Californian dreaming on the road to Sonoma County

By California / United States /

SO you’ve flown into San Francisco, picked up your California car rental and not sure where to go? We say “not far at all” if you underline the words “Sonoma County” on your itinerary. We’ve tapped into the Sonoma County Tourism latest news to give you the lowdown on what makes it special, so read on.

Sonoma County

Located in Northern California just a 50km drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a blend of incredible scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and, of course, the food and wine that make this region famous. Sonoma County boasts more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 80km of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.

Whether your goal is to savor food and wine pairings at renowned wineries, explore the more than 50 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, picnic under towering redwood trees, shop unique local galleries and boutiques, or discover other Sonoma County delights, here are a few things you might want to know before visiting Sonoma Wine Country.

What to pack

Sonoma County’s moderate temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even in winter. The county typically gets about 25 to 30 inches of annual rainfall, mainly from November through April.

However, microclimates are part of what make Sonoma County such a great place to grow wine grapes, and some areas of the county can be much cooler, warmer, or windier than others. When the inland areas heat up in the summer, the coastal regions can remain cool. The weather can be changeable, and a chilly, foggy summer morning anywhere in the county can heat up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or more) by 2pm.

It’s best to wear layers. Jeans, khakis or shorts, T-shirts, comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, and a medium-weight jacket are good for daytime sightseeing. Wine Country casual — like business casual, but with the laid-back, country feeling of a vineyard — is typical for evenings out.

Getting to Sonoma County

For those flying into other airports, Sonoma County is about 75 miles north of either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports, or about 120 miles west of Sacramento International (SMF). When traveling by car from San Francisco (and points south of there), cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head north on Highway 101. From Sacramento, go west on US-80, then west on Highway 12/121. From Seattle/Portland, go south on Highway 101 or US Interstate 5.

Visit a winery or ten

Home to more than 425 award-winning wineries, Sonoma County barrels a varietal for nearly every palate. Taste by region or varietal, tour vineyards, barrel rooms, and wine caves. Savor delicious food-and-wine pairings, or learn how to blend wine. “Sparkling” isn’t just about wine in Sonoma County. The area’s artisan breweries, cider houses and distilleries offer tours as well. Be as active or as laid back as you wish, Sonoma County has a winery experience that’s right for you.

Get outdoors

Stroll through ancient redwoods; or soar through the forest on a zip line. Hike remote trails through more than 60 state and regional nature parks. Paddle a canoe through various rivers, lakes, and even an ocean. Cycle backroads easy enough for a beginner or challenging enough for the pro cyclists who compete in Amgen Tour of California or the Gran Fondo. Golfers can tee off at one of 20-plus stunning courses. Go horseback riding, take a ride in a hot-air balloon, observe wildlife, or simply sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Explore the coast

The stunning drive along Highway 1 unveils the rugged cliffs, pristine sand beaches, stunning vistas, whale watching, and small towns nestled along more than 50 miles of coastline. The area is dramatic, yet approachable. Trails and beaches beg travelers to stop and explore on foot. State and regional parks dot the coastline, tempting with hiking, beaches, fishing, camping, water sports, and horseback riding. Or simply relax at a beach for the day, enjoy a romantic picnic, or go all-out on a camping trip. While the coast is beautiful to explore at any time, be aware that the weather can turn windy or foggy any time of year, so always bring along a windbreaker and cap.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call +1-707-522-5800.


Mornington Peninsula in winter and where to stay and play

By Victoria /

The beautiful Mornington Peninsula is an incredible destination at any time of year, even during winter. When the mercury drops the beaches become quieter and the towns have more of a country charm.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and drive an hour and a half south west of the city. You’ll discover a stretch of magnificent coast and countryside that you won’t take for granted.

Here are five places where you can stay or have fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Peninsula Hot Springs

The famous Peninsula Hot Springs will help you slow right down and relax. These naturally heated geothermal hot springs make for the number one attraction along the Mornington Peninsula. Indulge with massages, facials and other body treatments. There’s also a gorgeous hill top pool where you panoramic views of the countryside. After a couple of hours here you’ll feel a million bucks.

