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Family Fun Gift Vouchers for You!


Its official, winter is over ??? skis and snowboards are packed away, the trees are green, the Southern Hemisphere children are cramming for end of year exams and in their final term of school and long lazy days of summer holidays will be here before we k

We have the perfect solution for the summer - a relaxed stay in a beautifully appointed, private villa where you may lounge by the pool or on the beach or slip away with a group of friends to enjoy some of New Zealand`s fantastic wineries and restaurants or even have adventure, hiking and biking in the mountains and lakes at Queenstown and Wanaka.

Even on the laziest holiday - we know families love to get out and explore and have fun in the location they are in.    We have packaged a treat from us to ensure you leave your villa having had a true New Zealand experience to be enjoyed together as a family giving you lasting memories???and photos!

Bay of Islands

For every stay of three nights or more in a Touch of Spice villa on the Bay of Islands we will give you a $500 gift voucher for Fullers Great Sights.  You may wish to do a trip to Cape Reinga at the very top of the North Island or join a Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock at Paihia - the choice is yours - we will just make it happen!   Click here for more information.

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Waiheke Island

For every stay of three nights or more in a Touch of Spice villa on Waiheke Island we will give you a Family Pass on Eco Zip - Waiheke Island`s newest fun attraction.   Click here for more information.

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For every stay of three nights or more in a Touch of Spice villa in Queenstown we will give you a Family pass to the fabulous Skyline gondola.  The voucher includes a dinner at the Skyline restaurant, kiwi haka show and luging fun for all the family.  A perfect activity for those stunning long Queenstown nights.   Click here for more information.

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For every stay of three nights or more in a Touch of Spice villa in Wanaka we will give you a Family pass for the half day Eco Rafting Trip - ideal for all the family.   Click here for more information.

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For information or to book your summer holiday contact us on or call us on 03 450 0855. 

This offer is only available for holidays booked between the 1 November and 30 April.  Conditions Apply.

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Jacqui Celebrates 25 years of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation


Jacqui Spice as featured in the latest edition of ME Magazine.

"The Entrepreneurs` Organization (EO) is a dynamic global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries.  Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, 2012 marks EO`s 25th anniversary... ...pictured here is Jacqui Spice, Owner  and Director of Touch of Spice Ltd, with a concierge which represents one of the many 5 star services offered by Touch of Spice Ltd."

To view the full article click on this link and go to page 54.


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The Top 5 Luxury NZ Accommodations to bring the whole family


Watching your family having fun and enjoying their holiday is one of life's great pleasures and all five of these luxury New Zealand holiday houses will provide not only wonderful family fun but life-long memories of a special family holiday.

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Imagine an indulgent kiwi summer vacation on Waiheke Islands where you can bring the whole family - end play at a beachfront location!

This NZ luxury accommodation is perfect for a single family or you may choose to rent the entire property for a family re-union.  You will be able to spend time together yet have the privacy of your own quarters.

At Hei Matau, you`ll have ample space for up to 14 people and many configuration options. 

The Main House features a wing with 6 luxurious bunk beds as well as the master suite. Another wing of the house offers three more ensuited rooms and are available for your exclusive use, each with king-size beds with two configurable as twin-singles.  

If that`s not enough, Hei Matau is located on seven and a half acres which is your total beachfront playground, with plenty of toys to keep a range of ages and interests entertained.  If you venture out to explore the Islands, great cafes and dining can be experienced at the many vineyards nearby. 

Click here for more information on this property.


Touch Of Spice Private Villa Collection - Amaroo , Queenstown

Spacious, modern, open plan and architecturally arresting, this is the ultimate in luxurious living for families or groups of 6 to 10 guests.  This luxury Queenstown accommodation is a fully-equipped four bedroom villa plus a separate studio with ensuite bathroom.

The two separate living areas are ideal for families; let the younger members of your family enjoy watching a DVD in front of the widescreen TV while you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the view out to the Remarkables.

