Costa Rica Vacations

It is rare that we come across a travel agency that covers you from head to toe when searching for the complete vacation package. But we found one such agency.

CRV – short for Costa Rica Vacations – has been the top agency of that country for over 15 years and has customized vacation packages from all around the world. Whether it’s adventure, romance or just a great family getaway, CRV has a package to suit.

Founded by Don Halbert, the company was acquired from the previous ownership in 2013 and since then has grown exponentially in popularity and the quality of service the company provides it’s clients.

Speaking with their “travel specialists”, you’ll immediately understand one of the major benefits to dealing with a local company as opposed to a big brand. And that is…experience.

First-hand experience is something that big brands have missed the mark on. Imagine booking your long anticipated honeymoon only to find that, because the travel agency had no previous knowledge of the hotel, you end up spending what should’ve been the time of your life, in some seedy 2 1/2 star motel-no-tell.

Fortunately with CRV the team have stayed at each hotel in which they have listed on their site so that they can gauge the quality of service themselves in order to best recommend the right hotels for their clients. And what if they don’t measure up? They don’t get listed in their inventory of hotels.

But where Costa Rica Vacation really shines is when they personalize a tailer-made vacation package.

Although our trip to Costa Rica was shorter than anticipated, we did enjoy a 7 day stay and here’s our own experience with CRV.

Picked up at the airport and whisked through customs like VIPs. We were then transported to the lavish Grano de Oro hotel in San Jose. What a place! Top quality service with world-class food, we highly recommend a stay at Grano de Oro if you’re in the area.

Following morning we were picked up after morning coffee to head to our next destination…Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.

From the moment we stepped off the transport bus we were breathless. This place is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. A 5-star resort with hot springs on-site and gardens surrounding it like something out of the Garden of Eden. Nayara is the place to be when visiting Arenal. In fact the hotel sits in the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano – one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Our time at Nayara was lamented with frequent visits to the posh spa, lounging in the hot springs and even a few sunset evenings simply staring at the volcano while sipping drinks on our deck with a built in jacuzzi.

Thursday we said goodbye to Nayara and headed to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach.

This is the place to get in touch with nature. Not that it’s not all around you already given you’re in Costa Rica – the #3 most “greenest” countries on the planet.

We stayed at a beautiful hotel situated on the hills above the bay overlooking the Pacific called Si Como No.

This hotel – albeit slightly less posh than Nayara – has it’s own unique allure. Branded as “barefoot luxury”, this boutique style hotel has plenty to offer. Onsite they have a private full cinema, two pools – one for families and the other adults only – world class dining with two different restaurants featuring contrast cuisine. There’s even a short waterslide that plunges you down to the wet bar located partial submerged in the pool. Prices were reasonable here however we did find it slightly overpriced in comparison to what we’d already experienced at Nayara and Grano de Oro.

Then it was time to go home. Oh wait!

Adventure? You want to know what we did for adventure? Well…

We went ziplining in Monteverde Cloud Forest, we hiked around an active volcano, we lounged in thermal volcanic hot springs, we saw 13′ crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, toucans and even…took a parasailing trip in Manuel Antonio. So yes…we had some adventures we’ll never forget for a long time to come. At least in this lifetime.

For more information visit: costaricavacations.com.

The Great European Food Tour

If you are travelling to Europe anytime soon (or just dreaming) then check out this interactive guide to the foods and festivals of the countries of Europe, compiled by Travelex. Pick a country and it will display the national dish, types of street food available, cheapest meals, and luxury restaurants.

The Great European Food Tour

In addition to that it also lists upcoming food related festivals, just incase it has made you hungry to visit.

Check out The Great European Food Tour.

Road trip essentials

Not too long ago my best friend and I set off on a once in a lifetime road trip around Cairns. We flew over to the wet tropics from Melbourne and noticed the car hire at Cairns airport when we landed.

On my return, I was asked what I thought was essential when planning such a trip. Below are some of the things I feel that I couldn’t have completed the trip without.

Maps
Plan your route and research any points of interest you want to see to make the most out of your time on the road. Outlining your route helps you figure out what you need to take and book any accommodation if needed.

Map

Take a map or create a custom route plan online. Sites such as Google Maps are great for planning your journey as you can identify any highways, toll roads or construction areas prior to driving. They also allow you to change your route easily and add many different destination points.

