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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.  

Luxury Accommodation New Zealand
Jenny Power
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Jenny Power
Seeking the perfect place to relax and unwind in style? Look no further than New Zealand’s North Island to discover luxurious accommodation gems. Boasting comfort, culture, and scenery galore, the North Island of New Zealand certainly delivers some of the best boutique lodge stays in the country.
Jenny Power
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Jenny Power

Azur Queenstown
Alexandra Diethelm
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Alexandra Diethelm
It comes as no surprise that some of the most stunning luxury hotels in New Zealand are found on the South Island. While some are easy to reach, others are so far off the beaten path they can’t be accessed by car. What all these South Island luxury accommodation have in common are stunning properties, local gourmet cuisine and a top-of-the-line, unobtrusive service. 
Alexandra Diethelm
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Alexandra Diethelm

Carving Up the White Stuff - Skiing New Zealand
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
Experience an unforgettable New Zealand winter ski holiday with picture-postcard views, epic fresh powder fields, great resorts that offer sizzling après ski festivities. Check out our New Zealand Ski and Snowboarding guide complete with suggested tour itineraries with the latest pricing information.
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

book your New Zealand Holiday now
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall
It’s time to look forward to the future… yes, really! Find out why you should book your 2022 or 2023 New Zealand vacation sooner rather than later, and how to book your holiday with confidence in spite of uncertain times.
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

When is the best time to visit New Zealand
Maz
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Marianne Davies
New Zealand’s location and unique geography will ensure you have a wonderful experience whenever you arrive. We do have distinct seasons though, so it’s worth taking the time to match your hopes and desires to the best season and location. This guide will let you know what to expect and help you decide which time of year to book your holiday.
Maz
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Marianne Davies

rotorua family holiday
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

Looking for a place to base yourself for a few days, with enough things to see and do for families of all ages? Well, Rotorua sounds like the perfect spot for you and your family! Rotorua is about three hours south of Auckland is famous for its geothermal activity, its wide range of activities, and Maori cultural experiences.

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

LoTR Hobbit Tours
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Are you and your traveling companion are looking to plan your New Zealand trip?  Only problem is that they are an avid fan of ‘Lord of the Rings’ (LOTR) and want to include as many movie locations and tours as possible, while although you enjoy it, you want to see so much more of what New Zealand offers. 

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Mt Cook Narional Park
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
We understand that you want something to look forward to without adding any extra uncertainty into the 2021 mix so we have extended our service with a Flexibility Promise which means that you can book with confidence.
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

New Zealans Prime Minister
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

New Zealand is at Alert Level One and has opened its borders with Australia and we are planning to open to others very soon!

We are and always have been open for business as usual and can still provide you with our uncompromised award-winning service.

Travel bubble with Australia

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

itineraries
Maz
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Marianne Davies
Planning your vacation to New Zealand? Get inspired by 5 of our favourite 2-week NZ self-drive itineraries - all completely customisable. None of them are set in stone: you can tweak them until they are as unique as you are. We'll throw in a few suggestions at the end of each itinerary. Ready to plan? Let's go!
Maz
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Marianne Davies

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