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Stay In Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on June 17, 2019

Stay In Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. A stunning part of the world that provides unbelievable views of the Southern Alps. Located only an hour away from Queenstown International Airport, Wanaka offers the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes region, Southland, the West Coast and the MacKenzie Region including Mt Cook.

Basing yourself in Wanaka at your own holiday rental home makes sense, it gives you flexibility to come and go as you please. You can set off on an exciting road trip or scenic flight, knowing you are coming back to a warm inviting home where you can wear your 'comfies' and slippers to dinner. A holiday rental home means you can stop and relax, take your time and have a HOLIDAY!

Don’t rush around in a crazy frenzy trying to see as much as possible in a short time, stop and stay a while. Packing your suitcase, checking you have everything, packing the car, getting everyone ready to depart to your next destination is a waste of time. Wouldn't you rather be packing a day pack to go on an adventure for the day?

There are numerous places to visit within the local region of Wanaka, but day trips are possible to the West Coast including Fox Glacier, Te Anau, Milford Sound and Mount Cook. You can see a lot of New Zealand basing yourself in a central location without the stress of moving on. With a selection of Heli and flight companies in Wanaka, based at Wanaka Airport, you can travel a long way in a short time and see some amazing sights which will remain in your memories for a lifetime. 

Wanaka is an amazing little town without the hassles of a bigger town. There is everything you need to have a fantastic holiday when you are not out sightseeing including, award winning restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, cocktail bars and local breweries. There are several sporting events throughout the year as well as Arts, Music and Theatre. The view is amazing from the lake front, where you can sit and enjoy a drink and dinner while the sun sets over the mountains. For all you outdoor enthusiasts, you will be in outdoor heaven, with endless mountain biking, hiking, climbing and lake activities. You will have countless opportunities to get out into the fresh mountain air.

So don’t just rush by on a fleeting visit…….STOP - take a look around, breathe the fresh air and listen to the birds sing. Wanaka can offer so much, you just need to know the right people!!

Contact us to find out how we can organise a trip of a lifetime and ensure you make the most of Wanaka and surrounding regions.

Corporate Wellbeing

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 17, 2019

"well-being" - noun - a state of health, happiness and high life satisfaction.

It’s early. Lake Wanaka is still, bearing the reflections of immense mountains. The view takes up your living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the snowy tip of Mount Aspiring just visible. Two hours ahead of Sydney, you get a couple of hours of work done, a cup of coffee in hand, before most of your competitors are even out of bed. Then a heli-ski day awaits; you leave the ground and all your worries far below, the sound of the chopper blades filling the cabin as you’re carried through the clear mountain air to the powder-filled valleys of New Zealand’s exquisite backcountry. 

This is a snapshot of how Release Wanaka can assist your organisation to acquire, engage and retain your biggest asset; your employees.

It’s no secret that employers of choice prioritise a healthy, happy and engaged culture, thereby improving staff retention and performance. Smart businesses support holistic wellbeing strategies, in turn attracting the best talent to their organisations. This choice ripples top down through companies; inspired employees hit bigger targets more consistently and more sustainably. They think on their feet, see the bigger picture and have more passion to pour into their work.

The best teams are made up of individuals operating at their prime. Energised, enthused and focused, they’re innovative and fluid in a world that demands an ability to pivot between precision and passion. 

The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working. By helping your staff take steps towards that elusive work-life balance, you are actively ensuring their wellbeing. We have your business’s success at heart, providing your team the time to rest, recharge and spend time with loved ones pays dividends in the long run.

We don’t want your key talent to simply survive - we want them to thrive!

Release Wanaka are the locals who can help ignite the flame that burns in your valued employees. Our team specialise in creating tailor-made, holistic Corporate Wellness Solutions like no other, far beyond the realms of just another team building exercise. 

Wanaka and its surrounding pristine playground can become your new flexible work environment, combined with bespoke staff-experience programs designed to challenge, inspire, engage and invigorate. 

Our exclusive network of elite outdoorsmen and women, professional athletes and instructors offer exhilarating, once in a lifetime backcountry adventures and training sessions in a spectacular alpine terrain. There is simply nothing like bracing mountain air and a holistic mind-body approach to recharge, rewire and release.

Based from our luxury villa collection we provide outstanding individualised employee experiences that will be seared into the memories of your staff. We open doors for them to remember their unlimited capacity. We flick the switch on the floodlight of their purpose and help disrupt the status quo so your employees and teams can reach new heights. Do more, change more, be more. 

