Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Save on Maui Campervan Hire in Australia with 25% off!

Maui campervans are well-known and well-liked, and often seen on the roads Down Under taking holidaymakers from mountain to beach to city to outback! In the spirit of Christmas, Maui has offered a discount on all Australia rentals booked from now until the 6th of January 2103, for travel between the 13th of January and the 24th of March 2013.

To take advantage of this excellent offer, just make your booking within those dates and check the first Maui options that are shown- when you start booking, the title of the booking should include "25% Off Christmas." Make your booking and enjoy the savings and the amazing sights of Australia! This discount is available only to Australia or New Zealand licensed drivers.

What could you do with a discounted hire in the Australian summer? See and be seen at Bondi in Sydney, stroll the riverbank in cultured Melbourne, dive the great barrier reef in Queensland, road trip right across to Perth to cool off in the Indian Ocean, or experience the full magnificence of the outback in summer- just make sure the vehicle you hire has air conditioning!

Bondi Beach
by Kim Flickr Creative Commons
Yarra River, Melbourne
by edwin.11 Flickr Creative Commons

Great Barrier Reef
by Paul Toogood Flickr Creative Commons
Cottesloe Beach, Perth
by Michael Spencer Flickr Creative Commons

Outback Trails
by Ron Bennetts Flickr Creative Commons

Book here to find this and other great deals on Australia campervan hire!





Author: Doug Brown+

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sydney Campervan Hire for Top Gear Festival

Top Gear is coming to Sydney! In March next year, the inaugural Sydney Top Gear festival will take place, bringing the car lovers and motorsport fans out of the woodwork. The event will take place over the weekend of the 9-10th of March at the Sydney Motorsport Park.

The festival has been moved to Australia for the first time after 2 years in South Africa. It is a line-up of all things car-related- races, stunts, challenges and spectacles, all hosted by the beloved Top Gear Team. They will be joined by driver Mark Webber and his Formula One car to add some Aussie talent to the mix. His circuit will be one of the highlights of the event, along with the Stig’s Supercar Garage with some incredible machines, the stunts and jumps zone for those adrenaline-seekers and the well-loved Top Gear-style presenter challenges.

The festival is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to New South Wales, so book travel and accommodation fast! General Admission tickets will allow you into the festival for a whole day, costing $79 for an adult, $29 for a child and $180 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. $10 more per person will also get you a grandstand seat for a comfortable way to get close to all the action.

A great way to to travel around Sydney in a campervan. Check out Sydney Campervan Hire Deals here: http://cheapsydney-campervanhire.com.au/

Just don't give the the camper keys to any of the boys at Top Gear:


Author: Doug Brown+

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

RV Full of Food


A motorhome is taking a starring role in a Salvation Army campaign to feed the hungry in central Vancouver Island. The campaign, running until December the 15th, will take to the road in an attempt to fill a motorhome entirely with food to be distributed to those who need it.

Depending on the size of the motorhome, that's a lot of food! I'd say it will have trouble getting up any of those Vancouver Island hills. It has been donated by Big Boys Toys and will visit Quality Food Stores, Royal Bank branches, and Co-op locations in Parksville, Nanaimo and Qualicum.

by Ryan McFarland Flickr Creative Commons

For Vancouver Motorhome Rentals, visit RV Rental Sale Finder Canada.

Author: Rohan Marx+

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Drive Brisbane to Sydney

Brisbane and Sydney are two major cities which lie on Australia's temperate and popular east coast. A road trip between the two will take you along some amazing surf coast and past a huge number of national parks, as well as through a lot of fun east-coast cities and towns. If you love beaches, this is the Australia road trip for you!

Brisbane is no longer the country cousin of Sydney and other cities, but is a bold, modern, up-and-coming centre of commerce and culture. the city is located on the Brisbane River and is warm year-round, hot in summer. The CBD and South Bank areas are great for wandering, having a coffee and doing a spot of shopping. The City Botanic Gardens are right near the CBD in a loop of the river,  and Brisbane has many museums, a planetarium, a koala sanctuary and is home to the Queensland Cultural Centre which includes a number of organisations dedicated to conserving art, music, history and knowledge.