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Grab the kids and head to this exciting outdoor wonderland. You’ll need at least a couple of hours to explore this place. It’s great for thrill seekers, especially those who are up for a challenge. Bush obstacle courses await, ready to test you at every turn. There’s also an intricate maze to navigate your way through. It’s definitely no easy feat. Not to mention the fun to be had while tree surfing.

McCrae Homestead

Victoria’s oldest and original house was built in 1844. It belonged to the McCrae family, which was one of the six pioneer families on the Mornington Peninsular. There’s a lot of history to explore here as you step back in time. Take a guided tour to explore the historic furniture and artwork on site as you also learn about the hardships the first residents faced. Comfortable and stylish accommodation is also available for those seeking a unique experience.

Morning Star Estate

Stay in one the Guest House’s charming but affordable rooms or spa suite. This hidden gem boasts impressive architecture and beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay. The gardens are kept in an impeccable condition, with more than 75,000 roses. The heritage building also has a cellar where you can sample and buy some of the finest local wines in the region.

Mornington Peninsula’s Glass Blowers

Venice may be world-famous for glass blowing. But this little hot glass studio in county Victoria is also something to talk about. The gallery is home to the work of two of Australia’s most talented glassblowers, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson. The husband and wife team create colourful artwork in a variety of different shapes. They put on demonstrations every day so you can watch them action. Afterwards you can purchase their fabulous creations.



New York events: the 6 big ticket events you can’t miss

By New York / United States /

Most people know of New York as the city of love. People travel from all over the world to begin their adventures in the Big Apple. But it’s also worth nothing New York events are so spectacular that you’ll probably come across a festival no matter what time of year you visit.

Hire a car from JFK Airport and start ticking off these New York events.

(Here’s a tip, plan parking for your New York events in NYC in advance!)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is the most important holiday of the year. In Manhattan, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been tradition for nearly a century. Millions of people pack the streets to watch famous singers, Broadway performers, floats and marching bands.

The US Open

It’s the country’s biggest tennis tournament and as far as New York events go, it’s should be high on your list. The Grand Slam event sees the world’s best players converge on New York between August and September. At the same time you’ll also find the globe’s maddest tennis fans.

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

There’s nothing like NYE, when people all over the world come together to celebrate the same thing; a fresh beginning. Why not celebrate it at one of America’s most iconic sites? There are dazzling lights, music and an incredible atmosphere as the crowd waits for the clock to strike midnight.

NYC Marathon

It’s not like other marathons. Nearly 50,000 people begin their run at Staten Island and cross the finish line in Central Park. No other marathon takes you past so many iconic attractions, with millions tuning in to watch runners take over New York.

Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting

This is a worldwide symbol of the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Be among the thousands of people who watch the a mammoth Christmas tree be lit in late November. Live performances at Rockefeller Plaza follow, while the glorious tree remains on display until early January.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Every June sees people from all walks of life come together, unified by their love for jazz. Drive five and a half hours north west of NYC to see the city’s main road transform into “Jazz Street”. Some truly amazing talent make this festival an incredible event.



Campervan favourites in Byron Bay and surrounds

By Australia / New South Wales /

Byron Bay is world-famous for its stunning surf beaches and outdoor activities. Whether you want to relax by the beach, dine in front of a gorgeous sunset backdrop, or go on a family adventure, Bryon Bay has it all.

Are you travelling with a family and trying to keep your holiday on the cheaper side? The best way to do it is to hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and drive two hours south to get there.

Here are five great places to stay if you’re looking for campervan accommodation in Byron.

BIG4 Byron Holiday Park

Imagine parking your campervan right next to one of the area’s most gorgeous beaches. This BIG4 park is spacious, has direct access to Tallow Beach and is just five minutes from the Heart of Byron Bay. It’s a great family atmosphere here. Better yet, there are private ensuite bathrooms available if your campervan doesn’t have those facilities.

