North Island

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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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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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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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 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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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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Auckland Harbour Bridge

6 ways to spend a day or two in Auckland

By Lisa T / 26 June 2020

Famously known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is a world full of joy! A city that caters for everybody: the adventurous, the beach bums, the arts and culture lovers, the foodies and even your inner child – there’s something for everyone. With plenty to see and do in this whimsical city, our local Stray […]

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7 Reasons why the Hahei Explorer is the best way to see Cathedral Cove

By Bhavisha / 20 January 2020

Operating since 1992, the Hahei Explorer is a scenic boat trip like no other. You’ll cruise through the Hahei Marine Reserve and travel 14kms along the beautiful coastline. Unique, insightful and unforgettable this tour is not only perfect for snapping those Insta-worthy pics but also discovering the beauty of New Zealand from a different perspective. […]

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3 Days in the Bay of Islands

By Tara / 17 December 2018

North of Auckland lies a paradise with golden beaches, endless sunshine and tons of native wildlife. Welcome to the Bay of Islands!

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New Zealand’s Best Ski Resorts

By Tara / 10 June 2018

Winter is an amazing time to travel in New Zealand, especially for true mountain enthusiasts with a love of fresh, white pow pow! It’s time to strap into your snowboard and clip into your skis and experience how we get down in the Southern hemisphere…

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Stray New Zealand - Ultimate North Island Roadie

The Ultimate North Island Road Trip

By Lisa T / 21 November 2017

                  If you’ve been dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime New Zealand adventure that gives you a taste of the very best the North Island has to offer, look no further!

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Why you should hop off in Taupo!

By Tara / 1 May 2017

Taupo – One of the North Island’s most beautiful townships and also home to New Zealand’s largest lake. It might not be one of our designated Stray overnight stops, but for those with spare time to play with, we would 100% recommend hopping off the bus to explore. Here’s why:

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Sunset at Hot Water Beach

How to find the perfect spot at Hot Water Beach

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 8 February 2017

Hot Water Beach is one of the hottest free activities on the North Island but it can be tricky to get your free, personal spa just right. Here’s some top tips from our very own Stray driver: Nat!

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