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Highlights

Scroll through the gallery below to see the kinds of the things you'll get up to on this epic adventure! 


STOKA TAKES YOU OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture in Australia and New Zealand and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations! These are some of our favourite places, that you're less likely to find in the guide book but you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended! 

NEW ZEALAND

  • Only Stray stay at Hahei beach, an idyllic spot in the Coromandel, within walking distance to Cathedral Cove.
  • Stay at an eco-lodge, built in native bush in Raglan – overlooking New Zealand’s black sand, premier surf beach.
  • Spend two nights at Blue Duck Station, an award-winning conservation farm and get hands-on with some wilderness activities!
  • Discover history and culture not yet touched by the hand of commercialism at Lake Aniwhenua - it's also your chance to try a traditionally cooked hangi dinner.
  • Stay beachfront on the golden sands at the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • See the stunning fiord of Milford Sound and stay at historic Gunn’s Camp.
  • Stay at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook/Aoraki

AUSTRALIA 

  • Go tubing down the river and stay on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park - a World Heritage Listed Area
  • Spend the afternoon canoeing, spotting wildlife and have a real Aussie BBQ at River Retreat
  • Snorkel at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef off Great Keppel Island
  • Explore Magnetic Island's amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. 
  • Learn about indigenous culture and listen to stories around the campfire, after a day spent swimming in a beautiful water hole at Rainforest Experience

What customers say...

"Had the most amazing, fantastic 2 months travelling with Stray NZ, we had the best drivers who each went out of their way to ensure everyone is having the best time! I've seen so many off the beaten track places that I would have never visited (Blue Duck esp), met people who I now consider life long friends and have done activities I never would have thought of doing (Nevis bungee!!) I would highly recommend anyone travelling to New Zealand to go with stray...truly enjoyed myself so much that I have booked Stray Asia!  Thanks so so much Stray!!"
Yvonne Byrne, December 2016
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"I travelled with Loka from Sydney to Cairns and absolutely loved it! It is a great way to explore the East coast while also going to not-so-mainstream places. You meet lots of fellow backpackers along the way and I really like how you become a tiny family after a few days (or sometimes only hours) of travelling together! 
Joke Verschueren, July 2017
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Itinerary

The itinerary below is for the Stray Maximus Pass.

View the Loka Mick Pass itinerary here. 

Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over the weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary.

NB. The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass but under each day we have described our recommended accommodation, along with some free and paid activity suggestions.

Paihia to Cape Reinga and back

Gear up for a big day, departing early to make the trip to the top of the country. Don’t forget to pack lunch, water and some snacks to keep you going today. Travelling on a custom built coach you'll drive up 90 Mile Beach, an official public highway, to Te Paki Stream, where you'll learn the art of sand surfing on some of the biggest sand dunes in New Zealand. Our destination is Cape Reinga, where the Tasman and Pacific Oceans clash at the northernmost point of the country. Legend says it is also the departure point for Maori souls leaving New Zealand to return to their spiritual homeland of Hawaiki. The trip home includes a walk in a kauri forest and a stopover at Mangonui for a Kiwi classic dinner of fish 'n chips (pay on the day), before returning to Paihia in the evening.

NB. This day trip is operated by a local partner, so you cannot hop off the bus today. Remember that you must book this day trip in Stray Mate by 12pm the day before.

Hostel along from the beach in Paihia.

Traditional Kiwi fish and chips option for dinner.

Dune surfing.

Enjoy a sleep in and spend the morning at your leisure. There’s time to do the fantastic half-day Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise around the Bay in the morning, or take this opportunity to walk to the nearby Haruru Falls or just hang out on the beach. Mid-afternoon we jump back on board the Stray bus, destined for the bright lights of Auckland, where there are still plenty of exciting activities to do if you have a free day or two.

Nomads Auckland - Central Auckland hostel.

Paihia: Hole in the Rock cruise, skydiving;
Auckland: skydiving, bungy off the bridge, walk around or jump off the top of the Sky Tower, whale and dolphin safari.

Walk around Paihia or Haruru Falls, go for a swim or relax on the beach.

We depart at midday, leaving the morning free to get involved in one of the many amazing adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. This afternoon our trip takes us further off the beaten track into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua, voted as one of Stray’s top overnight stops. As we drive into the Kaingaroa Forest we will meet up with a respected Maori guide who will lead the group to a sacred archaeological site to view NZ’s oldest Maori rock carvings. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Maori traditions, including the entertaining stick games traditionally used to teach hand-eye coordination, as well as how to prepare a ‘Hangi’, a sumptuous feast cooked underground. Sign up for one of the cultural activities on offer or simply enjoy a sunset drink at the Taniwha Bar overlooking the lake. For those visiting during school term, you will be both touched and inspired as you learn about a local community program in which Stray passengers are actively participating.

