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Jack Pass

The Jack pass is perfect for those travellers with a few days who want to see the sub-tropical Bay of Islands - a beautiful place north of Auckland known for world-class diving and water activities, and where the kiwi locals love to holiday.

If you have slightly more time, you can travel to the northernmost tip of New Zealand on the Patch Pass.


  • Visit the scenic Bay of Islands
  • Catch the ferry to historic Russell (NZ's former capital)
  • Tree hugging giant kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park

"Had the time of my life! Words cannot capture how awesome New Zealand is-the people are the kindest you'll ever encounter and the nature is absolutely breathtaking! Stray was a perfect way to see the country and meet the locals (as well as other travellers!) I would highly recommend traveling with them!"
Lara, March 2016

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The itinerary below is for the current season.

Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over New Zealand's weather(!), what we do each day might occasionally vary.

NB. The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass but under each day we have described our recommended accommodation, along with some free and paid activity suggestions.

Auckland to Paihia

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray adventure kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. We depart for the beautiful Bay of Islands, bound for the relaxed seaside town of Paihia often called the ‘gateway to the Bay.’ We stop en-route to visit the Parry Kauri Forest Park and hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native kauri, on our way to Paihia.

NB: For those travelling up to Cape Reinga the following day, remember to book this day trip with your Driver who will advise where to collect your tickets (day trip is operated by a local partner so a ticket is required).  


Hostel along from the beach.

Catch the ferry across to historic Russell (NZ’s former capital), skydiving, Hole in the Rock cruise, diving.

Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest.

Enjoy a sleep in and morning at your leisure. Sail or cruise around the Bay, walk to nearby Haruru Falls or just kick back and relax on the beach. Mid-afternoon we jump back on board the Stray bus, destined for the bright lights of Auckland.

Central Auckland hostel.

Sailing, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing.

Walk around Paihia or Haruru Falls, go for a swim or relax on the beach.


The days and times shown below are for the current season (Winter: 1 June – 30 September).  For future seasons, please refer to our Bus Timetables page.  

Timetables are subject to change but our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling. Your online booking account will also show confirmed departure times.


Auckland to Paihia

Auckland (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Whangarei - Info Centre (Depart) 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00
Paihia (Arrive) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00

Paihia to Auckland

Paihia (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00
Whangarei (Depart) 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00
Auckland (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00

How It Works

This is a "hop-on hop-off" pass. What does this mean?

The bus route is fixed, but you have the freedom to book your own travel dates so you can spend more time in the places you love.

How do you hop on and off the bus?

‘Hop off’ the bus anywhere along the route, even places in between the designated stops. Plan to hop off in advance or do it spur of the moment – it’s up to you!

To hop back on, simply book your next travel dates and pickup location through Stray Mate. The buses run on a regular timetable with multiple departures a week.

Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, meaning you can hop off and on as many times as you like for up to a year!

Short on time?

You are not required to hop off the bus – feel free to use your pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its ‘minimum days’.

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