As the orange hues of autumn are replaced by snow splattered mountains, vibrant Queenstown comes into its own as a cosmopolitan ski resort.
Sought after by families, groups and couples, there is an eclectic mix of holidaymakers from around the globe, all looking to make those special memories in our very own winter wonderland.
With so many places to choose from, we have shortlisted a few après ski options for you to check out so that you can make the most of your getaway.
Cargo at Gantley’s – Arthurs Point, Queenstown
Step inside the historic stone walls and set yourself around the roaring fire.
Kids can play on the large lawn area if they’ve still got some energy to burn whilst you sit back and relax after a day on the slopes.
Just a 1 minute drive from the base of Coronet Peak, offering local brews and burgers to make your mouth water, this is a great option for families looking for a feed.
Broken Heart Gin Garden – Arthurs Point, Queenstown
Locally distilled and loving handcrafted, this boutique tasting room offers award winning flavours that will warm you from the inside out.
From tasting flights, cocktails, bubbles or beer there is something for all palettes here. An intimate setting makes this a great option for couples looking to wet the whistle following a day at Coronet Peak.
Insider tip: we recommend tasting the elderflower gin!
Fork & Tap – Arrowtown
A hub of laughter, good times and hearty meals, the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for groups and families.
This little gastro pub welcomes you in like one of the locals, making it a great place to share stories, meet new people and quite possibly pat a dog or two!
Cardrona Hotel – Wanaka
Established in 1863, this is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in New Zealand.
Situated on the Crown Range, between Queenstown & Wanaka, it couldn’t be easier to stop in.
Glasshouses on the lawn provide welcomed shelter on those drizzly days, or grab yourself a freshly baked treat and get cosy by the fire.
The Bunker – Queenstown
Tucked away on Cow Lane and split across 2 levels, The Bunker and Upstairs @ The Bunker are poised and ready to cater to all of your après ski needs.
Intimate fine dining, roaring fire and dark mood lighting sets the scene for a romantic night at The Bunker.
Head upstairs for a more lively atmosphere filled with crisp cocktails, social scene and late night music that’ll sing to your soul.
Attiqua & Sundeck Rooftop Bar – Queenstown
Split across two levels, cocktail bar Attiqua serves a selection of tasty tapas for you to indulge in before heading upstairs to the rooftop, otherwise known as Sundeck.
Transition from the dark, ambient lighting to lively social scene to keep the good vibes going well into the night.
Grab yourself a mulled wine and head to the firepits for an evening of chatter all whilst overlooking the beloved Lake Wakitipu.
We are spoilt for choice in the local area, from casual gastro to fine dining, craft beers to classic champagne.
Whatever you fancy after a big day on the slopes, theres plenty of places for you to finish it off in style.