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ARCHIVES: January 1970

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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Gift The Ultimate Getaway This Father's Day

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, gift Dad (and the family) the ultimate getaway – pretty sure he (and you) could use it!

With the temptation of lockdown levels being relaxed over the next few weeks (fingers and toes crossed), it’s natural to daydream of a change in scenery – and when we say scenery, we mean it! Soar to the top of the Southern Alps and knock golf balls from the peak, cruise through picturesque Dusky Sound for a crayfish lunch, venture into the wilderness at The Lindis for a day of hunting and fishing or simply indulge in island life on Waiheke, sipping your way around the island’s top wineries. Whatever your budget, wherever the destination, Touch of Spice can make ‘it’ happen.

The Luxury Lodge Collection by touch of Spice offers more than just a place to rest your head. We’ve hand picked some of our favourite destinations perfect for a family break, father and son weekend away, and treat for both Mum and Dad – where experiencing the best of New Zealand and staying in luxury are served up in equal measures.

Not sure what he wants? Talk to our team today about gift cards and give Dad the difficult decision on where to start!

Let us make this Father’s Day one for the record books!

Minaret Station – Wanaka.

Soar into the wilderness of minaret Station and sleep at the foot of the mountains in a private luxury chalet. With the option to fish, hunt, hike or fly to Dusky Sound for a freshly caught crayfish lunch on board a private charter, Minaret Station will make for a Father’s Day gift to remember.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – Bay of Islands

Serving up 180-degree views over the Pacific Ocean and set on a championship golf course, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs makes for an extraordinary stay. Tee-off the weekend with a round or two of golf before relaxing in the spa for an afternoon of relaxation – the perfect treat for Dad and Mum.

Mudbrick – The Lodge – Waiheke Island

The ultimate getaway for the full family – sit back, relax, and indulge in the simple luxury of island life. Mudbrick’s Lodge features breath-taking 360-degree views overlooking some of Waiheke’s famous vineyards – the perfect view for sinking into the spa pool with a glass of the islands finest.

Glass Pods at The Lindis – Canterbury

Sleep under the stars in your very own mirrored Glass Pod at The Lindis. Only a stone throw from the main lodge, rise and shine to unforgettable views over the Ahururi Valley. Choose from flying to Mount Cook, Franz Josef or going heli-skiing. Want to keep your feet firmly on the ground? Head out fly-fishing, take a buggy tour, take to the hills by horseback or foot or simply sink into your private hot tub as the sunsets in the valley.

Get in touch with the team today to find out more! 

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A Dose of Wanderlust Inspiration

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It’s Friday and at the Touch of Spice office here in Queenstown, we’re feeling day dreamy.  With levels 2 and 3 back in action, a dusting of clouds (and fingers crossed, snow) over the mountains, and the simple fact it’s a Friday afternoon, it’s only natural for the mind to start wandering to paradise – where the water is crystal clear, the sand is soft, the sun is shining and a freshly made frozen margarita has just been handed to you. If you weren’t dreaming already – I think we can assume you are now!

Here at Touch of Spice, we have something to suit every need, want, and desire. Whether your dreaming of an escape to a mountain top lodge in the wild, a stunning Private Villa with not one but two private beaches, a super yacht where you can watch the dolphins roll by or your very own private island retreat, we can make it happen. We’ve listed below some of our most luxurious, out-of-this-world, above and beyond stays throughout New Zealand – a mixture of our Exclusive Residences, Private Villas and Luxury Lodge Collections because we really do have something to suit everyone’s dream!

Need more wanderlust inspiration? Check out our Instagram to keep the day dreaming alive and up to date with all our Special Offers. Now here's to the weekend!

'Somewhere' in Bay of Plenty

The ultimate luxurious getaway complete with two private beaches, private jetty, swimming pool, in-house staff, kayaks/ SUP boards and heli pad. 

 

Kauri Cove - Moturua island, Bay of Islands

A hidden gem on a privately-owned beach of Moturua Island, Kauri Cove is the perfect slice of paradise. Complete with short put golf, heli pad, hot tub, jetty, private beach, ocean trampoline, games room, snorkeling gear and walking tracks from the very front door. 

