Apres ski with friends on Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

Apres ski with friends on Steamer Wharf

Après Ski: Ways to Relax After a Day on the Mountain

It’s important to hydrate after a day on the slopes and no Queenstown ski holiday is complete without experiencing some après ski. Settle in for the evening at a cosy wine bar or a friendly pub, or gear up and go bar-hopping in central Queenstown.

During the snow season, the South Island town embraces classic winter flavours from around the world synonymous with this majestic time of year. Queenstown's nightlife is an invitation to indulge in hearty fireside meals, and spend languid evenings sampling the local interpretations of wintry beverages.

Mulled wine (gluvien), the perfect balance of spices, red wine and fruit is a true European favourite, meanwhile hot buttered rum, a holiday staple in North America, is a delicious mix of rum, butter, hot water, spices and even a drop of apple cider.

Many of Queenstown’s bars have become expert at exquisite espresso martinis, which originally hail from bustling London, but find themselves particularly welcome on a night out in Queenstown.

Après ski by the fire in Queenstown

Après ski by the fire

Après ski by the fire

But the real hero of winter lies at home – in our Central Otago Pinot Noir.

Enjoyed throughout the year thanks to the region’s combination of shale soil and sharply defined seasons, the Pinot Noir comes to life next to the roaring fires of Queenstown and Arrowtown’s laneways and bars during the cooler evenings – the perfect way to wind down after a day skiing in Queenstown.

Check out more information on Queenstown’s many bars and nightclubs.

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