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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 short (up to 3/4 hours) walks 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 and 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 round 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, ask our Wanaka Fixer for more information.

 

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 Makaroa’ 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 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 A J Hacketts 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 Release Wanaka here.

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!

Biking Events in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 27, 2018

Following on from last week’s blog about Mountain Biking, we would like to tempt you with some cycling events that are coming up on the Wanaka calendar. Whether you are after a big or small challenge, these annual events offer a safe and fun environment to push yourself in a location that is stunning.

The Deans Bank 10hr + Kids Race - 21st October 2018

The challenge here is to ride a purpose-built 12km mountain bike loop as many times, as you and your teammates can, in 10hrs. This can be done individually for the ultimate challenge! Set by the Clutha River in Albert Town the Deans Bank 10hr is a popular event for both locals and holidaymakers. It will test your endurance, skills and dedication.

The Red Bull Defiance - 19th & 20th January 2019

Not for the faint-hearted, this event is extreme, an ultimate challenge to complete in 2 days. The mountain biking is only a small part of it, with running, kayaking and abseiling. An event that spans over 140km through high country stations with the most amazing views of the mountains as your backdrop.

Biking events in WanakaPhoto from Red Bull Defiance 

The Big Easy - 26th January 2019

A 48km mountain bike starting at the snow farm and finishing in Luggate, will reward you with panoramic views, challenging terrain and over 2200m of fun-filled decent! There is also a shorter 36km, but just as challenging, course or an 18km course called ‘Lil Easy’, which you can do as a family.

Challenge Wanaka 2019 - 16th February 2019

For all you roadies out there, this is an amazing event to be part of. A triathlon described as “The most scenic triathlon in the world”. Form a team with a swimmer and runner and enter the full or half Challenge biking 180km or 90km, respectively. Challenge Wanaka has grown since it first started in 2007 and is now one of the most popular events that Wanaka hosts in its yearly calendar.

Cycling events in Wanaka Photo Tim Pierce

Motatapu Mountain Bike - 9th March 2019

A mountain bike event taking you into the high country through the amazing Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. A 47km track with hill climbs river crossings and a few steep descents. Starting on the shores of Lake Wanaka and finishing in Arrowtown, this event welcomes “pro’s, amateurs and newbies”.

Contact Epic - 13th April 2019

There is something for everyone at this mountain biking event that takes place on the shores of Lake Hawea, only 15mins from Wanaka. With 3 different courses, you have 3 different options depending on what your aim is. 

‘Epic’ - “The 125km “test piece” for endurance athletes or those with a sense of adventure. A full circumnavigation of Lake Hawea.”

‘Classic’ - “A 95km circumnavigation of Lake Hawea. Taking in the best of the scenery and course”

‘Traverse’ - On a different course than the Epic or Classic, this is a 35km introductory race for those wanting to be part of the Contact Epic experience. The course traverse’s parts of the Hawea and mighty Clutha rivers in a loop track before finishing back at the lake Hawea Hotel.

Biking trails in Wanaka Photo from Lake Wanaka 

There you have it, something for all you bikers out there of all abilities. Come and stay at one of Release Wanaka’s luxurious holiday homes and experience the amazing bike culture we have here in Wanaka. We can help you with equipment hire and entries as well as pre and post race massages, private chefs to cook up some nutritious, energy providing meals and hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas to relieve any aching muscles. 

So, what are you waiting for - GET ON YER BIKE!!

Mountain Biking in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 20, 2018

Mountain Biking in Wanaka

The weather is certainly warming up here in Wanaka, New Zealand (except for that massive snow storm on Monday!) which gets you thinking about packing in the skis and dusting off the bike. What better way to explore the region than off the beaten track, peddling at a pace that suits you and the great thing about biking in Wanaka, is that it caters for all. 

If you are looking for an easy, cruisey ride, Wanaka’s got it!

