Après ski is literally French for “after ski,” and is a general phrase to describe the social activities that take place after a day spent hitting the slopes. If you’re thinking of heading to Wanaka in New Zealand for your next ski holiday, you’ll need to know some of the exciting things you can do off the slopes. Here are eight to get you started:
Visit the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum and meet Ian Brodie, author of the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. Learn the mysteries of the breathtaking scenery which has captured the imaginations of audiences across the world.
Thrill seekers will also love the Siberian Experience. Spend four hours traveling by air and land, whilst witnessing the rugged beauty of the Mount Aspiring World Heritage National Park.
Relax and unwind at one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels. Relive the day’s adventures and soak up the inviting atmosphere of this old log wood cabin over a few drinks.
Still craving a cold one after your visit to the Cardrona Hotel? If so, your next stop should be the famous Wanaka Beerworks. True connoisseurs of the amber ale will be in hops heaven at this award-winning boutique brewery.
If Pinot Noir and Burgundy are more to your preferred taste, a visit to the Rippon Vineyard and Winery is a must. With over 25 years’ experience, this family-owned winery has mastered all there is to know about producing quality wines in New Zealand.
Winery, New Zealand
Movie buffs should also head to Cinema Paradiso for a truly original night at the pictures. Be tantalised by the wafting aroma of freshly baked cookies, then relax and enjoy the film from the backseat of an old canary yellow Morris Minor.
Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is another completely quirky experience. Wander through the Hologram Hall – one of the world’s best displays of holograms. If you dare, try to find your way great through the Great Maze – at 2 stories high and 1.5km long it’s no easy feat.
Lake Wanaka and Snowy Buchanan Peaks, South Island, New Zealand
For a complete change of pace, get your adrenaline flowing in a rally car at the Snow Farm. Extreme Rally caters for everyone from beginners to serious rev heads, offering a range of activities like rally car rides and driver training.
Mount Hutt Ski Resort, New Zealand
There’s more to discover in New Zealand – from natural remote sceneries to hidden local gems. Find out more about New Zealand ski holidays from your local, personal travel manager.