Brisbane
by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons


Directly south of Brisbane you will come across the famous Gold Coast. This part of the seashore is a wonderland of sandy beaches, inland waterways, high rises, cafes, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Several suburbs are strung out along the coast, centered around Southport, Surfer's Paradise and Broadbeach. The main drawcard is the beaches, but the Gold Coast is also home to several large amusement parks- Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet n Wild. Don't come to the Gold Coast looking for peace and quiet- it's a place to party, people watch and and enjoy the sun, surf and sand.

Surfer's Paradise
by Herry Lawford Flickr Creative Commons

After the Gold Coast, you will cross into the state of New South Wales. The Highway One does not follow the coast but with a short side trip you can visit the many beach towns of northern New South Wales. Byron Bay is a relaxed and lovely town with lots of beaches, a great place to spend a few days. Nearby is Arakwal National Park, a beautiful coastal area which is home to native birds and frogs. It has a 3km stretch of untouched (and unpatrolled, so be careful) beach for strolling.

Ballina is the next big coastal town, on the Richmond River estuary. Here you will find great shopping, beaches and opportunities for watersports in the estuary. You can also take a guided tour of the historic Ballina Manor, and there is a maritime museum in the town.

Lighthouse Beach, Ballina
by Tiger Benji Flickr Creative Commons


Highway One passes through a part of New South Wales that is thick with National Parks. One of these is Bundjalung National Park, which has not only greenery but rivers, lagoons and beaches. You can camp there in beachside camping grounds. Also in the area are the Devil's Pulpit State Forest, Double Duke State Forest, Broadwater National Park, and further south, Yuraygir National Park which has some absolutely stunning coastline.

Bundjalung National Park
by Chris Flickr Creative Commons

The forests and parks continue down the coast, where you will also come across Coffs Harbour. It is a popular family holiday destination between the mountains and the shore. All tourists should have a picture taken at the Big Banana, the original Big Thing, and check out the kitschy banana-themed souvenirs. Off the coast there is a marine park which is great for scuba diving, the Solitary Islands. Whale watching and dolphin watching tours are available from the town, as the sea-going mammals are common along this coast.

Coffs Harbour Jetty
by tim Flickr Creative Commons


 Down the coast towards Sydney  the beach towns, parks and forests continue. Nambucca Heads is a short detour off Highway One, and you will find amazing landscapes, beaches, foreshore boardwalks, rainforest walks and the Headland Historical Museum where the Nambucca River meets the sea. Further south and also off the highway is Hat Head National Park, a coastal area of wetlands, rainforest and sand dunes. Port Macquarie is a large town with plenty to see and do, be it shopping, eating, cultural or natural attractions.

Nambucca Heads
by Tim Keegan Flickr Creative Commons


The highway passes several more towns including Taree and Forster before entering Newcastle and then Sydney. Australia's biggest city, Sydney is full of art, fashion, commerce, cuisine and stunning beaches. From the central Circular Quay you can take a ferry across the harbour to the beachy and laid-back Manly, and on the coast south of the harbour mouth the famous Bondi Beach is to be found. Inland is the historical neighbourhood of Parramatta. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House are Sydney's landmarks, and nearby you will find the Royal Botanic Gardens and Luna Park, a theme park. The Taronga Zoo is worth a visit, especially for families.

Bondi Beach
by Kaplan International Colleges Flickr Creative Commons


Sydney is a bustling and modern city, so take some time to explore and enjoy! There are plenty of holiday parks and campgrounds around the place so you can park up and visit the city.

For campervan hire Australia and some great deals, have a look here!

Author : Rohan Marx+






Monday, September 24, 2012

One Way Relocation Deals in New Zealand!



Motorhome suppliers sometimes find themselves with the dilemma of surplus vehicles in one city when they need them in another. Their problem can become your bargain holiday with our Relocation Specials! If you are flexible with your holiday dates and can book quickly when the opportunity arises, this is the deal for you- you could have an awesome short break getaway at very little cost just by doing a one-way trip. See a whole lot of New Zealand without paying a whole lot of cash!