For more information regarding our 'Corporate Getaways' and how we can help you and your employees, contact us here.

Skiing in Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 16, 2019

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is a haven for ski enthusiasts and snow lovers. With 3 awesome ski fields on our doorstep it makes the perfect destination to find suitable terrain for all ages and abilities and provides an ideal location for an unforgettable family ski holiday. Wanaka town is buzzing in the evening, for a bit of ‘Apres-ski’ and with numerous events and non-snow activities, the whole family can be in winter holiday heaven. 

There are an array of snow focused activities available, including Heli-Skiing, Dog Sledding and Back Country Touring, but here we outline the 3 ski fields that offer a variety of skiing and winter activities and all are within an easy 40 minute drive of Wanaka. 

Cardrona Alpine Resort 

Set on the mountains above the Cardrona valley, Cardrona Alpine Resort is a favourite amongst families. Offering an array of terrain for beginners right through to advanced racers, it is a very popular field all winter. At the moment Cardrona has 2 x magic carpets, 2 x chairlifts and the Chondala (Chair and Gondola in one), making the snowy peaks accessible for not only skiers and boarders but also snow lovers who wish to take in the stunning view of the Southern Alps from the top without having to put on the planks. The ski field offers ski and snowboard lessons for all levels and with 5 locations to grab a drink and something to eat there is plenty of opportunity to rest those tired legs.

Treble Cone Ski field

Treble Cone Ski Field is the largest ski field in the South Island of New Zealand, offering a lift serviced vertical drop of 700m, the longest run in the Southern Lakes region. It is well known for its fantastic off piste terrain and stunning views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Advanced skiers and boarders can experience a playground of challenging powder runs featuring natural half pipes and gnarly slopes. The ski field offers 5 cafes/restaurants to choose a beverage from, whether it is a grab and go pie on your own, or a sit down and relax meal for everyone!

Snow Farm

For all you cross - country skiers out there or all you ski-lovers who want to experience something other than downhill, then The Snow Farm is the place to go. With over 55km of groomed trails, you will never get bored of the terrain. Catering for all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, and offering not only cross-country skiing, the Snow Farm makes the perfect location for a fun, family, winter day out. The kids will love the snow tubing and if you are feeling adventurous, chuck on some snow shoes and head out on a guided tour of the Pisa Range. At the base sits the Snow Farm Lodge where you can grab a bite to eat, in either the bar, cafe or restaurant.

So if you are looking for a ski holiday destination in New Zealand, then Wanaka probably has it all. We can sort your accommodation, ski passes, rental equipment, transport and offer advice on which field would work for you and your group. For more information about skiing in Wanaka, contact the Release Wanaka team here.

Release Wanaka's Top 5 - Lunch

Posted by Release Wanaka on February 26, 2019

Release Wanaka’s Top 5 – Lunch

It is lunchtime in Wanaka and the choice is overwhelming. Here are a few of our favourites for you to go and try. So grab some friends and head out for a long leisurely lunch, maybe it will lead to some pre-dinner drinks (our next blog!)

1/ Big Fig Wanaka 

“Slow food served fast” is how they describe this extremely popular restaurant in the centre of Wanaka. This funky restaurant has seating inside and out and serves the best coffee in town (ok, 'one' of the best coffee's!). “We have a changing menu of slow-cooked meat like lamb shawarma and pomegranate beef cheeks, sweet spicy tangy meatballs, free-range rotisserie chickens, yummy vegetarian and vegan tagines, gratins, pilafs, stuffed veggies, stews, and braises. Our salads are grainy and greenie, roasty and tasty, herb-filled and jammed with flavour.” - rumbling tummy alert!!

2/ Hook

Newly opened, Hook, is not just a restaurant but an experience. If you are a fan of Salmon then this is the place to go – Sashimi / Hot Smoked / Cold Smoked, they will prepare it however you like it. Grab a rod and head over to the purpose built lake to catch your lunch, “From Lake to Plate” in a matter of minutes. "Located in Wanaka, right at the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Lakes, Hook is a place where everyone is welcomed to enjoy Wanaka’s stunning alpine setting in comfort and with ease."      