 

Mudbrick Owner's Retreat - Waiheke Island 

Located on 7 acres, this peaceful retreat on the end of Waiheke Island has jaw-dropping sea views that will hit you in a continuous wave of beauty. Complete with private beach access, a heli pad, spa pool, media room and views you can't wait to wake up to.

 

Beluga G3 - Auckland 

Docking in the City of Sails, the Beluge is ready and waiting for it's next adventure. This 144ft G3 lets you cruise at your own pace on your very own slice of floating luxury. Features include a private chef and staff, rooftop cinema, spa pool, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, scuba gear, fishing equipment and wi-fi on board so you can stay connected. 

 

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat - Queenstown 

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat is nestled in the pristine Southern Alps only a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown. With an all-inclusive program designed to help you move towards optumim health, this paradise means having to make no decisions, no business dealings and no children pestering you - just a step-by-step process that leaves you glowing. 

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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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Discover New Zealand: Super Yachts & More

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Have you had enough of 2020? Set sail away from it all this summer on board a luxurious super yacht.

From Sea...

With it looking like skiing in Aspen and Japan is off the cards this year, how about taking the family sailing in the stunning Bay of Islands on your own private yacht instead? Jump in the ocean and snorkel in the clear blue sea around Great Mercury Island or throw the rod over and do some deep sea fishing off Great Barrier Island. When you look around our own amazing country, who needs St Barths or the Maldives?

Partnering with some of New Zealand’s most exclusive super yacht providers, we have something to suit your every need, want and desire. Whether you’re looking to get away on a week-long charter with private chef and staff on board or looking for an exclusive day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, our Travel Designers have their little black book of kiwi providers at the ready to give you and your family a getaway in 2020 to remember. It's about being able to go above and beyond in your backyard and doing it in ultimate luxury!

To Land...

Prefer to keep your feet solidly on the land? Stay in one of our exclusive Private Villas or Luxury Lodges and spend your afternoons paddle boarding or sunbathing, while sipping a freshly made margarita indulging in that well-deserved dose of 'vitamin sea' while you wait for lunch. With the option to dock super yachts at a selection of our Villas on Waiheke Island and in the Bay of Islands, relaxing in a luxurious villa after a week at sea has never been so easy.

If you are not quite ready for summer but looking to celebrate a special occasion, our collection of Private Yachts and Villas as Venues make for an unforgettable setting to celebrate in style with those that matter most. With private chefs, waitstaff and our events team on hand, no occasion is too big or too small for us. 

Whatever your style, get ready to set sail in 2020. Get in touch with the team today to find out more about exclusive itineraries, short breaks and day packages.

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Discover New Zealand: Honeymoon Itinerary

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Did you have your dream wedding planned earlier this year? With Covid-19 keeping our boarders closed for the foreseeable future, our events team have been busy rescheduling, planning, and curating stunning weddings throughout New Zealand. From Unique Villas as Venues to bespoke locations and styling, they have been kept busy! But what’s a wedding without a luxurious honeymoon to follow it? With Europe and the U.S. out of reach for, our Travel Designers have also been kept on their toes, planning some out-of-this-world Honeymoon’s discovering the beauty in our very own backyard. Just like tasting the wedding cake, sampling the music and finding the perfect fit in your dress, we thought you’d need a little sample of what we can offer for the ultimate romantic getaway – 10 days from north to South.

 

Waiheke Island Day 1 – 3

The Boatshed

This boutique, seaside hotel is inspired by the early 1900 boatsheds that scatter the countries shores. Offering panoramic views over the ocean, the island invites you to rediscover the simple pleasures. Take a stroll amongst an eclectic mix of award-winning vineyards, sophisticated alfresco restaurants, artists' studios and galleries or along one of the many deserted, golden, sandy beaches. Dining is a relaxed affair - indulge in a memorable Mediterranean feast or a private seafood platter on the balcony. Whichever you choose, expect fine hospitality and exceptional service.

Day 1: Upon arriving in Auckland you will be transferred to the ferry for Waiheke Island.  A 40-minute boat ride from Downtown Auckland will have you at The Boatshed. This afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 2: Today we suggest taking a full day winery tour with local resident and guide Chris Palmer. Explore some of the island’s best wineries, tasting as you go. Stop for lunch at one of the many picturesque wineries where you can sample some of the area’s finest produce.

