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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.  

Kayaking in the Bay of Islands
David Mckenzie
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David Mckenzie
January is a beautiful time of year to visit the North Island of New Zealand. With the peak summer holiday season in full flow, you can expect lots of high temperatures, long days, plenty of sunshine, and less rainfall than at other times of year.
David Mckenzie
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David Mckenzie

Waitaki Lake Dam
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
In the words of 'old mate', the usually reticent high country scribe Claver Esmond, 'Kurow is where the (Waitaki) river strangles enough, as if plying open a portal, with access to another chapter, as the Waitaki story refreshes'. Esmond claims to have traveled this area extensively as a kid and says the simple memories still endure.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Clay Cliffs in the Waitaki Valley - Location: 10km (6 miles) out of Omarama. Turn off the State Highway 83 onto Quailburn Road and then onto the unsealed Henburn Road.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne
When we talk of contrasts, the Waitaki river valley has them in bucket loads. You can attack this routeway, from either end..the Pacific Coast just north of Oamaru, or from Omarama on the inland Queenstown to Christchurch highway.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne

Steampunk Museum in Oamaru
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne
What is there to do in Oamaru? In short, plenty. The big 'O', is exactly that, a kaleidoscope of colour, character and surprises!
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne

Lake Ruataniwha - a Twizel Winter
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
The Mackenzie Country township of Twizel (pronounced Twyzyl) virtually sprang up overnight. The name comes from the word Twizla, meaning fork in the river and was built in 1968 to house construction teams working on the Upper Waitaki hydro electric scheme.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Author John Dunne isnt too shy to get his kit off in the Great NZ Outdoors
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne
New Zealand boasts more than 15 official sun and naturist clubs with probably just as many associate operations. While the climate as you head further south in the country may dim the enthusiasm for naturists, there're still ardent followers prepared to brave the elements.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne

Lupins at Lake Tekapo
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
Timaru through the hinterland to Fairlie, Tekapo and the Dark sky, tells the story of New Zealand's farming legacy. Take SH8 for a chance to marvel at the beauty of the back roads of New Zealand.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
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John Dunne

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

Looking down at the Akaroa Harbour - michael unsplash
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
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John Dunne

Winter in Arrowtown
David Mckenzie
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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
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David Mckenzie

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