South Island

Hooker Valley Mount Cook Canterbury - Miles Holden

Can you explore New Zealand without a driving licence? Is it possible to get off the beaten path without one?

By Mike / 28 May 2022

New Zealand is one big playground. There is always something to climb on, jump out of, hike to, a path or a trail to follow… You name it, New Zealand has it! Aotearoa truly is one of the world’s ultimate travel destinations. But how do you explore New Zealand if you don’t have a driving […]

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On Stray tour to Blue Duck Station - Strademark Place

Great news…. A Stray Journey tour is the best New Zealand bus pass

By Mike / 14 April 2022

If you want to discover the sheer wonder of New Zealand we’ve got some great news. Stray tours just got even better! As part of our 20th birthday celebrations, we’ve been reminiscing about the thousands of happy travellers who’ve taken our tours since 2002. Now that we can travel again, we’re determined to make up […]

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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Whales: The Most Interesting Prep for your Whale-Watching Tour

By Emily / 11 February 2022

New Zealand is a great place to go whale watching. And whales are such interesting creatures. Did you know the blue whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle? The mind boggles. To help you prep for your whale-watching tour in New Zealand and learn a bit more about these amazing creatures, we have […]

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Enjoy the calm and tranquillity of Lake Mapourika

Why You Should See the Franz Josef Glacier from a Kayak

By Emily / 9 February 2022

The mighty Franz Josef glacier is a highlight of many people’s South Island adventures. In this blog post, you’ll find out that one of the coolest ways (no pun intended) is to see the Franz Josef Glacier from a kayak!

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Ticked off the heli-hike of your travel list? Check out the other amazing things to do in Franz Josef!

By Tara / 9 August 2021

Thanks to the incredible blue ice formations going viral on social media, the heli-hike in Franz Josef has become the ultimate thing to do. But don’t be fooled, the heli-hike isn’t all that this awesome town has to offer. Check it out!

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The best activities in Queenstown for adrenaline junkies: how to go harder & faster

By Tara / 7 August 2021

The Stray bus pulls into Queenstown… Stop number 1? The Kawarau Bridge Bungy, home of the world’s first commercial bungy jump. The faint sound of screams as people jump, leap, dive or just fall off the platform will greet your ears and mark the beginning of your adventure in NZ’s adrenaline capital.

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Your free guide to the best hiking and walking tracks in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

By Tara / 5 August 2021

Most people fall in love with Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as soon as they drive in – the road is famous for its stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki. Here are 6 awesome trails to check out while you’re there.

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Sleeping Giant Canyon

How to stay fit while travelling: our best tips to stay active while on the road in NZ

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 26 July 2021

Travellers say it’s hard to stay in shape, but when you’re in New Zealand that seems like an excuse. Around every corner there’s something to do – something to challenge you. It doesn’t take a gruelling workout at the gym or a long run to stay in peak shape. Get creative and take advantage of […]

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Homwgrown Festival in Wellington (2021)

Experience an amazing summer in New Zealand: party at the best festivals in the most amazing places

By Lisa T / 23 July 2021

No New Zealand summer experience is truly complete without attending one of the many world-class music festivals held around the country. We’ve collated a list of some of the very best festivals New Zealand has to offer.

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Queenstown in winter

Life speeds up in winter in Queenstown: how to experience the winter adrenaline rush in this picturesque alpine town

By Tara / 9 June 2021

Picture this: You’re sipping on a mulled wine surrounded by snow-capped mountains and starlit skies after a jam-packed day of activities including skiing and skydiving. The dream, right?! It’s no surprise that our travellers love to spend winter in Queenstown for exactly that reason!

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6 Popular Types of Backpacker Jobs to do on your Working Holiday in New Zealand

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 June 2021

Are you considering combining work & travel in New Zealand? Here’s a list of the popular types of backpacker jobs that are available. Perfect for those on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.

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TranzAlpine scenic train ride

If you think the TranzAlpine scenic train is just another train ride you are wrong. Here’s why!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 16 March 2021

National Geographic listed the TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth as one of the most scenic in the world. Jerry Cortez set out to find out what makes this trip one of NZ’s top experiences, and so much more than just a means of transport…

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That's why autumn is the best season to travel New Zealand

Autumn in NZ, an amazing season to travel: fewer people, amazing colours and more advantages

By Lisa T / 7 March 2021

When it comes to travelling New Zealand, there’s no bad time to visit. But if we had to recommend our favourite time of year, it’s Autumn! Fewer people and amazing colours are just a few of the advantages.

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travel new zealand sustainably

An easy way to travel New Zealand sustainably without breaking the Earth or the bank

By Emily / 2 March 2021

If you’re part of the global army of good people doing their best to fight the climate change, we salute you. It’s going to take the efforts of everyone to ensure a healthy future for us and our planet.  But does living sustainably mean that you can’t do the things you love, like travel to […]

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The 5 best things to do in Kaikoura. This is what the pretty coastal town is famous for!

By Bhavisha / 24 February 2021

Kaikoura is a pretty little coastal town two and a half hours north of Christchurch. There are plenty of pretty little coastal towns in New Zealand. What makes Kaikoura special?

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