This ‘Strademark’ experience is $89pp and includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation at the comfortable Kohutapu Lodge
  • 1 x Hangi dinner, 1x dessert and 1x continental breakfast
  • Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
  • Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges
  • Learn traditional Maori stick games
  • Participation in a local community program (school term only)

This ‘Strademark’ overnight experience is optional, but in our opinion, it's an absolute must do!

We catch an early Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island where you meet the Stray bus in Picton. Once on the bus, we’ll cruise through the world famous Marlborough vineyard area and, depending on the group, we may stop for a wine tasting to sample the region’s specialty Sauvignon Blanc before heading to the coastal town of Nelson. We make a supermarket stop in Motueka to stock up on supplies for the next couple days and then make our way to our amazing overnight destination Marahau, right on the edge of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.

The Barn - Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.

Wine tasting, skydiving.

Walk, mussel tasting around the fire, stargazing.

With a full day at your leisure, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore this stunning, coastal national park on foot, by sea or from the air. Abel Tasman is famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand and, as home to one of NZ’s Great Walks, is a popular place to hop off for hiking enthusiasts. Even those short on time can still use this free day to hike, kayak, sail or take a water taxi to get a taste of the park’s natural golden sand beaches and brilliant blue waters.

The Barn - Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.

Full day sailing trip, kayaking, skydiving, water taxi, hang gliding, stand-up paddle boarding, canyoning, hang gliding, scenic microlight flight.

Walk in the national park, relax on one of the golden sand beaches, go for a swim.

Enjoy a free day to get out and experience the Franz Josef Glacier, an iconic highlight of the West Coast. The best way to navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on the Franz Josef Glacier is with a guided tour, which consistently ranks as a favourite activity amongst Stray travellers. The most popular trip features a short heli-hop onto the glacier with a guided educational tour on the ice and includes entry to the hot pools afterwards. Other options include visiting the glacial terminal face for some spectacular photos or doing one of the many excellent bush hikes in the region.

Rainforest Retreat - Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.

Glacier heli-hike (entry to hot pools included), kayaking, skydiving.

Many excellent bush hikes (but we recommend a guided one for safety). Relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools at your accommodation.

It’s time to leave the West Coast behind. We stop in the morning for pick-ups at Fox Glacier before heading to the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson to stretch our legs with a short walk. Then, we’ll travel inland through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora towards Wanaka. This is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever do and we’ll stop for plenty of photo ops along the way as we drive from rainforests to mountains, through beech forest and past great lakes. We’ll pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka late-afternoon in time to enjoy this picturesque lakeside town.

Base Wanaka - Central Wanaka hostel.

Lake Matheson walk, Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thunder Creek Falls walk, explore Wanaka.

Kick start your day with a brisk walk up Mt Iron, an early morning skydive or learn to fly a stunt plane over Wanaka. At mid-morning we’ll pack up and make our way to Queenstown, known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the spiritual home of bungy jumping. We stop on our way into town at Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungy jumping site in the world, for your chance to take the big leap of faith. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge!) night out with plenty of excellent restaurants, pubs and live music to check out.

We start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. Fiordland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Te Wahipounamu (which incorporates four national parks including Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and you’ll understand why as you marvel at the spectacular surrounding landscape. This afternoon we travel further south via Te Anau to Invercargill and on to Bluff, where you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island. NZ’s third largest island, Stewart Island, has an abundance of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. Those not going to Stewart Island will spend the night in Invercargill.

Stewart Island backpackers on Stewart Island or Tuatara Lodge - central hostel in Invercargill.

Te Anau Wildlife Centre, catch the ferry to Stewart Island (ask the driver about the special Milford Sound + Stewart Island combo).

Humbolt Falls walk, Viewing Gantry walk. 

The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks. We catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea lion, penguin and dolphin spotting in the Catlins. On the chance we can’t find any wildlife, we can visit the 180 million-year-old fossilized forest and grab a milkshake. Afterwards we return to Bluff Hill to meet up with the island-goers before we express back to Queenstown.

Base Queenstown - Central hostel close to all the action.

Stewart Island: fishing, Village & Bays tour, go to Ulva Island.

