Mike Yardley – Wild West Coast

April 15, 2015, erin.webley Blog

Coastline-hugging highways are proven performers that excel in delivering epic scenery. The South Island is blessed to have one of the world’s best in State Highway 6. The West Coast Highway, wedged between the booming Tasman surf and the Southern Alps, threads its way from Charleston to Haast. But the specific section that rides the […]

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Mike Yardley: Central Otago gold rush!

March 31, 2015, erin.webley Blog

Whether it is clad in autumn’s foliage finery, dappled in winter snow, or sprigged up by the first blossoms of spring, Central Otago’s Highway 85 traverses a landscape of awe and saga. Best enjoyed as a self-drive road trip, just south of Oamaru, turn off State Highway 1 at Palmerston, which takes you on to […]

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Mike Yardley: Kawakawa to Kerikeri

February 27, 2015, erin.webley Blog

History and scenery are a mesmerising combination for the road-tripper and Double K, Kawakawa to Kerikeri, fits that bill perfectly, being steeped in some of New Zealand’s grandest heritage.  55km north of Whangarei, or 200km north of Auckland, State Highway 1 guides you into the embracing clutches of Kawakawa. Proudly strutting down the main street, Gabriel […]

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Mike Yardley: Haast Pass Highway

December 22, 2014, erin.webley Blog

The glorious Haast Highway, a pitch-perfect road journey, was the last mountain pass to be constructed over the Southern Alps, and still exudes a “final frontier” sense of escapism. Connecting Central Otago with the West Coast, the Haast Pass wasn’t completed until 1966 and only received its complete tarmac surface in 1995. The pass route […]

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Mike Yardley: Coromandel’s Pacific Coast

November 25, 2014, erin.webley Blog

The medley of sun-kissed pickings along Coromandel’s Pacific Coast are as a sweet and succulent as holiday berries. Few New Zealand beaches can compare to the sweeping magnificence of Whangamata’s main ocean beach, renowned amongst surfies as a most reliable performer, with the legendary “Whanga bar” delivering the best breaks. Big game fishing, golf, mountain […]

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Thrifty challenges rental car customer pain points

November 3, 2014, erin.webley Blog

Thrifty Car Rental is offering heavily reduced rental vehicle rates (up to 50% off) exclusively for AA Members. The all-inclusive product features late model vehicles and is available year round across all Thrifty New Zealand locations. Three years ago Thrifty signed an exclusive partnership with The Automobile Association New Zealand (AA), seeing the partnership marketed […]

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Mike Yardley: Road-tripping the Coromandel Peninsula

October 31, 2014, erin.webley Blog

The mighty Coromandel peninsula is holiday-making in excelsis. Blessed with bucket loads of sunshine, lighting up its sapphire waters and warming long stretches of sugar-sand beaches, it’s the glint of gold that powered its first flush of population growth in the late 19th century. Before succumbing to the shoreline pleasures, dip into the region’s pioneering past, […]

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Stop, stay a while

October 15, 2014, erin.webley Blog

5 great rest areas in the South Island Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road… take it.” Sometimes, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the journey. Other times you’ll just need to […]

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Thrifty Highlander auction aims to keep NZ’s lifeguards moving

August 14, 2014, erin.webley Blog

The auction of a brand new vehicle valued at over $80,000 will begin tomorrow in a bid to keep New Zealand’s surf lifeguards moving. As one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s valued partners, Thrifty Car Rental will list a brand new Toyota Highlander Limited ZR which has a recommended retail price of $80,990 on […]

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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

April 17, 2014, erin.webley Blog

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand government agencies. The tender was granted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car rental services. Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner says the deal is a win- win for […]

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