Welcome to our New Zealand Travel Blog DownsideUP

This blog is dedicated to inform and inspire you on all things to do with New Zealand and Australia. Actually we write posts on anything that’s of interest in the South Pacific (our home) DownsideUP was started in 2008, so there is plenty of interesting content to inspire you to visit us Down Under.  

Sounds New Zealand
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies
Planning your vacation to New Zealand? Get inspired by 5 of our favourite 2-week NZ self-drive itineraries - all completely customisable.
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies

Covid 19
Brent Narbey
Submitted by
Brent Narbey

Right now, it’s not possible for people to travel freely to New Zealand or Australia, and anyone with travel plans in the near future will need to postpone their plans.

To facilitate this, we have waived our normal change fees and will allow anybody who needs or wants to delay their travel to do so indefinitely without penalty from us. 

Any payments you have made to us for your travel plans will be held securely and credited against future bookings. 

Brent Narbey
Submitted by
Brent Narbey

Golfing New Zealand
Steve Taylor
Submitted by
Steve Taylor

Here is my list of 'Top New Zealand Golf Courses". In no particular order, as all the have merits and quirks, but locations with the WOW factor as the key influence considering the expectations of those folk planning a visit to New Zealand from overseas.

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

Self Drive Tour
Elizabeth Marshall
Submitted by
Elizabeth Marshall
Canadians Sandy and Jo share their 33-Day, twin Island, Self Driving, New Zealand Itinerary with us. Complete with a daily summary, tips and ideas and some impressive picture montages - Well worth a read!
Elizabeth Marshall
Submitted by
Elizabeth Marshall

Driving in New Zealand with Children
Danielle Beh
Submitted by
Danielle Beh
Whether you’re a New Zealander with children exploring more of your home country, or visiting New Zealand from overseas with your family, if you are planning to drive with children in New Zealand then understanding the law as it relates to your child and child restraints is an important part of your travel plans.
Danielle Beh
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Danielle Beh

New Zealand Australian Holidays
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies
Torn between Australia and New Zealand for your next vacation? Why not visit both destinations in one trip? It's far easier than you think. Our guide to Combined Australia & New Zealand itineraries will show you how.
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies

Map Central Otago
Del
Submitted by
Del Gorton
There is no better way to understand a culture than to pick up a fork or tilt one's glass. The Central Otago region is world-famous for its wine. So here are Dels top seven picks for cellar doors that offer something special. All are within a short drive from Queenstown.
Del
Submitted by
Del Gorton

First Light Travel Qualmark Gold
Elizabeth Marshall
Submitted by
Elizabeth Marshall
First Light Travel have achieved the highly prized Gold Standard Award for Sustainable Tourism from Qualmark: Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award. A gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism business in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class sustainable visitor destination.
Elizabeth Marshall
Submitted by
Elizabeth Marshall

Important New Travel Rules for New Zealand
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies
If you're visiting New Zealand from the UK, USA or Europe (or one of 60 other countries) after October 2019, you may need to obtain the new NZeETA before you travel. What's an NZeTA, and will you need one? Our simple guide contains all you need to know.
Maz
Submitted by
Marianne Davies

Cape Foulwind
 Jessica Verme
Submitted by
Jessica Verme
Be inspired by Jessica's South Island self-drive holiday highlights: these well-known wonders and hidden gems are worthy additions to your NZ bucket list.
 Jessica Verme
Submitted by
Jessica Verme

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