When founders of the athleisure label, P.E Nation, Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, decided to create a brand that was designed to "live at a fast pace", it was based on their personal love of adventure and fun. And unlike most of the fashion-focused trips they go on, their recent skiing holiday to Wanaka, New Zealand was just that. Touching down in Queenstown, the duo packed up their Jeep and drove to Wanaka, where they spent the next four days exploring, skiing, and eating.
It's not often we find holiday suggestions for the adventure-inclined, but after seeing this luxury travel itinerary, we're starting to think that a ski trip is just what the doctor ordered. These are the fashion darling's favorite places in New Zealand to eat, sleep, shop, and stay.
Cardrona: Sitting about an hour's drive outside of Wanaka, Cardrona is considered the most popular ski field in New Zealand. It has open runs all over the mountain, with a magical skyline view at every turn.
Treble Cone: This is considered the South Island's largest ski area, and is famous for its long, uncrowded, groomed runs and views over Lake Wanaka. It's a steeper mountain, and therefore a real test of your abilities. You are literally on top of the world at Treble Cone, and the drive out is so breathtaking.
Soho Basin: Soho Basin is all about unforgettable experiences. It's a private ski area that offers pristine high-country terrain, world-class views, and gourmet dining. They only take two dozen guests a day, so you'll miss the crowds and experience understated luxury at its finest.
Southern Lakes Heli Ski: I consider this a must-have experience. With 11 breathtaking mountain ranges and over 600 runs, you can heliski or heliboard alongside highly experienced guides and pilots. It's an experience you will never forget.
Maude Wines Tasting Room: This is an incredible way to experience Central Otago wine. It's a family-owned winery, and is based up above the Wanaka township. It's homey and intimate, and their pinot noir is to die for.
Edgewood Place: There are a host of great hotel options in Wanaka, but we love to make ourselves at home, which is why we always stay in one of Release Wanaka's private homes.
Apartments on Dungarvon: These are stylish and sophisticated apartments right in the heart of the CBD, and they're also super close to the lakefront. Wanaka is all about making yourself at home, and these fresh, Scandi-inspired apartments are perfect for doing just that.
Eat & Drink
Cardrona Distillery: We did a tour of the stored whisky barrels, which was epic. We also had creative cocktails made by our own bar man, Kenny. (Gin was the base for an apple pie dream and a wasabi cranberry thirst quencher.)
The White House: This is a small family-run restaurant that's set in the sweetest 1930s Art Deco building and has an ever changing blackboard of a blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and New Zealand food.
Kika: Kika is a tapas restaurant that was named in New Zealand's top 100 list. It focuses on quality, seasonal dishes. I highly recommend the lamb shank.
Bistro Gentil: Here you'll find modern French cuisine showcasing Central Otago's finest ingredients from their very own kitchen garden. It was the perfect, intimate choice after a big day of skiing.
47 Frocks: This place is the go-to for New Zealand and international designers, including Zambesi, Karen Walker, Miss Crabb, Sass & Bide, and Stolen Girlfriends Club. It's a fabulous little boutique with a great, curated edit of homewares, as well.
The Workroom: This space is a boutique interior store and styling studio, The Workroom offers a range of homewares, children's wear, and interior options to compliment any space or style. You can seriously get lost in here for hours.
Wilson & Dorset: Here you'll find beautiful homeware offerings made from New Zealand wool. Rugs, sheepskins, cushions and more, as they so perfectly say: "Wilson & Dorset gather what nature has designed so perfectly and simply reimagine it."