Planning a weekend with mates in Queenstown?
Looking to organise a weekend getaway or stag party with your mates?
Take it from us, Queenstown is the location to run wild and has everything you need, from speeding go karts and Beretta shotguns, to incredible steaks and amazing beers.
Here are a few ideas to help you plan a weekend getaway with mates in Queenstown:
Electric Go Karting at Game Over in Frankton
Without fumes the electric go karts at Game Over are environmentally friendly, but that’s probably not what you needed to know.
No, what you really need to know is that being electric, they are faster and far more superior than any gas-powered kart you will come across. When it comes to hugging corners, accelerating rapidly and reaching a maximum torque, these indoor go karts in Frankton will really give you a run for your money.
The carts can be adjusted to different speed levels, but given this is a boys weekend, we take it you won’t be needing anything turned down at all.
For a 15 minute race around the track, approximately 14 laps you can expect to pay from $39 per person.
The Indoor Track is open 10am-8pm Mon –Sat and closes at 6pm on Sundays.
Game Over, 14 Red Oaks Drive Frankton, Queenstown
See you at the finish line fellows.
Note: Closed shoes are required for karting. Check the Game Over website for more information.
Find out who walks the walk and try Paintball in Queenstown
Sightseeing is all well and good, but you’re not out to admire the scenery, you’re on a boys weekend and that means competition (and sometimes pain).
Paintball in Queenstown is not only a fun way to spend the afternoon, it’s a way to settle a few scores, find out who can walk the walk and claim bragging rights for the rest of the weekend. Located in the playground on what is the perfect battlefield, the owners refer to the activity as being “several acres of hell” but in reality, the location for paintballing couldn’t be better with overgrown bush, trees and cover to bring out the little boy in every fully grown man.
When everyone has finished arguing over who should be on each team, fully camouflage overalls are handed out along with a high spec paintball gun and a decent amount of ammunition.
Although, for anyone who feels they might be a little trigger-friendly, sadistic or just have bad aim, you can always buy extra paintballs to make sure you don’t run out when your former mates have ambushed you alone in the woods.
Again, if anyone objects to this in terms of safety remind them to grow some balls and the paintballs themselves are simply harmless balls of gelatine, filled with vegetable dye.
Note: Prices start at $30 per person for more information visit theplayground.kiwi.nz
Or Phone 0800snipper to book
Get real with Clay Target Shooting
Suitable for both beginners and the more advanced, Clay target shooting in Queenstown is probably just a less active and less painful alternative to Paintballing. Although, that’s not entirely true given that you are using a real Beretta 12 gauge shotgun and live ammunition as opposed to gelatine balls.
Feel the adrenaline course as you take aim for the first time, your finger on the trigger ready to let go, ready to make a mockery of your mate’s feeble scorecard. Professional instructors are on hand to give a briefing which will obviously help any first-timers, but after a little practice, everyone can enter into the same competition where the stakes are higher and the possibility of coming last is unbearable.
There is little recoil from the guns used and the clay target shooting centres around four specific targets throughout the session. Without sounding too soft, it’s a good way to bond with mates and the perfect activity if not everyone in the group is able for anything more physically demanding.
Note: Prices start from $135 per person and you can check out everythingqueenstown.com for more information.
Eat Steak at Atlas
Although the name above the door refers to it as a cafe, Atlas is a small pub on the wharf in Queenstown where you can find a great range of beer and some of the best man food in town.
What do we mean by man food? The steak is incredible and not only is it a decent portion but always cooked to perfection.
If any vegetarians happen to be in the group, no problem – there are plenty more options on the menu with the fish & chips being a favourite or green shelled mussels for Uncle Bill who is still trying to convince everyone he was a sailor. Just so you know, they also have a great roast beef sandwich and a wide variety of beer to wash it all down including a particularly good IPA.
Atlas Beer Cafe is a great pub, the perfect place to kick off the night with a superb selection of music and then a great atmosphere to go with.
Note: Best to reserve a table
Give Rhino Shack a try
With a cosy atmosphere, Rhino Shack has an Alpine Après European theme with a Kiwi twist, and is known for having a super chilled laid back atmosphere.
The Shack is fitted out with long table which gives off an Oktoberfest feel, but really, they just mean you and your mates can all be seated together and at the same table.
Another fun part of Rhino Shack are the free games to get the banter flowing (think Jenga) and then the staff themselves, who are known to make everyone feel welcome with a very casual vibe.
The menu is bloke approved, hot pretzels with mustard, amazing pizza but then they get everything else right too, from the music to the wine, to the affordable prices all over the menu.
Queenstown is perfect for a getaway with your mates, a stag do or just a get-together but just make sure to call ahead and book everything before you arrive, for the last thing you need is a group of mates sitting around town thinking about all the cool things they could have been getting up to.