Destinations

Destinations

Australia

Apr
15
2019

Winter’s here and so are these 5 great Victorian pubs

By Victoria /

There’s nothing better than escaping the chill and bunkering down with a good red and hearty pub lunch. Victorian pubs offer fantastic food and beer while the down to earth atmosphere makes for a great get together with friends. It can be hard to decide where to go for your next pub experience. That’s because there are literally hundreds of Victorian pubs scattered throughout Melbourne and across the countryside. So we’ve made it easy for you. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and hit the road to get to one of these top Victorian pubs. (Just don’t drink and drive). Woodlands Hotel The north Melbourne suburb of Coburg has one great place that’s perfect for any special occasion. The Woodlands Hotel gives you something to look forward to each time you visit. It could be the modern Australian cuisine in the indoor dining room or a hearty meal in the outdoor garden area. You can sample craft beer in the…

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Apr
09
2019

Great Ocean Road top tips during the Rip Curl Pro

By Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Great Ocean Road remains one of Australia’s treasures, let alone Victoria’s, and as the famed Rip Curl Pro descends on Bells Beach it’s well worth planning your trip to make the most of the Great Ocean Road that surrounds the surf break. Once you pick up your wheels from Melbourne Airport, follow the hot tips below from the Visit Victoria team. If there’s anything more impressive than a packed Bells Beach watching the world’s top ranked surfers carve up the waves every Easter, it’s the breathtaking ocean views to be had along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. All adventures lead to the 12 Apostles, and what adventures they’re bound to be. Whether it’s getting active, lingering over a coffee in a beachside cafe, tasting wines in acclaimed vineyards, or exploring dramatic scenery, there’s something for everyone on the Great Ocean Road. With so much to do in and around Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro, our advice is to…

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Mar
29
2019

Sporting events: Go sports crazy in Sydney and surrounds

By New South Wales /

Aussies love their sport. Luckily, we can still expect some awesome sporting events to hit our shores in autumn and winter – especially in Sydney and surrounds. If you’re visiting from interstate, you can pick up a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport with DriveNow. Then you’ll be able to hit the road for one of these popular NSW sporting events. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 13 April, 2019 Luckily, you won’t have to travel far for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. A night of endless entertainment is coming right to Sydney! The team is known for their amazing performance and humour on the basketball court. The Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in their style of play. They have played more than 26,000 exhibition games for fans in more than 100 countries across the world. It’s possible to meet, take photos with and play alongside your favourite players. You just need to secure a spot at Magic Pass, which is an exclusive pre-game event….

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Mar
25
2019

Best Byron Bay resorts for the perfect winter escape

By New South Wales /

Byron Bay is famous for it’s stunning beaches and walking tracks. However, few people realise that it also makes for a wonderful winter getaway. When winter approaches, the crowds disappear, leaving Cape Byron Lighthouse, whale watching and epic markets to only a few! Many people want to know where are the most impressive Byron Bay resorts. An unforgettable experience awaits, no matter which one you choose. Pick up a hire car in Byron Bay and make your way to one of these amazing Byron Bay resorts. Elements of Byron (pictured) This is one of those Byron Bay resorts that will absolutely take your breath away. Elements of Byron is an award-winning beachfront resort, boasting world-class facilities and luxury accommodation. You’re surrounded by water in almost every direction. Relax by the central lagoon pool. You have uninterrupted views across the bay to Cape Byron. There’s also direct access to a secluded stretch of Belongil Beach, where you can ride on horseback. It’s easy to unwind…

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Mar
13
2019

Sydney & surrounds Easter school holidays fun

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Easter and the school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney and surrounds is a hive of activity. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and experience these great events and tourist attractions over the Easter period. Sydney Royal Easter Show, 12-23 April Dating back to 1823, the Royal Easter Show in Sydney (picture courtesy Destination NSW) is Australia’s largest ticketed event and is attended by 850,000 people every year. It’s a unique celebration of the Australian way of life with agricultural experiences, fresh produce, animal displays, arts and crafts, baking, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more. Snorkelling and diving off Montague Island Montague Island, about 10km off the coast of Narooma on the Sapphire Coast, is one of Australia’s best snorkeling and diving sites. In April, the waters are still warm (before the temperature drops sharply in Winter) and there are plenty of seals and their pups frolicking in the water, and it’s prime time to spot the rare…

