Meet Nick, the CEO of the company, the boss, the head honcho, the main man, whatever you want to call him, Nick is the founder of Release NZ and takes charge in head office, when the team lets him! Starting in 2006 with the construction of the first Release property, he has organically built up Release Wanaka over the past 16 years. He controls the day to day running of the business, including helping clients with Real Estate advice and has the final say on all things ‘Release’! Outside of work, Nick loves to explore Wanaka on his mountain bike and heads out fishing on the lakes.
Meet Alayna, a true kiwi girl, born & raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She has travelled & lived overseas for an extended period of time but headed back to New Zealand to settle and start a family. Making Wanaka her home for a few years, she came across the Release team and fitted in perfectly. Alayna’s background covers administration, sales, marketing, key accountant management and of course tourism mixed in with a passion for property development. After being with Release for 4 years now Alayna takes charge of the behind the scenes accounts, administration and support of the team.
Meet Josie, originally from Scotland but has lived and worked in Wanaka for the past 17 years. With qualifications in Outdoor Pursuits and Hospitality Management, Release was the perfect match. Josie has worked at Release Wanaka since 2015 and after a recent move to Christchurch, she continues to work for Release remotely. Purely in the background she helps with the marketing of the business, the property listings and whatever else the boss throws at her! Outside of the office you will find Josie walking her dog on the beach and exploring the food and craft beer scene in Christchurch.
Meet Andrea who originates from Newcastle, England and has been working in the New Zealand Tourism Industry for over 20+ years. With a background in Adventure Tourism, she’s more reliable than the world clock and still has time for her own passions – mountain biking, swimming, the performing arts including belting out a solid tune! Andrea joined the Release Wanaka team 6yrs ago and can turn her hand to anything. She primarily works in sales and operations with a bit of marketing thrown in and is our number one problem solver.
Meet Kirsty who left the sunny shores of Southampton, England in 2011 to go travelling and fell in love with New Zealand, especially Wanaka. Once settled, she has never looked back and now calls Wanaka home! Kirsty joined Release Wanaka in 2019 as part of the sales and operations team, but with a background in journalism she is often recruited to write blogs, newsletters and property descriptions. She loves camping, going to the gym, walking her dog Tuki and capturing as many beautiful sunrises & sunsets as possible, quite an easy task in Wanaka!
Meet Alana, from the North Island of New Zealand but has lived in Wanaka for the past 15 years. She has worked in NZ tourism for 20 years and is our newest kid on the block, joining Release in the middle of last year. Alana is part of the sales and operations team at Release Wanaka and has also unknowingly become the office manager, taking charge of any paperwork that needs done in the office. When not at work, you will find Alana running the local tracks, clocking up km’s on her bike and competing in multi-sport events, all in-between looking after her 3 kids.
Proud of our home and passionate about sharing it
Friends who have travelled the world in pursuit of a life less ordinary, created Release Wanaka, after searching the globe they discovered the ultimate outdoor playground. The Release Wanaka team is dedicated to providing once in a lifetime Wanaka experiences. We offer a broad menu of truly unique adventures and world-class service. Release Wanaka is recognised as the leading luxury destination management company (DMC) in Wanaka, New Zealand. Let Release take the guess work out of your visit to Wanaka.
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What our customers say
“We had a wonderful time staying at Aurum in Wanaka. The property was beautiful and the view is unmatched. We enjoyed the spacious rooms and the outdoor space. The front garden is gorgeous. Lori at Release Wanaka was fabulous to work with and she had the house ready with some really thoughtful touches when we arrived. We would love to return!”
DEE ANN, USA
“We absolutely loved our stay at Release Wanaka – Aurum, we felt welcome and very well looked after by you. We found your communication clear and always very friendly and we received any help we asked for. There is really nothing we can think of in terms of improvement potential. Thank you very much, we hope to see you again here in Wanaka in the future.”
KARL & ANGELA, GERMANY
“An absolutely fabulous house! We really enjoyed staying at your beautiful home – everything was a delight – from the hot tub to the cosy fire in the living room. We all felt perfectly at home and also wrapped in luxury. Thank you!”
“Great stay at wonderful property which has been fitted out to tip top standard. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here and take pleasure in recommending it to discerning travellers… Release Wanaka agency were most obliging as we chopped and changed our requirements – nothing was too much trouble and they made our stay hassle free. Great suggestions of guides and chef… 172 is a fabulous place to stay. We give it seven stars.”
“We had a great stay at our Release house in Wanaka. A modern place, a few minutes drive to Wanaka township. We were there over New Years, and Wanaka gets pretty busy for a week or two, but it was far enough away to escape traffic etc. The ‘Monkey Farm’ cafe/bar is a short walk, so I’d start my day over a coffee and chat to friendly locals. Great beds, great bathrooms, big modern kitchen, fireplace etc. Brilliant. Thanks to the Release team for great service, warm welcome and an easy check in.”
“We had the most incredible time in Wanaka, on our day and at our Release rental. It was beyond what we imagined and we made the most of it by eating breakfast and dinner in front of those amazing windows all three days! I was absolutely gutted to leave on Saturday morning… It was great to meet you and thank you so much for being so responsive and amazing during the planning process. You made it a no-brainer to book with you guys and we are stoked that we did.”