New Zealand

Your starting point for planning your New Zealand tour. How many weeks to plan for a New Zealand holiday? What to do and where to go? The Stray team will take you on a virtual tour through New Zealand. We’re a bunch of adventurous & fun travellers ourselves, so we know all the best places. Must-see places throughout New Zealand, amazing activities that will leave even seasoned thrill-seekers in awe and off the beaten path & hidden gem locations. Hop onboard our New Zealand travel blog and start planning the best trip ever. And we’re looking forward to seeing you onboard one of our New Zealand tours so we can show you the best places of New Zealand ourselves.
Queenstown in winter

Life speeds up in winter in Queenstown: how to experience the winter adrenaline rush in this picturesque alpine town

By Tara / 9 June 2021

Picture this: You’re sipping on a mulled wine surrounded by snow-capped mountains and starlit skies after a jam-packed day of activities including skiing and skydiving. The dream, right?! It’s no surprise that our travellers love to spend winter in Queenstown for exactly that reason!

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6 Popular Types of Backpacker Jobs to do on your Working Holiday in New Zealand

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 June 2021

Are you considering combining work & travel in New Zealand? Here’s a list of the popular types of backpacker jobs that are available. Perfect for those on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.

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How to prepare for the rough terrain of NZ’s best day hike: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

By Tara / 31 May 2021

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, voted New Zealand’s best day hike, is a backpacker favourite. Don’t be fooled, however! The terrain can be tricky and weather conditions can be unpredictable, which means you need to be prepared and pack wisely. Luckily for you, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to answer all of your questions and help […]

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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 / 18 May 2021

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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Snowballs in Mt Cook

Your 2021 New Zealand Ski Season Guide

By Emily / 7 April 2021

Whatever you think about Jon Snow, he was right about one thing; winter has come. With the white walker threat out of the way, it’s high time we focus on the important things, like the ski season in New Zealand.

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Happy skydiver enjoying the Lake Taupo view upon the sky

5 Irresistible Reasons to Get Your First Skydiving Experience in Taupo

By Emily / 26 March 2021

So, you want to jump out of a plane? Or you’re at least thinking about it that you’re jumping curious (my advice for these people is to just do it, YOLO).  I recently made my skydiving debut with Taupo Tandem Skydiving, and I was absolutely blown away by the whole experience.

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TranzAlpine scenic train ride

If you think the TranzAlpine scenic train is just another train ride you are wrong. Here’s why!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 16 March 2021

National Geographic listed the TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth as one of the most scenic in the world. Jerry Cortez set out to find out what makes this trip one of NZ’s top experiences, and so much more than just a means of transport…

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That's why autumn is the best season to travel New Zealand

Autumn in NZ, an amazing season to travel: fewer people, amazing colours and more advantages

By Lisa T / 7 March 2021

When it comes to travelling New Zealand, there’s no bad time to visit. But if we had to recommend our favourite time of year, it’s Autumn! Fewer people and amazing colours are just a few of the advantages.

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travel new zealand sustainably

An easy way to travel New Zealand sustainably without breaking the Earth or the bank

By Emily / 2 March 2021

If you’re part of the global army of good people doing their best to fight the climate change, we salute you. It’s going to take the efforts of everyone to ensure a healthy future for us and our planet.  But does living sustainably mean that you can’t do the things you love, like travel to […]

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The 5 best things to do in Kaikoura. This is what the pretty coastal town is famous for!

By Bhavisha / 24 February 2021

Kaikoura is a pretty little coastal town two and a half hours north of Christchurch. There are plenty of pretty little coastal towns in New Zealand. What makes Kaikoura special?

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View from a hike in Queenstown

7 Super-easy money-saving tips to see New Zealand on a budget

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 23 February 2021

New Zealand is often considered by tourists to be an expensive place to travel around. I thought this was the case before coming too, especially as I had lived in Australia and heard lots of people complaining about how pricey it is in New Zealand.  But while the cost of travelling here is not like […]

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Stray tour - experience Blue Duck Station

The day New Zealand found Blue Duck Station

By Ally / 16 February 2021

Ten years after we “discovered” Blue Duck Station, the rest of New Zealand experienced the awesomeness of this eco-tourism wonderland. Recently, Seven Sharp (TVNZ’s current affairs programme) visited Blue Duck Station.

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An adrenaline junkie’s list of the best places to skydive in NZ

By Tara / 15 January 2021

The ultimate bucket list activity – SKYDIVING! With such incredible scenery, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is consistently voted one of the best places in the world to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft (with a parachute, of course!). Here’s a guide to, what I think, are the top 7 skydive locations in […]

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Famous view from Roys Peak in Wanaka

This is the Ultimate To-Do in Wanaka List That Has You Covered Every Day of the Year

By Tara / 7 January 2021

Wonderful Wanaka has so much to offer. It’s almost impossible to squeeze everything in one blog post, but we’ve managed to create the ultimate to-do in Wanaka list for you. The list that is packed with free and paid activities in summer, winter and the seasons in between. Check it out.

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Downtown Auckland from Wynyard Quarter

My Favourite Things To Do in Auckland: A Kiwi’s Guide To The Best Auckland Has To Offer

By Jodine / 6 January 2021

Auckland is an awesome city – not only are you never more than 20mins drive from a beach, it’s got a really unique landscape with 50 volcanoes, a gulf peppered with islands, great dining options, its own culture and some nice short hikes/day walks.

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