Our Alpha relocation special is for pick-ups from Christchurch from now and drop-offs in Auckland by the 5th of October. The first 3 days will be free of charge and additional days heavily discounted at only $60 a day, less than half the usual price. Even ferry tickets for the Cook Strait crossing are included in the deal.

Get in quick and check out campervanhiresalefinder.co.nz to get your super cheap road trip started!


by Studio tdes Flickr Creative Commons

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Traverse Australia- Darwin to Adelaide!

A trip from Darwin to Adelaide is one of epic proportions and epic scenery. It crosses the formidable Outback and takes in both the tropical north and temperate south of this island nation.. or is it a continent? Either way, the journey will be an interesting one, and a campervan is the perfect way to do it. A vehicle and  accommodation in one, it will allow you to sleep when needed, and pull over to brew a cup of tea when the views are particularly drool-worthy.

Darwin lies at the northern end of the Stuart Highway, the main route between the two cities which dissects Australia more or less straight down the middle. The city is not huge, but it is relaxed, multicultural, and blessed with sunshine and heat. Visit the markets to experience the melting pot that is this unique city!

 Darwin Markets
by Stephen Michael Barnett Flickr Creative Commons

Stuart Highway
by Richard Riley Flickr Creative Commons


Near Darwin is the amazing natural and cultural feature that is Kakadu National Park. It is a huge area which covers a great variety of landscapes, and is owned by and home to native aboriginal peoples. The land ranges from estuaries to stone country to hills and basins, and the park is home to a huge range of wildlife, as well as some instances of unique Aboriginal rock art.

Once on the road proper, Katherine is the first town you will come across. Waterways are one of the town's biggest drawcards- it is located on the Katherine River and watery scenery includes gorges and waterfalls. From here, it is mostly outback all the way to Alice Springs, with only small towns along the road.

Katherine Gorge
by vaka0627 Flickr Creative Commons

Outback driving is a little different than other places. Be sure to watch your speed on the long, straight roads as it is easy to lose track! Drive with headlights on so other cars can see you in the dust, and remember that Aussies drive on the left. Be aware of the humungously long 'road trains,' and enjoy the views!

Daly Waters is another town you will come across on the journey south. It is a tiny spot with a population of 23 people, a few buildings and a famous hotel. Tennant Creek is further along, a bigger town which is close to the Mary Ann Dam, a popular spot for biking, hiking, swimming and picnicking. Many of these little towns will have campervan parks where you can lay your head- such as the Emerald Springs Roadhouse near the Kakadu National Park, the Riverview Tourist Village in Katherine, Three Ways Roadhouse near Tennant Creek and the Barrow Creek Caravan Park further south.

Daly Waters Pub
by Alessandro Flickr Creative Commons

Free camping is a bit of a complicated subject, but well worth the research. Many will just stop for the night wherever they like, and this is usually fine. However, permission should be gotten from landowners to stop and camp on private land. Closer to towns there are also more restrictions. Also, etiquette and common sense apply- do not leave anything behind! Take all rubbish and waste with you, do not put soap into streams and waterways, and just be generally respectful. Free camping in the Outback is a great (and cost-effective!) experience if the rules are followed.

 Outback Sunset
by Curtis Foreman Flickr Creative Commons

Halfway between two cities you will come across an urban oasis in the Outback- Alice Springs, known fondly to locals as 'The Alice.' This outback city is right at the heart of Australia, a hub for those wishing to explore the surrounding landscapes, including the famous Uluru or Ayers Rock. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Desert Park, Reptile Centre and Botanical Garden. Stargazing is especially amazing here, due to the isolated nature of the city. There are several historic sites to visit, including the National Pioneer Woman's Hall of Fame! If you have a few days in the Alice, get out of town and give alooning or quad biking a go, and be sure to visit Uluru.

