Art & Culture
Meet the makers, creatives and Maori communities that define the culture we're proud to share.
Working with the best Kiwi providers, artists and makers across the country, our Travel Designers have a backstage pass to some of the most exclusive art galleries and cultural experiences in the country. New Zealand really does have it all - and the people who know how to serve it up in a truly epic style!
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.
Exclusive Sculpture Tour at The Hills
One for the true art lovers. Exclusive to Touch of Spice, gain access to the stunning Hills golf course for a private art tour. Explore a selection of New Zealand and international sculptures and artworks that rival some of the best art houses in the world. Set in a 500 acre glacial valley, The Hills offers a stunning gallery space - a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for only those with the backstage pass.
A Taste of Waiheke
Fly or sail from Auckland to the stunning paradise island of Waiheke. Upon arrival, meet your private guide for the day Julie Biuso (Ambassador for Le Codon Bleu Institute New Zealand & award winning chef and writer) for a tour of her favourite island spots. Meet the bakers, producers and vintners as you indulge in their delights. Collect produce from private orchards, gardens and fishermen before arriving at Julie's private slice of paradise to cook alongside her or relax in the sun with a local glass of wine. Sit down in the courtyard with a delicious meal, serving up the best treats the island has on offer, with someone who knows it best.
Te Puia Geothermal & Cultural Park
Join a private guide and experience Te Puia Geothermal & Cultural Park. Come face to face with P?hutu Geyser, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear your guide share stories passed down from their ancestors. Indulge in a tractional steam box lunch (hangi) before trying your hand at some flax weaving. This experience is a personal insight into the history, traditions and culture of our Maori community.
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