Reviews and travel ratings on Stray in New Zealand (82% from 158 reviews) New Zealand's Hop-on Hop-off Bus Network for Adventurous Travellers

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Get further off the beaten track!

Get further off the beaten track!

Experience Maori culture on a real Marae

Experience Maori culture on a real Marae

See the best of New Zealand!

See the best of New Zealand!

Meet like-minded travellers, find secret spots...

Meet like-minded travellers, find secret spots...

Get closer to the action!

Get closer to the action!

Expert guides to show you the kiwi way of life!

Expert guides to show you the kiwi way of life!

New Zealand's Hop-on Hop-off Bus Network for Adventurous Travellers

Stray's mission is to get travellers "further off the beaten track" into unique and awe-inspiring places that even the locals haven't heard of. Founded in 2002, we've spent over a decade scouring our beautiful country for experiences unlike any other.

Our "hop-on hop-off" attitude gives you the flexibility to jump off the bus anywhere along the route and explore, before jumping back on again when you are ready. Our travel passes are valid for up to 12 months.

Every bus is captained by one of our awesome driver-guides, there to provide you with invaluable local knowledge, book your bungy jumps and basically be a good mate along the way.

All ages 18+ welcome.

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Contact Details

Email: enquiries@straytravel.co.nz

Website: Stray New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 526 2140

Auckland Address:
Stray Travel Shop, 50 Fort St, Auckland CBD

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The Stray Travel Shop can be found in Auckland city centre - come say Kia Ora to Gaz and the team, get handy travel advice and make good use of the free wifi!

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Andrea Leichtl

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I had 6 great weeks in New Zealand with Stray. It's a very easy way to enjoy the country and meet other people.

I had 6 great weeks in New Zealand with Stray. It's a very easy way to enjoy the country and meet other people.

Reviewed 09 April 2014

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Zsolt

Hungary

Ranking: 10/10

I met some awesome guys on the way in NZ and thanks for Stray for a great experience, five star
cheers

I met some awesome guys on the way in NZ and thanks for Stray for a great experience, five star
cheers

Reviewed 29 days ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sonia

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommended Stray, it's a fantastic hassle free way to travel.
We completed the Stew Pass over 12 days during...

Highly recommended Stray, it's a fantastic hassle free way to travel.
We completed the Stew Pass over 12 days during Christmas and New Years and the only downside was we didn't get to spend longer..stupid work!!
We had two awesome drivers Karlyn and Splash who really made sure we were entertained during the trip and took us to some of the most amazing places, the scenery was just stunning.
Thanks guys for a wonderful time would love to do it all over again...Someday hopefully :)

Reviewed 30 January 2014

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ieva m

Latvia

Ranking: 8/10

I am not a big fan of such bus tours but wanted to say that our bus driver Karlyn was the best. He made our tour, he ...

I am not a big fan of such bus tours but wanted to say that our bus driver Karlyn was the best. He made our tour, he is SUPER FUNNY and relaxed.
Stray, please give him also other routes as it can be quite boring to take the same route all over.
Our driver Panda is also worth mentioning. Full with energy and has a lot of knowledge about his country, I mean New Zealand :)

Reviewed 23 January 2014

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TtotheT13

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Traveling through New Zealand with Stray was amazing! Really knowledgeable bus drivers took us to amazing places and...

Traveling through New Zealand with Stray was amazing! Really knowledgeable bus drivers took us to amazing places and kept us entertained with great stories. Plus you get to constantly meet new people from all over the world! It was awesome. Travel on Chase's bus, if you can!

Reviewed 16 January 2014

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Raj Singh

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Stray is a great way to see New Zealand and hit places you might otherwise miss out on. If you don’t want to plan eve...

Stray is a great way to see New Zealand and hit places you might otherwise miss out on. If you don’t want to plan every part of your trip then kick back and let stray do it for you. You’ll meet incredible people, see some spectacular sights and smile lots along the way. It’s whatever you want it to be. Our driver Splash was brilliant and he showed us how beautiful his Country is. It’s impossible to have a bad time when he is around. My favourite Kiwi.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in August 2013

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Andy Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing experience ,love New Zealand so beautiful.
I would recommend stray to anyone !
Especially splashes bu...

