As the Adventure Capital of the World, Tahuna Queenstown is a playground for the whole family, set against one of New Zealand’s most spectacular backdrops. A prime way to experience that awe-inspiring backdrop is by whizzing past the mountains and lake views on a zipline through the forest canopy.
Eco-tourism hosts, Ziptrek, offer four tours that start near the Skyline Gondola. For the apprehensive adventurer, choose the intro Moa tour. For the risk-taker, book the all-encompassing Kea adventure and whizz back to central Queenstown down the world’s steepest zipline.
The luge is another popular Queenstown attraction for the whole tribe. The kids will love the go karting action; the adults, the outstanding Queenstown view. If you’re an active bunch, walk the steep Tiki Trail to the luge track. Alternatively, the Skyline Gondola gets you there without exertion.
If anyone in your family is a Lord of the Rings fan, Queenstown and its surrounds have multiple filming spots to discover (or re-enact) those iconic scenes from the franchise. While you can DIY a road trip to see them all, a tour offers a more effortless day out.
Recreate the scenes from Isengard, Amon Hen, and Lothlorien Forest on this half-day adventure. Alternatively, this 4WD tour includes Lord of the Rings highlights and an opportunity to try panning for gold (and keep what you find).
For rainy/snowy days, the iFly, located in central Queenstown, offers the best bad-weather activity: indoor skydiving! Forget the terror of jumping 5,000 metres from a plane, this is a thrilling and safe way to try your hand at skydiving, and it’s suitable for everyone from five to 105.