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand and during the day, you`ll find there`s something for everyone to enjoy - whether it`s thrills, spills or hills - it`s all here for families when you stay at Amaroo, Queenstown.

Click here for more information on this property.

Fairway Homes and Millbrook Resort

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Fairway Homes and Millbrook Resort offer a variety of options for family accommodation, depending on the number of guests and the style of accommodation preferred..

Millbrook Resort offers studio rooms and suites as well as villas and cottages, which are all impeccably presented in keeping with 5 star luxuries.  The fully furnished three and four bedroom luxury Fairway Homes are the best option for families, and you`ll also have use of the resort facilities including restaurants, gymnasium, pools and the spa. 

Located on the famous Millbrook Golf Course there are activities available for both adults and children onsite For the ultimate family holiday, rent side by side Fairway Homes and enjoy the amenities and adventures to be had in Queenstown.

Click here for more information on this property.


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It feels like you`re completely hidden away with your private access to the beach, and even your own exclusive island to explore in the bay!  Yet this Bay of Islands gem is just five minutes away from the main precinct of Russell, and perfectly set up for family holiday accommodation.

The accommodation at Tahapuke is made up of three double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fully appointed open plan living and dining areas.

Russell, in the Bay of Islands is a popular spot for family holidays with plenty of water and land-based activities.  If you`re not exploring your private island, head out on a family dolphin watching adventure or kick back at the beach and enjoy your slice of Bay of Islands paradise.

Click here for more information on this property.

Kokara Moana

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As a family holiday accommodation Kakara Moana is ideal - you`ll be able to relax with plenty of space and an enviable location right in the hub of activity, just minutes away from central Queenstown. 

Split over three levels Kakara Moana affords plenty of living space for up to 8 guests, both indoors and out.  The flow between the balconies and living spaces has been thoughtfully designed so that you and your family can enjoy the best of both worlds. 

The separate media room with state-of-the-art entertainment is great to host a movie night after a day of excitement and activities, or resign to one of the private balconies to enjoy the sun set behind the Remarkables.

Click here for more information on this property.

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For most of us, when it comes to choosing a luxury accommodation, a room with a view is at the top of the list. Sipping a glass of wine with the un-obstructed, jaw-dropping view in front of you has got to be one of the quintessential ???the only two peop

1.       50 Aspen Grove, Queenstown:

The view from the infinity pool is impressive, to say the least.  Located in Queenstown, one of the most stunning New Zealand locations, 50 Aspen Grove has chosen the perfect position to make the most of the exquisite lake and mountain views. 

???Panoramic windows throughout the house allow the glassy lake and snow-capped mountains to surround you at all times - whether you`re cooking up a storm in the kitchen or gazing out to the starry sky from your bed.

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2.       Penthouse 64:

If the location in exclusive, Auckland Viaduct Harbour isn`t enough then make it a penthouse suite and add in the majestic harbour views and you`ve got a clincher.

Penthouse 64 is the ultimate in urban luxury, with its premium location in the heart of Auckland City with the newly redeveloped Britomart and Wynyard Quarter precincts on your doorstep. 

Large, glass sliding doors bring an open-air, seaside ambiance and let the view right into Penthouse 64, and the balconies continue along the entire exterior of the your apartment - nothing comes between you and your million dollar view at Penthouse 64.

Right on the edge of the Auckland Harbour, you`ll happily pass time knowing you`ve got the best view in town as you watch the parade of yachts and enjoy the calm harbour.  On a good day, views stretch as far as The Coromandel.

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  3.       Eagles Nest:

Eagles Nest is one of New Zealand`s most acclaimed luxury accommodations, set on its own private peninsula where the views are 360?? and just as extravagant as the accommodation.

Each of the suites here comes with an infinity pool which clings to the edge of the peninsula, looking out over the Pacific Ocean.   The large decks are equipped for entertaining and relaxing, yet with as few obstructions as possible - meaning you feel completely submerged in the views and the natural playground of the Bay of Islands.