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Suffolk is one of the region’s most popular holiday parks. You only need to spend a few minutes here to understand why. The location is the first advantage – it’s another great park right next to the beach. Being 10 minutes out of town, it’s also close enough to the centre of town while allowing you to avoid the hustle and bustle. You can even bring your pets along to stay here.

Byron Bay’s Glen Villa Resort

Less than half a kilometre from Byron’s CBD is the lovely Glen Villa Resort. It has powered and unpowered caravanning sites as is within walking distance to Belongil Beach. The resort also has an outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub. Not to mention all the other amenities you’d expect such as BBQs, kitchen and laundry facilities. This resort has everything you need plus more!

North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve

On the banks of the peaceful Simpsons Creek you’ll discover a blissful paradise, otherwise known as North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve. This multi award-winning holiday park is surrounded by natural bush and wildlife. The lovely Clarkes Beach is only a short stroll away, while you have modern facilities, like camp kitchens, at your fingertips. You’ll also have access to free WiFi.



Athens: 5 things to do in Greece’s capital and surrounds

By Europe /

Athens has one of the longest histories in the world. Over the centuries, different conquerors have taken control of Greece’s capital, with each leaving their own impression on the city.

Today it’s one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations, which reels in 4.5 million tourists every year. The best way to explore this vibrant place starts with finding a hire car from Athens Airport. Once you have that, get set for an ultimate adventure and check out these attractions!

The jewel of Athens: the Acropolis

Marvel at what’s considered to be Greece’s crowning glory. The “high city” dominates the Athens skyline and is an absolute masterpiece. Ancient structures like the Temple of Athena Nike and the fifth century BC temple ruins of the Parthenon make for a true reminder of the country’s Golden Age. But most of all the views from the summit are well worth a steep climb to the top.

Lake Vouliagmeni

If you’re feeling up for a drive then detour about 45 minutes south of Athens. You’ll discover the magnificent Lake Vouliagmeni, which sits beneath the remains of a limestone cavern. The water temperature is usually around 25 degrees Celsius, making it a great place to swim year-round. Find your little slice of heaven by the tranquil water.

Plaka district

It’s touted as one of the city’s most attractive districts. Plaka is also right under the slopes of the magnificent Acropolis and Greek literature references it as “the neighbourhood of the Gods”. There are neoclassical mansions to admire, small winding roads, quaint balconies and gorgeous flowers. It’s a special place where you can enjoy a bite to eat and also pick up souvenirs.

Monastiraki Flea Market

Athens is home to many markets but Monastiraki Flea Market should be the one at the top of your list. It’s a traditional market, with modern souvenir stalls, antique shops and collectables stores. Locals will also gladly entice you to buy their jewellery, crafts and other unique goods.

Mount Lycabettus

At 277 metres high, the Mount Lycabettus summit is the highest in the city. Its mighty limestone peaks rise from a pine tree forest in a fairly flat cityscape. From the top you can gaze upon the ancient temples and the gorgeous Aegean Sea. If you start your climb from Aristippou Street, take the zigzagging paths for around 20 minutes to get to the top. However, for those wanting a more relaxing option, it’s probably better to take the cable railway.



Head for the hills for these Blue Mountains attractions

By Australia / New South Wales /

West of Sydney are dozens of Blue Mountains attractions. Whether you want to head to a waterfall, explore an historic town or admire mountain scenery, this pristine region has it all. It’s one of the most famous wilderness areas in Australia and is perfect for nature lovers.

To explore these Blue Mountains attractions, all you have to do is hire a car from Sydney Airport and drive about 60km west of Sydney.


This charming town is famous for its health spas and cool-climate gardens. Visitors love taking photos of the 19th-century cottages, which make this place feel like a quaint English village. Cherry trees also line the main street, where you can stop to take a break at one of many antique stores, gift shops and cafes. The Toy and Railway Museum is also popular with tourists, especially children. Or if you just wanted to relax by a waterfall, head to the delightful Leura Cascades for a picnic.


