Grand Golf Experiences in New Zealand

My husband and I are both avid international golfers, so we both love hitting the links together to enjoy some friendly competition and a beverage or two on the course. But I know for many of my clients, this isn’t always the case. What I tend to see with couples is one golf fanatic and Read More…

New Zealand’s Charm Lies Off the Beaten Path

Hello, everyone! I just returned from my third trip to New Zealand. I was lucky enough to travel for 3 weeks throughout the country with my parents. And while I know that places like Queenstown, Rotorua, and Auckland are the headliners in New Zealand, some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path places are oozing with Kiwi charm. 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…

Best of South Australia and Taranaki

Lonely Planet recently announced its Best of Travel 2017 winners, and some of our favorite locations were among the top 5 regions in the world! Taranaki, New Zealand came in at No. 2, while South Australia was named No. 5. Here’s a quick guide to our favorite things to see and do in these fabulous 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…

New Zealand’s Movie Magic

Many of our clients travel to New Zealand just to see the beautiful locations they’ve seen in the movies. New Zealand’s wide variety of spectacular scenery makes it ideal for shooting films with fantastical landscapes. The location of powerhouse special effects company Weta Workshop in Wellington also attracts many filmmakers to the island. It seems 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…

New Zealand’s Delightful Wines

Another week, another opportunity to talk about wine! This time, it’s in the stunningly beautiful country of New Zealand. Although it’s a fairly small country, New Zealand has several outstanding regions that produce award-winning wines including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, among others. In addition to amazing wine, you’ll get spectacular views to enjoy, too! Read More…

Noshing in New Zealand

It’s lunchtime as I type this and it has inspired me in thinking about the amazing food you can get while in New Zealand. From lamb to mussels, to a traditional Maori hangi, your taste buds will be delighted. Even the simple hamburger is elevated at the incredibly popular Fergburger in Queenstown, a place as Read More…

New Zealand Family Adventures

If you are a family that loves adventure and beautiful scenery, then you must make your way to New Zealand!  Made-up of two, small islands, the country of New Zealand features a variety of destinations very distinctive in character, and because the country is so compact, you can easily visit several different areas on your Read More…

New Zealand Wildlife

G’day!  You’ve heard all about the unique and fascinating wildlife of Australia, but what about New Zealand?  From the fascinating kiwi bird and the world’s smallest penguins to swimming with dusky dolphins and the massive amount of sheep, discover a variety of critters who call this island country home. Kiwi Can you believe such little Read More…

Happy Holidays from Down Under Endeavours!

Christmas is only a few days away and here in the office, we’re all getting in the festive spirit.  If you’re stuck in the Midwest this cold holiday season, grab a glass of eggnog and start dreaming of that island vacation!  From island hopping in Tahiti and the Cook Islands to scuba diving in Fiji Read More…

New Zealand: The South Island’s Top Touring

G’day mates! This week it’s all about the best touring on New Zealand’s South Island.  From sea kayaking Abel Tasman to hanging with the yellow-eyed penguins near Dunedin, to heli tours of alpine mountains  or cruising Doubtful Sound, or classic Maori cultural experiences, our top-notch friends on the South Island have got you covered! Nelson, Read More…

New Zealand: The North Island’s Top Touring

G’day mates! This month we’d like to put the spotlight on some of our favorite touring companies in the South Pacific.  This week it’s all about New Zealand’s North Island.  From wine & food tours and cultural tours to adventure touring like black water rafting and caving, to exciting tours of sites like Hobbiton, our Read More…

Halloween Haunts in Australia & New Zealand

G’day mates! With Halloween at the end of the week, we thought we’d share some of the different perspectives of the holiday and this time of year around the South Pacific. Australia Aussies either HATE Halloween or they LOVE it.  That doesn’t mean you won’t find some great parties and spooky celebrations to part take Read More…

Top New Year’s Eve Destinations

New Year’s Eve is one of the world’s biggest parties, celebrated by nearly ever country on earth. We at Down Under Endeavours love a good party and have gathered a few of our favorite destinations to help you plan your NYE travels. Australia Welcome to the most happenin’ party of the year. Sydney Harbour is the Read More…