As Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, families will have no trouble finding something in every corner of this beautiful, magnificent town.
Photos by The Rees, IHG, Kamana, Queenstown NZ, Joe’s Garage, Balls and Bangles, Eichardt’s, Real Journeys, Skyline, and Milford Sound.
The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments
Spacious for the kids to roam and luxurious for the parents to sit back and relax, The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments has young families in mind with its various choices of accommodation: a room, an apartment, or a villa, to suit your needs. After a long day venturing around Queenstown, prepare to be welcomed by its warm and helpful staff so you can truly unwind and have a good time.
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
When travelling with young kids, a convenient location and easy access to restaurants and shops are key for a more pleasant family trip. This hotel is located within walking distance of Queenstown’s main streets and public transportation, ensuring you really are in the centre of the action. You won’t need to sacrifice the spectacular views for its central location, just step out onto your balcony and you will be greeted to the sight of Queenstown’s finest.
If there is one thing to check off your bucket list in Queenstown, it’s definitely eating at Fergburger. You can’t miss this establishment, just spot and join the queue that forms around the place, no matter the time of the day, even though they are open 21 hours a day, every day. It can be difficult to choose from their mouth-watering menu but worry not, everything is phenomenal and you can’t help but to come back for more.
You know how good a place is when it’s visited by locals and travellers side by side and Joe’s Garage is exactly that. It’s your go-to place when you and your family are looking for a laid back vibe and crave a delicious, hearty and comfortable meal anytime of the day. Try their pikelets (pancake) for something sweet or Gorgeous George for something savory. To close things off, make sure you try their cup of joe before you leave!
Balls and Bangles
Beware the sugar rush because kids and adults alike will absolutely love to indulge their sweet tooth at Balls and Bangles where the specialties are homemade donuts and bagels, freshly baked everyday. Their creations are as scrumptious as they look and you just know that this family bakery really does bake from the heart.
If you are looking for a Queenstown icon, then look no further than Eichardt’s Bar whose doors have been open since 1867. Taste the fresh, high quality and locally-sourced ingredients through their tapas-style food, it never disappoints. Plus, don’t forget to try their infamous seafood chowder and beef cheek. With its long history and unique homely setting, you and your family are in for a good time.
Queenstown is home to numerous local creatives and Remarkables Market is where they gather every Saturday. Find a high-quality selection of 100% New Zealand-made products, such as food, art and gifts to take home, or simply enjoy a relaxed family Saturday brunch overlooking the mountains. For the kids, there are plenty of activities that will keep them busy around the market and smiling from ear to ear. It is truly a remarkable place to experience the local Queenstown community.
The Bead Shop
If your kids love art activities or you are someone who likes to create a warm, personalized gift for your loved ones, do stop by The Bead Shop. A quaint little place tucked on the outskirts of Queensland, you can choose from their beautifully designed beads or make your own with their welcoming staff happy to help you out. This can be a great downtime from all the adventures Queenstown has to offer.
Choo Choo, Get on the Steamship!
Board the TSS Earnslaw, an iconic steamship built in 1912, and sail around Lake Wakatipu with its dramatic view of the mountains. The trip is essential to your Queenstown trip as it offers yet another perspective to this majestic town. During your time on board, you and your family can take a peek in the engine room, flick through the historical photo collection, or simply sit back and enjoy the view. It is an exceptional experience for all ages.
Visit the Majestic Milford Sound
For those who are patient, the beauty of Milford Sound awaits. It takes a whole day to reach this remote town but you will be greeted by dramatic fiords and rumbling waterfalls creating almost a mythical beauty the like of which you will never have seen before. It is a sight to behold for the young and old. Explore the area through a day-cruise, kayak or, if you don’t mind the splurge, a helicopter. Milford Sound is a sight you will never forget.
See the Sheep
Did we mention that you can stop by Walter Peak Farm on your TSS Earnslaw steamship trip? It’s the perfect day trip to explore New Zealand’s farming culture. There are many interactive activities such as feeding and shearing the sheep, which the kids will love. After a delicious lunch, you can stroll the gardens and relax by the water. All in all, it makes for a perfect relaxing afternoon for the family.
Speed Up on a Luge
You’ve explored Lake Wakatipu on a boat, now it’s time to see it from above! Take a scenic gondola trip up to Bob’s Peak and glide down the track on a luge. You can choose the more leisurely track, a steeper one, or both, because the feel when you ride down as you overlook Queenstown is so exhilarating you can’t help but take more rides. The Skyline Luge is certainly a wonderful activity for everyone.