If you are looking for some excitement but without the ‘extreme’, Wanaka’s got it!

If you are looking for some gnarly downhill tracks, Wanaka’s got it!

Yep, this region has some of the best mountain biking in the country and it is all on your doorstep. Here are some tips to help you decide where to go and what to expect -

EASY

Wanaka Township to Waterfall Creek Track 

From town, you can bike around the lake edge to Waterfall Creek. Head along the western side of the lake where an easy, flat track takes you past the infamous "Wanaka Tree" and Wanaka Station Park. You will also head past Edgewater Resort, a great coffee or lunch stop and then Rippon Vineyard, before finishing up at Waterfall Creek.  

Wanaka Township to Beacon Point

An easy, flat ride along the lakeside from the Dinosaur Park to Beacon Point beach, passing Wanaka Yacht Club, Eely Point and Bremner Bay. There are plenty of picnic, swimming and BBQ spots as well as endless photo opportunities.

Easy mountain biking trails in Wanaka

MODERATE

Waterfall Creek to Glendhu Bay

“From Waterfall Creek, the track follows re-vegetated terraces above Lake Wanaka with spectacular views, to a small north-facing beach - Damper Bay - ideal for swimming in the summer. This first section of the track is quite hilly with some short, steep sections. From Damper Bay the track becomes easier until you finally reach Glendhu Bay and the motor camp. Don't miss the spectacular views of Mount Aspiring from Glendhu Bay.”

Minaret Burn Track

“This well-formed track provides easy access to beautiful beaches along Wanaka's western shore. From Homestead Bay carpark the track gently undulates towards small, sheltered, Colquhouns Beach; a popular swimming and picnic spot.", This track passes through native forest and bush, crossing streams and offers direct access to Lake Wanaka.

Upper Clutha River Track

“This track, from Lake Wanaka Outlet to Luggate, follows along the river bank offering views of the Clutha’s emerald-green water with the odd trout lurking in its shadows. Cyclists will enjoy shade in summer and shelter from the elements in winter. A loop option is possible when combined with the Newcastle Track, located on the true left of the river.”

Hard mountain biking trails in WanakaPhoto Tim Pierce

HARD

Meg Hut Track

A high-country hike or mountain bike to an iconic back-country hut on the Pisa Range. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this track but you will be rewarded with the views and the feeling of isolation amongst the mountains.

Hikuwai Loop

“The Hikuwai Track is made up of two tracks which join onto each other to make about a 7 - 8 km circuit depending on where you finish the track. They are generally done in a clockwise direction and the easiest place to find it is either just above the car park at the up-river end of the Outlet Track or off Aubrey Road approx 1km east of Outlet Road. An intermediate single track that is not particularly technical but with some wooden structures over fences and uphill pinches. Follow the Hikuwai Loop markers at ground level”

Deans Bank

“A fantastic one-way cross-country mountain bike loop track. The flowing single-track weaves its way through typical Otago landscape featuring matagouri and tussock with great views of the Clutha River and the Southern Alps. A selection of banks, berms and tight corners appeal to intermediate mountain bikers, with easier riding options around rocks and other technical obstacles. All of the climbs are well-constructed switchbacks with nice flowing downhill sections.”

FUN (for all abilities)

Cardrona 

When Cardrona shut their doors for the winter they open them up again for the summer. With numerous tracks all accessed by chairlifts, this has to be one of the most fun days out you will have on a bike. All levels are catered for in this biking playground with some of the longest vertical descents in the country.

Sticky Forest

Sticky Forest is a network of tracks from beginner to advanced. If you are looking for something fun and challenging, download the trail map here and follow the green (beginner), blue (intermediate) or black (advanced) runs. With heaps of tracks and plenty of Gap Jumps and Table Tops, you will never get bored.

 

This is just a handful of tracks Wanaka has to offer and Release Wanaka can help you to experience the very best. We can also help with bike hire, equipment hire and tours as well as private guides and heli biking.
Contact our team at Release Wanaka for more information. 

