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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.

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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. 

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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? 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Top 5 day hikes in Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on January 29, 2020

When you’re on vacation in beautiful New Zealand, a fab free family activity is to get out in the great outdoors and go for a hike. We’re lucky here in Wanaka, that there are so many amazing tracks with stunning views right on our doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a long, exhilarating walk to get the heart rate up, or a stroll around the lake with the family to get some fresh air, there are so many to choose from. And the best part is, you don’t have to go far to find somewhere beautiful to stretch your legs.

Here is a rundown of some of our favourite day hikes around Wanaka. Next time you come to Wanaka on vacation, why not try and tick a couple off?

Mt Iron – panoramic lake and mountain views

If you venture up Mt Iron first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon, you’ll pass plenty of Wanaka locals getting their fitness fix. This loop track hike takes around an hour and a half to complete, with stunning views at the top of Lake Wanaka and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. Why not head up for sunrise to start the day the right way, or for sunset, and relax at the benches at the top to watch the sun dip below the mountains. Great for all ages, it’s a firm family favourite of ours, and is close to the town centre.

Distance: 4.5km loop
Duration: 1.5 hours

Isthmus Peak – gorgeous views of Lake Hawea & Lake Wanaka

For us, Isthmus Peak is a much better alternative than the busy Roy’s Peak track (mentioned below), and a more enjoyable hike. The track to the 1,385m summit treats hikers to beautiful views of Lake Hawea on the way up, then, when you reach the top, gorgeous views over the top of Lake Wanaka as well. Why not take a packed lunch, and make a day of it? The views are spectacular, especially on a bluebird day like the one pictured. This track is also suitable for mountain bikes, so if you’re feeling energetic, rent a bike and get involved. 

Distance: 16 km
Duration: 5-7 hours

Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain – views of Mt Aspiring National Park

The track around Diamond Lake is a lovely, family-friendly hike. Those wanting a relaxing stroll can choose to just walk around Diamond Lake, then up to the lookout to view it from above. For those wanting to get the heartrate rising, continue up to the top of Rocky Mountain. The loop track boasts amazing views over the top of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. We always recommend this to guests, as it's a quieter hike than some of the others mentioned, with equally as beautiful views. We also recommend going early to avoid the heat and sun, as there isn’t much shade on the way up.

Diamond Lake lookout - 2km, 1 hour
Rocky Mountain - 7km, 3 hours

Rob Roy Glacier – explore Mt Aspiring National Park

Getting out in Mt Aspiring National Park is a must-do when on vacation in Wanaka, and the hike out to Rob Roy Glacier is a beautiful one. Starting at Raspberry Creek car park, an hour’s drive from Wanaka town centre in the national park, the track meanders through the valley before crossing the Matukituki river & heading up to the glacier. The views are sensational! Watch out for the cheeky Kea at the top – these Alpine parrots are stunning, with the most gorgeous colours on their wings, but they love to pester tourists for their snacks! Another great walk to take a picnic and enjoy the view before the walk down. This walk is also great for families as once you cross the bridge and start the climb up, the track weaves through the valley under the cover of the trees, so you’re sheltered from the hot summer sun. 

Distance: 10km
Duration: 3-4 hours

Roy’s Peak – famous views of Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park

Roy’s Peak is one of the most famous of Wanaka’s walks. Chances are you will have seen photos of this view before you’ve even got to New Zealand! People brave enough can expect a lung and leg-burner of a hike to the 1,578m summit, but will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Be prepared for the 16km return trip and take plenty of water and snacks, and of course (most importantly) your camera! We recommend heading out early in the morning for this hike, to beat the sun (there’s no shade on the way up) and to get a space in the car park! It's such a popular walk now, it can be hard to get a spot to park. There are shuttles from Wanaka town centre out to the start of the track also, which can be an easier alternative.

Distance: 16km
Duration: 5-6 hours

If this is enough to persuade you to come for a holiday, then get in touch with us and we'll help you plan your dream trip to Wanaka! 


Summer Holiday in Wanaka

Posted by Release Wanaka on September 26, 2019

Why Wanaka ticks all the boxes for the perfect Summer holiday.

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand offers an ideal destination for a fun and relaxing break. Here are only some of the many reasons why you should visit Wanaka for a Summer holiday.

The Weather

Wanaka is located in an area where the Summers are hot and dry. The sunny days are a significant plus to a Summer holiday. The average temperature sits at approximately 24 degrees and there is zero humidity. The days are long and don’t end until after 9pm, giving you plenty of time to get out and explore without having to rush back before darkness falls.

