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ARCHIVES: January 1970

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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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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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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