Feb
21
2017

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,…

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Feb
17
2017

4 must-see events at the Adelaide Festival 2017

By Adelaide / Australia /

The Adelaide Festival runs from 3-19 March. Fascinating opera, theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts awaits. This festival features some of the world’s best. The Adelaide Festival is in its 32nd year. The 2017 line-up includes opera from England and drama from Germany. There’s also dance from Israel and a tribute to the late Judy Garland. Grab a cheap car hire deal from Adelaide and make sure you see these top four performances at the 2017 Adelaide Festival. Saul (pictured) George Frideric Handel’s Saul is the headline act for 2017. Directed by Barrie Kosky, this opera masterpiece treats you to dramatic and heart-breaking music. It tells the story of a Lear-like mad king and his family’s struggles. Critics across the world have praised the show after a performance at the Glyndebourne Festival two years ago. Now it comes exclusively to Adelaide for Australian opera lovers. Portraits in Motion Have you ever wanted to see the world through an artist’s eyes? “Intrepid traveller” Volker Gerling has…

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Feb
15
2017

Festivals in WA that you can’t miss

By Australia / Western Australia /

Have you ever considered travelling to Western Australia for festivals? Well, if you haven’t then now is the time to do it. Different music, art and other cultural festivals run year-round, thanks to Western Australia’s generally sunny weather. Hire a campervan from Perth Airport with DriveNow and make your way to any of these great events for your next holiday. Perth International Arts Festival 10 February – 5 March 2017 You won’t have to travel far to be part of one of the state’s most popular events. PIAF is the longest running event of its kind and it has been going every year since 1953. Half a million people attend every year to admire new works and connect with artists from across the world. South West Craft Beer Festival 11 February 2017 Think live music, amazing food and even better craft beer. This year will see the biggest line-up of breweries take part in this unique event. It’s held in…

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Feb
10
2017
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Head for the country roads for Victoria events

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Some of the best festivals aren’t in the big cities – they’re in the country towns. Victoria is no exception. The countryside is full of charming towns with colourful events that they proudly call their own. Hire a campervan from Melbourne Airport and travel to some of the most scenic parts of the state to enjoy these iconic events. Horsham Country Music Festival (pictured) 23-26 March, 2017 Horsham’s celebration of all things country began in 2006. Ever since then, the festival has been attracting country music lovers from far and wide. This year, they’ve secured New Zealand’s Jog Adams and Victoria’s Dennis Morgan. Organisers are also proud to give budding country music artists a chance to showcase their talent in front of the Horsham crowd. High Country Harvest Festival 5-21 May, 2017 Victoria’s annual High Country Harvest is the time to feast! There’s no better place to be in Autumn, as the season brings out some of the most exquisite golden…

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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…

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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…

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Nov
30
2016

Noosa food scene is one of the hottest on the east coast

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NOOSA is renowned for its sun, surf and endless summer, but the food scene is not only one of the hottest on the Sunshine Coast, but up there with the best on the entire east coast. There are plenty of excuses to catch a cheap flight to the sunshine state, nab a Noosa people mover rental and head north to this pearl in the east. Try these foodie favourites when you’re not hitting the sand and surf. Betty’s Burgers (below) – Surf rats, tourists and locals are swamping what is becoming known as the king of the burger craze Down Under and it really doesn’t disappoint amid the Hastings St hive of activity. Great relaxed vibe and hearty burgers are the force here, including crispy chicken, shroom burgers, and Betty’s Classic options among many more. Wash it down with a filling thickshake (try the peanut butter!) and that’s before you unbuckle the belt for a crack at Betty’s amazing Concrete…

