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Destination Guides

Find out more about the places we visit in New Zealand, both on and off the beaten track!

Stray offers passengers access to special discounts on activities and accommodation. Click on each location to discover what's on offer.

Everything you need to know can also be found in our Stray New Zealand Travel Guide


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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park, famous for its beautiful golden beach...

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Welcome to Auckland, Stray's HQ and the main Stray bus departure point for tours of New...

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Blue Duck Station

This area is a true outdoor playground. Whakahoro is off the beaten track, along an unseal...

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Christchurch is a European settlement started with the English who arrived in large number...

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Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is the deepest of all fiords in the stunning Fiordland, in the far south-we...

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier is 13 km long, 300 metres deep and is located just 5 km from the township of t...

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Franz Josef

The town of Franz Josef is set in the rainforest with a few cozy bars, cafes, cinema and hot pools, near the base of the Franz Josef Glacier.

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Hahei is a beautiful white sand beach in the Coromandel, particularly popular over the Chr...

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Kaikoura is a marine paradise - see whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and other rare seabirds!

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Lake Aniwhenua

Strademark ExperienceLake Aniwhenua is one of the most special places on the Stray route. ...

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Lake Tekapo

Located in the South Island, in the heart of Mackenzie Country, the stunning Lake Tekapo l...

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The area of Makarora was once covered with thick forests, which lead to it being a key saw...

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Milford Sound & Te Anau

Milford Sound has been described as the "8th wonder of the world" and it's easy to see why...

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Mount Cook

Poised in the Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's highest mountain: Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki, 'the sky piercer'!

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Mt Maunganui

Located in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty, across the harbour from Tauranga, Mt Maunganui is a...

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Nelson is located at the top of the South Island and is surrounded by world-class wineries, stunning national parks, thriving crafts and beautiful beaches.

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Paihia (Bay of Islands)

This subtropical region north of Auckland is sometimes referred to as the “winterless n...

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Picton is a bustling little coastal township, popular with tourists (both domestic and int...

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Queenstown has earned the reputation as “adventure capital of the world” for good reason –...

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Peel Forrest

Peel Forrest is an incredibly scenic area at the base of the Southern Alps. The Rangitata ...

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Bubbling mud pools, geysers and the smell of rotten eggs, Rotorua is definitely a fascinating place.

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Stewart Island

The anchor stone from Maui’s canoe (Maori legend) is definitely worth a visit. It has over...

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Taupo had a violent past. In 181AD the volcanic crater erupted causing such a mess that it...

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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park, is home to the Tongariro ...

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Waitomo Caves

The Waitomo caves are a massive network of underground caves, home to a variety of different caving activities from mesmerising glow worm spotting tours to high adrenaline abseiling!

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As you drive through the gorge past the lakes you will see long horizontal lines carve...

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Wellington has been called the ‘coolest little capital in the world,’ and it’s not hard to see why.

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West Coast

Cruise the West Coast and discover Westport, Cape Foulwind, Punakaiki and Greymouth.