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A Dream Week In Queenstown

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It’s Level 1, the school holidays are here, and a fresh dump of snow has fallen in Queenstown – can you ask for more? Not to worry, we’re here to give you it for free. Stay for 7 nights and pay for only 5 – that’s two free nights in your own luxury Private Villa. With space to sleep the full family, round up the gang and get away on that well-deserved break, saving as you do it.

Wondering how to spend a week in Queenstown? We can help with that too. More than just specialists in Luxury Accommodation, our team of Travel Designers are constantly on the lookout for the newest out-of-this-world experiences throughout New Zealand. Check out our dream week exploring our beautiful back yard of Queenstown – fit for the snow junkies, wine lovers, adventurers, and fitness fanatics.

Day 1:Heli-Snowshoeing

If you can walk, you can snowshoe. If you can snowshoe, you have to heli.  Reach the top of the world only minutes from Queenstown, avoiding the strenuous climb. Surrounded by towering, jagged Southern Alps mountain peaks and hidden winter alpine life, heli-snowshoeing provides you with the freedom to get a perspective on nature that you've only ever seen in nature documentaries. After an active afternoon, take a well deserved break with a glass of perfectly chilled bubbles at the top.

Day 2: Apres Ski at Middle Earth Falls

Fly straight from the ski fields over Lake Wakitipu towards Middle Earth Waterfall for an apres ski like never before. Indulge in a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by your private guide served with perfectly matched mulled wine from the heart of Central Otago's Gibbston Valley. Feeling brave? Dip your toes in the glacial river straight from the falls before exploring the surrounding area by foot.

Day 3: Meet the Makers

Join a private guide and discover the flavours and crafts that make Central Otago produce so unique. Start your adventure at the Grant Family bee farm for a honey-tasting experience before trying your creative hand at wax candle and honey soap making, spinning your own honey, or for the more adventurous, climb into a suit and experience being-a-beekeeper. From here you will visit Thomas Brown Art Gallery in Arrowtown, an old cheese factory, meeting the artists himself. Next up, a visit to Mount Rosa Winery for a private tasting and lunch with one of the wine makers themselves before finishing the day at the Waka Gallery. This studio if home to Maori carvings, sparkling opals, New Zealand blue pearls and pounamu (jade stone). Leave with a small gift from Rob the gem cutter to take home with you.

Day 4: Ben Nevis Station

A High-Country adventure like no other. Experience the thrill, excitement and adrenaline rush as you conquer diverse terrain on a four-wheel drive buggy. You'll get geared up and prepared for a bit of dust, mud and a ton of fun. Once at the station, learn a new skill with clay target shooting and archery. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, coaches are on hand to help you hit the target. Next up, take a seat next to New Zealand's very own World Rally Car Champ, Hayden Paddon and experience life in the fast lane. Finish your day of adventure with a gourmet dinner and a glass of local Pinot Noir.

Day 5: Station to Station bike tour

Start the day sailing across Lake Wakitipu towards Mount Nicholas Station, a working High Country Farm over looking the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range. From here you'll jump on you bike (or e-bike) and ride from one station to the next along the lake front. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for some scenic photo ops and a chance to take in all your surroundings. Arriving at Walter Peak Station and after working up an appetite, your guide will serve a delicious gourmet lunch of local and seasonal produce. After the welcomed break, you'll take the classic TSS Earnslaw steam boat back to Queenstown Wharf - an active yet rewarding day for the full family.

Day 6: Hike & Hot Pools

It's time to get active! Join your private guide on one of the many surrounding walking tracks in Queenstown - some even the locals don't know about! Listen to the stories of your guide, take in the views and get a real sense of being in the wild. Want to go further? Take a private heli to a remote mountain peak and hike along the ridge line for an unforgettable experience and a feeling of being on top of the world. After a day on your feet, treat yourself to a private hot pool at Onsen. Relax under the stars with a glass of bubbles and let the days activities melt away.

Day 7: Valley of The Vines

Take the scenic drive through the Gibbston Valley and get racey at Highlands Park. Go-kart in your own mini Grand Prix on the world-renowned racetrack and soothe that need for speed. After a busy morning, drive into the heart of the Central Otago wine region and sink into a fur-lined armchair for a tasting and lunch platter at Cloudy Bay's exclusive Tasting Shed. Journey towards the Gibbston wine region, known at the 'Valley of the Vines' and sip more world class Pinot Noir at some of the best wineries and cellar doors in the world.

Looking for something else? Talk to our team today and let them create your dream week in Queenstown. 

 

 

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SAVE This Spring at Muriwai Estate

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Celebrate & Save this Spring

Save $8300 and make memories that last a lifetime - Grab the family and escape to Muriwai Estate for the ultimate spring getaway. Only 45 minutes from Auckland and sleeping up to 14 guests, Muriwai Estate serves up space, privacy, and luxury in equal measures. Reduced from $15,300, stay for 3 nights and pay for only 2, meaning for only $165 per person, per night you can live like a VIP and experience New Zealand luxury like never before. Arrive to a bottle of bubbles, a selection of New Zealand’s finest wines and an artisan platter of local produce to really get the celebrations underway. This three night stay includes a breakfast basket packed full of nutritional goodies for your first morning, bespoke teas and Nespresso coffee for throughout your stay, luxurious bathrobes and slippers for getting from the sauna to the hot tub and plenty of pampering toiletries to revive yourself.