Alice Springs
by c_neuhaus Flickr Creative Commons

Uluru
by Jayson Emery Flickr Creative Commons

 Below Alice Springs, your journey will take you across the border form Northern Territory into South Australia. There are yet more charming small towns along the Stuart Highway where you can stop in for a beer or for the night- Kulgera, Agnes Creek and Marla are amongst these. A detour will take you to the beautiful Lake Eyre National Park. The lake is the country's largest salt lake, and is home to multitudes of water birds.

Lake Eyre Salt Flat
by TreyDanger Flickr Creative Commons


Coober Pedy is a larger outback town in South Australia, known as the Opal capital of the world. Opal mines are a popular attraction and half the population actually lives underground due to the hot and dry climate. Another interesting fact of life here is the way people play golf- the course has not a single blade of grass, and players take a piece of turf with them for teeing off! As you get closer to Adelaide, lakes and rivers become more and more common- it is a watery part of the country! Lake Gairdner and Lake Torrens flank the highway, and at Port Augusta you will come across the ocean! This town is at a crossroads, as it is where the north-south highway meets the east-west highway from Sydney to Perth.

Coober Pedy Dugout House
by Paleontour Flickr Creative Commons


Adelaide is your Final Destination, and it's a nice one. It is full of beautiful architecture, great shopping, arts events and awesome cafe strips, and it's in wine country! Wine regions within a day's drive include Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. 'Mad March' in Adelaide is the time for many art and culture-based festivals and events, and there are plenty of things to keep visitors entertained during the rest of the year, too. Adelaide has some great swimming beaches, and the historic beachside suburb of Glenelg is a great place to enjoy the waterfront. Adelaide Hills provide great views of the city, and there is a German settlement in the city called Hahndorf which is home to a chocolate factory and strawberry farm. Art galleries and museums abound in Adelaide, and there is also a zoo.

Glenelg
by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons


Have a look here for great deals on Campervan hire Australia!

Author: Rohan Marx+





Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dunedin Campervan Rental

Dunedin is the second-largest city in New Zealand's South Island, a city of students and Scottish heritage. It sits at the head of the Otago Harbour, surrounded by hills and beautiful farmland. The locals are friendly, and over a tenth of the population is made up of students who come from all over to attend the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university. It has warm, pleasant summers and quite mild winters, with snow happening occasionally but not every year.

Dunedin
by Ian Armstrong Flickr Creative Commons


Dunedin offers many things to do and see. One claim to fame is Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. The Cadbury Chocolate Factory which accounts for 75% of New Zealand's chocolate production is also based here. A must-visit place! Another Dunedin landmark is the Speights brewery, home of the "Southern Man's Beer." Larnach Castle is another of Dunedin's well-known attractions and is a reminder of the Scots who settled the area. To get acquainted with the heart of the city, visit the Octagon in the city centre- Dunedin's answer to a city square!

Larnach Castle
by Tzuhsun Hsu Flickr Creative Commons


There is a Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, 40 mins from Dunedin which makes an excellent campervan day trip out of the city- the road skirts the ocean along the Portobello Peninsula which borders Otago Harbour.  Also out this way is Penguin Place, a conservation project dedicated to yellow-eyed penguins. It is a nature reserve, a working sheep farm and home to many yellow-eyed penguins. Here you can take a penguin tour to see these unique birds without disturbing them.

Portobello Road
by Mr Thinktank Flickr Creative Commons

 There are beaches both in the harbour and on the open coast. St. Clair on the coast ten minutes from the city is very popular and has great surf. A bit further down the coast is the stunning Tunnel Beach, which can be accessed from the clifftops via a tunnel cut in the rock.

Tunnel Beach
by eyeintim Flickr Creative Commons


Down the coast from Dunedin is the Catlins coast, a very pretty are to drive through on the Papatowai Highway, and a campervan makes it even better- you can stop and make a cup of tea whilst enjoying the rugged landscape, podocarp forests, lakes and waterfalls. Invercargill  is not far away, the country's most southerly city. From here, visit Bluff which is the end of the South Island and a port renowned for it's oysters!