Using a GPS system can also be a good way of ensuring your heading in the right direction. GPS systems automatically calculate a new route if you make a wrong turn and can also redirect you if there is heavy traffic expected. Most smartphones now have a built in GPS system which can really come in handy even when on foot.

Food and Drink
Stocking up on food and drink is crucial, take healthy snacks that are not going to expire quickly and make your car smell. Use a cool bag or box to store plenty of bottled water and stop off at supermarkets where possible to restock.

Eating out regularly can really add up when travelling, taking your own food and drinks is a great way to keep costs down.

Travel Apps
There are many travel apps available that can give you ideas on activities nearby and any landmarks you may want to visit. You can check the weather forecast allowing you to plan your day or stay away from any storms that may be expected. Having information at your fingertips can sometimes be a lifesaver, helping you locate nearby places to eat, sleep or fill up your tank.

Apps

Music
Music is an essential part to any road trip. Create a playlist of your favourite tracks, including something for every mood. Don’t rely on the radio as you may lose signal in some areas, burn a disk or use your mobile.

Good music can really add to your experience and help you to remember the good times you had along the way.

Camera
Yes this tip seems quite obvious but remember to capture all your memories on film. Take any spare batteries, memory cards and accessories you may need.

Toiletries and Essentials
We all know that travelling isn’t the most glamorous activity, bring wet wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels to help you freshen up. It may also be beneficial to bring toilet roll just in case your rest stop isn’t quite what you expected.

First Aid

Make sure you remember to take any medication you may need, as well as painkillers, travel sickness tablets and a first aid box.

Clothing
There is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic in uncomfortable clothing or shoes. Take lots of comfy clothes and be prepared for the weather to take a turn for the worst. No matter how hot it may be during the day you are going to feel the cold when the sun goes down so taking a blanket may be the saviour.

Car Chargers
Prepare all of the chargers for your devices and make sure they work prior to your journey. Most modern cars now have a USB port for charging. If the car is a little older you may need to buy a cable that connects via the cigarette lighter.

Documents and Money
Bring along anything you feel may be important such as your ID, licence, car documents, insurance information and passport. Photocopy everything and keep them somewhere safe in case of emergencies. Don’t forget to take more than enough money and always have a reserve!

There are multiple inexpensive companies that offer car hire at Cairns Airport. Choosing to hire your car as soon as you land is worthwhile investment as it means you can start your adventure immediately, avoiding any taxi fees.

7 Amazing Places to Go on a Date in New York

It’s known as the City That Never Sleeps, and vibrant New York is an ideal destination for loved up couples. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic stroll, get a great view of the city or find an activity that combines sightseeing with flirtatious fun, we’ve compiled a list of The Big Apple’s best places to go on a date.

1. Central Park
It’s an obvious choice, but Central Park is just about the most romantic place in the whole city. It might be a bit too cold to enjoy a picnic or a boat ride during the winter months, but it still looks magical in the winter, and you could wrap up warm and enjoy a carriage ride for a truly romantic date.

Central Park

2. Tiffany’s
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so make like Holly Golightly and head to renowned jeweller, Tiffany’s & Co. What could be more romantic than a new piece to add to your jewellery box? Even if you don’t intend to buy anything (like an engagement ring?), it’s still fun to grab a coffee and browse the sparkling collection in the impressive window displays.

Tiffany's

3. The Empire State Building
If you’re looking for a view to take your breath away, you’ll find it at the top of the Empire State Building. If it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see for around 80 miles, but the view is pretty spectacular at night too with Manhattan and beyond beautifully illuminated. To make the most of the view, visit just before sunset so you can see the best of both.

Empire State Building

4. Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center
New York turns icy cold during colder winter months, in fact average high temperatures in December and January hover around just 4c. So, why not try warming up by enjoying ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre. You might not be the next Torvill and Dean on the ice, but the fear of falling over will give you an excuse to hold on tightly to one another. Failing that, you could go up to the ‘Top of the Rock’ for a cuddle and a coffee!

Rockefeller Skating

5. Broadway
There aren’t many things more romantic than treating your partner to a Broadway show, and with an ever-changing mix of comedies, dramas and musicals, there’s something to suit every taste.

