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The 'Food Truck' culture hits Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 07, 2017

We have all experienced food from a truck at some point in our lives, whether it’s ice cream or a gourmet wrap. It can be a risky choice and there is always a chance of a wrong decision but if you get it right then it can be a culinary experience you will never forget. Wanaka has now joined that ever growing ‘Food Truck’ culture with an array of trucks serving international cuisine.  

Check out these permanent Wanaka food trucks for great food and drinks which are quick and tasty.

1/ The Good Spot

The Good Spot is a funky coffee and food caravan situated on the Good Corner, in an ideal outside setting. Our focus is to serve good quality coffee and food with a touch of style and flair. We like to think outside the square and up-cycle where we can, as can be seen by the creation of the caravan and the evolving garden and seating area around it.”

2/ Francescas Pizza

A food truck stemming from the infamous 'Francesca’s Italian Kitchen', it serves delicious wood fired pizza and garlic bread with a weekly changing special - “Fran’s Special”! Based on Brownston Street, Wanaka, Francesca’s Pizza was one of the first food trucks to hit town and a real favourite with the locals.

3/ Charlie Brown

“Delicious French sweet crepes and gluten free savoury galette made with organic buckwheat flour.” This funky little retro van looks the part with great signage and lighting. Try the “Pomme D’Amour” - “oo la la, tres bon!!”

Image from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

4/ The Dripping Bowl

The Dripping Bowl - “We are a small food truck located in the heart of Wanaka. We make fresh homemade Soups served with The Peoples Bread co. sourdough and beautiful toppings such as roasted seeds and Raglan coconut yogurt. We are primarily focused on supporting local farmers and producers. We don’t use any stocks, thickeners or preservatives, and all of our Soups are gluten free!”

5/ Burrito Craft

Choose your filling and heat level and sit back and enjoy a taste of Mexico. With a selection of delicious Burritos and yummy Tacos, Burrito Craft has definitely stamped their mark on the Wanaka food truck scene. 

6/ Buddhas Corner

Offering a selection of indian curries and dumplings Buddhas Corner has some tasty choices. Cooked fresh while you wait you can expect authentic cuisine and generous portions. The “Naughty Naan” is a popular choice.

There are also a selection of mobile food trucks which are perfect for events. For more information about places to eat in Wanaka, ask our "WanakaFixer" at [email protected]

Relax and stay a while - Training in Paradise

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 13, 2017

Training for an event? A challenge of a lifetime? Or, maybe it's your everyday job?

Wanaka, New Zealand is the ultimate training ground for anyone who wishes to push their limits or wants a relaxing setting to prepare their body for a task ahead. Located within the Southern Alps there are numerous terrains to train on from flat trails and tracks to steep mountains and rugged surfaces. The opportunity is there to maximise your capabilities or relax in a natural environment and escape into the middle of nowhere.

Wanaka has the perfect climate to train depending on what you require and is a great place to escape the Northern Hemisphere seasons -  

  • Winter provides the snow and mountains, a place to hit the slopes and work on muscles that generally don’t get used in other activities. A place to come face to face with extreme weather conditions and test endurance, persistence and stamina.
  • Summer provides hot and dry conditions, the perfect place for your body to adapt to heat and develop strategies to maintain energy levels and fluid intake.
  • Spring and Autumn are much more forgiving. Although these times of year don’t provide the extreme conditions of Winter and Summer, they do provide a comfortable training environment with cooler temperatures, blue skies and quieter roads and tracks.

The terrain that surrounds Wanaka is diverse. The roads are long and quiet (with great views), there are endless amounts of tracks, the mountains are steep and challenging and the lakes and rivers are crystal clear and inviting, the perfect training environment!

Image by Tim Pierce

The town offers numerous amenities to enhance your training schedule including yoga & pilates classes, massage therapists, world class physiotherapists, chiropractors, fitness professionals and gyms offering various activities and membership options. There are whole food and organic food stores to buy speciality foods that provide you with the ingredients to maintain your training diet and eating regime, along with numerous dieticians, local health coaches and elite local athletes that can give you advice and information.