Catlins Coast
by gibler_man Flickr Creative Commons


Heading inland from Dunedin will get you to gorgeous Queenstown in about 4 hours, through pretty Alexandra and the hydro-dam town of Cromwell. Queenstown is a beautiful all-year resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It is known as the Adventure Capital of the world, popular for bungy jumping and luging in the summer and snowsports in the winter. Wanaka is also nearby, another lakeside city that is more peaceful than the busy Queenstown!

Queenstown
by Peter Harrison Flickr Creative Commons


Have a look here for some great deals on Dunedin campervan hire, so you can explore the southern part of spectacular New Zealand in style!

Author: Rohan Marx+






Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two days in Queenstown...

Queenstown
By peter-moore  - Flickr
Two days in Queenstown is a far cry from enough time in the beautiful town but sometimes that might be all we can get.  If you're doing a motorhome trip and want to see other beautiful places in NZ, then you may be in and out quickly.

So what is there to do in this beautiful town on a quick trip? A lot, and I'll let you in on my favourites.

First of all a place to park your Camper and spend the night at.  Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park is a 500m walk from the shores of Lake Whakatipu and a 100m walk from the town centre.

The Remarkables Ski resort, Queenstown, New Zealand
By Sam Berry Photo - Flickr
If you want to spend the whole day up the mountain skiing or snowboarding, there are several ski fields in the area to tickle your fancy.  You could spend half a day or a full day up the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, travel a little further to Cardrona or do some jumps and shakas at Snow Park.

If you want to spend a little more time doing the activities in Queenstown, here are a few.

A hearty breakfast always begins the day well.  Halo is my favourite, located on the corner of Camp Street and Earl Street.  It doesn't have lake views but is nestled next to an old anglican church.

P1020051 SS Earnslaw, Queenstown
Earnslaw
By ianw1951 - flickr
A walk down to the lakeside after this will do you well.  From here you can decide if you want to do a Parasail, take out a kayak or partake in some other water sport or take a ride on the Earnslaw, the Lake's famous ship.  She will paddle steam you across to the other side of the lake where you can see the farm animals, have an agriculture show, go for the Walter Peak Horse Trek or have some delicious tea and scones.

Whether you do it on your first day or your second, make sure you stop in at Patagonia Chocolates -  a delectable cafe with delicious chocolates and hot chocolates.

The shops are lovely to take a walk and browse through with so many NZ made items, beautiful clothes and The Remarkable sweetshop - where you can buy the perfect gifts to take home to loved ones.

hackett-bungy
Kawarau Bridge Bungy
By aaronKoo - Flickr
Take a drive over to the shotover river where you can be thrilled on the Shotover jet as it races around the river, or take the plunge and do a bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge - location of the world's first bungy!

Back in Queenstown, the gondola awaits to take you up those beautiful mountains that Queenstown strands in the shadow of.  Marvel at the stunning views of Queenstown and the distant mountains as you ascend 450 metres up the mountain.  At the top you can take a ride in the luge or explore the  terrain and hurdle through the trees on a mountain bike.

Queenstown
By peter-moore - flickr
If you like a bit of mini golf, at the foot of the Gondoloa is an outdoor mini golf course and a very exciting indoor mini golf.  Try beat the records!

If you've still got time, Arrowtown (about an hours drive away) is a pretty and quaint gold mining town that is definitely worth the visit.

Now that should be enough to fill in two days. My dinner recommendations to end the day with are Ferg's Burgers on Shotover street, Queenstown, Pog Mahone's on Rees street (for a pub meal) or Avanti Cafe in The Mall street.

Pick up a Campervan from Queenstown or drive in from somewhere else, but make sure you check out this beautiful and fun town.  Give campervan hire sale finder a visit to book your camper!!

Have a look on Motorhomeroadtrip.com for more Queenstown ideas or other NZ destinations. 

Have a fun roadie and have fun in Queenstown!



Author: Phil Wright+

Deals for New Zealand Summer

New Zealand's summer is a popular period for motorhome rental- beaches, scenery and friendly locals attract many nomadic holidaymakers both domestically and internationally. Rentals are booked out fast- people often don't get the van they want, or can't get one at all!

