Reviews and travel ratings on Stray in New Zealand (81% from 167 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.

Say hello @ facebook.com/straybus.

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!

167 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 13.

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Charlotte Wilson

Ranking: 10/10

I loved my time going down to Rotorua with my tour guide/driver Golum, he was fun and enjoyable. It was about 4-5 day...

I loved my time going down to Rotorua with my tour guide/driver Golum, he was fun and enjoyable. It was about 4-5 days and i wish it was longer! Stray is a great way to experience a country, i recommend it for all types of people.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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jason beinstein

United States

Ranking: 9/10

I really enjoyed my time on Stray. I spent 3.5 weeks traveling across both islands on the Max Pass. I wish I had more...

I really enjoyed my time on Stray. I spent 3.5 weeks traveling across both islands on the Max Pass. I wish I had more time for sure.

I'd highly suggest this trip for anyone 18-30 looking to travel alone or w/ a small group of friends.

I have an in-depth review of my experience at my blog.
http://wherecouldibenow.com/2014/03/stray-bus-new-zealand-review/

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Amy Jellings

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had the best experience with Lego, made the journey so fun and informative. Met the best people and would do it all o...

Had the best experience with Lego, made the journey so fun and informative. Met the best people and would do it all over again.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Claudia Bauch

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Too less information about the overnight stays, too expensive, too crowded.

Too less information about the overnight stays, too expensive, too crowded.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Victoria Wander

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Top marks for Stray, I did the Ron pass in roughly three weeks and had a brilliant time.

It's a good match for peop...

Top marks for Stray, I did the Ron pass in roughly three weeks and had a brilliant time.

It's a good match for people in their 20s and 30s (Kiwi Experience has a much younger demographic) and for group/singles alike. I traveled to NZ alone and left with good friends scattered across the globe.

The people always make the experience, but logistics are crucial and Stray excelled here. Lodgings all comfortable, buses in good shape (with sweet playlists too!) and timing always spot-on. The drivers were incredible - really can't say enough about them - heaps of energy, enthusiasm and brimming with cool stories. I loved the added details to the stunning scenery we passed. Felt very organised yet also laid-back.

The activities were numerous - both paid and free - so there's always something to do. The Stray buses also do quick off-road stops so you don't miss any waterfalls or lovely views.

The only part I wasn't so keen on was Stewart Island - there's not much to do. Bit of a disappointment.

I guess the best part was the energy - you're in a gorgeous country, with fellow travelers and keen guides. Good times!

Cheers.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2014

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discoveringaway

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

The Stray bus was an awesome experience. I was short on time and wanted to see a lot, and the Stray bus worked out pe...

The Stray bus was an awesome experience. I was short on time and wanted to see a lot, and the Stray bus worked out perfectly. I got the Stew pass for the South Island for less than $400, and it stopped at my must sees (Milford Sound and Mount Cook). It was also a nice surprise to stay at rustic Gunn Camp for the night. My only negative with that tour was the stop in Invercargill. I think the main point of that stop is Stewart island, but if you don't have the time or the budget for it, there really isn't much to see in Invercargill for the night, so staying in the kinda sketchy hostel for the night feels like a bit of a waste of time. On a positive note, the Catlins stop the next day is amazing, so that made it more worth it. It was pretty incredible to see all the wildlife in their natural habitat.
All in all, I would recommend Stray for their flexibility, price, and the great experience.

To read more about my experience, please visit my website:
http://discoveringaway.com/2014/04/nz_tour_bus/

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Johanna Molenaar

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

For two months I've been traveling around with Stray! Because of the possibility of hopping on and off everywhere, I ...

For two months I've been traveling around with Stray! Because of the possibility of hopping on and off everywhere, I could make my own trip. With the bus selecting nice hostels (with almost always nice discount), my stay in New Zealand was great!
Sometimes it depands on the driver if you stop at nice look-outs, one is more into it than others, but overall I saw a beautiful country with nice people to hang around with!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Maia Kazaks

United States

Ranking: 8/10

My Stray tour was ultra fun! The drivers are all good natured with awesome personalities and full of interesting stor...