Release Wanaka can point you in the right direction of who or what you require and organise appointments, training sessions, gym memberships, equipment hire and specialised chefs. We can accommodate you in a luxurious holiday home where you can relax and unwind after a day of pounding the tracks. Somewhere to retreat to and evaluate your training schedule with stunning views amongst the fresh mountain air. A place you can spread out and feel at home with space for a personal yoga class or to host your training buddies and talk “Swim, Bike, Run”!

For more information you can contact us here.

Relax and stay a while - Work/Life Balance

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 03, 2017

Planning a sabbatical? Or are you lucky enough to be able to work from home?

Taking a sabbatical is a luxury in itself and to spend that time in Wanaka, New Zealand, can revive and rejuvenate your work ethics. Taking time out for yourself and family is so important in today’s crazy world, where people get so caught up in the rat race that they forget what living is all about. Wanaka can offer so much, from a calming retreat to an adventurous playground. The climate is ideal with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. The fresh mountain air clears the head and allows your mind and body to give in to relaxation and prepare you for your next journey. It is a little slice of paradise amongst the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Image by Tim Pierce

If you are able to work from home then why not make Wanaka home for a while. Imagine waking up to the sunrise over the lake and mountains, doing a few hours work in an office with an amazing view, then hitting the trails on your mountain bike or taking a stroll along the lake shore. Becoming one of the locals opens up a wider variety of choice as you learn of the best places to go, see, eat, drink, relax, swim, bike and so on! The family can join local clubs and sports teams and the schools welcome short term pupils with open arms.

New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of London, 17 hours ahead of New York and 20 hours ahead of LA. Take advantage of the time difference.  As your work colleagues sign out at the end of the day, you have the afternoon ahead to enjoy life.

It’s all about achieving that work/life balance to increase productivity in your working life and eliminate stress. You will feel better for it and so will your family as you enjoy time together in an environment that is healthy and rewarding.

Here at Release Wanaka we can offer guests a long term solution to accommodation, travel and activities. We are happy to negotiate a great long term rate on accommodation and we can negotiate a competitive rate on car and equipment rental. Our holiday rental accommodation is a home away from home and gives you freedom and flexibility.

  • Enjoy hosting family and friends when they come to visit and show off that lake view. 
  • Stay in an environment that is clean and healthy.
  • Enjoy the space inside and out.
  • Great locations close to the lake and walking/biking tracks.
  • All the mod-cons including Wi-Fi, Satellite TV
  • Luxurious Linens and optional weekly cleans.
  • A garden or balcony to relax in the sun and top up that Vitamin D.

Release Wanaka - The Managers House

It is all sounding very tempting, Yes? Take a break from that monotonous routine that we are all guilty of at some point in out lives and become a Wanaka local. Make the dream a reality! Contact Release Wanaka for more information.

Are you a looking for the ultimate training location? Our next blog will focus on why you should choose Wanaka, NZ as your training ground!

Relax and stay a while - A Family Affair

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 28, 2017

Coming to Wanaka, New Zealand for an extended trip makes sense, especially if you are traveling from the other side of the world. Who wants to travel all this way for a rushed, short vacation? No way! Staying for a longer period is definitely the way to go!

Traveling with the family can be stressful at the best of times but throw jet lag into the equation and it's a recipe for a rocky start to your holiday, even more so if you have little ones. An extended trip allows everyone time to adjust, get used to the time zone, climate and being away from home without the thoughts that you are wasting precious holiday time. 

Basing yourself in one place also adds to the benefits of an extended family holiday. A home away from home where you can relax, spread out and be flexible with your plans. Holiday Rental Homes / Vacation Rentals are a perfect place for your family to retreat to, get privacy with no disruptions and do what you want when you want. 

As a family, pleasing everyone can be difficult, some may want to go sight seeing, others may want to mountain bike. A Holiday Rental Home / Vacation Rental offers that haven to come back to and compare stories and marvel in the spectacular views that surround you. 

Here at Release Wanaka we believe a Holiday Rental Home / Vacation Rental in Wanaka is the perfect place to base yourself and discover the region. Wanaka is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, a fantastic place from which to explore Mount Aspiring National Park, Milford Sound, The West Coast, Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Southland and beyond.

Image by Ross Mackay

So consider this………..

- Unpack once

- No living out of a bag

- Spread out and have a room for everyone

- Home cooked meals

- All mod-cons

- No time frames

- Separate kids space

- Garden for the kids

- Space for bikes, skis etc.

