Ski Season has just kicked off in Queenstown which means the entire town is in a snow junkie buzz! For those of us that may not have the energy (possibly after a big night out or a sheer fear of the snow), here are some great things to do in Queenstown on a rainy day or if you just want to do something indoors!
1. Reading Cinema
Waiting out the rain while stuffing yourself with buttery popcorn, sweet snacks, and watching a new movie is never a bad choice. To catch a movie in Queenstown, head to Reading Cinema located on Mall Street. They have multiple films a day and have the Titan XE Theater with has amazing sound and a gigantic screen.
2. Onsen Hot Pools
Did someone say private jacuzzi? Yes we did! If you're feeling a little lazy or nursing a typical Queenstown hangover, then head to the Onsen Pools. The pools sit within a private timber retreat coupled with your very own bathroom and changing room. As they can accommodate groups of up to 4 people, you can bring your mates! The views of the surrounding mountains are absolutely breathtaking and the water is usually set at around the 39.8 degree mark during winter. Not only do you get the spa to yourself (or 3 other friends if you wish) but with a push of a button the walls actually open up to the Shotover River where in the daytime you can watch the jetboat hurl others around performing 360 spins, or in the evening enjoy the quiet serenity of listening to the wildlife and water crash against the riverbank. You can enjoy a pamper pack as well which includes a bottle of wine, chocolates and cheeses. A definite must in the sun or rain when coming to Queenstown.
3. Thrill Zone
If you're looking for a little indoor fun then head to Thrill Zone. This is an indoor gaming center that has a lot of fun activities for you and your friends to do. They have 12D Motion experiences - the best Virtual Reality experience in Queenstown. Another thing to do at Thrill Zone is test your skills on the massive battlegrounds. This is where you can compete with your friends in games like laser tag, hero blast, or redball. Redball is a new type of game that is similar to paint ball but without the paint.
4. Mini Golf
Caddyshack in Queenstown has an amazing indoor mini golf course that is perfect when the weather isn't. This mini golf course is not the easiest on the planet. The course is fun and offers some unique holes like a hole in a spaceship and on a gondola. Cost per game is around $15.
5. Site Trampoline
Site Trampoline is in simple terms - a playground for adults. The indoor centre has 5 GIGANTIC trampolines, a wake rope and a foam pit - a great idea if you're looking at amping up your snowboarding and skiing tricks... or keen to just have a little bounce around. It will cost your around $25 for a 1.5 hour session and the centre is open until 9:30pm. Pre night out bounce anyone?
6. Fear Factory
Of course Queenstown has its very own Haunted House! Fear Factory is NOT, we repeat, NOT for the faint hearted! The entire interactive experience will have you screaming - we can't give away too much information on this one! Before entering we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. An absolute must do - even if just for the hilarious photo of yourself at the end.
7. Bar Crawl!
Queenstown is the party capital of New Zealand - trust me, we speak from experience! There is a bar crawl on most nights of the week in Queenstown and it's a great way to meet other people.
8. Ice Skating Rink
Get out of the rain at the Queenstown Ice Arena. The rink offers a lot of fun for cheap. They have activities suitable for all skill levels. The rink has public skating hours daily, and if you are lucky you might even catch a hockey game. Queenstown Ice Skating Rink is a fantastic way to spend a few hours ducking the wet weather.
9. Minus 5 Ice Bar
No visit to Queenstown is complete without a visit to Minus 5 Ice Bar. Upon arrival you are provided with "snow shoes" and an "Eskimo jacket" before entering the icey icey bar. You are then guided into the Ice Bar enclosure and offered a delicious cocktail. The ice carvings in the bar make for some pretty funny Instagram selfies and the entire experience is beyond unique. The bar is built with 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice and you guessed... the temperature is set at minus 5 degrees. We can hear you adding it your bucket list.
10. Quad Biking
Nomad Safaris can provide your quad biking fix in Queenstown and like rugby, it is actually so much better in the rain!
Apart from making one hell of a mess doing burnouts in the mud, getting massive airtime and using the bike to splash mud into your mates, quad biking is a great way to see the beautiful outdoors of Central Otago. One of my favourite activities I've done in Queenstown. At one point we were taken up into a forest, going up and down ridiculous angles, over roots and boulders. I was sure the bike was going to tip, but due to the excellent training I managed to keep the quad bike from flipping from start to finish. Set over 15,000 acres of land there is never a dull moment for anyone!
So if it ever rains while you're in the adventure capital of the world, take our advice or simply pop in and see us at Nomads Queenstown and I will have a hot cuppa waiting :)