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Plan your Wanaka winter getaway

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 05, 2020

May is here, and that means winter is almost upon us. It certainly feels like it today! Here in Wanaka, New Zealand, we love both summer and winter. Summer is great for the long, hot days spent enjoying some of the amazing activities Wanaka and the lake has to offer – whether it be biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, or just relaxing in the sun with friends and family. The beauty is you can also do all those things in summer AND winter (just ask our boss Nick – he swears by a cold plunge in the lake all year round…!)

But the biggest perk of winter in Wanaka is getting up the mountain for a ski or snowboard. There are three amazing mountains to choose from in the Wanaka area, each offering something slightly different – Treble Cone has steeper terrain and is best suited to more experienced skiers or boarders, Cardrona is more family friendly with a great park area, and Snow Farm is for those who love cross country skiing.

This year, we’re confident the ski resorts will open, with general manager for Cardrona and Treble Cone indicating they are planning to get the hills back in business. "We are 100 per cent dedicated and committed to getting both resorts ready to open and we will start those final preparations on Tuesday,” Bridget said last week. “We're prepping both resorts - whether we open one, two, part of each, is not entirely planned yet.”

This will be great for the Wanaka recovery after COVID-19. As a town that relies very heavily on tourism, it will definitely go a long way to attract kiwis (and hopefully Australians, when the ‘trans-trasman bubble’ happens) back to this amazing area.

The COVID-19 alert level in New Zealand went down from level 4 to level 3 on Tuesday 28th April, giving kiwis a little bit more freedom, but also recommending keeping a small ‘bubble’ and staying home as much as possible. For the ski resorts to open, it will need to be level 2 for locals, or level 1 for our North Island friends to come visit. With the mountains set to open next month, we have everything crossed that we’ll be down to level 1 and ready to rock & roll in no time! 

This ski season was ramping up to be bigger and better than ever before, with the announcement that Treble Cone had been bought by Real Journeys, who also owns Cardrona. Having both mountains owned by the same company paved the way for multi-mountain passes, which was definitely an exciting prospect for both Wanaka locals and visitors alike. With the possibility of buying a dual season pass, or multi-day passes that could be used at both mountains, it means greater flexibility all round.


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Here at Release Wanaka, with our accommodation specials running until the end of November, we have some fantastic offers to make your ski trip both luxury and reasonable. Pay for 5 nights at selected properties, and stay for 7 – that’s 2 free nights, and your week skiing sorted!

We can also help with your ski rental and have this dropped to your luxury holiday home, taking any stress out of getting boots fitted and picking up gear.

Why wait? Get planning your ski trip to Wanaka now. We can’t wait to see you!

Kia kaha.

Light at the end of the tunnel - time to plan your Wanaka 'stay-cation'

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 26, 2020

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel! It was announced this week that New Zealand is preparing to move out of lockdown on Tuesday 28th April, which is great news. Here at Release Wanaka, we know the journey back to ‘normality’ may be a long one - it certainly will be for us too - but a holiday might be just what we all need to take our minds of this crazy situation, and have something to look forward to.

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Wanaka is an amazing destination for a much-needed family vacation when travel restrictions are relaxed. With the lake on your doorstep, and many beautiful tracks & trails to explore, getting out in the fresh air here is as easy as stepping out your front door and setting off on foot.

From now until the end of November, we will be running a variety of specials and reduced rates on selected properties, to give New Zealanders a trip to plan for & aim for (for their sanity!) and also to help promote more visitors to this wonderful area and give the Wanaka economy a welcome boost. The many local businesses here who rely on tourists coming in would absolutely love to see you.

For selected properties, we are offering FREE NIGHTS until the end of November 2020:

Pay for 3 nights, stay for 4
Pay for 5 nights, stay for 7
Pay for 7 nights, stay for 10

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We’re also looking to work with local suppliers and activity providers to hopefully come up with some great package deals – watch this space. To check out which properties we are running specials on, click here.

With talk of a 'Trans-Tasman bubble' on the cards when New Zealand and Australia have COVID-19 under control, we hope to see our friends from over the ditch able to visit soon too. 

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Contact us here and we'd love to help plan your Wanaka stay-cation. 

Kia kaha.

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Autumn lockdown in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 17, 2020

Autumn is a particularly beautiful time to visit Wanaka, New Zealand. The trees are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red, and on a calm day, the reflections on the lake and river are amazing. This year, only the residents of Wanaka are able to enjoy these views, as the country remains in lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.

