Rainy Day Activities in Queenstown
In a country as rich in forests and farmland as New Zealand, it’s no secret that you can expect some rain from time to time. Queenstown is no exception, but in the most touristy town in the South Island, you can be sure that there are things to do in Queenstown on a rainy day!
The thrills of the “Adrenaline Capital of New Zealand” are ideal on the rivers with white water rafting and sledging – you’re going to get wet anyway! Otherwise, Queenstown has a great variety of indoor activities, from go-karting to a sensory maze.
When you’re really trying to save the cents, just keep out of the rain in one of the many bars or make some friends in your hostel over some good old card games! So don’t just sit around on a rainy day in Queenstown: do something awesome!
1. Check Out the Awesome Food That Queenstown Has to Offer
Get out of the rain and watch the weather pass on Lake Wakatipu from the top of the Gondola. You will have prime viewing position to see the mesmerizing New Zealand weather in action, plus there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Skyline Gondola – check it out on Viator and Tripadvisor! If you are after a more refined foody experience, there are some amazing food and wine tours that will take you from one cellar to another to sample the best wines that the region has to offer. Check out Queenstown Wine Trail on Viator and Tripadvisor for more information.
2. Go for a Coffee or a Pint
Whatever your poison, Queenstown is likely to have something to suit. Huddle indoors with a warm cup of coffee in the array of cafes in Queenstown. Alternatively, there are plenty of bars should you want something with a bit more of a kick. Either way, you’re sheltered from the rain!
3. Go Go-karting at Game Over
Game Over is an indoor entertainment complex in The Remarkables Park that was built for rainy days! Race your new travel buddies on the track or head into the dinosaur-infested laser-tag room!
4. Do Some White Water Rafting
If you’re not already getting wet from the raging grade 3-5 rapids on the Shotover River, then you’ll definitely be getting wet with all the water jumps and craziness on the Kawarau River. Let’s be honest, you’re going to get wet when white water rafting anyway, so you might as well embrace that h2o! Book your rafting experience with Challenge Rafting on Viator or Tripadvisor.
5. Go White Water Sledging
In the same spirit as point 4, you’re going to get wet anyway when doing white water sledging. Your guide will teach you how to handle your river sledge so you can ride the rapids, whirlpools and surf standing waves of the Kawarau River! Book your river sledging adventure with River Boarding New Zealand on Viator or Tripadvisor.
6. Take a Trip to Milford Sound
There are two scenarios that could be happening in Milford Sound while it is raining in Queenstown: it could be raining in Milford Sound, which means more waterfalls or the weather could be completely clear in Milford Sound. It’s a win-win situation here. Drive yourself to Milford Sound or take the stress of driving out of the equation with one of the many bus tours heading to Milford Sound from Queenstown every single day!
For more information, check out our Guide to Milford Sound and the Milford Road.
7. Go Skiing or Snowboarding
If you’re lucky enough to be in Queenstown during the winter season, and it’s raining, chances are that is translating into fresh snow on the mountains. Grab a ski pass and some gear from town and head up to the nearby ski fields and make use of that fresh pow!
8. Practice Some Tricks at SITE Trampoline
An awesome alternative indoor activity to try out is at the SITE Trampoline. Practice those snowboarding tricks on their huge layout of trampolines or just have some simple bouncy fun! It’s a great venue for freestyle training whatever the weather with airbags, super tramp, trampoline park, foam pits, air track, mini ramp and more!
9. Have a Virtual Reality Experience
Step out of reality and into a virtual world at Thrillzone. With a 12D motion theatre, 360-degree virtual reality missions, and drifting go-karts, this place is like a games arcade on steroids! Get your Thrillzone multi-activity pass on Viator or Tripadvisor.
10. Delve into a Sensory Maze
Another indoor attraction perfect for rainy days in Queenstown, the Odyssey Sensory Maze is a labyrinth of rooms of whacky illusions, lights, sound effects, obstacles and strange sensations. Go give it a touch! Book your entry into the Odyssey Sensory on Viator or Tripadvisor.
11. Watch New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year!
We’re all guilty of binge-watching on YouTube. Why not make this a productive binge-watching session with New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year?! Get inspiration for your New Zealand travels by watching these two backpackers tackling 365 Days: 365 Activities in New Zealand?! Don’t forget to subscribe!