About Wanaka Law

We draw on a wealth of experience from our well-established Wanaka legal practice. Since 1986, we have developed a reputation for attention to detail and quality, as well as an open and approachable relationship with our clients. In addition to our key services, we are in the unique position of offering clients a mediation service to resolve issues without legal procedures.

Chris Steven

Chris StevenChris has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer. He has extensive experience in estate planning, particularly with family and trading trusts and specialises in resource management, civil litigation and mediation. Chris practised law in Christchurch and Timaru before becoming the first full-time resident lawyer in Wanaka in 1986. Chris is a senior member of the New Zealand Trustees Association and is a trained mediator and associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand. He has a strong interest in education and served on the Board of Trustees of the local schools for a total of 18 years. An enthusiastic cyclist, Chris has successfully completed the Contact Epic and Motatapu mountain bike races and the bike leg of Challenge Wanaka. Click here to email Chris


Peter Gowing – Consultant and Notary Public

Before taking up law Peter Gowing studied agriculture at Lincoln University – giving him an edge with many farming clients he’s helped in three decades of legal practice.

Peter now specialises in property and trust work, while still retaining many commercial and farming clients.

“I enjoy working with people and helping them realise their ambitions and commercial aspirations. I like to add value to people’s affairs, and to do an efficient job that involves the least-possible concern for my clients,” he says.

Peter believes lawyers should be champions for their clients; “I believe in taking up their causes and moving as effectively as possible to have their problems remedied.”

Away from the office Peter puts time into his sporting interests, especially golf, cycling and tennis.

He also supports Wanaka’s cultural activities, “We take a keen interest in the enhancement of Wanaka’s embryonic cultural environment. We want to see the area thrive and prosper in a carefully-planned way that caters for the interests of the community”


Notary Public

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Tony Horder – Consultant

Tony is an expert in property law and has first-hand experience dealing with the exponential growth of Wanaka in recent years.

Tony began work in the Dunedin legal environment as a law clerk in 1966 and qualified as a lawyer in 1969. He moved to Wanaka in 2000. Throughout his career he has advised on commercial and residential property transactions, leasing, relationship property and trust law.

“Being involved first-hand in the growth of Wanaka has been an interesting experience,” he says. “Law is a people profession and you get a lot of pleasure out of meeting different people, who all have a story to tell.”

Tony is a keen gardener and enjoys music, reading, walking and travelling.


Click here to email Tony