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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...

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 at our preferred accommodation. If you prefer to stay somewhere else, you are welcome to find your own accommodation. 

Our preferred accommodation venues usually offer a choice of dorm, double and twin share. 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. During peak season (December - March) double/twin rooms may have limited availability.

The majority have full kitchen facilities, a TV lounge and internet. 

Normal backpacker hostel rates are about $26-$34 per night for a dorm bed and $60-$80 for a double/twin room, $70-120 for double/twin room with ensuite. 

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. If it is a mandatory two night stop (for example, Hahei or Abel Tasman), both nights are guaranteed. In Queenstown, we guaranteed your first 3 nights when arriving from Wanaka and your first 2 nights when arriving from Invercargill.

This guarantee 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. 

Accommodation List

This list includes some of our suggested accommodation around New Zealand for hop-on, hop-off passengers.

Stray New Zealand Accommodation List

Please note, our Drivers are unable to offer recommendations on alternative providers due to health and safety compliance. 

Single-Choice Options

At some very special stops, we get so far off the beaten track there is only one accommodation option available:

  • Maraehako Bay - Maraehako Bay Retreat
  • Tatapouri - Dive Tatapouri
  • Lake Aniwhenua - Kohutapu Lodge
  • Whakahoro - Blue Duck Station
  • Fiordland - Gunn's Camp
Lake Aniwhenua accommodation

Kohutapu Lodge, Lake Aniwhenua

Stray Journeys Tours

Accommodation is included with our Stray Journeys tours, with single and twin room upgrades available. To see the accommodation we stay in, visit the Stray Journey tour page and select the Accommodation tab.