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Everywhere

Go everywhere! This is our biggest pass, covering the entire Stray New Zealand travel network.  You’re only here once - this is your chance to fully experience New Zealand!


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What's included:

Flexible bus transport

Travel on our comfortable private buses and hop-on hop-off anywhere along the route.


Driver-guide

Far more than just a driver, Stray Driver Guides are invaluable sources of local knowledge and support.


Reserved Accommodation

Have a bed reserved for you at every Stray overnight stop. Book and pay as you go via our Stray Mate app.


12 month travel pass

Your pass is valid for 12 months from the first day of travel.


 Waves & Caves (Summer Only)  

Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Raglan - Mount Maunganui - Rotorua

This section of the pass must be travelled between 8 October 2019 - 28 April 2020. 

The rest of the pass is valid for a year. 


Not included: The cost of your accommodation and activities is not included in a hop-on hop-off pass. You have the flexibility to choose what suits your budget and pay-as-you-go via the Stray Mate app.


Is this trip right for you?

 Do you want to explore with a group of like-minded travellers?


✓ Do you want to take the pressure off, kick back relax and let someone else do the driving?


 Do you want to see ALL of New Zealand and visit some of those harder to reach, remote destinations?


 Do you want exclusive Stray discounts on accommodation and activities?


 Do you want the flexibility to start and finish anywhere?

 

The Everywhere Freestyle Pass is a 'sweet as' choice for you!

 Want a tour with accommodation and activities included? Check out our Stray Journeys tours.

 


Highlights:


STRADEMARK PLACES 

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! 'Strademark' Places are the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended. 

Everywhere Strademark 2019 20

  • 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 (October - April)
  • Spend two nights at Blue Duck Station, an award-winning conservation farm and get hands-on with some wilderness activities!
  • Relax in a historic former nursing home in Raetihi after a long day hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
  • 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.
  • Enter Middle Earth territory! Be surrounded by the breathtaking mountains and dense native bush of Peel Forest. In summer you can choose to go white water rafting on the Rangitata river.

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Everywhere

was $1,745 $1,245

Itinerary

This is a loop pass, which means you can start and finish anywhere!
Auckland and Christchurch are the most popular start locations for this pass.

Please Note: 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. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over New Zealand's weather(!), what we do each day might occasionally vary.

Auckland to Paihia

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.

 

Base Backpackers Patch - Hostel along from the beach.

Catch the ferry across to historic Russell (NZ’s former capital), skydiving, kayaking, BBQ dinner at the accommodation

Visit the huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest

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 snacks to keep you going. Travelling on a custom-built coach you'll drive up 90 Mile Beach 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. The trip home includes a stopover at Mangonui for classic Kiwi 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. Please note: You can book/amend your preferred date in Stray Mate up until 11am the day before travel. After this time, any changes to your Cape Reinga Day Trip must be made directly with Fullers GreatSights at their Paihia waterfront office.

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 cruise around the Bay in the morning or take this opportunity to squeeze in another optional activity before we jump back on board the Stray bus mid-afternoon. Destined for the bright lights of Auckland, there are plenty of exciting things to see and 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, go for a swim or relax on the beach

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 has plenty to offer the active traveller but is also a great place to kick back and relax. When the tides are right, we'll head over to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa pool! 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

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid-back lifestyle that makes Hahei such a popular NZ holiday destination. Make the most of this special place by taking a scenic walk or kayak trip to a hidden paradise at nearby Cathedral Cove or opt to relax on the white sands of Hahei Beach. The coast off Hahei is also part of the protected Te-Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve, which makes it a prime place for a guided coastal boat tour.

We leave Hahei early, travelling through to Paeroa, home of New Zealand’s oldest and largest soft drink company L&P, where we’ll stop for a fun photo op at a local landmark. Carrying on, we’ll arrive in Rotorua, known for its lively geothermal activity, rich Maori history and adventure tourism. Get the adrenalin pumping this afternoon and sign up for a white water rafting adventure, head to the adventure park, or take a walk around town.

Often labelled the adventure capital of the North Island, you have a full free day in Rotorua to discover a wealth of adventure activities and geothermal wonders. Go ziplining through native bush, zorbing or take a truly unique guided jet boat adventure to bathe in a hot waterfall. Looking to relax instead? Visit the hots pools and bubbling mud baths at one of Rotorua's geothermal parks or take in a Maori cultural performance. Film buffs may want to sign up for a guided tour through the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set. The choice is yours!