Broadway

6. Jaques Torres Chocolate
Chocolates are the number one date gift cliché, and they don’t come much better than at a Jaques Torres Chocolate café. There are several dotted across the city, all offering a delicious and often bizarre menu of chocolate-based treats from truffles, cakes and sweets to rich hot drinks and even wine! You can also learn how the chocolate is made on site.

Jaques Torres Chocolate

7. Sailing Around New York City Harbour
Take in the vistas of the modern day Big Apple from the vantage point of the Hudson River, there’s numerous companies offering daytime, twilight and night cruises, some are on board an old restored Clipper ship. There’s just something about sailing on the open water that creates an idyllic atmosphere, add the skyscrapers of Manhattan twinkling in the background and you’ll have memories worth treasuring.

Sailing Around New York City

Getting There: Many people choose to ‘DIY’ a trip to NYC themselves (try Skyscanner for flight comparison) and surf the web for hotel deals, or alternatively, splash out on a spot of affordable luxury via travel deals site like SecretEscapes.com, surely your better half is worth it right?

5 Great Destinations for Adventure Travel

We all love big travel adventures. From heart-pumping activities to the wildest unimaginable things; travelling can definitely show the adrenaline-junkie in us. Some of these quintessential adventure experiences should be organized ahead of time since they require fitness, specialized gear and a long time out of work.

Still, the great destination for adventure travel covers life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert. But make certain to do research before hand, seek expert’s advice and get trained because you’ll need them to go from your dream adventure to reality.

Here are 5 of the great destinations for adventure travel you shouldn’t miss.

1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica, often viewed as the heart of Central America, is the epitome of an ecotourism paradise. It has an astounding diversity and easy access put the exotic squarely within the reach of every traveler. And if you’re looking for an adventure, this country will knock you out with limitless things you can do to satisfy your hunger for adventure.

Jump-start your travel by hiking from lava-spurting Volcan Arenal to the cloud forests of Monteverde. The hike would approximately take three days to finish the entire circuit. Afterwards, you can take a plunge into the great river of Pacuare, raft your way along the 22 miles length of the river, and be mesmerized by the great rapids and the deep canyons along the way.

In addition, you can go on a jungle safari adventure, and take a look of how diverse the wildlife is in Costa Rica. They also highlight surfing breaks in the areas of Tamarindo, a part town in the country’s northwest.

Find out more at vacationscostarica.com.

2. New Zealand

Home of Southern Hemisphere’s extreme sport, New Zealand is the country that will satisfy your need for speed. In the land of the Kiwis, you can enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventures, such as jumping off enormous cliffs, climbing back up on iron rung. But, the highlight of all would be bungee jumping onto the pit below the Kawarau Bridge. There are many commercial ways to kill yourself here than in any place in the world.

3. Amazon

If you want to experience the ultimate jungle experience, then you should go to the Amazon. Let me remind you again that the Amazon has a land area of 7,000,000 kilometers and stretches to nine nations in South America. That’s how large the Amazon is, and it represents almost half of the remaining rainforest on earth.

There have been some unfortunate incidents that happened in this forest, but let it not discourage you from taking the challenge of pursuing the ultimate jungle adventure. Although you could easily spend a number of weeks exploring this vast wild jungle, a five-day escapade is enough to get a real taste of Amazonian bush living. Just make sure to be well-equipped for the adventure travel experience of a lifetime.

4. Nepal

If you’re thirst calls for an ultimate trek experience, then Nepal is the perfect spot for you. The legendary trek of Nepal is not an easy task to conquer. Many have attempted but only few have succeeded, but then again, don’t let this discourage you from taking the challenge.

The Annapurna circuit that stretches from the Jiri Route to the Everest Base Camp requires a big-time investment, but you can arrange shorter treks from the local guides. But if you don’t want to tire your legs, renting a bike would be an option and pedal your way to Lalitpur and Bhaktapur where you can be bedazzled by temples and monuments.

5. Australia

One of the most exciting things to do on an adventure travel is to dive deep into the vastness of the ocean. And the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the place to be. Divers from around the world will agree that this is one perfect spot because the water is crystal clear, there are no cyclones, and the temperature runs around 27 degrees Celsius.

