New Zealand is famous for gorgeous natural scenery coupled with unique wildlife and a wealth of active pursuits. Enjoy this exciting day in a land down under!
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 8 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: Brecon St, Boydtown 9300, New Zealand
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $42, Children – $21 (all day access, come and go as you like)
Kiwi Birdlife Park is a paradise for birds. Kiwis are flightless birds native to New Zealand. View these amazing birds along with 30 other amazing species extremely up close in their natural habitats. Kiwi feedings are held daily, every two hours. The passionate keepers will amaze visitors with interesting facts about these unique birds. Since Kiwis are nocturnal, the specially designed houses reverse the clock so visitors can see these birds in a simulated night-time setting. Skilled animal keepers present entertaining Conservation Shows about New Zealand’s special wildlife everyday at 11am and 3pm. Visitors of all ages will be amazed at Tane the Tuatara, a living dinosaur! Audio guides, which are included in the admission ticket, allow visitors to hear all about the history behind Kiwi Park and roam the facility at their own pace. Taste delicious homemade treats at Kiwi Cafe and purchase unique Kiwi items at the gift shop.
Your adrenaline will be pumping during this thrilling luge ride. Skyline Luge is suitable for all ages and abilities. Trained luge instructors will provide a full safety briefing to all riders prior to their first luge run. The luge tracks are accessed by a scenic chairlift, providing phenomenal photo opportunities. Riders must ride the Scenic Track first before entering the Advanced Track. The Scenic Track is a leisurely ride while the Advanced Track has steeper gradients and banked corners. Both tracks provide breathtaking views of Queenstown and a memorable luge adventure. The luge carts are equipped with unique braking and steering systems, allowing riders to always be in control.
Address: State Highway 6 Kawarau Gorge Cromwell, New Zealand
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $25, Children – $10
Learn all about the interesting history of gold mining at Goldfields Mining Center. Knowledgeable and friendly staff discuss mining techniques and show a wide range of machinery on this one-hour tour. Visitors follow a track incorporating sites of ground sluicing, early mines and tunnels and the Chinese village. The tour finishes at the Goldfields mine, where the stamper battery is operated to show how gold is extracted by crushing the mined rocks. While commercial mining is not permitted, gold fossicking is and many visitors find gold in the soil. Visitors are able to bring home any pieces of gold they find, some pieces are worth a fortune! Stop by the the Visitor Center for homemade treats and refreshments and visit the the Gold Gallery for local jewelry and souvenirs.