 

Wanaka Restaurants Hit Top 100

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 13, 2018

Wanaka Restaurants Hit Top 100

One of New Zealand’s top food magazines, “Cuisine Magazine”, announced their top 100 New Zealand restaurants on Monday. No less than three local Wanaka restaurants made it onto the list. Per capita, this has to allow Wanaka to claim the title of ‘Food Capital of New Zealand’. Even if this title has not been publicly claimed, we believe that it is true! Wanaka’s restaurant scene has taken off in the last 10 years with the introduction of many world-class, award-winning eateries and it was fantastic news to see three of them recognised this week.

kika 

“Owned and operated by award-winning chef James Stapley, kika is a restaurant in the lively town of Wanaka, New Zealand. Led by talented chef, Matt Brock, we take inspiration from global flavours to deliver innovative sharing style plates in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A carefully curated wine list with a mix of local and international varietals complements our eclectic style. Our menu changes with the seasons and we’re always searching out new and interesting produce.”

Kika Wanaka Restaurant hit top 100 Image from www.kika.nz

Bistro Gentil

“Led by Head Chef Mario Rodrigues, we revisit typical flavour combinations using fresh seasonal ingredients from our kitchen garden and the best of our region…..Our menus combine the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style – à la française, with a modern twist. Join us to sample house-made spreads and wines rarely offered by the glass. In addition to our carefully selected wine list, we offer sixteen wines by the glass, half glass and tasters through our Enomatic self-dispensing wine machines.”

Bistro Gentil Wanaka hits top 100 Image from www.bistrogentil.co.nz

ODE 

“Ode was created as a space for us to connect with and live our truths, to collaborate, to grow and generate change. We care about and respect our environment and our communities and are conscious of the impact our choices have on them and their long-term wellbeing…..Our food is innovative & progressive and like nature, ever evolving. Ode is a place for you to experience your environment through food. Food is our art form and each plate is an ode - to the earth, to family, to the present, the future & all that has lead us to this point. Ode is here to be enjoyed together in a place we are stoked to share with you.”

ODE restaurant Wanaka hits top 100 Image from www.odewanaka.com

This proves that Wanaka is not only a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and ski fanatics but also a food connoisseurs paradise. Come and sample some of New Zealand’s best restaurants in the stunning location of Wanaka, New Zealand, amongst the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps.

Release Wanaka has luxury vacation rental homes within walking distance of these amazing restaurants. For more information, contact our team today. 

 

 

Wanaka Luxury Family Holiday Without The Price Tag

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 06, 2018

Taking a family holiday can be a financial concern, but also an essential part of life and creating happy memories. A luxury family holiday in Wanaka, New Zealand may seem unrealistic, but we believe renting a Release Wanaka holiday home can make it achievable.

Sharing the cost of luxury rental accommodation with friends and family is the first step to an affordable luxury holiday. With a Release Wanaka holiday rental home, everyone can be under the same roof but can still have separate bedrooms and living areas. The cost of your entire stay can be split, making your family getaway more economical than a hotel.

Wanaka Luxury Family Holiday Without The Price Tag

Having a full kitchen with all the mod cons and essentials for cooking up a storm, is definitely a way to save money. Restaurant dining and takeaways can be pricey especially when you are doing it every night. Dining at home costs a fraction of the price and eliminates any hassles you have with fussy kids. It is also a great way to explore the local shops and cook with some local ingredients. Who doesn’t love a healthy home cooked meal?

Luxury family Wanaka property with kitchen

The Release Wanaka team are all locals who live here full time and have done for years. We know some amazing places to visit, without having to get your wallet out. It’s easy to keep the kids and yourself entertained without buying tickets in and around Wanaka. There are heaps of free activities and events to go to and the Release Wanaka team offer free recommendations and advice, just ask!