Comfortable central city hostel

River jet tour, white water rafting, ziplining, zorbing, geothermal attractions, Maori village & performance experience, Hobbiton Movie Set tour

Departing early from Rotorua, our first stop of the day is Waitomo, where the main attraction is underground! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for some seriously cool caving adventures. Choose your own pace, from a serene boat journey to see thousands of twinkling glowworms to the thrill of abseiling and blackwater rafting through a vast cave network. If you’d rather stay aboveground, you can also stroll to a large cave opening on the scenic Ruakuri Bush Walk. Next, it’s on to Bridal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to the impressive 55m cascading waterfall, before arriving at our base for the next two nights, Raglan. 

Stray exclusive accommodation in town centre

Waitomo caving or glowworm tour, yoga class, sunset cruise

Ruakuri Bush Walk, Bridal Veil falls, beach walk

There’s no better place to learn to surf than Raglan’s legendary left-hand surf break, so we recommend a lesson this morning on how to catch the perfect wave! Even if surfing isn’t for you, you’ll still love the vibes of this rad little West Coast town. Cheer on your surfing mates from the black sand beach, test your balance with stand-up paddleboarding, stretch your body and mind with a yoga class or search for the perfect cup of coffee at one of the funky cafes in town.

Stray exclusive accommodation in town centre

Surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding, yoga classes

Relax on the beach, watch a West Coast sunset, beach walk

This morning takes us from the West Coast to the East and Mount Maunganui, a popular beach destination in the magnificent Bay of Plenty. Once we arrive, you have time to get the blood pumping with a skydive, hit the walking tracks around the base of “the Mount,” enjoying a scenic hop-on, hop-off cruise to secluded Matakana Island or spend time soaking up the downtown scene. In the afternoon, we’ll regroup and hop back on the bus bound for Rotorua, stopping to see the stunning Okere Falls along the way. 

Comfortable central city hostel

Skydiving, scenic cruise to Matakana Island

Mount Maunganui hike, Okere Falls

There’s time to squeeze in one last Rotorua activity this morning - many people choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. From here our journey ventures right off the beaten track into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua for an immersive cultural experience like no other. Your Maori host family will share with you their story and traditions, as well as their vision for making a difference in their remote community. You'll see sacred Maori rock art, play traditional stick games for hand-eye coordination and watch the preparation of a ground cooked 'hangi', before tasting it for yourself!

 Exclusive ‘Strademark’ experience costs $89NZD and includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation at the serene lakeside Kohutapu Lodge
  • Full hangi buffet dinner & dessert and a continental breakfast
  • Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
  • Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges
  • Participation in a local school program designed to inspire the next generation (participation available on school days only)

See More moment: Meet a respected Maori guide and view NZ’s oldest Maori rock carvings at a sacred archaeological site. Learn about Maori traditions, local history and enjoy a sumptuous feast of ‘Hangi’, cooked underground!

Do More moment: Leftover Hangi is packaged and delivered to community members in need. Sometimes it is donated to elderly people in the area or during the school term donations go to the children at the local school. Meet the children and participate in an inspirational program aimed at driving cross-cultural education in an otherwise isolated part of NZ.

Please note: Minimum numbers required: 9 people (Groups that don’t meet minimum numbers will overnight in Taupo.)
This ‘Strademark’ overnight experience is optional, but in our opinion, it’s an absolute must do! To skip this experience, you can book a public bus (at your expense) from Rotorua to Taupo, and meet the Stray group the following day.

Kohutapu LodgeScenic lakefront lodge

Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Lake Aniwhenua: learn the Haka, Maori flax weaving

After breakfast we’ll make a special visit to the local school to deliver packed lunches to kids that often go without (dependent on school timetable). Then it’s on to Taupo, where the brave hearted can opt to plunge from a plane to skydive over Australasia’s largest lake or bungy into a canyon! If you're not up for an adrenaline hit, walk the Huka Falls Walkway track, or spend time exploring this popular lakeside town. Our next destination is about as far off the beaten track as you can get in 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 for a guided horse trek or kayak on the river through bush clad valleys and lush green hills. It doesn’t matter which option you choose, just get outdoors and enjoy all that Blue Duck has to offer!

See More moment: See the three peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro, and Mount Ngauruhoe from ‘The Top of the World’, the highest point of the station.

Do More moment: Assist with the farm’s pest control efforts by going on a guided hunt and bring back dinner!

Blue Duck Station - Country station lodge

4WD farm tour, half-day horse trek, clay bird shooting, pest control, kayaking (summer only), jet boating (summer only)

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

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 hikes in New Zealand, the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the world’s top one-day walks, this 19km hike takes you across a rocky plateau with dramatic volcanic peaks, 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 alternative shorter walks in the area. Tonight, unwind after a big day in a cosy historic lodge in Raetihi, with friendly farm animals, a pamper room and spa bath with mountain views.

