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…

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 Kiwi’s are a beloved icon 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…

What are YOUR Boxing Day plans?

G’day! We’re all quite familiar with Christmas, but for those of us in the states, we aren’t too familiar with Boxing Day, which falls on the day after Christmas.  Despite its name, this holiday has nothing to do with the sport nor with returning or recycling holiday boxes.  There are many theories regarding the origin of Read More…

Christmas, South Pacific Style

The holiday season is almost upon us! What are your plans?  Are you staying in the cold and snow or thinking of a nice warm getaway with the family?  Down Under Endeavours, Travel Specialists can help you plan your holiday vacation with the best destinations!  While Christmas is rather traditional here in the states, each Read More…

New Zealand: Luxury Family Travel

For your next family fun-filled vacation, consider hopping on a plane and jetting off to the beautiful island country of New Zealand! Abundant with jaw-dropping natural beauty, incredible outdoor activities, and terrific fine wines, New Zealand is perfect for adrenaline junkies, foodies and a wide range of travelers in between. You’ll be sure to find Read More…

Adventures & Adrenaline: New Zealand’s North Island

Calling all adrenaline junkies!  Are you itching for that next adventure?  Down Under Endeavours has just what the doctor ordered!  We at DUE love a good adventure filled vacation with a little bit of a rush.  This week we’re highlighting our favorite must-do adventure activities on New Zealand’s North Island. Check it out! Active Volcanoes Read More…

New Zealand Outdoor Adventure

New Zealand is home to beautiful scenery and loads of opportunity for outdoor adventures.  From mountain biking and stargazing to white water rafting and bunjy jumping, you can find an adrenaline fix around every corner. Your next New Zealand outdoor adventure can be full of exciting experiences!  New Zealand is literally a playground.  It’s particularly Read More…

Maori Indigenous Heritage & Culture

G’day!  Did you know that the Maori make up 14% of New Zealand’s population and that their history, language, and traditions are key to Kiwi identity?  The Maori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people of New Zealand.  According to Maori legend, they came to New Zealand more than 1000 years ago, from their Polynesian Read More…

New Zealand’s South Island

Welcome to the adventure capital of the world – New Zealand’s South Island.  With it’s diverse scenery of lakes, mountains and beaches, you’d be hard pressed not to have an outdoor adventure! Like its scenery, the wildlife found on New Zealand’s South Island is also diverse, from whales and dolphins to fur seals and penguins, Read More…

New Zealand’s North Island

Typically, the South Island gets all the attention as New Zealand’s outdoor playground, but the North Island features sublime forests, rolling green hills, a geothermal playground, mountains and beaches.  Go on a ‘Great Walk,’ take a kayak journey to Cathedral Cove, peek in Hobbit Holes, abseil into a cave, take in the rich Maori culture Read More…