Experience the luxury of lake WanakaPhoto Tim Pierce

Staying with Release Wanaka you will also know what you are getting before you arrive, therefore there will be no hidden costs. Cleaning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and parking are all included in the rental price as well as luxurious linens, towels and toiletries. A yummy welcome pack is provided which contains some delicious, local goodies which you can sit back and enjoy in the knowledge that you won't be billed for it at the end of your stay. You will also become a Release Wanaka "VIP", which gives you discounts throughout town at various local cafes and shops.  

Stay with Release Wanaka

So if you are thinking a luxury family holiday in Wanaka is unachievable, then think again! Release Wanaka can make your dream holiday happen, you just need to grab a group of friends and family and make lifelong memories!

For more information contact us here.

10 Reasons To Visit Wanaka New Zealand In Spring

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 30, 2018

10 Reasons To Visit Wanaka New Zealand In The Spring

 

Wanaka, New Zealand is an all year round destination and adult playground and we believe Spring is one of the best times to visit, here is why…….

1/ Fewer People

Wanaka offers the opportunity to feel like you are the only one here with plenty of unique places for that “in the middle of no-where” feel without driving for miles.  Visit the Southern Lakes region during Springtime and enjoy the Wanaka township, surrounding mountains and rivers at a comfortable, relaxed pace.

2/ The Weather

The weather in New Zealand in the Spring is beautiful. Wanaka produces blue skies and comfortable temperatures, quite often getting into the mid 20’s, perfect for activities like biking, water sports, hiking, fishing and anything else you fancy doing in the great outdoors!

3/ Quieter Lake

It is an ideal time for boating and water sports on Lake Wanaka, with plenty of space to drop your boat in, explore the lake and maybe enjoy some trout fishing.

Lake Wanaka during spring Photo Tim Pierce

4/ Accommodation Deals

Coming to Wanaka during off-peak times gives you the opportunity to negotiate longer stay, holiday accommodation rates and get the pick of the bunch, especially with vacation and holiday rentals. It makes economic sense to stay just that little bit longer and explore this stunning region. Speak to our team for more information. 

5/ Daylight Saving

The clocks in New Zealand spring forward in September offering you longer daylight hours to enjoy whatever outdoor adventures you are enjoying but without interfering too much with the darker evenings. We all want to experience the sparkling fairy lights of town while having drinks and dinner.

6/ Spring Skiing

The Ski fields are still OPEN! 

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Area are only a 30min drive away, which means, you can pop up the mountain in the morning to enjoy a few runs and then back into Wanaka, change into your shorts and T-shirt and enjoy a beer in the sun by the lake.

7/ The Photo Opportunities

Longer days means you have longer to enjoy your activities without having to rush back to the lakefront to capture the stunning sunset over the snow-capped mountains. Also, with the trees and flowers in blossom, there are endless opportunities to capture the perfect shot.

8/ The Cute Little Lambs

As you probably know, New Zealand is well known for its sheep, so what better time to visit than, when the lambs are being born. Wanaka is surrounded by countryside and endless fields of sheep, which come to life in the Spring with lamps springing everywhere!

9/ Great Training Conditions

For all you outdoor sports enthusiasts, you would be mad not to come and develop your training skills here in Wanaka during Spring. The lake is like a mirror, superb for Kayaking and SUP Boarding, the skies are blue and the temperatures are mild, perfect for a riverside run, Mountain Biking and/or some quiet country road rides, it doesn't get much better!

Kayak on the Wanaka lake during spring

10/ Cheaper Flights

Off-peak times produce off-peak rates, therefore flying to New Zealand in the Spring tends to be cheaper. Wanaka is only a 1-hour drive from Queenstown International Airport over the stunning Crown Range Road.

 

There you have it, 10 reasons to come and visit Wanaka, New Zealand this Spring. 

For more information about our holiday and vacation rentals and activities in and around Wanaka, Contact the team at Release Wanaka today. 

