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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..

Actually we write posts on anything that’s of interest in the South Pacific (our home) DownsideUP was started in 2008, to help people just like you, with planning the perfect NZ Self Driving experience.  

Michelle Helicopter Franz Josef
Michelle Srzich
By
Michelle
With crisp clear days and fantastic displays of autumn (fall) colours late April is a perfect time for a South Island holiday. I like my holidays to be a combination of activity and good food so with that in mind my road trip started in Queenstown
Michelle Srzich
By
Michelle

Huka Lodge
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall
When it comes to having a New Zealand holiday, there is travelling - and then there is time travelling. Escape your day-to-day with a look back into New Zealand's rich past and a stay in a historical lodge or hotel, experience the one-of-a-kind architecture, ambiance, and historical integrity that is unique to each of these accommodation options.
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall

The Highly Palatable Guide to New Zealand Cuisine.
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp
There is no better way to understand a culture than to pick up a fork or tilt one's glass. Calling all foodie adventurers -  look no further - how to find and enjoy New Zealand's passionate producers devoted to pleasing your palate. Especially for those want to experience New Zealand Cuisine at its best.
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp

Marries in New Zealand !
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall

When we were deciding on our wedding, we opted for small and intimate with a few family and friends and decided we wanted to have that wedding in New Zealand. We planned for a year and a half. I tracked flights and found deals for friends and family and we booked a large Airbnb for them to stay at for a few nights.

Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall

book your New Zealand Holiday now
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall
It’s time to look forward to the future… yes, really! Find out why you should book your 2023 or 2024 New Zealand vacation sooner rather than later, and how to book your holiday with confidence in spite of uncertain times.
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall

Fiji Islands Holiday
Maz
By
Marianne Davies
Why not end your New Zealand adventure with a few lazy days in a remote Pacific Island paradise? Whether your New Zealand Dream Holiday is family road trip, a honeymoon hiking adventure, a golf tour or a ski trip, it can feel like you need another holiday after all the excitement. The Pacific Islands are famous for their welcoming hospitality, warm climate and heavenly natural beauty. From luxury beach huts to renting your own private island, there are accommodation options for every taste and budget.
Maz
By
Marianne Davies

Self Drive Tour
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall
Many years ago, I bought a car in Christchurch, came up with an itinerary and embarked on a homegrown New Zealand road trip. This epic journey lasted four full months and was easily the best trip of my life. And I’ve been to a lot of places in this world. What made this adventure so good? Well, first of all, New Zealand is an easy place to travel by car thanks to the first-world infrastructure and modern roads.
Elizabeth Marshall
By
Elizabeth Marshall

Swing bridge on the Milford Track
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp
The Milford Track is a bucket list hike for New Zealanders and Internationals alike. By taking the fully guided lodged and catered 5 day 4 night hiking option this is surprisingly do-able. Caveats to this are preparedness – and i don't mean buying the latest kit from an outrageously gorgeous purveyor of hiking gear – yes you can take your warmest lightest microns of organic merino mountain goat – but I am talking about what do you really need to succeed.
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp

Top of Trafalgar Street - Eat Street - Credit Oliver Weber
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp
There are hundreds of ways to enjoy your time in the Nelson Tasman Region. Bathed in sunlight with stunning natural landscapes, incredible beaches and national parks – this place has long attracted folk looking for a relaxed, active and creative community - Nelson Tasman is a region that is easy to love.
Suzie
By
Suzie Thorp

New Zealand Coach Tours
Brent Narbey
By
Brent Narbey

Long gone are the days when whirlwind touring in cramped uncomfortable coaches were the only option, herding you like sheep from one tourist trap to another. There has been a much needed shift in the way tours are now designed and operated - ‘Flexibility and Customer Service’ is the new mantra and today more than ever, a New Zealand Coach Touring holiday makes an attractive proposition. But not all tours are created equally, understanding the differences is key to choosing the tour that best suits you.  For an insight into New Zealand Coach Touring - please read on... 

Brent Narbey
By
Brent Narbey

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