Escape Quest is Queenstown’s unique “escape the room” game. Teams of 2-5 people are locked in a themed room and have 60 minutes to search for clues and solve puzzles in order to solve the crime and escape the room. Escape Quest takes players back to Queenstown’s 1860s gold rush and each game has its own unique storyline and puzzles based on this early settler period. We have 4 games and each has a different crime to be solved: Gold Heist in the Gold Rush, Murder in the Prince of Wales hotel 2, Murder in the Old Man Range and Jackpot in the Miner’s Cottage.
Escape Quest has 5 game rooms and each team of 2-5 people have their own dedicated, private game room. You’ll also have your own dedicated Escape Quest Game Master who will ensure your experience is fast paced and great fun.
If you have a group larger than 5 people, you can book multiple rooms. Gold Heist in the Gold Bank has 2 identical game rooms so teams can play head-to-head. We have a gorgeous, comfortable lounge area so it’s perfect for larger groups including corporates, sports teams, hens & bucks parties.
Escape Quest is not scary and does not require any physical strength or fitness. It’s a fun, safe environment, so it’s great for all ages from 7 years and up. We recommend that children between 7 and 14 years are accompanied by an adult. Whilst the level of problem solving is likely to be too difficult for children under 7, they often enjoy the hunting and the exciting atmosphere and are welcome to join you for free.
Whilst the rooms are locked, players can exit the room at any time via a release button. This release button is not part of the game but is there for your comfort and safety. You can also communicate with your Escape Game Master at any time throughout the experience.
Escape Quest has fantastically themed game rooms that offer an unrivalled experience. After you’ve played the game you can also dress up in Victorian period costumes and have team photos. We’re open 7 days per week from 10am to 10pm.
To book your experience, please click on the “book now” button and select your preferred day and time.
Escape Quest is an incredibly fun way to spend 90 minutes!! It’s challenging, surprising, intriguing, inspirational, bonding and just amazing fun! You’ll learn so much about yourself and your friends, family, colleagues or partner as you work together in a race against the clock to the escape the room in 60 minutes. It’s genuinely social and interactive as a live experience. It’s a new, exciting concept that everyone can play together. Being unique to Queenstown, Escape Quest will also introduce you to this beautiful region’s colourful, gold rush history. Our games are based on real Central Otago gold rush crimes, locations and people. As you step back in time to Queenstown in the 1860s, you’ll be immersed in our stunning gold rush themed game rooms. It’s an exhilarating experience, especially when you escape in time!!
Select “book now” on the website’s menu bar and follow the prompts to select your preferred day and time and complete payment.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & PayPal for payment on our website. We don’t accept American Express or Discover over the counter.
Alternatively, please call us on +64 (0)3 442 4948 and we can book your experience over the phone. You can also visit us in Queenstown and book in person on Level 1, Mountaineer building, 32 Rees St, Queenstown. We’re right in the centre of the town.
Please note that Escape Quest is a live escape game and consequently once a booking is confirmed we cannot offer refunds.
Integrated mechanics: Each game here at Escape Quest has its own unique narrative, along with its own order of play for a successful escape. We don’t want to give too much away, but appearances aren’t everything and some objects and features of the room may not always be what they seem. We want this experience to be both visually and mentally stimulating so in some cases, discovering or accessing a puzzle could be just as engaging as trying to solve it!
Integrated technology: These games were all built from scratch by our talented creative team, who have used technology in clever ways to make your game experience more enjoyable! Whilst our themes remain true to Queenstown in the 1860s, beneath the surface the design is much more 21st century which we hope adds an extra level of fun and mystery to the experience!
Yes it is! Escape Quest is challenging, rewarding and awesome fun! Escape games are designed to challenge how you think, solve problems, connect disparate information and process it all with your teammates. All whilst trying to escape as fast as possible!
We recommend allowing 90 minutes to complete an Escape Quest game. You’ll need a few minutes before you start the game to check in and be briefed by your Escape Quest Game Master. The game itself is a maximum of 60 minutes. You’ll also have the opportunity to dress up in Victorian costume and have team photos after you’ve completed the game.
We recommend arriving 5-10 minutes prior to your game start time to allow time to check in. We have a super comfortable lounge area for you to wait in.
Escape Quest is located right in the centre of Queenstown at Level 1, Mountaineer Building, 32 Rees Street. Enter the building on Rees St, between Kathmandu and Quiksilver, and head straight up the stairs or take the lift to level 1. It’s walking distance from the steamer wharf and the nearest car park is at 12 Man St. Please click on “Contact Us” for a map and further details on public transport options.
Prices are NZ$38-$44 per person depending on the number of people per room. Please click on “Book Now” to view a full list of pricing.