 

Calling All Digital Nomads

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 24, 2018

CALLING ALL DIGITAL NOMADS

Hello digital nomads, I hope you are sitting in an amazing location with your lap top in front of you looking out to a spectacular view and looking forward to what the rest of the day may bring. 

IF NOT……WHY NOT??

You have the opportunity to work anywhere in the world so make the most of it!

We believe that Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is the ultimate place to settle for a while to work and play. It is the perfect place to strike that work/life balance.

Photo Bonnie Jenkins

With New Zealand being the first country in the world to see the sunrise on a new day, you will always be ahead of the game, so you can get that deal done before everyone else awakes. It also offers an escape from the cold winters of the Northern Hemisphere.

Wanaka is a superb location for a ‘digital nomad’. An adult playground in the most stunning location and only a 1hour drive from Queenstown International Airport. Wherever you are in Wanaka you are treated to views of the Southern Alps and if you stay in one of Release Wanaka's luxury holiday rentals you are more than likely to have views of Lake Wanaka. You have a choice of activities to participate in when your work is complete for the day -  mountain biking, hiking, climbing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, paragliding, yoga, fishing, strolling along the lake front, enjoying award winning food and beer…...the list goes on and if you decide to come in the winter, then skiing is just a 40min drive away.

Photo Issac Johnston

Wanaka is a small town where you can slip right into the local way of life. Staying with Release Wanaka we not only offer you a home away from home but we offer local knowledge so you can make the most of your time here. We can point you in the right direction of just about anything and help you to organise equipment rental, trips, travel, meals…..you name it, we can help! The local schools welcome transient residents and short term memberships are available for clubs and groups. Wanaka is an international town welcoming people from all over the world all year round.

So, get away from the norm and do something different. Give your family a life experience and amazing memories. The only problem you will have with Wanaka, New Zealand is being able to leave!!

Contact Release Wanaka for information about renting one of our fabulous holiday homes.

Release Wanaka - River Ridge

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 14, 2018

Release Wanaka - River Ridge is an adaptable holiday rental home and caters for numerous types of groups and families traveling together. The home was hand made in Canada by “Pioneer Log Homes of BC” as seen on TV’s “Timber Kings”, then shipped to New Zealand. It offers so much due to its location and style - a bucket list luxury property!! Set on the banks of the Clutha River with views of the mountains, it is an ideal holiday rental for all.

Why you should stay at our new property…….

The Family  

Set in the countryside this luxury holiday home is surrounded by space for the kids to explore and burn up energy. The luxury holiday home is spacious and adaptable, providing separate living areas for the kids and adults.

The Fisherman

Set on the banks of the Clutha River you are treated to world class trout fishing a stone’s throw away. Grab your rod and wander down a mere 100m to the river, set up camp and relax in the peace and quiet.

The Host

Have friends and family come and visit you and stay in one of the 5 luxurious bedrooms with luxury linens. Entertain in the ‘Grand Room’ in front of the roaring fire and cook up a storm in the large, fully equipped kitchen. 

The Peace Seeker

Set on several acres, this luxury holiday home is private, secluded and tranquil. Listen to the roll of the river as you enjoy the views of the snow - capped mountain peaks.  A place to rejuvenate the body and soul.

The Friends

With 5 bedrooms, it is the perfect luxury Wanaka retreat for a group of 10 friends to hang out. Relax in the Billiards room until the small hours of the morning and crank up the music, safe in the knowledge that nobody is going to hear a thing.

Release Wanaka - River Ridge is a wonderful luxury holiday home for everyone. Unique, spacious and grand! It is a work of art and has been lovingly hand crafted to produce a one off property. A fantastic place for a special occasion or get together and enjoy a Wanaka holiday with friends and family. A fantastic place to get away from it all but still have the stunning town of Wanaka only 13 minutes away. 

For more information about availability and the surrounding area, please contact our team at Release Wanaka.