Outdoor Activities

There are an abundance of outdoor activities to partake in, in and around Wanaka. The hiking and biking is epic, with so many options for all levels and abilities.  There are plenty of places to visit which doesn’t cost a cent and the views are incredible. If you are looking for something more extreme the town is full of adventure specialists who can take you up cliffs, into crevices or out to far away places that can only be seen from the air. Wanaka is one of the ultimate adventure towns in New Zealand and can definitely compete against other areas.


Wanaka is packed with excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. The cafe culture is in full flight with award winning baristas and amazing food, available from 7am to late. The restaurant scene is awesome with an array of international eateries from Asian Fusion to Lebanese cuisine. There is something for everyone and something for every budget. 


Central Otago is world renowned for its wine, particularly the Pinot Noir. Wanaka is within an easy drive to numerous vineyards which offer tastings and meals. A great day out in some amazing scenery. If driving is off the cards ( you are wine tasting after all ) then there are options for wine tours as well as private car hire and a driver. Within Wanaka you can taste some spectacular wines including Maude and Rippon both of which are locally owned and offer tasting rooms.


A beer connoisseur would be impressed with the craft beer Wanaka has to offer. With no less than 6 micro breweries in town, Wanaka is definitely making its mark on the beer industry. Most local bars serve a choice of the local beers but you can also visit the breweries and sit in and enjoy these delicious beverages.

Lake Wanaka

The town of Wanaka sits on the shores of the lake which offers plenty of activities. Experience most water sports including Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Water Skiing, boat trips and Jet Skiing. It is also the perfect place to cool off in the crystal clear water and the kids can have a blast jumping off the wharf or pontoon. The kilometres of shore line offer numerous places to set up camp for the day, watching the kids play in the shallow water while you sit back and admire the view with a good book and a cold beer. Getting out on the water is easy with several tour operators located in town or on the lake front, providing all the gear and guides if needed. 

This is just six reasons why Wanaka is a great destination for a Summer break. What else do you need? Contact us now for availability on our luxury holiday homes which give you the option to relax, have flexibility and lots of space.

Girls Heli Ski/Board Day

Posted by Release Wanaka on July 23, 2019

The amazing ‘Miss Snow It All’ has teamed up with Southern Lakes Heli Ski and our very own local NZ Winter Olympian, Freeride World Tour competitor and The North Face athlete, Janina Kuzma, to bring you the ultimate girls Heli Ski/Board day. 

Can I go if I have never been Heli Skiing/Boarding before?..............Hell Yeah!!

Whether you are a first timer or a Heli Ski/Board addict, this is for you. This is an amazing opportunity to hang out with a group of harmonious girls who love skiing/boarding and learn from the best.

Here's what is included and this can be found on SNOWBEST.COM:


  • Join an all female heli ski and boarder helicopter of similar skill level skiers and boarders -  first timers, intermediate, advanced and beyond.
  • Ski/ride with and get tips from The North Face athlete Janina Kuzma.
  • Be guided by female heli guides.
  • 4 heli ski/board run Classic Heli Day included in the cost.
  • The opportunity to purchase more runs on the day.
  • Pick up from your accommodation in Wanaka or Queenstown (or upgrade for a heli pick up from your front lawn!).
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch on a mountain top.


  • Half price Cardrona Alpine Resort lift pass should you want to ski/ride the day before or after!
  • 10% off a standard heli ski 4 run day.
  • 10% discount for your partner - if you have a bloke/s you're travelling with and they too want to heli, they can also score the discount on the same day and join a public circuit day with Southern Lakes Heliski.


A complimentary SWAG BAG worth AU$375!

  • POW gloves
  • The North Face hoodie
  • Gogglesoc
  • Dragon beanie
  • Icebreaker chute
  • ROJO Outerwear socks plus a 20% discount card
  • Southern Lakes Heli Ski trucker cap
  • Southern Lakes Heli Ski ski straps


  • September 7, 2019 (weather contingency day September 8)


Wow, this would be an awesome day to be part of, so grab a group of girlfriends and book your place before you miss out.

In conjunction with this amazing event we would like to offer a great deal on our accommodation. STAY 4 PAY 3 at our luxury holiday rental properties, which are ideal for you and a group of friends. This offer is available for the weekend of the 6th - 10th September (subject to availability, T&C's apply), contact us here and quote "Miss Snow It All Chopper Squad".

Here are a few of our Wanaka holiday homes which offer you space, flexibility and privacy all under one roof with your besties -

Release Wanaka - Forest Heights: 

Sleeps 8, 4 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom, Spa Pool, Sauna, Movie Room, Stunning Views. From NZ$118/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Nokomai:

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom, Heating throughout, Log Burner, Architecturally Designed, Large Garage. From NZ$125/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Aurum:

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, Breath-taking Views of Lake Wanaka, Amazing Photo Opportunities, Large Garage. From NZ$332/person/night.