Rotorua Day 3 – 6

Treetops Lodge

Treetops Lodge Estate provides the ultimate luxury lodge and nature experience surrounded by vast 800-year-old forests valleys streams and lakes. Treetops is an ecological triumph that acknowledges the debt mankind owes nature by regenerating with wilderness and its native wildlife. Nearby is Rotorua world famous for its geothermal phenomena still water lakes and its centre of Maori culture. The Lodge is a haven of luxury crafted from natural materials - rock stone and timber blended into the 2500-acre natural wonderland of cascading springs and virgin forest.

Day 3: Today you will take the ferry back to Downtown Auckland where you will be transferred to your flight to Rotorua. This flight is approximately 45 mins. From here you will be transferred by private vehicle to Treetops Lodge. This afternoon is at your leisure to explore your surrounds. We can organize any additional activities should you wish.

Day 4: Explore the onsite wilderness spa and discover luxurious interludes and rejuvenating experiences. Go for their special hot stone massage. Sense the warmth of heated stones on your skin and catch the alluring scent of native plants. Perhaps try their Detox Seaweed Body Wrap. Stimulating and invigorating organic seaweed, and essential oils of Cypress, Juniper and Lemon help to encourage toxin removal leaving you feel refreshed and revitalized.

Day 5: Today is at your leisure in Rotorua. You may like to enjoy a cultural excursion or a visit to the geothermal parks of Te Puia and Wai O Tapu. If adrenaline pumping activities are more your style, head out for a day white water rafting or experience the Lost World excursion in Waitomo (start with a 100m abseil into a cave, and then walk out seeing glow-worms on the way).

Mount Cook Day 6 – 8

Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat 

Quiet and close to nature, this is the perfect place for you to relax and revive. Your stay in this rural location will be a unique experience. Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Te Whipounamu World Heritage Area. From your room, you can enjoy uninterrupted views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook. New Zealand's highest mountain and the night sky is a spectacular outlook from the property's own onsite Observatory located within the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

Day 6: This morning you will be transferred to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Christchurch. A flight approximately 1 hr 45 mins. At the airport collect your rental vehicle and drive to Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. This drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Tonight, participate in the unique dark sky experience in the Pukaki Observatory and adjoining wine cellar. View the Milky Way Galaxy, stars and planets through their telescope or explore your astrophotography skills.

Day 7: Fly from Mount Cook airport over the gorgeous Tasman Glacier Lake and ice formations on the lower reaches of the Glacier to a location 3000m above sea level. Venture on to the surprisingly undulating ice terrain in the shadow of the highest peaks of the Southern Alps. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons and spend the next 2 hours in another world in the mountains. On the return flight home, you’ll fly close by the massive 1,000-metre-high (3,200 feet) Hochstetter Icefall on the eastern face of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Queenstown Day 8 – 11

Azur Lodge

A distinctively contemporary luxury lodge located overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. The best of both worlds – the feeling of privacy and remoteness, yet in 5 minutes be part of the local dynamic scene in downtown Queenstown. Azurs private villas are designed to let you absorb the incredible views in chic luxury and total privacy. The floor to ceiling windows frames the outstanding views perfectly.

Day 8: Today you will take a scenic drive to Queenstown. Approximately 2.5 hours. Stop in at the stunning turquoise Lake Tekapo and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Your Touch of Spice guide can assist with any additional arrangements you would like to make.

Day 9: Fly across Lake Wakatipu into the heart of Fiordland National Park to the breath-taking Lake Quill and the 1900ft Sutherland Falls. Fly the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and amazing glacial ice formations. Continue onwards to an alpine picnic while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the wilderness.

Day 10: Today is at your leisure in Queenstown. You may like to enjoy one of the many activities on offer. We recommend enjoying a private tour of the wineries, get adventurous with a bungy or simply relax and take in the views from the bathtub! We can assist with any additional arrangements you would like to make.

Day 11: Today you will be transferred to the airport to check in for your departing flights homewards.

Get in touch with our team today to find out more or check out our Instagram for a daily dose of wanderlust. 

