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  • "What a truly magical place! 16 Thompson's spent a week here over New Year 2016/17, to celebrate our Papa Wal's 70th Birthday. We found everything we could ever want and more. An idyllic place, surrounded by nature, style and relaxed luxury. No one wanted to leave! Thank you for everything and sharing this magnificent property and thanks to your team for a very warm welcome and looking after us along the way." "Thankyou for sharing your magnificent house for our family celebrations and holiday. I like swimming in your pool and spa. See you next time - Neve Thompson, 7 years old" "Thank you NZ, thank you for having us - Esta, 5 years old"

    Pat, Loyd, Neve & Esta, Australia

  • "A perfect place to spend Christmas 2016, our families together. Thank you for sharing your home, it's utterly beautiful. We have enjoyed an idyllic four days and wish it were longer. One day we will be back"

    Families Britz and Buchanan, UK and USA

  • "Thank you for sharing your wonderfully well considered and beautiful property with our extended family for our Papa Wal's 70th Birthday celebrations. We had a magical week exploring the surrounds and sublime nature. We will be back! Best Wishes for 2017 for you all."

    Jimmy Thompson & Angie Borges Rodrigues,

  • Release Wanaka were very professional and provided expert services plus excellent suggestions and advice. They provided a wealth of information on Wanaka and the environs and their local knowledge and superb organisation greatly facilitated the planning of our holiday. They also organised various events and private catering in addition to taking care of a myriad of details. Release Wanaka and their staff were very friendly and hospitable and kept in touch with us during or stay, checking up on things and providing information and suggestions on local activities, wineries and restaurants. I would have no hesitation in recommending Release Wanaka based on my experience of their services.

    Wally, Perth, Austarlia

  • The Release Wanaka team were fantastic and made our stay very relaxed and easy to manage with a large group. The accommodation was first rate and would not hesitate to recommend Release Wanaka to others, although certainly take heed of the warning to book well in advance.

    Shaun, Australia

  • "Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality. I had such a wonderful stay and enjoyed every moment, from the blazing fire, to the hot tub, to the cycle into town along those beautiful tracks."

    Jennifer, Pakistan

  • "Simply amazing lodge. Thanks so much for all the great hospitality. It made our trip."

    Troy, USA

  • "Congratulations on building such a wonderful place. You've put a lot of effort into the details and it makes the whole experience very special. Good luck with the place."

    Cam Adams, Melbourne, Australia

  • "Lush Place! To wake up with that view! Ride all day and great kiwi wines! Yeah tough to leave!"

    Kate Hamilton, Melbourne, Australia

  • "Thank you for a beautiful stay! We appreciate your kindness and hospitality. The hunters loved the port glasses (sippers)."

    Bill & Jackie, USA

  • "Thank you for everything!! You guys have a beautiful place. It was very relaxing and there were plenty of things to do. We will definitely be back."

    B. Lemre, USA

  • "Thank you so much for you spectacular hospitality this week. Here's to a stunning, successful new venture."

    Tina & Grant, Christchurch, NZ

  • "Thank you for a beautiful time. Your place is breath-taking, the beauty it has shines in both of you. I call you my friend, thanks for all you have done for us and if you ever come to the USA, please look us up. God bless you both and your beautiful country."

    Ranai & Greg, USA

  • "Had an awesome time! Great accommodation. We haven't stayed at any place with as much hospitality and welcoming us in like it was our own home. Good luck to Lime Tree Lodge and hope to re-visit you again."

    J. Johnson, USA

  • "We had a great time and the food and hospitality was wonderful. Thanks for all your kindness. We appreciated your help and thoughtfulness when I came off the mountain sick. Thanks for everything."

    Phil, USA

  • "Lodge Rooms at Whare Kea boast the most amazing views out to the lake or snow capped mountains in the beautiful Wanaka region. Each room also has direct access to the sundeck outside with sun loungers and access out to the lovely gardens. The food here is utterly sublime - their chef is so proud of the ingredients he manages to source locally and will invite you into the kitchen to chat about your supper!"

    John, USA

  • "Spectacular location, incredible design and good company. A glass of local pinot noir while watching the sun duck behind the Alps is good living! Feels like I'm staying in a modern art and design museum! Top notch!"

