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.
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.Read More
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed beach babe or someone who could live without sand and it’s the ability to get everywhere, there’s no denying that the beaches in New Zealand are breathtakingly beautiful. We’ve narrowed it down to, what we think, are the top 6 must-see beaches in New Zealand.Read More
Your Stray tour of South Island can present a unique kayak or stand up paddleboard adventure just minutes from the stunning Franz Josef Glacier. Feel the magic as you settle into your kayak, or hop on your SUP and smoothly glide across Lake Mapourika’s mysterious reflective waters while enjoying the spectacular views of the country.Read More
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.Read More
Queenstown is a stunning town in New Zealand’s South Island, located on beautiful Lake Wakatipu. But there’s nothing sleepy about this scenic lakeside town. It is known for its seemingly endless adventure activities, so if you’re looking for thrills and spills in Queenstown, blast-off on a jet boat with KJet!Read More
It’s a no-brainer that the Abel Tasman features on the list of best places to skydive in New Zealand. But when it comes to stunning scenery, the region is arguably in a league of its own.Read More
We wanted to find out the truth about Queenstown and South Island. 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? […]Read More
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 […]Read More
New Zealand’s third largest island doesn’t always make it onto every traveller’s 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! Please note: Stewart Island isn’t included in our current range of […]Read More
What happens when you take an Island girl, used to tropical temperatures, and send her on the Stray bus in the middle of winter in NZ? Was it a recipe for disaster or an unexpected match made in heaven? Let’s find out!Read More
If you’re in New Zealand over winter, 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 […]Read More
You can use our New Zealand travel blog to help you plan your trip. For example, in the blog, you’ll find information and tips on what to pack and how to plan your trip. You can get ahead of the game while you’re still at home!
Most of our travel blog posts have been written either by members of our Stray team or actual travellers from their own experiences. Either way, you’re getting your travel tips from an expert, who’s been there, seen it, done it and got several tee shirts!
The blog has info and advice on the different times of the year to visit New Zealand. If you love your skiing, you don’t want to be staying in Auckland in January, but you might want to plan a trip to Queensland for June.
And if you want to do some whale watching, you can find out not just the best places to spot whales, but also the best time to catch them on their annual migratory travels.
You’ll also find all the info you need on a host of adventure activities in our New Zealand travel blog. Whether it’s adrenaline, white knuckle rides in Queenstown or the calm tranquillity of a kayak on a glacial lake, it’s all in there.
If you want to discover NZ’s cities while you’re over here, we have blogs written by locals. It’s only after living in a place for a while that you get to know the best bars and coolest hang-outs. Live like a local and not just a tourist.
So take a browse through our blog posts on New Zealand. There’s a lot to learn and discover. You’ll read about the best National Parks for a hike, where to enjoy thermal hot springs, go bungy jumping or white water rafting, NZ’s top sky diving locations and of course, the best beaches, cities and sights that New Zealand has to offer.
Please share your comments at the bottom of each blog post. You might have a question one of our readers or team could answer, or you might know about a fantastic, secret, must-see destination from a previous visit. Either way, we’d love to hear from you and share your experiences with our Stray community.