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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

  • "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

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