Snowy Waters Lodge - Historic restored lodge with mountain views

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, hop off to go skiing/snowboarding (winter only)

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

This morning we travel to 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 - 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 the great cafes and bars

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

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

NB. The Bluebridge Ferry price is not included in your Stray pass. Please book in your Stray Mate app.

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

Wine tasting, skydiving

Walks, 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.

Buckle up for an awesome day driving down the incredibly scenic ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its untamed beaches and spectacular rainforest. Today takes us through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road that was labelled one of the top drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We’ll stop at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes to walk around these unique geological wonders. Our next stop is the historic gold mining town of Greymouth to collect passengers connecting from Christchurch. From here we’ll make one last stop via Hokitika (the best place to buy ‘Pounamu’, a native greenstone) before continuing on to the quaint township of Franz Josef, home of the famous Franz Josef Glacier and our base for the next two nights.  

Rainforest Retreat - Lodge in the middle of the rainforest

Buller Gorge, Pancake Rocks and blowholes, Hokitika greenstone store

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 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 local hot pools afterwards. Other options include kayaking, visiting the glacial terminal face for 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, 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 another superbly scenic drive 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

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 heaps of restaurants, pubs and live music to check out.

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 (in winter), skydiving, local bush walks, or just spend a day relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery.

Nomads 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…)

Fabulous walks, take in beautiful views surrounding 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 called 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, where 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.

See More moment: Stay in a historic camp in the Hollyford Valley, created for the hardy men who built the roads here. Enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glowworms in the bush and listen 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

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: Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and you’ll understand why as you marvel at the other worldly 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, bird watching and tramping tracks. Those not going to Stewart Island will spend the night in Invercargill.

See More moment: When the solar winds are right, between March – September, you might be lucky enough to see the Aurora Australis, better known as the Southern Lights!

Stewart Island: Stewart Island Backpackers 
Invercargill: Tuatara Lodge

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

For those who stayed overnight on Stewart Island, this morning is free for you to explore, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks before catching an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. Those in Invercargill will have the option to visit Demolition World (a world entirely constructed from demolished buildings and recycled items), race your bus mates around a go-karting track or walk up to the Bluff Hill lookout before reuniting with the island-goers for an express journey back to Queenstown.

Nomads Queenstown - Central hostel close to all the action

Stewart Island: fishing, Village & Bays tour, a visit to Ulva Island
Invercargill: Go-karting, Demolition World

Stewart Island: explore the island and amazing birdlife
Invercargill: Bluff Hill walk

Today we head over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie region 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 it’s a clear night, make sure you head outside to experience one of the best stargazing spots in the country. There are some incredible longer walks to do if you want to hop off the bus for a few days (we’d recommend you leave climbing Mt Cook to the experienced mountaineers though).

Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge - Stunning alpine lodge

Alpine Argo tour, 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

Leaving Mt Cook, we make our way through a landscape made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. We’ll stop to admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, a famous photo stop. Relax in the Tekapo hot pools, go snow tubing or ice skating (winter only) or hike up to the Mt John Observatory where you’ll witness stunning views of the lake from above. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Peel Forest. Tonight, we’ll stay in a cosy lodge at one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations.

Rangitata Rafts Lodge - Lodge on a Canterbury sheep station

Tekapo Hot Springs, ice skating (April-Sept), snow tubing (June-Sept), stargazing (must hop off in Tekapo)

Visit Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd, Mt John observatory walk, Rangitata forest walks

This morning, you can sign up for top-notch grade 5 white water rafting on the Rangitata River at the foot of the Southern Alps or choose to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. Tonight, we’ll stay in Christchurch, a city where old meets new, as the rebuild continues following the devastating 2011 earthquake. You will find New Zealand’s most modern architecture nestled next to some of the country’s oldest buildings. Spend your afternoon wandering the city streets and laneways to discover creative street art intended to bring cheer and colour to a city once buried in rubble.

All Stars Inn - Comfortable, modern backpackers near the city centre

White water rafting (summer only), horse trekking

Explore Christchurch by foot, check out the Cardboard Cathedral and inner-city street art

We depart early this morning for a beautiful drive up the coast to Kaikoura. Arriving in Kaikoura around midday, you will have the afternoon free for activities to discover the incredible marine world just off shore. Get out on the water and experience one of Kaikoura’s famous dolphin and whale spotting tours, see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breathtaking views from the lookout.

Dusky Lodge - Warm modern hostel

Whale watching by boat or by plane, swimming with dolphins, guided fishing trip

Walk around the peninsula and up to the lookout

Leaving Kaikoura in the morning we wind our way up the rugged coastal roads towards the top of the South Island. For those that choose to hop off in the port town of Picton, check out the Queen Charlotte Sound view walk and take advantage of the free fishing gear and bicycles at the Picton accommodation. Those heading to Wellington will catch the afternoon Bluebridge Ferryacross the Cook Strait. The evening in Wellington is free so why not explore this funky town’s nightlife at any of the bars and restaurants along Cuba Street.

