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ARCHIVES: January 1970

In the Spotlight: The Elms at Lake Hayes Collection

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The luxury of traveling domestically means that a getaway is only a short flight or drive away. With Waitangi Day and the long weekend fast approaching (I can’t believe it’s February already!), it’s time to get planning - no matter how last minute it feels.

We're here to make things easy, booking everything from your luxury accommodation and exclusive experiences to your massage, dinner table, and even stocking your pantry pre-arrival – all you have to do is round up the family and book the flights.

Not sure where to start? We have a feeling The Elms at Lake Hayes Collection will inspire you to visit Queenstown this long weekend. With space to sleep 24 guests over three separate yet adjoining lakefront apartments, space is of no concern. What’s more, we are now offering up to 40% off on stays at The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa One and Villa Two from now through to the Easter Holidays (with flexible T&C's to cover your Covid-concerns).

It’s about making memories with the family, indulging in the endless summer sun, and taking back some of the time and money you lost in 2020.

So here we have it, a sneak peak at where you could be spending this Waitangi long weekend:

A Spotlight on The Elms at Lake Hayes Collection:

Location:

Only a seven-minute drive from Arrowtown, 10 minutes from Queenstown Airport, and 20 minutes from Queenstown CBD, The Elms at Lake Hayes Collections is in a truly prime location. Overlooking stunning Lake Hayes, Coronet Peak and Remarkable Ski Field, this collection of three separate yet adjoining apartments offer lake front luxury like no other. Whether you are a wine lover, active hiker, skier, foodie, or simply looking to take some R&R, The Elms at Lake Hayes is the perfect spot for it all.  

The Villas:

The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa One (ground floor) – 3x super king bedroom suites with ensuite bathrooms

The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa Two (middle floor) – 3x super king bedroom suites, 1x bunk room (2x doubles, 2x singles), all with ensuite bathrooms

The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa Three (top floor) – 3x super king bedroom suites with ensuite bathrooms

Villa One Living area

Meander through the gardens from the driveway to the shared foyer and retreat from your day as you gaze at the mountain scape.

Each apartment has its own unique qualities that seamlessly blend with the surrounding forestry and bushland – a real sense of living in a water colour painting. The apartments ooze finesse and flare, open living areas, multiple bedroom and bathroom suites, cinema rooms and hot tubs.

Villa one bedroom suite

With Villa One sleeping 8 guests, Villa Two sleeping 10, and Villa Three sleeping 8, space really is of no concern. Whether you’re looking for one, two or all three apartments, every guest will experience a luxurious bedroom suite, each complete with ensuite bathroom, stunning lake views they can’t wait to wake up to, and all the lotions and potions to make for an unforgettable stay.   

Villa Two balcony and private hot tub

Each apartment features an open plan living, dining and kitchen area – making hosting guests a breeze. With large retractable doors lining the living areas, guests can enjoy a real sense of ease with effortless inside to outside flow. From every living area are lies the crème de la crème in lakefront balconies. Stretching the full length of the properties, each floor has a private outdoor living area complete with outdoor fire, lounge, and dining space. Villa Two also features a private hot tub perfect for sinking into as the sun goes down.

Villa Three balcony & lounge

Experience The Elms at Lake Hayes:

With direct access to the Lake Hayes Loop Track straight from the property, take advantage of the quiet mornings with a light stroll starting your day just right. The Collection is also only a five-minute walk from the renowned Amisfield Vineyard and Bistro – perfect for a long lunch in the sun, as well as neighboring Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan being only a 10-minute walk from your front door. We have a feeling that between Arrowtown and Queenstown CBD, your taste buds will be truly spoiled.

*Touch of Spice' Tip: Wet Jacket Summer Sessions is a must!

One of our favorite spots only a short drive or 15-minute walk from The Elms at Lake Hayes must be Wet Jacket Winery – especially on a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon. All throughout summer Wet Jacket Summer Sessions are delivering delicious wine, live music, fresh local food from A Divine Dish, lawn games to keep the kids (and adults) busy, and friendly staff who are there to really make it an easy, breezy day. (You’ll no doubt find one of the Touch of Spice team there most weekends!)

4 Day Wellness & Wine Short Break at The Elms

Looking for more inspiration? Our exclusive 4 Day Wellness & Wine Short Break includes a stay at The Elms at Lake Hayes, private yoga sessions on the balcony, exclusive access to some of Gibbston Valley’s secret cellar doors, private art gallery tours in Arrowtown, and delicious food and wine to really soothe the soul. Find out more here.