Escape Quest is a world class escape game and is as challenging as anything you will find in London, New York or Singapore. All our quests are challenging, otherwise it wouldn’t be fun! We think you’ll have the most fun playing either Gold Heist in the Gold Rush or Murder in the Prince of Wales 2 first, irrespective of being a first time player or highly experienced. We recommend Murder in the Old Man Range as an excellent second or third game experience. All our quests are unique and amazing so take the journey and do all 4! Escape with an all-time record and your team photo will be placed in our escape hall of fame!
No, Escape Quest is a fun, safe environment suitable for all ages above 7 years old. It’s a thrilling experience racing against the clock to solve puzzles and crack codes, but it is not at all frightening. Whilst the game room is locked, there is a release button beside the door that enables you to leave the room at any time during the game. This release button is not part of the game, it is there to ensure your comfort and safety.
Escape Quest is great for children aged 7 years and up. We recommend that children aged 7-14 are accompanied by an adult. Whilst the level of problem solving is likely to be too difficult for children under 7, they often enjoy the hunting and the exciting atmosphere and are welcome to join you for free.
Each game room can accommodate 2-5 players. If you have a group of 6 or more people, you can book multiple rooms. Escape Quest has a total of 5 rooms. Gold Heist in the Gold Bank has 2 identical game rooms so teams can play this game head-to-head.
We have a gorgeous, comfortable lounge area so it’s perfect for larger groups including corporates, sports teams, hens & bucks parties. If you have a larger group, please feel free to call us on +64 (0)3 442 4948 and we can help you book the right rooms and times for your group.
Click “book now” to view all the games and rooms available.
You can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org, and our management will get back to you in 2-3 business days.
Yes! Different murder, storyline and game, same 1860’s location! In the 1860s the Prince of Wales hotel stood where Escape Quest is today. Murder in the Prince of Wales 2 is based on a real gang of Central Otago gold rush bandits. As our newest game, this sequel takes the escape experience to a whole new level!
Yes they are! Victorian 1860’s dress up photos are included free of charge when you play at Escape Quest Queenstown. The photos are posted into weekly dated albums on our facebook page soon after. Please click on “photos”, then find the correctly dated picture folder and your pictures will be inside.
A husband and wife team (Australian and Kiwi) created and opened Escape Quest Queenstown in December 2014. They always had a dream of living in Queenstown, both love puzzles and have backgrounds in Management Consulting and Technology Sales. Their passion for Central Otago and the pioneering, gold rush era was poured into Escape Quest’s 1860s theming, storylines, crimes and characters. All four of Escape Quest’s unique, bespoke games have been handcrafted utilising mechanics, technology and antiques!
Yes they are! All of our games are designed to be challenging for 2-5 people and our highly trained staff know the games inside and out. We believe using QR codes in the rooms or having to ask for hints in person or via an intercom erodes the team working together and the immersiveness of the game. We don’t give hints for the sake of it, if you do get hint’s (by far the majority of teams do!) we’re always trying to subtly push you in the right direction rather than just give you the answer.
Yes it is! Escape Quest is an excellent Corporate team building experience, please see our dedicated page here for further details.
It’s absolutely the best way to get the party started. Please see our dedicated page here for all the details.
Yes, absolutely! Escape Quest can accommodate up to 5 teams per session with each team consisting of up to 6 people (up to 30 people per session). We have 4 games across 5 rooms. Teams race the clock to escape in under one hour and also race head to head with each other to escape first. For groups larger that 30, multiple sessions can be booked and groups of up to 30 can be rotated with other activities in Queenstown. Escape Quest can provide up to 8-10 sessions per day/approx 300 people.
Yes it is! We have the ability to incorporate product placement within the games, host your brand in our plush reception area and provide branding in the reception area and team photos. Promoting your brand or product via Escape Quest allows for a fun, engaging, interactive and memorable experience that will have teams of customers talking about your product for hours afterwards. A brand/company can book Escape Quest exclusively then promote the event through their social and traditional media channels. Email email@example.com to discuss the possibilities and your requirements.
No it’s not. Escape Quest Queenstown is a fully independent escape game that is not associated with any other NZ based escape game or global franchise. Every element of Escape Quest from the marketing to the games has been designed and created from scratch by our talented, creative team.
No they aren’t. We don’t allow them in for a number of reasons. First off we don’t want you to know what you’re walking into. The world is filled with second hand information, it’s great to be surprised by what’s inside! The majority of people are addicted to mobile phones, leaving them behind promotes great team work, communication and being present in the room rather than endlessly scrolling through your news feed!
Reasonable English is required. All of our games are in English but not all of the puzzles require it. Without giving away what’s in the rooms, if you can read and understand this you should be able to play just fine. Many teams have played with 2nd or 3rd language English, take a look at our Trip Advisor reviews in German, Italian, Spanish, French & Russian.
Yes, absolutely! Everything you need to escape the room is in the room. No prior knowledge of Queenstown’s History or Geography is required.
Yes, absolutely! A little bit of reading is required to complete our quests
Yes it is! Lift access is avalible from the ground floor upto Escape Quest on level one. We recomened playing Gold Heist in the Gold Rush or Jackpot in the miners cottage.
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