With both local New Worlds offering email and phone ordering services and deliveries, it is easy for those who are unwell or unable to shop for groceries to stay at home.
New World Three Parks was among the first, on March 17, to offer this lifeline “to anyone in our local Wanaka area who is in self-isolation either by instruction or due to being a potential serious high-risk.”
This included those over 70 years old or people with compromised immunity or underlying respiratory conditions.
However, there are several other stores in town with either pre-existing or newly formed online stores to help support those in need.
Wholefood Haven and SoulFood Organics remain open, with reduced hours, but are also offering collection or delivery. You can call Wholefood Haven on 03 443 8801, and visit the SoulFood website at https://www.soulfoodorganic.co.nz
The Mediterranean Market announced last week that the store would close to the public after “careful and heart wrenching thought,” but an online store has been built for customers to order supplies at https://medmarketwanaka.co.nz
Similarly, The Butcher’s Block decided to close last week. Still, it confirmed that their online store would be open at https://www.butchersblockwanaka.co.nz “We are receiving fresh meat and ingredients from our suppliers regularly to keep as many product choices as available as possible. Our reduced team are preparing your orders as promptly as we can to get these delivered, or arranging a safe way for you to collect your order outside the shop,” read their Facebook page.
Another source of produce deliveries is Southern Organics. Deliveries of organic vegetables from kiwi farms are now available to Queenstown, Wānaka and surrounding areas. You can order online at www.southernorganics.co.nz
Finally, to beer - which is deemed an essential service (thank goodness). Local brewery Rhyme and Reason are continuing to deliver to the Wānaka area from their online shop: https://www.rhymeandreason.beer/shop
Ground Up’s beer shop is also still running from https://www.groundup.co.nz/shop/ They confirmed that “only one brewer will be working at a time, wearing gloves and a face mask, and all bottles are sprayed with isopropyl alcohol before leaving the brewery. We are working with our local courier driver so we can continue to deliver directly to you, but please be patient as delays may incur while we work through this process.”