Booking ahead is essential for summer in the Land of the Long White Cloud- so plan ahead! To sweeten the deal when booking your far-off holiday on the road,  Motorhome Republic has negotiated some great Early Bird Deals, available for a limited time.

Visit Motorhome Republic now to get in while the discounts are on!

by studio tdes Flickr Creative Commons

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yosemite Detour

As Rohan says, if there's one National Park you have to come to, it's this one. Yosemite is a stunning park of mountains, valleys, forests, waterfalls and wilderness that covers nearly 1,200 square miles. Rohan and Paul visited it during an unexpected detour on their road trip (RVs mean flexible holidays!) and here's what they had to say:




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Sundial Bridge

Rohan and Paul visit the Sundial Bridge in Redding during their California road trip, and muse on its salmon-attracting properties.




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Wine and Dine in the Wine Region

Rohan and Paul spent a day exploring Napa's biggest industry- wine. Faced with driving a huge RV whilst presumably getting progressively more intoxicated, they wisely chose to take on a tour guide, the knowledgeable Dan Dolen of Reserve Wine Tours.



 This part of California is truly a wonderland of vineyards and great food, so if you're planning a California road trip, make sure you include some of these in your itinerary.

Look here for RV Rental USA so you can book your own amazing road trip!

Drive-Thru Tree

Check out Rohan and Paul's experience with the Drive-Thru Tree during a motorhome road trip in California:




This huge tree, known as the Chandelier Tree, is a 315 foot tall Coast Redwood. The hole to allow cars (but evidently not huge RVS!) to drive through was carved in the 1930s. You can find it in Leggett, California.

Make sure you check your vehicle will fit before gunning it through the tunnel- as Rohan points out, a giant redwood is definitely an overhanging object!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bi-country road trip: Boston to Halifax

See some of the east coasts of bot the US and Canada with this 3-day trip!


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Day 1: Boston- Augusta

Boston, one of the oldest cities in the States, is the capital of Massachussets. It is a city of learning and culture, with a number of schools within the city limits- including, of course, the famous Harvard. There are a number of museums for visiting, some of which include the Museum of Science, the Children's Museum and more. Sports fans should tour Fenway Park, and there is also a Sports Museum!

 Boston
by Emmanuel Huybrechts Flickr Creative Commons

Heading out of Boston, get on the I-95 and start up the coast, through New Hampshire. The historic port of Portsmouth is a nice spot to stop, a very historically and culturally rich town on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. There are beautiful beaches here as well as a number of museums- a submarine converted into a museum, an American Independence Museum, a Children's Museum and more.

 Portsmouth
by Doug Kerr Flickr Creative Commons

Continue up the coast of Maine and through several towns such as Biddeford- remember to stop somewhere for some of that famous Maine Lobster! Portland on the coast is home to more than a third of Maine's population and another historical port. It is a haven for foodies, so maybe get your lobster here!

The highway heads away from the coast after Portland. If you want great water activities, head off the route a bit to Sebago Lake- head along Main Street which becomes Cumberland Street then River Road out of Portland. This large lake is great for swimming and boating.

 Sebago Lake
by Lizard10979 Flickr Creative Commons

For Augusta, exit onto ME-11. Augusta is the capital of the state, a small city with plenty of art and nature to see and visit, for example the Pine Tree State Arboretum, the several parks in the city, America's oldest surviving wooden fort and the Maine State Museum. Park up for the night at an RV Park and get some sleep before the next leg of the journey!



Day 2: Augusta- Millinocket

See some of the countryside that Maine is famous for on this drive to Millinocket. Continue on the I-95 north past the many small lakes and through Waterville on the bank of the Kennebec River. Lakes abound along this part of the route, such as Sebasticook Lake and Hermon Pond.

 Kennebec River
by EAWB Flickr Creative Commons

The next city is Bangor, which has a lovely riverfront for strolling as well as lots of nature trails. Shoppers will delight in the city's 2 indoor malls and many shopping centres. Harness racing happens here from May-July, and worth a visit is the Bangor Museum and Centre for History which offers 'Best of Bangor' tours during summer.

