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Seven great eateries in Christchurch


Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s home to beautiful gardens, historic buildings, incredible scenery – and also diverse cafes and restaurants.
Grab one of DriveNow’s great Christchurch car rental deals, and explore these seven great eateries.
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Jump on board a luxurious colonial-style dining tram and dine in style. The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant boasts the finest cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer. You’ll enjoy a superb meal in comfort, while admiring the city’s historic buildings and scenic surroundings.
Pedro’s House of Lamb
Lamb lovers’ mouths start to water the second they step foot in […]


Five adventures you can’t miss in Wellington

Mt Wellington and Sandy Bay

When visiting beautiful New Zealand, a stopover in Wellington is a must. There are many exciting attractions around the city and they’re all accessible with a car. Rent a car from DriveNow and explore everything Wellington has to offer.
Climb Mount Victoria
At nearly 200 metres tall, Mount Victoria is far from being New Zealand’s highest peak. However, it definitely offers some of the best views in the country. With 360 degree views of Wellington harbour and the CBD, it’s a climb you’re bound to enjoy.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This museum showcases the best of New Zealand’s […]


Five exciting adventures in Queenstown

bungy jump

Beautiful Queenstown, which is famous for its adrenaline based activities, is one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Grab a DriveNow hire car from Queenstown Airport, and use your set of wheels to explore some of the amazing things Queenstown has to offer, including bungy jumping and memorable hiking trails.
Bungy jumping
No visit to the Adventure Capital of the World is complete without a bungy jump! Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping site , which was launched in 1988. There’s nothing like the exhilarating experience of jumping off the historic Kawarau Bridge, which will have your adrenaline pumping […]


5 great reasons to visit Auckland and surrounds

Skyline photo of the biggest city in the New Zealand, Auckland. The photo was taken after sunset across the bay

There are so many great reasons to visit the New Zealand city of Auckland and surrounds. You can drive to Mount Eden or Woodhill Forrest for the day. These are just some of the many wonderful attractions the city has to offer.
Head to DriveNow’s Auckland car hire page, to find the cheapest car rental deals for your next New Zealand holiday.
Mt Eden
Mount Eden’s peak treats you to a stunning 360 degree panorama of Auckland and its scenic harbour. Standing 196m tall, it’s the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland. There are many options for getting to the […]


Tantalising Tasmania – 5 delectable food experiences in the Apple Isle

home hill tassie

Tasmania has amazing food experiences to satisfy every visitor, whether it’s dairy and meat you’re after, or the freshest produce and seafood. The ‘Apple Isle’ is a delectable food bowl waiting to be explored.
Here are five of Tasmania’s best food experiences, which will tantalise your taste buds. 
The Honey Farm, Chudleigh
Nestled under the Great Western Tiers mountain range, The Honey Farm takes you into the world of the honeybee. You’d be surprised by how many different types exist. There’s more than 50 different honeys to taste, including single origin honeys, such as Tasmanian Leatherwood, or gourmet honeys such as […]


Hiring a car at Heathrow … a different dimension


On a recent business trip to the UK we discovered how Europcar have added a different dimension when picking up your car rental at Heathrow Airport. …… You get to actually pick out and choose your car!
OK so arriving at Terminal 3 still requires you to exit the Terminal, head left and wait for Europcar’s minibus to whisk you off to their branch on the Northern Perimeter Road. The wait was short the journey shorter still.
Europcar along with Hertz, Enterprise, national and Thrifty operate their Heathrow branches over the airport fence on the Northern Perimeter. Dollar and Thrifty […]


Six places to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney and surrounds

sydney nye

New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most exciting time of the year in Sydney and surrounds. Whether you want to watch the spectacular fireworks at Sydney Harbour, or celebrate quietly on the beach, everyone has different ideas on how to best bring in the New Year.
Here are six great places where you could spend this New Year’s Eve.
O Bar and Dining
At O Bar and Dining, you’ll be celebrating the end of the year while sitting 47 floors above everyone else. This restaurant treats diners to more than just good food and wine – its revolving design gives customers a […]


Five jacaranda hot spots in NSW


Late October and November is a time Sydney and NSW is a purple explosion of jacaranda season signalling one of the most beautiful times of the year in the state.
Set against harbour backdrops in some of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs and historic regional towns in NSW, it’s the perfect time to visit Sydney to take in the stunning sight of the jacarandas.
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “NSW has so many jacaranda trees in bloom, we even have an annual festival dedicated to them in the historic town of Grafton.  From harbourside enclaves to regional towns, spring is […]


Country retreats in Queensland for a romantic getaway

brisbane retreats

Sometimes amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, couples forget to take some time out for themselves. Sometimes you just need to retreat for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Where else better than country Queensland?
The Stonehouse Retreat (pictured)
The Stonehouse Retreat is a unique, hand-built lodge made of stone and recycled materials. It’s located in Esk and is surrounded by 175 acres of Australian bush. Daytime views stretch for hundreds of kilometres. encompassing several lakes. Night views of starry skies are just as magical, and it’s only an 80-minute drive from Brisbane.
Mt Quincan Crater Retreat
This retreat’s […]