Tempted? Talk to the team today to find out more about exclusive summer specials and packages for this long weekend or any other.

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In The Spotlight: Ladena, Queenstown

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Our first blog of the new year! Now that we’ve said ‘C’ you later 2020, it’s time we get back to thinking ahead – and what better way to do that than getting a sneak peek at some of our Premium Residences & Mega Villas.

The Premium Residences & Mega Villas Collection by Touch of Spice offers luxurious stays you didn’t even know were possible. With many featuring private golf courses, in-house spas, private wine cellars, heli-pads, international size tennis courts, private jetty’s, exclusive beaches, and art collections that rival some of the world’s top art houses – these homes really are in a luxurious league of their own.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our experiences staying in some of New Zealand’s finest private villas, luxury lodges and unique destinations, exploring not only the in-house experiences, but also looking at what our trusted expert guides are offering – think of it as an insider’s guide to New Zealand by those who know how to do ‘it’ right.

First into the spotlight: Ladena

Location:

Located on Queenstown hill in the heart of the CBD (10-minute drive from Queenstown Airport), Ladena is the ultimate escape for a weekend away with friends. Feel the buzz of Queenstown ooze it’s way up the hill as you pull into the private drive overlooking Lake Wakitipu and the Remarkable Mountains. Set in one of the most desirable locations in the South Island, Ladena gets the sun throughout summer, whilst only being a short drive from the ski fields in winter. Walking distance from Queenstown’s buzzing bar and restaurant scene (talk to the team for some tips), Ladena makes leaving the car at home an easy option (although the walk back up the hill after a glass of wine or two might be a bit more challenging – but we can organize a chauffeur for that!)

The Villa:

Walking in the front door, you will be welcomed by a bright and airy staircase and elevator - and the welcomed feeling of being in the ultimate home away from home. Meander down the stairs to the first floor, enjoying the exquisite art throughout the entrance way (and whole property) and prepare to get lost in the vast space that this central villa offers. Naturally, you’ll be drawn straight ahead by the unimaginable lake and mountain views served up from the open plan kitchen, dining area, and two lounges. This space is perfect for hosting a chef prepared dinner for friends – we can see it now - the canapes and champagne being served throughout as you mingle with your nearest and dearest.

To the right of the kitchen, we have the outdoor seating area and firepit – perfect for summer evenings and a cosy winter après ski. With large retractable doors, Ladena offers great inside/ outside flow, as well as an additional chefs’ kitchen and bar, making hosting an absolute breeze.

With five bedrooms split across three floors (each with an ensuite), 10 guests have ample space to spread out, enjoy some quite time, and retreat after busy days exploring. Each with their own unique interior, the bedroom suites also feature floor so ceiling windows with views you just can’t wait to wake up to. With private balconies leading off the bedroom suites, guests have the perfect hidden spots to curl up with a book.

The private hot tub is at the back of the property. Pop a bottle of bubbles and sink in for the best sunset seats in town. Finish your evening off relaxing in the media room, winding down with a glass of Central Otago’s finest.

Experience Ladena:

As with all our Premium Residences & Mega Villas, Touch of Spice are here to make your stay an unforgettable one. Whether it’s having a private chef on hand, an inhouse masseuse on call, a butler keeping your bubbles topped up, or a private chauffeur parked in the drive, we can organize everything you would ever need. We understand that sometimes guests just want to enjoy being in the villa, which is why we have our little black book of contacts who can come to you. Enjoy a private wine tasting by the outdoor fire with an expert sommelier – sampling and sipping some of New Zealand’s most exclusive wines or relax with a private yoga session on one of the many balconies. Want an on-call ping pong player? We’ve made that happen too.

Experience Queenstown:

The home of adventure! Queenstown is our very own playground and we know the Kiwi’s who know how to serve it up in a truly epic style. From gaining access to some of the regions most exclusive cellar doors to squeeze the grape yourself, to heli hiking, biking and skiing, there’s something to suit everyone.

A personal favourite must be visiting 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. 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. If that doesn’t sound like a dream day in Queenstown, we don’t know what does!

Tempted? Talk to the team today and experience Ladena like never before.

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How to spend more time in 2021

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The new year is life’s very own crisp, clean and brand-new diary…365 days of opportunities, adventure, and excitement! With all that went on in 2020, it’s safe to say we all jumped at the chance to press ‘ctrl-alt-delete’ and ‘refresh’ on New Year’s Day. 2021 brings a whole new year into view and now is the time to decide what you will write on the pages of this shiny new chapter.