What an amazing experience ,love New Zealand so beautiful.
I would recommend stray to anyone !
Especially splashes bus great driver and a complete dude!!
Cheers and we will be seeing you again

Andy and Nicole

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in January 2013

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Colette Keely

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Stray max pass for 1 month. I found it hassle free and flexible travel. Your Stray driver will organise you...

I did the Stray max pass for 1 month. I found it hassle free and flexible travel. Your Stray driver will organise your accommodation for you and will take you to a supermarket each day. It is also a great way (if not the best) to meet a lot of people. They really do take you off the beaten track. Weather it be places you stay, walks r simply just where you eat your lunch. There are loads of opportunities to stop and take photos and nights out with your crew are always good fun.
My driver for the South Island was Splash. He is always entertaining and gets everyone involved. He does free bicycle tours around Queenstown and If your good he might bring you to his mams house in Invercargal for a bbq. He looked after us well and even got us dvds for long trips. A word of warning: don't be late for his bus (unless you like tongue twisters that is). I'd love to do it all over again.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in October 2013

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Jen Hards

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Having had a few recommendations for Stray it was already top of the list. Looking through the choices of tour compan...

Having had a few recommendations for Stray it was already top of the list. Looking through the choices of tour companies there was no comparison really.

We were on a fairly limited time scale and had to cut out a bit out our trip due to the winter timetable but that was down to our bad planning more than anything. The Stray team and the booking agent worked our itinerary out for us and booked it all before we even left Auckland.

Stray really have put together the best trip and you get to see the real New Zealand. You get to experience the Maori culture, beautiful scenery (everywhere) and the social side of travelling too. There is something for everyone. You can party in Queenstown, hike in Abel Tasman, fulfill your adrenaline junkie needs at the Nevis bungee or simply chill out at Blue Duck Lodge (a favourite of mine).

Thanks to the drivers along the way. The advice given was second to none, as well as their enthusiasm and passion for travelling their country. I had Meusli (Bay of Islands trip) , Sandfly (Auckland to Rotorua) both were happy to help out with any queries along the way and made the beginning of the trip seamless and stress free. I spent from Rotorua round to Christchurch on Splashes bus. This leg of the tour was sweet as! A brilliant bus crew and an awesome driver to match (this can definitely make or break a tour experience, this tour was made). Splash definitely made sure that we all saw the best of New Zealand, this was not difficult with his happy and energetic appraoch to everything. I made friends and memories on this part of my trip that I hope to keep for a long time to come.

I have already recommended Stray to a friend who I know for sure enjoyed her trip as much as I did. If I hear of anyone else travelling New Zealand I will be sure to send them the Stray way! I just wish I could come and do it all again.....never say never!!

Thanks guys

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in September 2013

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Kim O'Neill

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

I'm just after completing the max pass tour with Stray and can honestly say the past month was one of the best times ...

I'm just after completing the max pass tour with Stray and can honestly say the past month was one of the best times I have ever spent travelling. I only wish I could do it all over again.
Stray really have put together a great trip and I honestly feel I have seen all that the North and South islands have to offer, even in the very limited time I had. From experiencing the traditional culture of the Maori home, to the breathtaking scenery we saw everywhere and fulfilling my adrenaline desires with the Abel Tasmin sky dive and Nevis bungy.
A big shout out also to the drivers I had Splash, Rob and Panda. The drivers really do make such a difference and really do their best to ensure you have the best possible time. They were always so enthusiastic about New Zealand, the places we visited and getting to know you. They also provided the best advice whenever needed!! Special thanks to Splash who I was with for the South Island and was always happy, energetic and up for anything. A great attitude for travelling which was infectious.
I guess all I can say is I would 100% recommend Stray and also say if you're going to to do it, do it proper and try and do as many of the activities as possible!! They're all unreal!! Cheers guys! Sweet as!