Just a few kilometres away from beautiful Leura is Katoomba, which is the largest town in the Blue Mountains. It’s centrally located in the Blue Mountains National Park, making it a great place to base yourself to explore nearby attractions. There’s the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which at 52 decree incline through the Jamison Valley, is the steepest passenger railway in the world. Katoomba is also home to several galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants.

Hartley Historic Site

Step back in time with a visit to the Hartley Historic Site. You’ll find this settlement of sandstone buildings and newly renovated historic cottages on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Explore the stories of the families who lived here and the artefacts spread throughout this important town. Join a guided tour of Hartley for a more in-depth experience.

Govetts Leap Lookout

Enjoy amazing views of the plunging Grose Valley. The views from Govetts Leap Lookout are some of the most stunning in the Blue Mountains. Admire the sandstone cliffs, the lush eucalyptus forest and Bridal Veil Falls. The lookout is easily accessible by car and there are plenty of challenging hikes nearby. You’ll also find Govetts Leap Lookout to be a lot less crowded than Echo Point, which is famous for its views of the Three Sisters.



Top Things to do in the Sunshine Coast this Easter Break

By Australia / Brisbane /

It’s almost here! Four whole days off to indulge in some Easter fun. And, there is no better place to head for the break than the Sunshine Coast. With plenty of family fun to be had this Easter break it seems it’ll be a busy one. Therefore, you should get your car rental at Brisbane airport  booked sharpish.

From food festivals to animal fun at Australia Zoo, here are the top things to do in the Sunshine Coast this Easter break.

Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest, 31st March

The region will play host to the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest on Easter Saturday (31st March).  An enjoyable free event which kicks off with a cheese rolling competition, as well as the great Cheester Egg Hunt for children. And, some gourmet cooking demonstrations showcasing produce from the Mary Valley for the adults.

Ocean Street World Festival, 1st April

It’s not only cheese and wine that will be on the menu over the Easter break. On Easter Sunday (1 April), Maroochydore will be transformed into a celebration of diversity at the Ocean Street World Festival. A free event featuring artists across four stages with acts from around the globe. Expect Salsa dancing, Bollywood workshops, choirs, djembe workshops and more.

Australia Zoo, 30th – 2nd April

Australia Zoo will be another hive of activity during the Easter break with an epic egg-pedition treasure hunt, pony trails, plus, meet their Easter Bilby and get a free chocolate egg. From the 30th – 2nd April, the Irwin family will be feeding the crocs (pictured) in the 12pm Wildlife Warrior show in the world-famous Crocoseum.

Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, 30th – 1st April

Surfers will be attracted by one of Australia’s oldest surfing competitions: the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, held over the Easter break  (30-1 April) at Caloundra’s Moffat Beach. The surfing contest began in 1974 and has attracted some big names over the years including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

Original Eumundi Markets, 14th March – 9th April

Children can enjoy the annual Easter egg treasure hunt at the Original Eumundi Markets on Easter Saturday (31st March).  This will be another fun and free Easter break activity that includes a hunt with clues through the market with a chocolate surprise at the completion of the journey.

Other toddler activities on sunshine coast include: Magic with Nickleby at the Ginger Factory, mini medieval Olympics at Sunshine Castle or learn how to make robots dance, talk and move at Sunshine Coast Libraries.


Byron Bay highlights in the Autumn months

By Australia / New South Wales /

Byron Bay is only a two hour drive south of Brisbane, which makes it the perfect destination for a short getaway. The coastal town is famous for its beaches and it full of tourists in the summertime. But many find it’s actually better to visit in the cooler months, when the town is less busy and you have some of the stunning attractions all to yourself. 

It’s probably a good idea to start thinking about this trip as autumn approaches! Pick up your cheap car hire deal from DriveNow at Brisbane Airport and let your journey begin.

Do the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk

Make sure this walk is at the top of your to-do list once you get to Byron Bay. The iconic lighthouse sits on top of sea cliffs. You can reach it from the base of the hill, which is a difficult walk, or by simply driving most of the way and walking the last part. It’s the perfect lookout to admire the easternmost pint of mainland Australia. You’ll be treated to splendid views of the coastline.

