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Cardrona Alpine Resort To Expand

Posted by Release Wanaka on July 23, 2018

Cardrona Alpine Resort to Expand

Big news emerged from the New Zealand ski industry last week - Cardrona Alpine Resort are joining forces with Soho Basin to eventually offer you the largest ski resort in New Zealand. 

world-class ski areasPhoto by Tim Pierce

What does this mean?

For you and me this means easy access to some pretty amazing terrain with stunning views of the Southern Alps and the Wakitipu Basin. It will open up approximately 600ha, more than doubling the size of Cardrona Alpine Resort currently.

When is this happening?

A 5 year plan was put into place 3 years ago to prepare for this expansion, therefore development will begin in a couple of years. Cardrona Alpine Resort want to have every aspect covered before access is given to the extra terrain. This means more car-parking, more eateries, more snow-making, more utilities…..

It is exciting news for all concerned and it will be a real asset to Wanaka locals and visitors. 

At present you can still experience the wonder of the Soho Basin and test out the terrain for the future. Release Wanaka can organise an amazing day trip, where you will be treated to some amazing skiing, unbelievable views and culinary delights. Contact Us for more information.

Release property featured in Robb Report article

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 05, 2015

The Managers House has been featured in an article entitled 'Five Beautiful New Zealand Vacation Villas'.

"New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world thanks to its varied and largely unpopulated landscapes, which range from rugged mountains to the scenic coastline. While the country has its fair share of upscale lodges and hotels, a new crop of luxury villas are offering a more intimate way to enjoy the scenery with all the comforts of a five-star hotel."

"California's Marmol Radziner architects (who restored Richard Neutra's famed midcentury-modern Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, Calif.) collaborated with local architects to create The Managers House, a striking luxury vacation rental that merges into a barren hillside along Lake Wanaka. The long, thin footprint - a signature Marmol design element - allows for views of the mountains from every room. The great room incorporates a kitchen, a living room with an open fireplace, and an indoor/outdoor dining room. A wall made of shimmering gray Gibbston Valley schist runs from the living room to the patio and includes an outdoor fireplace and benches. The master suite and two other bedrooms are located in an adjacent wing. From the heated outdoor swimming pool, guests can take in views of rolling farmland and vineyards..." See the article

Live like a gazillionaire in Wanaka from $210 a night

Posted by Release Wanaka on August 05, 2015

Some days my job sucks. Today is not one of them.

I am writing this from my villa on the outskirts of Wanaka in New Zealand's South Island. Not that you'd call this a villa, it's more an estate, a wonderland, a bubble in which uber rich people retreat.

They call it Horseshoe Bend Estate. 'They' are Release Wanaka, a villa management company that specialises in all inclusive homes, villas, retreats, estates, bubbles, call it what you will.

My alter ego, Mary Millionaire, is in her element. She's the one that drinks French, drives German, smokes Cuban and wears Italian and puts it all on someone else's tab that eventually ends up with me.

I don't have the heart to tell her that Horseshoe Bend is ours for only three nights for fear she will throw a tantrum and pack up the Bromley artwork under her arm from the Main House before leaving. I just can't afford to cover that kind of dummy spit.

Not that you could blame her. The wonderland we find ourselves in features a Main House, a Guest House and a Pool House. Three houses that together sleep twelve and just beg a bucks party, girls weekend, yoga retreat, family reunion, big birthday or wedding.

There's a resort style swimming pool lined with palm trees and flamingos, a sunken hot tub and a state of the art steam room. But wait there is always more. An outside fire pit alongside a petanque sand pit and a stainless steel beer pit you can fill with ice and your favourite cold ones or get 'the staff' to do it for you.

Fancy perfecting your golf swing? Try the tee.

Got kids? Throw them on the kids trampoline and playground.

Love tennis? A private coach will come and play with you day or night under the lights.

Yes, there's still more. A lake they call a pond complete with fountain, sustainable vegetable garden, an edible forest and an outside entertaining area with pizza oven and open fire worthy of a Justin Hemmes gourmet pub.

The ever present mountains act as an amphitheatre on all sides with the Hawea River nearby and you'll find Wanaka a five minute drive down Albert Town Road. Unless you have a helicopter, then you can use the retreat's heli pad on the main lawn. As you do.

Mary loves the quirky elements of style and design. The heated bathroom floors, the giant pots that act as outside lamps, the pink flamingoes, the exposed stone, the blackened timber, the wood piles, the sheep that run to the gate, the lounges to sink into and the high tech lighting, security and media systems. And the art, she loves the art. Beautiful splashes of renowned artist colours that brighten the neutral tones.

Of course we fought over who loved Leungo Lippe, our private chef, more. Lippe worked under Marco Pierre White in London and spent time at Criterion and L'escargot in London. He also worked at Red Sage in Washington and Pegasus Bay in New Zealand before opening Botswana Butchery in Wanaka and Queenstown.

He is now the name behind BoaBoa Food Company private catering and served up activated lentil soup with prawns as our entree before sticky ginger rice with twice cooked slow roasted pork belly and sautéed bok choy. This was followed by creme brûlée and a thousand compliments (from us to him).

Don't tell Mary but Horseshoe Bend Estate is actually affordable. The main house sleeps 6 and can be rented for NZ$1250 a night which when split amongst three couples is cheaper than most hotels in peak season. You could take over the whole complex from NZ$2500 for 12 people too.

Mary would prefer to keep it to herself though, she's like that.

Article courtesy of Snows Best, published July 14, 2015