Naturally, when the view`s this good you wouldn`t want to waste it so interiors are open plan with large panoramic windows so you`ll enjoy every minute of this spectacular New Zealand setting.

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4.       Blanket Bay:


If it`s fresh country-air and views of glassy lakes and alpine peaks which stir you, Blanket Bay has generous measures of both.

Located at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, in the quiet settlement of Glenorchy, Blanket Bay is widely heralded as one of New Zealand`s very best luxury accommodations.  You`ll find it difficult not to slow down, breathe deeply and enjoy the majestic mountains and the reflective water of Lake Wakatipu. 

This is ultimate New Zealand alpine vista, guaranteed to impress those who have the privilege to witness it.

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5.       Treetops:

True to its name, Treetops provide luxury New Zealand accommodation nestled high above the native forests` treetops and valleys of Central North Island, NZ.

Views from the suites here overlook the forest canopy, which is a stunning sight as endless green folds and tumbles across the many valleys in front of you.

While it`s not the traditional perfect, sea-view, there`s something incredibly therapeutic about being surrounded by all this green and nature, listening to a chorus of birdsong and feeling like you`re on the top of the world.

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Urbis Designday Update!


One more sleep until the Urbis Designday! What's been happening with our installation with Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Coastal Design? Check out the Urbis interview with Jo Eddington below...

When the three-way collaboration between Coastal Design, shoe designer Kathryn Wilson and leading concierge company Touch of Spice was announced, everyone was fascinated to see what would emerge. With Urbis Designday only a few days away, Urbis spoke to designer and owner of Coastal Design, Jo Eddington, about what`s in wait for Designday guests visiting the showroom.

Q Can you describe your installation in five words?

???You`ll have to come see!

Q What is waiting for Designday guests when they arrive at Coastal Design?

Im pretty excited to make our debut at Urbis Designday 2012. I won`t give too much away though! We`ve taken the theme Colour in Motion and put our own unique and fun twist on it, so expect vibrant, rich colour???drama ???and a few quirky surprises!

Q What has been the best thing about working with Kathryn Wilson and Touch of Spice?

The best thing is the incredible buzz and excitement around creating something unique and fun for our first Designday. Kathryn is a great friend so I was thrilled to collaborate with her as my creative partner. She`s an incredibly talented designer with amazing ideas ??? anyone who knows Kath knows how infectious her energy is so that has been great. As soon as we sat down together we immediately knew what we wanted to do and we set about bringing our vision for Designday to life. That`s when Jacqui and the Touch of Spice team stepped in. It is brilliant to have them involved; their ability to pull off first class events is renowned New Zealand wide, so they are taking care of every last detail to bring our ideas to life. How lucky are we! We are also fortunate to have some fantastic sponsors on board including BMW, Veuve Cliquot, M.A.C, Westpac Private Bank, Kim Crawford Wines, Natural Tree Products, Vide Flora and more.

Q Any stressful moments in the preparation?

None so far - just lots of good energy! We`ve got a cool support team working crazy hours this week to make the day great and we`re all just really excited. I`m looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping they enjoy our installation, as we plan on having seriously good fun on Saturday. 

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Touch of Spice is delighted to announce that Jacqui Spice has been named as one of Cond? Nast Traveler??s Villa Specialists for 2012.

For the past seven years, the prestigious American travel magazine Cond? Nast Traveler has published this list of the top villa professionals around the world.

Jacqui Spice, founder and CEO of Touch of Spice, has been named as one of their Villa Specialists for 2012, the fourth year in a row.

Jacqui is delighted with the honour - "Awards and endorsements from Cond? Nast Traveler carry huge prestige with influential people on where they should travel to next. Our client base is predominantly Australians and New Zealanders so this award will help us grow our European and American clients immensely."

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Win a weekend for two at Hilton Queenstown with Air NZ flights!


Win a weekend of luxury in Queenstown courtesy of Touch of Spice Events, Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Coastal Design with the Urbis Designday!


It`s easy!

Just visit the Coastal Design Showroom at 24 Garfield Street, Parnell, Auckland as part of Urbis Designday on Saturday 24 March and vote for us!

