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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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Atte's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

It really depends on which bus driver you get and the group you are travelling with. The first bus driver Lego was so cool and our group was just perfect . The route is very cool and i liked it a lot. Later we had a grumpy bus driver and it was more like a school trip. "You have 8 minutes to take a picture...if you are one minute late i leave you behind" "dont ask me questions, i told you everthing before" maybe im too old for this. Maybe the driver doesnt like his Job. I actually paid for the travel and the stray App was broken all the time. I cant understand this. especially if youre not an enlish native speaker sometimes its very stressfull to book all your stuff and understand everthing. So if youre older i wouldnt recommend stray to you. And all activities cost more than booking it by yourself. Its not cheap its just an easy way to travel if you havent rlly prepared anything

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Paul's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I choose Stray (Maximus tour round all of the North and South Island) over some of the other competitors and have no regrets in the slightest! I wanted a trip that offered a mixture of meeting great people, getting to see the real New Zealand rather than all the typically touristy parts as well as having the flexibility to hop on and off. Having had a real mix of drivers going round, they all bring their own unique styles to the tours that allow you to bond as a group and have all of the stress and hassle taken off your hands. They are incredibly informative and the activities they can offer on the way round appeal to everyone from the extreme to the scenic and everything in between.

As a solo traveller, Stray made for an exceptional journey that allowed me to do everything from skydive and bungey jump to swimming with dolphins and enjoying some of the remote and cultural stops with great friends. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking to explore and see the real sights and experiences of New Zealand, I've even been able to pick up some work at Blue Duck Station before continuing my travels onwards. An easy 10/10!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Jodie's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I spent 5 weeks travelling around the whole of New Zealand with Stray. From day one we were greeted by drivers who were incredibly informative about every aspect of New Zealand in particular the Maori heritage and the stunning scenery and sites we would come across throughout our journey.
The drivers enable groups to form bonds quickly and make the bus a welcoming, friendly and enjoyable place. The buses I travelled in enabled me to meet an amazing bunch of people and form our own little whanau for the duration of our travels.
Throughout New Zealand Stray offers a wide range of activities in every location, catering for all budgets and all travellers. In addition to this Stray is true to its motto of travelling off the beaten track, staying in remote locations such as Blue Duck Station and Gunns Camp, but also in locations which allow tourists to visit cultural locations that they may not have been able to visit alone such as Mourea and Lake Aniwhenua.
An amazing experience, with fantastic people and stunning scenery! A must for anyone visiting New Zealand!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Tom C


Ranking: 10/10

I booked a Stray trip around the North Island last minute before visiting and it was the best decision I ever made. The trip takes you away from the tourist trap destinations where you get to really experience everything New Zealand has to offer. In my week I went from Visiting film sets from Lord Of The Rings to Hunting in a forest to playing in snow right under Mt Doom. The group of people on my bus were amazing and we became a little family welcoming people on as we went as you get the option to jump off and stay longer if you find somewhere you really like!

The flexibility that Stray offers you along with the great support staff and drivers as well as amazing activities and sights on the way make this the perfect option for any traveler looking to see everything New Zealand has too offer! I have no doubt I'll be back soon to do the South Island with Stray!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Theodore Trozinski

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely loved Stray, with very few hiccups.
I found it to be by far the perfect choice for the lone traveller (like myself) to meet others while travelling around the country.
It does get fairly crowded during peak season, and they don't warn you that you may need to book onto your next bus days in advance to ensure yourself a spot. Hopping off is easy, but simply "hopping back on" isn't as easy as they like to advertise... a very common flaw with these bus tours.
Aside from that, I absolutely loved Stray and I would highly recommend it.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Christin Ossege


Ranking: 10/10

I had an amazing time on the Stray bus exploring the North Island of New Zealand! It was a fantastic week with awesome people and experiences I will never forget. :) Especially, those unique stays were unforgettable. Who can tell from himself that he has slept in a Marae and helped a local community to give food to their kids? These memories will always be with me and I am happy that I have chosen Stray to commence my travels around New Zealand.
The whole bus became like your small Kiwi family and you were never alone! It is a great way to meet people from all over the world.
Thank you Stray for this great journey!!! :)

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Phil Hartmann


Ranking: 10/10

I was lucky to be traveling the Deep South with Stray. We had 7 days and managed to see the most pristine and breathtaking nature I've seen in a while.
Starting in Queenstown, we made our way to Milford Sound, a beautiful river starting somewhere in the Mountains heading towards the ocean. With sea lions and massive waterfalls, snow capped mountains and good company this was one of my highlights.
We traveled further South, staying in an old miners camp that is exclusive to Stray and a really cool spot with little huts and a community meal to get everyone entertained!

Our group of roughly 20 people was well balanced and our tour guide, Seagull, was an absolute legend, making sure everyone got to know each other. He created a well balanced group atmosphere and everyone got along well with each other.

I would definitely recommend to everyone to experience Stray at least once, while in New Zealand. I liked it so much, that I will be heading over again in August this year!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in September 2015

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dana forrest

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Although my nickname was Mother Goose on my Stray Bus, I had an amazing time! I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought my Stray pass but the experience was above and beyond any expectations. The bus was clean, roomy and very comfortable. My driver was very knowledgeable, accommodating and did a great job of making everyone on the bus feel like a family. Their consciousness of the environment is great to see from a company that can have such an impact on their native land. The itinerary was DEFINITELY "off the beaten track", I can't even count how many times I said "Are we in the middle of nowhere?". The Stray bus in New Zealand was the only part of my 'Around the World' trip that I had purchased a guided tour for and after that experience I started searching for Stray-like tours in all of my other countries. When I come back to New Zealand to do the South Island I will be using Stray for sure!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago