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Why Stray?

Stray is New Zealand's award-winning, guided hop-on hop-off bus network for adventurous travellers.

Here are 5 reasons why, if you choose to travel with us, we'll give you an unforgettable experience in New Zealand! 

1. Go further off the beaten track

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Our mission is to take you further off the beaten track in New Zealand, immersing you in the places and activities that will, quite simply, blow you away.  

We are a New Zealand owned and operated company and our local crew have chosen some unique places to include on our travel route including access to 9 of New Zealand’s National Parks, highlights like Abel Tasman, Queenstown and Rotorua and some special places, exclusive to Stray. 

We call these exclusive destinations our Strademark places; these are the places that you are unlikely to find in a guidebook, but the ones you’ll be talking about long after the adventure has ended. To name a few…staying beachfront on Hahei beach, white water rafting in Rangitata, experiencing Maori culture and a traditional hangi meal at Lake Aniwhenua and staying on a high country farm in the heart of the North Island.

2. See and do more

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We are Stray and Stray is what we do!

Some bus companies will take you straight from A to B with barely a toilet break in between but, with us, you will experience great stops and inclusions en route to your next destination. 

A typical travel day can see you stopping off for a short walk to a waterfall, climbing to a lookout for a photo opportunity, pausing at an unusual piece of New Zealand art along the roadside, or stopping to check out a wild fur seal colony.  You’ll fit so much more into your NZ road trip!

3. Tailor your trip

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freestyle travel pass on our adventure travel network allows you the flexibility to tailor your trip to suit you.  You choose what part of the route you want to travel and how long you want to travel for.

Stray’s hop-on hop-off passes are valid for 12 months from the first date of travel so you can stop to work, play or volunteer along the way. Even better – you can re-travel the route again and again for up to a year!

Use our handy little Stray Mate app to book your buses, choose your own accommodation and activities - your trip, your way. You'll also be able to eat within your budget range, with frequent supermarket stops, hostels with kitchens and plenty of delicious cafes and restaurants to choose from. 

Our Driver Guides will take you on the adventure, point out their favourite places, and recommend accommodation and activities but what you choose to do is entirely up to you!

4. No worries, bro!

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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 just relax in air-conditioned comfort as your Driver Guide takes you on an awesome road trip. 

Your Driver Guide has extensive knowledge of the best things to see and do in New Zealand, so if you’ve got questions, need advice or support, they’re there to help – almost like a walking guidebook! You can ask them anything, from information about New Zealand history and culture to the best spot to get a cold New Zealand beer.  

With Stray you’ll get great deals on activities so you can afford to do more. Your Driver Guide can book these in for you, they’ll also suggest free or low cost things for you to do too.

And you’ll never be stuck without a bed for the night, because while you’re travelling with us we guarantee accommodation each night of your trip in a dorm at the Stray recommended accommodation. You just need to book your accommodation in our Stray Mate app, the day before your stay! 

We have extremely high customer satisfaction and referrals because we offer travellers more of what they want – down-to-earth, real New Zealand with an awesome crew and a greater emphasis on your needs.  

5. Feel environmentally smiley

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We know we live in an incredible country, and we are committed to playing our part, as an environmentally sustainable tourism operator, to keep it that way! 

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

Qualmark recognises businesses that a focused on protecting what makes New Zealand unique and special and at Stray, protecting our beautiful natural environment, enhancing local communities and delivering a high quality, safe experience for our passengers are things we feel extremely passionate about!


So what are you waiting for? Let's get this adventure started! 

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