Queenstown
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Our most recommended Queenstown Children's Activities

Queenstown: Time Tripper Underwater Experience

1. Queenstown: Time Tripper Underwater Experience

Take the stairs down under Lake Wakatipu and travel back to the beginning of time. Time Tripper is a 14-minute state-of-the-art animated show that takes you back 90 million years ago to what Queenstown was like all those years ago. Your time-travel pilot will guide you through the time of the dinosaurs, taking you back to when New Zealand was formed and flying you deep into the earth to when the Southern Alps were created. Ending in present-day Queenstown, you'll then experience activities all from the comfort of your seat. Following your informative session, you'll enjoy 10-15 minutes of underwater viewing during which you can see the famous diving ducks, slinky eels, and trout that lie beneath. This approximately 30-minute activity is Queenstown’s only underwater experience, blasting off every half hour from the Main Town Pier.

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Queenstown: Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

2. Queenstown: Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during an authentic jet boat adventure across Lake Wakatipu and along the historic Kawarau River. Choose from a 25-minute or 1-hour experience and spend more time on the water with a convenient departure right from the heart of Queenstown. Depart from Thunder Bay next to Steamer Wharf in the heart of Queenstown and travel far up the Kawarau River, covering a distance of 47 km. Along the way, listen to interesting commentary from your experienced driver. After getting equipped with a life jacket and spray jacket, climb on board and experience exhilarating 360-degree spins, skimming the water at speeds of up to 95 km/hour.  Then, travel down the river where it is calmest, even when the lake is rough. Take your camera along to capture the stunning scenery of your jet boat experience with frequent photo opportunities.

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Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

3. Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Take a scenic flight over the mountains and valleys of South Island, and appreciate the beauty of the dramatic landscape between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Get back to nature in Fiordland National Park, known for its glacier-carved fjords and magnificent beech forest. Climb aboard the Spirit of Milford catamaran, and explore the legendary body of water for 2 hours. Marvel at the flora and fauna, and get up close to native wildlife, including rare Fiordland crested penguins in the Spring and Fall. Appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs rising hundreds of meters from the water. Get within touching distance of impressive geological features, and feel the full force from the powerful Stirling Falls. Join the skipper on the bridge for a bird's-eye view, and to discover how the boat operates.

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Thrillzone Queenstown: Multiplayer Virtual Reality

4. Thrillzone Queenstown: Multiplayer Virtual Reality

See, move and feel the dimensions of virtual reality in a completely immersive and realistic way while your body becomes the controller and your mind believes it’s real. Hologate VR lets you live the adventure. Find yourself in the middle of a massive snowball fight, competing on a challenging rhythm and beat battle, or trying to survive a zombie attack together with your friends. There’s something for everyone with this state-of-the-art VR technology that allows you to play together or even against your team.

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Queenstown: Augmented Reality Escape Game

5. Queenstown: Augmented Reality Escape Game

Enjoy a challenging next-level combination of scavenger hunt, escape room, and augmented reality on this adventure around beautiful Queenstown. In this outdoor game you will play puzzles and crack codes. Experience augmented reality and geolocation technology, without the confines of a physical room. Work together as a team and solve the mystery before time runs out. Challenges and tasks await you along the way.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 131 reviews

We took our children, age 3 and 6, out for a 25 minute trip. They had a blast. It was just the right amount of time for kids their age.

The was fun, the driver was engaging, and the scenery was stunning. This is a must-do for anyone coming to Queenstown.

Awesome experience, wanted to go back for more but unfortunately time did not allow it.

Best experience ever. Highly recommend. The boat driver Josh we had was awesome.

Great host, great experience! Would highly recommend.