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 to get your super cheap road trip started!

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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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
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 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
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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!

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+

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