Reviews and travel ratings on Stray in New Zealand (82% from 188 reviews) 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.
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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!
Went on a Stray tour with the best driver out there - Splash! There wasn't one boring day, always smiling, laughing, singing, making jokes, making me smile. I had the trip of my life with this man, the best two and a half weeks of my life. I learnt so much about New Zealand while on his bus, from the Maori culture to the "oreo cows" and that ducks do actually fly! A man of many talents and the most inviting, loving, fun and amazing personalities you will ever come across. I can honestly say I couldn't of picked a better driver to travel New Zealand with, in one word this guy is EPIC! I've made a life long friend and memories that will last a life time, Splash is AWESOME! To the guy who saved my life, I love you heaps.
When we started travelling with Stray, we didn't have much time or money left to travel New Zealand. Thanks to Stray we were able to depart on an unforgettable adventure at the heart of Middle Earth, meet so many wonderful travellers and really impressive locals with a will to help their community and share their culture through tourism.
From a Marae in Mourea to the lost world of Blue Duck Station, from the wonders of Abel Tasman to the glacier of Franz Josef, from the adrenalin-packed city of Queenstown to the dolphins of Kaikoura,...
We will never forget our trip with Stray and it is in major part thanks to their extraordinary drivers : Lolly is a super star, bubbly, always happy person who will make you smile even on your worst day. She always had new ideas of games and ways to bring us all closer together. We would have stayed on her bus forever as we had so much fun with her. Skins always went the extra mile for his passengers in order to make their trip unforgettable ( sometimes finding himself with 40 cameras and having to take a picture with every one of them ), organising the best group dinners and being always attentif of everyone. Possum also helped everyone well outside of her prerogatives and helped us find a place to wwoof when we found ourselves out of money. Anna has a great personality and made us laugh so many times.
You'll never find people more devoted to their job and their passengers, they are excellent ambassadors for New Zealand and more precisely Stray.
Thank you so much for all the memories
We are so glad to have spent those moments in company of the Stray crew.
Nicko Wong and Minnka Ferrandez,
Crash Palace interns
Had an awesome time on this Stray tour, going to places that i'd never thought of going to. The highlights are surfing in Raglan, the Waitomo caves where you can see the glow worms, getting to eat a traditional Hangi and Blue Duck station. Great guides, great places and the bus was full of like minded fun people. Can't wait to go on one in the South Island
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I joined the Stray 'Tom' Pass on a tour around the North Island in November 2014. Stray promotes themselves as 'off the beaten track' adventure travel company which appealed to me. I can confirm for the 6 days I travelled with them they completely lived up to these expectations. We visited lots of cool places including a cool west coast surf town (where we learnt to surf), a lakeside lodge (where we learnt about Maori history and ate traditional Maori foods), an awesome high country station (Blue Duck) where we had options to hike, horseride, hunt or just relax. Stray offered lots of different activities along the way (I also went caving and skydiving) which you could opt in or out of. I feel like I saw a lot more of New Zealand than I would have travelling around on my own. Leftie (our Driver) was a dude. He was always up for a laugh but had lots of great insights to share about New Zealand. Thanks Stray. I had such a blast!
Stray was a great way to see New Zealand. My pass only covered the North Island and when it ended and all my new friends were continuing to the South Island I was gutted I didn't buy both - the fun was only just beginning! Stray is awesome because you don't have to worry about where you were going, navigating the roads yourself, and where you would stay. If you want accommodation that night, you write your name on a clipboard and the driver books it for you! If you want to do activities, write your name on another clipboard and that's all booked too - at a Stray discounted price! It's a nice no-stress way to travel around and meet great people who are wanting the same kind of experience. Our driver was fantastic, always sorting things out for us, packing our bags in and out, telling us interesting facts along the way and stopping off for photo opportunities. It really was a great tour. I'm already saving up to do the South Island next summer!
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.
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.
Had the best experience with Lego, made the journey so fun and informative. Met the best people and would do it all over again.
Too less information about the overnight stays, too expensive, too crowded.
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!
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.
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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!