Make your next family ski holiday a breeze - here are Cardrona's top picks for kid-friendly activities in the spring school holidays in Queenstown & Wanaka.
Here at Cardrona, not only do we love our maunga (mountain), we also love the two towns that send us adventure seekers, fresh air enthusiasts, foodies & all types of family fun finders – Queenstown & Wanaka.
Even though we’re obviously big fans of winter, we adore the changing seasons & all they have to offer. Spring brings with it warmer weather & great snow conditions. It also opens up opportunities to explore the region around Cardrona Alpine Resort. Let’s look at our top picks for what to do in the spring school holidays in Queenstown & Wanaka. There’s something for everyone!
It goes without saying that spring is a great time to ride. The queues are shorter, the snow softer & the weather warmer.
We could write a whole book on the short walks around Wanaka & Queenstown, but with the kids you’ll want to check out the Kelvin Heights & Arrowtown loop tracks. These are both about 4km long & relatively flat. On the other side of the Crown Range try the Outlet Track, a mellow trail running along the picturesque Clutha River (Mata-Au).
That’s right, you can do it all in spring! Pack your skis or board & your bike to enjoy the plentiful family-friendly trails around the area. Get in some practice before the Summer mountain biking season kicks in (Cardrona Bike Park opens on December 1).
Visit the local Department of Conservation offices in Wanaka & Queenstown to find out about local flora & fauna & get advice on the many family-friendly outdoor activities in the region. They’ve got some cool displays the kids will love too.
Queenstown is home to the only commercial passenger-carrying, coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere, the TSS Earnslaw. This beauty will take you on a spectacular cruise out to a high country station. There, you’ll get up close to all the farm animals, topped off with a lovely lunch at Walter Peak.
Did you know that on a clear day you can spot Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain, from the top of Cardrona? You don’t have to be able to ski or snowboard to enjoy the alpine environment. Ride McDougall’s Chondola to check all the epic views.
Go faster, go further with the Go Orange Thunder Jet. Adventure down the historic Kawerau River, complete with entertaining local stories, stunning scenery, exhilarating speed, 360° degree spins & more! Add this to your itinerary today.
Wanaka’s iconic Puzzling World is a must do when in this part of New Zealand. Challenge yourself in the maze (no cheating!), gaze at all the wonders of Stuart Landsborough’s imagination & let your mind be blown.
Whizz down the twisting, turning, tubing track on snow at Cardrona. The whole family can have a go at tubing. We dare you not to smile! Make a day of it with a ride on McDougall’s Chondola & lunch at one of the cafés & restaurants in the Base area, or grab a bite & a drink from Vista Bar at the top of the maunga.
With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to pack a scrummy lunch & settle in to one of the incredible viewpoints the Queenstown Lakes District has to offer:
We’re spoilt for choice of great eateries in Wanaka & Queenstown. Take your pick from a number of family-friendly cafés & restaurants:
Central Otago is well known for its wine, so it’s no surprise that there are countless vineyards & watering holes to check out. The sober driver & kids will love these ones...
We could go on… & on & on & on, but that’s probably enough to get you daydreaming about planning your spring school holiday in Wanaka or Queenstown!