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Wanaka’s Back Block – a Wanaka wine and beer tour!

Date: May 15th, 2021, Posted by admin

We recently welcomed couple Lee and John as they booked into the one bedroom apartment. They have shared their locals Wanaka wine and beer tour recommendations.

Lee and John had discovered the back block of town. I know and love this neighbourhood. It is home to a faultlessly friendly bunch of brewers, growers and foodies. They have made the most of the quiet and pristine area that was once off the radar of visitors Now it has become an area favoured by the locals and it seems that some lucky visitors are discovering the magic too.

At Lake Wanaka Managed Accommodation, we greet every guest upon their arrival. We often also cross paths at the around town as they explore the beauty of a stay in Wanaka. When I met up with Lee and John, I enquired where they had been and what was on their list to see and do. They simply said “You’d be silly to think all the beauty in Wanaka resides on the lakefront.” They have shared their own Wanaka wine and beer tour here:

The best Wanaka wine and beer tour journey around the back block:

They started off on bikes with the first stop for lunch and coffee at Florence’s Café. It is famously known for its fantastic coffee which is arguably the best in town. There is also great cabinet food as well as a simple blackboard lunch menu.
Once they were fed and watered, they were back on their bikes. They only needed to turn left onto Orchard Road and left again onto Riverbank Road to arrive at their next stop.
Aitkens Foley is a family owned and run vineyard on the edge of town with a tasting room and door sales. Here John and Lee sampled the wines, their favourite being the Pinot Gris. This was the perfect place to choose a bottle to take home. Once they moved on, they headed back towards town down Ballantyne Rd. Then John’s choice was to stop at Groundup Brewing on Gordon Rd.

Wow! – they John was impressed with a line-up of 22 taps, all brewed on the premises. In addition there were plenty of other choices for Lee (the non-beer drinker). She loved the cider.
This is an ideal bar with both indoor (in the brewery) and outdoor seating. It was a perfect choice! John was delighted to find Ground Up’s brewer serving him and this led to them talking about all things beer. In fact, he later discovered there is also another brew bar further down the street. Gordon Road is also known for its various food trucks with Burrito Craft a favourite.

After the breweries, they popped into Janet Brown’s homewares store around the corner which is alongside Metalworks, full of all sorts of curiosities and art pieces. Their last stop that day was Maude Wines for a late afternoon tasting accompanied by a platter. They had booked a table for dinner at Lipsky and Son which is right back where they started next to Florence’s Café.

They certainly confirmed they had been to two of best eateries in town, had the wine that had been grown literally in the backyard and the best beer ever brewed in the town by locals for locals.
Many of our Lake Wanaka holiday homes and apartments offer complimentary bikes for our guests. We are always happy to provide local recommendations & advice to get the most our of your Wanaka holiday.

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Our Favourite Biking Track in Wanaka

Date: January 17th, 2021, Posted by admin

We welcome couples, families and groups to stay at a range of 4* accommodation in Wanaka. We love to recommend biking to our self-catering accommodation guests as we find that it is suitable for everyone. This is our favourite Wanaka biking track.

The Waterfall Creek Track

One of our guests’ favourite is the the Waterfall Creek Track. It is both flat and comfortable for riders of any level. This track takes you around the lakefront, travelling west and past the iconic Wanaka tree – the perfect photo opportunity. You then pass the Edgewater Resort, where you can take a quick break for a first class coffee and one of their famous scones. Refuelled, you can progress onto Waterfall Creek itself. This is a natural water flow into the lake and also a chance to take in the breath-taking scenery. With Ruby island in front of you and the Harris Mountains in the back you will take in the full grandeur of the lake and the Southern Alps mountains.

It is likely that along this lakeside Wanaka biking track you will come across other cyclists, walkers and runners too. You may also see mums with prams and small children all enjoying the leisurely pace. Both Wanaka locals & visitors enjoy getting off road onto one of the amazing array of tracks and trails.

As you turn around and head back towards Wanaka don’t forget to take a detour to visit Wanaka Station Park. This is the original settlement for Historic Wanaka Station Farm. View the remnants of the original 120 year old garden where the iconic farm homestead once stood. The original oak trees and rhododendrons are still present.  It is now a place that many locals refer to as their botanical gardens. There are also ample facilities for picnics and outdoor activities. You may see an outdoor yoga session underway or children running and playing – all just a stones throw from the centre of Wanaka.  

We all enjoying getting out an about on bikes and find it a suitable Wanaka activity for all ages, even those not accustomed to cycling! A gentle meander on an e-bike around the lake is a beautiful way to enjoy the fresh air. Coupled with a stay in one of our luxurious apartments in Wanaka you will return home refreshed & rejuvenated!

Bike Hire & Wanaka Track Apps

With amazing local rental companies, we can prearrange mountain bikes or ebikes with everything from baby seats to trailers to suit your needs.  We have over 750kms of Wanaka bike tracks and interconnecting trails surrounding Wanaka that are constantly growing.  If you download the Wanaka Track Guide App on your iphone or from the google play store you will find an array of tracks and trails to suit any fitness level or point of interest to plan your adventures in advance. 

If you would like further recommendations on the best Wanaka bike tracks, or help arranging a day trip while staying in one of our Wanaka holiday houses, simply contact our team on

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The Mt Roy Track in Wanaka

Date: December 12th, 2020, Posted by admin

We enjoy welcoming couples, families and groups to stay at one of our exclusive holiday houses & apartments in Wanaka. We always recommend a walk or hike to our guests as we find that there are suitable tracks for everyone. One of our favourites is the Mt Roy Track.

Hiking to Mt Roy

One of our guests’ favourite hikes is the Mt Roy track. This takes you directly to the mountain ridge overlooking Lake Wanaka. This is a moderately challenging track with the most amazing views and is also manageable for families with energetic children.

The track starts from the carpark on Mt Aspiring Rd (5km from town). The best time for this walk is early in the morning or in the evening when it is often cooler. The track takes 5 hours (return) so represents a great day out. We recommend you take lots of water as there isn’t much opportunity to refill bottles on the way.

At the top of the track is the famous Instagrammable photo stop looking out across the lake. In summer this is a popular place so we recommend starting out early or aiming to reach this stop in early evening instead.

It is likely along the track you will come across other walkers and runners all enjoying the fresh air and views by getting off road onto one of the most iconic tracks that has risen to fame on Instagram. This is only one of the amazing array of tracks and trails. As you turn around and head back down the hill don’t forget to take plenty of photos. 

Wanaka Hikes

We all enjoying getting out and about and find the walking trails and hikes a suitable Wanaka activity for all ages. There are also other more gentle walks to view points around the lake. This is such an awesome way to enjoy the fresh air when staying in one of our luxurious apartments in Wanaka.

If you would like further recommendations or help arranging a day trip while staying in one of our holiday houses, simply contact our team on

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