Lord of the Rings: New Zealand Movie Sites

If you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, you’ll know that New Zealand is the real-life Middle-earth. The rolling green hills, dramatic mountains, and crystal-clear alpine waters made the perfect backdrop for the movies—and they make for an ideal travel destination, too! Many of our clients travel to New Zealand just to visit the beautiful Read More…

Top 5 Most Romantic Getaways

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Down Under Endeavours is in the know when it comes to the most romantic spots in the world to take your significant other. From overwater bungalows in Bora Bora to grand country estates in New Zealand, we’ll help you plan the perfect romantic getaway! Below are some of our top Read More…

New Zealand Family Adventures

If your family loves adventure and beautiful scenery, New Zealand is the perfect destination! Made up of 2 small islands, the country of New Zealand features a variety of destinations very distinctive in character. Because the country is so compact, you can easily visit several different areas on your holiday. Whether it’s adrenaline-fueled activities or Read More…

Iceland vs New Zealand Travel

Considering Iceland vs New Zealand travel? Both are worth a visit, but read below for the most important differences between the two. I recently returned from Iceland. This isn’t a destination we sell here at Down Under Endeavours, but I was intrigued by everything I had heard about this small island. Known for glaciers, geysers, Read More…

New Zealand Wildlife

Want to see New Zealand wildlife on your next vacation? New Zealand is filled with unique animals—although they are not always easy to spot! From the fascinating kiwi bird to the world’s smallest penguins, New Zealand is home to many species of animals. Most of the species are not native to New Zealand; the only Read More…

What Are You Thankful for This Travel Season?

At this time of year, we like to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve witnessed the Cubs become World Series Champions, Ireland beat the All Blacks in rugby for the first time in history, and the long-awaited launch of our sister company, Africa Endeavours! We’re thankful every day for Read More…

Self-Driving in New Zealand

I often get asked, what is the best way to see New Zealand? And my recommendation is always to rent a car and drive through the countryside. One of the unique and fun facets of New Zealand is the mountainous drives featuring beautiful coasts, green valleys, small quirky towns, and locals that you get to Read More…

5 Ways to Turn Your Honeymoon Into an Adventure

The word “honeymoon” may bring to mind images of white sand and beachside cocktails, but it doesn’t have to be a leisurely affair. While many of our clients spend their honeymoons on island resorts in tropical havens, others want to add a little more adventure. After all, it is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. If you and Read More…

New Zealand Culture: Maori Tattoos

An important piece of Maori culture is the traditional Maori tattoo, or ta moko. This sacred art form was brought to New Zealand from the Polynesian islands and is a rite of passage for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori population. Ta moko are most commonly given on the face—the head is the most sacred part of Read More…

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Stays in Australia and New Zealand

Everyone wants to experience Australia’s reefs, New Zealand’s fairytale-like mountains, and the other natural wonders of the South Pacific. But it’s important to travel responsibly so that future generations can enjoy these magical locations, as well. Travel experts agree that responsible, eco-friendly travel is a trend that isn’t going away. More and more travelers are Read More…