- Basecamp to explore at your pace

- Beneficial to your wallet

- Negotiate long term rates on accommodation

- Negotiate long term rates on bikes /skis /kayaks /SUP boards /car rental

…………..this is just scratching the surface!

Taking 8 -12 weeks off work is not always possible for everyone, therefore a work /life balance might be a better option. Our next blog will focus on the benefits of staying long term in Wanaka while working from your Holiday Rental Home and achieving that balance.

For more information about Holiday Rental Homes / Vacation Rentals in Wanaka and long term rates, please contact us here.

Top 10 FREE things to do in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 13, 2017

Sometimes you just want to get up and walk out the door and do something that doesn't involve buying tickets or booking a time. Wanaka has lots of FREE activities to do to entertain the family.....check out our Top 10!

1/ Walk Up Mount Iron 

A moderate walk up Mount Iron will reward you with spectacular views. An approx. 1.5hrs return with some steep uphill and downhill sections, but a must for the whole family when visiting Wanaka.

2/ Visit Wanaka Lavender Farm 

This is a hidden gem and a great place to wander around relaxing amongst the lavender. Speak to the farm animals (alpacas and lambs in spring), have a game of 'Petanque', sample some of the yummy smelling products in the quaint shop or try the delicious homemade lavender ice-cream.

3/ Play Disc Golf 

There is now a Disc Golf Course at Eely Point as well as Lismore Park. Eely Point can prove to be challenging with all the trees and Lismore Park offers spectacular views. Buy, hire, borrow (if you are in the know) or bring your own disc and get that competitive side of you going!

4/ Mountain Biking 

If you are lucky enough to have access to bikes during your stay in Wanaka, get out and discover the endless tracks which cater for all levels. An easy cycle around the lake or a more challenging course through sticky forest.....so many to choose from so little time!

5/ Hang Out At The Lake 

Lake Wanaka offers beautiful views all year round. Grab that camera and picnic blanket and head on down to relax and watch the ever changing scenery and if you are brave enough, jump off the wharf for a refreshing swim.

Photo from Wanaka Tourism

6/ Wanaka Skate Park 

If you are traveling with kids be sure to bring their scooters or skateboard. Hours of fun can be had at the skate park by the young ones (and some cool oldies to)! If you don't fancy a roll then watching can be just as entertaining as the teens hit the bowl.....the views are pretty good from here to!

7/ A Scenic Drive 

Who doesn't love a scenic sunday drive? Whichever way you head out of Wanaka you will be greeted with stunning views. For more information and ideas you can speak to our Wanaka Fixer who will send you off in the right direction (not that there is a wrong one)!

8/ A Playground Marathon 

Need to entertain the kids? Then go on a playground adventure and visit some of the best in the area.  Our top picks would be The Dinosaur Park (@ the lakefront), Hawea Park, Luggate Park and Domini Park. There are heaps more, so just ask!

9/ Wanaka Artisan Market

Every Thursday from 3pm a group of talented people set up their stalls outside the Speights Ale House on Ardmore Street along side Bullock Creek. The market runs until 6pm and sells an array of items from artwork to jewellry and delicious foods.......get there early if you want to buy something as the food stalls sell out pretty fast!

10/ Climb A Mountain 

There are plenty of mountains to choose from around Wanaka. For ideas and information, go to www.lakewanaka.co.nz or visit the "Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre" on the corner of Ballantyne Road and Ardmore Street.

Photo from Wanaka Tourism

For more information about any of these activities contact us here.

Release Wanaka's Top 5 Wanaka Family Activities

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 15, 2017

Looking for some fun activities for the whole family?

The team at Release have put together their top 5 family activities in the area to keep everyone happy and entertained.

1/ Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona has plenty to do in both winter and summer. If you are here over the winter months there is of course skiing and snowboarding, but you can also go tubing, hiking and sightseeing. With this years introduction of the Chondola, it is a great way to take in the view without having to put on those skis. Summer months offer just as much fun with Mountain Bike Trails and Mountain Carting. They are also introducing a "Geo Adventures Family Day" - "This is an activity day for new & experienced geo sportsters to experience a range of different activities in our alpine environment. Orienteering & Frisbee Golf courses will be available for anyone & everyone to try & there will be heaps of deals on our usual summer activities!  Bring your friends & family for a fun day out!"

