Monday, 25th January, 2021

Media release from Lake Wānaka Tourism Love Wānaka, Supporting Local presents the ‘Local’s Choice 2020’

Wānaka, New Zealand (January 25, 2021) To kick off 2021, the LoveWānaka, Supporting Local initiative is bringing you Local’s Choice Wanaka 2020 - a people's recognition for businesses and individuals in the Wānaka community.

Here’s how it works. Local’s Choice Wanaka 2020 is about celebrating the incredible depth and breadth of what this place has to offer. Categories include ‘Best New Business’, ‘Best Photo Spot’, and even ‘Wānaka Local of the Year’, which are all nominated by the Wānaka community. 

There are several recognitions in the industries of Hospitality, Arts & Culture, Business, Services & Retail, Sports & Recreation, Health & Wellness, Community and Professional Services.

2020 was not without its hurdles and challenges.  But through it all, Wānaka stuck together as a community and that should give us all cause to be proud, says Tim Barke General Manager (Acting) for Lake Wanaka Tourism (LWT).

“This initiative is a way for us to acknowledge the incredible businesses, and individuals who make Wānaka such a special place.”             

Business support organisation Ignite Wanaka is once again backing the campaign. “Part of our values is to celebrate success of our business community and we’re always looking at ways of celebrating those small wins, daily, weekly, monthly. It’s these small wins and acknowledgements that can lead to the bigger achievements”, says Executive Officer Naomi Lindsay.

“Last year was tough for many businesses, so what better way to start the first quarter of the year than with a celebration, a pat on the back for your favourite Wanaka things,” she adds.

Digital Marketing Marketing Executive LWT Jessie Byrne is encouraging people to share the survey with friends and family.     

“Let’s get this out to as many people in the community as possible! You can get started by nominating your Wānaka favourites.  

So, don't be shy, the nomination survey for the ‘Local’s Choice Wanaka 2020’ can be found here. It will take about ten minutes to complete and this is your opportunity to give your Wānaka favourites a well-earned pat on the back.”

The initial nomination period will run for four weeks until February 15, 2021 with final selections, closing March 3, 2021.  With a night to celebrate the nominees scheduled for Tuesday March 30,  a three-page spread in the Messenger March 31st edition, and updates on the Wanaka App and Radio Wanaka April 1st.


Image 1: Best of Wanaka 2020 logo

Lake Wānaka Tourism (LWT) is a Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) formed in 1993. The organisation is an incorporated society which is membership based, with 500 member businesses. A board of six, elected from the membership governs LWT.

Ignite Wānaka is the collective voice of the Wanaka business community, offering a range of events, workshops, and resources to help its 320+ members thrive, preparing them for change, adaptability and success.

For more information please contact:

Gizelle Regan

Media and Campaign Manager

Lake Wanaka Tourism

M: + 64 27 249 4808  E:


For LoveWanaka, Supporting Local campaign assets contact

Jessie Byrne

Digital Marketing Executive

Lake Wanaka Tourism

M: 021 766 430 E: