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What's On In Wanaka - Winter 2021

Posted by Release Wanaka on June 11, 2021


Heading to Wanaka this Winter? Check out what's on?

19th June - Mataraki 2021

Join the locals on the lake front for a community hangi, workshops and performances finished with an epic fireworks display at approx. 6pm. Dinosaur Park.

25th June - 3rd July - NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

Presenting a wide range of films, guest speakers, workshops and presentations from inspirational adventurers. Our films and books tell stories of adventure sports, foreign cultures, remote travel and environmental issues. The 9-day event is a celebration of adventurous sports and lifestyles presented for adventurers, film and book enthusiasts and armchair adventurers. Lake Wanaka Centre.

3rd July - Ladi6

Returning to Wanaka, Ladi6 presents the Alpha Sessions - Live improvisation nights with her band, made up of long-term collaborators Brent Park-Tamati (Parks), Julien Dyne & Brandon Haru. Come ready to dance & hear new, unreleased music. Water Bar, Ardmore Street.

24th August - WInter Games 2021

Winter Games NZ is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sports event. Traditionally it welcomes the world’s best skiers & snowboarders to compete but this year that can’t happen, so rather than let the event lapse Winter Games NZ will run Obsidian. Obsidian is an epic new mixed Team Challenge event for the Winter Games NZ 2020, set across New Zealand’s Southern Alps. 21 of New Zealand’s best freeski and snowboard athletes pitted against each other in four progressive events over a ten-day weather window. Each 9-person team will comprise a mix of 7 elite snow sport athletes and 2 world class videographers. Male and female, ski and snowboard, freeride and park athletes and will be led by a Team Captain. Cardrona Alpine Resort.

7th September - Snowboxx

Taking place in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps this September 7 - 14, the week-long slopeside party at Cardrona and Treble Cone will be soundtracked by an eclectic mix of electronic music.  From house to hip hop, drum & bass to disco, Snowboxx NZ will be recreating the successful Snowboxx European extravaganza which takes place annually in Avoriaz, featuring an action-packed program of performances across a series of mountain-top stages.   

11th September - Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air 2021

Expect to see the most progressive skiing & boarding, with all the latest tricks thrown down on what last year’s athletes dubbed the best jump in the world. This year Jossi is adding a skate comp at the Wanaka Skate Park. An awards presentation & party are scheduled for after the event. Cardrona Alpine Resort.

11th September - Merino Muster

From absolute beginners to the elite national team, competitors revel in the naturally sculpted back country of Snow Farm for both its stunning beauty and its challenging and exhilarating trails. For the more relaxed athlete there is the 7 km course around Merino Glen which most people manage on their first day of nordic skiing. The 21 km course travels around Merino Glen and then out around River Run and back on The Loop. For the experienced cross country skier there is the 42 km Marathon which covers the 21km course and then heads out through Hanging Valley and then back around the Loop for a second time.


Top 5 Properties For A Luxury Winter Getaway

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 13, 2021

Wanaka is an all year round destination but Winter is definitely a strong contender for being the most popular and why wouldn’t it be with 3 x local ski-fields, some of the best heli skiing in the Southern Hemisphere and amazing apres-ski! 

If you are planning a ski holiday in Wanaka we would probably reccommend August as the best month. The weather is more settled the slopes are quieter and the nights are drawing out, perfect for sunset photography!

Here are our Top 5 properties for a luxury Winter getaway in Wanaka which are still available this August. So, if you like the look of any of these properties get in quick before someone else has the holiday of a lifetime in the property of your choice.

1/ Aurum

If you are looking for jaw dropping views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps, then this property is for you. Sleeping 6 guests in 3 bedrooms, 2 with ensuite, this home is like a movie theatre as you watch the sunset over the snow capped peaks. It is definitely a place to curl up on the sofa with a glass of local Pinot Noir and watch the ever changing scenery especially in the Winter when the snow is falling.