Five of Perth’s finest foodie haunts for road trippers


With fresh caught seafood straight from the ocean, abundant world- class wineries and a climate fit for growing the freshest produce throughout the year, it is no wonder Perth is known as a foodie mecca, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in the country. Here are five of our favourites.
The Old Crow
Located in the heart of the city, Perth’s answer to southern style American soul food serves up a mouthwatering menu including slow cooked pork shoulder, chipotle braised lamb shoulder, pumpkin pie with honey cream and buttermilk pannacotta. Pair them all with the Old Crow’s […]


One hour from Brisbane: 5 amazing things to do with the family

Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros. Movie World

Fancy a trip away with the family, but don’t feel like travelling more than about an hour from Brisbane? There are many amazing things to do with the family, only a short drive from the city.
Here are five of them:
Spot sea life around Bribie Island
Navigate the waters around Bribie Island with a ferry cruise, which takes you to see some of the cutest creatures in the sea. Dugongs and loveable dolphins frequent the area, with the Pumicestone Passage also providing an ideal home for turtles. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean and the contrasting rolling green […]


One hour from Sydney: 5 amazing things to do with the family


Sydney’s a great city with so many attractions for families. But few realise just how many amazing things there are to do with the family just an hour’s drive from Sydney.
Here are five things to do with the family outside of Sydney.
Australian Reptile Park, Somersby
The Australian Reptile Park is credited with helping save over 300 lives a year, thanks to its program supplying a variety of venoms to be used in snake and funnel-web anti-venoms. This hands-on zoo also offers the chance to see how zookeepers extract venom from the poisonous reptiles. There are also many opportunities to […]


One hour from Melbourne: 5 amazing things to do with the family

Sovereign Hill

Ever feel like a little holiday away with the family but you don’t feel like driving too far away from home?
Here are five places with great family activities, which are only about an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat (pictured)
Step back in time to the 1850s, when Australia’s gold rush drew fortune-seekers to Ballarat from all over the world. This 25 acre outdoor museum is brought to life with horses, carts and dozens of characters in costumes and an original mining site. There are also old-fashioned shops, hotels and schools to explore at Sovereign Hill. Before you leave, […]


Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

cave n canoe

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants.
Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured)


Unmissable music festivals in Melbourne and surrounds


Summer is quite possibly the best time of year to visit Victoria. Not only is the weather perfect (save for the occasional thunderstorm) and the public gardens perfectly manicured for a lazy afternoon picnic, the warmer weather sees the southern state host a huge calendar of music festivals as the highly anticipated party season kicks into gear.
Queenscliff Music Festival, 27-29 November
Now in its 18th year, this quirky and colourful music festival will feature the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke and funny gal Cal Wilson, just to name a few. The huge festival encompasses beachfront stages, […]


Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer


Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of the NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.”
According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.”
“These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to […]


Six unconventional places to have lunch in Melbourne


Melbourne is known for its incredible food and is the perfect travel destination for those with a weakness for gluttony. While your taste buds are celebrating the amazing produce, fresh micro-brewery craft beers and local wines, why not indulge your visual and olfactory senses by grabbing a bite at Melbourne’s most unconventional eateries.
Ponyfish Island, Yarra River
Floating under the pedestrian bridge between Flinders St Station and Southgate and surrounded by water on all sides, the quirky Ponyfish is only accessible by the stairs descending from above. On a relaxing summer’s day the views over the river set the scene […]


Five reasons why a self-guided car rental holiday is best

road trip

Are you heading off on your next holiday and you’re not sure whether to hire a rental car or be part of a group tour? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.  
Here are five reasons why a self-guided car rental holiday is the best.
Freedom to change plans last minute
Many tourists enjoy travelling in a group tour because it’s easy and the itinerary is planned for them. However, the downside is that they’re often stuck with a strict itinerary and little room for flexibility. In a […]


Groovy music festivals coming to a venue near you Down Under

music fest

Every season there are stacks of groovy music festivals being held across Australia. Whether they’re being held in the capital cities, or a few hours inland, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Here are some music festivals coming to a venue near you this Spring/Summer. 
Strawberry Fields
November 20-22
Indulge yourself in this annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression in the wild Australian bush. Held over three days in The Wildlands, which is only a few hours from Melbourne, this boutique music festival provides a platform for 150 upcoming young and local talent. They’ll treat you to non-stop electronic […]


5 great places to camp or explore in a campervan in Tasmania

white beach

Tasmania is one of Australia’s most unspoilt destinations. It’s also an ideal place to camp or explore in a campervan or car rental. With more than 50 caravan parks across the state, mostly in parks and reserves, Tasmania is the perfect place for your next affordable holiday.

Here are five great places to stay in Tasmania.
Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, Coles Bay
This holiday park sits opposite the stunning Muirs Beach at Coles Bay, which is located on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, with its park cabins, powered sites and tent sites, makes […]

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