Locals Choice Wānaka 20/21

Show some love

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 - voted by locals. 

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Best coffee
Little Black Caravan – WINNER

Best quick bite
Big Fig – WINNER
Pembroke Patisserie

Best dining experience
Bistro Gentil

Best place for a cocktail

Best place to get a beer
Rhyme & Reason – WINNER
Kai Whakapai

Best food truck
Burrito Craft – WINNER
Morsel Honest Food Co.

Favourite wedding venue
Rippon – WINNER
Lookout Lodge
Criffel Woolshed

Favourite barista
Bonnie from the Coffee Shack – WINNE
Rob at Federal Diner
Jimmy at Wee Tart

Favourite bartender
Alex from Cork – WINNER
Alex at Rhyme & Reason
Ben at Maude (formerly Lipsky & Sons)

Best local producer
Pembroke Patisserie – WINNER
Maude Wines
Good Roots Feasting

Wanaka Locals Choice Little Black

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Favourite artist/artisan
Ruby Burke – WINNER
Sierra Roberts
Max de Roy

Favourite designer
Perriam – WINNER
Common People
Alice Herald

Best event
Wanaka A&P Show – WINNER
Wanaka Beer Festival
Festival of Colour

Favourite photographer
Anna Allen – WINNER
Mickey Ross
Jodie James

Favourite musician/band
Arma del Amor – WINNER
Robert Glenn
Tai Forester

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Best new business
The Coffee Dojo – WINNER

Best clothing store
Wastebusters – WINNER
Soul Clothing
Base Streetwear

Best outdoors shop
Racers Edge – WINNER
Outside Sports
MT Outdoors

Best hair salon/barber
Ali Barbers – WINNER

Best overnight accommodation
The Camp – Lake Hawea – WINNER
Lakeside Apartments

Wanaka Locals Choice Coffee Dojo

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Favourite adventure tourism company
Wildwire – WINNER
Paddle Wanaka
Wanaka Water Taxi

Favourite family activity
Skiing at Cardrona & Treble Cone – WINNER
Wanaka Lavender Farm
Bike Glendhu

Favourite ski trail
Captain’s Basin at Cardrona – WINNER
Motatapu Chutes at Treble Cone
Gun Barrel at Treble Cone

Favourite bike trail
Outlet Track – WINNER
Dean’s Bank
Jairolla at Bike Glendhu

Favourite hike
Rob Roy Glacier – WINNER
Isthmus Peak Track
Rocky Mountain

Favourite walk
Mt. Iron – WINNER
Outlet Track
Millennium Track

Favourite rainy day activity
Cinema Paradiso – WINNER
Ruby’s Cinema
Puzzling World

Wanaka Locals Choice Wildwire

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Favourite beauty/aesthetic provider
Soak Day Spa – WINNER
Pure Skin Therapy
Silver Sixpence Skin + Beauty Therapy

Favourite physiotherapy
Wanaka Physiotherapy – WINNER
Central Lake Physiotherapy
Metamed Wanaka

Favourite fitness centre/gym
The Fit Collective – WINNER
Snap Fitness
F45 Wanaka

Favourite yoga studio
The Body Garage – WINNER
Hot Yoga Fusion
Yoga Ground

Favourite personal trainer
Gwen Hendry at the Fit Collective – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Eely Point
Wanaka Station Park

Best sunrise spot
Roy’s Peak – WINNER
Mt. Iron

Best photo spot
Treble Cone Summit – WINNER
Roy’s Peak

Favourite sustainability initiative
Wastebusters – WINNER
Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust

Favourite Wanaka non-profit
Wastebusters – WINNER
Food for Love
Community Networks

Wanaka local of the year
Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson – Food for Love – WINNER
Bridget Legnavsky – Cardrona/Treble Cone
Kim Parry – The Fit Collective

Wanaka Locals Choice Food Love

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Favourite building company
Dunlop Builders – WINNER
Level Construction
MA Building

Best gardener/landscaper
Doug the Gardener – WINNER
Sprout Wanaka
All Elements Outdoors

Favourite plumber
McIvor Plumbing – WINNER
Eco Plumbing & Gas
Alba Plumbing, Gas & Heating

Favourite dental practice
Aspiring Dental – WINNER
Wanaka Dental

Favourite medical practice
Aspiring Medical – WINNER
Wanaka Medical


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.