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
Actual image of the sky that night** My mom laughed at me when I said it, but it was a true and accurate descriptions so I'll say it again, "my day in Tekapo was lovely and the evening was maybe my favorite in New Zealand." Tekapo was an optional stop on the Stray route and … Continue reading Stargazing in Tekapo
Wow, Queenstown was incredible. It’s not necessarily a place I city I would live in, but if I lived closer this would be my go to vacation spot. Maybe it’s a good thing I live so far away because I think Queenstown would always be my top choice to visit. Actually, side note I haven’t … Continue reading Queenstown Reigns Supreme
I think I’m becoming a lake person or at the very least I can fully appreciate the beauty of lakes after this trip. Lake Wanaka is one of the largest of the Southern Lakes (third largest to be exact). It is 45km (~28 miles) long and home of the highly photographed “lonely tree.” Lake Wanaka … Continue reading When in Wanaka
Just when I thought New Zealand couldn’t get cooler I was proven wrong. We went from sailing in the sun to mountains and glaciers in one day’s drive. The township of Franz Josef is in the middle of the rainforest, but also has a massive glacier. It’s is the weirdest oxymoron. Each year the glacier … Continue reading Franz Josef – Seeing Glaciers
The South Island of New Zealand is probably what you imagine when you think of NZ. If you have a short amount of time (under two weeks) to travel this is probably where you will go. It has some beaches, although not as breathtaking as the North’s; mountains, major cities, and everything in between. The … Continue reading Kia Ora South Island
**Well actually a bus full of people were "scammed." Let me explain, but it is two-sided - one more personal and the other totally unjust. So what exactly is this relating to? This is about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is a 13 mile trek through Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park and a … Continue reading I was scammed?!