Queenstown is an amazing destination, and it’s such a beautiful place to visit. However, if you’re pregnant you might be wondering what there is for you to enjoy – especially given that a lot of the activities in this beautiful town are adventure-themed or adrenaline-focussed. Hope this list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant will help you out, and give you lots of amazing activities to fill your time.
Things to do in Queenstown When Pregnant…
Let’s get started on my list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant!
Idea 1: The Earnslaw boat cruise
The Earnslaw boat is a perfect option for things to do in Queenstown when pregnant. This relaxing boat cruise takes you all the way along Lake Wakatipu, and you’ll get to enjoy the most beautiful views from the boat decks. There are toilets to hand (that’s important!) and there are also plenty of places to sit too. There’s also a cafe on board, if you need a snack or feel a little low-energy. Tickets are best booked ahead (especially during peak times) and you can book tickets online by clicking here.
Idea 2: Visit Milford Sound
There are loads of amazing day trips from Queenstown that take you into the heart of Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful destinations in New Zealand. Milford Sound is where a lot of Lord of the Rings was filmed – and it’s absolutely breathtaking!
A coach tour is perfectly suitable for you if you’re pregnant, and most of the coach tours will also include a boat cruise in Milford Sound too (again, perfectly suitable for pregnant ladies). It’s a lovely relaxing day trip, and you’ll get to see so many stunning areas of New Zealand during the trip. There are toilets on the buses, and the buses make regular toilets stops on the way too! Here are some tours I recommend…
Idea 3: The Skyline Gondola
Next on my list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant… The Skyline Gondola is a cable car that takes you up to the top of Bob’s Peak. This is one of the best places in Queenstown to enjoy magical views of the town, and the cable car takes you up into the Skyline resort complex where you’ll find a restaurant, a viewing deck, a cafe and the Queenstown Luge. The luge won’t be suitable for you if you’re heavily pregnant, but it’s worth visiting for lunch or dinner in the restaurant and also to enjoy the views from the viewing deck. They also do star gazing in the evenings, which is a gorgeously romantic activity!
Idea 4: Onsen Hot Pools
The Onsen Hot Pools are one of the most luxurious (but surprisingly affordable!) things you can do in Queenstown. Each hot pool has it’s own private suit, so it’s completely private – and each one looks out onto the beautiful views of mountains below. It’s honestly magical, very romantic, and unmissable. Don’t worry, the hot pools aren’t jacuzzis or hot-tubs – so there aren’t any bubbles (which means it’s pregnancy friendly).
For me, this is one of the best things to do in Queenstown when pregnant (or not!). You do need to book ahead though, this place gets busy and books up fast.
Idea 5: Rent a car and do the Glenorchy road trip
Next on my list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant… A road trip!
Car rental is really easy in Queenstown (there are loads of places in town) and it’s also pretty affordable too. Renting a nice car for the day will cost you about $60-$80 (NZ dollars) and you can head off and explore the area at your own pace. I really recommend doing the Queenstown to Glenorchy drive – it’s been voted one of the most scenic drives in the whole world – and I’d have to agree! It’s not a super long drive (about an hour) and there are plenty of places to stop off and explore along the way.
Idea 6: Relax on the beach
Queenstown might be better known for all the adventure activities, but don’t underestimate how many scenic and relaxing places there are in the town too! On a sunny day, there’s nothing nicer than sitting on the beach front and just watching the world go by. You can get comfy, grab a decaf coffee, and just take the day as it comes. Some of the best things to do in Queenstown when pregnant aren’t necessarily day trips or tours, it’s just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere.
Idea 7: Take a stroll through Queenstown gardens
Queenstown Gardens are located a 2 minute walk from the beachfront, and it’s a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon. The gardens are beautifully maintained, and have some of the most stunning views of the Remarkables and the town centre too. You can even play Frisbee Golf in the Gardens if you’re feeling a little more adventurous! The walking tracks that go through and around the gardens are pretty much flat, so it’s an easy walk, and there are toilets in the park too.
Idea 8: Drive to Arrowtown
Next up on my list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant, Arrowtown is a beautiful little town about 15 minutes from Queenstown and nestled in the mountains. It’s a lovely day out, and if you drive yourself (or if your partner drives) you can stop off a few different scenic spots along the route too. There’s not a whole lot in Arrowtown (it’s nowhere near as big as Queenstown) but it’s a really beautiful sleepy village, with lovely shops and cafes to enjoy. It reminds me of a cowboy town from an old western film!
Idea 9: Eat a fergburger!
If pregnancy means eating for two…, then you get to try to burgers right?! Fergburger is the most famous burger in New Zealand, and it’s delicious. There are loads of choices on the menu, and I can basically guarantee it’ll be one of the best things you’ve ever eaten. Top tip! The queue outside can get pretty long, but if you call them up ahead of time to place your order, you don’t need to queue up when you arrive. You just go straight to the front to collect.
10. Go shopping
Finally on my list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant… Shopping! There are actually lots of shops in Queenstown, from clothing stores, to food stores, to souvenir stores. So actually, browsing the shops makes for a really lovely afternoon. You could break it up with a decaf coffee at one of the many coffee shops, or even a scoop of the famous Patagonia ice-cream.
I hope you’ve found this list of things to do in Queenstown when pregnant really useful! If there’s anything you’ve been looking at that isn’t on this list, and you’re unsure if it’s suitable – the best thing to do is ask. Give the company an email and get their advice – they’ve probably been asked many time before!
Mainly though, just enjoy your time in Queenstown. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (hand down) and you don’t need to bungee jump or skydive to appreciate it!