Photo from www.hookwanaka.nz     

3/ Cardrona Hotel

This has to be one of the best beer gardens in the area. Beautiful established gardens surround this historic hotel, providing a peaceful, spacious setting to relax and enjoy a local beer and lunch. There is plenty of room for the children to run around and the outdoor fire in the winter is real draw card. "Rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand, the historic facade hides an award-winning restaurant, legendary beer garden and charming hotel rooms with an atmosphere second-to-none. "

Cardrona Hotel NZ

4/  Double Black

If you are out and about, maybe on your bike, then stop by Albert Town and visit the team at Double Black. Serving delicious food and awesome coffee, this is a popular spot for the locals. With dishes like the “Asian Pork Benny” and the “The Double Black Original Hash”, it is a place not to be missed on your culinary search around Wanaka. "The perfect pit stop! There are a number of walking and bike tracks near us. Located only a five minute walk from Wanaka's famous Mt Iron walking track - why not drop in for a refreshment or bite to eat? Ample parking also available!"

5/ Burrito Craft

One of the many food trucks in town, Burrito Craft offers a tasty meal that can be enjoyed by the lake. With the choice of Burritos or Tacos filled with your choice of meats or vegetables, this is the perfect lunch for a hit of Mexican flavour and a kick of chilli! You can phone your order ahead, grab it and head to one of the many idyllic spots around Wanaka. A flavourful take away lunch that the whole family can enjoy!

Photo from Lake Wanaka Tourism

This is just a small selection of some of the fantastic places to eat we have here in Wanaka, New Zealand. There are many, many more to sample and Release Wanaka guests have access to local advice and recommendations via our Wanaka based team. You can contact us here to become a Release Wanaka guest.

Couples Retreats | Release Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on January 10, 2019

Calling all Couples......

We have just introduced a new section to our website, Release Wanaka – Couples Retreats. This section offers luxury, self-contained accommodation for couples who like to be independent and have all the mod-cons to hand. 

Release Wanaka - The Banya

We have a number of apartments which are specifically for two, but we are currently adding some of our full holiday rentals at a couples rate. This gives you the space and amenities without the full rate price tag. All our homes are fully furnished and come with luxurious linens and towels as well as toiletries and pantry essentials, all you have to do is bring your clothes.

Release Wanaka - Nokomai

Wanaka is a wonderful holiday destination with idyllic scenery and adventures for everyone. If you are feeling energetic, there are lots of walks, climbs, bike rides and activities to participate in or if not so energetic then opt for a wine tour, heli flight or boat trip. It can be as romantic as you like with beautiful sunsets, award winning restaurants and perfect locations for that stunning couples shot, Instagram look out!

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Keep an eye on our “Couples Retreats” section on our website as we add more homes for you and your partner to relax in without having to pay full price. A perfect option for those who wish privacy and freedom to do what they want when they want!!

For more information, contact us here.

Release Wanaka - Horseshoe Bend Estate

Posted by Release Wanaka on December 13, 2018

Amongst 17 acres near to the Hawea River sits this resort style property. A private retreat which offers peace, space and fun.

luxury self-contained villa in Wanaka

Horseshoe Bend Estate, our beautiful luxury self-contained villa, sleeps 12 guests in 2 separate buildings – ‘The main House’ and ‘The Tennis Court Pavilion’. The Main House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an open plan kitchen/dining/living area. Upstairs features the master bedroom with an En-suite bathroom, balcony and adjoining nursery, complete with cot and change table. The Tennis Court Pavilion also sleeps 6 in 3 guest rooms. It too has an open plan kitchen/dining/living area and features an indoor/outdoor BBQ area with a fire and sofas.

luxury villa in Wanaka

The grounds and outdoor area are the real treat. A swimming pool beside the Pool House takes centre stage with a changing room and steam room as well as a spa pool hidden discreetly around the corner. The fully fenced pool area provides sun loungers, bean bags and large cantilever umbrellas, all you need to provide is the sun block and cocktails.

horseshoe bend estate

A tennis court situated between the pool house and Tennis Court Pavilion provides entertainment for all, especially those competitive mums and dads who would like a break from the kids. 

The large outdoor seating area with built in BBQ, outdoor fire, fridge and lots of comfortable furniture is the perfect place to entertain and relax in the warm, Otago evening sun. The kids can play on the huge piece of lawn or head over to the inground trampoline to burn off some of that holiday energy. There are heaps of places for them to explore with an edible garden, a fully fenced pond and forest everywhere.

Horseshoe Bend Estate is a mini resort. A place that you don’t need to leave to keep the kids and yourselves entertained. It provides a holiday vibe in beautiful surroundings. It is the perfect place to stay with extended family or friends and it can provide the ultimate location for a special event/occasion.

For more information about availability or hosting an event at Horseshoe Bend Estate, please contact our team today. 

