New Zealand Travel Blog

 

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.  

Maz
By
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
By
Marianne Davies

rotorua family holiday
Steve Taylor
By
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
By
Steve Taylor

LoTR Hobbit Tours
Elizabeth Marshall
By
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
By
Elizabeth Marshall

Mt Cook Narional Park
Jess Lander
By
Jess Lander
We understand that you want something to look forward to without adding any extra uncertainty into the 2021/22/23 mix so we have extended our service with a Flexibility Promise which means that you can book with confidence.
Jess Lander
By
Jess Lander

itineraries
Aimee Riach
By
Aimee Riach
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!
Aimee Riach
By
Aimee Riach

Golfing New Zealand
Steve Taylor
By
Steve Taylor
Golf is one of the few games that does not have the constraint of a set playing field or pitch and therefore each course can be uniquely different allowing designers to take full advantage of, and work around, natural elements such as bodies of water, hills, grasslands, and the all-important vista orientation. Here is my list of 'Top New Zealand Golf Courses". with WOW factor as the key influence considering the expectations of those folk planning a visit to New Zealand from overseas.
Steve Taylor
By
Steve Taylor

Self Drive Tour
Elizabeth Marshall
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
By
Elizabeth Marshall

Driving in New Zealand with Children
Danielle Beh
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
By
Danielle Beh

New Zealand Australian Holidays
Maz
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
By
Marianne Davies

Map Central Otago
Del
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
By
Del Gorton

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