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Release Wanaka's Top 5 - Breakfast

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 25, 2018

Release Wanaka’s Top 5 - Breakfast

Next on Release Wanaka’s Top 5 is ‘Breakfast’. A lot of people believe that this is the most important meal of the day and it can be the most delicious. Whether you are after savoury or sweet, breakfast menus around Wanaka offer some amazingly tasty meals to get you ready for your day exploring.

As decided by the Release Wanaka Team, in no particular order:

1/ Kai Whaka Pai – Set on the corner of Helwick and Ardmore Street in the centre of Wanaka sits a local legend. Kai has been serving locals and holiday makers for years and has a fantastic location across from the lake. Open at 7am it is a great place to kick start your morning with a hearty breakfast…..try the pancakes they are divine!

2/ Federal Diner – Down an alleyway in the centre of Wanaka (yes, it is related to Fedeli), lives Federal Diner. A cool café serving delicious food all day long. Breakfast starts at 7am for all you early risers and continues until 3pm. A favourite dish for us is the “Hawea Flat” -Spinach, Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato and Halloumi served on a Polenta Cake, Yum!

3/ Alchemy – For a big breakfast option head to Alchemy. They serve the ‘Full Breakfast Grill’ from 8am – 4pm as well as some healthy alternatives such as the ‘Black Rice Pudding with fruit’, Black rice with grilled banana, orange segments, ginger, lemon grass + coconut yoghurt served Hot or Cold. 

4/ Ritual – On the main street in Wanaka, Ritual Café is a real local favourite with a fantastic selection of food. A cabinet full of choices plus a breakfast menu and blackboard and it’s where Reece Witherspoon went to hang-out while she was filming "A Wrinkle in Time"!

5/ The Dripping Bowl – If you are after a healthy alternative to the usual breakfast items then head to The Dripping Bowl on Brownston Street, one of the many food trucks that have appeared in Wanaka. The Dripping Bowl serves super healthy porridge and smoothie bowls with all the trimmings.

The team at Release Wanaka have spoken......now you to need to go out and explore the breakfast culture of Wanaka, New Zealand. 

If on the other hand you would rather stay in your Release Wanaka Luxury Holiday Rental Home, then we can organise for breakfast to be delivered to you OR a private chef to pop by and create whatever you feel like, ask our Wanaka Fixer for more information.

Short Walks Around Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 18, 2018

Short Walks Around Wanaka

There is an abundance of walking tracks in and around Wanaka. Ranging from an easy stroll to a more challenging climb we have listed 5 walking tra which offer something for everyone. So if you have a free morning or afternoon and want to get out in the fresh air, then check these out.

Mount Iron Track - 4.5km  1h 30m return

“The track begins over the stile by the car park, taking the left fork, climbs through low Kanuka shrubland on Mount Iron's western side to the summit. After taking in the view and the information on the panels, follow the track to descend on the eastern side and return around the foot of the hill to the car park.” - We think taking a right at the stile and doing it in the opposite direction is a better way as you approach the top from the eastern side the terrain opens up to 360-degree views.

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Eely Point to Wanaka township and back - 3.6km 1h return

Park your car at Eely Point and drop down to the track which runs all the way to the yacht club along the lakeside. After the yacht club join the footpath along Lakeside Road and it will take you down through the Dinosaur park to town. A perfect walk to break up with breakfast, lunch, coffee or ice cream.

Rocky Mountain Summit Track - 7km a 3 hr return 

“Follow the 4WD track from the car park, climbing to the lake where the circuit track is marked. Another track winds up to a lookout above Diamond Lake. Beyond here, there’s a choice of the Lake Wanaka lookout, off to the right or to Rocky Mountain’s 775-m summit via a loop track. Spectacular views include Lake Wanaka and a skyline dominated by the surrounding peaks. The distinct shape of Mount Aspiring/ Tititea lies to the west.”

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Hawea River Track - 3-4hrs 14km return

“Suitable for all ages and experience, this riverside walk is over easy country and links Lake Hawea township to Wanaka, via Albert Town.”

Waterfall Creek Track - 1hr 2.5km

“This track starts from the western end of Roys Bay, soon reaching Wanaka Station Park, a beautiful picnic area on the left. The track then winds along the lake’s western shores for superb views, passing Edgewater Resort and Rippon Vineyard before reaching Waterfall Creek.” This track also passes the 'Lone Wanaka Tree'!

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

This is just a handful of walks around Wanaka, there are many more. For more information, contacts us! 

 

Road Trips from Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 11, 2018

Looking for some self-drive day trips? 


Wanaka is the perfect place to base yourself.  It has plenty of amenities for your everyday needs and it is a great place to come back to after a day touring the countryside. Here we have listed a few road trips which are easily achievable from Wanaka in a day and take you places that you may not have considered going to or stopping at before.

Wanaka - Omarama - Wanaka (return - 230km / approx. 3h total drive time)

Take a drive through the beautiful Lindis Pass to Omarama. Stop at the summit to take pictures and breath in the fresh air. Once in Omarama head to the Clay Cliffs for a walk through these stunning rock formations. After a wander around the cliffs head back to the main highway and stop off at the Omarama Hot Tubs. There are numerous places to eat and drink in Omarama as well as a few shops to pick up a souvenir. This is a fantastic day out with ever-changing scenery.

