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49 Reasons Why New Zealand Rocks Our World

As soon as a blog post about New Zealand needs writing, I always seem to be the first at STA Travel Towers to stick my hand up. (I definitely don’t throw myself at our editor Lisa’s feet and beg, “Pick me! Pick me!” Honest.).

Why do I love writing about New Zealand? Well, because I love New Zealand. I’m lucky enough to have been twice in the last year: once to the South Island in June when it was covered in snow – white, serene and magical; and again to the North Island in February when the sun was out, the stunning landscapes were lush and green, and the skies were blue with long wispy clouds (it’s not called the Land of the Long White Cloud for nothing). Two very different experiences, but both equally amazing.

New Zealand: what's not to like?

Obviously, I’m not alone in my love for New Zealand. Everyone I’ve ever spoken to on the subject – be it friends, colleagues or you, our lovely customers – has fallen head over heels in love with this out-of-the-way country that has a population of just 4 million people.

Just what is it about New Zealand? What’s all the fuss about, eh? Well, I’m going to tell you. With the help of our Twitter community, here are 49 reasons why this wonderful country rocks our world.

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USA’s Best National Parks | Celebrating 100 years of National Parks!

The USA is the ultimate road trip destination! With wide open highways, palm-lined coastal roads and stunning National Parks. On 25th August 2016 USA National Parks will be celebrating their 100th Birthday. So here are some of the best National Parks the USA has to offer. Hit the road and explore!

Here are some of the USA’s best National Parks:

1. Yosemite National Park

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California Pacific Coast | Highway Hit List!

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most impressive scenic drives in the World, let alone the US. Start all the way up in San Francisco and cruise down to San Diego or vice versa. The route takes about ten hours to complete with no stopping (but what’s the point of that?!). We recommend about 1-2 weeks stopping properly and taking your time. Over the 1000km you’ll pass through spectacular beaches, untouched forests and lush vineyards.

Here are some of our favourite stops along the way:

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9 Essential Budget tips for Australian Roadtrips

Australia is beautiful, huge, cosmopolitan, rugged, unmissable and, unfortunately, not as cheap and your other classic backpacker stops such as Southeast Asia. For many the idea the open road, running to your own schedule and taking your bedroom with you is appealing, not just for the freedom, but also the potential savings.

Read on for our essential tips on saving big bucks while you’re on the road, so you have more moolah for the important things. Like this hat. What?

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The Two Definitive New Zealand Road Trips

Now, before you bite our heads off, let us explain what we mean. There is definitely more to New Zealand than the stops included on these itineraries (we’ve neglected the north coast of the South Island for example), and the timings are, to say the least, ambitious.

But, if you don’t have the luxury of 3 months in New Zealand, you can use these routes to plan a trip that takes in the highlights. If you’re lucky enough to have even more time, you can build and expand on these to create one epic adventure around the whole country. So here we go, one route for the North Island and one for the South Island, taking in the best that New Zealand has to offer.


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