After what can only be described as ‘the year we can’t wait to forget’, Jacqui and the team took a well needed break over the Christmas period – something that in our 16-years has never happened! This pause gave us the time to recharge, refocus and most importantly, reflect. In 2020, we saw many changes to life. We refined our offering to a portfolio of the creme de le creme of Private Residences & Mega Villas throughout New Zealand. We adapted to working from home – where balancing kids, laundry, and work are the ‘new normal’. We watched our New Zealand borders close and the industry we love and live for fight to stay alive. We strengthened our relationships with our amazing partners and experience providers who we know follow our passion and care for our clients. And most importantly, we learnt the importance in how we choose to spend our time.

Whether it’s spending more quality time with the family, getting active, disconnecting to reconnect, tasting new flavours, taking that well needed (and deserved) you time, or exploring new destinations – 2020 taught us to appreciate the time and freedom we have in our own backyard. 2021 is now the year to make the changes and make them stick!

Need some inspiration? Our team have been thinking of exactly how we plan to spend our time in 2021 - in and around helping you of course! 

Spend more time…

With the family

2021 is the year to take that well deserved family getaway you’ve been putting off. If lockdown restrictions and border closures taught us anything, it’s to take the bull by the horns when it comes to the freedom to travel. With more and more families choosing to travel together, grandparents to grandchildren, where you spend that time is more important than ever. Finding the ultimate home from home has never been easier with the premium Residence & Mega Villa Collection by Touch of Spice. Let the kids run wild on the lawn, eat breakfast in your boardshorts and let a private chef to all the hard work for you. It’s about spending quality time with those that matter most – now that’s the real luxury!

 

Getting Active

Whether you’re already biker, hiker, skier, or gym goer, or looking for an opportunity to challenge your fitness, New Zealand has something to suit everyone. Join our private guides on some of New Zealand’s untouched lands and go above and beyond in 2021. Soar to the top of Mount Soho ski field for a day shredding the slopes in one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. Skip the chairlift queue and enjoy a state-of-the-art snowcat with specially designed heated cabins. Or 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 day’s activities melt away. Getting active never seemed so appealing!

 

Taking that you time

It’s safe to say 2020 took its toll on all of us. Our mental wellbeing has well and truly been brought to the forefront, resulting in a drastic jump in travel for health and wellness. Why? Because we all deserve a little R&R. 2021 is the time to take that well needed (and deserved) break with a luxurious yet healthy experience on Waiheke Island. Indulge in a 3-day, two night experience designed to give you the time and space to really slow down, relax and revive yourself. This all-inclusive package includes a stay at one of Waiheke's most luxurious accommodation providers, all meals, yoga classes, transfers, and plenty of luxury toiletries for pampering. It is time to do something for you.

 

Experiencing ultimate escapism

Dive into something new this year. Our Super Yacht & Private Island portfolio offers everything from fully staffed yachts complete with every water-toy imaginable, to remote island retreats where sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and breath-taking beauty surround you. This hand selected portfolio offers escapism like you've never experienced before. From Lake Wakatipu to the Bay of Islands and Fiji, your options are endless. It’s about doing something new in destinations unexplored.

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Short Break: Queenstown Getaway

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Spring has sprung, longer evenings are here, warmer days are coming, and there’s a change in the air. Auckland has now joined the rest of New Zealand at Covid Alert Level 1 and it’s a continued breath of fresh air to see New Zealand thriving against the Covid battle. With the school holidays currently underway, we’ve already seen an influx of visitors to Queenstown, as well as many of our returning clients taking the time to explore the paradise beaches in the north, enjoying that well needed and deserved break away with the family.

With the return to ‘normal’ life (I hope I’m not jinxing anything here), now is the time to take the lessons we’ve learnt over the last few months and embrace the changes. Our biggest lesson? Valuing time with those that matter. We know time is precious, which is why we will sort everything for you, so that you can maximise your time away. Our phylosophy is that you don’t have to lift a finger, so you can raise a glass instead!

With that in mind, over the next few weeks we will be sharing a series of exclusive Short Breaks featuring everything from luxury accommodation to where to eat breakfast, drink wine, bungy, dive, soar and everything in-between! With New Zealand all to ourselves, it’s time to explore.

First up: Queenstown (it would be rude to start anywhere else than our very own backyard), four days, three nights in the adventure capital – perfect for the adrenaline junkies, wine lovers and fitness freaks.

