Queenstown’s huge mountain peaks, breathtaking lake, and deep canyons make it an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. From hiking trails, to ski slopes, to skydiving, there is no shortage of things to do outside all year round in Queenstown!
But, what about when it is raining? Some people might think that during bad weather you should hide out in your hotel and hope for the weather to pass. However, that is not the case!
There are actually many fun and exciting things to do in Queenstown in the rain, and in this blog, we are going to tell you exactly what they are!
- Day Trip to Milford Sound
Milford Sound is one of those unique places that is just as amazing (if not better) in the rain! The rain creates hundreds of tiny waterfalls on the cliffs and everywhere you look you will be amazed. Not only that, but the rain also gives Milford Sound that “moody” vibe in which it is famous for.
On a day trip to Milford Sound, you will be sheltered from the rain on one of our comfortable coaches during the journey there. Then, once you’ve arrived in Milford, you will board your scenic cruise and enjoy the views from inside our catamaran.
This means you will not only get to see Milford Sound in its most beautiful form but also stay dry at the same time!
For more information, check out our day trips to Milford Sound!
- iFly Queenstown
One of Queenstown’s newest and most exciting attractions is IFly – a huge indoor skydiving experience. In their indoor wind tunnel, you float weightlessly as you fly through the air having the exhilarating experience of skydiving! Anybody from the age of 5 to 105 can participate so it is an activity for the whole family.
- Dorothy Browns
If you need a day of relaxation while in Queenstown then a trip to Dorothy Browns is the perfect solution! Dorothy Browns is a cinema located in Arrowtown only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. But it isn’t just any cinema, Dorothy Browns is a boutique cinema offering luxury in the form of huge armchairs, wine and cheese boards, a bar, and unique décor. A visit to Dorothy Browns is a special experience and an ideal way to escape the Queenstown rain.
- Game Over
Game Over is an indoor entertainment centre offering a variety of interactive games. Here you will find arcade games, an indoor Grand Prix go-kart track, laser tag and a laser web maze, as well as a virtual sports simulator. You could easily spend a few hours at Game Over as you wait for the rain to pass.
- Site Trampoline
Site Trampoline is an indoor freestyle trampoline centre. Here, kids and adults of all ages and abilities can test their movement skills and jump from trampoline to trampoline! There is also a large super tramp and airbag to jump on as well as foam pits for soft landings. At only $25 for an hour, Site Trampoline is also a great budget activity in Queenstown!
- Onsen Hot Pools
There is no better way to enjoy a cold rainy day then in a hot pool! Onsen Hot Pools are perfect in the rain as the pools have the option to be indoors or outdoors. This is done via a retractable roof and wall.
The hot pools are small private pools and can hold up to 4 adults. You can also add on a massage to your hot pools experience to make for a true day of pampering!
- Fear Factory
For a real thrill, head to Queenstown’s own haunted house! Fear Factory is located right in central Queenstown on Beach Street. An experience here is sure to be a thrilling one – with over 18,000 visitors to date “chickening out” before getting to the end! Do you have what it takes?
- Escape Room
The Escape Room in Queenstown allows visitors to test their skills by solving a variety of challenges and puzzles. It is a great group or team building activity that will have everyone rushing against the 60-minute clock to escape. There are a variety of games with varying difficulty to choose from. All of the games are centred around the Queenstown gold rush and historical crimes making it a great way to dive into Queenstown’s history.
- Wine tastings
Central Otago is a region famous for producing some amazing wine! Going on a wine tour while in Queenstown is one of the best things to do in the rain. From the comfort of the cellar door, you can sip on a glass of Pinot Noir and watch the rainfall. There are various companies that offer wine tours in Queenstown and will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at several different cellar doors around the area allowing you to taste the best of the best!
New Zealand is a country known for its wet weather. For this reason, trying to avoid the rain will be like trying to avoid the sun on a beach holiday! There are so many different things to do in Queenstown in the rain – so embrace the rainy weather and enjoy!
For more information on Queenstown, check out all of our Queenstown blogs!