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Locals know that Wānaka is a special place. Local’s Choice Wānaka 2020 is your chance to give your favourite business, person or spot some recognition – a digital pat on the back, if you will.

In February, locals nominated their favourite people, places and businesses in Wānaka for Local Choice Wānaka. From there, the top three nominations were chosen for final voting. Check out the top three nominees and overall winners below (in bold) – voted by locals.

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LC-Hospo

Best coffee

Best quick bite

Best dining experience

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Best hair salon/barber

Best overnight accommodation

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Favourite adventure

tourism company

Favourite family activity

Favourite ski trail

Captain’s Basin at Cardrona
Motatapu Chutes at Treble Cone
Gun Barrel at Treble Cone

Favourite bike trail

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Favourite fitness

centre/gym

Favourite yoga studio

Favourite personal trainer

Gwen Hendry at the Fit Collective
Georgia Burns at F45 Wanaka
Paul Hodgson at the Fit Collective
Andrew King at the Fit Collective
Jamie Blaxall at F45 Wanaka

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Best picnic spot

Dublin Bay
Eely Point
Wanaka Station Park

Best sunrise spot

Roy’s Peak
Mt. Iron
Lakefront

Best photo spot

Treble Cone Summit
Roy’s Peak
Lakefront

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Favourite sustainability initiative

Favourite Wanaka non-profit

Wānaka Local of the Year

Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson – Food for Love
Bridget Legnavsky – Cardrona/Treble Cone
Kim Parry – The Fit Collective

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Congratulations to all our nominees in the year’s Locals Choice Wānaka! And a big thank you to you – our locals. Thousands of you jumped online to nominate and vote for your Wānaka favourites, giving hundreds of businesses “kudos”. Your support over the last year has been incredible.

Kia kaha Wānaka.

#lovewānaka