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Explore 5 ski fields:
Here’s a fast 5 on our regions ski fields:


Coronet Peak caters to the crowds, has terrain for all levels of skier and is closest to downtown Queenstown.

The Remarkables has recently had an upgrade with more carparks and a new base building, it’s north facing with all day sun and has terrain for all levels

Cardrona Ski Resort is known for being family friendly with wide tracks and generally isn’t as crowded as Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. They also have the new “Chondola” ski lift which has gondola cabins on the traditional chairlift.

Treble Cone has great off-piste terrain and with the longest vertical slope, making it a favourite for advanced skiers and boarders.

Soho Basin is a private cat-skiing field for up to 24 guests and is aimed for those that are intermediate and above. This year they will be grooming some tracks to have the option between fresh powder and groomed. A chef prepared hot lunch is also included.

Tip: We’re here to help! We can arrange your transport and in-house ski, board & boot fittings. And our new favourite treat is a Salt Float, ideal for the easing of muscle pain, relaxes the nervous system and reduces inflammation – the perfect remedy after the strain of the slopes. 

 

R&R
Our 4 ways to relax in your Touch of Spice villa.
 

1. If skiing isn’t your thing or your muscles want a break from the slopes, we can arrange for an in-house   massage/facial/treatment or book you into a top day-spa

2. Want to make the most of your villa? Enjoy a 5-course degustation dinner with wine match all prepared, cooked and served for you by a private chef.

3. If your villa doesn’t have a spa pool, we can arrange for a portable spa pool to be set up at your villa for the duration of your stay. Bliss!

4. Take an art tour with our private guide, Kate who will tailor an itinerary to your art preference visiting both public and private galleries. 

Tip: A Touch of Spice curator is at your disposal to arrange any of the following for your stay with us.

 

Explore untouched backcountry

Proudly wearing our ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ badge, let us show you what all the hype is about in one of our many once-in-a-lifetime backcountry experiences. From snowmobiling and dog sledding to heli-skiing and, snowshoeing have a look at our inspirational winter packages here. 

 

Night skiing
At Coronet Peak, when the sun goes down, the lights turn on! From 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Wednesday – Saturday the mountain remains open, a D.J. plays live and the pizza oven stays hot. It’s a nightlife like no other!

Tip: have dinner and a mulled wine on the mountain for the full experience!

 

Romance

Queenstown is famed for being a romantic getaway due to its calming atmosphere and dramatic beauty. An all-time favourite and the epitome of romance is ‘Picnic on a Peak’. Fly by private charter helicopter to The Ledge for a magical half hour of tranquillity.  There, overlooking The Southern Alps in complete peace, enjoy a delicious chef-prepared Champagne picnic for two. It’s an incredible sensory moment, where the imposing scale of nature is awe-inspiring.

 

Family fun
Multi-generational travel is the preferred trend when it comes to spending family time together, so not to worry because Queenstown has got the kids covered too! From steamship cruises and farm tours to luging and ziplining. And if the adults are wanting some time out, we can arrange for babysitters and ski lessons.  Our deluxe family package – is the ideal time to share once-in-a-lifetime experiences with your children.

 

Boutique Shopping

For a pint-sized town, Queenstown is a mecca for boutique shopping. From international heavyweights such as Louis Vuitton, Zimmerman, and Canadian Goose all the way through to highly regarded New Zealand designers such as Karen Walker, World and Zambesi. Visit Seletti Concept store, Angel Divine, Untouched World and Louis Vuitton to find your holiday memento.

 

Nightlife
Queenstown is renowned for its waterfront nightlife.

  • For a sophisticated bar: visit The Lodge Bar
  • For phenomenal cocktails and 360 views: visit The Sundeck
  • For nibbles that turn into drinks that turn into dancing: visit Little Blackwood
  • For a live band:  visit Blue Door

Tip: make Fergburger & Bakery your last stop before heading home. Open until 5:00am.

 

What’s on

Clicquot in the Snow 2nd – 5th August
Winter PRIDE week 1st – 9th September

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For the Love of Land

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Finding a local in Queenstown is like finding a needle in a haystack, so you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you hear the ever-apparent New Zealand accent of, Paddy, your guide, greet you on arrival.

The conversation runs freely during the drive out to Moke Lake. Stunning reflections, snow-capped mountains and sheep scarpering off in every direction and we were yet to arrive at our destination.

