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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.  

Winter - What to do in Queenstown
Anne Baumscheiper
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Being a German girl Anne is used to getting out and about during her northern winter months so she was curious to see what the famed winter resort town of Queenstown had to offer in and around the surrounding area's. So to find out have a read of her blog, Winter - What to do in Queenstown?  

Ready to hit the slopes? Take a look at our self drive snow tours and strap on the skiis.

Anne Baumscheiper
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Anne Baumscheiper

New Zealand Adventure Travel – What Not to Miss
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

World famous for adventure, New Zealand is a Mecca for lovers of excitement. Get your adrenaline pumping with our suggestions for some very unique kiwi adventures. Look beyond New Zealand’s trademark bungy jumping and high-speed jet boat rides. Have you ever thought of Heli-hiking on an ancient glacier? Or perhaps you can picture yourself soaking in an isolated natural hot spring, hidden amidst great mountains?

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

New Zealands Best Beaches: Coromandel
Suzie
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Suzie Thorp

A favourite holiday destination for Kiwis and international tourists, the sun-kissed Coromandel region on New Zealand’s North Island, is full to the brim with some of New Zealand's best beaches – the only problem you’ll have is deciding which of these pristine places of paradise you want to visit.

Suzie
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 The Ultimate Lord of the Rings New Zealand Vacation
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Middle Earth

Middle-earth, home of Hobbits, Trolls, and Orcs, may have been the creation of JR Tolkien’s brilliant mind, but believe us when we tell you that the idyllic paradise, brought to life by director Sir Peter Jackson in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, really does exist in New Zealand - the perfect place for the ultimate lord of the rings New Zealand vacation. Across the country, stunning landscapes of Middle-earth unfold like a pop-up picture book right before your very eyes.

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

New Zealand Great Walks – Choosing the right track for you
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

We all know one of the ultimate reasons to visit New Zealand is for the jaw-dropping scenery. Luckily for you, our Department of Conservation has designated nine New Zealand Great Walks spread throughout the country, each showcasing a different set of iconic New Zealand landscapes, flora and fauna. These experiences are outlined below – take your pick, from vertigo-inducing alpine splendour to tranquil forests and glittering sandy shores. First, you’ll need to decide whether to freedom walk or take a guided tour.

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

A Road with a View: Suggested routes for a self drive holiday in New Zealand
Alex
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Alex Bayes

A self drive holiday in New Zealand is just as much about the journey as it is the destination, thanks largely to the sheer beauty of our scenic highways. It’s hard to beat the feeling of hitting the open road with a full tank of gas and a few days of leisure time up your sleeve. Kiwis love a good road trip, and it's easy to see why - across New Zealand, you'll find incredible routes on smooth highways that traverse grand and varied countryside.

Alex
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Riding the Breeze in New Zealands top Sailing Destinations
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

There’s no better feeling than sailing on crystal-clear water, the wind in your hair and a backdrop of spectacular coastline unfolding before you. The sails are full, dolphins are surfing the bow wake, and rays of sunlight dance on an emerald-blue sea. After navigating the entrance to a crescent-shaped, white sand cove, you spend the afternoon dining on freshly caught fish and cooling off in the azure waters. This is what a sailing vacation in New Zealand is all about check out New Zealands top Sailing Destinations.  

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A World of its Own - Great Barrier Island
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Come and visit an island paradise where the crowds are no-where to be seen, beaches are glistening with pristine white sand and the sea, a constant sparkling blue surfer’s dream. Wander the tracks through regenerating native bush towards natural hot pools, soaking up the rugged surroundings before tackling a climb up to stay in an overnight hut with spectacular panoramic views.  Listen out for the call of the endangered black petrel in the night as they come and go from their burrows. Can you imagine the possibility of enjoying all this to yourself? But where is this island?

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

New Zealand's Best Beaches in Northland
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Northlands Wonderful Subtropical Beaches

With a sub-tropical climate, kilometres of white sandy beaches and crystal clear-waters at every turn, Northland, at the top of New Zealand’s North Island, is the proud home of some of New Zealand's best beaches. As you drive around this vast water-filled playground it’s hard not to find a pristine slice of paradise calling for you to throw off your shoes and wade in its waters or grab a kayak, boat, fishing rod or snorkel and get out and explore – the possibilities in Northland really are endless.

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Dolphin and whale encounters in New Zealand
Anne Baumscheiper
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Anne Baumscheiper

Cetaceans are the stuff of legends. Whether we’re talking about dolphins boosting alongside boats and backward-somersaulting in play, or whales majestically breaching the surface before plunging into the depths to feed, these sleek, intelligent creatures have mesmerized people throughout history. Encountering them in the wild on their own terms is an exhilarating experience and it’s no secret that New Zealand is a hotspot for whales and dolphins.

Anne Baumscheiper
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Anne Baumscheiper

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