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.

Quick facts about New Zealand Tax

By Lisa T / 12 April 2018

Living in New Zealand can be so exciting that, one thing is for sure – the last thing at forefront of your mind is tax. Here’s a handy guide with everything you need to know:

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Canyoning: The best adventure to get roped into!

By Tara / 4 April 2018

Canyoning is a totally unique and exciting way to see the Abel Tasman. We get right off the beaten track and head inland away from the coast to explore the beautifully sculpted granite rock canyons in the heart of the National Park.

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Easter in New Zealand

By Antonia / 26 March 2018

For many of us the best part of Easter, aside from scoffing hot cross buns smeared in warm butter and gorging on delicious chocolate bunnies, is the two public holidays that frame the weekend. For those of you currently travelling, we’ve put together a list of what you need to know for the upcoming long weekend…

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Team Orange take Puhoi!

By Tara / 26 March 2018

Here at Stray, we don’t just provide awesome, off-the-beaten track experiences for our passengers but we also encourage our team to get out there and ‘walk the walk‘ too. This time around, we swapped walking for kayaking and ventured north of Auckland to Puhoi, where we paddled along the river to Wendeholm Regional Park.

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Stray Days: Straying with Thomas and Lynn

By Tara / 21 March 2018

This month we’re Straying with Thomas and Lynn from Belgium. They used their Everywhere Passes to see the whole of New Zealand from top to bottom. Check it out…

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Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Gemma!

By Emily / 19 March 2018

Gemma Daniel, originally from Wales in the UK, quit her job to travel for a year and a half. She spent 4 months travelling around Asia on the Lot Pass and even celebrated her 26th birthday on the Stray bus in Bai Xep! She’s planning to keep travelling around the world but we managed to […]

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Stray together, stay together!

By Tara / 26 February 2018

Ever wondered what it’s like to Stray with your other half? We caught up with an awesome couple: Kaya Bulbul from Turkey and Amelie Krug from Sweden. They made the most of their 2 week university break and used Stray’s Peter Pass to see the best of the North Island.

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Puzzling World - Tumbling Towers 2018

Welcome to Wanaka’s Wonderful World of Weirdness!

By Lisa T / 15 February 2018

Home to some of the South Island’s most spectacular scenery and Instagram icons like ‘That Wanaka Tree‘ and Roys Peak, a stop in Wanaka is an absolute must! It’s also home to a truly unique NZ original you won’t want to miss: Puzzling World!

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Top 5 Stargazing Spots in NZ

By Tara / 9 February 2018

We could list a thousand reasons why New Zealand should be your number 1 spot for stargazing, but instead we’ve narrowed it down a little… With plenty of remote locations and limited light pollution, there’s no shortage of glittering constellations to be found here.

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Skydive Abel Tasman - World's first skydive on Google Street View

Skydive Abel Tasman: First Skydive in the World on Google Street View

By Lisa T / 25 January 2018

The amazing team at Skydive Abel Tasman had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first skydive in the world to be added to Google Street View. Here, they share their behind-the-scenes story of how it all came together…

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Kohutapu Lodge & Stray New Zealand group - planting the seeds of positivity

Planting a seed of positivity with Kohutapu Lodge

By Lisa T / 22 January 2018

The friendly whanau (family) of Kohutapu Lodge at Stray’s Lake Aniwhenua overnight stop recently launched a new ‘Plant a Seed’ initiative as a way to say ‘thank you’ to their international visitors and encourage them to carry a positive message further on their travels.

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Ellie Crook - Foxy Travels UK - Stray Days with Stray NZ

Stray Days: Straying with Ellie

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 22 January 2018

This month we’re Straying with Ellie Crook, a travel blogger from the UK. She spent a year in New Zealand on a working holiday visa and used a Stray Tour to make her way around the country.

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A Legend’s Farewell and Young Talent Promoted at Stray

By Lisa T / 17 January 2018

With the start of a new year, Stray says goodbye to long-serving staff member and general legend Clint ‘DC’ Maskell and congratulates Oliver ‘Ollie’ Allum on stepping up into a new role as the Australasian Sales Manager within the company.

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Koh Tunsay, Cambodia

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Rachael!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 21 December 2017

Rachael decided to spend a leisurely couple of months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on a Stray Asia Tour. Here she’s shared some of her top experiences and stories from the road…

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Stray New Zealand - Qualmark Gold Award

Stray achieves Qualmark Gold for best business practice

By Lisa T / 19 December 2017

Stray has gone for gold again and been awarded the prestigious Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award by Qualmark for the fifth year running!

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