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Bay And Back

The Bay and Back (previously the Jack Pass) is a Bay of Islands bus tour from Auckland - perfect for those travellers with a few days who want to see the sub-tropical Far North. 

If you want to also visit Cape Reinga - the northernmost tip of New Zealand - get the Far North Pass instead. 


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 via our Stray Mate app.


12 month travel pass

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


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. These can be booked via the Stray Mate app, often at an exclusive Stray price!


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 visit the Far North to see the beautiful Bay of Islands?


 Do you only have a short amount of time to travel?


 Do you want to start/finish in Auckland?

 

The Bay And Back Freestyle Pass is a 'sweet as' choice for you!

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

 


Highlights:


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Auckland Arrival Pack

Get your trip off to a hassle free start with 2 nights’ accommodation at Nomad's Auckland.


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Itinerary

This pass starts and finishes in Auckland.

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

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

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.

 

Auckland to Paihia

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

Paihia to Auckland

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Paihia (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00
Whangarei - Info Centre (Depart) 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00
Auckland (Arrive) 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00
Bay and Back NORTH FP STRAY MAP 2019 20 DIGITAL2

Need to Know


Some key details...

  • Transport - Travel by private, air-conditioned bus (14-48 seats). 

  • 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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