North Island

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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5 Reasons Why You Should Skydive in Taupo

By Emily / 4 December 2018

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

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The Ultimate Guide to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

By Tara / 13 March 2018

The 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 […]

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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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10 Reasons to visit the Bay of Islands

By Tara / 18 January 2015

One of the perks of interning for an adventure travel company is the opportunity to get out there and do really cool tours around this gorgeous country of ours. In November, we sent our lovely graphic design intern, Maartje, who hails from the Netherlands, up north to check out Paihia and the Bay of Islands […]

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The Day We Found Blue Duck Lodge

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 December 2011

For those of you living in New Zealand or planning a trip to New Zealand Blue Duck Lodge is one special place you need to experience.

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