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When New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Adern announced the country would be entering a 4-week lockdown to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, it sparked a shockwave throughout the country. Here in Wanaka, as was the case in many communities throughout New Zealand, people headed straight to the supermarket on a mission to stock up their pantries and cupboards with enough food and supplies to last four weeks.

In reality (and I think many people realised this within the first week of lockdown) panic buying was unnecessary. Supermarkets and pharmacies have remained open, shelves stocked up with everything you might need. A designated shopper per household has been able to go and buy food for everyone, and meal times have continued as normal (or as normal as possible in this crazy situation!)

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Lockdown hasn’t meant not being able to leave the house. We’ve been allowed to go out for exercise in our local neighbourhoods – and believe me, here in Wanaka we have a stunning backyard to explore! With so many tracks and trails to choose from, we're very lucky to have such a beautiful lockdown location, with ample opportunity to get out in the fresh air.
 

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The Release Wanaka team live all over the place – some of us in Wanaka, some in Albert Town and some in Luggate. We have been sharing photos from our daily walks with each other, and here are some of them, to show why Wanaka is the best place to be for lockdown. And guess what – it’s not going anywhere, and will be an awesome destination for a domestic holiday when this crazy situation is over.

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Easter this year was a busy one for us at Release Wanaka, with Warbirds over Wanaka bringing in lots of additional tourists keen to enjoy an Easter weekend in Wanaka. We are sad the many guests we had booked were unable to come and experience these beautiful autumnal scenes for themselves, but there is always next year!

In the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing some fantastic winter deals for domestic travellers looking for their ‘stay-cation’ destination, so keep an eye out!

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We look forward to seeing you all in Wanaka soon. Contact us here to discuss your next trip to Wanaka.

Kia kaha.

 

Make Wanaka your 'stay-cation' destination

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted and we are free to leave our homes, it is going to take a while for life to get back to normal - or at least a new version of normal. Here in Wanaka, New Zealand, our small town relies heavily on tourism, which has obviously taken a massive hit thus far, with the borders closed to all international visitors.

At this stage, it is looking like the borders may remain closed for some time, meaning not only a no-go for tourists coming in, but also a no-go for any international trips planned by New Zealanders. The latter isn’t the end of the world though – not when you have a beautiful backyard such as ours to holiday in!

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With plenty of amazing holiday locations to visit in New Zealand, here’s why we think Wanaka should be top of everyone’s ‘stay-cation’ list when the lockdown is over:

The scenery

We might be biased, but we think Wanaka is one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand. With the picture-perfect lake surrounded by magnificent mountains, any budding photographer can take some stunning shots of wonderful Wanaka.

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Activities

There are so many awesome activities to get your teeth into while in Wanaka. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just want to get out on the lake for a paddle, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And one thing is for certain – the activity operators will be so happy to see you! Skydiving, Via Ferrata rock climbing, boat trips, helicopter rides and paddleboarding are just a few ideas for the holiday to-do list. As well as accommodation, Release Wanaka also has a concierge service called Wanaka Travel Fixer. We can help book any activity you may want to try your hand at.

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Fresh air

Once the lockdown is over, and you’ve successfully survived 4 weeks staying at home, getting out in the fresh air is going to be on the top of lots of lists throughout the country. Wanaka is home to a huge selection of tracks and trails, perfect for hiking or biking, giving visitors plenty to sink their teeth into while they’re here. Hike up Mt Iron and see Wanaka from above, or bike along the river to beautiful Lake Hawea and have a well-deserved coffee or beer before biking back.

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Great cafes and restaurants

If you’re looking to eat out while on your Wanaka holiday, there are so many great local eateries we can recommend. Reasonably priced food is available wherever you turn, and there is a great selection. Try Fedeli for a takeaway lunch options – yummy salads, freshly made sandwiches and smoothies are all on offer. If you want a coffee in the sun, then Kai Whakapai is another firm favourite, with great coffee and a delicious selection of cakes. Or why not head to Lipsky & Sons, a new Wanaka restaurant serving cold beers and amazing food – perfect for sharing.  

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Great accommodation options

Here at Release Wanaka, we can help you find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Wanaka. We have more than 50 properties in our portfolio, so there’s bound to be something suitable for everyone. Many have stunning lake and mountain views, with great indoor and outdoor areas to relax as a family after a full day out exploring Wanaka. Check back soon for some special offers we're currently working on!

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We are so looking forward to seeing you all in Wanaka in the future. Fingers crossed COVID-19 is eliminated and we can get our freedom back soon. You get can get in touch with us here.

Take care out there. Kia kaha.

