Oct
01
2018

New Zealand events you want to be part of

By New Zealand /

During the spring and summer months, New Zealand events are all the rage. Food, music, art and sport… you name it. Be part of the celebrations as Spring brings a burst of energy and adventure. Hire a campervan from Auckland so you can travel to one of these great New Zealand events and stay for days. The New Zealand Cider Festival 3 November, 2018 Travel to Nelson, which produces more than 60 per cent of New Zealand’s cider. The New Zealand Cider Festival showcases more than 80 different varieties of cider from across the country. Held in a gorgeous Founders Heritage Park, this is one relaxed event you don’t want to miss. Where to stay: Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel Taste of Auckland 1 – 4 November Taste everything the amazing city of Auckland has to offer. Celebrate the city’s thriving restaurants, pop-up bars and feel inspired by local creations. Expose yourself to unique Maori culture by trying…

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Sep
26
2018

Take me to the river: Victorian river escapes from Melbourne

By Melbourne / Victoria /

As spring and summer starts to sizzle, pack your bags and head to a Victorian river for a day or two. There’s nothing like relaxing riverside in the sun, or swimming through pristine waters while surrounded by nature and wildlife. For an affordable weekend break, hire a campervan in Melbourne and set off on your riverside adventure. The great news is you don’t have to drive far from Melbourne to reach one of these incredible Victorian river escapes. Murray River, Echuca-Moama Head north to the mighty Murray, which separates New South Wales from Victoria. Here you’ll truly unwind and relax by reading a book or soaking up the sun at one of the sandy riverside areas. A popular attraction is to ride an old paddle steamer and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Where to stay: NRMA Echuca Holiday Park Warrandyte River When the beach feels too far away, join the locals at Warrandyte River on a summer’s day. The…

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Sep
23
2018

Perth highlights in a campervan – the unmissable list

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Perth has a lot to offer the Aussie traveller in a campervan. Perth highlights include trekking heritage trails, going to foodie heaven and exploring nature’s best-kept secrets. You can snag a bargain campervan hire deal from Perth Airport. Then your all set to start exploring some of these Perth highlights. Road trip to Margaret River Gourmet Escape This year the populat Margaret River Gourmet Escape (above) is back this November from the 15th-18th. The festival attracts more than 50 international and local chefs, including Adriano Zumbo and Rick Stein. Events include lunches, brunches and BBQs. What better way to explore one of Australia’s most celebrated food and wine regions? Trek the Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail Hike past gorgeous beaches and through serene bushland. You get the best of both worlds with the Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail. The 7.3km hike is widely considered to be one of Perth’s best walks. It’s made up of three loops, which allow you to explore Sunset Coast…

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Sep
21
2018

Tassie day trips in Spring – within a three hour drive

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tassie day trips are a great enjoyable way to explore the beautiful Tasmanian countryside without breaking the bank. You can enjoy incredible seaside views, go hiking in old forests and dine at historic towns along the way. Browse DriveNow’s selection of cheap car hire deals from Hobart, and embark on one of these Tassie day trips. Salamanca Market Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far from Hobart Airport to enjoy this attraction. The Salamanca Market is an iconic outdoor market, with a picturesque backdrop of yachts and fishing boats. Every Saturday, Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with great food and music as thousands of people browse more than 300 stalls. There’s everything including arts and crafts, fashion, gourmet food and wines. Wineglass Bay (pictured) It’s the number one spot on every itinerary. The good thing to know is if you’re short of time, Wineglass Bay is easily manageable as one of your Tassie day trips in Spring. It’s about a two and a half…

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Sep
20
2018

Tempt your taste buds with these food events around Australia

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With a country so vast and a climate so varied, Australia has food events for every type of foodie. Explore the cool climate wines down south, or have a tropical feast further north. Whatever you choose, Australia is sure to have it all. Enjoy this foodie’s paradise on the cheap with a bargain campervan hire deal with DriveNow. Pick up your set of wheels from your nearest capital city, and treat your taste buds with these food events this spring. The Good Food and Wine Show From October 27-29, the Good Food and Wine Show hits Brisbane. Sample some of the best food and drink on offer from top chefs and restaurants, such as Matt Moran and Maggie Beer (pictured above). There’s a varied program serving up superb beer and booze masterclasses and free wine tasting events. Bicheno Food and Wine Festival Held on Tasmania’s gorgeous East Coast, this festival will help you understand why Tassie’s reputation for producing exquisite…