Features at Aurum include: Privacy & Seclusion, Large Entertaining Deck, Outdoor Fire, Luxurious Furnishings, Walk To The Lake, Close To Lake Track



2/ River Ridge

If you picture yourself in a grand living room, in front of a fire, sipping on a wee dram, then River Ridge is the ideal backdrop. This unique home is made from Canadian Western Red Cedar and oozes luxury with its stunning interiors. The log home features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, several sitting areas and an amazing Billiards Room. This is the perfect place to relax, sipping on a cocktail while a private chef cooks you and your family and friends a gourmet meal.

Features at River Ridge include: Set On Several Acres, Mountain & River Views, Walk To The Clutha River, Amazing Fly Fishing Nearby



3/ Bremner Bay Residence

Relax at Bremner Bay Residence in front of the roaring outdoor fire while admiring the lake and mountain views. This newly completed home is stunning both inside and outside. It is warm and inviting and offers accommodation for up to 10 guests. A great place for the whole family to come back to after a days skiing and prepare a feast in the huge kitchen. 

Features at Bremner Bay Residence include: Luxurious Interiors & Stunning Architecture, Great Location Close To Lake Wanaka, Stunning Views



4/ Te Pakeke

This couples retreat is an architectural delight and offers the perfect getaway to spend time with your one and only. Light the fire and relax on the huge sofa while you look out to the lake and mountains and chat the night away with some excellent wine and delicious nibbles. An ideal winter getaway with the soft lighting and the large log burner.

Features at Te Pakeke include: Easy walk To Lake Wanaka, Unique Design, Private & Secluded, 



5/ Thirty Seven

Sitting high above Lake Wanaka this property has stupendous panoramic views. This brand new home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, perfect for either families of 8-10 or 3 couples. The property has several areas to relax during those Winter months, a large open plan living area for everyone, a cosy snug for the late night drinkers, an outdoor sitting area with fire and a spa pool with fabulous views. 

Features at Thirty Seven include: Spa Pool, Amazing Views, Outdoor Fire, Views Of The Southern Alps, Only 5 Minutes To Wanaka Township


If any of these properties take your fancy then get in touch with our team at Release Wanaka. Andrea and Kirsty are here to answer any questions you may have about the properties, skiing or other Winter activities and basically anything to do with Wanaka!


Contact Andrea and Kirsty at [email protected]

What's New In Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on February 26, 2021

If you haven’t been to Wanaka for a while (which is probably very likely considering the worldwide situation due to the ‘C’ word), then you are probably unaware of what has opened up here in the past year. Apart from the large developments out at Three Parks, including a big flash New World supermarket and an enormous brand, spanking new Mitre 10 MEGA, there have been a few extra additions to this beautiful little town in the South Island of New Zealand.

The Precinct

This exciting new retail development in the middle of town has been introducing new businesses constantly for the past 12 months. Deval and Revology take front row in this modern, stylish building, Deval a top fashion boutique featuring high end clothing labels and Revology Concept Store, who dedicate their store to sustainable living and feature products which promote this. 

As well as these chic shops, The Precinct also offers:

Wee Tart - Coffee Shop & Milk Bar

Cakes of Wanaka

Alice Herald Jewellery

Ukiyo Salon & Co.

The Green Room Plant Collective


This new clothing store in Wanaka features women's luxury athletic wear, accessories and all gear to support health and well-being. They stock brands such as lilybod, KORAL and NOLI. Fearless is located on the main street and is full of funky, stylish clothing with something for everyone from bold patterns to simple designs. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for comfortable active wear which is sustainable, luxurious, ethical and fashionable.

Fresh Link

Fresh Link has been around for a few years now, but recently they have moved in to new, larger premises, which means they can offer a whole lot more. Bulk buying is the way forward to reduce waste into landfill and this is exactly what Fresh Link is doing. Not only that, everything is a wholefood, no processed rubbish here! So for all you health concious people out there, make sure you have a look at Fresh Link’s new shop which is located on Anderson Road, where you can stock up on lots of yummy food. While you are at it, you can grab a coffee/smoothie bowl/sweet treat from their locally famous food truck - The Dripping Bowl.