    Sven Brunso, Durango, Colorado, USA

  • "My partner and I plus 2 friends from Australia spent a few days at Mantells. Words cannot describe how spacious and luxurious the apartments are, or do justice to the many features of this special place. We ate gourmet food prepared in the fabulous kitchen and sipped local Pinot Noir by the roaring open fire at night. We then watched the mega screen projection TV in Apartment 1 and ended the day in the romantic upstairs bath with its ever changing light show and the flicker of candles. The apartment is so perfect and the views so stunning that you won't want to leave."

    Meredith & Roger, Melbourne, Australia

  • "Thank you again for your kind hospitality and the personal interest you showed in assisting us on our adventures - that's what made Riverrun special for us. We really appreciated your advice and guidance. As near as possible to paradise on earth!"

    Daniel, USA

  • "We loved it here! A perfect place for us. We really enjoyed your company."

    Peter & Julie, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

  • "This stay has been the highlight of our visit so far. Your hospitality, the accommodation and the breakfast were great. Thank you for making us feel at home. We wished we could have stayed longer. We will be back."

    June & Annie, Boston, MA

  • "A lovely place to stay in a lovely country. We hope to come back for longer. The breakfast was delicious, a perfect beginning to the day."

    Simonetta & Andrea, Siena, Italy

  • "We were so spoilt at Tiritiri that the rest of our honeymoon found it hard to compete. You made our time with you incredibly special, so that Tiritiri and Wanaka now hold a very special place in our hearts and memories. We look forward to being able to come back for a repeat visit. In the meantime, we're singing your praises to all our friends."

    Alex, BC, Canada

  • "10 days of magic! What an amazing house! We had a wonderful family Christmas in Wanaka. The architecture, beautiful views, luxury fittings throughout; the beds, the bathrooms, the furnishings and art - all lovely."

    Richards family, Australia

  • "A large family group of 16 persons, stayed at this wonderful holiday home. It's huge, clean and well equipped, not to mention the beautiful views looking out from living room and kitchen. All of us liked it very much!"

    Jonathon, UK

  • The Brownstown Street property was perfect for 8 of us, very comfortable, beds excellent, and the location to town meant an easy walk. The staff at Release Wanaka are first class, there is nothing they can't do, but more important it is their attitude, always friendly, always willing to assist, nothing too small, great customer Service. We would use them again for sure.

    Brad, Melbourne, Australia

  • Thank you for organising our booking @ Horseshoe Bend Estate. The place has been everything we have dream of and more. Everyone had a great time staying there and the guest were blown away with the property.

    Will & Gill, Japan

  • "What a truly magical place! 16 Thompson's spent a week here over New Year 2016/17, to celebrate our Papa Wal's 70th Birthday. We found everything we could ever want and more. An idyllic place, surrounded by nature, style and relaxed luxury. No one wanted to leave! Thank you for everything and sharing this magnificent property and thanks to your team for a very warm welcome and looking after us along the way." "Thankyou for sharing your magnificent house for our family celebrations and holiday. I like swimming in your pool and spa. See you next time - Neve Thompson, 7 years old" "Thank you NZ, thank you for having us - Esta, 5 years old"

    Pat, Loyd, Neve & Esta, Australia

  • "Thank you for sharing your wonderfully well considered and beautiful property with our extended family for our Papa Wal's 70th Birthday celebrations. We had a magical week exploring the surrounds and sublime nature. We will be back! Best Wishes for 2017 for you all."

    Jimmy Thompson & Angie Borges Rodrigues, Austrailia

  • "A perfect place to spend Christmas 2016, our families together. Thank you for sharing your home, it's utterly beautiful. We have enjoyed an idyllic four days and wish it were longer. One day we will be back"

    Families Britz and Buchanan, UK and USA

  • This was the holiday of a lifetime. Our family group of 10 adults and 6 grandchildren spent a wonderful week in these magical surroundings while we holidayed, relaxed and celebrated a wonderful family event over the New Year period. The estate is huge, superbly maintained and has a wide range of sporting and entertaining areas. The accommodation is excellent, incorporating architecturally designed villas, state of the art equipment, thoughtful design and luxury finishes. All of these features plus the natural setting come together to provide the ultimate luxury holiday, with privacy, relaxation and sporting facilities. Thank you for sharing this magnificent property with us and for your wonderful hospitality. It was a magical experience, which we will always remember. Wanaka is a remarkable place. If it is not on your bucket list, then put it on the list……..and also add Horseshoe Bend Estate!

