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4 Days Active Adventure in Wanaka

Day 1 | Your own Private Chef overlooking Lake Wanaka

Arrive at The Dacha and get ready to relax - take a seat, take the weight off your feet and slow down. Tomorrow will be filled with activity but now is the time to relax. Sip on a glass of Central Otago's finest, dig into Elliot's delicious canapes and enjoy the seamless mountain vistas overlooking world-renowned Lake Wanaka.

Escape real life and recharge

Once everyone has had a chance to explore the surroundings and take stock, it's time to sit down to your private chef-prepared meal with your wonderful chef from Morsel Honest Food Co. Unlike a hotel stay a private villa will let you escape and really catch up with family and friends in the privacy of a true home from home. Dress up for dinner...or enjoy dinner in your bathrobe. The space is yours after all.

Arriving at The Dacha to lake and mountain views

Just over an hour from Queenstown International Airport and a five minute drive from the centre of Wanaka, The Dacha is well positioned for a Short Break from anywhere, be it domestic or international. We sort your premium car hire so that you can maximise your time away. You don't have to lift a finger... so you can raise a glass instead.



Day 2 | Adventure in the Alps

Wake up rested and ready for a day of adventure in the Southern Alps. Enjoy a day with local guide Paul and his team designed exclusively for Touch of Spice  – a truly once in a lifetime experience. Hiking, rafting and drift fishing for your own lunch are all on the agenda.

Explore the Blue Pools in Mount Aspiring National Park 

Enjoy a gentle hike down the Haast Bridle Track to Davis Flat and waiting rafts – ready to raft down Makarora. Stop at the famous Blue Pools for a walk and photo. Once through the remaining rapids, the fishing can commence. Stop along the way for lunch, cooking anything you have caught along the way on the embers of a fire.

From hook to fork and farm to table

When you reach Lake Wanaka it’s time to commence the journey back to The Dacha, via the local farm to pick up some Venison for dinner. Once you arrive back home have a short break to relax and recharge. Before you know it, our chefs will be back in house, this time to show you what farm to table dining is all about. Get in on the action and let our chefs show you their tricks of the trade, or simply sit back, relax and put your feet up whilst they do the hard work for you, after your day of adventure.



Day 3 | Wonder at Lake Wanaka

After all yesterday’s activity, today is the day to relax and enjoy Lake Wanaka. If you’re still looking for action, Wanaka offers it in droves. Head out to the airport for a skydive, hop on a stand up paddleboard, go climbing at the Twin Falls via Ferrata or wander down to Hook Wanaka where you can catch yourself salmon for lunch. Our  Travel Designers can book any activities you might decide you want to do. 

Indulge in life at The Dacha

If you are ready to relax after all your action, relax in the enchanting living space with the lake and mountains as your backdrop. These days having the ability to slow down is rare to find. It's secret spots of ours like this that make it possible. Take an hour and soak up the stillness.

Exploring Wanaka's food scene

For your evening chapter of your day explore Wanaka’s buzzing food scene – our recommendation would be Kika. Led by talented chef, Matt Brock, they take inspiration from global flavours to deliver innovative sharing plates in a laidback atmosphere.



Day 4 | Wave goodbye to Wanaka until next time

After a relaxed morning it’s time to embark on the journey home, or your next adventure. Why not combine this Short Break with another in Wanaka or even the North Island? Check out more of our Short Breaks here.

Short Breaks by Touch of Spice

Touch of Spice short breaks are a unique way to reconnect with loved ones and create memories that will last for years to come. Whether it be a special occasion or simply a long weekend away, short breaks don't come in cooler (or more exclusive) packages than our getaways. 

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Spice Up Your Stay

With a day discovering the Fiordland National Park by helicopter and explore some of the last untouched wilderness environments on earth.

You’ll fly between rivers, glaciers, alpine lakes and rainforest. You’ll have the opportunity to see Milford Sound away from the tourists and the opportunity to stop, land, shut down and experience the breath-taking stillness and quiet of these spectacular wilderness.  

For an active lunch stop choose between a gentle hike, stand-up paddleboarding or glacier hiking. After lunch you’ll fly back to civilisation and return home by luxury 4x4, invigorated, refreshed, inspired, and with memories to last a lifetime! 

Bespoke adventures with Touch of Spice

These days with our expert guide Paul from NewZeal are completely bespoke to Touch of Spice guests and so we can arrange as much or as little activity as you wish. This day includes a lunch consisting New Zealand’s finest food, washed down with a selection of the finest local wines, craft beers and fresh juices. Spend time reconnecting with both each other and nature like you've never seen it before.


Accommodation options for your Active Adventure in Wanaka

Sunrise Bay - Sleeps 10

From $980 NZD pp/night based on 3 nights

Price for 3 nights - From $2942 NZD pp

Based on 8 sharing

Cardona Terraces - Sleeps 10

From $1169 NZD pp/night based on 3 nights

Price for 3 nights - From $3505 NZD pp

Based on 8 sharing

The Dacha - Sleeps 14

From $1169 NZD pp/night based on 3 nights

Price for 3 nights - From $3505 NZD pp

Based on 8 sharing




  • Accommodation for up to 8 people.
  • Two premium hire cars for the duration.
  • Delicious breakfast provisions.
  • Private chef cooked dinner on the night of arrival (Food and Drinks included).
  • Private Chef dinner and Farm to Table cooking experience will be with Morsel Honest Food Co.
  • Your Alpine Adventure with Paul from New Zeal including pick up from the property as well as all food and drinks for the day, equipment and activities.
  • Dinner out in this package is not included.


Easier than a hotel stay and you don't have to lift a finger!

The (not so) small print

  • Other villa options are also available in conjunction with this package.
  • Talk to a Travel Designer to find other options near Wanaka.
  • Prices are based on 8 people sharing.
  • All elements of this package are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • These prices exclude the 'Spice up your stay' option (Contact us for a POA).
  • Prices exclude alcoholic drinks apart from where specified in the inclusions.
  • Prices will vary depending on the time of year that you travel.

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