NZ Top Tips

Our top 6 of unique NZ beaches – these beaches are stunning, no matter the season!

By Tara / 28 December 2020

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed beach babe or someone who could live without sand and it’s the ability to get everywhere, there’s no denying that the beaches in New Zealand are breathtakingly beautiful. We’ve narrowed it down to, what we think, are the top 6 must-see beaches in New Zealand.

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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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View from a hike in Queenstown

7 top money saving tips in New Zealand

By Jodine / 4 October 2019

New Zealand is often considered by tourists to be an expensive place to travel around. I thought this was the case before coming too, especially as I had lived in Australia and heard lots of people complaining about how pricey it is in New Zealand. But while the cost of travelling here is not like […]

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Your 2019 Guide to NZ Ski Season

By Emily / 18 June 2019

Whatever you think about Jon Snow, he was right about one thing; winter has come. With the white walker threat out of the way, it’s high time we focus on the important things, like the ski season in New Zealand

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The Ultimate NZ Packing List

By Lisa T / 22 March 2019

Decided to visit New Zealand? ✔ Booked your flights? ✔ Chosen Stray as the best way to see the country? ✔✔✔ Now all you need to do is pack your bag and you’re away! But what to bring?

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How to Plan your Dream Trip to New Zealand

By Emily / 5 February 2019

So you want to come to New Zealand? Who doesn’t! We all know that so much more goes into planning your dream trip than what you see in those epic insta pics, and sometimes it is hard to know where to start.

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The Easiest Way to Travel New Zealand

By Emily / 5 February 2019

How Stray works, tips on using the app, and getting the most out of your experience in New Zealand!

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New Zealand phone plans, data and internet: Everything you need to know!

By Emily / 10 September 2018

Most backpackers coming to New Zealand won’t want to rely on finding free wifi to stay connected. While free wifi exists (see the list at the bottom of this article), if you’re heading off the beaten track it’s much harder to find, and that’s where all the Instagram worthy photos come from! Check out our […]

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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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Quick facts about New Zealand Tax

By Lisa T / 12 April 2018

Living in New Zealand can be so exciting that, one thing is for sure – the last thing at forefront of your mind is tax. Here’s a handy guide with everything you need to know:

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Top 5 Stargazing Spots in NZ

By Tara / 9 February 2018

We could list a thousand reasons why New Zealand should be your number 1 spot for stargazing, but instead we’ve narrowed it down a little… With plenty of remote locations and limited light pollution, there’s no shortage of glittering constellations to be found here.

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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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Autumn foliage in Arrowtown with Stray New Zealand

Why Autumn is the best time to travel New Zealand

By Lisa T / 10 April 2017

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! Autumn is considered by most to last for only the months of March, April and May. Although a relatively short season, make no mistake – it really is the […]

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Yoga session at Inspiration Point, Raglan

Top 5 tips for staying in shape while travelling

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 21 October 2016

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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6 Types of New Zealand Backpacker Jobs

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 12 February 2015

Considering working while you travel around New Zealand? We asked our friends, the experts at IEP Work New Zealand, to come up with a list of the types of jobs available for backpackers and those on a Working Holiday Visa:

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