    Wally, Perth, Australia

  • Modern new holiday retreat with all the amenties and with simply brilliant views. Wow, from the minute we walked in we knew we had landed in a very special place. We encountered a modern brand new holiday retreat with all the amenties and with simply brilliant views. We had 4 in our party, and were "swimming" in this spacious house. It can easily cater for a lot more with the 4 bedrooms. A lockup garage worked well for me as I could ride straight out and be on the mountain bike trails that are just 30 metres away behind the house. From there you could explore each valley on the extensive MTB trails. We cooked every second night in the well equiped kitchen and took in the brilliant views morning noon and evening. A special place that we would love to try to get back to soon.

    Andy L, Australia

  • Modern and wonderfully styled house that is located in a wonderfully quiet and scenic part of Wanaka. Away from the bustle of town and placed in a quiet court that has ample parking for those travelling with a load. This house features possible the most amazing beds I have ever slept on as well as wonderfully modern fittings & bathrooms and well equipped kitchen! Upstairs boasts a gorgeous living area and heated balcony area that looks out over the local mountain ranges (best enjoyed at sunset). I would happily recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Wanaka :)

    Joshua,

  • "What a wonderful property. Beautifully positioned overlooking Lake Wanaka and with stunning mountain views. If you're after some privacy, get away from it all and completely relax, then look no further. The house is gorgeous and very comfy. I would highly recommend this place to everyone and will certainly be returning one day."

    Jim & Barbara, Austin, TX

  • Trish and I would like to express our thanks to you and Andrea for making our stay in Barley Fields a fabulous one. We thoroughly enjoyed the location and the facilities that were available to us. We would certainly use Barley Fields again on our next adventure down to lovely Wanaka.

    Butler Family, Auckland

  • We had the most perfect Xmas thanks to you and the gorgeous Villa. Never seen views or bed linen like it. Happy New Year to you and Andrea. Love Jeanne.

    Jeanne, Brisbane, Australia

  • We had a lovely stay in Wanaka and loved the house!!!

    Rosaria, Dunedin

  • We all had a great STAY and the views from the house everyday were outstanding.....Nick and his team did a fabulous job to make or STAY memorable....Thanks again!

    Noel, Australia

  • Everything was just perfect in the villa, we enjoyed the whole stay. Only one thing we would upgrade in the villa: after hiking day sauna would be a good option.........We will recommend the villa to our friends for sure!

    Roman, Slovakia

  • Many thanks, has been a glorious stay.

    Ben, England

  • An absolutely fabulous house! We really enjoyed staying at your beautiful home - everything was a delight - from the hot tub to the cosy fire in the living room. We all felt perfectly at home and also wrapped in luxury. Thank you!

    Alison, USA

  • We are coming back, family friendly! Great location, great amenities, clean, fresh and all round fabulous place. It had everything we needed plus more and we will be coming back.

    Chomp E, Australia

  • 2017 NZ Master Builder Awards for the Southern region in the $1.0M to $2.0M category

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  • We are also very proud to have had the Dacha recognized as a winner in the recent Southern Architecture Awards. As reported: Views don't come any better than this – and you could get to enjoy it yourself. The Dacha House, a lodge designed by Wanaka architect Eliska Lewis was one of the winners in the Housing category of the NZIA Southern Architecture Awards announced on Friday, June 9 2017. In announcing the awards, the jury described it as "a generous house designed to take full advantage of an amazing view". "The Wanaka house captures the magnificent landscape from every room, and throughout the architect has handled scale thoughtfully and with careful attention to details and materiality."