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Nov
17
2016

Tasmania for a cooler kind of summer

By Australia / Tasmania /

Some of Tasmania’s most beautiful places to stay this summer are within a couple of hours from Hobart. The best part about Tasmania is you won’t have to suffer through the scorching heat unlike your fellow Aussies further north. Summer in Tasmania is a lot cooler and kinder on your body. It frees you up to explore the great Tasmanian wilderness instead of hiding indoors. Grab your hire car in Hobart and choose from one of these five places to stay. Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village (right) Stay in a tranquil rainforest valley on the edge of the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Did we mention it’s a World Heritage listed area? If this sounds like you idea of heaven then you’ll want to book in advance to secure your spot at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of whistling birds filling your private cottage. Walk out onto your balcony and you may even…

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Oct
21
2016

What’s hot in Wellington NZ

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New Zealand’s incredible capital city, Wellington, is located on the North Island. It boasts many exciting attractions, from the exciting Weta Cave mini museum to the iconic red cable cars that take you to the top of Mount Victoria. The city also has a vibrant food and wine scene. All you need to do is hire a car from Wellington Airport https://www.drivenow.com.au/new-zealand/car-hire-wellington.jspc# and drive yourself to one of these hot up-and-coming events. Wellington Sky Show Fireworks (pictured) 6th November, 9pm Every single year the Wellington Sky Show lights up the sky over the city’s harbour. This spectacular fireworks display marks Guy Fawkes Night and has been running since 1995. It’s perhaps one of the most unique displays you’ll ever witness too, with the fireworks show synchronised with soundtracks on local radio stations. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the show from Wellington’s waterfront – one of the best vantage points in the city. Black Moon 31st October Another great…

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Oct
18
2016

Campervan adventures in Christchurch

By Christchurch /

Christchurch is the oldest city in New Zealand. It’s also one of the most beautiful and is recovering after the devastating 2011 earthquakes. Whether you want to explore the city’s famous gardens, hit the snow or go on an outdoor adventure in the forest, Christchurch has everything.  Planning a trip to Christchurch but wondering where to park your wheels? Visit DriveNow’s website to hire a campervan so you can begin your adventure in this beautiful city! Christchurch Top10 Holiday Park This holiday park is the largest accommodation provider in the city. It’s located on the outskirts of the CBD, making it an ideal place to base yourself during your stay. After you’ve explored the area for the day, you can enjoy the park’s spacious grounds, park facilities and pool. It’s always a favourite with young families but it also accommodates for all types of travellers, including business and backpackers. North South Holiday Park North South Holiday Park is located just five…

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Oct
12
2016

Discover Launceston and surrounds

By Australia / Tasmania /

Launceston is one of the most beautiful places worth discovering in northern Tasmania. This gorgeous riverside city is full of charm and history. Immerse yourself in Launceston and surrounds and tick these four activities off your adventure list. All you need to do is hire a car from Launceston Airport and check out these highlights. The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania This museum features over 100 years’ of stylish automobiles. Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar are some of the big brands you’ll get to admire. The upper level of the museum is home to many motorcycles. It’s a must-visit for rev-heads who are keen to learn about history and the technological advances over time. There’s also a chance to take home some memorabilia. Tamar Valley wineries The Tamar Valley stretches from the rolling hills surrounding Launceston to the beautiful beaches of the Bass Strait. The valley is home to forests, vineyards and orchards, which makes it the perfect destination…

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Sep
28
2016

Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland

By Australia / Victoria /

The second annual Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland over three days from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23. The family-friendly event, which brings together a range of adventure sports into a single, ultimate outdoor festival provides athletes with events across several disciplines in some of the most beautiful wilderness in Australia. Nestled in Victoria’s eastern corner, East Gippsland has a mild climate and stunning natural environment with high-country grandeur, isolated beaches, rugged coastal outcrops and Australia’s largest inland water system, the Gippsland Lakes. It is rich in natural attractions, ranging from the remote wilderness of the UNESCO-recognised Croajingolong National Park, to the rugged beauty of the Snowy River and Alpine national parks, the Lakes National Park, fringed by lakes and dunes. Race director Steve Peterson said the festival includes 10 events; an adventure race, ultra and half marathon, trail running, mountain bike events of varying lengths, plus an adventure fun run and activities for children. Professional race…

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