Queenstown's newest tourist attraction will be sited in the
Mountaineer Building. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Queenstown is branded the adventure capital of the world,
but the resort's latest attraction will keep tourists confined
to a single room.
The Escape Hunt Experience Queenstown is due to open in the
Mountaineer Building, Beach St, in November.
Ranked the No 1 attraction in cities around the world on
travel website TripAdvisor, the themed activity requires
groups of people solve a fictional crime to escape a room
within an hour.
Queenstown's theme will be the gold rush era.
It is the latest to follow a wave of indoor attractions in
the ski resort.
They include Fear Factory's haunted house, interactive
simulators Dark Ride and Vortex, and the Odyssey Sensory
''It's something you can do in between all the crazy outdoor
activities,'' the Queenstown franchisee, Anne-Marie Ireland
''It's very interactive, puzzles, clues, surprises, and so
popular across the world right now.''
Mrs Ireland said the Queenstown operation would aim to take a
share of the corporate and conference group market, as well
as tourists, locals and families.
The experience is designed for two to five people.
''Rather than people living in a digital world and just
playing on their phones all day, they can go in and
experience something as a group. You've got 60 minutes to
escape, so there's quite primal impulses involved,'' her
husband, Gareth Ireland, said.
''It allows people on down days, or inclement weather days,
to do something that's unique in Queenstown.''
Five rooms on the first floor of the Mountaineer Building
will be given over to the activity. Some of the rooms will
have identical themed games so groups can compete against
''It's ... such a beautiful building,'' Mrs Ireland said of
''And it's perfect because we're taking people back in time
to the gold rush. It was the Prince of Wales Hotel back then.
There'll be a theme around that; a crime scene in one of the
The Great Clyde Gold Robbery, when 13,000 of gold and notes
was stolen one night in 1870, will also feature.
- by Paul Taylor