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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.

 

Escape The Madness

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 02, 2018

Escape The Madness

Flying into Queenstown International Airport you may be struck by the people, queues and traffic, it’s a busy place!! As the tourist population rate grows rapidly, it is always a bonus to find a unique location away from the madness.  Just 1 hour drive away from Queenstown, over the stunning Crown Range Road, you will discover the charming town of Wanaka

Wanaka is located at the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. Like Queenstown, Wanaka sits by a lake, has spectacular mountain views and offers amazing outdoor/adventure activities without the hordes of people.  Yes, it is a lot smaller and doesn’t have the number of shops, restaurants and bars that Queenstown offers, but it does have stylish shops, award winning restaurants and a bar to suit everyone. It’s all about quality not quantity, right?

Staying at one of our luxury holiday rentals, with all your family and friends under one roof, you are not only treated to spacious, luxurious surroundings , you are offered truly local advice. Our local team here at Release Wanaka can point you in the right direction to experience the surrounding area without the crowds.

So don’t waste time sitting in traffic or waiting in a huge queue for a burger, come and experience a place where you can relax, unwind and easily find a seat at an excellent local restaurant! 

For more information about any of our properties and the best time to visit this area contact our team at Release Wanaka here.

 

Cardrona Alpine Resort To Expand

Posted by Release Wanaka on July 23, 2018

Cardrona Alpine Resort to Expand

Big news emerged from the New Zealand ski industry last week - Cardrona Alpine Resort are joining forces with Soho Basin to eventually offer you the largest ski resort in New Zealand. 

world-class ski areasPhoto by Tim Pierce

What does this mean?

For you and me this means easy access to some pretty amazing terrain with stunning views of the Southern Alps and the Wakitipu Basin. It will open up approximately 600ha, more than doubling the size of Cardrona Alpine Resort currently.

When is this happening?

A 5 year plan was put into place 3 years ago to prepare for this expansion, therefore development will begin in a couple of years. Cardrona Alpine Resort want to have every aspect covered before access is given to the extra terrain. This means more car-parking, more eateries, more snow-making, more utilities…..

It is exciting news for all concerned and it will be a real asset to Wanaka locals and visitors. 

At present you can still experience the wonder of the Soho Basin and test out the terrain for the future. Release Wanaka can organise an amazing day trip, where you will be treated to some amazing skiing, unbelievable views and culinary delights. Contact Us for more information.

Release Wanaka - Kura House

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 29, 2018

The word ‘Kura’ means ‘school’ in Maori and relates very well to this brand new property. The former Wanaka Primary School site in the centre of town has been transformed into a modern, convenient subdivision with a diverse range of architecturally built homes. Release Wanaka - Kura House commands the front row and therefore has spectacular views. With a well thought out layout and upstairs living, the home captures plenty of sun and makes the most of the view of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

This bright, fresh home is located within an easy walk of Wanaka centre, where you can experience some fantastic cafes and restaurants. There are numerous to choose from and you can relax with a local beer or wine knowing that your holiday home is only a short stroll away.

This is an ideal property for winter with central heating throughout and gas fire in the living room, provides warmth and comfort. The huge garage is perfect storage for all your ski gear or mountain bikes and golf clubs, for those days off the slopes. A great place to stay with a group of friends or family with the convenience of town on your doorstep!

For more information about Release Wanaka - Kura House, contact us here.

Holiday Home V's Hotel Room

Posted by Release Wanaka on February 12, 2018

Holiday Home V’s Hotel Room - no contest in our eyes!

If you are anything like us then being on holiday is all about relaxation, comfort and doing what you want when you want. A holiday home can offer all these things plus more, giving you flexibility, convenience and enjoyment.

Here are our top 3 reasons why you should stay in a holiday home rather than a hotel room.

1st there is ‘Space’ - If you are traveling with kids or in a group you will appreciate space. 

  • Space for all the equipment you may bring or hire  - ski gear, bikes, kayaks, push chairs, guitars.
  • Space to escape to if you need some alone time, everyone needs alone time.
  • Space to unpack a bag and not live out of a suitcase, no more searching for that pair of socks.
  • Space to exercise and work on those yoga moves, dance moves, gymnastic moves…….
  • Space to entertain friends or family, without having to crowd around a bed drinking wine!

2nd is ‘Privacy’ - Knowing there are people on the other side of that wall is not relaxing.

  • Privacy gives you the option to talk as loud as you want knowing you won’t disturb others. 
  • Privacy allows you to dress in whatever you feel like, PJ’s at dinner?
  • Privacy to use the pool or hot tub and not share it with other guests.
  • Privacy lets you relax in your own living area, feet up in front of the fire.
  • Privacy gives you the option to work away from everyone else having a siesta!

3rd is ‘Flexibility’ -  You can do whatever you want, when you want.

  • Flexibility to eat when you want, breakfast at 11am, why not!!
  • Flexibility to drink wine for as long as you want, forget closing time.
  • Flexibility to use the facilities when you want, not during allocated hours.
  • Flexibility to cook for yourself and not eat out ALL the time.
  • Flexibility to decide when the music goes off, no more listening to a live band until the small hours.

There are plenty more reasons to stay in a Holiday Home and with Release Wanaka, Contact Us, if you would like more information about any of our wonderful properties.

Release Wanaka - Te Kahu

Posted by Release Wanaka on January 17, 2018

Wanaka residence features on BBC

Release Wanaka - Te Kahu (Te Kaitaka) has featured on the BBC as "one of the world’s four most extraordinary mountain residences".  Te Kahu (Te Kaitaka) is nestled into its environment at perfect peace with its 50-acre surroundings of tussock and natural bush. The architecturally designed luxury villa has timber cedar cladding inside out and blends beautifully with the outstanding natural landscape upon which it sits.

