Après Ski in Queenstown New Zealand

Ayrburn Dining Precinct Apres Ski Queenstown NZ

Ready for some après ski in Queenstown New Zealand? After a busy day on the slopes of The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, extend your amazing ski experience with a wee stop for an Après drink on your way home. BUT, please, from all of us here at Spinnaker Bay Apartments, we beg you to drive responsibly.

Enjoy a tipple after a day on the slopes

In New Zealand, the blood alcohol limit is 50 milligrams (mg) per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood (250 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath). If you are under 20, the alcohol limit for drivers is zero. There is no grey area in the eyes of NZ law - even if you're just over the limit, you’ll be arrested as a drunk driver and forever hold a criminal record.  So while considering an Après Ski in Queenstown New Zealand, consider the safes option of having a designated driver!

There’s a great website called drinkdriving.org that calculates your average allowance of wine and beer based on the legal limit + your body weight + gender etc. So while it's only a guide, it's good to see what the limit looks like in terms of ‘actual glasses’ of alcohol.

But our message stays the same ‘ Don’t Drink and Drive’. Full Stop!

So, you have a sober driver and want to extend your day a little? To start, both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables haven’t really embraced the whole hang-around & enjoy am Après ski experience. The bars on the mountain literally shut down as the lifts shut down and the bar/restaurant areas are packed up quickly.

So, instead, here’s a list of a few places we’d recommend as Après Ski worthy…

1. Ayrburn Dining Precinct - Arrowtown

Just outside Arrowtown is the newly opened, family-friendly Ayrburn Dining Precinct. For a touch of rustic atmosphere, in a restored farmstead and outbuilding, you have 6 different dining options. It's a great place for families & friends, relaxed beersies, or more formal dining.


A relaxed bar/dining location on the waterfront. Grab a lake-side table for a spectacular view over the lake as the sun goes down!

3. Altitude Brewing

Claiming to brew beer for the adventurous, this is a great place for a quick pitstop on your way back to your accommodation. A firm favourite of ours!

4. Whakatipu Brewing 

A brew pub for one and all! Easy to access and fun to drink at. Come dressed in your ski clothes and just enjoy the friendly fun atmosphere.

5. Gin Garden by Broken Heart 

Just a few minute's drive from the base of Coronet Peak, and on the way back to Queenstown via Arthurs Point. It’s all about the award-winning gins in a relaxing atmosphere!

6. The Crown Pub and Beer Garden 

A great all-round pub in 5Mile, Frankton which is super easy to get to from The Remarkables. Great for the whole family!


Getting Around Safely

Listen, we would like you to come and stay with us and have a 'fun, but safe', time.  Below is a list of important transport numbers that you can copy to help you hire a cab or taxi so you don't drink and drive!


  • Uber: +64 3 4509031 or In App 
  • Queenstown Local Taxis: +64 21 171 3440
  • Queenstown Taxis: +64 3 450 3000 | +64 3 442 7788
  • Budget Taxi Queenstown:  +64 28 8514 4630
  • Arrowtown Taxis:  +64 3 395 9999
  • Otago Cabs Queenstown: +64 3 428 2387
  • Smooth Ride Cab Services in Queenstown / Arrowtown:  +64 22 060 0008
  • Cabs in Queenstown: +64 210 860 3174
  • Queenstown Mr. Singh Taxis: +64 210 267 5347
  • Pick n drop Taxi service 2023: +64 22 184 8790
  • Remarkable Cabs: +64 22 313 7002
  • Green Cabs (Taxi) - Queenstown: +64 800 767 673


Today, there are many ways to enjoy an Après Ski drink on your way home from an epic day on the mountains.  Take your time, drive safely and responsibly and have fun!

 Apres Ski Queenstown NZ