After spending the day on the slopes of New Zealand’s towering peaks, it’s time to unwind with the best entertainment the South Island has to offer. From the soothing waters of Queenstown’s hot pools to the region’s most beautiful wineries, après ski experiences are a-plenty.
Public Kitchen and Bar, Queenstown
After you have worked up an appetite, it’s time to visit the renowned Public Kitchen and Bar on the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown. Look out over the shimmering lake as you sample sumptuous fare with beautifully presented share plates, from salads to seafood.
Gibbston Valley Winery and Restaurant, Queenstown
Just a 20 minute drive from Queenstown, the Gibbston Valley Winery is renowned for its award-winning Central Otago Pinot Noirs. Fancy a wine tasting après ski? Take a tour of New Zealand’s largest wine cave before sitting down to enjoy one of the region’s finest dining experiences.
Ski Time Restaurant and Bar, Methven
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, sit down to a gourmet meal at Ski Time in Methven. Grab a drink on the outdoor deck with breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and sample tempting eats. Try their signature dish – Akaroa salmon with a macadamia crust, asparagus and buttered dill potatoes.
Tekapo Springs, Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Springs boasts three tiered hot pools in a lush natural setting, each one shaped in the image of the region’s stunning lakes. Let the powerful massage jets relieve your muscles or cool off under the fountains. The pools look out over the azure waters of Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range.
Home Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka
Rippon is considered Wanaka’s oldest vineyard and sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka. Enjoy a tipple of locally produced wines from one of the tasting rooms and be captivated by the vineyard’s incredibly picturesque location.
Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown
Soak those weary muscles at Queenstown’s only indoor and outdoor hot pools. Housed within cedar-lined bathing rooms, the healing waters can accommodate up to four adults at a time. Relax and unwind après ski, while admiring the striking views.
Gin and Raspberry, Wanaka
Gin and Raspberry is a boutique bar situated in Wanaka, nearby to Cardrona ski resorts. Savour one of their legendary cocktails and appreciate the mountainous views from the balcony bar. On a cooler evening, you can feast on antipasto by the fire.
Stratosfare Restaurant, Queenstown
Take a ride on Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. Marvel at the spectacular scenery before enjoying a lavish buffet at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar. Feast on iconic New Zealand cuisine including a variety of fresh seafood, but save room for the delectable desserts.