Peel Forest would fall under "off the beaten track" and very on brand for Stray. It is a small community in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand close to Christchurch. It is located near the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, the Rangitata River, and part of the Southern Alps. This entire area was used in … Continue reading Peel Forest & Rafting Take 2
Mount Cook was a bittersweet stop. It marked leaving Queenstown and that my time in New Zealand was drawing to an end. If this trip made me realize anything it was a new found love for mountains and lakes so I was looking forward to staying near the famous Mount Cook, the highest mountain in … Continue reading Mount Cook – New Zealand
The Famous Fergburger You can tell Queenstown is a very touristy town just by how many food and bar options there are in a small radius. People joke that all their money goes in Queenstown because of all the activities you can do and the food. I'm highlighting some of my favorite spots, but I … Continue reading Queenstown Food and Nightlife
One of the hardest puzzles ever! Stewart Island is situated less than 20 miles south of the South Island of New Zealand. It's the southern most point of NZ. Apparently, in winter you can even see Aurora Australis, or the Southern Lights. The island is accessed via ferry and let me tel you it is … Continue reading Stewart Island
I really loved Queenstown. I stayed for a total of four nights, but they weren't consecutive. This was the longest Stray stop I had and not including camping at Rhythm this was the longest amount of time in any one place during my travels around New Zealand. I know some people who spent over a … Continue reading Hostel Review – Queenstown
In true treat yo' self fashion for my stop at Tekapo I stayed at Peppers Bluewater Resort. I've never stayed at a Peppers property, but I really liked the overall experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The property itself was very well taken care of and it seemed to be fairly new. Rather … Continue reading Hotel Review – Tekapo
Milford Sound is one of the top things to see in New Zealand. It is a fiord set on the southwest coast of the South Island and part of Fiordland National Park. Even with the popularity getting to Milford Sounds is not an easy feat. We were coming from Queenstown and the drive was around … Continue reading Milford Sound – A Must Do?