COVID-19 - Time To Holiday At Home

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 03, 2020

The world is certainly a strange place right now, and the main topic of conversation is COVID-19.  Here in Wanaka, New Zealand, we’re pretty lucky to have such an amazing location to hunker down, self isolate & ride this pandemic out.

In New Zealand, our prime minister Jacinda Adern has moved quickly to try & stop the spread of the virus, by closing the borders & putting the entire country in lockdown. Businesses have closed, schools have closed, and families must remain at home, in their ‘bubble’, for a period of at least 4 weeks. The message is clear: stay home, break the chain of transmission, and save lives.  Life as we know it is on hold.

The beauty of Wanaka is that it is a small town. We don’t live in a city. Our daily walks (you can still get out and enjoy) are along many tracks by the lake and river, with stunning views and wide open space to enjoy. Fresh air, peace & quiet is in abundance, which is something we’re all going to want to make the most of when this is all over. And one day, it will be over, we just don’t know when.

The future for tourism is looking challenging. The borders are unlikely to re-open to international tourists for quite a while. Until the virus is under control globally, New Zealand may very well stay in the bubble it is in, which will also mean no overseas trips to look forward to. But look at the country we are “stuck in”..! I might be biased, but it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There is so much to see and do in New Zealand, so why not take this opportunity to get out and explore our own backyard this year. Make 2020 and 2021 the years we all holiday in New Zealand, and play tourist in our own country.

Wanaka has so much to offer as a holiday destination. Get out on the lake and go paddleboarding or kayaking, go for a walk or bike ride on the many tracks and trails there are around the lake, or hop in a chopper and take to the skies to see wonderful Wanaka from above. The activity options are endless. The local companies providing these amazing experiences would love to see you. It will also help them through a challenging, uncertain  economic time.

Release Wanaka has more than 50 properties in our portfolio, offering a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. Whether you want a couple’s retreat, or a holiday home to share between two families, we have something that will fit your bill and budget.

When we get our freedom back, and can leave our homes and re-start our lives, New Zealand will still be here. And what a wonderful place it is! I don’t know about you, but I think a ‘stay-cation’ is what we are all going to need once this is over, and Wanaka is certainly a destination that should be top of the list.  So don’t stress about the future. There is nothing presently we can do except wait and ride this out, and plan our next holiday – in New Zealand.

Get in touch to book now. We can't wait to see you all in Wanaka in the future.

Make Isolation A Luxury Not A Burden!

Posted by Release Wanaka on March 18, 2020

As I sit writing this looking out to the mountains, lake and sunshine with not another person in sight, I think, this is not a bad place to be during the current situation around the world due to COVID-19. 

We live in Wanaka, New Zealand and we are very lucky to be stuck here. This small town, basically in the middle of nowhere, is the ideal location for isolation. There are endless places to escape and be on your own out in the fresh mountain air. The calm autumn weather is perfect for lake adventures and the cooler temperatures are perfect for getting on your hiking boots or jumping in the saddle. I read recently that in the 1900’s, fresh air and sunshine were key to recovering from a virus. Wanaka offers both of those things pretty much everyday.

You definitely won’t be bored here. The ever changing scenery will be enough to entertain you everyday and you wouldn’t have to move a muscle. If you want to get out and about, the adventures haven’t  stopped. Private heli charters can take you into the wilderness to walk, bike, paddle board, kayak or sit on a mountain top and have a gourmet lunch, while still isolating yourself from other people. 

If you are visiting New Zealand and cannot get out of the country or you live here and want a break, we would definitely recommend Wanaka as a place to take time out. Come and reset and reflect and ride out this crazy global storm. Getting here is still possible, drive in a private vehicle, helicopter or private jet.

We have some ideal properties for you and your family to sit tight in during this uncertain time, all of which offer outdoor areas giving you access to plenty of fresh mountain air. We can help organise private transport, grocery deliveries, private spa treatments within your home and adventures into the mountains. We have large homes that can fit the whole family and we can negotiate a weekly rate. Use this time to regroup with the family, spend some quality time together and make lifetime memories. If you would like more information about which properties we have available for long term stays you can contact us here.

Release Wanaka - Top 5 day hikes in Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on January 29, 2020

When you’re on vacation in beautiful New Zealand, a fab free family activity is to get out in the great outdoors and go for a hike. We’re lucky here in Wanaka, that there are so many amazing tracks with stunning views right on our doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a long, exhilarating walk to get the heart rate up, or a stroll around the lake with the family to get some fresh air, there are so many to choose from. And the best part is, you don’t have to go far to find somewhere beautiful to stretch your legs.

Here is a rundown of some of our favourite day hikes around Wanaka. Next time you come to Wanaka on vacation, why not try and tick a couple off?

