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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 through the eyes of a Brit – Part 1: Your Introduction to Kiwi-Land!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 9 June 2015

A hearty Stray welcome to guest blogger Sam Berwick, who recently arrived in New Zealand from London. As a Brit in the ‘land of the long white cloud’ for the first time, he now describes Kiwi culture as “funny, strange and down right crazy” and that’s after only a few months! In this blog series, […]

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Move over Love Boat – another sweet Stray love story!

By Lisa T / 6 May 2015

When Stray driver Chase recently started a story with, “Two young boys from England head down to the bar with a bus driver and some girls…” we thought she was setting us up for a good joke.

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Together Stray & Kohutapu Lodge make a positive impact on local school

By Lisa T / 4 February 2015

A little over a year ago Stray changed its North Island tour route to include an overnight stay at Kohutapu Lodge on the edge of Lake Aniwhenua.

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10 Reasons to visit the Bay of Islands

By Intern @ Stray / 18 January 2015

One of the perks of interning for an adventure travel company is the opportunity to get out there and do really cool tours around this gorgeous country of ours. In November, we sent our lovely graphic design intern, Maartje, who hails from the Netherlands, up north to check out Paihia and the Bay of Islands.

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Stray Passengers Find Love on the Bus

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 4 May 2014

We always like to hear that our travellers had a fantastic time with us and made heaps of friends! But finding the love of your life on the bus is truly special. Here’s an email we received this week… Congrats guys!

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Visiting Doubtful Sound with Stray Journeys

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 26 February 2014

In January 2014 I had the privilege of guiding a group of Stray Journey-ers around New Zealand. I have been a Stray driver since 2012 but, as I normally drive the “HOHO” (hop-on hop-off) circuit, this was my first chance to experience the Stray Journeys’ itinerary.

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Welcome to Lake Aniwhenua, the newest stop for Stray

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 20 December 2013

Kris works in our Stray head office and recently embarked on an adventure to the newest Stray stop, Lake Aniwhenua.

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Raglan Surf School surf lesson - Stray New Zealand

My Weekend At Raglan Surf School

By Intern @ Stray / 15 October 2013

Last weekend I went with all the other interns to Raglan for our first ever surfing lesson.

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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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