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ARCHIVES: June 2022

Discover New Zealand: Luxury Stays This Winter



Are you ready to ‘burst’ that Covid-19 bubble with a well-deserved winter break? Serving up some of the best 'pow pow' in New Zealand, get ready to discover a wintery playground, sip some complementary bubbles and SAVE up to 30% on our selected Private Villas as you do it!

For all the snow & ski junkies amongst us - there is no better place to be than Queenstown this winter. After patiently watching the snow land on Coronet Peak and The Remarkables from the Touch of Spice office, opening day is almost here and we can feel a buzz in the air!

Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing some of our most exclusive Winter Wonderland Experiences and our Photographers Guide to winter in New Zealand, but what’s a winter getaway without a stunning home away from home? And we’re not just talking about a place to rest your head after a day on the slopes - it’s about having a home to spend time with the family, sink into the hot tub, indulge in a chef prepared dinner and leave the kids in the cinema room as you enjoy some well needed (and deserved) you time!

Thinking about getting away for the winter school holidays? With limited availability in our Private Villas, now is the time to get booking! With Stay, Pay Deals now available and savings of 15% on shorter stays in some of our selected villas, we have something to suit everyone.

·        Stay 7 | Pay 5 for the ultimate family getaway - that's two FREE nights

·        Stay 10 | Pay 7 and make it one to remember - that's three FREE nights

·        Looking for something shorter? SAVE 15% on stays between 3-6 nights

Get in touch with the team today and quote ‘WINTER 2020’ and arrive to a complementary bottle of bubbles to really celebrate that Covid bubble popping - available on stays this July. We’ll do all the hard work for – you don’t have to lift a finger - so you can raise a glass instead.

Check out some of our favourite Private Villas included in our Special Offers below and let us make Winter 2020 one to remember.

Hyde Loft

Queenstown Central Apartment, Sleeping 4 guests, From $805 per night



Queenstown Private Villa, Sleeping 6 guests, From $595 per night


25 On The Terrace

Queenstown Hill Private Villa, Sleeping 8 guests, From $630 per night


Ti Kouka

Queenstown Hill Private Villa, Sleeping 8 guests, From $630 per night



Queenstown Hill Private Villa, Sleeping 8 guests, From $630 per night

View all Special Offers HERE and get in touch with the team today to find out more! 


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Discover New Zealand: Photographers Guide


They say a picture says 1,000 words but in New Zealand, it usually brings one to mind – WOW! Oozing natural beauty, adventure and delicious food and wine, New Zealand is a photographer’s playground. Whether you’re a landscape pro, travel blogger, Instagram foodie or looking to bulk out the family album - you could have all the gear or no idea, New Zealand naturally puts on a show you can’t help but snap up.

And what’s the best part? Capturing it of course. From soaring peaks and glassy lakes to active volcanoes, wildlife, tropical bays and unforgettable starry nights, you really do have to experience it to share it. So we thought we’d do something a little different in this weeks Discover New Zealand Series – we’ve already covered The North Island, The South, A Foodies Guide to Queenstown and our Favourite Winter Experiences, this week we’re going to show you the places to go, the things to experience and the foods to taste to get that ultimate shot! It’s about experiencing the best and capturing memories that really do last a lifetime.

1. Sleep in a Glass Pod at the foot of the Ahuriri Valley at The Lindis for an unimaginable starry night. Sink into the private hot tub and leave the time lapse to work its magic.

2. Soar to a glacier peak and trek through the glassy ice tunnels with mountain top views that will leave you speechless – an adventurous landscape lovers dream.

3. One for the food bloggers – indulge in a delicious degustation dinner at Amisfield Bistro and Winery. A taste sensation that will leave your followers craving for more and trying it for themselves.

4. Station to station bike tour in Queenstown. Queenstown is renowned amongst travelers for a reason – no matter what way you look, whether you’re hiking or biking, you’ll realise every trip takes twice as long when the camera comes out.

5. Dive into the depths of the world at Lost World in Taupo for a shot of drama.

6. Go above and beyond with Over The Top Golf knocking biodegradable golf balls into the dramatic backdrop of Queenstown.

Check out our Instagram and Facebook for more. Tag @Touchofspice_nz and show us your best shots of New Zealand!

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Discover New Zealand: A Winter Wonderland


And just like that, winter is almost here! With Queens birthday weekend just gone, it was amazing to see so many of our clients and our team take advantage of the freedom of the long weekend. A buzz returned to Queenstown, the restaurants and bars felt alive, our guides were back to doing what they do best, and our Travel Designers got more excited than ever about the winter season ahead.

With snow predicted to fall by next week, the wintery playground of Queenstown will be coming to life. Whether you’re a skier, boarder, dog-sledder, ice driver or glacier rock climber, Queenstown and the South Island has the powder for every snow junkie – but what’s a getaway without some luxurious accommodation to retreat to after adventurous days?

We know time is precious which is why we want to help you make the most of it. With Exclusive Stay | Pay Deals and Offers now available on selected Private Villas, you can get away for longer and treat the family to free nights whilst you do it! Think shredding by day, sinking into the hot tub by evening and relaxing by the fire or in the media room at night – before doing it all over again!

So whether you’re looking for a short break, week long getaway and more, our Travel Designers can take care of all the arrangements for you, booking your luxury accommodation and treating you to some world class experiences that most will only get to dream of this winter.

Need some more inspiration? Check out the team’s favourite snow day activities below and let’s get ready to make this winter one to remember.


Soar to remote and exclusive ski fields and shred in complete privacy on the untouched powder of the day. Your pilot will be waiting to serve up a delicious glass of local mulled wine for an apres ski and view to remember.

Glacier Walk

Fly by private heli to the Isobel peak for a challenging yet insanely rewarding day. Grab your ice axe, don the crampons, get the harness connected and set off along the alpine trek with a specialist private guide. Discover the crevasses, keep your balance as you walk along the ridges and embrace the views that only most can dream of.


Experience the thrill of a sled dog team as you run through the high trails of the Southern Alps. Whether you’re driving yourself or riding along in the basket with an experienced musher at the helm, you’ll feel like a slice of Alaska has landed in your backyard.

Snow Mobiling

Cruise across pristine snow at an altitude of up to 6,000ft above sea level in a private snow mobile tour exploring the dramatic landscapes and taking in the views whilst on the move. The day will be finished with a private heli flight back to Queenstown to make sure you don’t miss out in any of the picture-perfect moments.

Whatever your style, New Zealand has it. Get in touch today and let's get planning! 


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