A new cafe in town to get your coffee and breakfast fix, Scroggin is located next door to Tussocks and part of The Wanaka Hotel on Ardmore Street. Newly renovated, this location has been a number of hospitality businesses with the latest being Scroggin and this looks like a keeper. The interiors are light and inviting and the food is delicious and healthy. The coffee is a winner too! It is always nice to have another cafe choice in Wanaka, especially when the food is so good.


Yes, Alchemy have been around for a long time but have you seen their new bar? Positioned front and centre of this local favourite, their new bar area serves you luscious cocktails and local craft beers. Located on Ardmore Street looking out to Lake Wanaka, this is an awesome place to meet friends and laugh the night away.

Boh & Ivy

Boh & Ivy is an interior design studio on the main street in Wanaka. The space is set up with gorgeous furniture and soft furnishings, featuring french linen and velvet. If you are looking for ideas for your home this is a great place to wander around on your next trip to Wanaka.

Ground Up

Adding to the other local breweries who have opened their doors to the public, Ground Up have joined the pack by creating a bar with indoor and outdoor seating for all their craft beer followers. Located on Gordon Road along from Rhyme and Reason, Ground Up offer an array of delicious locally crafted beer as well as soft drinks for the kids and sober drivers. The Burrito Craft has set up a food truck there if you are feeling peckish and don’t forget to pick up some merch if you are here visiting.

The Next Chapter

You have probably seen and heard of Cinema Paradiso but have you seen and heard of The Next Chapter? This little architectural box building in front of Paradiso appeared late last year with whispers around town of what it may become. The little, funky building turned out to be a book shop called The Next Chapter. This intimate, independent bookshop is a perfect place for bookworms to wile away the day. 

Wanaka Skatepark Extension

If you love to skate or scoot, then you will be pleased to hear that Wanaka Skatepark has extended. Located central to Wanaka with great lake and mountain views, the skatepark is a real hit with the locals and visitors. Now bigger and better than it was, it is a great place to drop the skaters of the family off, while you pop across the road for a coffee.


So, while the world is struggling to keep afloat, Wanaka is keeping its head above water and the proof is in these businesses who are pushing forward. I don't think it will be too long until the next "What's New In Wanaka" blog. There are innovative new businesses popping up everywhere.

I guess this leads back to the whole ‘Shop Local’ concept. Wanaka has a tight-knit community who look out for each other and welcomes everyone with open arms.

Here at Release Wanaka, we encourage our guests to "live like a local" and we can help with this by sharing our local insiders knowledge. Wanaka is an awesome place to visit with plenty to do and see, but with a laid back vibe. It provides an easy, relaxing holiday that we all need sometimes.

Need luxury Wanaka holiday accommodation? Get In Touch - 021 762 694   [email protected] 

November Promo - come to Wanaka and get free goodies!

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 30, 2020

What a year 2020 has been! With only a few months to go until the Christmas rush, why not book a long weekend to Wanaka in November, and take advantage of the exciting new promotion we’re offering our amazing Release Wanaka guests? 

After the whirlwind of a year we’ve just navigated our way through, we would love to treat our guests to some R&R. What better way to de-stress than with some quality time with your other half?

If you book a trip to Wanaka in November, and stay at either Lakeshore or Lake Edge, you will receive the following goodies FREE:

·      A $50 voucher per couple for wonderful Wanaka restaurant Lipsky & Sons

·      A grazing platter box from delicious local company The Platter Share

·      A free wine tasting experience by award winning local winemakers Maude Wines

Lakeshore & Lake Edge are in an amazing location right on the lakefront, with stunning views. They’re also an easy walk into Wanaka town centre, which makes them the perfect choice for a long weekend trip to Wanaka – the bars, cafes and restaurants are right at your fingertips!

They are both three bedroom, three bathroom properties, so why not get some friends involved and make it a triple date trip? They are beautifully finished throughout with luxurious linens and comfortable, stylish furniture.

