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Release Wanaka offers extraordinary diving experiences on New Zealand's rugged South Island West Coast.


Imagine the views as your helicopter cruises past Mount Aspiring and over the magnificent Southern Alps towards one of the most remote, untouched wildernesses on the face of the planet - New Zealand's rugged West Coast. Park the helicopter on a private beach and plunge into the water for a guided Nitrox adventure dive. Gather your share of tasty crayfish and explore the pristine West Coast waters. Now hop back into the helicopter and return to Wanaka where your private chef waits ready to pass on trade secrets and advice on how to prepare your seafood banquet.


Take a dramatic and breathtaking helicopter flight deep in the Fiordland World Heritage Area. The extraordinary beauty of Fiordland has been described as an "outstanding example of the earth's evolutionary history." This region is an epic location for the ultimate dive trip! The underwater environment in the fiords is one of the most intriguing and unique in the world. Due to very high rainfall the tannin-rich dark freshwater does not mix with the seawater of the fiords but rather it sits on top. This gives divers the opportunity to see rare species such as the red and black corals at relatively shallow depths. Live aboard private charters allows for unlimited diving for crayfish and scallops and plenty of kayaking, fishing and relaxing if you have the time!


Learn or improve your diving skills - Alpine style! Whether you're an experienced diver or a complete novice, Lake Wanaka is an exciting location to gain your open water certificate or challenge yourself to a technical diving specialty course. Course options include Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Altitude Diver plus Search and Recovery.

Release offers unique and memorable experiences. Talk to us about creating an experience that combines your personal choice of the many world-class attractions and adventure opportunities within easy reach of your luxury Wanaka accommodation.

What our customers say

  • 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

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