREE breakfast for 2 children under 16! See page 77
HOLIDAY INN QUEENSTOWN
Kids 12 and under stay free when sharing their parents’ room. Up to four kids ages 12 and under eat free! See page 76
82 Kidz Go Index SNOW INFORMATION Ski Fields Cardrona Alpine Resort Coronet Peak The Remarkables Snow Farm Hiring Gear Browns Ski Shop Green Toad – Queenstown Green Toad – Wanaka One Stop Ski & Snowboard Rental Snow Transport Queenstown Taxis Snow Shuttles Private Transport Yello! Mountain Transport – Wanaka ACTIVITIES Queenstown Alpine Aqualand Around the Basin Bike Queenstown Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Basecamp Adventures - Family Snowshoeing Basecamp Adventures - Queenstown Climbing Centre Bead Shop Below Zero Ice Bar Bodhi Trout Fly Fishing Adventure Buzzstop Honey Centre Chargeabout Electric Bikes Chipmunks Playland Dorothy Browns Cinema, Bar & Bookstore Escape Quest Fear Factory Queenstown Game Over Queenstown Glenorchy Animal Experience Go Orange Thunder Jet iFly Indoor Skydiving Kiwi Birdlife Park KJet Lakes District Museum and Information Centre Minus 5° ICEBAR NZ Snowshoe Snow Play Odyssey Sensory Maze Off Road Adventures – 4WD and Quad Bike Tours Paintball Central Queenstown Ice Arena Reading Cinema Rockatipu Climbing Wall Segway on Q Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox Site Trampoline Skippers Canyon Jet Snow Farm Fun Zone Southern Discoveries – Mt Nicholas Farm Experience THRILLZONE – a world of thrills! Underwater Observatory Ziptrek Ecotours Wanaka Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Cinema Paradiso Basecamp Adventures - Clip 'n Climb Basecamp Adventures - Family Snowshoeing Go Jets Hook 'Lake to Plate' National Transport and Toy Museum Paintball Central Puzzling World
9 9 9 10 11 11 15 11 13 13 15
25 44 30 36 27 22 24 37 25 45 26 41 20 21 26 30 32 37 28 32 41 24 38 18 38 35 23 22 25 34 36 27 33 10 29 19 24 35 61 59 59 61 62 61 60 62 59
Realm Virtual Reality Experience Wanaka Recreation Centre and Pool Warbirds & Wheels
60 62 60
Fiordland Cruise Te Anau Fiordland Jet Go Orange Milford Sound Cruise Mitre Peak Cruises Southern Discoveries and Milford Discovery Centre
68 68 72 72 71
ACCOMMODATION Queenstown / Arrowtown / Glenorchy Arrowtown Holiday Park Blue Peaks Apartments and Lodge Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat Cranbury Court Apartments Garden Court Apartments The Glebe Apartments and Penthouse Suites Highview Apartments Holiday Inn Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Platinum Queenstown Wanaka Fairway Motel Mt Aspiring Holiday Park Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels Te Anau Getaway Te Anau Holiday Park and Apartments
74 75 74 76 78 77 74 76 77 78 79 79 79 79
CAFÉS / RESTAURANTS Queenstown / Arrowtown Balls and Bangles Ballarat Trading Co. Erik's Fish & Chips The Fat Lamb FINZ Queenstown Ice Arena café Lord of the Fries Pedro's House of Lamb Public Kitchen and Bar Thai2Go Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar Zambrero
52 54 51 55 54 54 53 52 55 51 52 53
Wanaka Cinema Paradiso café Erik's Fish & Chips Hook 'Lake to Plate' Red Star Burger Bar Warbirds & Wheels Diner
65 64 65 64 64
Te Anau The Ranch The Fat Duck Gastropub
THE KIDS’ DIRECTORY Kidz Club Mamas Childcare True Kiwi Play
49 49 49
FAMILY SHOPPING AND SERVICES Fresh Choice Supermarket Mrs Woolly's General Store Queenstown Wholefoods Remarkables Park Town Centre Remarkable Sweet Shop Arrowtown Remarkable Sweet Shop Queenstown Rockies Childrenswear
56 57 57 57 41 56 56
Mitre Peak (1692 metres)
Milford Track 3-4 day walk
Te Anau Downs
To Milford Sound (120 km / 2 hours)
To Queenstown (170 km / 2 hrs 15 mins)
Lake Te Anau
22km / 20 mins from Te Anau
❄ Caples Track
Dart Track To Mt Aspiring (3033 metres)
Skippers Canyon Jet
Ben Lomond (1748 metres)
Coronet Peak Arrowtown
Lake 6 Dunstan
The Snow Farm
To Hawea Lake The West Coast Wanaka Hawea 6
To Mt Cook and Christchurch
Crown Range Road
Cardrona Alpine Resort
13 Lake Hayes
Skippers Canyon Road (4WD only)
Glenorchy See p42
Mt. Nicholas High Country Station
Unsealed Road Alpine Route: Expect ice and snow in winter.
In Kilometres from Queenstown to... Arrowtown.................................... 20 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
skiing with kidS at a glance... see page 14 for more information
Cardrona Alpine Resort PENGI’S NURSERY AND SKI KINDY (3 months-5 years) * experienced teachers * fully-licensed Early Childhood Centre. * indoor activities and meals plus ski lessons in outdoor play zone. KIDS’ SNOW SPORTS SCHOOL (5-14 years) * full-day lessons + lunch. * flexi half-day options. KIDS’ ADVENTURE PROGRAMMES (5-14 years) * four days of lessons, lunch and activities. * runs weekly.
BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION cardrona.com
MINI KEA (4-5 years) * supervised, licensed childcare. * playtime in the snow
SKIWILAND EARLY LEARNING CENTRES (3 months-5 years) * half or full day supervised, licensed childcare. * optional ski lesson from 3 years
LESSONS AND BEGINNER PACKAGES * casual lessons available daily for children and adults.
KEA CLUB (5-17 years) * full-day lessons + lunch. * early drop-off available. * ski 5-17 years. * snowboard 7-17 years. SNOW SPORTS ACADEMY (6-17 years) * for budding freestyle snowsports athletes. FAMILY LEARNER EXPERIENCE Spend the day with one of our instructors, exclusive to your family.
BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION NZSKI.COM
KEA CLUB (5-17 years) * full-day lessons + lunch. * early drop-off available. * ski 5-17 years. * snowboard 7-17 years. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (5-15 years) * five-day programmes during NZ holidays. FAMILY LEARNER EXPERIENCE Spend the day with one of our instructors, exclusive to your family.
BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION NZSKI.COM
PRIVATE FAMILY LESSONS * experience crosscountry skiing together for the first time! MERINO LAMBS (3-5 years) * Saturday mornings. * games, fun and fitness. MINI MERINO (6-12 years) * Saturdays * technique, exploring and looking after eachother.
BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION SNOWFARMNZ. COM
Photo credit: Cardrona Alpine Resort©
Family travel guide to Queenstown New Zealand. All you need for your family snow holiday in Queenstown or Wanaka. Includes hundreds of fam...
Published on May 2, 2019
Family travel guide to Queenstown New Zealand. All you need for your family snow holiday in Queenstown or Wanaka. Includes hundreds of fam...