Here at Release Wanaka, last summer was our busiest on record, and we were excited to carry on the trend and make 2020 a year to remember. It definitely started well, as we were awarded a gold Qualmark rating under the Sustainable Business criteria.  This is something we have been working towards for a long time, and is something we were very excited and proud about.

This award is evidence that we are committed to protecting our beautiful natural environment, enhancing connections with our local communities, whilst also delivering a quality, safe experience for all visitors.

Shortly after we received the award, COVID-19 came in like a wrecking ball and New Zealand went into a nationwide lockdown. But after level 2 was announced, and kiwis flocked to Wanaka to hit the slopes in the school holidays, we enjoyed a record winter season, and we’re definitely excited about the future.

Kiwis travelling to Wanaka and choosing to stay with us has been a gift to us as a business, helping us survive such an uncertain time. So it’s our turn to give a little back as a big THANK YOU for sticking by us.

If you’re keen to come and visit us in November, contact our friendly sales team – Andrea & Kirsty – by clicking here.

See you soon!

Top 5 Outdoor Activities Wanaka, NZ

Posted by Release Wanaka on October 09, 2020

Spring is officially here, the clocks have changed and the days are getting longer. The Release Wanaka team LOVE this time of year, as the extra hours in the day mean so much more time for fun activities!

This is a great time of year to visit Wanaka, as there are outdoor activities galore to sink your teeth into. And with COVID-19 putting a temporary stop on overseas travel, there has never been a better time to take a holiday in your own backyard and explore some of the amazing places New Zealand has to offer.

Release Wanaka - Lake Wanaka

We have been so happy to see so many New Zealanders taking advantage of our COVID-19 promotions and the free nights on offer at a selection of our stunning properties. These deals finish at the end of November, so if you haven’t already (or even if you have, and you can’t wait to get back here!) then book your Wanaka getaway now.

To help persuade you, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 outdoor activities that you absolutely need to experience for yourselves during your next trip to Wanaka.

1/ Bike Glendhu

When Bike Glendhu opened earlier this year, there were lots of happy mountain bikers keen to go tear it up on the tracks and trails the park has to offer. 

Release Wanaka - Bike Glendhu (photo by Jay French)

There is something for everyone here, with some low-key tracks ideal for families, as well as some lung-burners for those with a need for speed & adrenaline. The park is a trail rider’s dream, and the views are amazing, especially from the very top.

2/ Wild Wire

If climbing is your thing, then check out the via-ferrata climbing out by Treble Cone. Wild Wire run a tight ship, and have been offering some great promotions over the last 6 months to get keen climbers up for some fun on the world’s highest waterfall cable climb. 

Release Wanaka - Wild Wire

There are three different height options to choose from, varying from 150m to 450m, the highest earning you the title of Lord of the Rungs! You're bound to have heaps of fun, and enjoy some spectacular views while you're up there.

3/ Adventure Wanaka

Adventure Wanaka offer a variety of different activities out on the lake for those of you wanting to get out on the water and explore wonderful Lake Wanaka. 

Whether you want to try your hand at fishing and catch your dinner, or get out to Mou Waho & see the famous island on a lake on an island on a lake…. You need to see it to believe it!

4/ Paddle Wanaka

A trip to Wanaka isn’t complete without getting out and about on the lake, and what better way than combining with some exercise and giving kayaking a try? 

Release Wanaka - Paddle Wanaka, The Mission

Paddle Wanaka offer some great guided and non-guided tour options. We recommend ‘The Mission’ – a 4 hour half day adventure. The friendly team at Paddle Wanaka will help you plan your route, provide all the equipment you need & drop you off to the start point. You can then paddle back at your own pace. Perfect for families, couples or groups of friends to get out and explore together.

5/ Mt Iron

Another must-do while in Wanaka, take a hike up Mt Iron and see Lake Wanaka from above. 

Release Wanaka - Mt Iron

Stunning panoramic views greet you from the top of the loop track, which has various start points along the bottom of the track. If it’s warm, take your water bottle and a sun hat as there isn’t much shade going up.

Get in touch with our sales team here to discuss planning your next trip to Wanaka. Don’t forget, we are still offering FREE nights at selected properties until the end of November.

