Available for travel from 5 October 2018 - 29 April 2019
The Beach Hopper pass is an action packed three days taking in caves, lakes, waterfalls, and two of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches, on opposite sides of the coastline - showcasing New Zealand's spectacular nature. If surfing, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, intrepid caving or just long walks on the beach is your thing, you'll want to hop on the Beach Hopper.
The Beach Hopper can be booked on its own, or added to selected National or North Island passes.
- Go deep underground and explore a vast cave network lit by glowworms at Waitomo Caves.
- See an impressive 55m waterfall cascading through native bush, falls so beautiful they're called Bridal Veil Falls.
- Watch a West Coast sunset from Inspiration Point
- Take a surf lesson on New Zealand's most famous, black sand surf beach in Raglan.
- Spend time swimming and sunbathing
- Hike up to the top of Mount Maunganui for epic views over the Bay of Plenty.
"The Beach Hopper pass hits all the places we locals love to holiday! These are the spots I would recommend to any international visitor with a short amount of time to explore, who wants to see some vastly different landscapes. You've got massive caves, sparkling with glow worms, geothermal landscapes, lakes and then two distinctly different coastlines - one with white sand, and one with black!"
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Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over New Zealand's weather(!), what we do each day might occasionally vary from the itinerary below.
Departing early from Rotorua, our first stop of the day is Waitomo, where the main attraction is underground! Don’t miss out on the opportunity for some seriously cool caving adventures. You choose your pace, from a serene boat journey to check out thousands of glowworms, to adrenalin fuelled abseiling, blackwater rafting, and ziplining through the cave network. If you’d rather stay above ground, you can stroll the scenic 45 minute Ruakuri Bush Walk, through native forest to a large cave.
Next, we will set off on a little adventure to Bridal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to the impressive 55m cascading waterfall, before arriving at our overnight accommodation in Raglan. Watch the sunset, or join the yoga or Zumba class at the aptly named Inspiration Point. Then spend your evening chilling around the fire, enjoying the hostel sauna or searching for glowworms in the nearby bush.
There’s no better place to learn to surf than Raglan’s legendary left-hand surf break, so we recommend making the most of your opportunity to take a class this morning! If surfing isn’t for you, then you can cheer your mates on from the beach or head into town and check out what this rad little surfer’s paradise has to offer. Around midday, the surfers will head to town to grab a bite and meet up with the rest of the group.
From here we begin our journey to Mount Maunganui, located in the magnificent Bay of Plenty region. Along the way we make a couple of stops to admire the scenery. First we observe the Waikato landscape at the Kaimai Mamaku lookout, followed by a longer pit stop at McLaren Falls park, where you can explore the rockpools and spectacular waterfalls. Arriving at “The Mount”, you will have the afternoon free to relax, explore the local area, and try a New Zealand delicacy - local fish and chips on the beach. Make sure to soak up the laid-back, surfer vibes downtown this evening or just kick back on the beach under the stars.
Get ready for an action-packed day! Seize the morning with a sunrise hike up Mount Maunganui where you’ll be able to see the entire Western Bay of Plenty and admire the white sand coastline. Those who struggle to get up before the sun can rise a little later to enjoy a scenic hop-on hop-off cruise to the secluded Matakana Island. For a more hair-raising wake up, book in a morning sky dive in Tauranga.
We’ll re-join forces and hop on the bus to Rotorua around midday, stopping to enjoy some epic sights along the way – including the stunning Okere Falls and the striking Lake Tikitapu (known by the locals as Blue Lake). You’ll be able to snap some Insta-worthy photos from the viewpoints, get up close and personal with nature.
Departs from: Rotorua
Departure Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Operating dates: October 2018 - April 2019
Timetables are subject to change but our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling.
Rotorua (via Waitomo) to Raglan (*Beach Hopper)
Raglan to Mt Maunganui (*Beach Hopper)
|Raglan - Karioi Lodge (Depart)||10:00||10:00|
|Raglan - Fire Station (Depart)||12:00||12:00|
|Mount Maunganui (Arrive)||16:30||16:30|
Mt Maunganui to Rotorua (*Beach Hopper)
|Mount Maunganui (Depart)||12:00||12:00|
How It Works
Stray's operates a private transport network using comfortable air conditioned 24 - 48 seater buses. The buses are driven by qualified, knowledgeable Driver Guides who will lead you on a true adventure around our carefully thought out route, offering the mix of iconic 'hot spots' and super special 'off the beaten track' destinations we refer to as STRADEMARK places.
Best of all you have total freedom to hop on and off the bus at destinations along the way 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. Either 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 date and pickup location through Stray Mate, your online Trip Manager (you'll receive log in info after you've booked).
The buses run on a regular timetable with multiple departures a week so you can plan ahead too.
Your pass is valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, meaning you can hop on and off as often as you like for up to a year!
Short on time?
What about accommodation?
At all of Stray's overnight stops along the route, you'll have a dorm bed reserved at our preferred accommodation. Simply book via the Stray Mate app. Its that easy.If you choose to hop-off and stay a few nights, you can book those extra nights in via the app too.
What activities can I do?There are over 150+ activities on offer! Whether you are a hiker, a biker, a Lord of the Rings fan or an adrenaline junkie you can start getting inspired by checking out our comprehensive Destination Guides.
Who travels with Stray?
Our travellers are an energetic outgoing crowd who share a common objective: to have a great time! Most are aged between 18 - 30 although we have no maximum age because we believe age doesn't matter - it's more about having a thirst for adventure! We get a wide range of nationalities from all over the world with the majority from UK, Europe and America. 75% of our travellers are travelling solo and some travel as part of a couple or group of friends.