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.



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 minutes from the airport, so you won’t have to travel far after picking up your campervan from the airport. If that’s not ideal enough, you’re also a short drive to wineries, wildlife parks and shopping malls. Powered and unpowered sites, cabins, BBQ facilities and a swimming pool with a sauna are some of the park’s highlights.

Amber Kiwi Holiday Park

Another centrally located holiday park, which sits between Christchurch Airport and close to the CBD. There’s a range of accommodation options, including camping or staying in your campervan. Park facilities include free wifi, car wash, two communal kitchen, a TV room with more than 50 channels. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied while you rest and enjoy your holiday. Not to mention this place took out winner of the “Kiwi Holiday Park of the Year” award in 2014 and 2015.

South Brighton Holiday Park

A beautiful holiday park right beside South Brighton Beach. You can explore the highlights of the city but come home at the end of the day to a tranquil beach surrounding. Walk along the sandy shore, hire a boat, go swimming or surfing or completely lounge around with a book. From the shore near the camp there are no commercial developments, making it a wonderful place to holiday.

Also check out Seven Great Eateries In Christchurch


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Wellington in winter – 4 great things to do

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Are you looking for a winter holiday in New Zealand? Discover Wellington and its amazing attractions. Check out this list of the most popular things to do in Wellington if you want to ride cable cars and take a Lord of the Rings tour.

But you can also add some other great attractions. Just hire a car from Wellington Airport and check out the list below.

Just a few minutes from downtown Wellington is a whole new world. ZEALANDIA is home to the country’s most unique wildlife. Venture into the beautiful Sanctuary Valley to spot geckos, playful forest parrots called kaka and many other animals. You can also tour ZEALANDIA at night. This will get you closer to nocturnal animals, such as endangered little spotted kiwis.

Weta Cave
Travel behind the scenes at Weta Cave. A guided tour of the Weta Workshop teaches you about the skills and creativity required to perfect this art. Come close to sculptures of famous characters from your favourite childhood movies. You’ll also get to watch videos about the artists who created them.

Space Place at Carter Observatory
The Carter Observatory is at the top of Wellington’s Cable Car attraction. This world-class site has many multi-media galleries. The virtual space journeys teach you about the latest advancements in astronomy. You’ll also learn about early Maori navigation techniques, as you study the night skies. It’s a fun and interactive experience. It’s bound to inspire the family.

Northern Explorer Train
Take a trip on the Northern Explorer Train when you leave Wellington for Auckland. You’ll pass snow-blanketed mountains and rolling green hills. There are also gorgeous country towns and coasts. The rugged terrain is beautiful. You’ll pass spectacular volcanic mountains and stunning river gorges in the Tongariro National Park. This journey won’t disappoint.



Hot relocation deals in New Zealand and Australia

By Australia / New Zealand /

If you haven’t yet discovered DriveNow’s amazing one way rentals deals then you’ve been missing out!

Relocation rentals are a win win situation for both parties involved. The rental company doesn’t have to pay big bucks to transport a vehicle to another city, while the customer receives incredible deals for as little at $1 a day.

Consider taking up one of the offers below. But you’d better be quick to jump on these limited deals before someone else does!

Auckland to Queenstown
Price: $5 a day
Travel dates: May 4th-8th
Terms: Minimum four days, maximum seven days hire
Do you need to travel between these two cities in early May, or perhaps you’re looking around for a last-minute road trip? Then look no further than this Britz Voyoager campervan deal, where your sleeping quarters are comfortable and decked out with everything you need. You’ll also receive the first 2000km free.

Christchurch to Queenstown
Price: $5 a day
Travel dates: May 8th-11th
Terms: Minimum three days, maximum six days hire
Pick up an incredible deal for your Christchurch to Queenstown driving trip. You’ll score 750km free and a brilliant campervan to go along with it. The Frontier is decked out with three double beds, cooking and bathroom facilities. For a bit extra, you can also hire an outdoor table and chairs.

Queenstown to Christchurch
Price: $5 a day
Travel dates: May 10th-13th
Terms: Minimum three days, maximum six days hire
Your Britz Outbounder has the capacity to sleep four people, with the company touting the vehicle as “absolute luxury for a couple”. It has a spacious bed, bathroom and kitchen area and is fully decked out with modern amenities. With this deal you’ll also receive 750km free.

Brisbane to Melbourne
Price: $5 a day
Travel dates: April 27th-May 2nd
Terms: Minimum four days, maximum five days hire
You’ll have all the freedom you desire with this Britz Explorer deal. The four berth motorhome is complete with a mini-kitchen and bathroom and has the capacity to sleep four adults. DriveNow is offering more than 2200km free and up to $80 free fuel.

Hobart Airport to Melbourne
Price: $5 a day
Travel dates: May 7th-14th
Terms: Minimum four days, maximum five days hire
You’ll receive up to $350 free fuel and more than 850km free. Drive from Hobart Airport to Melbourne in a Maui Ultima. You have the flexibility to choose whether you prefer a king-sized bed or two singles. This two berth caravan is extra spacious and it also features wonderful storage space for your road adventure.


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What are the top 5 camping sites on New Zealand’s North Island?

By New Zealand / North Island /

Lovely campsites with scenic views are scattered across New Zealand’s countryside. Pick up your New Zealand car rental from any one of NZ’s major cities, travel around and make sure you spend some time at these locations.

Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island to visit.

Whakapapa Holiday Park
Set in the Togariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest national park, you’ll find this idyllic camping ground nestled in a beech forest. Base yourself at the Whakapapa Holiday Park to explore the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Tongariro Northen Circuit hiking trails.

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground
Hot Water Beach at Te Rata Bay is the country’s geothermal hotspot, where you can relax in an isolated natural hot spring. Nearby is a small camping ground, which has just 30 tent sites. You should book in advance to make sure you secure your peaceful camping trip away.

Broken Hills Campsite
Set beside the flowing Tairua River among native bush in the Coromandel region, Broken Hills Campsite is perhaps one of New Zealand’s most peaceful camping areas. It hosts 45 non-powered sites and from here you can explore many walking tracks, which contain traces of the area’s goldmining past. Stays at the park are decided on a first come, first served basis.

Fletcher Bay Campsite
The green, rolling hills that surround Fletcher Bay Campsite make a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning, and equally lovely to admire in the evening when the sun sets over the bay. You’ll find few campsites in a farm setting quite like this one. It’s also a perfect location if the family’s keen on water sports, such as swimming, fishing and boating.

Anaura Bay Campsite
Stay one night at Anaura Bay and you won’t want to leave.This large campsite sits right next to a beautiful beach and a stream. Apart from the stunning coastal scenery, there are also several walking trails nearby. Campers are permitted to bring dogs along, and keep in mind the campsite is only open between Labour Weekend and Easter.


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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.