Dec
29
2016

Relocation, relocation, relocation with a New Zealand campervan rental

By Auckland / Christchurch / New Zealand /

RELOCATION deals. Now that’s one of the most overlooked opportunities for those looking for an inexpensive and fun way to explore a destination. Right now, for example, there are dozens of cheap New Zealand campervan rental relocation deals just sitting there waiting to be clicked and most of them are for $5 a day at the time this blog hit the blogosphere.
So, how does it work? The DriveNow campervan rental relocation list is updated each day between 8.30am-9.30am (AEST) for travel in the coming two or three weeks. That’s when the list is fresh and vehicles most likely to still be available. It’s the best time to submit a relocation request as DriveNow is more than likely able to confirm your request. The relocations book quickly and therefore as the day progresses the availability becomes more limited. The number of free kilometres on each deal is the distance between the pickup and drop off location plus 550km. Any travel beyond that is charged at AU$0.55 per km.

What routes and vehicles are available as we type? Try these. And if you miss out this time don’t despair – set a reminder every month or two to see what deals are up on the NZ relocations page

relocate-deuceAUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH – between December 31 to January 4

Hit the road in a Mighty Deuce. Microwave yourself some popcorn or some nachos in this super little roomy campervan that sleeps 2. Includes a handy toilet and shower so you’ve got everything you need. Includes 1350km free. $5 a day and 1350km free. Minimum 4 days and a maximum 7 days. Block out the week right now!

relocate-frontierCHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND – between January 10 and January 20

Let’s flip it around and jump in a turbo diesel Britz Frontier, sleeps up to six adults, between January 10 and 20 for $5 a day! The large windows around the living area will provide you with an awesome view each morning. as you explore the sites all the way to Auckland. A total of 1350km free.

QUEENSTOWN TO AUCKLAND – between January 27 and January 31

Get ready to start cruising in a Mighty Big 6 which is ideal for two adults and up to four kids. Gas stove, shower and cool CD player to sing those favourite tunes while on the road with 2000km for free.

relocate-sunset_1CHRISTCHURCH TO QUEENSTOWN – between January 8 to January 12

The Maui Sunset sleeps six (three double beds) and is perfect for three couples wanting to explore the attractions and sights between Christchurch to Queenstown. Enjoy the spacious fixed rear bed with large windows, with comfortable dinette seating area with full kitchen and bathroom facilities. Minimum three days and maximum six, and 750km free.

Also try 5 great outdoor adventures in Auckland and Campervan adventures in Christchurch

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Dec
27
2016

The best day trips from Hobart

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

Hobart has many wonderful things to offer its visitors. Beautiful scenery, food, historic attractions, to name a few. What many visitors don’t make enough time for are the day trips from Hobart. Many of Tasmania’s best attractions are just an hour or two from the capital city. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Hobart and visit these great places for a day trip.

Maria Island (pictured)

Once you step foot on Maria Island you won’t want to leave. The island is beautiful with a rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a cruise to the island, where your tour guide will show you around. There are some exciting walking tracks on the island which your guide can help you explore. It’s well worth staying for at least the better part of a day. You’ll walk away from Maria Island understanding why it’s considered one of Tasmania’s greatest treasures.

Bothwell 

Drive an hour from Hobart and you’ll arrive in a special little place known as Bothwell. It’s a charming town, which was settled by farmers from
Scotland in the 1820s. Bothwell is famously home to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest golf course. Get a group together and have a hit, playing under some unusual rules. It’s worth stopping by to see the Australian Golf Museum while you’re here. So if you’re into golf then Bothwell is the perfect trip for you! The historic town also boats several stone cottages and it also has a popular whisky distillery.

Mt Field National Park
This area is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Tasmania. Visitors are treated to an incredible range of vegetation and wildlife as they trek through forests and alpine sections. As you embark on these stunning walks, make sure you put aside time for a visit to Russell Falls. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day next to the refreshing waterfall. The Lake Dobson area is also popular for hiking in the summer and skiing in winter.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur is world-famous, for all the wrong reasons. It was known as the site where some of the most notorious convicts were sent when the British settled in Australia. In 1996, it was the scene of one of Australia’s greatest tragedies where 35 people were shot dead. People still come to the World Heritage listed site at Port Arthur because of its long history. The buildings have been restored and a tour through here will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of British Australia.

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Dec
20
2016

4 great day trips close to Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne’s many exciting attractions and experiences draw in 2 million international tourists every year. However, too many people tend to confine themselves to the CBD. It’s worth taking a day trip from Melbourne. Why not add on a couple of days to explore some of the treasures of country Victoria with a day trip from Melbourne? Snap up a cheap hire car deal at Melbourne Airport and give one of these day trips below a go.