Cross the beautiful Piscataquis and Penobscot Rivers and exit onto Medway Road/ME-11 to get to Millinocket, across Dolby Pond. Millinocket is a former mill town and located very close to many lakes, making it the perfect place for those who love the outdoors and outdoor recreation.

 Millinocket- lakeside
by dwstucke Flickr Creative Commons

Day 3: Millinocket- Fredericton

Get back on the I-95 heading north towards Canada, through Island Falls and Oakfield. The city of Houlton is just before the border, where you can see well-preserved Victorian houses from  when the city was extremely wealthy due to potato and logging industries. Canoeing and ATV riding are high on the list of favourite pastimes for locals and visitors, so try them out if you get a chance!

After Houlton, cross the border into Canada- and enjoy the brief moment of being in 2 countries at once! Exit right onto NB-2/ Trans-Canada Highway when you reach the junction and follow along beside the big and beautiful Saint John River. There is an RV Park at Woolastook where you can day park (Or spend the night if you like!) to enjoy the facilities and the river which spreads out here as it turns a corner.

 Saint John River
by Bill Flickr Creative Commons

Fredericton is not too much further along the highway- get off onto NB-8 for the city. It is set on both sides of the river so is wonderfully picturesque and has miles of riverfront trails to meander along! The Kings Landing Historical Settlement is a great way to get a taste of life there in years previous, and the Lighthouse on the Green is the spot for great food, visitor information, a Play and Learn exhibit for the kids, and bike rental.

 Fredericton
by Tom Hiltz Flickr Creative Commons

Day 4: Fredericton-Halifax

Head out of Fredericton on the opposite bank of the river to that on which you arrived- following NB-105. Along here is the Portobello Creek National Wildlife Area and Grand Lake Meadow. Soon the road joins back up with NB-2/Trans-Canada Highway.

The next major city is Moncton which is at the base of the Nova Scotia peninsula. This up and coming city is full of things to do- There's the Magic Mountain Water Park, the 280-acre Centennial park in the centre of the city, several beaches and a perplexing natural phenomenon- the Magnetic Hill, in which your car when placed in neutral will roll backwards- seemingly uphill!

 Moncton
by Brian Flickr Creative Commons

Continue on the highway through Sackville on the water, where you will find marshes and coastal cliffs. The Sackville Waterfowl Park is great for bird watchers, and the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre will give visitors a glimpse of Sackville's seafaring past.

 Sackville Marsh
by Chris Campbell Flickr Creative Commons

The Highway will take you through or past several more cities and towns as you proceed onto the peninsula- Amherst, Oxford, Truro. Halifax is quite a drive- right on the outer coast of Nova Scotia. Based around a bustling harbour on a rocky and dramatic coast, it is a lovely place to visit. It is a university town, meaning it has a fun and youthful vibe and there are a lot of festivals and events at various points during the year. If you're lucky, you might be there for the Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Atlantic Fringe Festival, the Nova Scotia Multicultural festival or one of many others. Have a look here for a full list! If you have time left on your holiday, why not explore Nova Scotia using Halifax as a base?

 Halifax
by Brian Flickr Creative Commons

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Author: Phil Wright+



Honeymoon in a Motorhome!


You've just spent a lot of dosh on a big wedding and have dreams of owning a house soon in your wedded bliss and the thought of spending a fortune on your honeymoon is just too irksome.

But consider this: Cruise from beach to beach, mountain terrain to mountain terrain, or stay in one perfect location in a Motorhome.  It's a lot cheaper than a hotel but a lot more luxurious than a tent, cabin or even motel.  You can park up beachside (a hotel with that kind of vicinity would be pricey), set up the deck chairs and relax with your lovely spouse.  Head to an area that would only house way too expensive hotels, park your motorhome and enjoy. 

The Motorhome is private, not too hot in the sun or not too cold in the winter.  You have the flexibility to stop wherever you want on the road, whenever you want, and go into the back for a... snuggle. Hear the ambient rain on the roof if it rains, or cook up a romantic meal to impress the lady. 

Whatever country you're in, drive from place to place if that suits you or stay in one place.  Hey, the flexibility of a motorhome  allows you to do both.  Plan to stay in one place, then change your mind and move onto another. It's that easy.  

