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8 Best Indoor Activities in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is famous for its outdoor adventures, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have any fun things to do indoors. It’s especially handy to have indoor activities planned in case it rains. You’re in luck because, as it turns out, some indoor activities can be even more enjoyable than outdoor ones, depending on the time of year. These are the top indoor activities in Queenstown if you need to escape the outdoors.

 Best Indoor Activities in Queenstown, New Zealand:

Go Back in Time on The Time Tripper Time Tripper, Queenstown
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Go Back in Time on The Time Tripper

Ever wanted to travel back in time? The Time Tripper is an ideal indoor activity while going on a journey that will take you back 90 million years in just 30 minutes. Experience the time when dinosaurs were roaming the planet and discover how Lake Wakatipu was carved by a massive giant glacier right from a comfortable seat. The Time Tripper tells the story of how this stunning region was created and takes viewers through the present day via a state-of-the-art animated show narrated by world-renowned New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison. Located in a former underwater observatory, it feels as if you’re really in a time machine, and after the show you can watch the trout, diving ducks and eels under the water.

Soak in a Private Jacuzzi at the Onsen Hot Pools Private jacuzzi at the Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Soak in a Private Jacuzzi at the Onsen Hot Pools

Onsen Hot Pools has both indoor and outdoor options, including private Jacuzzis. You’ll be able to enjoy a soak all to yourself, or with the one you love. They accommodate up to four, so you can even hang out here with your friends too. With a push of a button the walls open up to spectacular views of the mountains and Shotover River. After dark it’s still a wonderful place to be simply enjoying the quiet that’s only interrupted by the sounds of the rushing water outside.

Experience Spine Tingling Chills at the Fear Factory Scared guests at Fear Factory, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Experience Spine Tingling Chills at the Fear Factory

Queenstown has a year-round haunted house so you don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy spine-tingling fun out of the rain. This interactive experience is quite the adventure and it’s definitely not for the faint-of-heart. It’s filled with terror and surprises – in fact, exactly what happens in there is a well-kept secret. You’ll even have to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Sip a Drink in an Ice Bar Below Zero Ice Bar, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sip a Drink in an Ice Bar

If you’ve never visited an Ice Bar, now is a perfect time. Rainy or not it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss while in Queenstown, and you have two different options to choose from, Below Zero or Minus 5 Ice Bar. Just before entering you’ll be given an “Eskimo” jacket and snowshoes to help keep you comfy and warm. Then enjoy sipping a tasty cocktail while surrounded by ice carvings. They make for some unique Instagram selfies and a great story to tell too. The bars, furniture and sculptures are all made out of ice.

The Lakes District Museum Lakes District Museum, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The Lakes District Museum

Just 20 minutes from Queenstown in Arrowtown is this outstanding museum for delving into the area’s history and culture, focused on the gold rush day as well as early Maori life. It may be small but it’s considered a must-visit, located inside the old Bank of New Zealand. There are hands-on exhibits for learning about pre-European Maori life, the first European settlers in the region and the gold rush. The museum also hosts an art gallery, bookshop, archives and research facility.

Visit Thrillzone Indoor Gaming Center Thrillzone, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Visit Thrillzone Indoor Gaming Center

Thrillzone is an indoor gaming center that offers plenty of fun any time of year. It’s best known for its virtual reality experience, a 12D motion theater that features movies with a variety of effects like speed, bubbles, fog, snow and rain for an immersive show. It has a selection of more than 80 movies to choose from, with all packages tailored to individual audiences, like alien adventures, the land of dinosaurs and roller coasters. Laser tag,  paintless paintball and games are available too.

Visit the National Transport and Toy Museum National Transport and Toy Museum, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Visit the National Transport and Toy Museum

If you want to bring back your childhood or just have an interest in nostalgic vehicles and toys, be sure to visit the National Toy and Transport Museum. Perfect for a rainy day, the massive collection was started over a half-century ago by a professional car and truck wrecker who created the museum to showcase classic vehicles. Over the decades it grew to more than 50,000 items, including over 500 Barbie dolls with a variety of clothing and accessories, restored cars, motorbikes, fire engines, steam-operated vehicles and more. It also hosts an outdoor space with a playground and pedal toys for kids, along with picnic tables for enjoying lunch if the rain lets up while you’re there.

Go Wine Tasting Wine tasting tour from Queenstown, New Zealand
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Go Wine Tasting

No matter what the weather, if you like wine, a wine tasting tour is guaranteed to make for a good time. New Zealand has become known worldwide for its fantastic vino and a four-hour wine and food tasting tour can bring you from Queenstown into the rolling hills of Central Otago’s wine region. You’ll enjoy traditional New Zealand fare and wine in a local eatery and visit Gibbston Valley Winery to explore the country’s biggest underground wine cellars. Enjoy sipping various premium wines and delicious cheeses while learning about the various grape varietals.

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