Backpacker Bus NZ


Activities and Free Inclusions

Stray’s mission is to get you further off the beaten track in New Zealand, taking you to the places and activities that will, quite simply, blow you away.

This is NOT an "A to B" transport service - we STRAY. This means we stop along the way to show you everything we love about our country, from wildlife, beautiful views, short walks, waterfalls, food tasting... even gumboot throwing gets a mention!

We realise that you are travelling with your hard-earned money and want to get the most out of your time here in New Zealand, so what's even better is that most of this is for free and already included in your Stray experience.

You also don’t have to break your journey unnecessarily, buy costly side trips or get stuck with a big bunch of tourists doing “mainstream” things.


What You Get With Stray...

driver guideExpert Driver Guides

Driving each awesome orange Stray bus is your guide, who comes with expert local knowledge, invaluable insight and the odd story or two! They will also book your accommodation and activities on your behalf, giving you one less thing to worry about.

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blue duckUnique and Exclusive Stops

You won’t find many of our overnight stops with anybody else – whether it’s an authentic farmstay in the wild and beautiful region of Whakahoro, discovering ancient Maori carvings in Lake Aniwhenua, or at the base of NZ's tallest mountain, Mt Cook.

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marae splashAuthentic Local Culture

During your time with us, you can stay on an authentic (Stray-exclusive) Maori marae (meeting ground), learn how to carve your own bone or greenstone necklace, take part in weaving, cooking a traditional “hangi”, stay with local families...

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abel tasNational Parks

We stay in, or next to, no fewer than nine of NZ’s amazing National Parks!



tongariro crossingEpic Walks

For example, we spend a night in National Park so you can experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which Lonely Planet rates as NZ's top one day walk and one of the best in the world. All walks are optional.

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From chilling with the seals in Abel Tasman National Park to standing amongst rare birds on Stewart Island, from making friends with that goat in Lake Aniwhenua and talking to the dolphins in Kaikoura.

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franz girlsScenery

We don’t need to say much here – New Zealand sells itself. Yes, that includes beaches, mountains, lakes, snow, forests, fiords, glaciers, oh and have you heard of that thing called “Lord of the Rings”?


bungyAdventure Activities

Some of you may feel like the mind-blowing scenery gets a bit much after a while, and need to throw yourself off a bridge or out of a plane to come back down to earth. That’s all good bro! There are heaps of adventure activities all over the country, no matter what your preference or state of mind. Please note, these activities generally incur an extra cost but luckily you will have access to special discounts by travelling on Stray.


mexican nightNightlife

We enjoy a beer or two at the end of the day but generally like to keep a clear head to explore the next morning! That being said, our guides have been known to throw some epic parties, and we won’t judge if you want to indulge in the party town of Queenstown.


tree planting inclEnvironmental Responsibility

From planting trees to trapping pests, check out Stray’s numerous environmental initiatives that you can get involved in.
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