Stewart Island: explore the island, amazing birdlife, walks through the native parkland.
Invercargill: visit the start/end point for State Highway 1, sea lion, penguin, dolphin spotting, find Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian, visit Henry the 118-year-old tuatara.

Today we head over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past picturesque Lake Pukaki on the way to our amazing stop at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. We arrive in the early afternoon with time to do a 4WD & Argo Tour, check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre or do one of the many great short walks in the park. If you want to hop off the bus for a few days there are some incredible longer walks you can do (we’d recommend leaving climbing Mt Cook to the experienced mountaineers though).

Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge - Stunning alpine lodge.

Argo tour of alpine region, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker glacial lake (weather dependent), stargazing.

Today we head south towards the ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its beautiful untamed beaches and stunning sunsets. We pass through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road that was once labelled one of the top ten drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We stop for a walk along the craggy cliffs at Cape Foulwind to view the seal colony at Tauranga Bay and then head for the historic coal mining town of Westport. This is the best place on the South Island to hit the waves with a surf lesson, and the sunset from our accommodation tonight is a ‘must see’ if the weather is clear.

TripInn Westport - Charming character villa in the centre of town.

Surfing, caving, craft brewery tour.

Westport seal colony, West Coast sunset.

 

An early start takes us further down the rugged West Coast to the geographic wonder of Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and blowholes. We’ll stop to take a short walk around these unique limestone rock formations before we head for the historic gold mining town, Greymouth. We do pick-ups in Greymouth and make a stop in Hokitika, one of the best places to pick up a piece of NZ greenstone. Then, we’re on our way to our next overnight stop in the quaint little town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Rainforest Retreat - Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the mighty blowholes, Truman Track walk, walk along the beach in Hokitika.

We depart Auckland and head south, travelling to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. Renowned for its natural beauty and pristine swimming beaches, the Coromandel Peninsula has plenty to offer the active traveller, but is also a great place to kick back and relax in a pretty coastal setting. On arrival into Hahei, a small beachside village, we’ll get settled into our accommodation before heading over to Hot Water Beach (tidal dependent). This is an absolute ‘must do’ experience where you can dig your own natural spa bath in the sand and soak up the Coromandel surrounds.  Tonight you have the option to join a group dinner for a classic Kiwi BBQ.

Hahei Holiday Resort - Exclusive Stray accommodation on the waterfront.

Visit Hot Water Beach for a natural beach spa (tide & weather dependent), walk to Cathedral Cove, explore old cultural sites or simply relax on the beach.

We leave Hahei early to travel through the rural Waikato region, known for its many dairy farms and the mighty Waikato River. We’ll start with a little adventure to Bridal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to the impressive 55m cascading waterfall. Our destination today is the world-renowned surf town of Raglan. There’s no better place to learn to surf than Raglan’s legendary left-hand surf break. If you don’t fancy a splash in the waves, the afternoon is free to watch the surfers from the beach, enjoy a bush walk or watch the sunset from the aptly named Inspiration Point. Chill out or go hard in this arty surf town – it’s up to you!

Karioi Lodge - An eco-lodge, near the beach set in native bush.

Learn to surf, sunset cruise (summer only), dine on fresh fish and chips for dinner.

Walk to the waterfall, bush walk around Mt Karioi, beach walk, glow-worm spotting in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

You need at least one free day in Queenstown to make the most of the wide range of activities on offer. With a buzzy night life, beautiful mountain scenery and an exciting outdoor lifestyle, it’s easy to understand why Stray passengers often hop off here to spend extra time exploring. Options include: bungy or swing, zipline tours, canyoning, jet boating, skiing, skydiving, local bush walks, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing.

Base Queenstown - Central hostel close to all the action.

Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…).

Sleep in, fabulous walks, take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.

Today you are in for a treat. It’s an early start as make our way to Milford Sound, one of NZ’s most famous destinations, sometimes referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. You won’t want to nap on this leg of the journey as we drive past Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, glacier carved valleys and fiords. There is time to do an afternoon boat cruise around Milford Sound to soak up this untouched world. Known for its rich marine ecology, it’s likely you’ll spot a few wild dolphins, seals and penguins. Next, we head for our unique Stray overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp, located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley. There’s no better place to enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms in the bush and listen out for kiwi bird calls in the night.

Gunn's Camp - Historic camp in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound cruise (ask the driver about the special Milford Sound + Stewart Island combo).

Stunning views, visit the historic museum or take in the incredible surroundings at Gunn’s Camp, Chasm walk.