Luxury Accommodation:

What ever your style, our Private Villas and Residence Collections have something to suit your every need. From 4* to Rockstar, Queenstown has it all. One of our personal favourites – The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa one. Just 15 minutes from Queenstown International Airport and 20 minutes from central Queenstown, Lake Hayes Escape could not be better positioned for a short break from anywhere. Arrive to a bottle of bubbles and clink those glasses to you and the view from the lake front balcony.

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown

Arrive at your luxury accommodation to a bottle of bubbles and clink those glasses to you and the unforgettable Queenstown view. With the bags dropped off it’s time to explore. Take the time to meander through the streets of the town, browsing the boutique stores, stopping for a spot of lunch at the delicious Yonder or famous Fergburger before jumping on a jet boat or off the Kawarau bridge for that first adrenaline hit. Looking for something more mellow? Take the Gondola to the top of the Skyline for your own Grand Prix on The Luge or perhaps take a walk-up Queenstown Hill for a view from the top. Enjoy a relaxed evening at home with dinner from a private chef, before soaking in the hot tub as the sun goes down on day one.

Day 2: Wine not?

Rise and shine to breakfast in the comfort of a home away from home or venture into town to try one of the many delicious cafes for brunch (Bespoke Kitchen is another personal favourite of mine), and start the day off right. What is a visit to Queenstown with a trip through The Valley of The Vines? Join Lee from Alpine Luxury Tours, one of our expert local guides, for an exclusive wine tour. Peer into the wine barrels at a private cellar door not open to the public, sip wine with the wine maker themselves and indulge in a variety of local produce served from the farm to the table. Enjoy an evening at leisure after a busy day spent sipping away on the regions finest, or perhaps dine out at the renowned Amisfield Bistro, only a stone’s throw from The Elms at lake Hayes Villa One.

Day 3: 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 day’s activities melt away. For your final evening, treat yourself to Botswana Butchery or Rata for a feast to remember.

Day 4: Depart

Rise and shine to your final morning of lake views. Enjoy brunch at home or perhaps stop by Akarua wines, kitchen by Artisan for a farewell brunch (mimosa optional of course). After a relaxed morning, it’s time to embark on the journey home or onto your next adventure.

What ever your style, no matter how many guests, our Short Breaks are custom made to suit you. Get in touch with the team to find out more and watch this space for Short Breaks in the North and around the South Island.

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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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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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Get FREE Nights in Luxury

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With the school holidays over and the hustle and bustle of the everyday getting busier, it’s only natural to start daydreaming about a change of scenery. With spring just around the corner and the Christmas season fast approaching, we want to treat all our new and returning clients to something special – Free nights!

Throw off the shackles of an ordinary hotel stay and book a stay in a fabulous Touch of Spice Private Villa - where you can run down the hallway and bomb in the pool, eat breakfast in your boardshorts and dinner in your bathrobe. Going far beyond a place to rest your head, The Private Villa and Exclusive Residence Collections by Touch of Spice are destinations in their own right –featuring private golf courses, in-house spas, private wine cellars, heli-pads, international size tennis courts and art collections that

For Touch of Spice, being able to explore New Zealand means celebrating two things – the freedom to travel again and being able to spend quality time with family and friends. 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!

Want a sneak peak of what’s available? Check out below and our Special Offers or simply drop the team an email or call to find out more options.

We do all the hard work for you. You don’t need to lift a finger, so you can raise a glass instead!

 

Cascata - An entertainers paradise on Queenstown Hill

 

25 on The Terrace - Penthouse Luxury in the heart of Queenstown

 

Lakefront Luxury - A spacious property only a short stroll from Queenstown CBD

 

Farm at The Hills - A new level of luxury set on the exclusive Hills Golf Course

 

Forty Two - Unforgettable views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu

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Queenstown Events with a Touch of Spice

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Last week we partnered with Destination Queenstown who brought 17 domestic corporate guests to Queenstown to showcase the best of the best and it’s brilliant operators over a three day stay.

Guests were given a whirlwind tour of Queenstown, showcasing so much of what makes it such an enticing location to domestic corporate businesses. From dinner at the Sherwood in one of Gather and Golds tipi’s,  a ride on the famous Shotover Jet, an alpine landing with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters to a lunch served up at The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa Three, our guests got to experience why Queenstown is the number one spot for New Zealand corporates looking for a destination with a difference.