Suited and booted we headed past the boundary of Moke Lake and into the working high-country station of Ben Lomond. Climbing Cliffs, drifting around corners, and flying through rivers, past gold miners sledging for gold in a 6-seater buggy, this is 100% pure New Zealand.

Paddy throws in the occasional fun fact about the land, the history and the region, he is engaging and charismatic, answering any question we threw at him. We still can’t believe our luck with the weather, a typical Autumn morning, Jack Frost has visited and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. We are blazing the countryside with only sheep in sight thinking how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful corner of the world.

Pre-Lunch we meet the farmer and his wife sitting at their beautiful farmhouse enjoying bacon and eggs, it doesn’t get much more Kiwi than that. Paddy takes us up to the viewpoint and the climax for the trip; 1000m above sea level, snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, silver beach, and sheep is all we can see for miles while enjoying a picnic lunch and taking in that fresh rural air.

This is the perfect trip to escape the crowds, whether it’s a corporate group, a family getaway or a private trip for two, there is something to gain for everyone. Full of history, adrenaline, and fresh air, it is a must-do activity to get off the grid for a full or even half a day.

For further info on this tour, please contact us via info@touchofspice.co.nz or + 64 3 450 0855

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10 reasons why you have to visit Laucala Island Resort

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Laucala (pronounced Lau-tha-la) Island is the latest luxury Fijian resort to join the Touch of Spice portfolio of the best luxury stays in the South Pacific.

I was lucky enough to stay at Laucala recently and experience why this particular resort is the go-to for celebrities around the world.

It’s hard to put into words how truly amazing Laucala was, but here are my top 10 reasons why Laucala is the ultimate luxury getaway!

 

Super Luxe Villas
The oceanfront villas are amazingly gorgeous, luxurious yet modestly unpretentious.  They haven’t overlooked a thing in these Villas.  From freshly roasted nuts and locally grown plantain chips served every afternoon, to delectable sweet treats baked fresh every day and a very generous selection of wines, spirits and of course Red Bull. The Villa itself was a haven that you didn't need to leave.  Three brightly painted coconuts sat at our front gate used to indicate “come in” “stay away” or “clean me please!”.  All of the beachfront villas have private pools and direct access to your own part of the white sandy beach.

 

Lush locally made bathroom amenities
The attention to detail, craftsmanship, talent, and skill of all the people involved in running Laucala Island is evident everywhere, right down to every handmade amenity. The body oils, soaps, shampoo & conditioners, body wash, bath bombs and body scrubs were perfectly crafted by the local Fijian staff using the island’s own natural resources.

 

The Epic Pool 
The massive lagoon-style pool that sits at the heart of the resort is a masterpiece. Divided into three areas, the pool includes tropical manmade islands as well as Laucala’s iconic 25-metre-long glass cube. The swim-up-bar serves all day cocktails, my favourite being freshly made chili Margaritas!

 

Exceptional staff
Over 400 staff maintain this 1400-hectare piece of tropical paradise to service a maximum of just 80 guests. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble true to the reputation of Fijian hospitality.

 

Anything is possible!
Anything can be done at Laucala at any time – even a midnight massage is doable! No reservations are ever required and so whether it be a romantic dinner for two, a last-minute decision to go for a dive, golf lessons with a golf pro, or urgent laundry and dry cleaning. You can take your holiday at your pace and find your own “island time”.  Stays at Laucala include all food and beverages so you can indulge from dawn till dusk at your leisure.

 

The Rock Lounge
With its roof-top-treehouse design, uninterrupted never-ending ocean views and the most spectacular sunsets, The Rock Lounge is where I spent 50% of my daylight hours! With cloud-like lounger chairs, delicious finger food and gins coming without even asking, I never wanted to leave.

 

The Farm Tour
As one of the largest Fijian Islands, Laucala is passionate about sustainability. All the organically grown crops and farmed animals on the island provide the majority of products provided and I mean all the way down to the limes in my margarita.

 

The Butler Trays at Plantation House
Occupying an elegant colonial-style mansion, Plantation House served the best array of breakfast treats I’ve ever encountered in all my travels. The Butler’s Trays can’t be missed with three different trays to choose from, my go-to had to be The Healthy Tray which included; Wholemeal Waffles with Agava Syrup, Rye Flour Crepes with Laucala honey & tropical fruits, Fresh Herb Cream Cheese & Crudites, an assortment of energy balls and Yogurt & Fruit Coulis. No better way to start the day! Alongside this is a complete choice of breakfast options, a heart-stopping array of freshly baked goods and an amazing selection of freshly squeezed juices using fruit straight off the island.