7 Things Not To Miss On A Tour Of Greece

With its breathtaking natural beauty, gripping history and delightful mouthful goodies, it is easy to see why millions of travelers from all four corners of the world are drawn to the glamour of Greece. Billed as one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, this lovely Mediterranean utopia is also famous for its buzzing nightlife, majestic beaches as well as reliable summer weather.

But with so many spectacles and attractions to offer, how do you pick the best things to experience in this European hub? Well, thankfully, we have compiled a list of the top 7 things you cannot afford to miss during your tour to Greece.

A layover on the island of Santorini

A visit to the legendary island of Santorini is an absolute must for anyone enjoying an exciting tour around Greece. Known as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, this Greek island will blow your mind and delight your senses with its eye-catching whitewashed buildings, awe-inspiring sunsets and dramatic views. Take the chance to stay in some of the most spectacular Greek villas that exist and you’ll be happy no matter what you do. Plus, it is home to some of the most distinct and unique beaches in all of Europe, such as Kamari’s pebble black beach and Perissa’s beach.

Marvel at the awe-inspiring Meteora Monasteries

Rising like clerical nests, the Meteora monasteries are truly among the most breathtaking religious sites on the face of the earth. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these gigantic pinnacles are made from smooth rocks and natural rock sandstone pillars, perched on the strange but wonderful landscapes of the region. While these sites are pretty ancient, they still create a perfect setting for a science-fiction and futuristic tale.

An unforgettable trekking escapade

A trekking adventure to Mount Olympus, labeled as the home of the Greek Gods, is definitely a worthwhile challenge for extreme adventurists touring Greece. After all, it is the highest mountain in the country, with a steep height of 2,917 meters. Aside from getting the ultimate outdoor experience in Greece, this escapade is also supremely atmospheric.

A taste of Tuscany in Greece

Aptly nicknamed as the Greek Tuscany, the Pelion is a laid-back sanctuary that offers everything you would need and want for your tour in this country. Not only does it feature a lush countryside, but it also offers superb trekking experiences as well as exotic beaches with crystal clear azure waters. What’s more, it flaunts traditional villages with paved paths, elegant houses and striking stone roofs.

The hippie and vibrant nightlife of Mykonos

Are you a party animal, who loves to dance and get drunk until dawn? Then, make sure to experience the frenzied beat of Mykonos’s dynamic nightlife circuit during your tour to Greece. Giving Ibiza a run for its money, Mykonos is a party capital with the wildest, best and most colorful nightlife in all of Greece.

Pay homage to an ancient historic site

No tour in Greece is complete without a stopover to the Parthenon, which is one of the most celebrated attractions in Greece. Built in 432 BC, the Parthenon is a mesmerizing archaeological site that has served as a powder magazine, mosque, church, fortress and temple in Athens.

Spend a day at the Myrtos Beach

Of all the beaches in Greece, the Myrtos Beach is arguably the famous and stunning one. Praised for its magical color combination, this world renowned beach boasts a magnificent sea with turquoise and blue waters that sharply contrast with its bright white marble pebbles. The tall cliffs and steep mountains also add more allure to its grand natural beauty.

Discover The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of the most stunning regions in the UK and consists of rolling hills, picturesque villages, ancient market towns, castles and parks. It is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the largest of its kind in UK. It receives millions of visitors every year both locals and international to experience its quintessentially English charm. If you ever wanted to live in a fairytale land, then discover the best of the Cotswolds:

STANTON

The Cotswolds is famous for its quaint honey-colored villages, and a visit to this fascinating region is highlighted with a visit to at least one village. Stanton is one of the most stunning and idyllic villages in the whole area. It appears to have stood back in time and for over 300 years little has changed beneath the slopes of Shenbarrow Hill. It is a delightful village oozing old world charm and consists of a lengthy main street meandering a few corners where age old buildings stand in typical Cotswolds style of steeply pitched gables, mullioned windows and of course the limestone honey-colored walls.

Stanton boasts of ancient architecture with 16th and 17th century houses, some restored delightfully yet retaining their authentic look. In Stanton you can travel back in time to a world with no signs of commercialism. It is a place to relax in tranquility, surrounded by magnificent views across the Vale of Evesham towards the Malvern Hills and beyond Welsh Mountains.

