Jun
28
2017

Party time in the Northern Territory over winter months

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

COOLER temperature and the dry season up north usually means there’s a party going on in the Northern Territory, so jump in your Darwin car rental or Alice Springs car hire and get ready to enjoy one of these great events. Tourism Northern Territory gives us the heads up for coming months:

Beer Can Regatta (Darwin), July 9

See boats built of beer cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons put to the test! Get involved in some of the silly competitions that take place at this unique Top End festival. Thousands gather for this annual Darwin family event on Mindil Beach, taking full advantage of the balmy dry season weather in the Northern Territory.

Apex Camel Cup (Alice Springs), July 15

The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated ‘ships of the desert’, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Entertainment is assured, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day for what is a Northern Territory classic!

Darwin Festival (Darwin), August 10-27

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with a program of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Festival goers can be seen for 18 nights each August at the long communal tables in the festooned Festival Park eating Darwin’s legendary Asian food and arguing about who has seen the most shows.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (Darwin), August 11-13

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is back! Affectionately known as DAAF, it provides an amazing and genuine opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design aficionados, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres. The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists. It  also provides a space for visitors to meet them and learn from the variety of different cultural groups across Australia.

Henley on Todd Regatta (Alice Springs), August 19

The Henley on Todd Regatta is one of the most iconic events in the Australian outback. It’s a boat race – without any sign of water! It’s an action packed day where teams and individuals race ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River including bottomless ‘eights’, ‘Oxford tubs’, ‘rowing 8’s’ and ‘yachts’ through the deep coarse sand.

Find more information visit www.northernterritory.com

Jun
27
2017

5 awesome activities in Orlando and surrounds

By United States /

Orlando is one of the United State’s most exciting destinations. The city’s claim to fame is its fantasy-like theme parks, like Walt Disney World. But there’s more than meets this eye in this busy part of Florida.

We’ve put together a list of five top activities for you and the family on your next trip to Orlando. All you have to do is find a cheap car hire deal at Orlando Airport and get moving!

Universal Orlando

Go on a family adventure unlike no other. There are thrilling rides, world-class restaurants and other entertainment for everyone. Hogwarts fans can explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which treats you to a world of magic. Jurassic Park nuts can choose to face terrifying drops and a 50-foot T-Rex.

Gatorland

The Alligator Capital of the World is proudly known as “Orlando’s best half day attraction”. The 45-hectare park has exciting rides and gator-themed entertainment. But it also gives you a good look at Florida’s natural tropical wetlands. Seeing the park’s four rare white alligators up close is on the top of the list for most visitors.

Kennedy Space Centre

Learn about the great lives of American astronauts – the ones who returned home and those who didn’t. The centre honours and remembers space heroes while recounting the perils of America’s early space missions. The displays feature a 4D multisensory theatre experience. You can also take a look at the high-tech simulators and learn to pilot the space shuttle!

Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye is the perfect vantage point from which you can admire the city skyline. The 120-metre high observation wheel treats you to panoramic views of Central Florida. During the 23 minutes that you’re on the ride, you can also spot theme parks, lakes and beautiful natural landscapes. It’s a great experience for tourists of all ages who aren’t too scared of heights.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

At first glance, this “Odditorium” appears as if it’s falling into a sinkhole! Everything about the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Centre is designed to challenge, thrill and intrigue. You’ll find a range of artifacts and displays on everything wacky or strange. You’ll need about an hour and a half to guide yourself through the interactive exhibits at a comfortable pace.

Jun
26
2017

Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up.

Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions.

Berlin Wall

You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom.

Beer Gardens

One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take to outdoor venues to enjoy the weather, you’ll find there’s no better time to enjoy them. The Luftgarten is a relaxing green oasis in the heart of the city. It’s popular for the beers and the BBQ. There’s also the gorgeous Brachvogel which sits right on the Landwehr Canal. Here, you can enjoy draft beers, seasonal dishes and miniature golf while you’re at it.

Cycling tour

Berlin is one of the best places to rent a bike to explore the city. It’s a well-connected place and you can get from places like the Brandenburg Gate to Charlottenburg Palace in minutes. If you’re worried about travelling solo then you can also join a group cycling tour. A guide will take you to all the main sites and explain their significance.

IGA Berlin International Garden Festival

There’s no better time to hold a garden festival than throughout all of spring. The IGA Berlin International Garden Festival runs from April to October. The exhibition features up to 8,000 exciting events. Explore the gardens of the world, the modern ideas focused on the future and sustainability of urban parks.

Potsdam

This beautiful town is home to some of Europe’s most impressive palaces of the last three centuries. Prussion kings built architectural masterpieces surrounded by landscape gardens. Babelsberg Castle is one of the top sites to visit. It brings a taste of England to Germany. The baroque buildings within Sanssouci Park are absolutely marvellous.

Jun
23
2017

Cheap one-way rental deals in New Zealand

By New Zealand /

Websites with one-way rental deals are a useful tool for travellers wanting a bargain. Some of the New Zealand one-way deals with DriveNow are almost too good to be true.

You can find some incredible one-way rental deals from as little as $1 a day. The best part is DriveNow updates its list of deals from 9am every morning.

But hurry! You’d better be quick because keen explorers will quickly snap up these one-way rental deals.

Auckland to Christchurch

With all of DriveNow’s deals currently on offer you’ll get between four and seven days. You’ll also receive the first 1350km free. For example, one of the great deals on offer is the Maui Sunset motorhome. It caters for up to four adults and two children. You’ll enjoy a spacious fixed rear bed, large windows and a comfortable eating section. Make sure you travel between 21st and 30th of June.

