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Here at USAVE, we live and breath tourism and travel. We get feedback from our customers about their touring experiences, and we ourselves have travelled through New Zealand. Read through our blog and glean the latest from our collective wisdom. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to write about.

New Zealand Rental Car Optional Extras

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Many rental car companies provide the very basics with their hire vehicles, so if you’re renting a car for exploring New Zealand, adding a few optional extras such as a GPS unit or baby seat can make your journey easier, safer and more comfortable. At USAVE we have a number of optional extras you can choose from to help you make the most of your rental car and your trip.

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New Zealand Wet Weather Driving Tips

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

In usual custom, the New Zealand summer was recently blown out with a spate of heavy rain and high winds that created hazardous driving conditions all across the country. It just goes to show that this can happen at any time of year, so it’s essential to be fully prepared and know what to do in these potentially dangerous situations. Whether you have a small touring rental car or a large four wheel drive, these tips could help keep you on the road in slippery conditions.

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New Zealand Rental Minivan Features

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A New Zealand rental minivan is a great solution for situations where you need to move a large group of people or luggage with minimal effort. The extra room provides space for not only suitcases, bags and camping equipment but also creates additional legroom that makes for a more comfortable journey and happy passengers.

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New Zealand Rental Minibus Driving Tips

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Minibus rentals can be useful for an outing or school excursion, as well as for cutting down journey costs and making a trip with extended family and friends. They provide ample leg room and luggage space, and are perfect for going longer distances when you want to make the journey more comfortable for everyone. In general minibuses are easy to drive and manoeuvre, but there are some driving tips you should observe for the sake of safety and economy.

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Canterbury Rental Car Farm Tour

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Canterbury region is famous for its farming heritage, and particularly for its sheep rearing. It’s been the backbone of the local economy ever since the region was first settled, and continues to be a large part of the culture. For those visiting it’s an interesting insight into the local way of life, and well (read more)

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Christchurch Rental Vehicle – Fishing Spots

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Summer is a great time of year to be out fishing in Canterbury – the days are long, the weather is fine and the local scenery becomes truly beautiful. With many braided rivers and wide lakes, the plain country offers a range of locations to cast your line and try your luck. They’re often great (read more)

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Christchurch Bars and Restaurants Back on the Map

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In the last couple of years, visitors to Christchurch could be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing to do in the city, other than the obvious earthquake tours. However, if you’re looking to eat out or enjoy a few drinks and some live entertainment, Christchurch has a number of new and old venues to discover. Here’s our pick of the best places to hang out in the city.

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Best New Zealand Summer Lakes – South Island

Friday, December 27th, 2013

With the hot days rolling in, everyone wants to head to the water to cool off this summer. Droves of day trippers and holidaymakers head to the beaches around the country that offer up sun, surf and sand and usually a lifeguard or two to keep watch. However this means that they can get extremely (read more)

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Summer Rental Car Tours – South Island

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The South Island of New Zealand offers a huge range of attractions, scenery and activity and could take up an entire rental car holiday just on its own. Like the rest of New Zealand it’s fairly compact, so a couple of days drive could take you the length of the island – however the freedom (read more)

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Summer Rental Car Tours – North Island

Friday, December 20th, 2013

New Zealand is made up of two islands that are very distinct in size, landscape and population, and each one offers a huge selection of things to see and do. Although  they are separated by Cook Strait, this can be crossed in one of the huge ferries and you can even take your New Zealand (read more)

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