For the last seven or so weeks, the Touch of Spice teem have become pro bakers, homemade wine connoisseurs and the private in-house chefs. Alongside learning how to use that slow cooker that's been sitting in the cupboard for months, I also learnt how much I missed wining and dining around Queenstown and Central Otago.
With level two finally here (well done New Zealand!) and the opening of bars this evening, we thought we’d serve up something a little different for this week’s Discover New Zealand Series. Over the last two weeks we’ve explored 5 days in The North and 5 days in The South – this week we’re adding our 5 favourite and most adventurous Queenstown foodie experiences to the menu.
Beyond having access to some of the most exclusive tables in town, we also work with amazing local suppliers and partners that are able to serve up something you've never seen (or tasted) before. Whether you have a thirst for adrenaline, a taste for adventure or just enjoy the simplicity of being wined and dined with the finest produce, our team of Travel Designers know all the secret spots and delicious treats that the guidebooks don’t even know about!
So here it is, the dish of the day - A Taste of Adventure in Queenstown to feed your inner foodie, quench your thirst for adventure and guarantee to leave you craving for more!
The Taste of Adventure
1. Apres Ski in Style
2.Progressive Dinner Tour
3. Dine and Dine in Dusky Sound
4. Forage to Fork in Wanaka
5. Sip and Sail on the Fiordland Jewel
Apres Ski in Style with Alpine Luxury Tours
Coming to Queenstown looking for that dose of ‘vitamin ski’? Shred the slopes in the morning before jumping in a private heli and flying out to the remote Earnslaw Burn Ski – an iconic glacier with stunning waterfalls just west of Queenstown. Soar above Lake Wakitipu before landing in the valley. Discover the area and feel the spray from under one of the falls before sitting down to a glass of hot mulled wine straight from Gibbston Valley paired perfectly with a gourmet platter showcasing some of Otago’s finest produce. Finish the day back on the slopes before returning to your luxury Private Villa for an après ski bottle of wine.
Progressive Dinner Tour
One of the team’s personal favourites – join private local guide Lee from Alpine Luxury Tours and taste some of the finest flavours on offer. Start your evening at Canyon Brewery for a flight of craft beer that has been perfectly matched with a selection of nibble starters in a relax spot on the side of the famous Shotover River. For the main course you with drive through Gibbston Valley to Kinross Winery. Here you will indulge in a some of the freshest seasonal produce on offer whilst sampling a selection of the regions finest Wines. Lee will be sharing stories about the wine and winemakers themselves (and cracking out some of his own) before taking you to the renowned Aosta in Arrowtown for dessert. A must try on the menu is the tiramisu – your waiter will construct the dish at the table as you sip on the dessert wine, eagerly waiting to dig in. This tour is great if you’re short for time – three locations, local beer, wine and a delicious selection of food all in one evening.
Dive and Dine in Dusky Sound with Alpine Helicopters
Take off in a private heli from Queenstown and fly towards Dusky Sound, one of Fiordland’s most isolated a remote inlet’s in the southwest corner of the South Island. Soar over the mountain peaks and lakes before arriving at a floating helipad to transfer to a custom-built boat, ready and waiting to explore Dusky Sound. Once you’re settled on board and have taken in the stunning surroundings, your private guide will don all the gear and dive and dish up a crayfish lunch paired perfectly with some of Queenstown and Central Otago’s finest wines. If this isn’t a lunch with the ultimate view, we don’t know what is!
Forage to Fork in Wanaka with New Zeal
Fly by private heli or drive from Queenstown to Wanaka with Paul from New Zeal, your private guide for the day, for a day of hiking, rafting and drift fishing. Upon arriving at Makarora and the Haast Pass, enjoy a gentle hike down the Haast Pass Bridle Track, the first link between Otago and Westland, to David Flat where you will find rafts awaiting. Jump in and roll with the grade two waves down the Makarora River arriving at the stunning Blue Pools – a truly magical spot in the West Coast. Once through the rapids it’s time to catch some lunch. Drift fish for approximately 15km before stopping to cook up the catch of the day on the embers of an open fire for a feast that’s well deserved. Once back to Lake Wanaka, why not stop by a local venison farm to pick up some fresh produce for dinner? We can organise for a private chef to do all the work for you in your private villa to finish off the day in style.
Sip and sail on the Fiordland Jewel
Last and by no means least, explore the renowned Milford Sound by heli and boat. Fly from Queenstown over the soaring peaks, landing on top of the sound for the picture-perfect shot before touching down on the private heli-pad of the Fiordland Jewel. This luxurious private yacht will then take you around the sound, under the iconic waterfalls and right up to the Tasman Sea where you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for the migrating dolphins and whales. Once docked up in the bay indulge in a freshly caught and prepared sea food lunch – three delicious courses served up with a side of unforgettable views. After lunch, take off from the top deck to return to Queenstown. Feel like staying longer? Enjoy a nights stay on the Jewel - kayaking, dining and relaxing in the rooftop hot tub on the perfect slice of floating luxury in the sound.
It’s time to try and taste something new. Get in touch with the team today and let us serve up something truly epic.