Christchurch to Auckland

For just $5 a day you can hire a comfortable Britz Vista campervan. The latest deal on DriveNow features three double beds and facilities like a fridge, gas cooker and a hot and cold water shower. It also caters for up to four adults and two children. You can even hire outdoor table and chairs for an extra cost. The Vista is available for between four and seven days and includes 1350km free. Travel dates as June 21-26.

Queenstown to Auckland

Are you thinking of travelling from the adventure capital to Auckland later this month? If you’re willing to travel between the 23rd and the 28th of June then you can find a great hire deal for $5 a day. It’ll buy you a Mighty Big Six, which is full of great features for the travelling family. It has a capacity of four adults and two children. DriveNow will also give you the first 2000km free.

Queenstown to Christchurch

Are you travelling from Queenstown to Christchurch? Hire a Britz Vista for more than three days and take your time getting there. For just $5 each day you won’t mind stopping at various locations, such as the charming historic town of Arrowtown. You’ll also want to add the gorgeous Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to your list of stopovers.

Jun
15
2017

Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

By Australia / New South Wales /

Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen.

Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort.

Thredbo

Thredbo is Australia’s most famous. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 run and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers.

Perisher Resort

Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. The valley’s fields cover an amazing 1,245 hectares which seems like paradise for snow lovers. There’s more than 70 courses and while most suit intermediate skiers or snowboarders, even beginners and pros will find something to suit their needs.

Charlotte Pass

At 1,760m above sea level, Charlotte Pass is blanketed in fields of snow for most of the winter months. Many adventurers call Charlotte pass a “a true alpine experience’ because you aren’t competing with crowds. This is largely thanks to cars and buses not being allowed to pass the gates at Perisher.

Mount Selwyn

Beginners and intermediate thrill-seekers will love Mount Selwyn. This makes the Selwyn Snowfields the perfect place to learn how to ski or snowboard. There are fewer runs than the other places in NSW, but it makes up for it with the variety of family activities. Visit the two Snowtube parks, go cross country skiing or have a go at tobogganing.

Jun
11
2017

Let it snow … 5 great places for a ski holiday in the Victorian Alps

By Australia / Victoria /

The Victorian alps are some of the most picturesque in all of Australia. In winter, the region turns into a winter wonderland, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the High Country.

Are you planning a ski trip this winter? Make sure you find a great Melbourne car hire deal with DriveNow, then make your way north. 

Here are some of our top picks for where to stay in the Victorian Alps.

Mount Hotham

The resort is built on a spectacular mountain ridge with stunning views of Victoria’s High Country. Ski or snowboard from an altitude of 1845m. There are 13 lifts and more than 80 runs with options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. You’ll also find trendy bars and plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re off the slopes.

Falls Creek

Welcome to Victoria’s largest alpine resort. It features more than 90 runs and 450 hectares of skiable area. Falls Creek is ideal for skiers who have been hitting the slopes for a while, but not quite yet comfortable to take on the black runs. That’s because 60 per cent of the terrain is classified as ‘intermediate’. This resort is also home to the Kangaroo Hoppet, which is the largest annual snow sport event in the southern hemisphere.

Lake Mountain

Lake Mountain is a great spot for cross country skiers, with 37 km of cross country trails. Its highest altitude is 1480m. Although it’s one of the smaller destinations, Lake Mountain is the closest resort to Melbourne. Within two hours you’ll reach the snowfields, making it an ideal spot for a quick day trip.

Mount Baw Baw

Just two and a half hours from Melbourne is Mount Baw Baw and its stunning landscapes. It’s known for being a great location for families because most of the terrain is for beginners or intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Whether you want a visit to one of the toboggan parks, a dog sled tour or a visit to the Rock Pool Spa, there’s something for everyone.

Mount Buller

This is another fantastic snow resort with more than 80 runs. Most of the runs are suited for intermediate or experienced skiers but there are some beginner options. There’s even the option of night skiing. The lifts will take you to an altitude of 1780m and treat you to 300 ha of area to ski. It’s only a three-hour drive from Melbourne and the views are some of the best in the state.

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Jun
09
2017

Quirky Paris attractions you must visit

By Europe / Paris /

You know of all the most famous Paris attractions. There’s the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, to name a few. But did you know there are so many unconventional things to see and do.

Find a cheap car hire deal at Paris Airport so you can travel off the well-worn path to experience these quirky Paris attractions.

Explore the Catacombes de Paris

Authorities believe more than 300 km of tunnels exist underneath the streets of Paris. This maze of tunnels are full of mystery and some areas are open to public tours. It includes a section that has the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, dating back to the 18th Century when cemeteries were getting full.

Go souvenir shopping at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Love shopping? Then the Saint-Ouen Flea Market is definitely worth including on your list of things to do in Paris. It’s not far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in North Paris. It was once one of the world’s largest flea markets and today continues to amaze buyers. You could easily spend hours here hunting for books, vintage clothes, furniture or antique jewellery.

Visit the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

This museum will surely send chills up your spine. Plastic bats and human remains greet you as you enter. Eccentric scholar Jacques Sirgent gathered his lifetime of research into vampirism and demonology, among other folklores. Learn about the superstitions that have haunted Parisians over the centuries.

Gaze upon one of the most unusual Paris attractions: 59 Rivoli

It’s a sight that you shouldn’t miss! This mid-1800s Haussmann era building is perhaps the quirkiest building you’ll see in all of Paris and maybe even Europe. It’s one of a kind thanks to its emergence as an artist squat for many years. An artist group KGB claimed the building in 1999 and began hosting popular exhibitions and performances.