 

The devil is in the details
On my first night the staff had noted that I’m partial to a gin & tonic, and by the time we arrived back to our suite post massage, the gin decanter sitting in our bar had been filled with extra just in case we were to run dry.

 

Private Airstrip
If traveling by private charter or jet, the island has the added convenience of its own runway, avoiding any necessity for transfers from the mainland. Another upside is that the island has its own air and maritime exclusion zones, meaning the island is truly off limits to prying paparazzi.

For Laucala Island reservation inquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through info@touchspice.co.nz

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Kokomo Island Uncovered

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Representing the very best in luxury stays in the South Pacific requires a very thorough understanding of what is on offer inside and out - which is why I came up with the clever idea of combining celebrating my wedding anniversary with a visit to the stunning Kokomo Resort, Fiji. (Lucky me)!!

Kokomo Resort recently joined our Touch of Spice “Residence Collection” portfolio of luxury stays which is a handpicked selection of the very best luxury accommodation available throughout the South Pacific region. 

 “The Residence Collection” was formed  in late 2017 to meet the increasing swell of high net worth visitors to our part of the world. This leading collection has attracted all sorts of international guests such as well known celebrities and diplomats, through to acclaimed entrepreneurs  and royalty.

So it was imperative that I fly to Fiji to Kokomo Island to research all it has to offer, from the cocktail menu to the bathroom amenities to make sure it delivers a guest experience of the calibre expected from Touch of Spice guests.

Kokomo Island is an hour’s flight away from Nadi.  You can get here by Kokomo’s very own Sea Plane (a twin otter) or by Helicopter – we opted for the Helicopter.

Landing on the top of the island, General Manager (Martin Persson) greeted us with a golf cart at the ready.  He whisked us quickly down to reception taking us past the resort pool complete with waterfall, kids club, teenagers hang out and pizza oven, past the Yaukube Spa Sanctuary and a couple of very large 5 bedroom Residences, down through to Reception where we received the traditional Fijian welcome by the resort staff.  While listening to their incredible voices we were given fresh coconut water (served in real coconuts) which was a welcome refreshment in itself after the hour long flight in.

Our two-bedroom Bure was located right on the water, complete with our own pool and a very private beach.  A welcome bottle of Veuve was chilling on ice alongside a personalised card and a platter of local fruits.  

While I’m in the business of luxury and have a general expectation of what will be on offer at resorts such as this, the first few moments of arrival into our room always remain magical.  I love the excitement and the child-like exploration of uncovering everything on offer.  And nothing had been spared here at Kokomo – the outdoor and indoor showers both have full complement of bathroom amenities all Kokomo’s own brand complete with body scrubs, body lotions, sunscreens, mosquito sprays, toothbrushes and razors and everything in between.  The mini included a full complement of Nespresso coffees & T2 Teas as well as a fridge full of sodas and waters plus a delicious jar of freshly made cookies (tempting me to open).

We were at this stage quite hungry, so to avoid cracking the cookie jar we wandered along to the outdoor restaurant & bar - “Walker D’Plank”.  

Located in a small cove near the arrival jetty on the island Walker D’Plank is set into a rockface, overlooking the water reminding me very much of a similar spot my husband and I had been to in St Barths on our honeymoon

With colourfully painted tables and chairs, friendly staff, a fresh sea breeze and a very enticing cocktail menu, we settled in for an afternoon of Asian-inspired seafood delights, consumed at the laid-back pace of the Bob Marley music playing.  We were treated to fresh sashimi tuna and crayfish followed by stir-fried Asian flavoured noodles and chicken.  I ordered a Bloody Mary (as one should) and it arrived with freshly squeezed tomatoes – no bottled tomato juice here!

Completely satiated we decided to burn off some calories with paddle boarding and snorkelling around the nearby coral and then it was back to our Bure where a private chef was waiting to cook us up a seafood BBQ banquet of scallops, prawns, fish and crayfish.  With a  hankdering for a freshly made chilli margarita, a bartender arrived almost immediately and whipped them up on the say. Needless to say – heaven.

That was our first blissful day, and there have been several days just like this with kayaking, tennis, more lunches at Walker D Plank, walks around the island and relaxation activities like 90 minute massages and sunset yoga.   At night we have been enjoying the 5 course degustation on offer yet again sampling the fresh fish and crayfish from the local waters. 

