THE Spire, an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Queenstown, offers a chic alternative to the town’s famous lakeside lodges. All 10 suites feature stone-clad fireplaces, large furnished balconies, New Zealand artworks, contemporary designer furniture and iPod-enabled information systems (with complimentary internet access). When stepping out, go direct to the hotel staff for inspiration; bustling restaurants, bars and shops sit a mere block or two from your suite, and our strong currency makes the whole Queenstown experience more affordable than ever. More: thespirehotels.com. ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER Property Developing Abroad: Premiere of another British property show, sort of like Amanda Lamb’s A Place in the Sun but with more tools and tradesmen; first up, affable Irish host Gary McCausland is helping Georgina from Cambridge find a ski chalet in Bulgaria. Tonight, 8.30pm, LifeStyle Home. Inspector George Gently: Durham Cathedral and the city’s University College feature as backdrops in this feature-length George Gently outing set in northeast England in the 1960s; guest-starring the marvellously crumpled Warren Clarke (from Dalziel and Pascoe). Sunday, 8.30pm, ABC1.