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Stay at the Auckland apartment where the All Blacks partied!


If you want to follow in your heros' footsteps, why not stay at the apartment on Auckland's Viaduct where some of the winning All Blacks team celebrated their famous victory after the Final Sunday evening!

This stunning 4 bedroom apartment is available for rental - with a fabulous central city location on Auckland`s Viaduct, and magnificent harbour views from the expansive private balconies, you too can live in lap of luxury and experience a little bit of life as a World Champion rugby player!

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Some of the winning All Blacks side enjoyed magnums of Moet champagne and partied with a number of celebrities as they celebrated their famous victory over France to bring the World Cup home after 24 long years.

Contact our Travel & Leisure team for further information on this world champion property as well as availability and rates.


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Congratulations Queenstown! Queenstown was recently voted the third top destination in the Top 10 South Pacific Destinations for Food and Wine as voted in Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice 2011.

"Queenstown is a favorite destination for thrill-seekers, and has cuisine to match. Bring your appetite, because you`ll feast on all manner of wild game, as well as locally raised lamb and beef. Wash it down with one of New Zealand`s fine wines or a local craft brew."
source - Trip Advisor

Contact our Travel & Leisure experts to find out how we can create the perfect cuisine experience which will allow you to experience the very best hidden gems of food and wine in the region.

And the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington, also appears in the list at number 6 -

"You won`t find a pretentious foodie scene in Wellington, just an abundance of casual restaurants serving amazing seasonal food. What`s more, the countryside around Wellington is home to some of New Zealand`s most celebrated vineyards. A day trip to Martinborough is a must."
source - Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor Traveler`s Choice Awards 2011 Best Food and Wine Destinations

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Take the Plunge with Canyon Swing, Queenstown


When you next visit Queenstown, why not take the plunge with Canyone Swing as two of our Travel & Leisure team did this morning!

Zoe and Judi had a blast with the team at the Swing today - check out the video of their drop on our Facebook page -

If you want to experience the Swing when you visit the Adventure Capital of the World, talk to our Travel & Leisure team today!


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Southerly has it's own Facebook page!


Southerly is a one of the most stunning properties in the Touch of Spice Private Villa Collection, and the house now enjoys it's own Facebook page!

This fabulous house is located just a few minutes drive from central Queenstown and yet is extremely private and secluded. Enjoying magnificent lake and mountain views, 4 bedrooms and 2 lounge areas complete with original Kiwi art, it truely is a wonderful private holiday retreat.

Check out Southerly`s Facebook page here -!/pages/Southerly/104996136270872

If you like it, please `like` it!

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Sharpen Up Your Cooking Skills!


We are delighted to feature in this article about adding a cooking class to your New Zealand holiday which is now on Tourism New Zealand's website.

Adding a cooking class to your New Zealand holiday is a tasty way to create amazing memories. You`ll get hands-on experience with Pacific Rim cuisine.

Every part of New Zealand has its food and wine specialties. Different types of fish and shellfish, specific fruit and vegetables that thrive in the local climate, cheeses from artisan producers and climate-matched grape varieties. And the very best way to get acquainted with these local specialties, and some of the local people as well, is to find a cooking class and tie on your apron.

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Some cooking experiences are tied to your accommodation choices. For example, if you stay in one of a Touch of Spice private villas, you have the option of a personal chef who can provide cooking lessons, as well as gourmet meals that suit your tastes. Dave Miller, one of the Touch of Spice in-house chefs, often finds that meal preparation times turn into cooking lessons. He`s also known to entertain the resident children with cookie-making sessions.

View the full article on the Tourism New Zealand website.


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Fiordland Lodge is New Zealand's only ORVIS Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge and also offers guided hunting, trekking, Scenic, Nature, and Birdwatching excursions.

Experience some back to nature time at the beautiful Fiordland Lodge at Te Anau. Experience the challenges of fly fishing, the delights of birdwatching or marvel at the outstanding natural beauty surrounding you on guideing treks and walks. New Zealand at it`s very best!

Touch of Spice Travel & Leisure division would be delighted to include a stay at Fiordland Lodge as part of your trip to New Zealand.

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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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