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How to Take Baldwin Street Photos Like A Pro

We’ve all been there, puffed and exhausted from walking way too fast up the steepest of all streets, only to come back down with photos not worthy of the sweat and tears it took to get up there. While this might not be number one on your list of potential hick-ups to happen during your life-changing, amazing New Zealand holiday, it should at least get into the top 200 and we say this conservatively. You’re probably sitting there thinking, “How hard could it be to take photos of a steep str...

August 18, 2017

Booking a Rental Car in New Zealand: Tip #5

Now our last tip is a bit of a what-not-to-do guide. But to cover all your bases, we’ve also got a handy hint sheet to help you out if what we’ve said not to do should happen. Let’s start with a little disclaimer and remind you that New Zealand isn’t a city based country. Once you’re outside of Auckland, you’re really not going to see many booming metropolis’s and that’s not why you’re here – you want to see some natural wonders. So you have to be weary of what kind of roa...

July 29, 2017

Booking a Rental Car in New Zealand: Tip #4

Fine print is always something to be aware of. You know how no one reads the terms and conditions of things? We just tick the box and hope for the best. Well with renting a car, that might not always be the most sensible idea – but we at Cloud Travel have done the hard work here so you don’t have to. We’ve compiled a list of extras, add-ons and those pesky costs you didn’t know you were going to have to pay for. ...

July 21, 2017

Booking a Rental Car in New Zealand: Tip #3

You’ve chosen your car and you’ve got it all booked – now it’s time to dot those I’s and cross those T’s. At Cloud Travel, we don’t want to sound like your mum but you’ve been warned now, this blog post might seem boring but it is one of the most important parts of renting a car. We don’t want you to come over here and have a nightmare experience with the car that would ruin your entire holiday. So buckle in....

July 14, 2017

Booking a Rental Car in New Zealand: Tip #2

Thinking about booking a rental car and actually booking one are two very different things, you’ve got to make sure you get this part right as it can make or break your holiday plans. But first thing’s first you should ask yourself what kind of holiday you’re after so you can choose the size and type of the vehicle you want. (Note: Regardless of what vehicle you book, or think you are booking, all rental car companies manage their fleets on a subject to availability basis, meaning you don...

July 7, 2017

Booking a Rental Car in New Zealand: Tip #1

So you’ve booked your flights, your hotel is all sorted, you’ve scouted some top eateries to try when you get here and filled your daily itinerary to the brim, you’re ready to board your flight and start your holiday? Think again – there are a few other things you need to check off your to-do list. And because New Zealand’s centres are all particularly spread out, it is easiest if you have your own car. It will serve as your base, as your accommodation and destinations change, th...

June 30, 2017

Best Travel Mobile Data & Calling Packages for New Zealand

While getting off the grid during your New Zealand holiday might sound like a romantic idea and there's no doubt that it'd be a great first topic for the travel blog you're about to start, but let's be honest, connecting with friends and family back home as well as the ability to check bookings and maps during your NZ adventure is fairly high priority. That's why we thought you'd find a blog post about the best local NZ sim card deals super handy. Now if you're travelling in a group then it...

June 16, 2017

A Weekend in Oamaru at the NZ Steampunk Festival

I will start by painting you a picture of a quaint New Zealand town called Oamaru. Located on the East Coast of New Zealand, Oamaru is a quiet wee town with amazing Victorian Architecture made from local limestone, giving the sense of a clean (limestone being white) town with beautiful rocky beaches that are home to the world's smallest penguin. The Little Blue Penguin has been the main attraction for large coach tours that plow into the city like a wild duck tucking into a loaf of bread ...

June 7, 2017

Top 4 Places to Visit in New Zealand this Winter

You want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the tourism season in New Zealand? There's one easy way to solve that problem but you'll just need to have a bit of an open mind and check out some of the places we've got listed below – Okay, so that secret to avoiding the crowds is pretty simple and it's to book your flights during winter. I know, it sounds crazy but it's a well-kept secret that New Zealand isn't actually too cold in winter, everything's cheaper and there are a tonne less pe...

May 12, 2017

Going to the Lions Tour? This is how to do it!

At Cloud Travel, our aim is to give you a personalised tour of New Zealand that gives you more than a hop-on-hop-off bus would. We go below the surface of tourist traps and dive down into a black market of local only secrets. So if you're coming over for the Lions Tour or even just thinking about it (you're running out of time), here's our comprehensive preview package of some of the things you could be getting up to. ...

March 9, 2017

Surfing all the way to the Rugby

I've lived in the UK my whole life but have been fortunate to have parents who showed me many places around the world. Travelling wasn't new to me but New Zealand was. I'd even been to Australia but stupidly spent far too much money before getting over to the land of the long white cloud. I've played rugby since I was a little snapper and as much as it kills me to say this, nothing interested me more than finding out where the All Blacks got all their talent from. The issue I find with most trav...

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