STOW-ON-THE-WOLDS

Stow-on-the-Wolds is a charming market town in the Cotswolds and perhaps one of the most popular in the Cotswolds. Stow-on-the-Wolds stands proudly about 700 feet on a hill at a junction crisscrossed by seven major roads including the Roman Fosse Way. Stow developed as result of the wool industry and held numerous colorful fairs where thousands of sheep were paraded for sale.

Stow has an expansive market square, perhaps implying its importance ages ago. On one end is the ancient cross and on the other the town stocks, the square is surrounded by a magnificent variety of ancient town houses. The town is still an important part of the Cotswolds and has an incredible array of gift shops, antiques, crafts and boutique shops. It is a great destination to stay on a walking holiday in the Cotswolds with a huge array of cottages to choose from for an authentic local experience.

STROUD

Stroud is inspiring vibrant town with a fascinating blend of cafes, galleries and shops selling everything from fossils to fairies. It is the best farmers market in the region that thrived as a result of its woolen mills during the Industrial Revolution, some are currently open to the public. It is rich in history and cultural heritage and features some excellent historical landmarks and still hosts varied festivals including arts and music.

Stroud is famous with travelers due to its rural setting and the sweeping beauty of the Five Valleys. It is not unusual to find roaming cattle and sheep alongside picnicking families, horse riders, paragliders, orchids and rare butterfly. Stroud is the ideal destination for a relaxed family holiday in the Cotswolds.

MALMESBURY

Malmesbury is an ancient market town that dates back to the 15th century, it oozes royalty having been made King Athelstan’s capital in AD 929. It has interesting ancient buildings including England’s oldest hotel, The Bell, which has been offering bed and board since 1220.

The town is famous for its ancient buildings, the 7th century abbey and the Abbey Gardens with its exclusive collection of roses. The abbey stands magnificently amongst five acres of manicured gardens consisting of over 10 000 different types of plants, fish ponds and a section of the River Avon.

5 Great Cities to Live In As an Expat

Living as an expat is an exciting opportunity but sometimes, choosing a perfect destination can be a challenge. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, it is a decision that will change your life. There are practical plans that must be made such as setting up a foreign currency deposit account to cater for financial needs and researching on the travel details. However, the destination is the most important aspect of expat life. Consider these beautiful cities as your next or new destination.

Sydney

Life in Sydney Australia is a little different than what is portrayed in famous films. While one may expect to arrive and see rugged mountains crawling with snakes and spiders, the reality is actually very charming. There are great restaurants and entertainment spots within the confines of the city. Cultural diversity is rich with large populations from just about every race and the expat community is also relatively sizable. If you are fun of nature, the Blue Mountains are accessible with an easy trip. In the North of the city is Hunter Valley which coincidentally has great wine tasting opportunities.

Vancouver

Vancouver is a stunning coastal city that has some of the best attractions. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is considered one of the iconic sites. The parks and gardens offer a natural serenity and if you favor more culturally significant places, you will love the Museum of Anthropology. Expats who move to this location enjoy the hospitable nature of the locals as well as the busy shopping scene.

Singapore

Singapore has high living standards and somewhat odd laws to help keep the country blossoming. The climate is ideal especially for those who do not like the low temperatures in temperate zones. Though the location is small compared to big cities around the world, it is a very safe place to be in and the people are considered very hospitable. The entertainment scene is quite rich and pretty mainstream and there is a beautiful innovative park, Gardens by the Bay, worth visiting.

Amsterdam

If you are looking for a cool, romantic and charming city to enjoy, Amsterdam may be perfect for your expert life. There a lot of cozy restaurants, museums and shopping centers. The general feel of the city is of ease and the lifestyle is more laidback than in other places. The people are friendly and there are no issues of a language barrier.

Hong Kong

Expats who love fast city life will find Hong Kong amazing. There are great restaurants, nightlife and fantastic attractions. Though the expat community is sizable, it is quite small compared to the total population. There are nice beaches and if you would like to explore the spirituality, there are many Buddha’s temples. Restaurants in the city are numerous and the culture is quite refreshing.

When making plans to move to a new or next destination as an expat, you should consider opening a foreign currency deposit account. This will help you manage your finances better and is highly beneficial for varied currencies. The account will give you better protection from the risk of fluctuating exchange rates. Think about acquiring this convenience for ideal expat living.

