Queenstown New Zealand


Queenstown is full of activities that are perfect for children and adults alike. There is so much natural beauty at your hotel’s doorstep and you’d be crazy to not make the most of it! From hiking to horse riding, Queenstown really is the ideal family getaway. So, here’s Shotover Jet’s list of things to do as a family in Queenstown:


When you think of New Zealand what comes to mind? For most, a picture of a herd of sheep against a backdrop of majestic mountains would be your best bet. Farm tours prove to be a great experience for young children as they have the chance to meet the sheep up-close, feed them and learn about life on the farm. It’s an incredible experience to watch the animals grazing the paddocks, and if you’re lucky, even see the sheep dogs in action. 

Sheep shearing demonstration at Agrodome


Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu which makes it a perfect destination for all sorts of fun-packed water activities. From jetboating to paddle boarding to kayaking, Queenstown boasts an endless array of options for those of you who are water-lovers. One of the must-do activities from this list would be jetboating in the Shotover River Canyons. We guarantee you will be thrilled as you jet through the Shotover Rivers’ dramatic and narrow canyons. Why not take advantage of our family discount with the Shotover Jet Family Pass while you’re at it?

Shotover Jet speeding through the Shotover Canyons


The Queenstown trail is one of New Zealand’s most well-known and most-accessible trails. Known for its jaw-dropping views, the Queenstown trail follows the edge of Lake Wakatipu and there are even café’s you can stop at along the journey.

For the more adventurous types, walk in the footsteps of the Maori with a guided walk through the Routeburn Track with Guided Walks New Zealand for a truly memorable experience!

Guided walks


Holidays call for new adventures, for some families this looks like bungy jumping and skydiving, for others it looks like kayaking and scenic trails. Horse riding strikes a good balance of comfort and thrill and is an option for anyone from beginner to expert. Dart River Adventure’s horse rides cater for your level of confidence with 1 hour or 2-hour sessions. You can even book a jet boat ride and a kayak with them while you’re at it!

Dart River Adventure horse riding guided tours


The backdrop of famous blockbusters such as Narnia and Lord of the Rings are located at a nearby town called Glenorchy. Many tours start from Queenstown with helpful guides who offer insight into the area and why it’s become such an iconic landscape. Of course, if you would rather go at your own pace you can opt to discover the region on your own. It will surely be a picnic for the family to remember.

Queenstown is hands-down one of the most awe-striking wonders nature has to offer and it is an unforgettable destination to explore with your loved ones. We hope Queenstown becomes a place where memories are made and cherished for you and your family.

Interested in experiencing Shotover Jet with your family? Book a Shotover Jet Family Pass today and save big on your booking!