NB. The Bluebridge Ferry price is not included in your Stray pass. Please book in your Stray Mate app.

Base Wellington - central Wellington hostel, or The Villa - cosy villa in Picton.

Wellington: explore the city’s nightlife
Picton: Go fishing or biking

We depart in the early morning. This is an express day 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!

Everywhere

was $1,745 $1,245

Timetable

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

Timetables are subject to change but our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling. You can also see your confirmed departure times in the Stray Mate app.

The Waves and Caves section of this pass must be completed between 8th October 2019 and 28th April 2020.

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

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

Auckland to Hahei

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

Hahei

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

Hahei to Rotorua

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hahei (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00
Rotorua (Arrive) 13:30 13:30 13:30

Rotorua

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

Rotorua (via Waitomo) to Raglan

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Rotorua (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Waitomo (Depart) 14:30 14:30
Raglan (Arrive) 17:00 17:00

Raglan

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

Raglan (via Mt Maunganui) to Rotorua

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Raglan (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Mount Maunganui (Depart) 15:30 15:30
Rotorua (Arrive) 17:00 17:00

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

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

Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Blue Duck Station

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Lake Aniwhenua (Depart) 08:30 08:30 08:30
Taupo (Depart) 13:00 13:00 13:00
Blue Duck Station (Arrive) 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

Blue Duck Station (via Tongariro) to Raetihi

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Blue Duck Station (Depart) 06:30 06:30 06:30
Raetihi (Arrive) 14:00 14:00 14:00

Raetihi to Wellington

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

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) 12:00 12:00 12:00
Nelson (Depart) 15:00 15:00 15:00
Marahau - Abel Tasman National Park (Arrive) 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

Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Marahau (Abel Tasman) (Depart) 07:00 07:00 07:00
Greymouth (Depart) 14:30 14:30 14:30
Franz Josef (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00

Franz Josef

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

Franz Josef (via Fox Glacier) to Wanaka

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

Wanaka to Queenstown

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Wanaka (Depart) 10:00 10:00 10:00
Queenstown (Arrive) 15:00 15:00 15:00

Queenstown

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

Queenstown (via Milford Sound) to Gunn's Camp

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

Gunn's Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island

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

Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bluff Wharf (Depart) 15:30 15:30
Invercargill (Depart) 16:00 16:00
Queenstown (Arrive) 19:00 19:00

Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook

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

Mt Cook (via Tekapo) to Peel Forrest

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Mt Cook (Depart) 10:00 10:00 10:00
Tekapo (Depart) 13:30 13:30 13:30
Peel Forrest (Arrive) 16:30 16:30 16:30

Peel Forrest to Christchurch

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Peel Forrest (Depart) 12:00 12:00 12:00
Christchurch (Arrive) 15:00 15:00 15:00

Christchurch to Kaikoura

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Christchurch (Depart) 08:00 08:00 08:00
Kaikoura (Arrive) 12:00 12:00 12:00

Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kaikoura (Depart) 09:00 09:00 09:00
Picton (Arrive) 12:00 12:00 12:00
Bluebridge Ferry (to Wellington) (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00

Wellington (via National Park) to Auckland

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Wellington (Depart) 06:40 06:40 06:40
National Park (Depart) 11:00 11:00 11:00
Auckland (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00

Everywhere

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Need to Know


Some key details...

  • Transport - Travel by private, air-conditioned bus (14-48 seats). Travel on the ferry between the North and South islands is not included. 

  • Guides - Your Guide is also your driver - expect entertaining commentary, to learn some interesting facts about New Zealand and to hear a crazy story or two. 

  • Validity - This Freestyle Pass is valid for 12 months from your first day of travel.

  • Hopping on/off - Hop on and off as much as you like along the travel route.

  • Minimum Days - You don't need to hop off if you're short on time - you can travel your pass in the "Minimum Days". There are non-travel days throughout the route so you will not be travelling everyday. 

  • Departures - Buses run to a seasonal timetable at least 3x a week.

  • Booking Buses - Use the Stray Mate app to manage your trip - you'll receive log in details in your Booking Confirmation email. If you're on a short timeframe, we recommend booking all your buses in advance. 

  • Accommodation - Book Stray preferred accommodation as you go via the Stray Mate app - there will be a dorm bed allocated to you at each overnight stop providing you book via the app 24 hours before. 

  • Activities - Book activities as you go via the Stray Mate app.

  • Stray Travellers - Our travellers are from all over the world, are energetic, adventurous and mainly aged between 20-35. 75% of our travellers are travelling solo.

 

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