Release Wanaka – Clutha Place:

Sleeps 8, 4 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, Views of Lake Wanaka, 2 x Living Areas, Large Garage, Balcony. From NZ$90/person/night.

To book your accommodation for this amazing weekend of adventure and friendship, contact our team at Release Wanaka.

Corporate Wellbeing

Posted by Release Wanaka on May 17, 2019

"well-being" - noun - a state of health, happiness and high life satisfaction.

It’s early. Lake Wanaka is still, bearing the reflections of immense mountains. The view takes up your living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the snowy tip of Mount Aspiring just visible. Two hours ahead of Sydney, you get a couple of hours of work done, a cup of coffee in hand, before most of your competitors are even out of bed. Then a heli-ski day awaits; you leave the ground and all your worries far below, the sound of the chopper blades filling the cabin as you’re carried through the clear mountain air to the powder-filled valleys of New Zealand’s exquisite backcountry. 

This is a snapshot of how Release Wanaka can assist your organisation to acquire, engage and retain your biggest asset; your employees.

It’s no secret that employers of choice prioritise a healthy, happy and engaged culture, thereby improving staff retention and performance. Smart businesses support holistic wellbeing strategies, in turn attracting the best talent to their organisations. This choice ripples top down through companies; inspired employees hit bigger targets more consistently and more sustainably. They think on their feet, see the bigger picture and have more passion to pour into their work.

The best teams are made up of individuals operating at their prime. Energised, enthused and focused, they’re innovative and fluid in a world that demands an ability to pivot between precision and passion. 

The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working. By helping your staff take steps towards that elusive work-life balance, you are actively ensuring their wellbeing. We have your business’s success at heart, providing your team the time to rest, recharge and spend time with loved ones pays dividends in the long run.

We don’t want your key talent to simply survive - we want them to thrive!

Release Wanaka are the locals who can help ignite the flame that burns in your valued employees. Our team specialise in creating tailor-made, holistic Corporate Wellness Solutions like no other, far beyond the realms of just another team building exercise. 

Wanaka and its surrounding pristine playground can become your new flexible work environment, combined with bespoke staff-experience programs designed to challenge, inspire, engage and invigorate. 

Our exclusive network of elite outdoorsmen and women, professional athletes and instructors offer exhilarating, once in a lifetime backcountry adventures and training sessions in a spectacular alpine terrain. There is simply nothing like bracing mountain air and a holistic mind-body approach to recharge, rewire and release.

Based from our luxury villa collection we provide outstanding individualised employee experiences that will be seared into the memories of your staff. We open doors for them to remember their unlimited capacity. We flick the switch on the floodlight of their purpose and help disrupt the status quo so your employees and teams can reach new heights. Do more, change more, be more. 

For more information regarding our 'Corporate Getaways' and how we can help you and your employees, contact us here.

Skiing in Wanaka, New Zealand

Posted by Release Wanaka on April 16, 2019

Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand is a haven for ski enthusiasts and snow lovers. With 3 awesome ski fields on our doorstep it makes the perfect destination to find suitable terrain for all ages and abilities and provides an ideal location for an unforgettable family ski holiday. Wanaka town is buzzing in the evening, for a bit of ‘Apres-ski’ and with numerous events and non-snow activities, the whole family can be in winter holiday heaven. 

There are an array of snow focused activities available, including Heli-Skiing, Dog Sledding and Back Country Touring, but here we outline the 3 ski fields that offer a variety of skiing and winter activities and all are within an easy 40 minute drive of Wanaka. 

Cardrona Alpine Resort 

Set on the mountains above the Cardrona valley, Cardrona Alpine Resort is a favourite amongst families. Offering an array of terrain for beginners right through to advanced racers, it is a very popular field all winter. At the moment Cardrona has 2 x magic carpets, 2 x chairlifts and the Chondala (Chair and Gondola in one), making the snowy peaks accessible for not only skiers and boarders but also snow lovers who wish to take in the stunning view of the Southern Alps from the top without having to put on the planks. The ski field offers ski and snowboard lessons for all levels and with 5 locations to grab a drink and something to eat there is plenty of opportunity to rest those tired legs.

Treble Cone Ski field

Treble Cone Ski Field is the largest ski field in the South Island of New Zealand, offering a lift serviced vertical drop of 700m, the longest run in the Southern Lakes region. It is well known for its fantastic off piste terrain and stunning views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Advanced skiers and boarders can experience a playground of challenging powder runs featuring natural half pipes and gnarly slopes. The ski field offers 5 cafes/restaurants to choose a beverage from, whether it is a grab and go pie on your own, or a sit down and relax meal for everyone!

