Queenstown Winter Activities

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Queenstown is renowned for it’s world-class ski fields and majestic mountain ranges, so skiers and snow boarders from all over the world head to the adventure capital to enjoy the slopes during winter. If you’re not a skier there are some other great activities and attractions to enjoy in Queenstown, many of which are family friendly.

1. Nomad Safaris Quad Biking

Experience the thrill of quad biking on spectacular Queenstown Hill, with 360 degree panoramic views and over 45kms of off-road terrain. Full training is given by expert guides on a test track before your guided safari begins. Guaranteed fun, safety and adventure for all levels of ability!

ACTIVITY

Nomad Quad Safari

PRICE

$245 (16 yrs+ only)

DURATION

3.5 hours

DEPART

8.30am & 1.30pm

OTHER

Refreshments Included. Includes Helmet, Protective Jacket, Trousers, Boots & Gloves.

COMMENT

“We went on the afternoon quad bike tour and went on a fun trip which included thorough training from knowledgeable friendly guides. The perfect way to witness the spectacular views of the Wakatipu basin.”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 442 6699 / 0800 688 222
Email: itag@nomadsafaris.co.nz
Web: www.nomadsafaris.co.nz

2. Onsen Hotpools

Perfect after busy day in Queenstown. Onsen Hot Pools is located in Arthurs Point, 10 mins from town. High on the cliffs overlooking the Shotover river canyon, soak up the view and surrender yourself to the gentle massage of these unique, private indoor/outdoor hot pools. Unwind. Indulge. Invigorate.

ACTIVITY

Onsen Hot Pools

PRICE

$32 – $46 per person

DURATION

1 hour

START

On the hour or half-past

OTHER

Max 4 people per pool. Children free before 3pm.

COMMENT

“A long soak in these waters was just the ticket, we came out fully relaxed. Each pool is private with its own shower facility. They control the temperature, and you can adjust the lighting and can even open up the door to let the outside in.”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 442 5707
Email: info@onsen.co.nz
Web: www.onsen.co.nz

3. Queenstown Lake Cruises

Cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu on the Queenstown Princess. Explore Frankton Arm, Hidden Island, Cecil Peak and the spectacular Remarkables mountain range. Includes two 360 turns for the ultimate photos and free tea, coffee & biscuit. Also available for private charter.

ACTIVITY

Queenstown Lake Cruise

PRICE

$25 Adult

$16 Child

DURATION

1.5 hours

START

Southern Discoveries Lakefront Kiosk (opposite Patagonia)
Daily: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.00pm

OTHER

Free entry to Queenstown Underwater Observatory

COMMENT

“We had a superb trip. Whether fishing, cruising or BBQing, there is so much room both on deck & inside the cabin area that everybody on board was kept happy. The boat is very impressive and the views from out on the lake just stunning.”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 441 1137 / 0800 264 536
Email: reservations@southerndiscoveries.co.nz
Web: www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz

4. Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on a purpose-built scenic cruise vessel with Real Journeys.

ACTIVITY

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

PRICE

From $75 (Adult)

DURATION

2hrs 15 mins

DEPART

Te Anau

OTHER

‘Kids Go Free’ specials available during New Zealand School Holidays.

COMMENT

“Loved this excursion. A gentle 20 mns trip on beautiful lake Te Anau takes you to amazing caves created by water. You end up on the water in a small boat, in complete darkness and silence, watching amazing glow worms above your head. It felt like floating in space under green stars. Loved it”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 249 6000 / 0800 65 65 01
Email: info@realjourneys.co.nz
Web: www.realjourneys.co.nz

5. Skyline Gondola & Luge

Skyline Queenstown offers awe-inspiring alpine views and entertainment and adventure for the whole family. Take the journey on the iconic Gondola up Bob’s Peak then head back downhill on the thrilling Skyline Luge.

ACTIVITY

PRICE ADULT / CHILD

Gondola (Return)

$26 / $15

Gondola (Return) & 1 Luge Ride

$34 / $24

Gondola (Return) & 2 Luge Rides

$39 / $29

Gondola (Return) & 3 Luge Rides

$44 / $34

Gondola (Return) & 5 Luge Rides

$49 / $39

DEPART

From 10am

OTHER

Child under 110cm – $2 per ride – scenic track with an adult.

COMMENT

“An absolute Queenstown must do, guaranteed to bring out the child in all of us. The tracks offer amazing views and allow you to either cruise sedately or to really go for the wind in your hair thrill factor. You’re in control so it’s your choice.”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 441 0101
Email: queenstownreservations@skyline.co.nz
Web: www.skyline.co.nz

6. Minus 5° Ice Bar

With over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice architecture and temperatures at minus 5° and colder, Minus 5° is an amazing adventure into an unreal frozen world. Dressed like an Eskimo we take you to explore ice furniture, hand made ice carvings and intricately made ice glasses filled with delicious cocktails. Located on the waters edge of Steamer Wharf, right next to the TSS Earnslaw Steamship.

ACTIVITY

PRICE

Standard Entry

$20

Adult + Cocktail

$30

Child + Mocktail

$15

Family Pass

$75 (2 x Cocktails + 2 x Mocktails)

OTHER

Warm jacket, gloves and boots supplied. Fully licensed, tours available, child friendly.

COMMENT

“Perhaps the most unique bar you’ll ever have a drink in. Everything is made of ice – by everything, I mean EVERYTHING! The walls, the seats, the glasses, the bar, the windows! Open all year and kept refrigerated inside – they provide warm clothes too.”

CONTACT DETAILS

(03) 442 6050
Web: www.minus5icebar.com

Prices and activities available correct at time of publishing. Some activities are seasonal. Please check company websites for up to date pricing and activity availability.

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