South Island

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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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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Should you travel New Zealand in winter if you’re a fan of sunshine and warmth?

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 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 an NZ winter? Was it a recipe for disaster or an unexpected match made in heaven? Let’s find out!

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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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Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in New Zealand

By Lisa T / 27 November 2017

If you’re celebrating this New Year’s Eve in New Zealand, then you want to make it one of your most memorable! The 31st December falls in New Zealand’s summer season, which can be a definite change of pace for people visiting from the Northern Hemisphere.

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Canterbury Museum in central Christchurch

Fun & interesting things to do in Christchurch, no matter how much time you have

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 6 December 2016

Have you got some free time in Christchurch? Not sure what to do or where to go when you’ve only got a few hours, half a day or just one day free? Here’s what to do in Christchurch based on how much time you have free.

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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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