Why Wanaka is a haven

Tim Pierce is one half of the innovative and successful production company Two Bearded Men based in Wanaka.
Tim shares why Wanaka is his haven.

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less

By trade I’m a Director, Cinematographer and Photographer! I create documentaries, short films, commercials and other multimedia projects. Outside of this I try to do as many personal adventures as possible! 

Why is your company called Two Bearded Men?

Aha! The age old question. My company is called Two Bearded Men as it seemed rather appropriate for what we are offering as a Production Company. I formed the company with one of my best school mates ( Hence the two ) and we’re a bit rough around the edges, we’re from the country and don’t take our selves too seriously. So, Two Bearded Men seemed to portray who we are, and what we wanted to say. It’s a great ice breaker and a good laugh. And yes it is literal, I haven’t shaved in three years.  

Why is Wanaka the perfect base for you?

The reason I’ve chosen Wanaka as a base is it’s the perfect place to turn off from the rest of the world. The people in this town are all here for the same reason, which is to live life more than most, there’s a great sense of community and it’s always a friendly town to be in. It’s also the perfect size, not too big and busy but big enough to still be able to go to the pub for a beer with some atmosphere and the occasional live gig / great events. I’m also hugely into snowboarding / mountain biking / water activities and exploring the hills, it never gets old here and the longer I live here the longer I realise how much more is on offer. 

What do you miss when you are away?

When I’m away I miss the peace and quiet, the ability to find an area where you can have your own space and re connect with what life is about. I also miss the people, such a great bunch of characters! Wanaka is a great place for grounding you in the simple things!  

Favourite season and why?

Oshhhh that’s a hard one, I can’t really choose just one! When I was younger it was definitely the winter, as I was chasing snow all around the world, but the older I get the more I seem to like the warmer weather so I’m going to go with summer. An iconic Central Otago summer day is hard to beat. The intense heat, golden hues and refreshing clean water is a great combo for relaxation and plenty of memories. To experience Wanaka properly on a hot summer day make sure you get on the lake, if you can out of the main bay and up one of the lakes many arms, it puts everything in perspective. 

What should someone definitely try when they come to Wanaka?

A lot of people come to Wanaka to do some hiking, and there’s one walk I always point people to that is not to that never disappoints - If you head out to the end of Lake Hawea, about a 35 minute drive from Wanaka, and drive to the Kids Bush campsite you’ll find a track that heads up to the Sawyer Burn Hut. If you walk about the first hour of this trail ( not all the way to the hut ) you climb up through beautiful native forest, to break the bushline and you are then rewarded with incredible views back down Lake Hawea. That’s a very special piece of the world up there.
I also always tell people to grab some dinner at The White House, it’s a unique dining experience and always a great way to cap a day in the out doors!