While I spent the morning getting on top of emails this morning my husband Josh went off deep-sea fishing catching a huge mackeral we enjoyed for lunch – tonight we are dining on his freshly caught snapper cooked whole just for us.  At Kokomo if you don’t like what the Chef has on the menu (which is hard to imagine) you can order whatever you want.  If you want a chicken curry instead of lobster cocktail or you want a toasted sandwhich or steak and eggs, they will make it for you.  Nothing is a problem on Kokomo (if fishing isn’t your thing you can also opt for a catamaran tour on the water)

Kokomo has certainly lived up to and exceeded all my expectations and I know that our Touch of Spice customers are in great hands here.

Tomorrow we head to Laucala, which is next on the hit list for The Touch of Spice Residence Collection.

(It’s a tough job but someone has to do it).

Kokomo Private Island is on promotion for its 1st anniversary with an offer of stay 4 nights and receive a complimentary night’s stay. Book by 30 April. Travel dates 20 March – 30 June 2018. Email info@touchofspice.co.nz to enquire.

 

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Our top 5 luxury New Zealand stays for 2018

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Lakefront Luxury, Queenstown | Sleeps 8 | From NZ$156 pp/pn
 How did you find staying in a villa compared with a hotel suite?
“The villa is so cleverly split across two levels, it feels spacious and homely with areas for the family to come together in. There’s the impressive dining area with the stunning views over Lake Wakatipu, the cosy media room with plush cushions and sofas you can sink into plus the jacuzzi to unwind in after a long day exploring. All facilities are yours for private use.” - LYNDAL

 

The Boathouse – The Landings, Bay of Islands | Sleeps 4 | From NZ$875 pp/pn 
What surprised you about your stay?
“Being positioned on sacred Maori land, there’s a lot of beautiful art and history ingrained in the property which I loved hearing stories about. This experiential aspect added another level of 'wow' to the stellar service, food, wine and architecture." - LYDIA 

 

The Banya, Wanaka | Sleeps 2 | From NZ$350 pp/pn
 How would you rate The Banya as a great couple’s getaway?  
"The space is peaceful and secluded, the interiors are plush and comfortable, and the bonus of having access to the infinity pool and jacuzzi was the cherry on top. We enjoyed plenty of bubbles on the bean bags on the deck, taking in the exceptional lake and mountain views. It was heaven!" - JUDI

 

Scrubby Bay, Annandale, Christchurch | Sleeps 14 | From NZ$415 pp/pn 
Annandale’s tagline is “Stay where the world can’t find you…” – how would you describe the experience having stayed at Scrubby Bay?
"The setting is dramatic, the location is completely private, and the service is faultless. We relaxed in the open air jacuzzi under the stars, ate like kings thanks to our private chef Glen and unashamedly lounged around feeling at peace with the sound of the ocean in the background. It was the ultimate paradise." - EMMA

 

Donkey Bay Inn, Bay of Islands | Sleeps 6 | From NZ$875 pp/pn 
What was it about your stay that made the best impression?
“It was the small details that made the biggest impact. The loose gemstones on the walking track down to the beach, the freshly baked scones and jam to be enjoyed whilst reading in the library, your own mini sculpture park that echo’s Barcelona’s Güell Park, and enjoying a handcrafted Donkey Bay Gin on the balcony. A truly magical experience!” - JILL

 

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Falling in love with Marlborough

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For spectacular scenery and wine look no further than Marlborough, in the north-eastern tip of the South Island. Our Travel Concierge Jill went on a recent visit there to sample the ‘best of the best’.

Where to stay: 

Marlborough Lodge

   

The experience of staying here starts from the minute you drive through the gates, with a winding path taking your through perfectly manicured gardens and streams. On arrival I was met by Peter, the general manger. He made me feel at home and his knowledge of the area and the historic lodge was very insightful. Originally a nun's convent, it has been transformed to a Lodge with 10 luxurious suites.

I was shown to my suite on the second floor and enjoyed the huge bath and garden views. The guests all dined together and the food was some of the best I’ve ever had!

Marlborough Lodge is located just 7 minutes from Blenheim airport and is the perfect spot stay to experience the wine region!

Bay of Many Coves

  

I was lucky enough to take the stunning heli flight from Marlborough Lodge to Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds. Kim greeted us and showed us around the grounds. Each suite felt private and had perfect views. We enjoyed a degustation meal in the relaxed dining area and had breakfast the next morning outside while watching the sunrise.  

The in-house hot chocolate is a must!