Mt Iron – panoramic lake and mountain views

If you venture up Mt Iron first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon, you’ll pass plenty of Wanaka locals getting their fitness fix. This loop track hike takes around an hour and a half to complete, with stunning views at the top of Lake Wanaka and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. Why not head up for sunrise to start the day the right way, or for sunset, and relax at the benches at the top to watch the sun dip below the mountains. Great for all ages, it’s a firm family favourite of ours, and is close to the town centre.

Distance: 4.5km loop
Duration: 1.5 hours

Isthmus Peak – gorgeous views of Lake Hawea & Lake Wanaka

For us, Isthmus Peak is a much better alternative than the busy Roy’s Peak track (mentioned below), and a more enjoyable hike. The track to the 1,385m summit treats hikers to beautiful views of Lake Hawea on the way up, then, when you reach the top, gorgeous views over the top of Lake Wanaka as well. Why not take a packed lunch, and make a day of it? The views are spectacular, especially on a bluebird day like the one pictured. This track is also suitable for mountain bikes, so if you’re feeling energetic, rent a bike and get involved. 

Distance: 16 km
Duration: 5-7 hours

Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain – views of Mt Aspiring National Park

The track around Diamond Lake is a lovely, family-friendly hike. Those wanting a relaxing stroll can choose to just walk around Diamond Lake, then up to the lookout to view it from above. For those wanting to get the heartrate rising, continue up to the top of Rocky Mountain. The loop track boasts amazing views over the top of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. We always recommend this to guests, as it's a quieter hike than some of the others mentioned, with equally as beautiful views. We also recommend going early to avoid the heat and sun, as there isn’t much shade on the way up.

Diamond Lake lookout - 2km, 1 hour
Rocky Mountain - 7km, 3 hours

Rob Roy Glacier – explore Mt Aspiring National Park

Getting out in Mt Aspiring National Park is a must-do when on vacation in Wanaka, and the hike out to Rob Roy Glacier is a beautiful one. Starting at Raspberry Creek car park, an hour’s drive from Wanaka town centre in the national park, the track meanders through the valley before crossing the Matukituki river & heading up to the glacier. The views are sensational! Watch out for the cheeky Kea at the top – these Alpine parrots are stunning, with the most gorgeous colours on their wings, but they love to pester tourists for their snacks! Another great walk to take a picnic and enjoy the view before the walk down. This walk is also great for families as once you cross the bridge and start the climb up, the track weaves through the valley under the cover of the trees, so you’re sheltered from the hot summer sun. 

Distance: 10km
Duration: 3-4 hours

Roy’s Peak – famous views of Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park

Roy’s Peak is one of the most famous of Wanaka’s walks. Chances are you will have seen photos of this view before you’ve even got to New Zealand! People brave enough can expect a lung and leg-burner of a hike to the 1,578m summit, but will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Be prepared for the 16km return trip and take plenty of water and snacks, and of course (most importantly) your camera! We recommend heading out early in the morning for this hike, to beat the sun (there’s no shade on the way up) and to get a space in the car park! It's such a popular walk now, it can be hard to get a spot to park. There are shuttles from Wanaka town centre out to the start of the track also, which can be an easier alternative.

Distance: 16km
Duration: 5-6 hours

If this is enough to persuade you to come for a holiday, then get in touch with us and we'll help you plan your dream trip to Wanaka! 

 

Summer Holiday in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 26, 2019

Why Wanaka ticks all the boxes for the perfect Summer holiday.

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand offers an ideal destination for a fun and relaxing break. Here are only some of the many reasons why you should visit Wanaka for a Summer holiday.

The Weather

Wanaka is located in an area where the Summers are hot and dry. The sunny days are a significant plus to a Summer holiday. The average temperature sits at approximately 24 degrees and there is zero humidity. The days are long and don’t end until after 9pm, giving you plenty of time to get out and explore without having to rush back before darkness falls.

Outdoor Activities

There are an abundance of outdoor activities to partake in, in and around Wanaka. The hiking and biking is epic, with so many options for all levels and abilities.  There are plenty of places to visit which doesn’t cost a cent and the views are incredible. If you are looking for something more extreme the town is full of adventure specialists who can take you up cliffs, into crevices or out to far away places that can only be seen from the air. Wanaka is one of the ultimate adventure towns in New Zealand and can definitely compete against other areas.

Eateries

Wanaka is packed with excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. The cafe culture is in full flight with award winning baristas and amazing food, available from 7am to late. The restaurant scene is awesome with an array of international eateries from Asian Fusion to Lebanese cuisine. There is something for everyone and something for every budget. 

