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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.

Matariki Festival 2019

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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)

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10 Best Auckland Cafes 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Barista Making Coffee

Looking for the best café in Auckland for your next coffee, snack, brunch or lunch fix? As a city with so many excellent cafes and eateries it can be tricky to know just where to go – take it from the locals and find your next favourite café with our break down of the 10 (read more)

Posted in New Zealand Travel & Tourism

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2019

Friday, April 26th, 2019

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)

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Top 20 Free Or Cheap Things To Do In Auckland

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

Maxed out the budget and need to find some free or cheap things to do in Auckland? Look no further – we have sorted through the best of the best and found 20 great free activities, attractions and places to go in Auckland. 1. Visit One Tree Hill And Cornwall Park Neighbouring parks that when (read more)

Posted in New Zealand Travel & Tourism

10 Of The Best Mountain Biking Regions In New Zealand

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Lake Wanaka Cyclist

Given the stunning landscape of New Zealand it’s not surprising that New Zealand has many great mountain biking tracks all across the country, each with their own challenges and terrain levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Want to know where the best tracks and trails in NZ are? Decide where to ride with our helpful (read more)

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The 10 Best Hotels Near Auckland Airport

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

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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Winter Activities Auckland 2019

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

wynyard-crossing-auckland-new-zealand

If you’re looking for something to do in and around Auckland this winter, check out these activities and events that you can enjoy no matter what the weather is like.

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10 Best Day Trips From Auckland

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Sunrise At Summit Track Mount Maunganui

Heading out of the city for a day can be a great way to change the pace a little and recharge the batteries. Being centrally located, Auckland is one of the best places to discover exciting new destinations within easy driving distance without the need for costly overnight stays. Need a quick rundown on the best (read more)

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Chinese New Year Celebrations Auckland

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Dragon Dance Chinatown

People all across the world begin celebrations for the 2019 Chinese New Year (CNY) during late January early February every year. The Chinese New Year festivities in New Zealand set in motion the beginning of a series of events, activities, entertainment and fun for the whole family as well as holding cultural and historical significance. (read more)

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Auckland Lantern Festival 2019

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Chinese Lanterns

Be entertained and celebrate the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Pig at the Auckland Lantern Festival. Held annually, the festival serves as the grand finale to ongoing Chinese New Year celebrations and is a dazzling display of art, culture and delicious foods all rolled into one fantastic family friendly event. Regularly attracting upwards (read more)

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