Top 5 countries to live as an expat

So, you have decided to live and work abroad? But which country do you go? Obviously some states are better than others when it comes to offering you solid quality of life, safety and security, good healthcare, prospects for hire earning, and of course excellent schools for your children. Picking the best place can be quite overwhelming for you-especially if you don’t know the ins and outs of that particular country. Luckily for you, we have compiled top 5 best countries to live as an expat.

1. Switzerland

According to a survey conducted by HSBC, which involved 9,000 expats, one country that rises above all others in terms of overall experience as well as family life is Switzerland. It takes all the honors thanks to its economic state. As an expat you will earn a whopping $200,000, an amount which is double than the global average. Another major reason for its high ranking is because of its stunning scenery, with many activities to do both in summer and winter.

2. Singapore

Those who are looking for greater economic opportunities and improved quality of life will certainly find Singapore as a safe haven. It’s ranked among the top in terms of economic measures, with a perfect climate for raising children. It has excellent schools and many job opportunities for the career-driven individuals.

3. China

While this country has its own share of downsides, such as mediocre healthcare and bad weather, the positive factors overdo the negatives. Firstly, it has a booming economy that is even ranked as the first globally for expat economics. There are many job opportunities with less competition. The country also boasts a great social life, huge sport opportunities and a friendly culture. There are numerous places to explore in China, not to mention the Asia-Pacific region which is easily accessible.

4. New Zealand

You must applaud this country for its low crime rate, something that allows you to bring up your children as confident and well-rounded. In fact, according to a report by HBC, it ranks first when it comes to quality of children’s life. The government is also aiming at recruiting expats by introducing a website for those thinking about moving to live in the country.

5. Germany

And finally taking the fifth position is Germany, a country that boasts a very strong economy, low crime, and a stable political system. 87% of expats express their satisfaction with the safety and security in the country and good schools where they take their children. Over 80% of them say that Germany is much safer than their home country.

These are some of the best countries to live as an expat. Whichever country you make a decision to move to, ensure that you have an offshore bank account, where you can manage your money while abroad. Keeping your money in one place as you move is beneficial in that you can enjoy convenience no matter how many times you move, have your choice of currency, not to mention tax efficiency. Generally, you will be at a good position to capitalize on the advantages you will find in any country you decide to move to without the need to keep on opening new accounts.

Picturesque Landscapes to Meander in at Queenstown

The scenic town of Queenstown is located on the South Island of New Zealand and is without a doubt one of the most exquisite localities offering attractions all through the year. Sitting on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, this town is surrounded by the Southern Alps creating a setting right out of a fairytale. Among the famous attractions here is the Remarkables, a saw-toothed range of mountains that is located right opposite the lake from the town. A popular activity among tourists here is to find a lakeside bench at dusk and soak in the most beautiful views New Zealand has to offer.

Picturesque Landscapes to Meander in at Queenstown

Exploring the Picturesque Landscapes of Queenstown

The gorgeous mountain scenery and the Lake Wakatipu end up dominating the views from almost every part of Queenstown. The most famous attractions here also choose to leverage this view to enhance visitor experiences. Even if one chooses to do absolutely nothing while here, there is still enough reason for travellers to spend at least a couple of days here.

·Bird’s Eye View
One of the best views of the town can be experienced from the top of Bob’s Peak. One can get here with the help of the Skyline Gondola and sigh in awe of the breathtaking views of The Remarables Mountain Range, the Coronet Peak and the Walter Peaks.

·Scenic Drives
With the help of a car rental service from companies such as Hertz, consider making the convenient and comfortable drive to Glenorchy located 50 minutes north of the lake. Considered as one of the most scenic driving experiences in the world, one will not be disappointed.

Another drive worth considering is the 20 minute journey from Queenstown to the wine area in Gibbston Valley. This drive takes visitors through the ancient Kawarau Gorge.

Choosing to Drive in and around Queenstown

New Zealand is renowned for the magnificent experiences it promises to self driven vacationers. By renting a vehicle with a reliable car hire company like Hertz it is possible to receive additional facilities such as the availability of navigation equipment. This helps visitors get around Queenstown and the nearby regions with ease and convenience. Getting around the area like a local allows one to make the most of their trip and explore the region at their own pace. Stop for photo opportunities or simply to soak in the beautiful scenes that pass you by without having to worry about any tight schedules.