Where to eat: Hanz Herzog Organic Winery

 

A trip to Malborough wouldn't be complete without getting to sample this dining experience. Hanz Was a fantastic host – the food, the wine and the setting were excellent in this boutique winery! 

What to do: Wine tour

 

Boasting nearly 80% of New Zealand’s wine industry, you can’t visit Marlborough without sampling their wines. With so much choice available a wine tour is a great way of trying the very best in the region. Favourites include the family run Waipara Hills, methode specialists No 1 and the world renowned Cloudy Bay. 

Hidden treasure: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

The biggest surprise of the trip was Omaka! I couldn’t believe this huge museum full of Peter Jacksons planes and historic collections were in Blenheim! I’m no aviation expert but it is a definite must for every visitor to Blenheim! 

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Mountain Carting at Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Over the weekend TeamSpice with partners, husbands and kids in tow were lucky enough to have a chance to check-out New Zealand’s first gravity-fuelled mountain carting adventure at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

After checking in at the ticket counter we were fitted out with helmets, gloves, goggles and personalised overalls featuring the names of racing greats, fictional and historic. Some of our favourites were Shake and Bake, Knight Rider, Mad Mike, and Nicky Lauder.

Following a short transfer and a brief safety briefing it was time to be fitted out with our carts. Designed for performance, comfort and safety, the 3-wheeled, alpine specialized carts are imported from Europe and the only of their kind in New Zealand. A few of our more hesitant riders were thrilled that the hydraulic disc brakes were really responsive, and the carts were comfortable for all shapes and sizes.

The friendly Cardrona team load the carts straight onto the lift and off once you arrive at the top, and in between you can enjoy watching the downhill mountain bikers tackle the trails. Side note:  Cardrona is also home to the home to New Zealand’s highest mountain bike park offering 345 hectares of lift-accessed terrain for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders as well as private lessons.

The mountain cart trail is over 3km long & spans all the way out to Captain's Basin. Our crew got in four laps in the two-hour window, with a few speedsters knocking out five.

                     

The verdict: we all loved this 3-wheeled fun!

We were lucky enough to get in on the last day of the summer season, and now all eyes are on Winter. Cardrona will once again host the Audi Quattro Wintergames and we’ve all got our fingers crossed for plenty of snow!

We’ll be partnering with Cardrona this winter to develop a package were our guests can purchase their ski passes directly through Touch of Spice without the need to stop into the ticket off in town or on the mountain. Combined with in-home ski and snowboard hire and fittings, guests can breeze direct from their luxury accommodation in Wanaka (we recommend Sunrise Bay, Ridge Retreat or The Dacha) and hit the slopes for first tracks. Transportation or a luxury hire 4WD can easily be included, as can private chefs, in-villa massages to soothe those tired muscles, baby-sitting services and private lessons.

Hit us up today and get those winter plans in motion, the snow will be here before we know it!

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Wild about Waiheke

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With a residential population of 8,500, Waiheke Island swells to an almighty 30,000 in the summer!  So we thought it was about time we’d share with you just what makes this small island so special.

Where to stay: The Boatshed. This boutique hotel sits just above the white sandy beaches and is designed to work completely with its nautical location. Open the louvered shutters and enjoy the sea breezes from the sun lounger on your private deck – bliss!

Can’t stop thinking about: Frenchmans Hill Estate. This adorable vineyard is enveloped in lavender and exudes relaxation. The owner Luc is a man of many talents - a winemaker, viti-culturist and vineyard producer. He will have you in awe of the cellar worthy wines, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, all created on-site.

Favourite meal: A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Oyster Inn, and whilst most would rave about the oysters, I would highly recommend their fish and triple cooked chips (yes triple cooked!)

Where to drink: With its welcoming bean bags and vantage point looking out to the waters and into the beyond, Cable Bay is the place to people? watch and be seen.

Insider’s Tip:  Enjoy a coffee and cake at the Annex. This quaint 1920’s cottage has been transformed into a boutique café offering the most delectable sweet treats.

Surprising fact: Did you know that there are no streetlights on the island, so on a clear night the stars are breathtakingly clear.

Overall impression:  As soon as you step off the ferry the vivid colours from the water and trees feel like you’ve stepped into complete and utter paradise.

It’s easy to see why over 2,000 residents commute from here to Auckland each day, just to be able to call Waiheke their home. 

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Jacqui's happy days at Otahuna Lodge

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Jacqui shares details of her stay at this iconic New Zealand gem...

