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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

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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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

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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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

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

By Bhavisha / 20 January 2020

The Hahei Explorer is a scenic boat trip like no other and the best way to see the iconic Cathedral Cove . You’ll cruise through the Hahei Marine Reserve and travel 14km along the spectacular coastline.

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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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