Snow Farm

For all you cross - country skiers out there or all you ski-lovers who want to experience something other than downhill, then The Snow Farm is the place to go. With over 55km of groomed trails, you will never get bored of the terrain. Catering for all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, and offering not only cross-country skiing, the Snow Farm makes the perfect location for a fun, family, winter day out. The kids will love the snow tubing and if you are feeling adventurous, chuck on some snow shoes and head out on a guided tour of the Pisa Range. At the base sits the Snow Farm Lodge where you can grab a bite to eat, in either the bar, cafe or restaurant.

So if you are looking for a ski holiday destination in New Zealand, then Wanaka probably has it all. We can sort your accommodation, ski passes, rental equipment, transport and offer advice on which field would work for you and your group. For more information about skiing in Wanaka, contact the Release Wanaka team here.

A Day Out At Cardrona Village

Posted by Release Wanaka on December 07, 2018

Only a  20minute drive from Wanaka on the Cardrona Valley Road, you will come to the small village of Cardrona. The area is well known for Cardrona Alpine Resort but there are definitely a few other things to see and do to make a great day out. Here are a few ideas to enjoy your time in this stunning area, surrounded by mountains and set in a delightful valley.

Heading along the main Cardrona Valley Road and before you reach the Cardrona Alpine Resort access road, you will see a turn-off to the right, where you can view the infamous “Bra Fence”. Pushed by locals to continue growing and spread awareness of Breast Cancer, the “Bra Fence” is a great photo opportunity and an interesting addition to Cardrona's uniqueness.

Heading down the same turn off you will come to Cardrona Distillery. Here you can take a tour and learn about the art of making hand-distilled artisan spirits and finish it off with a tasting. The tours take approximately 75 - 90minutes and are available from 10am - 3pm every day.

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Further along the road, if you fancy an ice cream/coffee/cake/soft drink……., you can stop off at the General Store. Open from 7am it is a great place to fuel up before your next adventure or grab a take away.

If you are after a lunch date, head to The Cardrona Hotel, where they have the most beautiful beer garden. The menu is varied and it is perfect for the kids, with outdoor swings and games to keep them entertained, while you sit back and relax with a local brew. Next door, in a cute little gallery, you will find a selection of local pieces, so you can take a piece of Cardrona home with you.

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If you are looking for something a bit more active then head to “The Cardrona”. Located at the same turn off as the distillery, they offer Horse Trekking and Quad Biking. They provide one on one riding lessons or numerous treks including ‘Twilight Rides’. The Quad Biking is adapted to your personal ability, so is suitable for everyone and it will take you up to some amazing views only accessible by Quads.

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If you carry on past the Cardrona Hotel you will come to “Backcountry Saddle”, offering fantastic family-friendly treks. Taking you into the historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus, there are great photo opportunities with the surrounding mountains and the Cardrona valley below. Treks take 2hours and leave twice a day, 10am and 1.30pm.

Plenty to do on a day out in Cardrona and it is only a 20minute drive from Wanaka. For more information please contact us

Bucket List Itinerary #1 - Drive, Heli, Lunch

Posted by Release Wanaka on November 01, 2018

Here at Release Wanaka, we specialise in creating bespoke itineraries, so you can tick adventures off your New Zealand bucket list ideas. Wanaka, New Zealand is the ultimate location to experience something new and unique. Here is our first adventure idea, look out for more on our News Page in the future.

Ever fancied driving a Lamborghini? Or maybe an Aston Martin? Release Wanaka can help your driving fantasies come true by organising a luxury sports car for you and your friends. This allows you to make your own way to your Heli pick up point at a pace that suits!

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Once you have meandered your way through the scenic roads of Central Otago, stopping to take photos of the view and maybe a few selfies with your new set of wheels, you will be met by your next means of transport – helicopter.

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Jump on board to experience a scenic flight over the snowy peaks of the Mt Aspiring National Park, taking in some stunning scenery before landing at 5,700 ft. on the North side of Dragonfly Peak for a spot of lunch at Release Wanaka's Mountain Top Chalet. (For the ultimate adventure, be dropped off for the night and sleep in the luxurious chalet, waking up to nothing but a 360-degree view of the Southern Alps!)

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Once you have enjoyed a relaxing stop at the Mountain Top Chalet, jump back into your chopper and head down to your luxury sports car, which you can then drive back to beautiful Wanaka and to your Luxury Holiday Private Villas & Residences.

Does this sound like you? Or maybe you know someone who would love to experience a day like this. Our Wanaka Fixer’s are on hand to make anything possible, just ask!

For more information about this trip or any of our Luxury Holiday Home Rentals, Contact us here!