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. Our preferred accommodation venues usually offer a choice of dorm, double and twin share. The majority have full kitchen facilities, a TV lounge and internet.
Accommodation: Your choice - Pay-as-you-go
Cost: $27-$37 NZD per night for a dorm bed
How to Book: In the Stray Mate App before 4pm the day before
Our Accommodation Guarantee
We guarantee a dorm bed at each stop for each night of the itinerary. To secure your bed from the Stray allocation you must ensure you book via the Stray Mate App before the 'cut off time' which is usually 4pm the day before.
This guarantee is invaluable for travellers who often do not appreciate how busy it can get in New Zealand and how time-consuming it can be to find and secure a bed in a good hostel.
If you intend to hop off the bus and stay somewhere longer you will need to make another reservation for the extra nights that you choose to stay. These will be requested and won't come out of the Stray guaranteed allocation.
Two exceptions: We don't guarantee (hold allocations) on accommodation in Auckland, as Auckland is often the beginning or end of most Stray routes. We don't guarantee accommodation for minors/children as our accommodation providers usually require they stay in a private room with their parent or legal guardian.
It's your Choice
You are welcome to book your own accommodation, just be at the pick up location on the timetable, 15mins prior to departure to check in with the driver.
At some very special stops, we get so far off the beaten track there is only one accommodation option available:
Off-Peak (May - September)