This morning we travel towards the bottom of the North Island via the rural towns of Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. Today is mostly an express day to get to Wellington, our capital city and home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. Also known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, Wellington is a great place to check out the lively arts, craft beer and café culture scenes or do some shopping. The afternoon is yours to explore the sights, and we recommend wandering down Oriental Parade or viewing the excellent exhibits on display at Te Papa National Museum.

Nomads Capital - Central city hostel.

Wellington Movie Tours, check out some of the great cafes and bars.

Walk Oriental Parade, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, visit Te Papa National Museum, gumboot (welly) throwing.

We’ll be up at the crack of dawn for an early departure to make our way to the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site, Tongariro National Park. Today you get the chance to tick off one of the most popular activities in New Zealand by hiking the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered one of the top one-day walks in the world. This 19km walk will take you across a rocky plateau with Mars-like vistas, dramatic volcanic peaks (including the real ‘Mt Doom’), craters and turquoise lakes that you’ll remember for a lifetime. The Crossing is open to walk year round (alpine gear and guide are required in winter), but subject to the weather conditions. Ensure you pack a day pack with plenty of supplies and clothing for all conditions. If the weather prevents you from doing the Crossing, there are a couple shorter walks in the area, as well as bike tracks that are well worth doing. Tonight we will stay in a homely historic Nurses Home in Raetihi, with friendly farm animals, a pamper room and spa bath with mountain views to enjoy at the end of an active day.

Snowy Waters Lodge - Restored historic lodge with mountain views

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, shuttle to Ohakune township, mountain bike Old Coach Road or Fishers Track, skiing/snowboarding (winter only).

Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre, Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool), pet the local farm animals, volunteer tree planting.

After breakfast we’ll make a special visit to the local school to deliver packed lunches for kids that often  go without and participate in a beneficial program aimed at driving cross-cultural education in an otherwise isolated part of NZ (dependent on school timetable). Then it’s on to Taupo to visit the mighty Huka Falls. The brave hearted can opt to plunge from a plane on an adrenaline fuelled skydive over NZ’s largest lake! Our destination this evening is often rated by passengers as one of Stray’s #1 overnight stops and you’ll soon see why. Located in Whakahoro, one of the most remote parts of the North Island, Blue Duck Station is a sprawling 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. On arrival, we will settle in to learn a little about daily life at Blue Duck, then relax and chill out around an evening fire.

Today is yours to fully explore this truly incredible location. Jump on a 4WD and travel up farm roads, over hilly peaks and through native bush to learn about the station’s interesting settlement history and their current conservation efforts. Don your cowboy hat and explore the farm by horseback or kayak on the river through bush clad valleys and lush green hills. Visit the Kaiwhakauka waterfall or assist with the farm’s pest control efforts and bring back tonight’s dinner. It doesn’t matter which option you choose, just get outdoors and enjoy all that Blue Duck has to offer!

Blue Duck Station - Country station lodge.

An eco-warrior 4WD tour, a half day horse trek, clay bird shooting, kayaking, jet boating, pest control.

Walk around the amazing Blue Duck property and take in the lush scenery, walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall, enjoy your hosts’ fantastic hospitality and stories of the local wildlife and history.

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray adventure kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. We depart for the beautiful Bay of Islands, bound for the relaxed seaside town of Paihia often called the ‘gateway to the Bay.’ We stop en-route to visit the Parry Kauri Forest Park and hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native kauri, on our way to Paihia.

NB: For those travelling up to Cape Reinga, remember to book this day trip in Stray Mate by 12pm the day before you intend to travel or speak to your Stray Driver Guide on the way to Paihia.  The Cape Reinga day trip is operated by a local partner so pre-booking is essential.

 

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back lifestyle that makes this area such a popular NZ holiday destination. Make the most of this special place by taking a scenic walk or kayak to the nearby Cathedral Cove, a paradise-like beach that you might recognize from one of the Narnia films. If you prefer water sports, the coast off Hahei is part of the protected Te-Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve, which is a prime place to take a guided coastal boat tour or fully immerse yourself with a snorkelling excursion.

Hahei Holiday Resort - Exclusive Stray accommodation by the waterfront.

Kayaking, bike hire, guided boat tour, seafood cooking class.

Walk to Cathedral Cove, watch the sunrise on the beach, go snorkelling in the marine reserve, explore old cultural sites or simply relax on the beach.