The installation is a collaboration of 3 great creative minds - Jacqui Spice from Touch of Spice, Kathryn Wilson from Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Jo Eddington from Coastal Design.

To purchase tickets visit or

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ME Entrepreneur - Jacqui Spice


Jacqui Spice is featured in the latest edition of ME Magazine in the ME Entrepreneur section.

Jacqui Spice

Jacqui Spice is the founder, sole shareholder and CEO of Touch of Spice. She has over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, specialising in catering to the discerning traveller. ME Magazine first met her about a year and a half ago, we were pleasantly surprised at her down to earth nature, major levels of enthusiasm and her tenacity, which were all apparent from the moment we met Jacqui.

How long has the company been operating for and how did it start?

The business has been operating for just over 6 years now. I started Touch of Spice in Queenstown as it is not only New Zealand`s adventure playground, it`s also where the affluent go to play. After many years working on board luxury Super Yachts travelling around the world catering to VIP`s and the like I recognised a gap in NZ for a land-based version of what I was doing - hence I set up Touch of Spice, your personal concierge. This later became The Touch of Spice Group as our concierge services expanded.

How old are you?

40 just turned??? ssshhh.

What was the first business you owned and/or first job you ever had?

The first job I ever had would have been a paper round while I was still at school begrudgingly no doubt - I always felt I was destined for bigger and better things so after that pretty much didn`t have a job until I left school at the ripe old age of 16. I became a receptionist for a dental company called Ivoclar Dental and then moved up the secretarial ranks until I realized there must be more to life and went overseas to work in the luxury yachting industry.

Check out the full article plus great pictures of Jacqui with her son Ollie here -

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Introducing the world's best vacation crafters


Read Richard Turen's, contributing editor of Travel Weekly, article on the Conde Nast Travel Specialist summit in LA recently.

Jacqui Spice has been named as a Villa Specialist by Conde Nast for the last three years.

Introducing the world`s best vacation crafters

 I took flight to Southern California last week, for a few days at the largely undiscovered Terranea Resort, and started feeling good the moment I arrived at this lovely 582-room, 102-acre oasis of calm and comfort plopped down along one of the most gorgeous stretches of Pacific Ocean landscape on the West Coast.

I was a guest at the annual gathering of industry lights who have been named to Conde Nast Traveler`s list of the World`s Top Travel Specialists. There were meetings with the magazine`s editors, plus discussions of trends and the role of social media.

I couldn`t wait to get back and introduce you to some of the people I met among this gathering of small-business owners from all over the world, who managed to be so good at what they do that they were decreed "best" by Conde Nast Traveler...

You can read the rest of Richard`s article at


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Urbis Designday 2012 - collaborations revealed


Touch of Spice is delighted to be involved in the Urbis Designday working with Coastal Design and Kathryn Wilson Shoes.

Touch of Spice is working with such great New Zealand talent as a  "creative" sponsor to help pull the look and feel of the installation together.

Coastal Design is recognised as New Zealand`s most popular outdoor furniture brand while Kathryn Wilson is New Zealand`s most successful footwear designer, celebrated for her innovative designs and exceptionally high quality.

More than 100 guests including some of the country`s most inspiring creatives and many of Auckland`s leading design showrooms congregated on the Roxy Rooftop Terrace for the exclusive launch of Urbis Designday 2012 and the big reveal of the designer pairings.

This year`s creative talent - a fusion of designers from the worlds of fashion, art, architecture, interiors, furniture, landscape, spatial and graphic design - are currently collaborating with their showroom partners to create a series of temporary installations, open to the public for one day only on Saturday 24 March.

The Urbis Designday 2012 theme is `Colour in Motion` and it is up to the design collaborations to decide how they interpret this within their showpieces.

Tickets are now on sale at for $30 per person or $50 for a double. The ticket cost includes chauffeured transport around the showrooms throughout the day and decadent and interesting hospitality along the way. The day runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 24 March.

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