The Wairarapa area in the south-eastern corner of New Zealand’s North Island is one of the country’s most underrated road trip regions. Yeah, yeah, we all know about Martinborough and its wine industry. But there is a lot more to this region that a few bottles of high-class plonk. There’s a clue in the name – it means “glistening waters”, given by Maori explorer Haunui who saw its lake and rivers from atop the Tararua Ranges to the west. For the most part it is a soft and gentle landscape of pancake-flat plains that snuggle between the western mountains and […] Read More
Hi, I’m David Morris and I’m not sure whether the road trip dreamer is me or you. Probably both of us. I love planning and exploring the world by road. To me there is no better way of getting the most from an adventure than doing it by car.
If what you want is fluffy, frilly, overblown descriptions of the landscape, the people, the food etc. then maybe I’m not your sort of correspondent.
I’m more into the practical lessons I and others have learned the hard way – by seeing it and doing it – so that you can see more, do more, enjoy more and pay less than otherwise.
Take a stroll down a street in New Orleans at night, or Istanbul by day, or Bangkok . . . or any of 21 cities. And do it all within a few minutes of each other. You may not be able to travel very far at the moment but there’s nothing stopping you from whiling […] Read More
Here’s a great British road trip that will take you from London to the world-famous university city of Cambridge, but the region has much more to offer than just the beauty of this ancient seat of learning. This is an easy two-day tour that takes in some of East Anglia’s gorgeous little villages, the oldest […] Read More
A recent study has revealed the 10 most popular British road trips. Scotland’s North Coast 500 was voted Britain’s best road trip and Scottish routes took the top two spots. A third of Brits say they’re happy to drive further than usual for a staycation. The study, by Euro Car Parts, asked 2,000 drivers which UK road trips they are most […] Read More
This is the big ole boy on the block. A lean, mean, eating machine. Five metres and one tonne of lethal force, he’s the boss of this stretch of river and he’s watching your every move. A “saltie” – salt water crocodile – I filmed on a river cruise near Darwin this time last […] Read More
Ever felt you’d like to drive some real Big Boys’ Toys like a bulldozer, a front-end loader or a digger? Just for the fun of it? Then take a road trip to Invercargill in New Zealand’s deep south. At Dig This Invercargill you can have a go at feeling like a superhero in a 4 […] Read More
High summer. What a great time to take a UK road trip to explore the beautiful British countryside, lush in its verdant midsummer mantle, on a weekend road trip. Here’s an easy two or three day road trip from London to Brighton via Royal Tunbridge Wells. Good for a weekend, even better for a long […] Read More
The Leigh / Pakiri / Mangawhai / Waipu Road If you are planning a road trip from Auckland, New Zealand, into Northland (the locals will try to kid you it’s ‘the winterless north’) why stick to boring and ultra-busy State Highway 1? It’s a road trip for heaven’s sake. Do something different. Quit the highway. […] Read More
10 Stately Days Out In The UK
The shackles of lockdown are slowly coming off and on April 12 domestic tourism resumed. Even international travel is beginning to stir from its Covid slumber. Where better to take a staycation than a lavish estate housing a drive-through safari, or the opulent birthplace of Winston Churchill?
House of Oak have reviewed the top stately homes in the UK and whittled them down to reveal a hotlist of the most grand and luxurious houses to visit, all steeped in an immersive history.Read More