Whether you're after a mulled wine at the bar or a soak in a tub, the après-ski culture in New Zealand is alive and growing. Every major ski area has a café and bar, and dancing to the beats of live DJs is a local requirement. If you’re winding down on the deck, don’t be surprised if a nosy kea (the world’s only alpine parrot) walks up and starts pecking at you. If post-slope pampering is at the top of your list, start at your resort. Queenstown offers many spas where you can soak with a view or revive your ski muscles with an athletic massage.
By Guy Needham, AFAR Local Expert
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