Articles in the NZ Herald and Otago Daily Times acknowledged the achievement and wrote -

"A multi-award-winning Central Otago house designed by two Auckland architects and owned by a pioneering skin specialist has featured on the BBC as one of the world’s four most extraordinary mountain residences.

Te Kaitaka is outside Wanaka and was designed by Nicholas Stevens and Gary Lawson of Parnell’s Stevens Lawson, and it featured on the BBC’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.

The BBC show’s hosts, award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actor and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin, also presented a Californian house which incorporated the wings of a Boeing 747, a Swiss Alps chalet and a Tucson mountain retreat in Arizona.

The hosts enthused over the Wanaka home, showing off its unusual shape.

“Designed to fit within strict planning regulations, the house was inspired by the surrounding trees and mountains and is camouflaged using wooden cedar cladding to cloak the building and with fireplaces cast in concrete,” the BBC said of the home.

The New Zealand house is around half an hour outside Wanaka, sits above the lake, is beneath a main flight path and is an origami-style structure which took about three years to build.

Stevens said the clients were Mark and Suzanah Gray.

“It’s very satisfying and exciting,” Stevens said of the BBC programme.

“Te Kaitaka refers to the timber draping over the building like a cloak. The house was built in 2010 with timber which wraps around the whole house, so tonally it looks like tussock. The timber weathers off, developing a tussock colour, so that’s why it has that camouflage sense. The geometry is also quite angular, like the mountains and rocks. It’s a very, very special house, to do with how it relates to its environment. You might call it spirit of place.”

Mark Gray is a pioneer of cosmetic dermatology who founded the Skin Institute national chain of specialist medical centres. His profile outlines his main areas of interest.

“Dr Gray’s special interests include skin cancer, in particular complex skin cancer surgery involving reconstruction of the head and neck area utilising the Mohs micrographic method. Dr Gray has been practising Mohs surgery for over 10 years. Dr Gray is currently working in a multidisciplinary group of specialist surgeons from head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, plastic surgery and general surgery within the Skin Institute group of clinics,” his professional profile says.

Lawson said he was delighted with the BBC programme on the Wanaka house.

“The fact that it was one of only four was pretty flattering, it’s an amazing, amazing thing,” Lawson said. “It’s a concrete structure with concrete internal walls and a reasonably complex build in a very challenging environment.”

The house was about 400sq m, had four bedrooms and was built into the hillside which made it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, he said. It was built by local firm Tony Quirk Builders, pre-cast concrete features were made in Ashburton and David Trubridge’s Snowflake pendant lampshades were specified in the architectural plans, Lawson said.

Floors were of local schist and oak. Skylights feature in the hallway area, kitchen and living area.

The job was challenging, Lawson said, because the lake and main views were to the south, making it harder to capture warmth and solar energy from the north “so we had to orientate the house to take in the dramatic lake and mountain views”."

This private award winning residence sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 ensuite rooms. For more information contact Release Wanaka.

The Wanaka Fixer

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 23, 2017

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Wanaka Fixer service is like a secret society working underground to find the best places and activities for you to enjoy - that’s right folks, these people do exist! Providing you with endless amounts of local information our Wanaka Fixers are here to guide you and ensure that your vacation dreams are realised!

Our head “Wanaka Fixer”, Andrea, has lived in Wanaka since 2002 and has worked in the NZ Tourism Industry for over 15 years. She has worked in the ski industry in several countries including NZ, France and the US as well as in Adventure Tourism and Water sports.
Originally from the UK, Andrea has become a familiar face around town after working for companies including Cardrona, Skydive Wanaka and Paddle Wanaka. Her local contacts and knowledge astound me but don’t surprise me, as she is friendly, chatty and inquisitive. She has yet to have been asked a question about beautiful Wanaka and NZ that she cannot answer.

Andrea admiring the view at Release Wanaka - Whare Kea

“Wanaka Fixer” came to fruition after Andrea joined Release Wanaka. She has developed and expanded our concierge service providing guests with an experience and an opportunity to enjoy Wanaka to its maximum. This is not something that can be achieved by going online, it takes contacts, word of mouth and involvement. These are things that Andrea excels at and previous guests would agree:

- “I can't possibly say enough about the experience and support providing by Release Wanaka, which greatly exceeded our expectations. I spent almost 6 months researching and planning for this trip and without any prior knowledge about New Zealand. Andrea and anyone covering when she wasn't available, made us feel like visiting family, both during my endless emails and phone calls, as well as the arrival and during the visit. I really appreciated Andrea's patience with my endless questions and uncertainty about the activities initially thought to be well outside of our budget. From helping persuade me to convince my parents to enjoy their first helicopter ride, to restaurants recommendations, arrival gifts, home walk through, etc.....” - Mike, New Mexico

- “To Andrea and the Release Wanaka team: Thank you so much for your assistance in making our visit to New Zealand a dream come true. The house was beautiful and a perfect retreat for my family of 4. The lake/mountain views were incredible and pristine. Andrea was incredibly responsive throughout the planning phase, helping to facilitate everything from lift tickets to a surprise selection of craft beers for my husband (in the refrigerator upon our arrival)......” - Raven, Ryan, Australia

Here at Release Wanaka we have a combined local knowledge bank of over 40 years and we would love to share it with you. Let our Wanaka Fixer’s treat you to that local knowledge and show you an abundance of opportunities that you may otherwise never hear about.

A luxury holiday provides not only accommodation but those personal touches that stick with us forever! We would love to help make that trip to New Zealand a trip of a lifetime, contact our Wanaka Fixer here

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!