Best family activities South Island New Zealand
1. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools – Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs is a great place for families – the adults can kick back and relax in the numerous geothermal pools and the kids can have a blast on the slides and rides – great fun for the whole family. Located just north of Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is a cool place to relax, unwind and enjoy some stunning views of the Southern Alps.
2. International Antarctic Centre – Christchurch
One of our favourite places to visit for families in the South Island is the International Antarctic Centre. Considered the world’s best Antarctic showcase, the whole of Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre space is a working example of the Antarctic. Families don’t just step into another display or exhibition; they step into a virtual recreation of the Antarctic climate itself including a snow and ice experience and a chance to ride on a Hagglund.
3. Jet Boating – Queenstown
Jet Boating is another Kiwi invention and there’s no more exhilarating an experience than being aboard one of these fast-moving and highly manoeuvrable boats in the shallowest of waters. Queenstown is the original home to jet boating in New Zealand and the Shotover Jet is still one of the best out there. GO Rentals customers can get discounts at a number of jet boat providers throughout the country including Shotover Jet.
4. Mt John Observatory – Tekapo
When it comes to stargazing, there are few better places in the world than New Zealand. The Mackenzie region is an International Dark Sky Reserve and home to the Mt John Observatory in Tekapo. It’s an amazing place to visit during the day with stunning views across the lake but it comes to life at night when you can visit the observatory and check out the night sky in all its glory – the kids and adults alike will be awe-struck.
5. Puzzling World – Wanaka
For over forty-five years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality. Families can spend hours here and you will never forget your Puzzling World experience!