My Stray tour was ultra fun! The drivers are all good natured with awesome personalities and full of interesting stories, the accomodation is generally more than acceptable and the flexibility of the hop-on hop-off pass was invaluable to allow for deeper exploration of any region. I definitely hopped off a lot, and so feel familiar with New Zealand and the culture gradients within the country.
Having activities options arranged was really helpful, and there's always a free idea of bush walks, beach time, star gazing or learning more about other travellers and cultures. Our stays off the track were excellent- the marae, the Blue Duck station, East Cape in general, Gunn's Camp in Fiordland, Rangitata... seeing small towns and remote lodges gives a true impression of the country and the people. The other passengers also seemed to enjoy themselves a lot, and that made the bus trips entertaining. The busses are even pretty comfortable, and the drivers tended to amaze me at their dexterity and ability to reverse and handle such a long vehicle.
Stray has great energy, is FUN and comprehensive.

I had one negative experience- when I called the HQ to confirm that I was on the bus leaving the next day. However, when I waited and waited for the bus that didn't show, I called HQ again and it turns out there was no bus that day. So I had an extra day in Rotorua- not a bad thing since I had lots of time in my journey, but could have been a real issue for a traveller in another situation. Also, one time the bus door wouldn't open when we were trying to depart an overnight stop, but in the end that was a delay of less than an hour, so no big deal.
Overall, I absolutely recommend Stray NZ. The company is populated by good people, and that means good times. Thanks guys!

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in November 2013

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Chris Luebbi

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The Stray Experience was a good one. I prebooked a 12 day journey through the south island and enjoyed it very much. ...

The Stray Experience was a good one. I prebooked a 12 day journey through the south island and enjoyed it very much. All bus-drivers and all of them got us safe and with a lot of fun to our next destinations. Allthough it was great, that there were a lot of "adventure offers" we were able to book with a stray discount.
Since I was prebooked I stayed at the stray-suggested accomondations, which sometimes were great and sometimes not so great.
Also it was a little bit confusing beeing prebooked on the round-trip: I didn't get any documents about the travel. But the stray-hotline worked fine and I had no bigger problems.
The people on the stray bus were great and we had a lot of fun.

Die Erfahrungen mit Stray sind gut. ICh hatte einen 12 Tagestripp über die Südinsel von Deutschland aus gebucht und es hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Alle drei Busfahrer die ich in der Zeit hatte, waren gut drauf und haben uns sicher zum nächsten Halt gebracht. Zudem gab es als Stray-Reisender bei zahlreichen Attraktionen Vergünstigungen.
Da ich eine gebuchte Rundreise hatte, habe ich immer in den Stray-empfohlenen Unterkünften übernachtet, mal gut mal schlecht. Auch gab es öfter Verwirrung, ob ich denn nun wirklich für die Nacht angemeldet war... aber ich habe immer ein Bett bekommen. Unterlagen hatte ich keine bekommen aber ein Anruf bei Stray-Hotline hilft. Es empfiehlt sich, von Deutschland aus schonmal bei Stray anzurufen und mit denen E-Mailkontakt aufzunehmen. Vmtl. erhält hat man dann auch etwas mehr Informationen über seine Reise;) Und eine NZ-Telefonkarte fürs Handy ist auch nicht zu verachten.
Die Mitreisenden im Bus waren super drauf und da es sich um die ersten beiden Wochen meines NZ-Urlaubs handelte, konnte ich sowohl meine Sprachkenntnisse (es waren insg.nur 4 Deutsche an Board ) optimieren als auch Kenntnisse über "Urlaub in NZ" sammeln, da viele der Mitfahrer bereits seit der Nordinsel zusammen auf dem Bus wahren. Insgesamt gut.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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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 11 months ago

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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 11 months 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 about 1 year ago

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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 about 1 year ago