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Byron Bay on the fly

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Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point.
Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges.
Whale watching
A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At […]

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8 great things to do in Melbourne this March

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The Visit Victoria gang tells us it’s well worth thinking about a whopping March in Melbourne for 31 days of fashion, flowers, food, fast cars and world class festivities as the city plays host to multiple major events.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Now in its 24th year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (4 – 13 March) offers a smorgasbord of culinary events. From masterclasses and workshops with the pros, to food trails for the curious and the ever-popular World’s Longest Lunch (which this year will be held on the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix track), there is an experience for novices […]

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Best campsites on New Zealand’s South Island

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Across New Zealand’s South Island you’re bound to find some of the world’s most beautiful campsites. Make sure you pick up your DriveNow hire vehicle from one of New Zealand’s major cities and travel around the countryside to spend some time at these lovely locations.
Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s South Island.
Te Anau Holiday Park
A stay at the Te Anau Holiday Park should be on the top of every traveller’s list. The park is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau’s crystal blue water and surrounded by the stunning Kepler mountains. It’s a tranquil […]

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Best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island

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Lovely campsites with scenic views are scattered across New Zealand’s countryside. Pick up your New Zealand car rental from any one of NZ’s major cities, travel around and make sure you spend some time at these locations.
Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island.
Whakapapa Holiday Park
Set in the Togariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest national park, you’ll find this idyllic camping ground nestled in a beech forest. Base yourself at the Whakapapa Holiday Park to explore the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Tongariro Northen Circuit hiking trails.
Hot Water Beach Camping Ground
Hot Water […]

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Where to stay with the family in New Zealand

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Planning a family trip to New Zealand and wondering where to stay? There are many top quality holiday parks which offer a range of accommodation to suit travellers’ needs, from campervan and tent sites to motel rooms, scattered around the country.
Grab your hire vehicle from Drive Now and explore the country, while staying at some of these holiday parks:
Seal Colony TOP 10 Holiday Park
The relaxing seaside setting at the Seal Colony TOP 10 Holiday Park will make you want to stay forever. It’s situated metres from the sandy Carters Beach, which is safe for swimming. It’s the […]

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Family activity ideas in Queenstown

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Apart from its reputation as a top destination for thrill-seekers, Queenstown is also a great place for a holiday with the whole family.
Here are some great ideas for family activities during your Queenstown holiday.
Canoe or kayak Lake Wakatipu
Take in the beautiful views of the mountains that surround Lake Wakatipu, as you spend a few relaxing hours paddling across the lake. There are plenty of experienced guides who will teach you the techniques and let you cruise along at your own pace.
Escape Quest
At Escape Quest, your family must solve a crime and escape within an hour! Not […]

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5 ways to eat like a king in Auckland

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Heading to Auckland, New Zealand but want to know where to find some of the best places to eat?
Here are five eateries in Auckland where you can eat like a king.
Kazuya (pictured)
Kazuya is one-of-a-kind, offering European cuisine with Japanese influence. Chefs use low temperature to roast meat over several hours, while fish is prepared using traditional Japanese methods. The restaurant is famous for its evening degustation menus. Here, you can pick up a main for $35, or add on another $10 to bring it up to three courses.
The French Café
The French Café was born out […]

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6 reasons to holiday in Lake Macquarie this year

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Home to undiscovered gems, the largest coastal salt-water lake in the country and 30km of pristine coastline, Lake Macquarie is one of Australia’s east coast’s hidden treasures. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, it has something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoors type, history buff, or simply seeking relaxation. The Visit Lake Mac team have given us six key themes to put Lake Macquarie at the top of your domestic holiday list.
Bushwalking
With nature reserves galore there’s no better way to explore Lake Macquarie than to don the hiking boots and hit the walking trails, with tracks taking in views […]

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5 Adventure activities on the North Island

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From climbing bridges to trekking through alpine wilderness, New Zealand’s North Island is home to many exciting activities, which are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the South Island’s outdoor adventures.
Here are five adventure activities you must try up north.
Auckland Bridge Climb
New Zealand’s only bridge climb is based in Auckland. Your tour guide leads you up the bridge, highlighting some of the bridge’s architectural features. The one and a half hour tour also allows you to spot the city’s iconic landmarks before you reach the summit, where incredible 360 degree views await.
Rafting on the Kaituna River (pictured)
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Five unmissable chocolate factories in Melbourne and surrounds

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THEY say woman rated chocolate higher than sex in a recent survey (Women’s Health Mag) giving a whole new meaning to the saying “I’ll have what she’s having”.  The humble cocoa bean clearly isn’t just a pretty face!
So where best to experience this love affair with the converted cocoa bean? A chocolate factory, of course, and there are plenty around Melbourne that must be on your hit-list. Try these.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen
Head out Old Healesville Road in the Yarra Valley and you’ll stumble across this gem at which free […]

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Beat the heat with these five Australian beaches

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The sun is peaking and temperatures are spiking into the 30s and 40s as we near the halfway mark of summer. There’s a great solution to all that if you’re on the road Down Under and it’s a five letter word – beach! Here are five worth splashing about it in to beat the heat.
1. Cable Beach
Broome, WA
A beach is a beach, until you reach Cable Beach in Broome, that is, when you realise beaches throughout the world can be very different indeed. The burnt orange sunsets set this place apart from others along its 22km stretch […]