Check out the Bangalow Markets

You don’t necessarily need a lot of money to pick up some good buys at the Bangalow Markets. Drive 20 minutes and you’ll come across a world of handcrafted goods, unique jewellery and ceramics. There are 300 stalls and a whole bunch of freshly baked delights to look at. The markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s still lovely to browse the stalls and meet the skilled artists, who will no doubt take every opportunity to talk about their creations.

Hit the beaches

Byron Bay is most famous for its idyllic beaches. White sandy shores and clear blue waters… what else could you ask for? The beaches may cool down in autumn but that means you’ll also get to escape the crowds. Main Beach is popular with families and it’s also home to many surf schools. If cold water scares you then all you need is a wetsuit and you’ll hardly feel it. If surfing isn’t your thing then pack a hot lunch and enjoy a picnic on the sand.

Head to the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail

Drive south to discover one of the region’s iconic walking trails. THis one takes you from the gorgeous Fawcett Park to the North Wall, teaching you all about the area’s history. You’ll learn about the Richmond River and the role it played in the region’s early years, along with the arrival of European settlers. There are 19 interpretive plaques along the walkway to fill in the gaps for you. When you learn about an area’s history, it makes you appreciate what you see in town today.

Exlpore the Macadamia Castle

Head to Ballina’s Macadamia Castle for a day full of family fun. The kids tend to bolt straight to the nursery to see the animals. You’ll find native friends plus little rabbits and even a reptile display. You can also take the kids for a game of mini golf or treat yourself to a BBQ lunch. You’ll come across plenty of delicious food including gourmet macadamia products. There’s even a display where you can learn about the local macadamia nut industry.



Brisbane’s coolest caravan parks for your campervan

By Australia / Brisbane /

Do you want to explore the beautiful city of Brisbane in a caravan? It’s a caravan friendly city with many caravan parks to choose from. 

Hire a caravan from Brisbane Airport and stay at one of these caravan parks.

Brisbane Holiday Village (right)

If location is your main concern, then look no further than Brisbane Holiday Village. The award-winning Brisbane Holiday Village is only 15 minutes from the CBD and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Theme Parks. It’s one of the most central caravan parks you’ll find in Brisbane which caters to all budgets. It also comes with all the amenities you’d expect, such as BBQs, a tennis court, mini golf course and a restaurant. 

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park

Once upon a time this property was a Jersey cow stud farm but now it’s a tranquil caravan park for holiday-makers. This caravan park has 100 tourist sites, camping sites, ensuite cabins, to name a few accommodation styles. Newmarket Gardens is conveniently close to attractions such as Suncorp Stadium, the QLD Museum, Southbank and the Convention Centre. It’s also just 4km from the city centre but you’ll feel as if you have your own quiet section of paradise.

Brisbane Gateway Resort

Brisbane Gateway Resort is another venue in a convenient spot, which also offers value for money. You’ll stay in Rochedale on the south side of the city and enjoy the excellent facilities on site. Tourists who stay here praise the resort for its cleanliness and the modern guest facilities. Enjoy the resort-style swimming pool, a day/night tennis court and an adventure playground for the kids. All of the sites have electricity, water and waste water services.

Lake Somerset Holiday Park

If you’re prepared to stay outside Brisbane, then you won’t be disappointed if Lake Somerset Holiday Park is your choice. It’s set on 45 hectares in the Valley of the Lakes. Here, you can stay right near the edge of the water at Lake Somerset. This holiday park is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. You also have the added bonus of having a watersport playground on your doorstep!



7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

By Australia / New South Wales /

A road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is one of the most scenic routes in New South Wales. There are many stunning lookouts, beaches and rainforest areas along the way and that’s not to mention the many landmarks along the way.

Grab a cheap hire car deal from Sydney and begin your road trip today!

