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.
Jelly Bean Shop - Skyline Gondola - Image taken by writer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.