You've come to expect WIFI in your hotel and even on cruise ships––now you can use WIFI on your Great Aussie Road trip, as Apollo Motorhome Holidays introduces portable WIFI routers for hire with campervans or motorhomes from their Australian fleet.
According to Apollo Motorhome Holidays CEO Luke Trouchet, modern travellers of all ages and from all countries are embracing the convenience and personalisation of smart technology to enhance their holiday experiences.
"It's rare to see a traveller in Australia or New Zealand without a smartphone at their fingertips––the humble travel guidebook has all but been replaced by travel websites and apps," said Mr Trouchet.
"We've responded to guest requests for WIFI routers so they can easily use their smart devices on the road and where their own mobile phone data coverage may not extend," he said.
Apollo WIFI routers are now available for hire for less than the cost of many hotel internet packages, with usage plans ranging from 60mb to 3GB from Australia's largest carrier, Telstra.
At just $10/per day, with a maximum charge of $50 plus data usage, Apollo's WIFI deal compares favourably with many hotel internet packages. International travellers will be the biggest winners offering travellers access to the internet at a fraction of the cost of most international data roaming data charges.
"The units are removable with re-chargeable batteries so they can be taken out of the rental vehicle, allowing WIFI access down at the beach, near the camp fire or on a rainforest walk, for example," Mr Trouchet said.
Also capitalising on the trend towards online tourism information, Apollo's New Zealand operations recently launched a free App available to all guests with an iPhone or Android device.
The 'Apollo NZ Travel Guide' makes sure travellers don't miss a thing on their self-drive holiday, with hundreds of points of interest, detailed maps, up to date local information and prices and a 'take me there' function to help plan driving routes.
"We are constantly looking for ways to give our guests the best holiday experience possible and this is an absolutely fantastic tool for a New Zealand driving holiday," said Trouchet, adding that the company is now considering the large undertaking of creating a similar application for Australia.
Do guests prefer using smart technology applications on their devices to the traditional guidebooks?
Apollo Guest Jenna Carroll travelled with her friend in a 4-berth Apollo Euro Star for 10 nights between Auckland and Christchurch, fulfilling a holiday bucket list entry and trialling the Apollo NZ Travel Guide app on her iPhone as she travelled.
"I was told about the Apollo NZ Travel Guide app at the Auckland branch when I checked in, and I used their free WIFI to download it before I left," said Miss Carroll.
"We used it every day, especially the 'take me there' function when we wanted to head somewhere that looked interesting.
"Without using the app I don't think we would have found Ombra Café on Cuba Street in Wellington or Caffeine Laboratory in Christchurch, where we had a great meal. Thanks to the Apollo NZ Travel Guide app we stopped longer in Blenheim for a winery tour by bicycle and also got into the great food and wine in Geisen," she said.
"My old travel guidebooks did have a special place in my heart, but these days our phones are our lives – including when we're on holiday – so bring on more apps!" she said.
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