Queenstown, New Zealand.

Rise above the fray

Trans-Tasman rivalries melt faster in the mountains, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.

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Astra Lodge.

High points this season

Falls Creek's ski-in, ski-out lodges include award-winners and thrive on community spirit, writes Robert Upe.

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Cool customers ... Pete the Snow Dragon is a big hit.

The dragon slayers

After two days of lessons and high-fives from a giant blue mascot, Debbie Neilson-Hunter's children are conquering the slopes. Her parents are, too.

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Cool situations ... Onsen Spa at Dinner Plain.

Hot tubs in cold climes

Rachael Oakes-Ash looks at where winter adventurers can go to recover after a big day on the slopes.

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High times ... a Falls Creek sunset.

Snowy pursuits

If you don't fancy skiing or snowboarding, there are many other activities in the mountains, writes Sue Wallace.

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