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.
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

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

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

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

By Tara / 5 August 2021

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

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

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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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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