A Day Out At Cardrona Village

Posted by Release Wanaka on December 07, 2018

Only a  20minute drive from Wanaka on the Cardrona Valley Road, you will come to the small village of Cardrona. The area is well known for Cardrona Alpine Resort but there are definitely a few other things to see and do to make a great day out. Here are a few ideas to enjoy your time in this stunning area, surrounded by mountains and set in a delightful valley.

Heading along the main Cardrona Valley Road and before you reach the Cardrona Alpine Resort access road, you will see a turn-off to the right, where you can view the infamous “Bra Fence”. Pushed by locals to continue growing and spread awareness of Breast Cancer, the “Bra Fence” is a great photo opportunity and an interesting addition to Cardrona's uniqueness.

Heading down the same turn off you will come to Cardrona Distillery. Here you can take a tour and learn about the art of making hand-distilled artisan spirits and finish it off with a tasting. The tours take approximately 75 - 90minutes and are available from 10am - 3pm every day.

things to do in cardronaPhoto from www.cardronadistillery.com

Further along the road, if you fancy an ice cream/coffee/cake/soft drink……., you can stop off at the General Store. Open from 7am it is a great place to fuel up before your next adventure or grab a take away.

If you are after a lunch date, head to The Cardrona Hotel, where they have the most beautiful beer garden. The menu is varied and it is perfect for the kids, with outdoor swings and games to keep them entertained, while you sit back and relax with a local brew. Next door, in a cute little gallery, you will find a selection of local pieces, so you can take a piece of Cardrona home with you.

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

If you are looking for something a bit more active then head to “The Cardrona”. Located at the same turn off as the distillery, they offer Horse Trekking and Quad Biking. They provide one on one riding lessons or numerous treks including ‘Twilight Rides’. The Quad Biking is adapted to your personal ability, so is suitable for everyone and it will take you up to some amazing views only accessible by Quads.

things to see in cardrona Photo from www.thecardrona.co.nz

If you carry on past the Cardrona Hotel you will come to “Backcountry Saddle”, offering fantastic family-friendly treks. Taking you into the historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus, there are great photo opportunities with the surrounding mountains and the Cardrona valley below. Treks take 2hours and leave twice a day, 10am and 1.30pm.

Plenty to do on a day out in Cardrona and it is only a 20minute drive from Wanaka. For more information please contact us

A Dining Room With A View

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 29, 2018

 

A dining room with a view

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is situated at the head of Mt Aspiring National Park amongst the Southern Alps. The views are spectacular of the pristine lake and the snow-capped mountains. Release Wanaka properties have some stunning views and below are some of our best ‘dining room views’. Here you can sit back, enjoy some delicious food and wine while looking out to the mesmerizing landscape

Release Wanaka - The Dacha

The Dacha epitomises the elegance of modern architecture and is one of New Zealand's finest private residences. The Dacha enjoys dramatic panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and its spectacular mountainous landscape. Local Otago schist stonework has been featured throughout the property, soaring ceilings are timber lined delivering warmth and contrast. The main residence has three superb ensuite bedrooms and two generous bunkrooms that offer guests flexibility, depending on their preferred bedding requirements.

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Release Wanaka - Forest Heights

Forest Heights is a brand new luxury holiday home with fantastic panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding rugged mountains. This stunning residence is ideal for your Wanaka vacation with easy access to walking and biking trails, not to mention all the activities and restaurants that Wanaka has to offer. With 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this luxury property sleeps up to 8 people. Architecturally designed and split over 3 levels, there are multiple spacious living areas filled with beautiful artwork. These include a modern kitchen with butler's pantry and a unique alfresco BBQ area that provides plenty of room for extended family and friends.

Release Wanaka - Whare Kea

Strikingly designed in timber and glass, Whare Kea appears to float on the edge of Lake Wanaka against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps. This award-winning lodge has been transformed into an exclusive use villa offering a private retreat for up to 12 guests. With its light-filled interior and spectacular vistas, Whare Kea provides perfect luxury accommodation for families or groups of friends wishing to soak up the splendour of the area in a private location.

Release Wanaka – Westlands

Established, native gardens surround this large, secluded home and frame the outstanding views of Lake Wanaka and the rugged peaks of the Mt.Aspiring National Park. Westlands is a charming property, set in a private location, yet only a short walk to the lake and an easy 5-minute drive to the Wanaka township. This spacious 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home offers various living and entertaining areas. 