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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: Unique Luxury Stays

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Beyond our Private Villa and Exclusive Residences, we partner with New Zealand’s finest and most exquisite Luxury Lodges and Boutique Hotels, creating unique stays that only most get to dream of.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic short break or a full lodge hop from north to south discovering the beauty in your backyard, our team of Travel Designers are here to show you the best of what New Zealand has to offer. Sleep at the foot of the Southern Alps, in a luxurious tree top house, on top of a mountain peak or in an ocean front paradise - All the lodges and hotels in our portfolio are set in outstanding locations. Offering onsite and local activities, experiences, and excursions, no two lodge stays are ever the same. Every lodge and unique stay is complimented by world-class cuisine and exceptional hospitality, serving some of New Zealand’s finest produce paired perfectly with local wines.

With the school holidays finished, we’ve handpicked our favourite unique stays for a couples getaway, leaving the kids at home and giving you some of that well deserved (and needed) you time, each with exclusive experiences served up by the kiwi’s that know it best.

The Lindis

Set at the foot of the mountains on 6,000 acres of the Ahuriri Valley, The Lindis is the ultimate retreat within absolute seclusions. Rise and shine from one of the deluxe suites to views of the valley before enjoying brunch in the lounge. Guests can take advantage of one of the top 10 fly fishing locations in the world, which is but a short stroll down from the lodge. Hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, horse riding will also be available, or guests can simply choose to unwind and relax in this idyllic setting, see the Milky Way at night and listen to the sound of silence.

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat

A unique campus nestled in Aotearoa’s pristine southern alps, Aro Ha models a transitional path toward a regenerative relationship with our planet. Aro Ha was born of the intention to create a facility that exemplifies a more resilient localized living solution. From permaculture, to passive haus techniques, they've attempted to integrate best practices for solving the essentials of life. The 8.4-hectare site sits on a sub-alpine terrace with expansive views of Lake Wakatipu where ancient traditions have been merged with modern technology.  Their all-inclusive programs harness the collective wisdom of the Aro Ha Wellness Team to help you move toward to optimum health.  You will have no decisions to make, no business or family to attend to, just a step-by-step process that leaves you glowing.

Whare Kea Chalet

Located at 1750 metres (5700 feet) in the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak, Whare Kea Chalet is a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight from our Matukituki Valley base. With two double bedrooms and a spacious loft, the chalet provides comfortable accommodation for up to six guests, and a bunkroom for two staff. Relaxed yet luxurious, the Chalet has power, a hot shower and large windows framing astounding views of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers. This exclusive alpine venue and it’s surrounding adventures can be enjoyed year-round by friends, families and small groups. Four months of the year the area is covered in snow making it the ideal base for heli skiing, and in summer the slopes of tussock grass are dotted with wild flowers and tarns offering a range of fantastic hiking routes, catering for all abilities.

Treetops Lodge

This uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure. Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, award-winning Treetops Lodge & Estate is a life-long dream realised by owner and passionate naturalist, John Sax. Guests can choose to stay in one of their Lodge Rooms, Luxury Villas or within the Pheasant Cottage. Treetops offer seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes, and over 70 kilometres of adventure trails. New family experiences include photography safaris, helicopter tours, Geocaching hunts, luxury treks to spectacular waterfalls, and a 4WD experience.

Get in touch with the team today and discover New Zealand in 2020.

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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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Discover New Zealand: North Island

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Wow – how are we almost at seven weeks of lockdown already? Part of me is questioning where the time has gone - the other part is questioning how on earth I’ve managed to stay somewhat sane! After reading my stack of travel magazines front to back, watching all the wanderlust documentaries on Netflix, changing my desktop background to a paradise beach and contemplating afternoon margaritas on an almost daily basis, I think it’s safe to say I’m more than ready to get away!

Whether you’ve been working from home, spending all your time with the kids or itching to get space from your other half (or all three), the freedom to get away from it all is almost here. With the outlines of Level Two released this week and with domestic travel soon to be open for business, now is the time to get excited about getting out there and seeing what all our international travellers have been ranting and raving about for years!

With that being said, I'm excited to share our second itinerary in our Discover New Zealand Series –  a selection of exclusive experiences and itineraries we are sharing weekly here and on our Instagram and Facebook, to spark up that imagination and get you ready to explore New Zealand in 2020.

