Painting holidays with ADELE EARNSHAW and JOE GARCIA in Adele’s home country of New Zealand!

Unlike traditionally structured painting workshops where students spend the day in the studio with only one or two excursions to paint on location, this will be a laid-back adventure and your studio will be the beaches, islands and rain forests of the the Bay of Islands, where Adele now resides!

Please click on the colored links throughout the blog for all the information about the Painting Holidays in New Zealand. As in all blogs, the last post is the most recent, so be sure to scroll down to see all the posts.


February 22 – February 28, 2015

Watercolor Magic with Deb Groesser

March 3 - 9, 2015

Capture Impressions Swiftly with V...Vaughan

Interested in an Artists' Retreat? Please contact us for information!

Below, you will read posts from SCAV crew members, giving you lots of first hand information about what to expect when you join the Painting Holiday. Be sure to read the older posts too! Visit the INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLIDAY pages listed on the right side of the blog.

There are lots of links sprinkled throughout the blog posts and pages. Be sure to click on those for an abundance of information about New Zealand. Come back often to view the latest posts and schedule!

All images copyrighted by Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Driving in New Zealand

If you are planning on renting a car and driving while you are in New Zealand, we have a couple of recommendations. First, if you don't already have a GPS, buy one before you go. If you get a Garmin, you can download New Zealand maps free from The free maps are only available for the Garmin.

Having it in New Zealand is valuable, as it is hard enough driving on the other side of the road without having to worry about what street you should turn on next. I was concerned that perhaps I had not downloaded the maps properly, as there is really no way to check until you are there. The minute we picked up my rental car, I plugged in the GPS, changed the country I was in, and voila! the maps were there! We were thrilled, and it made driving through Auckland much easier. It really helps you to know your estimated time of arrival in a strange country when you don't know how long it takes you to drive 100 Kilometres.

As for rental cars, we are cheapskates! I really dislike spending a lot of money on renting a car. We have used Ace Rentals three times now, at $28NZ a day, and are very happy with them. They are high mileage cars, but they are reliable and cheap. We did have brake issues twice, but when we called Ace, they told us to take it to an AA garage (no, not AA as we know it, but the Automobile Association) and they were fixed quickly at no charge to us. We were staying in one place for a couple of weeks, so had the time to do that. The first time it was simply a sensor squealing, but last time the car needed new front brakes. The cars both ran like tops and were very reliable. For two and a half weeks rental, we spent just over $500NZ, which is about $375 US.

Gas, on the other hand, is very expensive. We paid between $2.15 and $2.19 per litre. There are approximately 4 litres to a gallon, so that means it was $8.60NZ, which would be about $6.45US. No moaning about $3.50 a gallon here any more! Luckily it is a small country, but be prepared to spend between $60 and $90 every time you fill it up. We tried to fill up before it was 3/4 empty, and it usually was about $65. Now you know why Kiwis drive small cars!

1 comment:

  1. One more point; you can set the GPS to read in miles or kilometers. Also, if you like Ms.Garmin giving you verbal directions, you can program it so she has an Australian accent. (second best to the Kiwi accent)