    Arcitecture Awards, Wanaka

  • 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 response 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). The Release gift bag was really a special treat. We thoroughly enjoyed the local wine, chocolate, eggs and fresh bread. It was such a special gift and it was obvious that you all take a lot of pride in being a part of the Wanaka community. Your company is truly special. Your unique brand of customer service is unmatched — if only there was a Release in every city in the world! Thanks again for all of your help — we hope to return to Wanaka one day soon! Raven, Ryan, Dylan and Haden Dreibelbis

    Raven, Ryan, australia

  • We had an amazing time staying in Faulks Terrace. It felt like a home away from a home and everything inside the house felt fresh and vibrant. The house itself had everything and made my partner and I dream of our future house together. The location was perfect and we want to stay again very soon

    E.Rowland, Australia

  • We really enjoyed our stay at the Banya – thanks for turning the wonderful weather on for us so we could sit on those decks and take in the fabulous views in the sunshine! The Banya is almost perfect for a couple for a long weekend. Lovely setting, lovely interiors and we felt very well looked after by the Release Wanaka team

    Wendy, New Zealand

  • "Thanks for the fantastic Wanaka getaway! From the stunning accommodation to the co-ordination of activities the whole experience was first class. The attention to detail combined with your easy-going style made what was expected to be a bit of an outdoors boy's weekend into a five star experience. Packing the glacier light plane flight, mountain motorbike tour, trout fishing, hiking, clay bird shooting etc. etc. into a four night stay topped off with the private chef was a great escape experience. I will have no hesitation in highly recommending Release and look forward to getting back there sometime soon."

    Mark Williams, VIC, Australia

  • "I can tell you that our group wish we booked to stay in Wanaka for longer than 7 nights! We absolutely loved our week at Buchanan - the house was gorgeous and so were the views! We also loved the Welcome Pack - we even went out to buy more of that milk. We are already planning our trip for next year so you'll hear from us again soon!"

    Joanna, Sydney

  • "Great location, excellent house. Suited our needs perfectly, and came with a few additional features like mountain bikes we could use which were quite handy. When we had a problem with the heater, we had a solution within a couple of hours. Highly recommended."

    Peter, Sydney

  • 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. We really appreciated the awesome celebration of my parent's 50th wedding anniversary After a brief negative experience in Queenstown. Our Wanaka adventures were truly the highlight of our 13 days away. The wine, bread, jam, and chocolates truly enhanced the short time we had to visit Wanaka, to the point my mother made a statement, "I'm ready to sell my car to be able to come back again!" Andrea surprised my parents, during afternoon shopping, while my brother & I were enjoying some Oxbow activities, providing a restaurant recommendation, which was our best dinner in Wanaka. After leaving Wanaka, we spent a night in a nice hotel in Auckland and 4 days in Sydney, at the Four Seasons, and really missed the Wanaka luxury home experience. Anyone asking about our trip will receive the highest recommendation to only talk to Release Wanaka when considering a visit.

    Mike, New Mexico

  • "Thankfully the 11 guests of this gorgeous place are all well although I am feeling a little bruised and sore from falling over too often yesterday at Snow Farm. Sadly, the packing up has started and we farewell these gorgeous mountain views and serenity! I know you couldn't have organized the weather but we've been incredibly lucky this week able to go out and get a good sense of this area...I think one by one we'll all be back in this land of The Lord of the Rings! Thank you for your chocolates and you never know a summer holiday here might just callout to us. This space was just perfect for our large number for our get together and the 60th birthday dinner at Bistro Gentil was more than wonderful - ambience, food and wine (most of it brought by us) and the service was excellent too. Fond memories we all have as one by one we take off on our various flights. We are looking forward to home after 2 months wanderings. All the best in your endeavors and pass on our appreciation to the friendly Sue too won't you?"

    Ann & Kelly family, USA

  • A touch of paradise! Don't want to leave!

    Carl & Alison, Auckland

  • "Buchanan Lodge was fantastic and secluded. I can't fault anything with the house. The house fit the setting nicely and will encourage you into exploring the surroundings....."

    George, Christchurch

  • Thanks for a great stay. We loved it!!

    The Doogues, Auckland / Wellington

  • Paradise and heaven all rolled into one. Loved every minute. Thanks so much!

    Ange, Sydney