Reviewed 02 December 2013

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Sherryl

New Zealand

Kai Iwi Beach is about 10mins out of town and is patrolled during the summer. A great family beach with safe swimming.

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Thomas Jones

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing trip! After 6 years of travelling the world I ended up in amazing New Zealand! At first I travelled the only ...

Amazing trip! After 6 years of travelling the world I ended up in amazing New Zealand! At first I travelled the only way I knew by van and hitch-hiking which was fun but very lonely experience. I ended up leaving NZ disheartened but came back shortly after and found myself booking a Stray tour for both islands at the end of winter. I had never done any bus tour before and was quite apprehensive at first. But thanks to the Stray team and my awesome driver Splash. I had the most fantastic trip around this beautiful place. We hit up some of the best spots to see and many others that you just would never know to do! Blue duck station to name just one! Where I stopped off to Volunteer. At blue duck I got to see many stray buses come and go and see many of the drivers that they have. Although I only really travelled with Splash who I must say lives, breaths and makes you love everything about New Zealand with his never ending energy. The other drivers all seemed to be pumped for getting off the beaten track and getting people involved, helping make the group you are with a proper second family! Not one bus I went on did I not feel this. If you are unsure about how to travel NZ I would defiantly give this a go. I just wish New Zealand was bigger so we didn't have to finish the trip! Alas I can just jump on and do it all again! Whoop! 10/10 Stray you bloody Legends. Kudos for all the good work. Oh and cheers Splash. It was Epic!

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in August 2013

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Robin Andersson

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

I enjoyed the Short Max pass in februari 2013 with provided excellent value compared to most of the other passes. Don...

I enjoyed the Short Max pass in februari 2013 with provided excellent value compared to most of the other passes. Don't buy the passes for their full list price and look out for their sales. I bought mine in October.

If you are a solo traveller this is probably the best way to travel around New Zealand, if you are travel around with someone else I would still highly recomend it. I can promise you that you will meet a lot of friendly people.

You don't have to worry to much about checking up the places you go to before going there beause stray will provide most of the information you need, they will also gurantee hostel stay when you are travelling with them. Bookings of activities and hostels are sorted while on the buss. While travelling you can either do the pass in the minimum time that stray recommends or you can jump of here and there which is highly recomended both by me and stray.

While on the buss you get the chance to book the activities from the firms that stray are working with to a decent price. Most of the time there is free activities to do, they are normally well worth doing and I probably ended up spending half of may days on those.

If you know that you need really good comfort when travelling you should think twice about stray. Ther busses can't, even with a good will, be called comfortable, but if you can handle this the excperience is really enjoyable.

All in all go with stray! They will take you to some reallt cool places and more likely than not you will make many new friends when on the road!

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Vinnie K

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I completed the Maximus pass with Stray in November last year. The experience was overall absolutely incredible. Ever...

I completed the Maximus pass with Stray in November last year. The experience was overall absolutely incredible. Everything was near perfect. Highlights included: zorbing in Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Tongariro National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, walking on Franz Josef glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mount Cook.

Unless you just want to get completely trashed every night and play lame pub games, I would highly recommend avoiding Kiwi Experience at all costs. For example of the difference between the two companies, Stray stay at the base of mount Cook (incredible scenery), while Kiwi Experience stay in a nearby crap hole town called Twizel (presumably so they can all get drunk at the local pub), and for them going to Mount Cook is an optional extra (which they would probably be too hungover to take).

Stray is excellent and they truly do show you the best bits of the country. The drivers in particular were great, especially Python, Muesli and Ben who was new (now called Pinky I believe). The only negative comments I have is that some of their hostels are not great (the one in Kaikoura for example was dire). So what you may want to do is before coming to your next destination, look up the hostel Stray stays at on Hostelworld, and if the reviews are bad book somewhere different. Also one of the drivers on the North Island was relatively poor, but I guess they can't all be great. But it must be emphasised that these are minor quibbles in what was overall an absolutely incredible travel experience. If you are doing this on a ROTW trip it will probably be your highlight.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in November 2012