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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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What makes South Island’s Glacier Country Kayak Adventure so magical?

By Bhavisha / 3 February 2020

Your Stray tour of South Island can present 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 while enjoying the spectacular views of the country.

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Thrills and Spills in Queenstown – Jet boating with KJet

By Bhavisha / 7 January 2020

Queenstown is a stunning town in New Zealand’s South Island, located on beautiful Lake Wakatipu. But there’s nothing sleepy about this scenic lakeside town. It is known for its seemingly endless adventure activities, so if you’re looking for thrills and spills in Queenstown, blast-off on a jet boat with KJet!

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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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Jess Finds Out The Truth About Travelling the South Island in Winter: Freezing Cold or Unforgettable Experience?

By Emily / 29 November 2018

We wanted to find out the truth about Queenstown and South Island. 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? […]

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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 winter in NZ? 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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