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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.  

Twilight at Lyttleton Harbour
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
Lyttelton is a busy port town at the north western end of Banks Peninsula, close to the South Island's biggest city Christchurch. It's eclectic and well worth a visit. More than 3,000 live here and although badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake, it has bounced back with cute cafes, lots of artists, a brewery bar and an iconic Saturday Street market.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Lunch at Akaroa
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
Akaroa is the jewel in Canterbury's bank peninsula's crown and just an hour and twenty over the hill from Christchurch. Highway No. 75 out of Christchurch to Akaroa is well signposted. At the end is Akaroa Village. It's on the waterfront and your starting point for harbour cruises, fishing trips, swims with Hector dolphin and close up experiences with other wildlife. Here, Orca may even cast a beady up at you!
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Winter in Arrowtown
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
July is peak winter in the South Island, which means a lot of crisp, clear skies and plenty of lovely snow (in parts). It also means that it’ll likely be cold – but not everywhere. Read on for everything you need to know about what weather to expect in the South Island during July.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Winter wonderland
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
Winter weather is well upon the South Island in August, meaning plenty of opportunities for winter sports and other activities. With clear skies, picturesque snowfall, and plenty of sunshine
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Wedderburn Central Otago
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
The weather in the South Island in September bridges the gap between winter and spring, with snow still hanging around at the beginning of the month in some parts, and balmy, summery temperatures having well and truly arrived by the end of the month in others. It’s a time with a lot going on, as people try to make the most of the weather at both ends!
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Spring at Mt Cook
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
Did somebody say spring is in the air? It certainly feels like it across the South Island in October, where temperatures are well on their way towards summer highs.
David Mckenzie
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David Mckenzie

South Island Wilderness
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
November is a wonderful time to visit the South Island. With spring well and truly sprung and summer knocking on the door, days are getting longer and nice, mild-to-warm temperatures are moving into most parts of the island.
David Mckenzie
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David Mckenzie

The West Coast of the South Island
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
Summer officially arrives in the South Island in December, along with lots of fun festivals and activities to celebrate. With long balmy evenings and warm days, December is a great time to plan a South Island holiday.
David Mckenzie
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David Mckenzie

Waimakariri Bridge
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
Some would call Arthurs Pass the main event on the Great Alpine Highway No.73. Read on to discover the history and travelers tips to making the most of your  Tranz-Alpine crossing by road.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Beautiful Te Anau lakefront
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
March can be a very pleasant time of the year to enjoy the South Island, with temperatures still relatively mild following the end of peak summer in February, it’s a great time for an active holiday and outdoor activities.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

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