Werribee Open Range Zoo (pictured)
If you’re going to visit only one zoo during your stay in Melbourne, then this is it! Werribee Open Range Zoo is just 40 minutes west of the CBD. Step inside the zoo and you’ll feel as if you’re on another continent. Zebras, Rhinos and Giraffes roam the fields. You’ll also get to hand feed kangaroos and get close to many other Australian animals. Also make sure you take up a safari tour while you’re here. You won’t be sorry you decided to visit Werribee Open Range Zoo with the family.

Yarra Valley Wineries
A trip to the stunning Yarra Valley makes for the perfect day trip with your partner or friends. The region, which is only about half an hour north east of the CBD, is most famous for its wineries. There are tours that take you to wineries of your choice. Or you can self-drive to a few wineries and take everything at your own pace. It’s a scenic area, which deserves some stopping along the way to admire the rolling green hills. Driving the area yourself also means way you can enjoy wine tastings, lunch and more for as long as you like.

Puffing Billy
The Dandenong Ranges is home to the most famous open air steam train in Victoria. Puffing Billy ventures through lush forest from Belgrave to Emerald. Many visitors choose to dine on board Puffing Billy for lunch or dinner. But if you’re looking for a different kind of experience with the family then you can simply pack your own lunch and have a picnic when you get off at Emerald Lake Park.

Phillip Island
Drive two hours east of Melbourne and you’ll find yourself at the lovely Phillip Island. It’s one of the best day trips from the city and many Melburnians make this trip every year. The surf beaches are among the best in Victoria and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal by the beach. The penguin parade is always a favourite with tourists. Watch fairy penguins catch the waves into shore and waddle up the beach to their nests. It’s also worth spending a few hours admiring the views at The Nobbies.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Dec
19
2016

Things to do in Darwin

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Darwin is considered the gateway to Asia and it’s one of the must see cities in Northern Australia. It has everything you could ask for – scenery, outdoor adventures, wildlife interactions and family activities.

Grab a cheap car rental at Darwin Airport and put these highlights on your ‘things to do in Darwin’ list.

Watch a film at Deckchair Cinema

You can catch a movie every night of the week at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema during the dry season. Most people enjoy this experience as it’s usually the first time they’ve ever watched a movie under the stars while in a reclining deckchair. The cinema is run by the non-for-profit Darwin Film Society and offers a wide variety of films to choose from.

Explore the markets

Wander through Darwin’s markets to admire the city’s rich cultural creations. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are the most popular with tourists. They’re also the biggest and you’ll find them located next to the Darwin Casino along Mindil Beach between April and October. You’ll find the freshest and best fruit and vegetables at the Rapid Creek market on Sunday mornings. While the Malak Evening Markets on Saturdays combine organic food, arts and crafts. 

Visit Crocosaurus Cove

Here you’ll encounter the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles. Crocosaurus Cove is touted a must see attraction when visiting Australia’s Top End. Daring visitors can actually “swim with the crocs”. Crocosaurus Cove is most famous for its Cage of Death. You’ll come face to face with a deadly saltwater croc, separated only by a clear underwater barrier.

Take a Tiwi Islands tour

From Darwin you can join a group tour to see the beautiful Tiwi Islands. The Bathurst and Melville islands are only 80 km north of Darwin. You just need to jump on a ferry to find out why this beautiful place is known as the ‘Island of Smiles’. The locals are known to embrace AFL and showcase their unique artwork.

Also try Campervan hire in the Top End – top tips!

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Dec
15
2016

Summer favourites on the Sunshine Coast

By Australia / Queensland /

The Sunshine Coast is one of the best summer destinations in Australia. Soak up the sun as you enjoy clear blue skies, white sandy beaches and fun activities for the whole family.

Pick up one of DriveNow’s cheap Brisbane rental car deals and drive an hour north to the Sunshine Coast.

The Big Pineapple

It’s one of Queensland’s most iconic attractions. Staff at the Big Pineapple proudly say it’s also the most photographed BIG thing in the region. Not only can you climb the 16 metre high pineapple, but you can also learn about the pineapple farming forces. Jump on board a train to also explore nearby rainforest, orchids and zoo animals. Be sure to get a photo beside the Big Pineapple before you leave! 

Noosa Main Beach (pictured)

This beautiful beach is one of the few in Australia that face north. Its gentle waves and surf lifesavers makes Noosa Beach a wonderful place for families. It’s safe for swimming all year round. If you’re feeling up for a physical afternoon then you can eve take a beginner’s surf lesson. Or just simply relax by the sand and soak up the sun. As for the sunsets, look at the one pictured – it’s a dreamy way to end the day.