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Feb
28
2019

East Coast events to keep you busy this autumn

By Australia /

The great thing about living on Australia’s East Coast is that there are East Coast events year round. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining. You can always find an entertaining and unique festival or event to fill your weekend. Just grab a bargain car rental from your nearest capital city and you’re ready to start exploring! Here are our top five East Coast events for autumn. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 27 March – 21 April, 2019 The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world’s top comedy festivals. It’s a must for anybody who is up for an evening of non-stop laughter. Comedians from across the world come to Melbourne with their sell-out shows. This year’s line-up includes names like Adam Knox, Aaron Chen and ‘the funniest woman on Earth’ Maria Bramford. High Country Harvest, Victoria Early to mid May Discover the delights of North East Victoria with the annual High Country Harvest, just…

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Destinations

Europe

Mar
22
2019

Road trip adventures in Munich and beyond

By Germany /

Are you visiting the beautiful city of Munich in Germany? There are so many incredible things to see and do in Munich. But you should also think about hiring a car from hiring a car from Munich Airport and visiting attractions outside the city. Here’s our list of the top five things to see during a short road trip from Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured) This fairy-tale like castle on a Bavarian mountaintop was built by the famous King Ludwig II. Although incomplete, the architecture is stunning and even went on to castles you see in Disney movies. To get the best view of the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, make sure you walk to Marienbruck (Mary’s Bridge). You’ll just above the castle. To avoid the crowd taking photos, continue after the bridge and hike a little higher up the hill. You’ll have a postcard view all to yourself. you’re in town. Also hire a row boat on the lake in town for another romantic and picturesque experience. Where to stay: Camping…

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Feb
18
2019

Summer lovin’ in London – 5 awesome English summer events

By London /

There’s no better time of year to visit the UK than summer. From June to August the countryside is green, flowers are blooming and it’s the time of year that you’ll enjoy the best English summer events. A good way to get around is to hire a car from London Airport, which helps you get around the countryside. Here are five hot English summer events you won’t want to miss. Glastonbury Festival 26 – 30 June, 2019 The beautiful, historic village of Pilton is the home of the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. The Pyramid Stage has historically offered the most high-profile attractions (including Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Radiohead and Katy Perry). But some of the best experiences are on the outskirts. Each area has its own character with special attractions – from Dance Village to the Shangri-La night time district and the Circus and Theatre fields. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 30 May – 14 July, 2019 A warning for…

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Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

By Europe /

A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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Destinations

New Zealand

Jan
29
2019

5 Places to go in a campervan from Auckland, NZ’s North Island

By North Island /

New Zealand’s North Island can sometimes be overlooked for travellers who want to explore the south. But the North Island is an incredible place to see with your own eyes. Imagine picturesque mountain ranges, lakes, glaciers and coastline. The North Island also has warmer weather, which is perfect for summer campervan adventurers. If you’re stuck for transportation, consider hiring a cheap campervan from Auckland to explore these incredible destinations. 1. Bay Of Islands This is easily one of the most stunning coastal areas in New Zealand, and you surely can’t miss it. There are more than 140 gorgeous islands to visit. You can jump on board a sailing boat for the day, go fishing or relax by the beach and beautiful harbours. If you have extra time, visit the remote Cape Reinga. Where to stay: Bay of Islands Holiday Park, Paihia Top 10 Holiday Park 2. Hobbiton (also known as Matamata) Lord of the Rings made New Zealand and its…

