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We love to travel and we love to blog about it. Have a look at the many blog posts we have created so far. Perfect travel inspiration for your next trip. Browse our travel blog, have fun and start planning your next trip.

Hooker Valley Mount Cook Canterbury - Miles Holden

Can you explore New Zealand without a driving licence? Is it possible to get off the beaten path without one?

By Mike / 28 May 2022
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New Zealand is one big playground. There is always something to climb on, jump out of, hike to, a path or a trail to follow… You name it, New Zealand has it! Aotearoa truly is one of the world’s ultimate travel destinations. But how do you explore New Zealand if you don’t have a driving […]

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Enjoying the beach

Our sustainable traveller’s bible will help you to live your best life – without it costing the earth

By Emily / 19 May 2022
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We all share a common goal: more travel, and less impact. There’s an overwhelming amount of information (and disinformation) about how to be more sustainable, and we know that when you’re travelling, it becomes 10 times harder. We’ve put together our checklist for sustainable travellers while on the road, so you can live your best […]

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On Stray tour to Blue Duck Station - Strademark Place

Great news…. A Stray Journey tour is the best New Zealand bus pass

By Mike / 14 April 2022
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If you want to discover the sheer wonder of New Zealand we’ve got some great news. Stray tours just got even better! As part of our 20th birthday celebrations, we’ve been reminiscing about the thousands of happy travellers who’ve taken our tours since 2002. Now that we can travel again, we’re determined to make up […]

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Explore New Zealand on a Stray bus tour

See how we have taken hop-on/hop-off bus tours to the next level

By Marty / 21 February 2022
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For a lot of travellers in New Zealand, hop-on/hop-off bus travel has been an important part of their experience. It has been the classic way to explore New Zealand for years. But times are changing, and we have improved the classic hop-on/hop-off experience.

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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Whales: The Most Interesting Prep for your Whale-Watching Tour

By Emily / 11 February 2022
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New Zealand is a great place to go whale watching. And whales are such interesting creatures. Did you know the blue whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle? The mind boggles. To help you prep for your whale-watching tour in New Zealand and learn a bit more about these amazing creatures, we have […]

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Enjoy the calm and tranquillity of Lake Mapourika

Why You Should See the Franz Josef Glacier from a Kayak

By Emily / 9 February 2022
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The mighty Franz Josef glacier is a highlight of many people’s South Island adventures. In this blog post, you’ll find out that one of the coolest ways (no pun intended) is to see the Franz Josef Glacier from a kayak!

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Auckland Harbour Bridge

6 ways to spend a day or two in Auckland and to have a blast in the City of Sails!

By Lisa T / 7 January 2022
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Famously known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is a world full of joy! With so much to see and do in Auckland, our local Stray team have selected their top 6 ways to spend a day or two in Auckland.

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Fun Card Game To Play While Travelling

4 Simple yet Fun Card Games to Play to Kill Time when Travelling

By Emily / 7 September 2021
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A simple 52-card deck absolutely belongs in every backpack. Apart from being a fun solution to kill time, it is easy to carry and space-saving. Here are the best yet easy card games to play while travelling.

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Ticked off the heli-hike of your travel list? Check out the other amazing things to do in Franz Josef!

By Tara / 9 August 2021
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Thanks to the incredible blue ice formations going viral on social media, the heli-hike in Franz Josef has become the ultimate thing to do. But don’t be fooled, the heli-hike isn’t all that this awesome town has to offer. Check it out!

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The best activities in Queenstown for adrenaline junkies: how to go harder & faster

By Tara / 7 August 2021
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The Stray bus pulls into Queenstown… Stop number 1? The Kawarau Bridge Bungy, home of the world’s first commercial bungy jump. The faint sound of screams as people jump, leap, dive or just fall off the platform will greet your ears and mark the beginning of your adventure in NZ’s adrenaline capital.

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10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

By Emily / 7 August 2021
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You’ve booked flights to Southeast Asia? Awesome! This is quite possibly the best idea of your life. You’re going to have an amazing time, but in order to be a savvy traveller, you need to avoid the most common mistakes that so many first-time visitors to Asia seem to make…

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Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 August 2021
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Luckily because Southeast Asia is usually hot, it’s possible, and advisable, to pack lightly. I didn’t. I found myself looking through the contents of my backpack after a week in Southeast Asia and asking myself ‘why?’

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Your free guide to the best hiking and walking tracks in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

By Tara / 5 August 2021
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Most people fall in love with Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as soon as they drive in – the road is famous for its stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki. Here are 6 awesome trails to check out while you’re there.

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Sleeping Giant Canyon

How to stay fit while travelling: our best tips to stay active while on the road in NZ

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 26 July 2021
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Travellers say it’s hard to stay in shape, but when you’re in New Zealand that seems like an excuse. Around every corner there’s something to do – something to challenge you. It doesn’t take a gruelling workout at the gym or a long run to stay in peak shape. Get creative and take advantage of […]

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Homwgrown Festival in Wellington (2021)

Experience an amazing summer in New Zealand: party at the best festivals in the most amazing places

By Lisa T / 23 July 2021
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No New Zealand summer experience is truly complete without attending one of the many world-class music festivals held around the country. We’ve collated a list of some of the very best festivals New Zealand has to offer.

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