Surf at Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms

Begin your road trip with a surfing adventure at Pacific Palms. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing waves. Boomerang Beach is popular with families, especially in the summer months. Boomerang Beach has crystal clear waters and white sand. It also plays host to major surfing competitions every year. Talk about a beach that has everything!

Visit the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The next stopover on your road trip of the mid north coast is the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse which has been standing since 1879. It’s also one of only five small lighthouses on the NSW coast. The panoramic views from the lighthouse are breathtaking. Tourists often spot whales and dolphins from the lighthouse at certain times of the year.

Complete the Newcastle Memorial Walk

This spectacular coastal walk has a personal connections for thousands of locals. It was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 while it also marks the beginning of the steel making industry in Newcastle. The 450 metre long cliff top walkway joins Strzelecki Lookout and Bar Beach. The views of the coast, city and valley are amazing.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Just 5km from Newcastle is Glenrock State Conservation Area which offers pristine beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls. This coastal rainforest area is home to bats, bandicoots and many ancient Aboriginal sites. There are plenty of walks and mountain bike trails and furthermore the park is home to gorgeous beaches that you can relax at.

See the world from Perpendicular Point, Laurieton

The majestic Perpendicular Point offers spectacular views of the surrounding coast. The lookout is located above 40 metre high cliffs and is surrounded by rugged headlands and forest. It’s also the highlight of Kattang Nature Reserve. It’s worth visiting in spring because the walking tracks nearby feature many wildflowers.

Visit Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

This park is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions. It features a range of Australian animals, such as kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and Birds of Prey. You’ll also get up close with animals from across the world, including lions, snow pandas and red pandas. The zoo has also gained worldwide recognition for its koala breeding program.

Detour for Bindarri National Park

Detour inland for about and hour to explore some of the highlights of Bindarri National Park. There are scenic spots for picknicking, walking and swimming. You’ll drive through old, lush forest which is full of wildlife and hidden natural treasures. In addition, many people like to pack their mountain bike so they can explore the area. But most of all, no matter where you choose to go in the National Park, you’re likely to find peaceful scenes that you’ll have all to yourself.



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.



New Zealand for adventure: 5 unmissable things to do in Picton

By Picton / South Island /

Picton is one of New Zealand’s prettiest port towns. People come here for the picturesque scenery and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place to base yourself before catching the ferry across to the North Island.

Pick up a cheap car hire deal with DriveNow and add these attractions to your to-do list at Picton.

Dolphin viewing tour from Picton

Marlborough Sounds is just as beautiful as the creatures that live there. Majestic dolphins cruise through the area, delighting tourists with every sighting. You can get up close and personal with the dolphins. Five different species are regularly seen at Marlborough Sounds – the Bottlenose, Common, Dusky, Orca and also the rare Hector’s dolphins.

Take a winery tour

Most people love a trip to a good winery. It’s definitely something you want to do during your stay in Picton. If your driver is a wine lover then it’s easy to join a tour. A guide takes you to one winery after another, explaining the history of the Wairau Valley and the delicious drops that are created here. You can also admire the stunning scenery along the way.

Mountain bike the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is known as one of New Zealand’s best walks. The 70km track has also earned its reputation as a classic mountain bike track. It’s New Zealand’s longest continual single track. Most riders need two days to complete the track comfortably. Some sections are tough and steep, but the gorgeous scenes are well worth the challenge. The track is recommended for intermediate and advanced riders.

Whale Station Experience

The only thing more impressive than witnessing pods of dolphins swimming through pristine waters is whales doing the same thing! Behind your experience at the National Whaling Centre, where you learn about the history of whaling. You then cruise to the Perano Whaling Station, and you may be lucky enough to see these amazing animals along the way. Perano is the only restored station in the country where you can learn about machinery used in the whaling era.

Go kayaking at Marlborough Sound

There’s 1500km of coastline at Marlborough Sound, making it a peaceful wonderland for kayakers. Deep greens and turquoise colours ought ho the water, while there is a stubby backdrop of green forests and sandy beaches. Travel through the area and it won’t be difficult to find a spot all to yourself. That’s what makes this experience extra special.