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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.

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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Tax return

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 part of the Abel Tasman National Park. 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 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 Stray Tour to see the whole of New Zealand from top to bottom. Check it out…

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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 university break and used a Stray Tour 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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Plan ahead with our New Zealand blog

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!

Right place, right time!

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.

Make sure you get a piece of the action

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.

Everything you need to know about New Zealand – all in one travel blog

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.

Tell us what you think of our travel blog

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.

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