Australia Zoo

Get ready for some wildlife action. Australia Zoo is the heart of the legendary ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s legacy. Australia Zoo gets you up close with some of Australia’s most unique species. You’ll see crocodiles snap their powerful jaws together and watch giraffes and zebras roam. Feed kangaroos and also visit the country’s busiest wildlife hospital. All while learning about these amazing creatures.

Blue Water Kayak Tours

Feeling up for some fun on the water? Then a guided eco kayak tour might just be the thing for you. Your kayak becomes a great vantage point to admire beautiful wildlife. From Caloundra paddle across the Punicestone Passage to the Bribie Island area for morning tea. Learn about some local history and the work that has gone into protecting this national park.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Dec
14
2016

Germany’s Romantic Road with a hire car

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The Romantic Road is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. It’s a stretch of historic, quaint towns in southern Germany. These colourful towns will inspire you whether you visit during the heat of summer or the middle of winter.

Some people suggest joining a guided tour through Bavaria, others use public transport to hop from one are to another. We at DriveNow suggest you pick up a hire car in Munich and drop it off at the end of the Romantic Road!

Wurzburg

This town is set in a beautiful spot in the Main Valley along the Romantic Road. The medieval Fortress Marienberg (pictured) stands tall above Wurzburg. From here you can enjoy spectacular views over the old city. Intense fighting and bombing during World War Two destroyed many of the buildings. However, after years of rebuilding, Wurzburg is full of medieval architecture.

Heidelberg

People travel from all over the world just to see this city, which is located between the Neckar River and the edge of the Odenwald Forest. It offers a charming character, picturesque views and plenty of entertainment and events. Heidelberg Castle is the major attraction. Join a guided tour to explore the ruins, which are more than 700 years old.

Rothenburg

The old Bavarian city of Rothernburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. It’s also one of the most popular among tourists. It boasts fine old churches, towers, charming streets and cafes. The Little Square is the most photographed spot in this pretty town – you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale! You should also walk around the Old Town Walls.

Augsburg

Augsburg is the largest city on the Romantic Road. It’s also one of the oldest, having been founded more than 2000 years ago. Maximilianstraße is one of the prettiest areas in the city, treating you to exampled of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Visit the legendary Augsburg Marionette Theater and the home of Mozart’s father. You’ll find out so much about the world famous composer by visiting this place.

Hohenschwangau

A beautiful place where you’ll come across the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.4 million people visit the 19th-century place on the rugged hill above Hohenschangau every year. King Ludwig spent decades completing the palace to serve as his own personal refuge. Just after his death in 1886 it was opened to the public. The famous castle has appeared in many famous movies and even served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Dec
09
2016

Family activities in Ballarat and surrounds

By Australia / Victoria /

Ballarat is a great place to visit with the family during the summer holidays. There are so many activities from panning for gold to roaming one of regional Victoria’s best art galleries.

All you need to do is grab a cheap hire car from Melbourne. Drive just over an hour north west of the city and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful city of Ballarat. When you arrive take up one of these family activities.

Sovereign Hill (pictured)

Ballarat is most famous for Sovereign Hill. Step back in time to the 1850s when the Gold Rush swept the world, luring travellers in search of fortune. Today Sovereign Hill teaches visitors stories about the past and the fascinating people who risked everything for gold. Go panning for gold and witness the multi-million dollar ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ show about the 1854 Eureka Uprising.

Kryal Castle (below)

Just outside Ballarat is a land of medieval adventure waiting to be explored. Kryal Castle is Australia’s only medieval theme park. It brings kings, queens, knights and magical creatures such as fairies and dragons to life. Watch knights battle it out in the arena and explore the torture techniques once used on criminals. You can also immerse yourself in the history by staying the night. Kryal Castle is full of interesting activities that’ll entertain the family.

Ballarat Art Gallery

The city boasts a rich arts and culture scene. It’s home to Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. Within these walls you can explore an incredible permanent collection of Australian art. You’ll come across paintings and other creations from the colonial period through to today. There’s always something new to see, with temporary exhibitions constantly coming and going. If you’re feeling creative then feel free to sign up to one of the gallery’s workshops.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Pack a picnic and take the family on an outing to the botanical gardens. They cover 40 hectares which are divided into garden areas and open parkland. You’ll encounter remarkable marble statues surrounded by colourful garden beds. The Botanical Gardens is only a 4km walk from the CBD and set next to Lake Wendouree. It’s a picturesque sitting that you won’t forget. A beautiful site for a family get-together.

Also try A day out in Daylesford

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