South Island

An adrenaline junkie’s list of the best places to skydive in NZ

By Tara / 15 January 2021

The ultimate bucket list activity – SKYDIVING! With such incredible scenery, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is consistently voted one of the best places in the world to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft (with a parachute, of course!). Here’s a guide to, what I think, are the top 7 skydive locations in […]

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Famous view from Roys Peak in Wanaka

This is the Ultimate To-Do in Wanaka List That Has You Covered Every Day of the Year

By Tara / 7 January 2021

Wonderful Wanaka has so much to offer. It’s almost impossible to squeeze everything in one blog post, but we’ve managed to create the ultimate to-do in Wanaka list for you. The list that is packed with free and paid activities in summer, winter and the seasons in between. Check it out.

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Five reasons Kaikoura is a New Zealand ‘Must-do’!

By Bhavisha / 10 July 2020

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? When you arrive in Kaikoura you’ll see huge mountains that frame the town. What you can’t see is that less than 2kms off the shoreline, […]

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What makes the Glacier Country Kayak Adventure so magical?

By Bhavisha / 3 February 2020

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 and enjoy the spectacular views of the country.   Here’s 6 reasons we think you should […]

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Thrills and Spills in Queenstown – Jet boating with KJet

By Bhavisha / 7 January 2020

Queenstown is a stunning little town in New Zealand’s South Island, located on beautiful Lake Wakatipu. But there’s nothing sleepy about this scenic lakeside town. Known for its seemingly endless adventure activities with numerous ways to explore the lake and waterways. I always wanted to experience Jet boating and had heard lots of great things […]

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7 Reasons Why Abel Tasman is NZ’s Most Scenic Skydive Location

By Emily / 2 April 2019

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.

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Why You Should See the Franz Josef Glacier from a Kayak

By Emily / 22 January 2019

The mighty Franz Josef glacier is a highlight of many people’s South Island adventures. We must say, one of the coolest ways (no pun intended) to see the glacier is from a kayak!

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The Truth About Queenstown (and other South Island Destinations)

By Emily / 29 November 2018

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? We sent our mate Jess to find out. 

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10 Mind Blowing Facts About Whales

By Emily / 2 October 2018

Did you know the blue whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle? The mind boggles. We asked the crew at Wings Over Whales in Kaikoura what makes these mysterious creatures of the deep so special. Having operated scenic whale watching flights for over 20 years, they know some pretty cool facts about whales…

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Why the TranzAlpine is a New Zealand Must Do!

By Emily / 29 August 2018

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 means of transport…

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24 Hours on Stewart Island

By Tara / 14 August 2018

New Zealand’s third largest island doesn’t always make it onto every travelers 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!

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What It’s Like to Travel New Zealand in Winter

By Tara / 20 July 2018

What happens when you take an Island girl, used to tropical temperatures, and send her on the Stray bus in the middle of a NZ winter? Was it a recipe for disaster or an unexpected match made in heaven? Let’s find out!

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Winter in Queenstown

By Tara / 20 June 2018

Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is a picturesque alpine town. Don’t be fooled, though – life here doesn’t slow down during the winter months – it speeds up!

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Things to do in Franz Josef (other than heli-hiking!)

By Tara / 18 August 2017

Franz Josef is one of the most talked about Stray stops and there’s no secret as to why. It’s the land where glaciers meet the rainforest and thanks to the incredible blue ice formations going viral on social media, the heli-hike has become the ultimate Franz Josef icon. Being able to walk through these magnificent […]

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The Best Walking Tracks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

By Tara / 7 July 2017

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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