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Fun Melbourne holiday activities for the family this summer

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We’re only a couple of weeks into school holidays and some parents are already pulling their hair out. But there are loads of activities on in Melbourne throughout the holidays to keep families occupied all summer, as the team from Tourism Victoria tell us. Try these for size.
Australian Open
For two weeks in January, Melbourne Park is the home of family fun, when it hosts the Grand Slam of the Pan-Pacific, the Australian Open (18-31 January 2016). Along with world class tennis, there is a range of activities for budding tennis stars to enjoy. The fun continues at Birrarung Marr where the all-new, […]

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7 unmissable Queensland food and wine events in 2016

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THE Sunshine State is not just beaches, babes and sunshine, you know, it’s also home to an endless supply of delicious local produce that’s been grown, caught, baked and served by “an array of clever clogs and inspired minds”, as the Tourism Queensland crew tell us and here are five suggestions by them for Queensland food and wine events to kill for in 2016
What: Ginger Flower & Food Festival
When: January 22-24
Where: Yandina
The Ginger Factory Yandina comes alive for the weekend-long Ginger Food & Flower Festival, surrounded by Australia’s largest and most ornamental gingers and heliconias, […]

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Where to take your campervan in New Zealand

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Wellington is the perfect place to start your campervan trip across New Zealand. The country’s capital city is located at the bottom of the North Island and isn’t far from the top of the South Island.
Pick up your New Zealand hire campervan and drive to these incredible places.
Milford Sound
It’s one of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions, with its dramatic peaks overlooking beautiful coastal scenery. Hike to the mountain tops, or perhaps cruise or kayak along the famous Mirror Lakes. Wherever you go in Milford Sound, take your camera with you, because at every turn incredible natural beauty awaits.

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Driving through New Zealand’s north island

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A drive through New Zealand’s north island in a campervan is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Head to DriveNow to hire a campervan in Auckland, then make your way to these fascinating areas.
Bay of Plenty
The beautiful Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand’s only active volcano, White Island. You’ll have a chance to explore the island and learn about the country’s volcanic workings. While in the Bay of Plenty, take in the sights of Tauranga Harbour with a kayaking trip, join a night-time glow worm tour on Lake McLaren, or swim with wild dolphins […]

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Driving through New Zealand’s south island

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New Zealand’s south island is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Hire a campervan in Christchurch and drive through some of these incredible regions.
Canterbury
The Alpine Pacific Triangle comprises of three incredible areas. Head to the Waipara Valley, where you’ll encounter award winning wineries. The area is best known for its rich and spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. You can then expore the thermal waters along with native forests and limestone hills in Hurunui. Then there’s the waters off Kaikoura, where majestic Humpback whales and orcas are frequently spotted.
Dunedin
One of the most popular attractions for tourists […]

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Places to park your campervan in Wellington

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Pick up a great campervan deal from Wellington and visit some of the exciting attractions the city has to offer.
If in need of some ideas of great places where you can park your campervan in Wellington, read on.
Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park
This family run holiday park is tucked away in the scenic parklands of the Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt. It’s set on 32 hectares of peaceful native bush and parkland, surrounded by wildlife and a river running through the area. It’s location makes it an ideal setting for a relaxing stopover when heading to or from New Zealand’s South Island.
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Where to visit in Queenstown with your campervan

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Queenstown is one massive adventure waiting to happen. Rent a campervan from DriveNow and visit these amazing places when staying around the city.
Queenstown Hill Walk
It’s a fairly easy walk, but there are amazing views once you reach the top. Drive to Belfast Street in Queenstown before hiking through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapunui. Stunning views overlooking Lake Wakatipu await during the three hour return journey. You’ll also learn about Maori history, Queensland’s gold rush and how Queenstown became the Adventure Capital of the World along the way with information signs.
Walter Peak High Country Farm
Experience the beautiful […]

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Hit the road and head to Lake Macquarie

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Lake Macquarie may be renowned for its beautiful lake and spectacular coastline, but it’s also home to a raft of not so well-known treasures loved by the locals. Best of all, it’s only 90 minutes from Sydney.
The team from Anne Wild Associates handed me a brilliant little guide to 8 perfect places you can discover off the yellow brick road. Try these for size …
Petrified Forest, Swansea Heads
Accessible at low tide just a short walk from the Reids Mistake Reserve you’ll find the Petrified Forest, home to 250 million-year-old tree stumps and fallen logs as well as […]

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Places to park your campervan around Christchurch

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No visit to New Zealand is complete with stopping by Christchurch. A campervan is the perfect tool to explore Christchurch city and surrounds. Hire a campervan by browsing DriveNow’s specials, and park your campervan at some of these fantastic holiday parks.
Amber Kiwi Holiday Park
This small inner city holiday park is just 4km from Cathedral Square. It sits on landscaped grounds, making it a peaceful setting for a holiday with the family. With a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere, it’s also close to all the attractions Christchurch’s CBD has to offer.
Waikuku Beach Holiday Park (pictured)
Waikuku Beach Holiday Park sits only 100 metres […]

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