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New Season Route Changes 18/19

The 1st of October marks the start of our new season and with it comes some changes to make your travels around New Zealand even more awesome!

Passengers travelling after 1 October do not need to do anything, you will be automatically moved on to the new season itinerary. Find your pass below to find out how the changes will affect you. 

Here is what we have in store for 18-19 season...

 

The New Route

Route Map excluding the Beach Hopper

What's changed? 

  • North Island: We've added an extra night in Rotorua which is often referred to as the adventure capital of the North Island or the cultural capital of New Zealand.  There is just so much to see and do, one night was simply never enough!
  • North Island: A visit to Waitomo Caves will become an optional day activity from Rotorua as opposed to a destination on Stray's main circuit. This allows people to use their free time Rotorua to do the activities they are most interested in. 
  • North Island: Our overnight stop in Raglan will be included in our new 3 day Beach Hopper pass instead of the main route. The Beach Hopper Pass will be included in some new season passes or it can easily added to an existing booking. 
  • South Island: We will no longer stay overnight in Westport, a town located between Abel Tasman and Franz Josef.  Instead we've added a night in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place), located between Mt Cook and Christchurch. Rangitata offers epic Lord of the Rings scenery, world class white water rafting and horse riding as optional activities. 

 


Brand New: Beach Hopper! 

Beach Hopper Map small

We've replaced our 3 day East Coaster Pass with a new 3 day Beach Hopper Pass, which offers sun, surf and sand on both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. 

Departing from Rotorua we'll visit Waitomo Caves and the Bridal Veil Waterfall before heading onto New Zealand's premier black sand surf destination - Raglan. The next day we'll cross to the east coast for a night at Mount Maunganui, where Kiwis love to holiday. The 'Mount' as its locally known, is famed for its unusual  beach-side volcano which towers up from a golden sand beach. We'll stay in the heart of this beachside township, which offers a wide range of great eateries, bars and trendy shops. On day three we'll climb the 'Mount' for an epic early morning sunrise before cruising back to Rotorua with some some interesting stops along the way.  

The Beach Hopper can be added on to any pass that passes through Rotorua. 

beach hopper pictures 

 


Changes By Pass

NATIONAL PASSES:

Stray Everywhere

  • Instead of travelling on the East Coast route you'll get to travel on the brand new Beach Hopper! 
  • You'll have two nights in Rotorua (instead of one), providing a free day to check out Waitomo Caves or enjoy some of the many cultural, geothermal or adventure based activities on offer. 
  • You'll no longer stay in Westport
  • Instead you'll stay in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place), offering world class white water rafting and epic Lord of the Rings scenery!

Maximus, Short Maximus, Max, Short Max, Moe, Short Moe

  • Raglan is no longer part of the route. If you'd like to visit this destination as well as Mount Maunganui, then check out the 3 day Beach Hopper Pass.  
  • Instead you'll get to stay two nights in Rotorua (instead of one), providing a free day to check out Waitomo Caves or enjoy some of the many cultural, geothermal or adventure based activities on offer. 
  • You'll no longer stay in Westport.
  • Instead you'll stay in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place), offering world class white water rafting and epic Lord of the Rings scenery!

Dave, Short Dave

  • You'll no longer stay in Westport.
  • Instead you'll stay in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place), offering world class white water rafting and epic Lord of the Rings scenery!

 

NORTH ISLAND PASSES:

Rotorua hot pools route updates

The new route includes an extra day in Rotorua - all the more time for relaxing in hot pools, exploring Maori culture, and getting the adrenaline pumping with some unique adventure activities! 

 

Jase

  • The 3 day East Coast section of the Jase pass is no longer available. Instead you will get to travel our new 3 day Beach Hopper Pass. 
  • You'll have two nights in Rotorua (instead of one), providing a free day to check out Waitomo Caves or enjoy some of the many cultural, geothermal or adventure based activities on offer.   

Jill, Tom, Peter

  • Raglan is no longer included on the main the route. If you'd like to visit this destination as well as Mount Maunganui, then check out the 3 day Beach Hopper Pass.  
  • Instead you'll get a second night in Rotorua, providing a free day to check out Waitomo Caves or enjoy some of the many cultural, geothermal or adventure based activities on offer.  
  • The Peter Pass will be renamed to the Short Jill.  

East Coaster 

  • No longer available. If you have an East Coaster pass, our reservations team will be in touch with you. 

Patch and Jack - no changes. 

 

SOUTH ISLAND PASSES:

rangitata rafting

Go white water rafting on the wild rapids of the Rangitata River, a hidden gem in the South Island that was featured in the “Lord of the Rings” films

 

Ron, Short Ron, Willy, Short Willy

  • You'll no longer stay in Westport
  • Instead you'll stay in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place), offering world class white water rafting and epic Lord of the Rings scenery! 

Long Q, Short QStew

  • We've added an extra night in Rangitata (a new Strademark Place),  offering world class white water rafting and epic Lord of the Rings scenery! 
  • This will increase the minimum days to complete this pass by 1 day.  Please contact us if this does not fit into your travel plans. 

Burt - no changes. 

 


Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Reservations on [email protected] or +64 (0)9 526 2140.