See you soon!

Top 5 Indoor Family Activities Wanaka, NZ

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 16, 2020

Sometimes you just want to escape from the weather and entertain the kids indoors. Maybe the rain has settled in for the day or you want a break from the hot Central Otago sunshine.

Wanaka is a family friendly location with plenty of options. Here are our Top 5 indoor activities for families.


1/ Puzzling World

"Since 1973 Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality."

Great fun for the whole family, Puzzling World provides entertainment for a entire day. Head through the numerous buildings, get lost in the maze or relax in the cafe and challenge yourself with the various free to use puzzles. A great day out for all!

2/  Cinema Paradiso

A movie theatre with a difference. Paradiso has been going for more than a couple of decades now. In their new premises in Wanaka, they offer 3 screens showing recent releases. The cinemas are kitted out with sofas and large comfortable chairs, as well as an old Morris Minor in one of them.

The famous freshly baked cookies are AMAZING and served during the old school intermission. They are warm and delicious with a selection of flavours (they can also do GF cookies, just let them know before the movie starts) and are perfect after a pizza & beer while you sit and relax and watch the movie.

3/ Base Camp

If those rocks out on the hillsides around Wanaka are looking a bit slippy, head over to 'Basecamp'. Here you can get your climbing fix no matter what the weather.

The 'Clip n Climb' is great fun for over 5's, with a selection of crazy climbs to choose from, including a in the dark climb, all while you are safely strapped into a harness.

If you prefer something a bit more serious, harness up and hit 'The Wall'. A selection of 30 climbs spread over 12 ropes with something for everyone, this is perfect for developing your skills or trying something new. 

4/ National Transport & Toy Museum

"One of the world's largest private collections of aircraft, vehicles and toys. With over half a century of collecting and preserving pieces from the past, the museum houses over 600 vehicles. Including classic cars, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles, buses, trucks, tractors, construction gear and boats. 20 Civilian and Military aircraft from the 1930’s to 1990’s. 

The nostalgic collection of 60,000 toys has something to fascinate the child in everyone, such as clockwork and battery powered toys, dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars, remote control models, money boxes and 1,000’s of scale models. The museum offers indoor and outdoor playing areas, adult sized pedal cars to ride as well a picnic area. The museum shop has thousands of models and gifts.  Light refreshments are also available." 

This place is huge and has something interesting around every corner. All ages are catered for and you can definitely spend a full day here. 

5/ Realm

Escape Reality.....

"Discover a whole new universe, become part of your game, explore the world - at REALM VR, it's all literally at your fingertips. The perfect rainy day activity or family fun in Wanaka, New Zealand, REALM VR provides hours of indoor adventure for just about any age.

A completely unique experience, REALM VR is definitely a must-do activity while visiting Wanaka, New Zealand."

For your accommodation needs in Wanaka, contact Release Wanaka. We have some fantastic holiday rental homes perfect for small and large families.

[email protected]

021 762 694



Wanaka Winter Getaway

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 05, 2020

May is here, and that means winter is almost upon us. It certainly feels like it today! Here in Wanaka, New Zealand, we love both summer and winter. Summer is great for the long, hot days spent enjoying some of the amazing activities Wanaka and the lake has to offer – whether it be biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, or just relaxing in the sun with friends and family. The beauty is you can also do all those things in summer AND winter (just ask our boss Nick – he swears by a cold plunge in the lake all year round…!)

But the biggest perk of winter in Wanaka is getting up the mountain for a ski or snowboard. There are three amazing mountains to choose from in the Wanaka area, each offering something slightly different – Treble Cone has steeper terrain and is best suited to more experienced skiers or boarders, Cardrona is more family friendly with a great park area, and Snow Farm is for those who love cross country skiing.

This year, we’re confident the ski resorts will open, with general manager for Cardrona and Treble Cone indicating they are planning to get the hills back in business. "We are 100 per cent dedicated and committed to getting both resorts ready to open and we will start those final preparations on Tuesday,” Bridget said last week. “We're prepping both resorts - whether we open one, two, part of each, is not entirely planned yet.”

