Expert Tips

Apr
06
2018

How to Make the Most of your New Zealand Campervan Rental

By New Zealand /

Hiring a campervan can be an exciting way of exploring New Zealand with the whole family, especially for your kids – imagine the delight on their faces at the prospect of living in a house with wheels! If it’s your first time travelling in a Campervan in New Zealand or anywhere for that matter, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Jun
20
2016

5 ways to play in Houston

By United States /

During your next visit to Texas, make sure you stop over in Houston. Pick up your hire car from Houston Airport. Then just make your way to these exciting destinations. Space Center Houston (pictured) This is Houston’s most popular attraction for international tourists. The Space Center houses a collection of 400 artefacts from space. This includes spacecraft and the largest public display of moon rocks. You’ll also learn about the country’s fascinating space history and the technological advances. You can also take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA with the Level Nine Tour. Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre This 155-acre nature sanctuary teaches you about past and current efforts to protect the city’s native animals and plants. The non-profit sanctuary offers free interactive exhibits. There are also several trails, which are perfect for nature lovers. Learn about how the developing city is threatening the survival of endangered animals, and discover how you can help protect them. Houston Zoo Admire more than 6,000 animals at…

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Dec
18
2015

Places to park your campervan in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Pick up a great campervan deal from Wellington and visit some of the exciting attractions the city has to offer. If in need of some ideas of great places where you can park your campervan in Wellington, read on. Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park This family run holiday park is tucked away in the scenic parklands of the Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt. It’s set on 32 hectares of peaceful native bush and parkland, surrounded by wildlife and a river running through the area. It’s location makes it an ideal setting for a relaxing stopover when heading to or from New Zealand’s South Island. Camp Elsdon This family-friendly camp overlooks the magnificent Porirua Harbour and is surrounded by native bush. There’s are many fantastic bush walks and bike tracks around Camp Elsdon, and they’ll treat you to amazing, panoramic views of Porirua, Wellington and the South Island. Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park Drive straight off the ferry from the South Island and into the Wellington Waterfront…

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Dec
15
2015
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Where to visit in Queenstown with your campervan

By New Zealand / Queenstown /

Queenstown is one massive adventure waiting to happen. Rent a campervan from DriveNow and visit these amazing places when staying around the city. Queenstown Hill Walk It’s a fairly easy walk, but there are amazing views once you reach the top. Drive to Belfast Street in Queenstown before hiking through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapunui. Stunning views overlooking Lake Wakatipu await during the three hour return journey. You’ll also learn about Maori history, Queensland’s gold rush and how Queenstown became the Adventure Capital of the World along the way with information signs. Walter Peak High Country Farm Experience the beautiful Lake Wakatipu by cruising across it in a vintage steamship, before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, you’ll help feed adorable farm animals, watch a sheep shearing display and join horse treks or cycling excursions. Camp and canoe at Moke Lake Moke Lake is touted as one of the best camping spots in all of New Zealand, but…

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Sep
28
2015

Five reasons why a self-guided car rental holiday is best

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Are you heading off on your next holiday and you’re not sure whether to hire a rental car or be part of a group tour? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.   Here are five reasons why a self-guided car rental holiday is the best. Freedom to change plans last minute Many tourists enjoy travelling in a group tour because it’s easy and the itinerary is planned for them. However, the downside is that they’re often stuck with a strict itinerary and little room for flexibility. In a hire car, you travel at your own pace and take a break when you want. When you drive past an attraction you really like, you can stop, admire and take photos without being hurried along. If you drive into a town and decide last minute you’d like to stay the night, you can do so without any hassle. Privacy please Why…

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Sep
23
2015

5 great places to camp or explore in a campervan in Tasmania

By Australia / Tasmania /

Tasmania is one of Australia’s most unspoilt destinations. It’s also an ideal place to camp or explore in a campervan or car rental. With more than 50 caravan parks across the state, mostly in parks and reserves, Tasmania is the perfect place for your next affordable holiday. Here are five great places to stay in Tasmania. Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, Coles Bay This holiday park sits opposite the stunning Muirs Beach at Coles Bay, which is located on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, with its park cabins, powered sites and tent sites, makes for the perfect base to explore this idyllic area. Not only is the area known for its stunning natural attractions, such as Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, but it’s also full of history and great walks. White Beach Tourist Park (pictured) Relax at White Beach Tourist Park, which is only a stone’s throw away from the crystal clear waters of…

