New Zealand is lucky to have a high standard of backpacker accommodation. You have the chance to stay in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.
Here's how it works...
1. Hop-On Hop-Off Passes
Accommodation is not included in your Hop-on, Hop-off Pass. However Drivers can easily book this for you each day on a pay-as-you-go basis. Stray reserves dorm beds at our preferred accommodation providers (which have been quality checked); we cannot guarantee private rooms, but the Drivers will try their best to accommodate all requests. If you prefer to stay somewhere else, you are welcome to find your own accommodation. Please note, our Drivers are unable to offer recommendations on alternative providers due to health and safety compliance.
We've included some details on our preferred accommodation for each pass, under the itinerary tab on the pass page. Our accommodation venues usually offer a choice of dorm, double and twin share. The majority have full kitchen facilities, a TV lounge and internet.
Normal backpacker hostel rates are about $26-$32 per night for a dorm bed and $60-$80 for a double/twin room, $70-120 for double/twin room with ensuite. During peak season (December - March) double/twin rooms may have limited availability.
Our Accommodation Promise:
We guarantee a dorm bed for your first night's accommodation at each stop along the route when you travel on the bus. This can be really useful for you, as travellers rarely appreciate how busy it can get in New Zealand and how time-consuming the search for a good hostel is. The only exception is that we don't guarantee accommodation in Auckland, as Auckland is the beginning or end of most Stray routes, although we can give you recommendations.
At some very special stops, we get so far off the beaten track there is only one accommodation option available. This is marked on the itinerary.
This list includes some of our suggested accommodation around New Zealand for hop-on, hop-off passengers.
2. Stray Journeys Tours
Quad-share dorm accommodation is already included within our Stray Journeys tours, with private room upgrades available (see each tour page for upgrade price)!
Accommodation details are included in the tour itinerary.