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5 Incredible New Zealand Winter Experiences for Luxury-Lovers

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New Zealand’s South Island serves up a wonderland of unique winter experiences in its snow-capped mountains, lakes and glacial valleys.

From heli-skiing down remote runs to carving backcountry tracks on a snow mobile, we’ve curated the best New Zealand luxury travel guide to our favourite winter region. Here you’ll discover unparalleled beauty, warm hospitality and epic memories to last a lifetime.  

Shred at speed on a snowmobile

Blaze back country trails on the only wilderness snowmobiling experience in New Zealand. Soar in a chopper over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Remarkables, before dipping into the Nevis River Valley where you’ll meet your guides and snow mobiles for the day. Zip along New Zealand’s most inland mountain range on the back of a snowmobile at speeds of up to 100 kmph, pausing for photos of the pristine, untouched landscape. This exhilarating experience will enthral the whole family and plaster mile-wide smiles on their faces.

Shaken not stirred: Take the ice driving challenge

Channel your inner James Bond and hop behind the wheel of a high-performance Audi after your scenic helicopter flight from Queenstown or Wanaka. Thrill-seekers will learn the art of drifting, managing skids and power sliding under full expert guidance. After a morning’s tuition at this world-renowned car testing ground, you’ll put the Audi through its paces over specially prepared ice tracks, twists and turns. This exclusive experience will leave car enthusiasts buzzing and feeling invincible like Goldfinger!

(Note: Ice Driving books out every season . Availability now open for winter 2023 - don't miss out!)

Wander in the wilderness: Heli-snowshoeing

Experience the solace of high-altitude show trekking with a local guide. Fly mountain high in a private helicopter, past jagged peaks and over pristine lakes before beginning your guided trek through virgin snow. Here, every step is a story shared by your alpine-trained guide. Marvel at the stunning scenery spread below you from over the brim of a steaming hot cocoa or a glass of bubbles. No prior experience is required to enjoy this awesome adventure. If you can walk, you can snowshoe and with a chopper flight included, you can save time, fly high and snowshoe!

Take your golfing attitude high altitude

Enjoy breath taking views of Queenstown and the Southern Alps as your soar in a helicopter over beautiful golden tussock and snowy slopes up 4500 feet to the highest golf spot in the country. Plan your shot, select a club then hit a whole in one, on this mountain-top par-3 golfing experience. With its four tee boxes designed to test your drive, chip and putting prowess, the only distraction will be the awe-inspiring vista. 

Follow this up with another round of golf down at The Hills near Arrowtown, one of the best courses in the Southern Hemisphere. Touch of Spice can provide access to this exclusive members-only club for your golfing pleasure. The course also showcases amazing outdoor sculptures by New Zealand and international artists.

Heli-ski your own private peak

Discover the best skiing New Zealand visitors rave about and soar to Mount Soho in minutes by helicopter skiing. New Zealand has multiple high-altitude ski runs threaded through its snowy Southern Alps and accessible only by chopper. After landing, your expert guide will lead you down a blend of rolling terrain, open steep bowls and jumps. A guided South Island helicopter ski is the perfect way to enjoy the area’s longest runs and escape the crowds. Get above the clouds and marvel at the surrounding views of Mt Aspiring or Mt Cook as you swoosh through pristine, powdery snow. There’s no better way to witness the grandeur of New Zealand than to heli-ski its hidden slopes and valleys.

If you’re after the ultimate luxury New Zealand vacation, look no further than the country’s South Island.  Here you’ll find fresh powder to play in, less people, amazing scenery and luxury retreats to warm your heart. Let Touch of Spice plan your hassle-free dream trip and unlock the ultimate winter holiday New Zealand has to offer.

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