Last week we shared a South Island Itinerary and it seems only fair that we show some love to the North Island this week. So here we have it – The Best of The North, five days making a splash in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you can forget the desktop background and dive straight into paradise as those afternoon margaritas are served up in style!

Discover the North Island

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand – Private vehicle transfer to Bay of Islands and The Glasshouse (2 nights) 

DAY 2: Discover The Glasshouse with guided kayak tours, fishing charters, scuba diving, a round of golf or guided Kauri forest walks

DAY 3: Transfer to Eagles Nest after enjoying a boat trip to Poor Knights Island (3 nights) 

DAY 4: Northland heli excursion with gourmet lunch

DAY 5: Enjoy a day at leisure at Eagles Nest with a round of golf, a bike ride through Russell, horse trekking, fishing and nature cruises on offer

DAY 6: Depart from Kerikeri

DAY 1

Touch down in Auckland, the City of Sails of New Zealand, and prepare to discover the North Island. Arriving in Auckland, you will experience a Maori cultural welcome by your private guide who will transfer you to The Glasshouse, Northland. Enjoy an Auckland tour, learning of the culture and history along the scenic drive taking in the coastal views as you approach The Glasshouse. Embrace the tranquility and natural beauty that surrounds you as watch the sunset over the Pacific from the comfort of this retreat.

ACCOMMODATION: THE GLASSHOUSE

From the moment you pop your welcome Champagne and get lost in the spectacular 180-degree panorama – you’ll realise you’re in for an unforgettable stay at The Glasshouse. This spacious and architecturally designed one-bedroom retreat has everything you need to spend time exactly how you choose - whether it’s getting cozy by the outside fire, enjoying a long shower with ocean views or napping in a hammock. Enjoy a private chef cooked dinner from the comfort of The Glasshouse or indulge in an inhouse massage – all available through the onsite team.

DAY 2

Discover the glasshouse. Whether it’s getting active exploring or relaxing with a book, The Glasshouse has something for everyone. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the comforts of The Glasshouse, there’s so much to enjoy on Kauri Mountain Point and beyond. Explore the 20-acre peninsula itself, with its own tracks and secret coves from which you can swim, fish, kayak or simply take in the views. There’s also some large natural rock pools, which gently warm in the sun and are perfect for taking a dip.

DAY 3

Explore Poor Knights islands. Transfer from The Glasshouse to Eagles Nest with splash of adventure.

Twenty three kilometers off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast and washed by warm currents swept south from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon. A total marine and nature Reserve - and pending World Heritage Site - the 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels. Board your privately chartered boat and choose from snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing for an afternoon that will be remembered!

ACCOMMODATION: EAGLES NEST

With a horizon lap pool splayed out across the front of the villa overlooking the ocean and private spa alongside, Eagles Nest creates seamless flow between living and the stunning surrounding environment. The walls of Eagles Nest are adorned with art by famous New Zealand artists, and with the property overlooking the historical site of Waitangi, it is the perfect place to reflect, be inspired and unwind.

DAY 4

Take to the air and explore the rugged coastline of Bay of Islands. Departing from Eagles Nest, fly high over spectacular harbours and beaches for a birds eye view of this amazing region and its 144 islands. Land at a private airfield and enjoy a luxury vehicle tour to the tip of New Zealand where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at the serene Tapotupotu Bay.

The next flight leg is over spectacular and remote scenery such as the white silica sands of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay. Land at Hole in The Rock and experience the islands unique history, culture and ecological significance.

Fly back down the east coast over the Kerikeri Peninsula and the stunning Cavalli islands before landing back at Eagles Nest.

DAY 5

Discover Eagles Nest. A day at leisure here will allow you to explore the wilderness of the Bay of Islands – it’s tropical beaches and secluded bays, its cuisine and the nature that makes this one of New Zealand's hottest spots.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, foodie or explorer, a day at leisure at Eagles Nest will have something for everyone. Get active on the bike tracks around Russell, tee-off in one of the many surrounding world-class golf courses, relax on a horse trek, fish for your dinner or simply let the flavours of the North come to you in one of the many markets. Whatever leisure means to you, Eagles Nest can make it happen.

 

 

DAY 6

Depart from KeriKeri Airport in awe of the five days of adventure gone by.

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