Wine

Central Otago is world renowned for its wine, particularly the Pinot Noir. Wanaka is within an easy drive to numerous vineyards which offer tastings and meals. A great day out in some amazing scenery. If driving is off the cards ( you are wine tasting after all ) then there are options for wine tours as well as private car hire and a driver. Within Wanaka you can taste some spectacular wines including Maude and Rippon both of which are locally owned and offer tasting rooms.

Beer

A beer connoisseur would be impressed with the craft beer Wanaka has to offer. With no less than 6 micro breweries in town, Wanaka is definitely making its mark on the beer industry. Most local bars serve a choice of the local beers but you can also visit the breweries and sit in and enjoy these delicious beverages.

Lake Wanaka

The town of Wanaka sits on the shores of the lake which offers plenty of activities. Experience most water sports including Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Water Skiing, boat trips and Jet Skiing. It is also the perfect place to cool off in the crystal clear water and the kids can have a blast jumping off the wharf or pontoon. The kilometres of shore line offer numerous places to set up camp for the day, watching the kids play in the shallow water while you sit back and admire the view with a good book and a cold beer. Getting out on the water is easy with several tour operators located in town or on the lake front, providing all the gear and guides if needed. 

This is just six reasons why Wanaka is a great destination for a Summer break. What else do you need? Contact us now for availability on our luxury holiday homes which give you the option to relax, have flexibility and lots of space.

Girls Heli Ski/Board Day

Posted by Release Wanaka on July 23, 2019

The amazing ‘Miss Snow It All’ has teamed up with Southern Lakes Heli Ski and our very own local NZ Winter Olympian, Freeride World Tour competitor and The North Face athlete, Janina Kuzma, to bring you the ultimate girls Heli Ski/Board day. 

Can I go if I have never been Heli Skiing/Boarding before?..............Hell Yeah!!

Whether you are a first timer or a Heli Ski/Board addict, this is for you. This is an amazing opportunity to hang out with a group of harmonious girls who love skiing/boarding and learn from the best.

Here's what is included and this can be found on SNOWBEST.COM:

INCLUDED

  • Join an all female heli ski and boarder helicopter of similar skill level skiers and boarders -  first timers, intermediate, advanced and beyond.
  • Ski/ride with and get tips from The North Face athlete Janina Kuzma.
  • Be guided by female heli guides.
  • 4 heli ski/board run Classic Heli Day included in the cost.
  • The opportunity to purchase more runs on the day.
  • Pick up from your accommodation in Wanaka or Queenstown (or upgrade for a heli pick up from your front lawn!).
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch on a mountain top.

PLUS

  • Half price Cardrona Alpine Resort lift pass should you want to ski/ride the day before or after!
  • 10% off a standard heli ski 4 run day.
  • 10% discount for your partner - if you have a bloke/s you're travelling with and they too want to heli, they can also score the discount on the same day and join a public circuit day with Southern Lakes Heliski.

BUT WAIT THERE'S WAY MORE!

A complimentary SWAG BAG worth AU$375!

  • POW gloves
  • The North Face hoodie
  • Gogglesoc
  • Dragon beanie
  • Icebreaker chute
  • ROJO Outerwear socks plus a 20% discount card
  • Southern Lakes Heli Ski trucker cap
  • Southern Lakes Heli Ski ski straps

WHEN

  • September 7, 2019 (weather contingency day September 8)

GET TICKETS

Wow, this would be an awesome day to be part of, so grab a group of girlfriends and book your place before you miss out.

In conjunction with this amazing event we would like to offer a great deal on our accommodation. STAY 4 PAY 3 at our luxury holiday rental properties, which are ideal for you and a group of friends. This offer is available for the weekend of the 6th - 10th September (subject to availability, T&C's apply), contact us here and quote "Miss Snow It All Chopper Squad".

Here are a few of our Wanaka holiday homes which offer you space, flexibility and privacy all under one roof with your besties -

Release Wanaka - Forest Heights: 

Sleeps 8, 4 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom, Spa Pool, Sauna, Movie Room, Stunning Views. From NZ$118/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Nokomai:

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom, Heating throughout, Log Burner, Architecturally Designed, Large Garage. From NZ$125/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Aurum:

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, Breath-taking Views of Lake Wanaka, Amazing Photo Opportunities, Large Garage. From NZ$332/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Clutha Place:

Sleeps 8, 4 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, Views of Lake Wanaka, 2 x Living Areas, Large Garage, Balcony. From NZ$90/person/night.

To book your accommodation for this amazing weekend of adventure and friendship, contact our team at Release Wanaka.

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.