2/ Wildwire

"A Must Do Wanaka Activity. Our via ferrata tours are perfect for anyone who loves waterfalls and beautiful places.  Our tours are also suitable for beginners and families. We start in Wanaka and you will climb alongside Twin Falls, one of Wanaka’s most iconic waterfalls on our via ferrata tour. If you can climb a ladder, you can do it! There are hidden pools beneath towering falls, picnic swimming spots along the way and the views to the surrounding mountains and lakes are breathtaking."

3/ Wanaka River Journeys - Glacier Jet (Heli Combo)

"This is an incredible opportunity to fly by helicopter direct from the jet boat located deep in the mountains, on a thrilling up-close look at the glaciers. On this scenic glacier helicopter flight see hanging valleys where glaciers once lay and waterfalls that cascade from under giants of ice into the streams and rivers that feed into the Matukituki River. Land on the spectacular Isobel Glacier and disembark the helicopter for photos before flying back to join the guided wilderness walk and return leg of the Jet Boat Journey. Flight time with Aspiring Helicopters approx. 25 minutes includes a Glacier landing"

4/ Paddle Wanaka - Heli SUP

"Begin your adventure with a spectacular 40 minute helicopter flight, getting you up close and personal with Titea (Mt Aspiring), and remote glaciers along the way. Once at our secluded mountain lake, 1000m high above sea level,  explore the pristine area, fully guided by a qualified and experienced SUP instructor, before relaxing on the shoreline with a decadent gourmet picnic. Be spoilt once again with more scenic helicopter flying over the stunning landscape below as you return to Wanaka."

5/ Wanaka Bike Tours - Explore the Clutha

"A local favorite! We cut out the hassle and supply your transport, bike, and of course the best guided service! It is the combination of the scenery and terrain which makes this the perfect ride for all abilities. With our local and knowledgable guide, you will get to see and experience so much more that just riding including a cup of tea and some home baking while overlooking the Clutha river as well as finishing off with a delicious lunch at the historic Luggate Pub."

For more information about any of these activities, contact our Wanaka Fixer.

Release Wanaka - The Dacha

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 07, 2017

The Release Wanaka website reads "The Dacha is one of New Zealand's finest residences and epitomises the elegance of modern architecture. Absolute luxury with commanding lake and mountain views." A truer word could not be said of this unique property. A property which was designed by Wanaka architect Eliska Lewis, who was a winner in the Housing Category of the NZIA Southern Architecture Awards this year. The judges described The Dacha as "a generous house designed to take full advantage of an amazing view........the Wanaka house captures the magnificent landscape from every room, and throughout the architect has handled scale thoughtfully and with careful attention to details and materiality."

Can you believe that you can actually stay here? Yes, you can holiday here throughout the year.

Do you have a special occasion coming up ? or a family get together ? or the mother of all ski trips planned ?.....this is the place for you. Not just accommodation but an experience, an entry into your long term memory to share with others forever!

To find out about availability at Release Wanaka - The Dacha, contact us here.

Release Wanaka - The Dacha sleeps up to 16 people, 14 in the main house in 5 bedrooms and 2 people in the extremely stylish self contained apartment - The Banya. It has numerous sitting areas all of which capture the breath taking view of Lake Wanaka. It has a pool, hot tub and beautiful gardens and not forgetting the luxurious interior, it really does have the wow factor!

The main criteria for this build was the view. The owners wanted to capture the view from all rooms, from all angles and they certainly achieved this. The view is awe-inspiring and you would be forgiven to think that it is a backdrop, a painting, a photo shopped picture, but no, it is real and breathtaking!! 

For more information about Release Wanaka - The Dacha, check out our website.

Release Wanaka - Matagouri Ridge

Posted by Release Wanaka on June 29, 2017

Release Wanaka - Matagouri Ridge ticks all the boxes for a luxurious holiday home. Stunning views, a beautiful interior with lush furnishings, fantastic entertaining areas, amazing outdoor spaces and to top it off, a private swimming pool and hot tub. This architecturally designed home radiates comfort and luxury and offers you a chance to stay in one of the most prestigious properties in Wanaka. Located only a 30-min drive to the ski resorts of Cardrona and Treble Cone, this is the perfect place to come home to after a day up the mountain. A hot tub, a glass of wine and an amazing sunset over the lake! Set in the grounds is Matagouri Apartment which has a tennis court, gym and again, fantastic entertaining areas. The main house sleeps 6 and the equally luxurious apartment also sleeps 6. Plenty of space for extended family or 2 families traveling together. With sophisticated style and well thought out interior design this property provides private luxury for weekly stays.