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Jun
23
2015

5 Great Ways To Discover Byron Bay in NSW

By Australia / Gold Coast / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney /

A beautiful beachside town famous with backpackers for its laid-back vibe and enviable year-round weather, Byron is also a crackerjack holiday spot for everyone from families to grey nomads and friends on the loose. At mainland Australia’s furthest point, visitors do more than admire the Cape Byron Lighthouse that sits atop the headland, dividing the uncrowded beaches stretching miles north and south of the township. No.1 Whale Watching The perfect place for whale watching, Byron Bay is arguably unmatched as the east coast’s premier spot to sight a pod of humpbacks. While you can join one of the intimate tours, the likelihood of catching a glimpse of them from the headland on their annual migration from May to November is high. There can’t be many better places to wait for the whales than in the breathtaking surrounds of the point. No.2 Byron Bay Brewery For those who love to finish of a long day’s exploration with a cold one, there…

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Apr
30
2015

Difference between Car Sharing and renting a car

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What is Car Sharing? Car Sharing only started to become popular in recent years in the United States and Europe. Now, it’s growing in Australia. It’s a similar concept to renting a car, but there are differences. Car Sharing can occur through casual sharing via a website, but there are also professional Car Sharing companies, which organise everything for you. How does Car Sharing work? Car Sharing is charged by the hour, including insurance and fuel. Free mileage is capped, with per kilometre charges for extra travel. Share cars are also distributed around cities, close to where people live and work, which isn’t always the case with rental cars. Instead of filling out lengthy paperwork before each trip, Car Sharing just requires customers to register. This is usually done through an online registration form. You’ll also have to present your details such as your drivers’ license and credit card. Some organisations are free while others may charge a joining fee….

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Apr
29
2015

Swimming with whales sharks and dolphins in Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Western Australia is an Aussie holiday destination with thousands of great outdoor activities to explore, including two fantastic ocean adventures. Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef Where: Off the coast of Exmouth, roughly 1200km north of Perth, WA Ningaloo Reef is home to an abundance of fascinating sea life and colourful coral, with plenty of snorkel and dive tours to choose from. Between April and July thousands of whale sharks descend upon these tropical waters, enabling visitors to come face to face with these fascinating creatures. They are the world’s largest living fish with mouths are up to one metres wide and lined with up to 350 rows of teeth but don’t let that scare you – these gentle ocean giants feed mainly on plankton, not snorkelers. Ningaloo Reef is one of the few unique spots in the world where large numbers of whale sharks regular appear. It’s also the only place in Australia where it’s possible to swim…

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Jan
31
2015

Looking for some great travel apps? Here are seven to consider for iPhone and Android

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Tripomatic – Australia & New Zealand Trip Planner Tripomatic is the easiest way to formulate your own travel itinerary as you’re cruising around Australia and New Zealand – you can plan a trip in minutes. Check out all the attractions, explore sights with opening hours, photos, contact info, maps and much more. goCatch Here’s an Aussie-made app revolutionising the way we score a taxi and it’s “catching on”, if you’ll pardon the pun, in other parts of the world outside Australia including Singapore and Croatia. The app identifies where taxis are on the goCatch map – and finds your own location using GPS – then allows passengers and taxi drivers to connect directly using their smartphones. Passengers can rate drivers, too, so there’s a credibility element lending the system some respectability. The app has real-time analytics and is spot on predicting taxi pick up times so is handy if you have a scheduled flight or you’re stuck on foreign soil…

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Jan
13
2015
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The best free campsites in Australia

By Australia /

Travelling around Australia doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, finding excellent free campsites is easier than you may think!  When looking into your next holiday around Australia, look into visiting one of these free camping grounds: Blue Pool, VIC Camp next to a deep, beautiful gorge in Gippsland’s Briagolong State Forest, about a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne. The Blue Pool camping area is an ideal summer destination where you can take a refreshing dip in the stunning, natural Blue Pool, picnic on its banks or adventure through the surrounding wilderness walks in the Briagolong State Forest. Dogs are allowed at this small campsite and toilets are nearby. Bretti Nature Reserve, NSW This lovely, picturesque camping and picnic area, situated about 30km north of Gloucester, is a wonderful family and pet-friendly camping spot. Feel in sync with nature, surrounded by large open spaces, birdlife and a flowing river which is perfect for swimming. Facilities are basic, with no showers, taps or toilets but you can boil water from the river…

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