Recently I had the opportunity to sample one of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand with my husband Josh.   I have long admired the manicured grass lawns at Otahuna Lodge and its beautiful estate and dreamed of what it would be like to stay there. Thankfully I was lucky enough to find out!

As we pulled up to the great house we were greeted by Hall and Miles, the owners and hosts, as well as their team who were there ready to whisk away our bags and our car so we could head inside for a very welcome glass of wine.  Hall took us for a very educational wander through Otahuna Lodge telling us story after story about the original owner Sir Heaton Rhodes who built the house for his wife as a wedding gift all the way back in 1895.  Otahuna has been beautifully restored and clearly meticulously maintained by Hall, Miles and their dedicated team. And I say dedicated because pretty much all the staff we spoke to have been there for at least a decade. That’s pretty impressive in the day and age where Gen Y jump from job to job as quickly as they snap chat!

After a luxurious bath, which is my favorite thing to do when I can find a bath (and the time) we ventured into one of the beautiful drawing rooms for canapés and pre-dinner drinks. After chatting with some of the other guests who had just experienced their “best day ever” with a private guide encompassing the Tranz Alpine, hiking, and a picnic on the beach with a bottle of wine, Josh and I had a very romantic dining experience in one of the many dining spaces located throughout the Lodge. It was beautifully set up just for the two of us and we truly felt like Lord and Lady of the manor. 

The food was outstanding. Starting with a delicious prosciutto with peach and buffalo mozzarella dish the courses just kept coming and we didn’t hesitate to keep eating. We sampled everything from fresh prawns to salmon to lamb rack and braised shoulder, finishing off with the most divine desert. Each course was matched with a beautiful selection of New Zealand wines.  With very full stomachs we managed to roll into our big comfortable bed and sleep soundlessly through the night.

As with the dinner, breakfast is made on premise and being real foodies we again made the most of it.  I love homemade breads and while I know it’s not great for the waistline I couldn't hold back on the freshly made walnut sour dough and 5 grain with my perfectly cooked organic egg omelet with king salmon and goats cheese. It was a good thing we managed to squeeze in a 30-minute run before breakfast or I am not sure I would have fit my jeans as we left the building!

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can easily give the gift of Otahuna. I also highly recommend “The Best of North and South Package” where guests can enjoy 3 nights each at Otahuna Lodge and Wharekauhau Country Estate, another award-winnning luxury lodge on the North Island, and pay for only 5 nights. 

Keep an eye on special deals for Touch of Spice clients at Otahuna Lodge on our Facebook page and Instagram feed.

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Our Top 5 Spring Adventures

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With the arrival of the spring shoulder season, the influx of international tourists has slowed, and you have a rare opportunity to explore the beauty of New Zealand without the crowds. Here are my top picks:

1. Private boat charter in the Marlborough Sounds

Shake off those winter blues in stunning Marlborough Sounds, where the mountain meets the sea. Relax in luxury, swim with the dolphins or go diving. It's an opportunity to create memories even greater than the views!

Stay: Bay of Many Coves. Reward your tired limbs with a tranquil soak in the spa pool overlooking their private jetty and the surrounding hills. 

2. Hawke’s Bay wine tour

Have a highly experienced guide take you off the beaten track to discover some stunning Hawke's Bay wines and meet the people with the passion who create them, providing you with an exclusive experience that most visitors will never get.

Stay: The Lodge at Craggy Range. The perfect retreat for foodies, featuring a chef’s kitchen, open fire-place dining and an in-lodge sommelier service. 

3. Horseback riding through the lupine blossoms in Glenorchy

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For about 4-5 weeks at the end of each year, the middle of New Zealand’s South Island bursts into colour — purples, pinks, blues and yellows sprout up along lakesides and in riverbeds, making the already stunning views even more incredible.

Stay: Wyuna House and wake up to some of the world’s most outstanding views. 

4. Heli-fishing in Rotorua

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Catch the season opening buzz from 1st October in the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world. There isn't a more satisfying meal than when you've caught and cooked it yourself.

Stay: Treetops Lodge and enjoy access to seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes, and over 70 kilometres of adventure trails.

5. Golf in style around Central Otago

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There's dramatic scenery, lush greens and world class facilites to see! So have a heli-chauffeur guide you to all the premier courses, from mountain-top tees with biodegradable balls, to exclusive member only grounds with art collections. It’s an experience to remember!

Stay: Jack’s Point Lake House. On the doorstep of Queenstown, this ultimate luxury play pad boasts modern furnishings, a spa pool, pool table, cinema room and unparalleled views. 

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