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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.

Safe Driving In New Zealand

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Motorhomes On South Island Highways

New Zealand is one of the best destinations for a self-drive holiday. Well maintained roads, numerous quality attractions (all within relatively short driving distances), friendly accommodation providers and affordable rental car options provide ample opportunity to explore, relax or seek out a once in a lifetime adventure. However like anywhere else in the world, it (read more)

Posted in New Zealand Driving Tips

8 Things To Do In Auckland For Christmas 2018

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Christmas Shop Window

Auckland is one of the best places to spend Christmas in New Zealand and offers a wide range of activities, entertainment and shopping experiences for all ages. In Auckland this Christmas and looking for the best things to do over the festive season? Check out our handy guide and make the most of your 2018 (read more)

Posted in Local Events

Guide To Walking The Lake Waikaremoana Track

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Located in the east of the North Island, Lake Waikaremoana is a clear blue gem surrounded by an abundance of lush native bush. Located in Te Urewera National Park, the entire area is protected and has become a sanctuary for endemic New Zealand bird species which you will hear as you walk though the trees. (read more)

Posted in Blog, New Zealand Travel & Tourism

NZ Rental Car Road Trip – Christchurch To Dunedin

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Moeraki Boulders

For anyone looking to enjoy the unique coastal scenery of the South Island, travelling from Christchurch to Dunedin by car is an absolute must. State Highway 1 winds along the coast almost the entire way there, so you spend the entire journey with the sea on one side and beautiful rolling hills and plains on (read more)

Posted in Blog, New Zealand Travel & Tourism

10 Tips For Travelling With Kids

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Travelling With Kids By Car

When planning a self-drive holiday, it’s easy to overlook the actual journey. For those with children, this oversight can set your New Zealand holiday off on the wrong foot as everyone becomes grumpy and frustrated. To avoid this, consider our tips for travelling with kids.

Posted in Advice & Help, Blog

The 10 Best Hotels Near Auckland Airport

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Auckland City, NZ

Need quick and easy accommodation near Auckland’s International Airport in NZ? Read on for local insight into the best hotels near the Auckland Airport. Find out who offers free airport shuttle services, what are the cheapest hotels, which hotels are the closest and where to find a little touch of luxury. 1. Novotel Auckland Airport (read more)

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The 4 Best Auckland Airport To City Transport Options

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Auckland Airport

Catering for large numbers of domestic and international travellers, Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s busiest airport facility. Whether you are heading up north around the coastal Northland region, down to the adventurous Bay of Plenty, deep into Lord of the Rings territory in the Waikato or further afield to Wellington and beyond, Auckland Airport provides (read more)

Posted in Advice & Help, Blog

Matariki Festival 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Pleiades

It’s nearly time to celebrate Matariki here in New Zealand, traditionally a time to mark the beginning of the Māori New Year. Festivities are held all around the country, bringing people together to acknowledge new beginnings and also to reflect on the past. What Is Matariki? Matariki is the Maori name used to describe the (read more)

Posted in Local Events

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2018

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

St Paul's Cathedral Dunedin

Celebrate winter in all its glory by heading to Dunedin for their annual Midwinter Carnival this June. Kicking off at 5:30pm, carnival goers can enjoy food stalls, street performers, a children’s merry-go-round and a live band, and other exciting entertainment including a grande finale fireworks display. The highlight of the evening, the Carnival Procession starts (read more)

Posted in Local Events

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Art Gallery Blurred

Home to New Zealand’s most extensive collection of national and international art, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a true historic and cultural treasure not only for Auckland city but for the whole of New Zealand. The gallery’s highly regarded collection of more than 16,000 works showcases the talents of a wide range (read more)

Posted in New Zealand Travel & Tourism


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