DriveNow’s new rental vehicle excess insurance giving you more choice

By Australia / Christchurch / Great Ocean Road / New Zealand / United States / Victoria /

Rental vehicle excess insurance is a great option for many people who are choosing a self-drive holiday. Driving holidays are becoming more and more popular both in Australia and overseas. That’s why DriveNow has partnered with Hiccup Insurance to give customers the option of taking out affordable new product for rental vehicle excess insurance.

It’s for anyone who is hiring a car in Australia, and also Australians who are travelling overseas.

Check out some of the rental vehicle excess insurance deals that you can pre-purchase. There’s also the options of buying excess reduction when you arrive to pick up your car! Or you can stick to the standard insurance policy and not take out additional cover.

There’s an option for everybody, so check out these destinations where we recommend a self-drive holiday!

New Zealand – Christchurch to Te Anau

The best to see New Zealand’s most impressive terrains is to drive. Pick up your hire vehicle in Christchurch. After a day of sightseeing around the city, make your way to Franz Josef for your first stop. Spend a night or two here so you can trek the famous glacier of the same name. Your next stop includes a visit of Mt Cook village, where spectacular views await. Continue onto Queenstown, which is the South Island’s adventure playground. Whether you want to relax and admire pristine views or do something as daring as skydiving, Queenstown has it all. After a few nights you can head to the famous Milford Sound, where you can visit waterfalls, go trekking and admire wildlife. Next stop is Te Anau, where you can explore the surrounding nature by walks and even see the incredible glowworm caves!

Australia – Great Ocean Road

After picking up your rental vehicle in Melbourne, head west to explore one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Make Lorne your first stop. From here you can explore the surf beaches at nearby Apollo Bay and Torquay. You can also visit the spectacular Sheok Falls in the Great Otway National Park. Head along the Shipwreck Coast to visit famous sights such as the Twelve Apostles. There are limestome formations like Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands which are also worth a visit. End in Warrnambool with a history lesson at places like the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. Throughout this entire trip you can visit scenic towns and lookouts along the way.

USA – Route 66

The good old Route 66 is the USA’s most famous self-drive itinerary, the quintessential American road trip. It often ranks at the top of travellers’ must-do lists. Driving from Chicago to LA will take four days, but there are many stopovers you’ll want to make for at least a day or two. Some of these towns include Holbrook, Arizona where you should spend a night in a tepee. While in Arizona most people also detour to spend a few days exploring the magnificent Grand Canyon. Other great sights to see include Cadillac Ranch in Texas, Santa Monica Pier in California and the Galena Historic District.


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







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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Places to park your campervan around Christchurch

By Christchurch / New Zealand /

No visit to New Zealand is complete with stopping by Christchurch. A campervan is the perfect tool to explore Christchurch city and surrounds. Hire a campervan by browsing DriveNow’s specials, and park your campervan at some of these fantastic holiday parks.

Amber Kiwi Holiday Park
This small inner city holiday park is just 4km from Cathedral Square. It sits on landscaped grounds, making it a peaceful setting for a holiday with the family. With a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere, it’s also close to all the attractions Christchurch’s CBD has to offer.

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park (pictured)
Waikuku Beach Holiday Park sits only 100 metres from a surf and swim beach, which is patrolled by lifeguards during summer. There’s also a forest separating the holiday park from the beach, with several walking trails. Not to mention the flying fox, basketball court and golf course nearby, offering plenty of entertainment for children.

Rakaia River Holiday Park
Less than an hour south west of Christchurch is Rakaia River Holiday Park, set amongst the trees and surrounded by tranquil walking trails. Fishermen also say it’s one of the best places to camp in New Zealand. It’s located right next to the Rakaia River, which is said to be one of the country’s best salmon fishing rivers.

North South Holiday Park
Located just minutes from Christchurch International Airport is this relaxing, tree-lined holiday retreat. Its location makes for a wonderful base from which to explore the CBD and surrounding attractions. With powered sites available and a range of facilities, such as a swimming pool and outside lounge, it’s a great place to relax after a busy day of exploring the area.

Alpine Pacific Holiday Park
Drive two hours north of Christchurch and you’ll discover nature at its finest in Kaikoura. There are coastal walks, marine life encounters, with snow capped peaks in the distance. Alpine Pacific Holiday Park’s tranquil setting also makes it the perfect place to base the family as you explore this pristine area.


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Seven great eateries in Christchurch

By Christchurch / New Zealand /

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s home to beautiful gardens, historic buildings, incredible scenery – and also diverse cafes and restaurants.

Grab one of DriveNow’s great Christchurch car rental deals, and explore these seven great eateries.

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Jump on board a luxurious colonial-style dining tram and dine in style. The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant boasts the finest cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer. You’ll enjoy a superb meal in comfort, while admiring the city’s historic buildings and scenic surroundings.

Pedro’s House of Lamb
Lamb lovers’ mouths start to water the second they step foot in Pedro’s House of Lamb. The Spanish restaurant slowly cooks a tender whole lamb shoulder over five hours, keeping the meat moist and ready to melt in your mouth. The lamb is seasoned with garlic and rosemary and served with scalloped potatoes. Foodies regularly say it’s one of the best roasts in all of Christchurch.

The Old Vicarage
The stunning 1898 villa houses the Vicarage Bar and Restaurant, which features beautiful rooms for dining and an alfresco garden courtyard. Pork belly with sea salt crackling is among diners’ favourite dishes. You can also pick up a boutique beer or some divine wine at the stylish bar.

King of Snake
This high-end Asian restaurant offers three courses, served with amazing local wines. King of Snake is the brainchild of Tony Astles, who is commonly referred to as ‘the godfather of fine dining’. If that’s not enough to impress you, then perhaps the restaurant’s dark interior and great bar will convince you to give this place a go.

Cook ‘n’ with Gas
Modern New Zealand cuisine is served in an 1860s villa, This multi-award winning bistro is one of Christchurch’s most talked about food venues. To compliment your meal, which is made from local produce, you can choose from a list of more than 200 national beers and wines.

Pegasus Bay Winery
This family-owned winery sits within the Waipara Valley, where ripe, high quality grapes full of flavour are produced. Pegasus Bay Winery uses home-grown, seasonal ingredients to offer a superb food experience, with chefs creating the menu around its fine wine list.

The Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant
Clean and healthy living is at the heart of this vegetarian restaurant. The Lotus menu is served inside a unique temple-like exterior. You’ll be treated to south Indian dishes, including lentil and rice dosa crepe filled with potato masala. With many delicious flavours on offer, you’ll also have access to smoothies made from healthy and superfood ingredients.


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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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Taking the scenic route over the straight one

By Christchurch / New Zealand /

New Zealand is full of great scenic routes you can take instead of the faster motorways or highways. There’s something special about road trips.
You don’t just get in a car and drive anywhere, it’s not just about getting from A to B. It’s about going somewhere, embarking on an adventure and enjoying the journey while you’re at it.

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