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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 short (up to 3/4 hours) walks 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 and 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 round 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, ask our Wanaka Fixer for more information.

 

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 Makaroa’ 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 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 A J Hacketts 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 Release Wanaka here.

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. 

 

The Wanaka Fixer

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 23, 2017

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

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

Andrea admiring the view at Release Wanaka - Whare Kea

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Top 10 FREE things to do in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 13, 2017

Sometimes you just want to get up and walk out the door and do something that doesn't involve buying tickets or booking a time. Wanaka has lots of FREE activities to do to entertain the family.....check out our Top 10!

1/ Walk Up Mount Iron 

A moderate walk up Mount Iron will reward you with spectacular views. An approx. 1.5hrs return with some steep uphill and downhill sections, but a must for the whole family when visiting Wanaka.

2/ Visit Wanaka Lavender Farm 

This is a hidden gem and a great place to wander around relaxing amongst the lavender. Speak to the farm animals (alpacas and lambs in spring), have a game of 'Petanque', sample some of the yummy smelling products in the quaint shop or try the delicious homemade lavender ice-cream.

3/ Play Disc Golf 

There is now a Disc Golf Course at Eely Point as well as Lismore Park. Eely Point can prove to be challenging with all the trees and Lismore Park offers spectacular views. Buy, hire, borrow (if you are in the know) or bring your own disc and get that competitive side of you going!

4/ Mountain Biking 

If you are lucky enough to have access to bikes during your stay in Wanaka, get out and discover the endless tracks which cater for all levels. An easy cycle around the lake or a more challenging course through sticky forest.....so many to choose from so little time!

5/ Hang Out At The Lake 

Lake Wanaka offers beautiful views all year round. Grab that camera and picnic blanket and head on down to relax and watch the ever changing scenery and if you are brave enough, jump off the wharf for a refreshing swim.

Photo from Wanaka Tourism

6/ Wanaka Skate Park 

If you are traveling with kids be sure to bring their scooters or skateboard. Hours of fun can be had at the skate park by the young ones (and some cool oldies to)! If you don't fancy a roll then watching can be just as entertaining as the teens hit the bowl.....the views are pretty good from here to!

7/ A Scenic Drive 

Who doesn't love a scenic sunday drive? Whichever way you head out of Wanaka you will be greeted with stunning views. For more information and ideas you can speak to our Wanaka Fixer who will send you off in the right direction (not that there is a wrong one)!

8/ A Playground Marathon 

Need to entertain the kids? Then go on a playground adventure and visit some of the best in the area.  Our top picks would be The Dinosaur Park (@ the lakefront), Hawea Park, Luggate Park and Domini Park. There are heaps more, so just ask!

9/ Wanaka Artisan Market

Every Thursday from 3pm a group of talented people set up their stalls outside the Speights Ale House on Ardmore Street along side Bullock Creek. The market runs until 6pm and sells an array of items from artwork to jewellry and delicious foods.......get there early if you want to buy something as the food stalls sell out pretty fast!

10/ Climb A Mountain 

There are plenty of mountains to choose from around Wanaka. For ideas and information, go to www.lakewanaka.co.nz or visit the "Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre" on the corner of Ballantyne Road and Ardmore Street.

Photo from Wanaka Tourism

For more information about any of these activities contact us here.

Release Wanaka's Top 5 Wanaka Family Activities

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 15, 2017

Looking for some fun activities for the whole family?

The team at Release have put together their top 5 family activities in the area to keep everyone happy and entertained.

1/ Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona has plenty to do in both winter and summer. If you are here over the winter months there is of course skiing and snowboarding, but you can also go tubing, hiking and sightseeing. With this years introduction of the Chondola, it is a great way to take in the view without having to put on those skis. Summer months offer just as much fun with Mountain Bike Trails and Mountain Carting. They are also introducing a "Geo Adventures Family Day" - "This is an activity day for new & experienced geo sportsters to experience a range of different activities in our alpine environment. Orienteering & Frisbee Golf courses will be available for anyone & everyone to try & there will be heaps of deals on our usual summer activities!  Bring your friends & family for a fun day out!"

2/ Wildwire

"A Must Do Wanaka Activity. Our via ferrata tours are perfect for anyone who loves waterfalls and beautiful places.  Our tours are also suitable for beginners and families. We start in Wanaka and you will climb alongside Twin Falls, one of Wanaka’s most iconic waterfalls on our via ferrata tour. If you can climb a ladder, you can do it! There are hidden pools beneath towering falls, picnic swimming spots along the way and the views to the surrounding mountains and lakes are breathtaking."

3/ Wanaka River Journeys - Glacier Jet (Heli Combo)

"This is an incredible opportunity to fly by helicopter direct from the jet boat located deep in the mountains, on a thrilling up-close look at the glaciers. On this scenic glacier helicopter flight see hanging valleys where glaciers once lay and waterfalls that cascade from under giants of ice into the streams and rivers that feed into the Matukituki River. Land on the spectacular Isobel Glacier and disembark the helicopter for photos before flying back to join the guided wilderness walk and return leg of the Jet Boat Journey. Flight time with Aspiring Helicopters approx. 25 minutes includes a Glacier landing"

4/ Paddle Wanaka - Heli SUP

"Begin your adventure with a spectacular 40 minute helicopter flight, getting you up close and personal with Titea (Mt Aspiring), and remote glaciers along the way. Once at our secluded mountain lake, 1000m high above sea level,  explore the pristine area, fully guided by a qualified and experienced SUP instructor, before relaxing on the shoreline with a decadent gourmet picnic. Be spoilt once again with more scenic helicopter flying over the stunning landscape below as you return to Wanaka."

5/ Wanaka Bike Tours - Explore the Clutha

"A local favorite! We cut out the hassle and supply your transport, bike, and of course the best guided service! It is the combination of the scenery and terrain which makes this the perfect ride for all abilities. With our local and knowledgable guide, you will get to see and experience so much more that just riding including a cup of tea and some home baking while overlooking the Clutha river as well as finishing off with a delicious lunch at the historic Luggate Pub."

For more information about any of these activities, contact our Wanaka Fixer.

Audi Quattro Winter Games New Zealand 2017

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 24, 2017

The fifth biennial Audi Quattro Winter Games 2017 runs from 25th August to 10th September 2017 in Wanaka, Queenstown and Naseby. This is an awesome event to watch with athletes from all over the world competing. 

"Free to watch, this is your chance to see elite athletes compete for glory in one of the world’s top winter sports events. Don't miss our on-mountain music festival with live bands & DJs. 

Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games stars are heading to Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby once again for the first major championships of the season. Fields will be stacked with top athletes desperate to grab early qualification points for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are one of the world’s top winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They're also New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event.

Free to watch, this is your chance to see the world’s best compete for glory in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine ski racing, cross-country skiing and curling. Then enjoy our on-mountain WGNZ music festival featuring some of NZ’s top live bands and DJs.

Join us for a uniquely Kiwi experience that athletes, coaches, judges and spectators all rave about. The relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, sporting action and music festival – it’s going to be the biggest party on southern snow...

...and everything on-mountain is free to watch!

Make the most of your Kiwi winter and join us at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2017. For more info and a full schedule visit wintergamesnz.kiwi."

If you need accommodation during this event, we have a number of available holiday homes. Go to releasenz.com and have a look at our accommodation suitable for couples, families or groups of up to 12 people. Please contact us if you require anymore information.