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The Stray Experience

No matter where you travel with Stray, you can expect an incredible trip, designed to allow you to truely experience the best of the country you're travelling in, get to know the people, soak up the scenery and learn about the culture. 

When you travel with Stray you will....


Further off the beaten trackGo further off the beaten track

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Our mission is to take you further off the beaten track and immerse you in places and experiences that will blow you away.

You'll be learning to speak Te Reo, and enjoying a traditional hangi meal at Lake Aniwhenua and staying on a high country farm in the heart of the North Island surrounded by native bush (with no cellphone reception!). 

We also make the most of every journey with great stops and inclusions along the way; a walk to a waterfall, checking out an important monument or saying hello to some friendly wildlife.

more national parksVisit more National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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We’ll take you closer to the action!

National Parks and UNSECO World Heritage Sites are our jam and we try to visit as many of these environmental and cultural gems as possible. 

In New Zealand our travel route includes access to 9 of New Zealand’s National Parks so you're guaranteed to see more and do more. 

no worriesHave 'no worries' thanks to your legendary Stray Guide

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Stray is the ‘no stress’ way to get around. You don’t need to drive, navigate, work out where to go or where to stop. You can just relax as your Guide takes you on an awesome road trip. 

Stray Guides are friendly, fun, and have extensive local knowledge of the best things to see and do. If you need advice or support, they’re there to help. You can ask them anything - from where to hop off and what their top 5 must-do's are, to their favourite brand of New Zealand wine on a backpacker's budget.

Our customer service team is also only a phone call, email or facebook message away. We're all here to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. 

local cultureGet amongst local culture 

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Experience the best of what the locals have to offer.


Play Māori stick games before enjoying a traditional Hangi feast, cheer along with the locals watching a rugby game in the only pub on Stewart Island, and enjoy fish 'n' chips after a big day sand boarding in Northland.

Your Stray Guide will make it easy for you to get involved. 

new matesMeet awesome people 

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Meet like-minded travellers and make lifelong friendships.

Stray attracts adventurous people who jump on the bus with an open mind and a burning desire to explore (our secret ingredient for an awesome trip!).

Over 60% of our passengers are travelling on their own, so don't be afraid to jump on the bus solo - you'll make so many new friends in no time! 

amazing placesSee Amazing Places 

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Discover some incredible places you’re unlikely to find in a guidebook, that the average tourist will never see.


These destinations (marked with a heart icon on the maps) are our iconic ‘Strademark’ Places, the places that you won’t forget. 

To name a few of our favourite experiences…staying beachfront on Hahei beach, white water rafting in Rangitata, staying in a camp created by early settlers in Fiordland, and stargazing at the milky way in the Mount Cook National Park.

travel with purposeTravel with Purpose 

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We believe travel can make a difference on a global scale.


We operate a sustainable travel network and we’re passionate about protecting our natural environment, enhancing local communities, looking out for animal welfare and ensuring that you finish your Stray adventure full of amazing memories and are inspired to make the world a better place. 

We have been awarded the Enviro-Gold accreditation from Qualmark which is the highest accolade for quality, sustainably operated tourism operators in New Zealand.  

your time your wayBe in control of your own adventure!

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You’re in charge – choose your adventure!

Freestyle travel passes
 allow you to keep travel plans loose and flexible. Or if you'd rather we sort out the details, and you just sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered with our Stray Journeys small group tours


Find out more about how travelling Freestyle works