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Sep
15
2018

Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events. AFL Grand Final (pictured) (29th September) After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG. Royal Melbourne Show (22nd September – 2nd October) The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exciting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s…

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Sep
14
2018

Summer of Aussie music festivals Down Under

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When summer hits, Australians are treated to some of the best Aussie music festivals of the year. It’s the time to be outdoors, soak up the festival atmosphere and dance all day in the sun to the latest beats. But what most people don’t realise about music festivals, is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. There’s a rising trend in people deciding to hire a campervan from the nearest capital city and stay in a caravan park to keep costs low. Here are some unmissable music festivals this summer, along with ideas for where to park your wheels. Falls Festival Dec 31 – Jan 2 at Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron Bay Falls Festival is one of the longest running music and arts festivals in Australia. It features more than 70 bands, DJs and comedians, including local and international acts. There’s no better way to bring in the New Year. This year’s…

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Sep
12
2018

Aussie drinking events – the boozy experiences you don’t want to miss

By Australia /

As the weather warms up, you’ll feel like an afternoon in the sun, sampling some of the best beer, wine and ciders. Throw in some live entertainment and gourmet food, and you have yourself an awesome afternoon of drinking events with friends. Hire a car from your nearest capital city with DriveNow, and get pumped for one of these popular drinking events. The good news is you won’t have to travel too far! Sydney Beer Week Sydney’s largest celebration of beer runs from October 26 to November 4. More than 7,000 beer lovers and industry experts unite for one of Australia’s world-class drinking events. Pubs, bars, breweries, cafes and restaurants across Greater Sydney sign up for this exciting festival. Some of the hottest events include the Opening Gala and even the Sydney Beer Awards. Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest Save the date for October 27 and head for the Adelaide Hills. Organisers proudly claim this boozy event to be a traditional and…

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Sep
07
2018

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival  The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts outside of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery show bags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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Sep
06
2018

5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

By Australia / New South Wales /

Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guidebooks. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself. What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two-hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway. Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle. Newcastle Memorial Walk If you want to enjoy 360-degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about…

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Sep
03
2018

Finals fever – Your guide to Melbourne accommodation for the AFL Grand Final

By Melbourne /

The business end of footy is almost here and it’s finals time with all 8 finalists eyeing a spot in the big one on Grand Final Day. So we’ve picked some of the best central Melbourne hotels close to the footy grounds. Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne are flying so the chances are there will be more than a couple of games in Victoria’s capital. Not to mention the festivities surrounding the grand final parade, Brownlow medal and other footy events in old Melbourne towns. When you’re buzzing about Melbourne and surrounds check out one of these convenient Melbourne accommodation options to park your wheels. Grand Hyatt Melbourne This is truly an iconic Melbourne hotel in the heart of the CBD on Collins Street. Luxury awaits at the Grand Hyatt, where you’ll enjoy spacious guestrooms and fine dining. There’s also access to an indoor swimming pool, gym and a rooftop tennis court. Step outside and high fashion stores and top…

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Aug
26
2018

Canada classics for a campervan adventure in the Fall

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Fall is one of the best times of year to visit Canada. The spectacular array of gold, crimson and orange across scenic valleys is a sight you don’t want to miss. You can also see it all on a budget with a Canada campervan rental, so once you have secured your set of wheels, make your way to one of these amazing places. Each and every one of them will be unforgettable in autumn. Banff National Park, Alberta Banff is one of those Canadian delights which you simply must experience – no matter what time of year you visit. From September through to October most of the tourists are gone, which means you’ll have stunning views to yourself. At this time of year, the days and the weather are generally still good for outdoor adventures.  On your must-do list is visit the stunning Lake Louise. Outlining the beautiful blue lake will be orange and gold hues from plants. It’s also…

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