Fun Things To Do in Auckland This Easter 2018

By Auckland /

Auckland is definitely worth a decent stopover on your New Zealand adventure this Easter 2018. You’ll soon come to realise the city is unique. Not only is it a world-class city with all the facilities you’d expect in a capital, but it also has natural wonders right on its doorstep.

In a single day you could be climbing the city’s highest tower, exploring wineries and hiking through pristine rainforest.

This alone makes it a great city to base yourself as you explore Auckland’s attractions. All you need to do is find a great hire car deal from Auckland Airport with DriveNow and you’re all set.

Visit Sky tower in Auckland (pictured)

At 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower is an icon of Auckland’s sky line. Tourists who stop in Auckland even for just one day tend to make sure the Sky Tower is at the top of their list. Admire the panoramic 360 degree views of the city and its natural surrounds. You can also enjoy a superb lunch or dinner at the top so you have longer to take in the views. Daredevils can take up the offer to go bungee jumping off the tower. Sky Tower has something for everybody!

Explore wineries at Waiheke Island

All it takes is a 35 minute ferry ride to get from Auckland to Waiheke Island. Travel to this island and you’ll be amazed at the beautiful vineyards and beaches that await. The island is home to more than a dozen high class vineyards. Sample the region’s finest drops as you take in breathtaking views in every direction.

Laze the data away at the West Coast beaches

Auckland’s west is as wild as it is marvellous. You’ll discover remote, untouched beaches that soothe the soul. Piha Beach is popular with surfers and swimmers. Karekare is a great, isolated spot for travellers who are looking for natural beauty. Make sure you take the time to see Karekare Falls while you’re in the area. People also flock to Muriwai for its impressive coastline.

Mount Eden hike

Auckland is home to nearly 50 volcanoes. Many of these have spectacular walking tracks to the top and panoramic views. One of the best short hikes is Mount Eden. At 196 metres high, it’s the city’s highest natural point. Gorgeous views of the city and harbour await.



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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5 ways to eat like a king in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

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 of a partnership between Simon Wright and his wife, Creghan. Their menu is “driven by the seasons” while passion for providing an outstanding meal is what drives the chefs to produce the finest food. This gorgeous café on Symonds St, Aucland consistently wins awards and ranks among the best restaurants, according to international and domestic food experts.

Vinnies by Geoff Scott
Geoff Scott uses a unique combination of French cooking techniques along with indigenous and classic Kiwi flavours to create ‘Haute Kiwi’ cuisine for diners. Native timbers, raw steel, spot lit tables and ever-changing local artwork decorate the restaurant. Its delicious menu changes regularly, but one of the drawcards for locals and visitors alike is the restaurant’s extensive selection of whiskeys available at the back bar.

Jervois Steakhouse
For one of the best steaks in New Zealand, meat-lovers should head to Jervois Steakhouse in Ponsonby. Staff have described it as “the steakhouse to end all arguments”. This premium steak restaurant uses fresh local cuts, with the menu specifying the meat’s breed and feed.

Described as “Auckland’s finest country restaurant” with great food and sweeping views of the Bombay Hills countryside, Bracu is located just 40 minutes from central Auckland. Set on the Simunovich Olive Estate, chefs grow food in the estate’s gardens and serve up scrumptious Mediterranean style food on the restaurant’s beautiful veranda.



Great places to park your campervan in Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

Auckland’s an amazing city with plenty to offer its visitors. Make your stay in Auckland more affordable and at your own place, by hiring a campervan in Auckland and exploring the city as it suits you.

Here are five of the best sites to park your campervan in Auckland.

A Kiwi Farmstay
Just north of Auckland city is A Kiwi Farmstay, where you’ll experience traditional Kiwi farm life. Chatter around the campfire at night, feed baby goats and lambs, sheer a sheep or enjoy a horse ride. It’s the perfect destination for a lovely getaway with the family.

Whangateau Holiday Park
Whangateau Holiday Park, situated on the water’s edge on Whangateau Harbour, is a peaceful and award-winning campground. With several waterfront powered sites available, along with fishing and safe swimming nearby along the pristine Matakana and Kowhal Coast, this is one destination you must visit.

Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park
Located about an hour from Auckland’s CBD is the Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park. It offers affordable accommodation, including powered and non-powered sites, and is close to many regional parks and the Hunua Ranges. From here you can also access the Hot Springs and many water activities, such as kayaking.

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
Park your wheels within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, which covers more than 16,000 hectares of native forest, waterfalls, cliffs and beautiful coastline. Stay at a basic campsite in the enchanting Pararaha Valley, which isn’t far from Blacksand Beach. Bookings must be made through Auckland Council.

Remuera Motor Lodge and Campground
This inner city camping ground offers affordable powered sites just minutes from Auckland’s city centre. Here, you’ll find a quiet, park-like setting with a swimming pool and many nearby attractions, such as spas, golf courses and beaches.



5 great outdoor adventures in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

There are so many amazing outdoor adventures to explore in Auckland. From kayaking to hiking and climbing, you’ll find everything there is in Auckland. Grab a hire car at Auckland airport and drive to your next outdoor adventure, whenever you feel like it!

Here are five ideas for outdoor activities that every adventurous traveller must experience in Auckland.

Hike Mt Eden
Mainland Auckland’s highest volcanic peak offers beautiful 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. It’s 196m tall and while many visitors opt for a tour bus or train to reach the top, many find it’s much more rewarding to drive to the bottom and then hike the trail up.

Zip-lining across Waiheke Island
Beautiful Waiheke Island is renowned for its wineries, but for the adventurous traveller, it’s the ultimate destination for zip-lining. There are three 200 metre zipline flights, which take you across valleys, above vineyards and a lush forest. While it’s an incredible adrenalin rush, you’re completely strapped in and safe!

Mountain biking through Woodhill Forest
Woodhill Forest is said to be home to some of the city’s best mountain biking trails, making it a fun playground for riders of all ages. The single track network in this sand based pine forest is located about 40 minutes from Auckland CBD. Don’t have a bike? You can hire one without spending a fortune – just book in advance.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb
Experience the Auckland Harbour Bridge on foot! Take a 1.5 hour tour, which leads you to incredible 360 degree views from the top of one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll learn about the bridge’s construction and engineering along the way.

Sea kayaking around the islands
Auckland is located in a region of unique natural beauty, with sandy beaches, volcanic islands and clear waters. Why not explore it with a kayak? Take a guided tour and kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset, or more experienced kayakers might prefer to spend days kayaking from one island to another.


5 great reasons to visit Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

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 bottom of Mount Eden. You can take a tour bus or train but it’s worth driving at your own leisure to the bottom, and then using your physical energy to reach the summit. Then you can really appreciate the rewarding views.

Sky Tower

The other Auckland peak worth visiting is The Sky Tower, which at 328 metres, is New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure. View the city’s harbour and city lights at night from the spacious viewing deck. Another ideal time to go is sunset, when the sky’s colour changes to shades of red and orange. There’s also a dining area, which rotates once every sixty minutes, allowing you to enjoy every angle of the city’s skyline.

Rangitoto Island

Sitting majestically off the coast of Auckland, Rangitoto Island boasts a charming landscape of native bush, lava crops and sandy beaches. It’s only a short ferry ride to get to this island, where you can escape for the day and enjoy the scenery. The volcanic island has many walking tracks, and lava caves waiting to be explored.

Woodhill Forest

Some of Auckland’s best mountain biking trails are found in Woodhill Forest. Visitors describe it as a stunning natural playground, which is perfect for those seeking some adventure. The sand-based pine forest is spread over 12 hectares of land, and you’ll find plenty of activities at any time of the year.

SeaLife Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium is the perfect destination for the whole family. You’ll come within inches of sharks, stingrays and other fish as you walk through glass tunnels. Daring visitors can go swimming with sharks, which is an absolute thrilling experience. Or, on certain days of the week you can hop into the penguin enclosure, and get close to gorgeous King and Gentoo penguins!


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Explore one of the world’s top adventures with a New Zealand car hire

By Auckland / Christchurch / New Zealand / Queenstown /

There is a common misconception that New Zealand, while being one of the world’s most beautiful and scenic countries, doesn’t actually offer a lot to do in terms of activities. The country boasts 33 of the world’s top 1,000 adventures, is home to the bungy jump, cable controlled base jumps and so much more, so grab a rental car and get your adrenaline boost today! Who says New Zealand is boring!

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