The Queenstown region presents a wide range of fun activities for children and families.
We welcome families at Matakauri and can easily arrange an experienced babysitter/nanny to accompany your children to one of the many activities available. Our staff are well-equipped to ensure that your children's stay at our boutique lodge is as enjoyable as your own.
Special children's menus, babysitting services, cots and much more are available.
The ‘Funyak Safari’ is a truly unique adventure that combines
exhilarating wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable
canoes for a fun way to intimately explore magnificent ‘World Heritage’
wilderness within Mt Aspiring National Park. An exhilarating wilderness
jet boat journey, will take you up the channels of the glacier fed Dart
River’s braided river system. The next part of your adventure then
begins and you paddle / drift your own ‘Funyak’ on a fun downstream
journey. Please allow 9hrs for this activity including travelling to and
from Glenorchy. This is a fun activity for children over the age of
Skyline Gondola & Luge
A short stroll from the centre of town, rise high above Queenstown by
gondola to the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak and discover a view
like no other spread out before you in a spectacular panorama. From
Coronet Peak in the north, The Remarkables in the east and across the
deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks in the
south-west, it’s magnificent and awe-inspiring.
The museum is appropriately set in the historic former mining town of
Arrowtown. Established in 1948, the exhibits present an authentic
picture of early Maori in the Southern Lakes District, and of the harsh
pioneering days of the European settlers and the exciting gold rush era
of the mid/late 1800s.
A unique breathtaking ride through the iconic and dramatic narrow canyons of the Shotover River, with full 360 degree spins! This is a fun activity for children over the age of three, a minimum height restriction of 1metre applies.
Earnslaw Cruises & Farm Tours
Enjoy a stately cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Station
on its far shore. Music and viewing of original coal engine fire stoking
en route will fill any spare moment you are not captivated by the
scenery. At Walter Peak station watch a sheep shearing and working dog demonstration, and enjoy a full high tea before re-boarding
for the return journey back to central Queenstown. Expand your afternoon
to include a 40 minute horse trek through Walter Peak Station. These activities are in addition to the cruise ticket prices, please contact Reception for additional rates.
Off Road Adventures - Quad Bike Tours
Enjoy the thrill of the machine and a sense of discovery as you venture
through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery. Experience the
freedom and fresh air as you trail blaze round some of the country’s
best off-road trails on top quality bikes. All riding equipment is
supplied along with passionate, local guides to accompany each small
personable group catering for all riding abilities from beginner to the
This is a fun activity for children over the age of seven.
See the real New Zealand the natural way by riding horseback through
some of the South Island's most spectacular scenery, including riding
through glacier fed rivers with stunning mountain backdrops. Operating all year round with a variety of rides and abilities catered
for, you are guaranteed a personable and enjoyable experience within
small riding groups or private tours. This is a fun activity for
children over the age of seven. Younger children may be accommodated,
based on experience.
Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is a unique attraction specializing
in puzzling eccentricity. For over 35 years this remarkable business
has entertained and amazed visitors of all ages, who have been attracted to this
beautiful part of the world. With the world’s first “modern-styled”
Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a hands on Puzzle Centre, and
eccentric architecture, it is a fantastic afternoon out for everyone.
Have A Shot
Just down the road from Puzzling World are the Have a Shot target
ranges. With archery, clay bird shooting, driving range and target
shooting all in covered pavilions, it is a fantastic wet weather
afternoon for the family. In fine weather you can also enjoy the nerf
cannon “Battlefield” and 18hole Mini Golf course.
This is a fun activity for children over the age of twelve for shooting activities, some parental supervision required.
A variety of spa treatments may be altered for children. These include
massages, facials and pedicures. Please contact Lodge Reception to make