5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Darwin

Outdoor activities, wildlife parks and encounters, beach side markets and swimming in waterholes and cave pools, it is no surprise why Darwin is a popular holiday destination for families. Whether you are bringing your own car or touring the city in a motorhome hire, there are 5 things you can do that are guaranteed to make your family holiday enjoyable.

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Tips and tricks for travelling with Kids on the road

When you’re preparing for a road trip with your kids, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly if you’d be on the road for several days at a time. While the feeling is perfectly normal, you do tend to forget to bring a number of things with you on the trip. Not to mention, you have a vehicle-full of children that must be kept happy throughout the journey.

Whether you’re about to go on a six-hour drive or a week-long vacation, we’ve compiled a handful of tips for your ultimate family travel cheat sheet.

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The Differences between Motorhomes, Campervans and Caravans

As part of Australia’s premier campervan rental company – Apollo Motorhomes Holidays, we are often asked this question: “What is the difference between a motorhome, campervan and a caravan?” We get asked this question so much and often encounter travellers that think these vehicles are one and the same!

To help first time self-drive holiday makers, we’ve outlined the differences between motorhomes, campervans and a caravans. Safe travels!

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Christmas In New Zealand: How To Do It Right

Whether you’re looking for thrilling adventures or a chance to just put your feet up and relax, you are definitely spoilt for choice in New Zealand. Whether you’re spending time in the North or South Island, you won’t run out of things to do and places to go.  Continue reading “Christmas In New Zealand: How To Do It Right”

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First Time Traveller’s Guide to the Northern Territory Outback

You can’t really say you’ve been to the “Land Down Under” until you’ve experienced the Northern Territory outback firsthand. And what an experience it would be! Imagine driving your camper van rental and setting up camp in the vast desert inland of Australia; a region teeming with life, surrounded by mountains, deserts and savannahs. Continue reading “First Time Traveller’s Guide to the Northern Territory Outback”

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10 Campervan Rental Must-Haves

There’s no better way to welcome spring season than going on a road trip to Australia’s many scenic destinations with your friends or family. Whether you’re off to the beach this year or planning to drive your campervan rental to a national park and stay for a day or two, we’ve listed some motorhome travel must-haves to ensure a comfortable, stress-free spring holiday. Continue reading “10 Campervan Rental Must-Haves”

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From Perth To Broome: Your 14-Day Campervan Itinerary

The Pinnacles. Jurien Bay. Cape Range National Park. These are just some of the breathtaking natural tourist attractions that await you on your ultimate campervan adventure through Western Australia. Considering the amount of ground you have to cover, planning an itinerary from Perth to Broome can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re campervanning through the state for the first time. Continue reading “From Perth To Broome: Your 14-Day Campervan Itinerary”

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5 Kid-Friendly Activities In Cairns

Cairns is a great place to take your kids to for a much-needed holiday. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to ensure the family will have a great time. After all, the city is home to several tourist attractions and activities the entire family will enjoy. Continue reading “5 Kid-Friendly Activities In Cairns”

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Should You Visit Whitsundays In July? Here’s 5 Reasons You Should

In the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef lies 74 breathtakingly beautiful islands amidst year-round tropical weather. With pristine, powdery sands and sparkling waters, it’s not surprising that the Whitsundays remain to be one of Australia’s top tourist destinations. Continue reading “Should You Visit Whitsundays In July? Here’s 5 Reasons You Should”

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Rotorua: New Zealand’s Cultural Capital

Nowhere is the heat more apparent in Kiwi land than in Rotorua. But it’s the kind of heat that makes you linger, the kind that makes you want to stay longer and the kind where you would not mind being drenched in sweat, even for an entire day’s trip.Rotorua

The city is located in New Zealand’s Pacific Rim of Fire, in the southern shores of the lake by the same name. The city is located in the North Island near the Bay of Plenty. Typically almost synonymous to a scorching city, Rotorua has often been dubbed as a geothermal wonderland owing to its magnetic collection of volcanic escapes: spurting geysers, bubbling mud baths and natural hot streams and unrivaled crater lakes.

Just beside the city’s busy centre, quiet yet burgeoning villages such as the Whakarewarewa are a home to not only people but also to natural phenomena like hundreds of steaming hot springs and active geysers.

Rotorua also capitalizes on adventures. Mountain biking is popular in its lush forest trails and is perfect for all bikers whether they are pros or beginners. Recently, it has earned the prestigious gold-level ride centre status from the International Mountain Biking Association. This, now, levels the city among six other Ride Centres in the world. The rivers also make for thrilling activities like whitewater rafting and speedboating—making your body tingle with adrenaline and your heart pump with energy.

Rotorua does not end there. Here and now is where and when the present is balanced by its past.

While most major cities both locally and internationally would boast only of museums and historic sites for preserving their culture and heritage after a calamity, Rotorua’s tradition endures through real experiences even after being engulfed in travesty during Mt Tarawera’s eruption in 1886, in a mist of soot and ash.

Blast from the Past

Many travel for the pleasure of leisure but for those who want to go back in time, Rotorua might just be the place to begin. Rotorua Museum is where all the learning begins. The museum puts others to shame with its attractive and innovative displays, and cinematic and interactive attractions. In this palace of a building, modern technology meets tradition and history to create an invigorating cultural experience.

The indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori, open up their homes to guests in the spirit of Manaakitanga. With this hospitality comes their tradition of songs, performances, dances and haka (war dances), art and food. Delve into the living culture in three places: Te Puia, Mitai Village and Tamaki Village.

One of the primordial villages of Rotorua, Te Puia offers a tour to what seems like land before time. Five minutes away from the city centre, get access to the world renowned Pohutu geyser, the village’s main attraction, while having a steam box lunch.

Weaving and Carving

The village is not only known for the iconic geyser and energetic evening dance performances by the indigenous Māori people. Put your hands to work and create by heading on to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute. It has opened Te Wananga Whakairo Rakau, a school dedicated to preserving the carving (whakairo) and weaving (raranga) heritages to the modern world.

Tattoo

The Māori not only carve wood to create unfaltering sculptures, they use the skin as a canvas to create  tattoos that reflect a person’s achievements in their tribe. The process, which can be found in the Mitai Village, is called Tā Moko  and it’s unlike modern tattoos where the skin remains smooth and is not punctured—the skin, in the face and body, is carved by uhi (chisels) to leave a groove.

Haka and Hangi

In the same village and in others as well, the Māori traditions remain alive and celebrated through vivid cultural shows and performances. The haka (war dances) and song performances depict ancestral traditions with unparalleled energy and volatile vigor.

The warriors also make a spectacle as they don their traditional clothing and paddle the ancient waka (canoe) in  makeshift rivers.

Food is another thing that often stun the visitors. The Māori bury their food and let it slowly cook through thermal heat. They call their meals hangi.

There’s so much more to discover than what we have scratched on the surface. Drive away to Rotorua, New Zealand’s cultural capital today with a vehicle from Cheapa Campa! Visit our website to book and search for specials!

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