A Campervan Honeymoon will be a romantic holiday you won't forget. A cosy time with your new spouse and  it won't cost you the earth.  Find a Motorhome for your Honeymoon at Motorhome Republic

Enjoy!




Author: Doug Brown+

Thursday, May 31, 2012

3-day Road Trip in Canada: Vancouver-Calgary

See some mountains and inland waterways with this trip through southwest Canada This is ski country, but the scenery is stunning for a summer road trip too!


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Day 1: Vancouver- Kelowna

Vancouver has a stunning setting between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The city is consistently ranked as one of the best to live in, and is certainly great to visit! Sizeable Stanley Park with many walking trails is a highlight, as are the bustling markets of Granville Island and the Vancouver Aquarium.

 Vancouver
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Head out of the city on the Trans-Canada Highway/ BC-1 following the beautifully braided Fraser River. Hope is a gorgeous town where this river meets another. A stop here will give you a chance to admire the beauty of the area. After Hope, get on the BC-3, then merge onto BC-5/Coquihalla Highway following beside the Coquihalla River. For a great rest stop, try the Coquihalla River Recreation Area or the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area for a picnic and recreation spot.

 Coquihalla River
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Just before Merritt, get off the BC-5 onto 5A, following signs for Kelowna. Only a little bit out of the way is Merritt- once called Forksdale, the town is in possession of a number of historic ranches and hotels and is branded the Country Music Capital of Canada.

The drive to Kelowna is getting into mountain country and beautiful, with many small lakes dotted around. Near to the city are several major ski resorts for winter trippers- and in summer, the city on Lake Okanagan is a beautiful mountain resort.The opportunities for entertainment are endless- hike in the mountains, go boating or fishing in the lake, do some wine tasting at vineyards, play golf, or experience the great restaurants, bars and beaches of the picturesque city.

 Kelowna
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Day 2: Kelowna- Revelstoke

Leave Kelowna on BC-97N, and you should soon pass Kalamalka Lake, and several park areas to enjoy the view from there. Several golf clubs can also be found along this route for those who are fond of a round- try the Vernon Golf and Country Club or Spallumcheen Golf Club, these being on either side of Swan Lake.

This drive is all about the nature- with few towns along the way. It is also not a long drive, so take the opportunity to stop at one of the National Parks and Protected Areas along the way for walking, picnicking and more.

Sicamous is one of the few spots of civilisation- a small town with many houseboats whose population doubles during the summer months, due to its position on both Mara and Shuswap Lakes. Snowmobiling is popular in winter, and water sports in summer. Sicamous is also where you should get back on the Trans-Canada Highway.

 Lake Shuswap
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Continue the nature appreciation along the highway until you arrive in Revelstoke. The city and nearby mountain resort and National Park are popular amongst holidaygoers- the resort being a major ski destination. The National park is a beautiful place to explore in summer, with a variety of landscapes from rainforest to tundra. Enjoy this amazing city!

 Revelstoke
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Day 3: Revelstoke- Calgary

Continue on out of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway and through Glacier National Park in an area of steep mountains. Keep a look out here for Grizzlies, mountain goats and Caribou! Further along the route, Golden is a very popular holiday town due to its proximity to some of Canada's most stunning National Parks. Golden is home to the longest covered, free span timber frame pedestrian bridge in Canada, spanning the Kicking Horse River. There is also a centre for Wolf Conservation, and a district museum.

 Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge
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The highway continues through several amazing National Parks to Banff. Banff is also a big name in skiing and another city blessed with amazing mountain views. The Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to Banff is guaranteed to be a feast for your eyes!

 Banff Mountains
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Enjoy views of river, lakes and ponds as you keep on along the Trans-Canada Highway and into Calgary. This is an eclectic city -a great scene with many eating and drinking venues. For shopping, try the Core Shopping Centre, and for some things to see and do, downtown there is the Calgary Zoo, the chinatown district, the Art Gallery of Calgary and Prince's Island Park.

 Calgary
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