This will be great for the Wanaka recovery after COVID-19. As a town that relies very heavily on tourism, it will definitely go a long way to attract kiwis (and hopefully Australians, when the ‘trans-trasman bubble’ happens) back to this amazing area.

The COVID-19 alert level in New Zealand went down from level 4 to level 3 on Tuesday 28th April, giving kiwis a little bit more freedom, but also recommending keeping a small ‘bubble’ and staying home as much as possible. For the ski resorts to open, it will need to be level 2 for locals, or level 1 for our North Island friends to come visit. With the mountains set to open next month, we have everything crossed that we’ll be down to level 1 and ready to rock & roll in no time! 

This ski season was ramping up to be bigger and better than ever before, with the announcement that Treble Cone had been bought by Real Journeys, who also owns Cardrona. Having both mountains owned by the same company paved the way for multi-mountain passes, which was definitely an exciting prospect for both Wanaka locals and visitors alike. With the possibility of buying a dual season pass, or multi-day passes that could be used at both mountains, it means greater flexibility all round.

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Here at Release Wanaka, with our accommodation specials running until the end of November, we have some fantastic offers to make your ski trip both luxury and reasonable. Pay for 5 nights at selected properties, and stay for 7 – that’s 2 free nights, and your week skiing sorted!

We can also help with your ski rental and have this dropped to your luxury holiday home, taking any stress out of getting boots fitted and picking up gear.

Why wait? Get planning your ski trip to Wanaka now. We can’t wait to see you!

Kia kaha.

Wanaka 'stay-cation'

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 26, 2020

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel! It was announced this week that New Zealand is preparing to move out of lockdown on Tuesday 28th April, which is great news. Here at Release Wanaka, we know the journey back to ‘normality’ may be a long one - it certainly will be for us too - but a holiday might be just what we all need to take our minds of this crazy situation, and have something to look forward to.

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Wanaka is an amazing destination for a much-needed family vacation when travel restrictions are relaxed. With the lake on your doorstep, and many beautiful tracks & trails to explore, getting out in the fresh air here is as easy as stepping out your front door and setting off on foot.

From now until the end of November, we will be running a variety of specials and reduced rates on selected properties, to give New Zealanders a trip to plan for & aim for (for their sanity!) and also to help promote more visitors to this wonderful area and give the Wanaka economy a welcome boost. The many local businesses here who rely on tourists coming in would absolutely love to see you.

For selected properties, we are offering FREE NIGHTS until the end of November 2020:

Pay for 3 nights, stay for 4
Pay for 5 nights, stay for 7
Pay for 7 nights, stay for 10

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We’re also looking to work with local suppliers and activity providers to hopefully come up with some great package deals – watch this space. To check out which properties we are running specials on, click here.

With talk of a 'Trans-Tasman bubble' on the cards when New Zealand and Australia have COVID-19 under control, we hope to see our friends from over the ditch able to visit soon too. 

Release Wanaka - Mt Gold Haven

Contact us here and we'd love to help plan your Wanaka stay-cation. 

Kia kaha.

Release Wanaka
[email protected]
+64 21 762 694

Autumn in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 17, 2020

Autumn is a particularly beautiful time to visit Wanaka, New Zealand. The trees are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red, and on a calm day, the reflections on the lake and river are amazing. This year, only the residents of Wanaka are able to enjoy these views, as the country remains in lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.

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When New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Adern announced the country would be entering a 4-week lockdown to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, it sparked a shockwave throughout the country. Here in Wanaka, as was the case in many communities throughout New Zealand, people headed straight to the supermarket on a mission to stock up their pantries and cupboards with enough food and supplies to last four weeks.

In reality (and I think many people realised this within the first week of lockdown) panic buying was unnecessary. Supermarkets and pharmacies have remained open, shelves stocked up with everything you might need. A designated shopper per household has been able to go and buy food for everyone, and meal times have continued as normal (or as normal as possible in this crazy situation!)