At a glance

-          Save $8,300,

-          Stay at Muriwai Estate for three nights with up to 14 guests, 

-          Pay only $165 per person, per night (based on three nights and 14 guests),

-          Arrive to a bottle of bubbles, gourmet platter and selection of New Zealand wine,

-          Includes breakfast basket for your first morning, luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers and bespoke tea and coffee for the full stay.

The question is – who do you choose to spoil yourself with? Talk to the team today to find out more about availability and inclusions.

About Muriwai Estate

With a total of seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, this home oozes cosy corners to retreat from any daily worries. Wake up to ocean views, sipping a coffee from one of the plush bedroom suites, or curl up with a book in the separate self-contained pool house before diving into the saltwater pool – perfect for relaxing before or after a celebration.

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding or you’re just looking to celebrate all the amazing people around you, Muriwai Estate is an entertainer’s paradise. With a 480 sqm living area leading onto a large outdoor terrace, you can flow seamlessly from inside to out – the perfect spot for larger events. 

The fully equipped kitchen, as well as additional Chef’s kitchen and walk in pantry, make hosting a breeze – from a small family brunch to a degustation dinner, let a private chef do all the hard work for you, you’re on a getaway after all!

Talk to the team today to find out more

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NEW: Introducing Middlerigg Lane

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Like yourself, the Touch of Spice team have been working hard adjusting to this 'new world' way of working. We have moved out of our lovely office space in Queenstown and are finding our feet working remotely – enjoying the downtime and this time embracing working at home without the restrictions of lockdown. To say this year has been a challenge is the understatement of the year, but we want to reassure you that although New Zealand borders remain closed, we are still very much here and looking to the future.

Whether you are a Kiwi looking to discover your backyard over the Christmas holidays, or you’re living internationally and daydreaming about that overdue family getaway or celebration in 2021/ 22, we're here to inspire you get back to thinking ahead.

And what better way to inspire than introducing the newest addition to our Residence Collection - Middlerigg Lane in picturesque Queenstown.

A destination in their own right, many of our Exclusive Residences feature private golf courses, in-house spas, private wine cellars, heli-pads, international size tennis courts and art collections that rival some of the world’s top art houses – these homes are truly spectacular - and Middlerigg Lane is no different.

With five bedrooms, all complete with ensuite bathroom, and interconnecting spaces throughout, this is the ultimate escape for a family getaway or celebration. Indulge in one of the many lounge areas, sitting back with a glass of the finest Pinot Noir from neighboring Gibbston Valley and simply get lost in the view. Made with entertaining guests at it’s heart, Middlerigg Lane offers a designer kitchen perfect for catering to every occasion.

Complete with a private tennis court, outdoor fireplace, giant chess board, full access to Millbrook Resorts Health & Fitness Centre, including a wide variety of daily fitness classes, and a dedicated and personalized concierge service, Middlerigg Lane guarantees to leave you planning your return before you’ve even departed! 

Available now for festive 2020, why not get in quick and be the first to say 'WOW' with a stay at Middlerigg Lane.

Let us take care of all the arrangements, booking your luxury accommodation and showing you some world class experiences you can do right here in New Zealand - all you have to do is book the flights! Get in touch today. 

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Shred The Slopes This Spring

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And just like that the pow is back! With the freedoms of Level 2.5 and a massive dump of pow pow over the peaks in the South Island this week, spring skiing is calling.

whether you've been locked down in Auckland for too long or just craving that well needed break from the office, celebrate the freedom of domestic travel and escape to the snowy spring playground of Queenstown. Home to some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery in the southern Alps, there are worse places to consider for a spectacular spring break. Enjoy boundless untracked powdered snow in the untouched mountain wilderness. If it is adrenaline you are after, choose from ice climbing, hiking, ice-driving or cat-skiing… or feel ultimate freedom as you drop out a private heli and carve your way down exclusive ski fields, finishing with mulled wine at the peak in your own private apres ski. Coming with the family for the school holidays? Dog sled one day, ski the next and stay in a luxurious Private Villa as you do it.

Now offering multiple Stay, Pay Deals on selected Villas throughout New Zealand, you can get away for 7 nights and pay for only 5 – that’s two nights for FREE, or stay for 10 nights and pay for only 7 – meaning three nights FREE! We also partner with the best of the best in Luxury Lodges throughout New Zealand, so no matter your style, we've got you covered.

Let us take care of all the arrangements for you, booking your luxury accommodation and showing you some world class experiences you can do right here on your very own door step - all you have to do is book the flights!

 

Take in the view from the top of the snow covered peaks

 

Don the crampons and climb through the ice caves and crevices 

 

Sleep on top of the world in the private mountain top Wharekea Chalet

 

Get that adrenaline rush skiing some of the finest pow pow we've seen!

 

Stay in luxury as you do it with our Stay, Pay Deals - Falconer Rise

Tempted yet? Talk to us today and get planning the ultimate spring break!

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