Release Wanaka – Faulks Terrace

Faulks Terrace is perfectly located within easy distance of central Wanaka and has beautiful views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. In the summer, picture yourself sipping on your morning coffee on the balcony as you watch the first boats of the day head out on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka. Or in winter, retire to the fireside with a glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir after a day on the slopes, as you watch the sun go down behind the snow-capped mountains.

If you would like to experience "A dining room with a view", here in Wanaka, New Zealand, then get in touch with our team at Release Wanaka. We can accommodate 1-16 guests in our luxury holiday rentals, so you can sit down, unwind and enjoy the view!

Release Wanaka's Top 5 - Morning Tea

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 22, 2018

Release Wanaka’s Top 5 – Morning Tea

Continuing on from our Top 5 – Breakfast locations, we move to ‘Morning Tea’. Morning Tea, Elevenses, Smoko…..whatever you want to call it, we all need something to get us through to lunchtime, whether it is savoury or sweet! 

1/ Pembroke Patisserie

Pembroke Patisserie has been around for a while suppling local businesses with their delicious pastries and cakes as well as been a regular at the local market. Recently they opened their doors in Albert Town and now offer all their sweet treats in stylish surroundings with delicious coffee too.

2/ Edgewater Resort

If you would like a relaxing morning stroll along the lake front, then park up and wander west, past the lone Wanaka Tree, to Edgewater Resort. If you like freshly baked scones, then even better! Edgewater’s “Famous Scone Menu” offers both savoury and sweet scones made to order which can be finished off with a nice cup of tea.

3/ Paddle Wanaka

Yes, you read that right –“Paddle Wanaka”!! Not only do they offer a fantastic morning out on the lake but they have, according to reviews, the best homemade chocolate brownie EVER. Coupled with barista made coffee in an amazing location this is a morning tea you will never forget.

Photos by Paddle Wanaka

4/ Alchemy

Set across the road from the lake with lots of seating inside and out, Alchemy offers fresh baking daily including Gluten Free options and yummy coffee. An easy choice if you are in town and need to fuel up in between shopping and sightseeing.

5/ Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen has been around for a long time and has a well-established reputation to be the place to go for healthy food. Sweet treats are no exception and the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee. With plenty of choice for gluten, dairy, or sugar-free cake, there is something for everyone in this organic shop/cafe which to us is, bliss ball heaven!

There are heaps more places to go in Wanaka, this is just a taster. They all do take way also, so if you are heading away on a trip somewhere make sure you pack that morning tea treat. For more info contact Release Wanaka.

Family Holiday Rentals

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 16, 2018

Family Holiday Rentals

Traveling with family requires space, inside and out. It is great to have various living areas, a spacious garden and enough beds to sleep everyone comfortably. Release Wanaka have a number of large properties which fit the ‘family’ criteria and so we thought we would show you our most popular here for you to take a look at.

1/ Release Wanaka - River Ridge

Family Holiday Rentals | Release Wanaka News | Release Wanaka

Release Wanaka - River Ridge : Sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms, with various bed configurations, this property is an awesome family choice. The layout of this home features several  living areas, a billiard room and a separate second kitchen. Set on a number of acres there is lots of space outdoors to explore and play for both kids and adults. The river is only 500m away for a cooling dip in the summer or a spot of fishing, family fishing licenses are available in Wanaka. With surrounding mountain views, this property ticks all the boxes for a great family getaway.

2/ Release Wanaka - Westlands

Release Wanaka - Westlands : The garden at Westlands is a perfect hide and seek venue, with established planting and a secret sleepout. The 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms offer plenty of room to sleep a group of 10 and with the separate upstairs TV room, the kids can hang out and watch a movie while the adults relax in the luxurious living room or outdoor area. There is also a separate ensuite bedroom with sitting room and deck for whoever needs the peace and quiet and privacy. The views are spectacular and it is a short walk (even the littlies will manage) to the lake where you can swim, kayak, paddleboard and picnic.

3/ Release Wanaka - Horseshoe Bend Estate

Release Wanaka - Horseshoe Bend Estate : A child’s dream property with a swimming pool, trampoline, tennis court, huge grounds to play games in and an edible forest to go looking for snacks. There are two separate houses both sleeping 6 and the master suite has a nursery next door with cot and change table. The ideal property for a large family or two families traveling together but with the space to have family time to yourself. Located a short drive from Wanaka, Horseshoe Bend Estate is the ideal property to get away from it all and have your own minature resort all to yourself.

These properties are available most of the year including school holidays, so get in touch to secure your dates. You can contact us via our website or email us at [email protected]