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Lockdown hasn’t meant not being able to leave the house. We’ve been allowed to go out for exercise in our local neighbourhoods – and believe me, here in Wanaka we have a stunning backyard to explore! With so many tracks and trails to choose from, we're very lucky to have such a beautiful lockdown location, with ample opportunity to get out in the fresh air.

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The Release Wanaka team live all over the place – some of us in Wanaka, some in Albert Town and some in Luggate. We have been sharing photos from our daily walks with each other, and here are some of them, to show why Wanaka is the best place to be for lockdown. And guess what – it’s not going anywhere, and will be an awesome destination for a domestic holiday when this crazy situation is over.

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Easter this year was a busy one for us at Release Wanaka, with Warbirds over Wanaka bringing in lots of additional tourists keen to enjoy an Easter weekend in Wanaka. We are sad the many guests we had booked were unable to come and experience these beautiful autumnal scenes for themselves, but there is always next year!

In the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing some fantastic winter deals for domestic travellers looking for their ‘stay-cation’ destination, so keep an eye out!

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We look forward to seeing you all in Wanaka soon. Contact us here to discuss your next trip to Wanaka.

Kia kaha.


Make Wanaka your 'stay-cation' destination

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted and we are free to leave our homes, it is going to take a while for life to get back to normal - or at least a new version of normal. Here in Wanaka, New Zealand, our small town relies heavily on tourism, which has obviously taken a massive hit thus far, with the borders closed to all international visitors.

At this stage, it is looking like the borders may remain closed for some time, meaning not only a no-go for tourists coming in, but also a no-go for any international trips planned by New Zealanders. The latter isn’t the end of the world though – not when you have a beautiful backyard such as ours to holiday in!

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With plenty of amazing holiday locations to visit in New Zealand, here’s why we think Wanaka should be top of everyone’s ‘stay-cation’ list when the lockdown is over:

The scenery

We might be biased, but we think Wanaka is one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand. With the picture-perfect lake surrounded by magnificent mountains, any budding photographer can take some stunning shots of wonderful Wanaka.

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There are so many awesome activities to get your teeth into while in Wanaka. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just want to get out on the lake for a paddle, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And one thing is for certain – the activity operators will be so happy to see you! Skydiving, Via Ferrata rock climbing, boat trips, helicopter rides and paddleboarding are just a few ideas for the holiday to-do list. As well as accommodation, Release Wanaka also has a concierge service called Wanaka Travel Fixer. We can help book any activity you may want to try your hand at.

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Fresh air

Once the lockdown is over, and you’ve successfully survived 4 weeks staying at home, getting out in the fresh air is going to be on the top of lots of lists throughout the country. Wanaka is home to a huge selection of tracks and trails, perfect for hiking or biking, giving visitors plenty to sink their teeth into while they’re here. Hike up Mt Iron and see Wanaka from above, or bike along the river to beautiful Lake Hawea and have a well-deserved coffee or beer before biking back.

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Great cafes and restaurants

If you’re looking to eat out while on your Wanaka holiday, there are so many great local eateries we can recommend. Reasonably priced food is available wherever you turn, and there is a great selection. Try Fedeli for a takeaway lunch options – yummy salads, freshly made sandwiches and smoothies are all on offer. If you want a coffee in the sun, then Kai Whakapai is another firm favourite, with great coffee and a delicious selection of cakes. Or why not head to Lipsky & Sons, a new Wanaka restaurant serving cold beers and amazing food – perfect for sharing.  

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Great accommodation options

Here at Release Wanaka, we can help you find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Wanaka. We have more than 50 properties in our portfolio, so there’s bound to be something suitable for everyone. Many have stunning lake and mountain views, with great indoor and outdoor areas to relax as a family after a full day out exploring Wanaka. Check back soon for some special offers we're currently working on!

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We are so looking forward to seeing you all in Wanaka in the future. Fingers crossed COVID-19 is eliminated and we can get our freedom back soon. You get can get in touch with us here.

Take care out there. Kia kaha.