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Oneroa Bay Vineyard, Waiheke Island - simply stunning!


We are delighted to showcase this stunning property on Waiheke Island - the perfect holiday retreat!

This house, on the working vineyard at Oneroa Bay, boasts spectacular views, privacy and comfort, all just a short ferry ride from the bustling city centre of Auckland. Sleeping up to 16 guests, the house is the perfect option for 2 or 3 families travelling together. Contact our Travel & Leisure team today who will be delighted to advise on availabilty and rates.

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Next Business Woman of the Year Awards


Jacqui Spice was nominated as a finalist in the Next Magazine Woman of the Year Awards, held in Auckland last week.

From Jacqui "Being a finalist in the NEXT Woman of the Year Awards was a bit of a surprise for me and very humbling especially when I saw the rest of the finalists in the various categories. But on the night I was very overwhelmed at just how amazing the woman in that room were and in particular the overall winner Lesley Elliott who`s loss in life is irreplacable and who`s passion for her cause is so incredibly enpowering. Congratulations Lesley and all the other winners."

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Eagles Nest honoured at World Luxury Hotel Awards


Congratulations to the team at Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, who have been named "Country Winner, Luxury Villa Resort" at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The Villas at Eagles Nest have once again been honored at the annual World Luxury Hotel Awards, being named "Country Winner, Luxury Villa Resort" in a glittering ceremony held at the world-renowned Regent Esplanade Zagreb Hotel in Croatia.

Over 1,000 luxury hotels amongst 87 countries were nominated to participate in the 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards. A record number of votes were received which were scrupulously monitored. Votes were cast by international tour operators, travel agents and hotel guests.

Eagles Nest General Manager, Callum Farnell commented, "It is an honour to have been recognized by the World Luxury Hotels Awards for a second consecutive year and testament to our dedicated team of hospitality professionals."

Eagles Nest Owners, Daniel & Sandra Biskind commented, "Eagles Nest is the leading example of a new product niche in the travel and hospitality industry and we are thrilled that this award recognizes this important trend."

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Touch of Spice Welcomes MindFood Winner!


We were delighted to welcome the winner of the MindFood compeition to Queenstown last weekend!

Patricia enjoyed accommodation at Commonage Villas, dinner at Botswana Butchery, transfers by Black ZQN in a stylish Bentley and skiing at Coronet Peak completed with private in-house ski fittings and ski hire by Snowbiz.

"I just wanted to thank you very much for organising the wonderful break away in Queenstown for us. We had an awesome time, the Bentley collection, the Villa/views, the Skiing (although a little overcast) and the meal at the Botswana Butchery were all fantastic. It will cerainly be a holiday to remember."

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And the snow goes on!


New Zealand blanketed in snow from bottom to top!

The South Island has been blanketed in snow with the white stuff falling heavily since the weekend, and Auckland has seen some flakes for the first time since the 1930s! With all this fresh powder falling on the ski fields, the conditions are magnificent. Now is the perfect time to book your last minute ski holiday to Queenstown - speak to our Travel & Leisure team today to create your perfect winter break!

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Stay @ 42 & recieve a Sunday Star Times Hot List Gift


Escape to 42... and enjoy the Touch of Spice Hot List Gift!

Queenstown villa 42 Man Street is the perfect location for a winter escape.

Sip pinot by the fire overlooking views of snow-capped mountains or wander into the town for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Book 42 Man Street before October 7 and ask for the Touch of Spice Hot List Gift including a selection pack of four wines from Amisfield Winery, luxury airport transfers to 42 Man Street with Black ZQN and $130 off the nightly rate

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Touch of Spice endorsed by the Wedding Guide


Touch of Spice Weddings is proud to be endorsed by the Wedding Guide NZ.

Touch of Spice Weddings is delighted to be endorsed by the Wedding Guide NZ, a carefully designed online directory, focused on offering lucky Bride & Grooms an unrivalled wedding planning resource, attracting business from both domestic and international markets.

See our listing at

Wedding Guide for Weddings

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New Zealand's Next Top Model & Touch of Spice!


Remember the girls staring in New Zealand's Next Top Model are staying in one the Private Villa Collection properties...

The models are staying in Penthouse 64 in Auckland. Watch tonight at 7.30pm on TV3 to catch up on all the action and of course see inside this stunning waterfront apartment!

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Touch of Spice rated excellent by FlipKey by TripAdvisor.

Touch of Spice has been rated excellent by FlipKey by TripAdvisor, a community driven travel site that helps consumers find trusted vacation rental homes throughout the world, by providing real reviews of verified vacation rental properties.

The "Rated Excellent" digital badge is an exclusive award that recognizes outstanding vacation rentals based on reviews from past guests. Flip Key say "It is clear that you provide a fantastic rental property for your guests and we are pleased to recognize your efforts."

Check out our Luxury Accommodation site to view our fabulous portfolio of exclusive private villas available for your next holiday!


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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


Queenstown has been blanketed in crisp white snow today as an icey blast swept over the country.

Skiiers were deligthed this morning as they woke to see fresh snow blanketing downtown Queenstown. With overnight lows of minus 6, it was chilly in the deep south. Conditions on the mountains are fabulous with 40cm of powder falling on The Remarkables and more than 25cm on Coronet Peak in the past 24 hours.

"There were lots of `yahoos`, lots of excited people, smiles and high fives out there today with fresh snow just adding to the good times," said The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence (source NZ Ski website).

With cold but sunny days forcast for the rest of the week this is a great time to pack your ski suit and head south! We look forward to welcoming you to our winter wonderland. Contact our Travel & Leisure division for assistance with accommodation, transport and ski equipment including in-house ski equipment fittings.

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