Departing early, our first stop of the day is Waitomo, a small rural town where its main attraction is in fact underground. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for a seriously cool caving adventure that will have you wading, climbing, abseiling and tubing through Waitomo’s magnificent cave network. From here we continue on to Rotorua where you can make this a real 10 out of 10 day with a visit to the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Explore the hills, gardens and houses that were home to Frodo and Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogies. Those not interested in Hobbiton will continue on to Rotorua and be joined by the Hobbiton goers in the early evening.

YHA Rotorua - Comfortable central city hostel

Waitomo ‘must-do’ caving options or a glow-worm tour, Hobbiton Movie Set tour, Tamaki Maori Village.

Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk

We depart in the early morning. This is an express day via Raetihi heading back to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. For those who may have missed out on hiking the Tongariro Crossing, you have the option to hop off in National Park and try again. With an early evening arrival, there’s still time to wander the streets of Auckland, visit the Viaduct, do some souvenir shopping or hang out with new friends and share stories about your recent adventures. If you are hanging around Auckland for another day or two, don’t miss your chance to jump off the Harbour Bridge or Sky Tower, skydive, or take a wildlife cruise around the Hauraki Gulf. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!

Skydiving, bungy off the bridge, walk around or jump off the top of the Sky Tower, whale and dolphin safari.

Leaving Mt Cook we make our way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. We make a stop at turquoise Lake Tekapo to view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Next, we head on to Geraldine, where we will drop off any thrill seekers wanting to raft the top notch Grade 5 white water on the Rangitata River. Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch for a mid-afternoon arrival, giving you time to explore parts of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group at the accommodation in Christchurch this evening.

NB. Exciting news! Stray will return to our overnight stop in Kaikoura from 2nd January, 2018. We will continue overnighting in Christchurch and following the itinerary detailed here through Sept 2018, instead of returning to Peel Forest. Read the full route update here

All Stars Inn - Purpose built backpackers near the city centre.

Summer only: Rangitata River rafting (late September – late March), day trip to Kaikoura.
Winter only: Stay longer in Tekapo for ice skating, snow tubing and visiting the relaxing hot springs.

Take photos of stunning scenery, visit Lake Tekapo, go for a walk around central Christchurch.

We stop briefly to do pick-ups and drop-offs at bus parking area of the Christchurch International Airport as we depart Christchurch early this morning. Once we’re out of the city, we head north across the Southern Alps through Lewis Pass and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on our way to our next destination Picton, a picturesque town nestled on the edge of the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Feel free to unwind this evening in the spa pool at the accommodation.

NB. Exciting news! Stray will return to our overnight stop in Kaikoura from 2nd January, 2018. On this travel day, buses will depart from Christchurch and drive up the coast to explore the beautiful wildlife wonderland of Kaikoura.

Please note that on select dates Jan - March 2018, Stray groups will not be able to overnight in Kaikoura and will overnight in Picton instead. Read the full route update here

Picton Villa - Cosy villa.

Relax in the accommodation’s spa pool.

For those heading to the North Island, you have the morning in Picton free to explore. We recommend checking out the Queen Charlotte Sound view walk or taking advantage of the free fishing gear and bikes provided by the accommodation. At midday, make your way to catch the afternoon Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait (Picton to Wellington). The evening in Wellington is free so why not explore the nightlife at any of the lively bars and restaurants along Cuba Street.

NB. Exciting news! Stray will return to our overnight stop in Kaikoura from 2nd January, 2018. On this travel day, buses will depart from Kaikoura in the morning and drive up the coast to Picton, where you will catch the afternoon Bluebridge Ferry to Wellington.

Please note that on select dates Jan - March 2018, Stray groups will not be able to overnight in Kaikoura and will overnight in Picton instead. Read the full route update here

Nomads Capital - Central Wellington hostel.

Queen Charlotte Sound view walk, go fishing/mountain biking in Picton; explore Wellington city.

Stoka Combo

was $2,755 $1,819

Timetable

The days and times shown below are for the Maximus pass, and for the current season.  For future seasons, please refer to our Bus Timetables pages: 

Timetables are subject to change but our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling. Your online booking account will also show confirmed departure times.