Photo from www.newzealand.com

Wanaka - Makarora - Wanaka (return - 125km / approx. 2h 40m total drive time)

A stunning drive along the shores of Lake Hawea with plenty of photo opportunities. Once in Makarora, you can refuel at the Makarora Tourist Centre which also has a shop and licensed bar. From Makarora there are a number of activities you can do including the ‘Blue Pools Nature Experience’ the ‘Jetboat Makarora’ or if you are feeling really adventurous, join the ‘Siberia Experience’, a 4-hour unique wilderness adventure!

Wanaka - Alexandra - Wanaka (return -180km / approx. 2hr total drive time)

A beautiful drive along the side of the mighty 'Clutha River'. Stop off at Clyde on the way, where you can view the huge 100m high dam then head down into Clyde village where there are plenty of places to lunch and if you time it right (Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018) the famous Clyde Food and Wine Festival will be happening. Alexandra is a fun place for the kids with a great bike track, ice rink (winter only) and swimming pool all located beside Molyneux Park. If you do have bikes with you, jump on the Otago Central Rail Trail and enjoy some of the surrounds. You can also walk up to the clock on the hill which stands 11m high.

Photo from www.doc.govt.nz

Wanaka - Cromwell - Cardrona - Wanaka (loop - 150km  / approx. 2h 30m total drivetime)

There are so many places to stop on this fantastic day trip loop. Cromwell has numerous fruit stalls along the side of the road, selling freshly picked Central Otago peaches, cherries, apricots, nectarines and apples. As you leave Cromwell you will head on to the Kawarau Gorge Road. Along this road, there are various places to stop including Goldfields Mining Centre and Wild Earth Wines, Gibbston Valley Winery and AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge Bungy. Head on up and over the hill back to Wanaka via the Crown Range Road, (again plenty of photo opportunities here) before descending down into Cardrona village where you can visit the Cardrona Hotel for great food and coffee, the Cardrona Distillery for tours and tastings and a photo stop at the infamous “Bra Fence”!

Photo from Lake Wanaka Tourism

Wanaka - Cromwell via Tarras - Wanaka (loop - 120km  / approx. 1hr 40m total drivetime)

Most people head to Cromwell via Highway 6 but why not try Highway 8 instead. This gives you the opportunity to stop at Tarras and sample the delicious delights Tarras Country Cafe has to offer. You can also peruse the shops - Mrs Robinsons, Tarras Country Store, Perriam, and The Merino Shop, which offer some beautiful New Zealand clothing and gifts. Head on to Cromwell where you can do a tour of some amazing vineyards such as Wooing Tree, Mt. Difficulty, Bannock Brae and Misha’s Vineyard. As you head back to Wanaka on Highway 6 you can stop at The Lazy Dog Vineyard & Edible Garden and Hoglund Art Glass, a beautiful gallery showcasing some amazing glass artwork.

For more information about any of the trips contact our 'Wanaka Fixer' and if you happen to be a guest at one of our luxurious holiday home rentals then we can help you achieve these trips with endless information, car hire or a private driver. Contact us now!

Release Wanaka's Top 5 Coffee Spots

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 04, 2018

With so many amazing cafes and restaurants in Wanaka serving delicious food and even more delicious coffee and drinks, we thought we would start to put some Release Wanaka Top 5’s together over the next few months for Coffee, Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails and Dinner!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more Top 5’s but firstly – COFFEE!

As decided by the Release Wanaka Team, in no particular order:

1/ Fedeli – Tucked away down an alleyway in the centre on Wanaka, sits this fantastic café offering rich, tasty coffee in funky surroundings. Sit in peace in the sheltered courtyard or grab a “Keep Cup” (which they sell) and head down to the lakefront to enjoy the view.

Release Wanaka's Top 5 Coffee SpotsPhoto from The Fed Group 

2/ The Little Black Caravan – In a small industrial area on the outskirts of Wanaka, sits a cute little caravan selling organic, fair trade coffee. Sit and relax on site listening to some great tunes or get a takeaway (they too, sell “Keep Cups”) and pick a spot to indulge in the delicious coffee.

3/ Alchemy – Across the road from the lake with plenty of seating inside and out, Alchemy offers a relaxed setting to enjoy a great cup of coffee. There are sofas to chill out on and read the newspaper and an open fire for those cold, wintery days.

Alchemy coffee spot in Wanaka Photo from Alchemy 

4/ Relishes – A long-standing restaurant in Wanaka, Relishes always produces a good, strong coffee. Located in the centre of town, it is a quick, easy coffee fix with parking out front and across the road from the lake.

5/ Urban Grind – A great place to go in a group or as a family as there is plenty of space. The coffee is great and if you order a Mocha you will get a huge piece of chocolate on the side, coffee and chocolate craving knocked on the head in one!

This is our Top 5 spots to grab a coffee in Wanaka, New Zealand. Who would you have on your list?

For more information about coffee or any other hot or cold beverage, contact our team who can point you in the right, caffeine, indulgent direction!