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Nov
11
2018

The Chair’s Where? Coramandal Peninsula, New Zealand

By Auckland / New Zealand /

TIME TO DISCOVER CORAMANDAL PENINSULA So you have flown into Auckland in New Zealand and picked up your motorhome rental or car. You’ve done the local sights. Been over the bridge, checked out the harbour, had several doses of traditional indigenous experience and eaten at some great local cafes. But New Zealand is so much more than Auckland and its immediate locales. Indeed, a steady two hour drive can take you to the Coramandal Peninsula. Now this truly is a region suited to a few nights stay as you move from Wahai beach to Whitianga. Why? LOCATION You don’t have to go far in New Zealand to find some great views. The mountain climbs as you head to and through the Coramandel, so allow for a photographic delight. The walking tracks, the waterfalls, the intricately balanced ecology make for a learning curve at every step. But for me, it was about the east coast of the Coramandal. HIGHLIGHTS Waihi beach. Whether…

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Oct
01
2018

New Zealand events you want to be part of

By New Zealand /

During the spring and summer months, New Zealand events are all the rage. Food, music, art and sport… you name it. Be part of the celebrations as Spring brings a burst of energy and adventure. Hire a campervan from Auckland so you can travel to one of these great New Zealand events and stay for days. The New Zealand Cider Festival 3 November, 2018 Travel to Nelson, which produces more than 60 per cent of New Zealand’s cider. The New Zealand Cider Festival showcases more than 80 different varieties of cider from across the country. Held in a gorgeous Founders Heritage Park, this is one relaxed event you don’t want to miss. Where to stay: Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel Taste of Auckland 1 – 4 November Taste everything the amazing city of Auckland has to offer. Celebrate the city’s thriving restaurants, pop-up bars and feel inspired by local creations. Expose yourself to unique Maori culture by trying…

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Destinations

United States

Mar
31
2019

Florida day trips to keep you busy for a day

By United States /

Florida may be the theme park capital of the world, but it also has so much to offer by the way of day trips from Florida. Forget about fighting the crowds at Disney Land and Universal Studios. Instead, go on an adventure with one of the popular Florida days trips that locals recommend. Hire a car from Miami Airport and you’ll have the freedom to visit beaches, forests and other attractions that only locals know about. Here’s our list of the top five Florida day trips. Ginnie Springs 5 and a half hrs north of Miami Airport Florida has hundreds of freshwater springs and Ginnie Springs is definitely one of the state’s best. Relax at Ginnie Springs and swim in the clear, blue waters. It’s also a popular spot for kayakers, snorkelers, open-water divers and cave divers. It has an intricate and extensive limestone cave system and many turtles and wading birds. The nature park is open year-round and entry incurs a small fee….

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Feb
26
2019

LA events – 5 experiences for an unforgettable time in Los Angeles

By California /

There’s always something happening in Los Angeles, no matter what time of year you visit. There are LA events to offer every type of traveller year-round. Some of the best LA events include cultural festivals, film festivals or even food and wine festivals. When you plane lands, hire a car at LA Airport with DriveNow.  Check out one of these top LA events during your stay. Palm Springs International Film Festival February Los Angeles is famous for its filmmaking scene and filmmaking history. Use your time here to explore the area’s diverse film scene with the Palm Springs International Film Festival nearby. The festival showcases independent films and highlights the best in international cinema. It’s also known as a path to the Oscars, with more than 87 per cent of the Gala winners going onto receive Oscar nominations. LA Beer Fest April Last year’s LA Beer Festival was sold out and organisers promise this year’s event will be even better….

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Jan
26
2019

Why you need to visit Los Angeles in February

By California / United States /

If you’re one who doesn’t enjoy travelling in the peak of summer, then you should consider visiting LA in February. It’s cooler while still being pleasant and there’s fewer crowds. You just need to hire a car from LA Airport, then you can check out these top things to do in February. Chinese New Year You thought the New Year was done and dusted in January… think again. February brings Chinese New Year as the east meets the west in LA. What better place to celebrate Chinese New Year other than Chinatown? Expect tens of thousands of people to line the streets, with firecrackers, live music and dozens of floats in LA’s famous Golden Dragon Parade. Valentine’s Day Be romantic and plan an epic Valentine’s Day for your partner in LA! You can have a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant by the ocean or with mountain views. If you really want to impress your date with an extravagant experience,…

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