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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.

Release Wanaka – Horseshoe Bend Estate 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.

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.

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.

Release Wanaka – 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 here.

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.

Photo from www.cardronadistillery.com

Further along the road, if you fancy an icecream/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.

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 our team here.

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

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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]

Tiaki Promise - New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 08, 2018

Have you heard of the “Tiaki Promise”?

If you are living in New Zealand, traveling or moving to New Zealand, then it is your responsibility to take this onboard and look after this beautiful country. To find out more about the Tiaki Promise, go to their website www.tiakinewzealand.com and watch the video.

What Does Tiaki mean?

"Tiaki means to care for people and place. New Zealanders have a special connection to the land, and want to help visitors travel safely and conscientiously. The Tiaki Promise has a set of guiding principles for visitors to follow, showing them how to contribute to preserving and protecting our land."

Who created the Tiaki Promise?

"Seven private and public sector organisations came together to create the Tiaki Promise: Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Local Government New Zealand, New Zealand M?ori Tourism and Tourism Holdings Ltd."

"New Zealand is precious and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and future generations. By  following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home."

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Living in Wanaka, we are very proud of our town and country. We respect the land and appreciate its beauty. We never take it for granted, we feel lucky and privileged to live here. We are surrounded by the most amazing landscape and we love that people from all over the world are visiting to experience this stunning place, but we do need to preserve it and ensure it stays amazing in the future.

Release Wanaka encourages environmental respect. We are always looking for ideas to help our land and planet. We offer our guests Ecostore products throughout our rental homes and provide fabric shopping bags for our guests to use. All our homes have recycling bins and we are moving closer to becoming paper free by providing information via online apps.

You can show your support by creating your own Tiaki Promise photo to spread the word! For more information about the Tiaki Promise and how you can help, contact us here.

Bucket List Itinerary #1 - Drive, Heli, Lunch

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 01, 2018

Here at Release Wanaka, we specialise in creating bespoke itineraries, so you can tick adventures off your New Zealand bucket list ideas. Wanaka, New Zealand is the ultimate location to experience something new and unique. Here is our first adventure idea, look out for more on our News Page in the future.

Ever fancied driving a Lamborghini? Or maybe an Aston Martin? Release Wanaka can help your driving fantasies come true by organising a luxury sports car for you and your friends. This allows you to make your own way to your Heli pick up point at a pace that suits!

Photo from www.IgnitionSelfDrive.co.nz

Once you have meandered your way through the scenic roads of Central Otago, stopping to take photos of the view and maybe a few selfies with your new set of wheels, you will be met by your next means of transport – helicopter.

Photo from www.aspiringhelicopters.co.nz

Jump on board to experience a scenic flight over the snowy peaks of the Mt Aspiring National Park, taking in some stunning scenery before landing at 5,700 ft. on the North side of Dragonfly Peak for a spot of lunch at Release Wanaka's Mountain Top Chalet. (For the ultimate adventure, be dropped off for the night and sleep in the luxurious chalet, waking up to nothing but a 360-degree view of the Southern Alps!)

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Once you have enjoyed a relaxing stop at the Mountain Top Chalet, jump back into your chopper and head down to your luxury sports car, which you can then drive back to beautiful Wanaka and to your Luxury Holiday Private Villas & Residences.

Does this sound like you? Or maybe you know someone who would love to experience a day like this. Our Wanaka Fixer’s are on hand to make anything possible, just ask!

For more information about this trip or any of our Luxury Holiday Home Rentals, Contact us here!

Release Wanaka's Top 5 - Breakfast

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 25, 2018

Release Wanaka’s Top 5 - Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Walks Around Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 18, 2018

Short Walks Around Wanaka

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

Mount Iron Track - 4.5km  1h 30m return

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

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

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

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

Rocky Mountain Summit Track - 7km a 3 hr return 

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

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Hawea River Track - 3-4hrs 14km return

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

Waterfall Creek Track - 1hr 2.5km

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

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

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

 

Road Trips from Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 11, 2018

Looking for some self-drive day trips? 


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

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

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

Photo from www.newzealand.com

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

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

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

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

Photo from www.doc.govt.nz

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

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

Photo from Lake Wanaka Tourism

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

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

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