Top Winter Activities in Queenstown (Off the Mountain)

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Queenstown’s Winter Wonderland is a magical place to be, with snow swirling down, covering the mountains with perfect powder. There are days, though, when the weather gets too wild, or your poor body is tired after days of riding the mountains, when you need a break from the slopes. This is the time to experience some of the other magic Winter activities that Queenstown has to offer. 

For those in the know, there are plenty of fun ways to enjoy Winter in Queenstown, off the mountain. Here are some of our favourite activities to give you some respite from the slopes. Whether you want to relax and stay toasty warm inside, or enjoy some active, outdoor fun, there is something for everyone.  

Fat Badgers is Queenstown’s home of the best New York style pizzas and is a long-time favourite of locals and visitors. Quite simply, their pizzas are massive! Whether you want a quick slice and a beer for lunch, or a full-on feast with your mates, this hip little laneway restaurant has loads of tasty options including a Winter time favourite, their own special brand of poutine to warm you up. Yummo!

Onsen Hot Pools is the best place to find some bliss and relax, whilst taking in the beauty of the panoramic views across the Shotover Canyon. Their cedar hot tubs can hold up to four adults at a time and are heated up to a delicious 39.8C in Winter. While soaking in the hot pools, taking in the spectacular setting, you can also order one of their drinks packages and enjoy a tipple. If you want an extra special treat and are looking for ultimate relaxation, you can book a massage from one of their friendly masseuses and really get the full Onsen experience. If the hot pools sound like something you'd enjoy, make sure you book in advance, as these are a very popular choice. Their friendly team will even pick you up and drop you back to Queenstown for free!

Mobile Massage Queenstown is the perfect option if you don’t feel like leaving your room and Body Sanctum Day Spa is an award winning spa right in the centre of town. Both have awesome teams of experienced therapists can offer you a super relaxing massage, or deep tissue massage, if your muscles need some extra attention after long days skiing or snowboarding. Both businesses even offer couples massages if you want to enjoy the experience with your significant other. They'll supply the massage table, relaxing music, beautiful aromatherapy oils and everything you need to enjoy a fantastic massage. All you need to do is remember to inhale, exhale and relax…. 

The Playground is the choice for those who like a bit of active relaxation! Time to give those legs a stretch and get your mates together for a Paintball mission, Archery Combat battle or some smashing fun, playing Bubble Soccer. We offer a range of group activity combos to choose from, free transport for group bookings and can promise a great time, that'll be full of laughs. We even have Nerf Wars for kids aged 5 to 14, so even the younger ones in your group can join in the fun, too. Activities are available to suit a range of budgets and there are even free BBQ facilities onsite, for you to use once you've worked up an appetite. For the spectators, there's a neighbouring cafe where you can grab a coffee, too. Come and join us for some awesome fun!

Fear Factory is a must if you’re looking for that extra adrenaline rush, to keep you on a high. Not for the faint hearted, you and your mates can walk the dark hallways of the Fear Factory and see who will chicken out first! There will be plenty of spine-tingling suspense and screams along the way. This is an unforgettable scary treat and a must-do, while you’re in Queenstown.

So, whether you want to get physical, or relax your tired body after a day up the mountain, there's plenty to do in New Zealand's favourite Winter town. Check out the top activities Queenstown has on offer to keep you entertained and sure make your Winter getaway is extra special.