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Corporate Wellbeing

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 17, 2019

"well-being" - noun - a state of health, happiness and high life satisfaction.

It’s early. Lake Wanaka is still, bearing the reflections of immense mountains. The view takes up your living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the snowy tip of Mount Aspiring just visible. Two hours ahead of Sydney, you get a couple of hours of work done, a cup of coffee in hand, before most of your competitors are even out of bed. Then a heli-ski day awaits; you leave the ground and all your worries far below, the sound of the chopper blades filling the cabin as you’re carried through the clear mountain air to the powder-filled valleys of New Zealand’s exquisite backcountry. 

This is a snapshot of how Release Wanaka can assist your organisation to acquire, engage and retain your biggest asset; your employees.

It’s no secret that employers of choice prioritise a healthy, happy and engaged culture, thereby improving staff retention and performance. Smart businesses support holistic wellbeing strategies, in turn attracting the best talent to their organisations. This choice ripples top down through companies; inspired employees hit bigger targets more consistently and more sustainably. They think on their feet, see the bigger picture and have more passion to pour into their work.

The best teams are made up of individuals operating at their prime. Energised, enthused and focused, they’re innovative and fluid in a world that demands an ability to pivot between precision and passion. 

The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working. By helping your staff take steps towards that elusive work-life balance, you are actively ensuring their wellbeing. We have your business’s success at heart, providing your team the time to rest, recharge and spend time with loved ones pays dividends in the long run.

We don’t want your key talent to simply survive - we want them to thrive!

Release Wanaka are the locals who can help ignite the flame that burns in your valued employees. Our team specialise in creating tailor-made, holistic Corporate Wellness Solutions like no other, far beyond the realms of just another team building exercise. 

Wanaka and its surrounding pristine playground can become your new flexible work environment, combined with bespoke staff-experience programs designed to challenge, inspire, engage and invigorate. 

Our exclusive network of elite outdoorsmen and women, professional athletes and instructors offer exhilarating, once in a lifetime backcountry adventures and training sessions in a spectacular alpine terrain. There is simply nothing like bracing mountain air and a holistic mind-body approach to recharge, rewire and release.

Based from our luxury villa collection we provide outstanding individualised employee experiences that will be seared into the memories of your staff. We open doors for them to remember their unlimited capacity. We flick the switch on the floodlight of their purpose and help disrupt the status quo so your employees and teams can reach new heights. Do more, change more, be more. 

For more information regarding our 'Corporate Getaways' and how we can help you and your employees, contact us here.

Skiing in Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 16, 2019

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is a haven for ski enthusiasts and snow lovers. With 3 awesome ski fields on our doorstep it makes the perfect destination to find suitable terrain for all ages and abilities and provides an ideal location for an unforgettable family ski holiday. Wanaka town is buzzing in the evening, for a bit of ‘Apres-ski’ and with numerous events and non-snow activities, the whole family can be in winter holiday heaven. 

There are an array of snow focused activities available, including Heli-Skiing, Dog Sledding and Back Country Touring, but here we outline the 3 ski fields that offer a variety of skiing and winter activities and all are within an easy 40 minute drive of Wanaka. 

Cardrona Alpine Resort 

Set on the mountains above the Cardrona valley, Cardrona Alpine Resort is a favourite amongst families. Offering an array of terrain for beginners right through to advanced racers, it is a very popular field all winter. At the moment Cardrona has 2 x magic carpets, 2 x chairlifts and the Chondala (Chair and Gondola in one), making the snowy peaks accessible for not only skiers and boarders but also snow lovers who wish to take in the stunning view of the Southern Alps from the top without having to put on the planks. The ski field offers ski and snowboard lessons for all levels and with 5 locations to grab a drink and something to eat there is plenty of opportunity to rest those tired legs.

Treble Cone Ski field

Treble Cone Ski Field is the largest ski field in the South Island of New Zealand, offering a lift serviced vertical drop of 700m, the longest run in the Southern Lakes region. It is well known for its fantastic off piste terrain and stunning views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Advanced skiers and boarders can experience a playground of challenging powder runs featuring natural half pipes and gnarly slopes. The ski field offers 5 cafes/restaurants to choose a beverage from, whether it is a grab and go pie on your own, or a sit down and relax meal for everyone!

Snow Farm

For all you cross - country skiers out there or all you ski-lovers who want to experience something other than downhill, then The Snow Farm is the place to go. With over 55km of groomed trails, you will never get bored of the terrain. Catering for all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, and offering not only cross-country skiing, the Snow Farm makes the perfect location for a fun, family, winter day out. The kids will love the snow tubing and if you are feeling adventurous, chuck on some snow shoes and head out on a guided tour of the Pisa Range. At the base sits the Snow Farm Lodge where you can grab a bite to eat, in either the bar, cafe or restaurant.

So if you are looking for a ski holiday destination in New Zealand, then Wanaka probably has it all. We can sort your accommodation, ski passes, rental equipment, transport and offer advice on which field would work for you and your group. For more information about skiing in Wanaka, contact the Release Wanaka team 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!)

New Zealand Bucket List Ideas | Release Wanaka Mountain Top ChaletRelease Wanaka - Mountain Top Chalet

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!

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!

Biking Events in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Biking events in WanakaPhoto from Red Bull Defiance 

The Big Easy - 26th January 2019

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

Challenge Wanaka 2019 - 16th February 2019

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

Cycling events in Wanaka Photo Tim Pierce

Motatapu Mountain Bike - 9th March 2019

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

Contact Epic - 13th April 2019

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

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

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

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

Biking trails in Wanaka Photo from Lake Wanaka 

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

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

Mountain Biking in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 20, 2018

Mountain Biking in Wanaka

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

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

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

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

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

EASY

Wanaka Township to Waterfall Creek Track 

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

Wanaka Township to Beacon Point

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

Easy mountain biking trails in Wanaka

MODERATE

Waterfall Creek to Glendhu Bay

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

Minaret Burn Track

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

Upper Clutha River Track

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

Hard mountain biking trails in WanakaPhoto Tim Pierce

HARD

Meg Hut Track

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

Hikuwai Loop

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

Deans Bank

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

FUN (for all abilities)

Cardrona 

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

Sticky Forest

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

 

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

 

10 Reasons To Visit Wanaka New Zealand In Spring

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 30, 2018

10 Reasons To Visit Wanaka New Zealand In The Spring

 

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

1/ Fewer People

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

2/ The Weather

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

3/ Quieter Lake

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

Lake Wanaka during spring Photo Tim Pierce

4/ Accommodation Deals

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

5/ Daylight Saving

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

6/ Spring Skiing

The Ski fields are still OPEN! 

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

7/ The Photo Opportunities

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

8/ The Cute Little Lambs

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

9/ Great Training Conditions

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

Kayak on the Wanaka lake during spring

10/ Cheaper Flights

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

 

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

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

 

Wanaka Travel Fixer

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 23, 2017

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Wanaka Travel 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 Travel Fixers are here to guide you and ensure that your vacation dreams are realised!

Our head “Wanaka Travel 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 Travel 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 Travel 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 Travel Fixer here

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.