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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.  

Kava – More than just a Tonic for the People
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Cultivated and consumed by humans for well over 3000 years, Kava is still used today by a wide range of Pacific societies for medicinal, spiritual, and recreational purposes. The feelings of camaraderie that Kava drinking evokes have made it a symbol for peace and friendship in many island nations of the Pacific. Participating in a traditional Kava ceremony can be an insightful experience.

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We’ve Got Neds Head! - Thats Ned Kelly
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Nothing fuels the flames of the New Zealand and Australian ‘Trans Tasman Rivalry’ more than the Aussies taking claim to Kiwi icons. The Kiwi's gripe list is large and ranges from the pavlova (a desert), Phar Lap (a Horse), Split Enz (a Band) to the more recent icons of Russell Crowe and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes. But now a great-granny from New Zealand may just have the ultimate bargaining chip to get them all back, because she says she's in possession of one of Australia's most sought after relics: Ned Kelly's skull. 

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Devils, Death Adders, Crocodiles and Tarantula... A Great Place for you and the Kids
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Looking for something interesting for the family to do while in Sydney? Just north of the city is a place worthy of a mention. Housing New South Wales largest crocodile, some ferocious Tasmanian devils, the continent’s most venomous snakes and lets not forget the Goliath bird-eating spiders - The Australian Reptile Park maybe of interest.

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Tourism or Tucker – The Plight of the Australian Camel.
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The Egyptians may have cornered the market on pyramids, but it is Australia that remains home to the world’s largest population of wild camels. In Western Australia these ‘ships of the desert’ roam the outback in herds up to 100-strong and the Australian Camel are reaching plague proportions.

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No Bubbles in the Bath ... Diving Australias Great Barrier Reef - The Alternatives
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Superlatives, Superlatives and more Superlatives! Yes we all know the Great Barrier Reef has nice diving, however it’s certainly not the be all and end all of diving in Australia.

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The Hollyford Man made of 'Whipcord and Horseshoe Nails' - a True New Zealand Hero.
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Most Kiwi's would stare at you blankly if asked who Davey Gunn of the Hollyford Valley was, but folk in New Zealand's deep south would look you hard in the eye and give you a slow nod.

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...10 Must Do New Zealand Adventures - Let your Light Shine Brightly!
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Nearly 2 decades of feedback has given us a list of the New Zealand's WoW! wilderness adventures. They are not in any particular order - there is not a number '1'.  We actually have enough material to list another 20 cracker adventures - so lets call this part 1 of possibly 2 or 3 posts of top New Zealand Adventures.  Apart from taking place in areas of exceptional natural beauty and offering various outdoor challenges, these adventures all have one thing in common -  our guests have repeatedly absolutely RAVED about each and every one of them. Here you go... 
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The Old Boys
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Who are we…

Lost in the Sahara and low on water, arrested in Zaire for spying (Long Story) or unashamedly stuck in an unpronounceable airport with not a penny to thy name. The industry can put you in some interesting situations and teach you a trick or two, including the power of a bit of local knowledge. We have owned and operated an African safaris company, set up a dive training school in the in the Middle East and founded an adventure centre in the UK.

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