Your day on the ski slopes is over; you feel battered and bruised but you are still up for some fun that does not involve skiing… So what do you do?
Enjoy some Geothermal action
Relaxing hot pools are a great way to soothe the muscles and relax after an exhausting day on the slopes! Some are even housed in private rooms with retractable windows for a view of the landscape. If you aren’t lucky enough to enjoy hot springs then the spa or sauna at your lodge should replenish and reinvigorate you minus the amazing views!
Take the kids ice skating
A popular non skiing activity, there are many locations around New Zealand that offer enclosed ice skating rinks. This might still be a workout after a day at the slopes …but the kids will love it!
New Zealand has two snow tubing parks – both located in the South Island. Another one that is great for the kids – they will love gliding down the specially built courses.
Take to the heights
Helicopter scenic tours are a great way to see New Zealand’s stunning mountain ranges and when covered in snow, the scene is breathtaking!
One of only three southern hemisphere countries to offer this once in a lifetime experience where you can watch Siberian or Alaskan huskies run over icy terrain. Riders can even get the chance to feed or stay overnight with the dogs.
Ditch the mountains…head to the beach instead
Why not combine a mountain and beach holiday whilst in New Zealand? The coastline is amazing at any time of the year and by going during winter you can enjoy the view without the busy summer beach crowds!
Almost every part of New Zealand has caves which all offer spectacular views. You can visit lava or limestone caves or take a boat tour to view the glow worms at the famous Waitomo caves.
No ski trip is complete without this! In the Alps this is popularly referred to Après-ski which roughly translates to “going out and socialising on the last run of the day whilst still in ski gear”. Most ski resorts will have coffee houses or local pubs nearby.
Justin Hendry is a travel writer for InsureandGo and currently completing his Bachelor of Media at Macquarie University. At other times he enjoys escapism through the spheres of travel writing, reading and music, in an attempt to fend off the natural progression of maturity and responsibility.