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Published January 9th 2016
Top ten experiences for all the family to enjoy
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Skyline Gondola - Image taken by writer


The stunning mountains, rivers and lakes around Queenstown make it the perfect place for a family holiday at any time of year. There are over 150 adrenalin-packed activities to keep everyone entertained, including skiing during winter and mountain biking during summer.

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Jelly Bean Shop - Skyline Gondola - Image taken by writer


Here are my top ten activities for families heading to Queenstown. (This list is not exhaustive, but might be a good starting point for making the most of your precious holiday time.)

1. Skyline Gondola

Riding the iconic Skyline Gondola is the best way to orient oneself with the area, and the view from the top is unforgettable. Snacks are also available at the café and there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around. Take the opportunity to wander through the Douglas Fir forest or make the trip at night to join the child friendly star gazing tour.

2. Skyline Luge:

This gravity powered ride has two different tracks (one slow and one fast) for young and old to enjoy on their way down the mountain. Smaller kids can ride tandem, while children taller than 110cm are permitted to ride their own luge, which have a totally safe steering and braking system.

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Skyline Luge - Image taken by writer


3. Ziptrek Ecotours:

Zip from tree to tree for an amazing bird's eye view of Queenstown. The tour begins from the Ziptrek Treehouse at the top of the Skyline Gondola and takes you whizzing through the trees back to the bottom of the hill.

4. Walter Peak Farm Tour:

Take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm on the heritage steamboat, TSS Earnslaw. I highly recommend the barbecue lunch, followed by the farm tour, which includes a real sheep shearing demonstration.

5. Shotover Jet:

The whole family will never forget speeding up the Shotover River in a jet boat which spins 360 degrees along the way. This is a lot of fun and a really exciting day out.

6. Parasailing:

Float quietly above Lake Wakatipu without even getting wet. Parasailing is a stunning way to see Queenstown and tandem parasailing rides make it an activity all the family can easily experience.

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7. Bike Hire:

Hire a tandem bike or a mountain bike and head out onto the Queenstown trails, which range from flat to advanced. There are many hire shops around town, and Queenstown Bike Park has 30 kms of downhill tracks to explore.

8. Segway Tours:

Take a spin around Queenstown's streets and laneways on a self balancing segway. This is a great way for older children to see the sights without any complaining.

9. Bungy Jumping:

Brave kids over eight might look forward to plunging off a Queenstown bridge into the abyss. Bungy jumping was invented by AJ Hackett at the Kawarau Bungy Centre and entry is free for observers.

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Frisbee golf - Image taken by writer


10. Frisbee Golf:

Play a round of Frisbee golf on the 18 hole course which passes through the Queenstown Botanic Gardens. The Frisbee golf course is a free activity - all you need is a Frisbee.
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