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.

Why You Should See the Franz Josef Glacier from a Kayak

By Emily / 22 January 2019

The mighty Franz Josef glacier is a highlight of many people’s South Island adventures. We must say, one of the coolest ways (no pun intended) to see the glacier is from a kayak!

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Sustainable Traveller’s Bible 2019

By Emily / 21 January 2019

Your Guide to Keeping the Planet Green While You Explore it

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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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The Truth About Queenstown (and other South Island Destinations)

By Emily / 29 November 2018

What happens when Kiwis experience Queenstown for the first time? Are they as blown away by the scenery and as excited about Ferg Burger as people from other countries? And what about the rest of the South, is the landscape really that awe-inspiring? We sent our mate Jess to find out. 

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The 2019 Stray Travel Guide is HERE!

By Tara / 5 October 2018

Hot off the presses, the brand spanking new 2019 Stray New Zealand Travel Guide has landed!

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10 Mind Blowing Facts About Whales

By Emily / 2 October 2018

Did you know the blue whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle? The mind boggles. We asked the crew at Wings Over Whales in Kaikoura what makes these mysterious creatures of the deep so special. Having operated scenic whale watching flights for over 20 years, they know some pretty cool facts about whales…

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New Zealand phone plans, data and internet: Everything you need to know!

By Emily / 10 September 2018

Most backpackers coming to New Zealand won’t want to rely on finding free wifi to stay connected. While free wifi exists (see the list at the bottom of this article), if you’re heading off the beaten track it’s much harder to find, and that’s where all the Instagram worthy photos come from! Check out our […]

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24 Hours on Stewart Island

By Tara / 14 August 2018

New Zealand’s third largest island doesn’t always make it onto every travelers itinerary but, here at Stray, we’re here to change that. Travel blogger, Krysti Jaims, jumped on the Stray bus in search of adventure on Stewart Island and, boy, did she find it!

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Should you travel New Zealand in winter if you’re a fan of sunshine and warmth?

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 20 July 2018

What happens when you take an Island girl, used to tropical temperatures, and send her on the Stray bus in the middle of an NZ winter? Was it a recipe for disaster or an unexpected match made in heaven? Let’s find out!

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Making a Difference with Auckland City Mission

By Tara / 11 July 2018

If you’re in New Zealand right now, you might have noticed that it’s getting a bit chilly! The mountains are snow-capped, the chairlifts are cranking at the ski resorts and the air is crisp. Whilst it may be a beautiful time of year to visit NZ as a traveller, we know that this season isn’t […]

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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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A Traveller’s Guide to Matariki

By Tara / 31 May 2018

Want to know more about Matariki – a.k.a the Māori new year? You’re in luck! We’ve put together a guide that will answer all of your questions, from What is Matariki? to Where can I see it? and How can I celebrate it? – we’ve got you covered…

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What it’s like to travel solo with Stray

By Tara / 22 May 2018

The thought of travelling solo can be intimidating, stressful and downright terrifying… especially when you’re on the other side of the world! At the same time, it might just be one of the most exhilarating and life-changing things you’ll ever do.

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Stray Days: Straying with Sarah and Tim

By Tara / 26 April 2018

Originally from the USA and now travelling the world on an extended 20-month honeymoon (the dream, right?!), Sarah and Tim found some spare time to fill us in on their Stray adventure.

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A Traveller’s Guide to Anzac Day

By Lisa T / 18 April 2018

If you’re travelling in New Zealand or Australia at the moment, you may have heard ‘Anzac Day’ mentioned. Perhaps you’ve noticed the locals wearing red poppy badges or spotted some tasty looking Anzac biscuits for sale. Here’s a visitor’s guide to understand what Anzac Day is and what it means to us down under…

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