Touch of Spice was involved in 2 parts of this Famil; the first was a tradeshow where each operator had 7 minutes with each buyer to show off exactly what we do. This was where we could share our new look book of previous events to showcase that we are a ‘DMC with a difference’ (Destination management company); looking to create those once in a lifetime moments, may they be an evening event, executive retreat or incentive program. The second was the next day at our event, the finale lunch.

The Finale Lunch

Touch of Spice partnered with Artisan catering to host the finale lunch at The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa Three, one of our exclusive Villas as Venues on the edge of Lake Hayes overlooking the Coronet Ski Field. After a very hectic 3 days for the buyers, we wanted to wow the guests with a beautiful setting which would live long into the memory and put Touch of Spice and Queenstown front of mind when the clients were planning their next event. The Elms at Lake Hayes Collection makes a perfect place to hosts a private or business event - with a capacity of 50 people for a long lunch, and 10 opulent double bedrooms spread across three adjoining apartments, this is a versatile venue for clients looking for luxury to either stay or host a dinner.

Artisan, as always, was very impressive, coupling superb food with excellent service. Beautiful platters and a superb walk and fork menu received compliments all round, with one guest remarking that ‘Touch of Spice and Artisan is truly a world-class combination’. That is the feedback we will not argue with.

As the event began to wind down, guests helped themselves to some Touch of Spice branded goodies from our friends at Buzz Stop - Queenstown’s local bee farm serving up the finest bee’s wax and honey experiences and produce, giving the guests a little sample of Queenstown to take home with them.

Get in touch with our events team today and make Queenstown your next destination for a truly out-of-this-world event with Touch of Spice. 

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Discover New Zealand: Go Beyond The Snow

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The best thing about winter in New Zealand is that you can have a day on the ski fields in amazing ‘pow pow’ one day, and have that and so much more the next. Here at Touch of Spice, we know that not everyone is a skier. Some prefer to look at the snow-covered mountains from a heli rather than through some goggles, others might rather skip the snow altogether and head straight for the Après ski – sipping some of the finest wine available in the region. Or maybe you’re a Queenstown local and looking to escape to the winterless north for a slice of paradise for a long weekend?  

Whatever the reason, no matter your style, Touch of Spice have out-of-this-world, snow free days to let you experience something different this winter. Whether you’re planning a big family escape, a romantic weekend away, an active getaway with friends or to simply find some peace and quiet following the school holidays, the Touch of Spice Team will match your individual needs and wants with a dreamy stay for a truly unforgettable experience.

Check out our teams favourite Snow-Free Day Experiences below, get inspired and get in touch with us today to find out more!

Hike, Heli & Honey

 

Join your private guide on an exclusive walking track along Lake Wakitipu at the base of Cecil Peak. Follow the flat bush track towards McKinnons Creek for brunch before flying by private heli towards Mt Nicholas Station where you will collect and harvest honey straight from the hives. Jump back in the heli and soar towards Buzzstop in Queenstown where you will spin your honey and prepare your own sample to take home with you.

 

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.

 

Discover the Wild West

 

Only a short drive from Auckland airport, arrive in the wild west of the North Island for a day of adventure.Take to the rugged coast and let the fresh, salty ocean air wake you up with a morning of blow-karting along the beautiful black sand surf beaches of Muriwai. Catch your breath after an adrenaline fuelled morning and take a more leisurely approach to discover this coastline. Saddle up and meander along the beach by horseback to the edges of the Waitakere Ranges, some of the most stunning bushland in New Zealand, lookout for some native birds and be in awe with nature.

 

A Taste of Waiheke

 

 

Fly or sail from Auckland to the stunning paradise island of Waiheke. Upon arrival, meet your private guide for the day Julie Biuso (Ambassador for Le Codon Bleu Institute New Zealand & award winning chef and writer) for a tour of her favourite island spots. Meet the bakers, producers and vintners as you indulge in their delights. Collect produce from private orchards, gardens and fishermen before arriving at Julie's private slice of paradise to cook alongside her or relax in the sun with a local glass of wine. Sit down in the courtyard with a delicious meal, serving up the best treats the island has on offer, with someone who knows it best.

 

Sail into Paradise

 

Take to the tropical waters in Bay of Islands in a privately chartered 54ft sailing catamaran. Choose from sunbathing and relaxing on the top deck, kayaking, snorkeling, SUP or looking out for the dolphins swimming by. Relax with a chilled glass of bubbles a a private chef prepares a BBQ on deck for a day of total relaxation and tranquility.

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Discover New Zealand: A Winter Wonderland

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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.

Heli-skiing

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.

Dogsledding

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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