Release Wanaka are offering a promotion at Matagouri Apartment (only) through to the end of September 2017. Stay for 7-nights and pay for 6-nights. A great opportunity to get a group of friends together or a fellow skiing family and head to Wanaka to enjoy the sun, snow and apres ski! For more information regarding this promotion contact Release here.

Release Wanaka - Matagouri Ridge

Wanaka Activities (minus the snow)!

Posted by Release Wanaka on June 19, 2017

Wanaka is a winter wonderland and a snow lovers dream with plenty of snow related activities. But, not everyone is here for the skiing or snowboarding, some of us wish to enjoy the winter months minus the snow!

The team at Release Wanaka have put together their favourite non-snow activites:

1/ Wanaka Wine Tours - "Wanaka Wine Tours has been in operation since 2001. It is the original wine touring company in and around Wanaka. We take you to the best places to sample award winning wines and to hear the local stories. As we travel our friendly and knowledgeable guides will tell you tales and stories of the people and land as you enjoy the stunning scenery." 

2/ Eco Wanaka Adventures - "Come with us to see glaciers in World Heritage Mt Aspiring National Park, or walk through Middle Earth, following the very footsteps of the dwarves and wizard as they traversed the Misty Mountains, as seen in the hobbit movies. Let us take you on a helicopter flight to three pristine Alpine Lakes, Bear Grylls training ground seen in the series “Get out Alive”."

3/ Wanaka Bike Tours - "Wanaka Bike Tours is like no other adventure guiding company. For us, the outdoors is not only a passion, it's a whole lifestyle, and it's this experience we will share with you on each tour. Many of our biking locations are exclusive to us and off the beaten track to really give you a sense of adventure, from NZ's highest heli bike to a breathtaking beautiful leisure ride around Lake Wanaka."

4/ Cardrona Hotel & Cardrona Distillery - Visit the iconic Cardrona Hotel with its rustic charm and delicious, traditional pub food. While you are out that way, take a look at the Cardrona Distillery and join a tour, which run on the hour daily. There is also a photo opportunity beside the Cardrona Bra Fence where donations are appreciated for a great cause!

5/ U-Fly Wanaka - "A U-FLY flight over the beautiful mountains and crystal clear Lake Wanaka offers the finest alpine scenery in the South Island of New Zealand. This may be your first flight lesson - YOUR chance to fly the plane will be an incredible highlight of your holiday. Rated as the #1 must do activity, you will be assisted with an experienced and friendly flight instructor."

If you would like anymore information about these activities or if you would like to enquire about one of Release Wanaka's luxury holiday homes, please contact us here.

Audi Quattro Winter Games New Zealand 2017

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 24, 2017

The fifth biennial Audi Quattro Winter Games 2017 runs from 25th August to 10th September 2017 in Wanaka, Queenstown and Naseby. This is an awesome event to watch with athletes from all over the world competing. 

"Free to watch, this is your chance to see elite athletes compete for glory in one of the world’s top winter sports events. Don't miss our on-mountain music festival with live bands & DJs. 

Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games stars are heading to Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby once again for the first major championships of the season. Fields will be stacked with top athletes desperate to grab early qualification points for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are one of the world’s top winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They're also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.

Free to watch, this is your chance to see the world’s best compete for glory in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine ski racing, cross-country skiing and curling. Then enjoy our on-mountain WGNZ music festival featuring some of NZ’s top live bands and DJs.

Join us for a uniquely Kiwi experience that athletes, coaches, judges and spectators all rave about. The relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, sporting action and music festival – it’s going to be the biggest party on southern snow...

...and everything on-mountain is free to watch!

Make the most of your Kiwi winter and join us at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2017. For more info and a full schedule visit wintergamesnz.kiwi."

If you need accommodation during this event, we have a number of available holiday homes. Go to releasenz.com and have a look at our accommodation suitable for couples, families or groups of up to 12 people. Please contact us if you require anymore information.