Paihia to Cape Reinga and back

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Paihia (Depart) 07:00 07:00 07:00 07:00 07:00 07:00 07:00
Paihia (Arrive) 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00

Paihia to Auckland

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Paihia (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00
Whangarei - Info Centre (Depart) 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00
Auckland (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Rotorua (Depart) 12:30 12:30 12:30 12:30
Lake Aniwhenua (Arrive) 15:30 15:30 15:30 15:30

Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Wellington - Ferry Terminal (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00
Picton - Ferry Terminal (Depart) 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm
Nelson (Depart) 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00
Marahau - Abel Tasman National Park (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00

Marahau (Abel Tasman)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Marahau (Abel Tasman) (Non Travel Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Franz Josef

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Franz Josef (Non Travel Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Franz Josef to Wanaka

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Franz Josef (Depart) 08:30 08:30 08:30 08:30
Fox Glacier (Depart) 09:00 09:00 09:00 09:00
Wanaka (Arrive) 16:30 16:30 16:30 16:30

Wanaka to Queenstown

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Wanaka (Depart) 09:45 09:45 09:45 09:45
Cromwell (Depart) 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM
Queenstown (Arrive) 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00

Gunn's Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Gunn’s Camp (Depart) 08:30 08:30 08:30
Te Anau (Depart) 11:30 11:30 11:30
Bluff Wharf (for ferry) (Arrive) 16:00 16:00 16:00
Invercargill (Arrive) 17:00 17:00 17:00

Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Invercargill (Depart) 10:00 10:00 10:00
Bluff Wharf (for ferry) (Depart) 16:00 16:00 16:00
Queenstown (Arrive) 19:00 19:00 19:00

Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Queenstown (Depart) 08:40 08:40 08:40 08:40
Mt Cook (Arrive) 13:30 13:30 13:30 13:30

Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Westport

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Marahau - Abel Tasman National Park (Depart) 08:30 08:30 08:30 08:30
Murchison (Depart) 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30
Westport (Arrive) 13:30 13:30 13:30 13:30

Westport to Franz Josef

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Westport (Depart) 09:00 09:00 09:00 09:00
Greymouth (Depart) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00
Franz Josef (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00

Auckland to Hahei

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Auckland (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Thames (Depart) 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00
Hahei (Arrive) 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00

Hahei to Raglan

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hahei (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Hamilton (Depart) 10:30 10:30 10:30 10:30
Raglan (Arrive) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00

Queenstown

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Queenstown (Non-Travel Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Queenstown to Gunn's Camp

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Queenstown (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00
Te Anau (Arrive) 12:00pm 12:00pm 12:00pm
Gunn’s Camp (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00

Raetihi to Wellington

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Raetihi (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00
Bulls (Depart) 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30
Wellington (Arrive) 14:30 14:30 14:30 14:30

Blue Duck Station to Raetihi

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Whakahoro (Depart) 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00
Raetihi (Arrive) 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00

Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Lake Aniwhenua (Depart) 08:30 08:30 08:30 08:30
Taupo (Depart) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00
Whakahoro (Arrive) 17:00 17:00 17:00 17:00

Blue Duck Station

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Whakahoro (Non-Travel Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Auckland to Paihia

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Auckland (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Whangarei - Info Centre (Depart) 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00
Paihia (Arrive) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00

Hahei

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hahei (Non-Travel Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Raglan (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Waitomo (Depart) 13:30 13:30 13:30 13:30
Rotorua (Arrive) 17:30 17:30 17:30 17:30

Wellington (via Raetihi) to Auckland

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Wellington (Depart) 06:40 06:40 06:40 06:40
Raetihi (Depart) 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00
Auckland (Arrive) 17:00 17:00 17:00 17:00

Mt Cook to Christchurch

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Mt Cook (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00
Tekapo (Depart) 09:30 09:30 09:30 09:30
Christchurch (Arrive) 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00

Christchurch to Picton (Kaikoura)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Christchurch (Depart) 07:30 07:30 07:30 07:30
Christchurch International Airport (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00 08:00
Picton (Arrive) 17:00 17:00 17:00 17:00

Picton (Kaikoura) to Wellington

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Picton Ferry Terminal (Check In) 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:00
Bluebridge Ferry (to Wellington) (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00

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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‘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?

You are not required to hop off the bus – feel free to use your pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its ‘minimum days’. Either way you'll have a great time!


What about accommodation?

Where you sleep NZAt all of Stray's overnight stops along the route, you'll have a dorm bed reserved at our preferred accommodation. Simply confirm with your Driver Guide each day and pay on arrival. Its that easy. 

If you choose to hop-off and stay a few nights, it is your responsibility to book those extra nights in.  If you'd like a private room, ask your Driver, but note, these are subject to availability on the day.  


What activities can I do?

Activities NZThere 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. 

 

Once you're on the bus, your Driver will recommend activities, let you know what they cost, even help you plan your budget so you can do as much as possible! 

 

You simply choose what you want to do, as you travel, and pay the operators on arrival. 

Who travels with Stray? 

Whos onboardOur 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.