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Stay In Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on June 17, 2019

Stay In Wanaka, New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Couples Retreats | Release Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on January 10, 2019

Calling all Couples......

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

Release Wanaka - The Banya

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

Release Wanaka - Nokomai

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

Photo from www.lakewanaka.co.nz

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

For more information, contact us here.

Release Wanaka - Horseshoe Bend Estate

Posted by Release Wanaka on December 13, 2018

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

luxury self-contained villa in Wanaka

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

luxury villa in Wanaka

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

horseshoe bend estate

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

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

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

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

A 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!

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]

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.

 

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 waterfront private villa in Wanaka, New Zealand, 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.