“Chilli was an amazing driver, he was considerate. Went out of his way to welcome every single person on the group Even on his days off he was so approachable and helpful. It was his first trip but he was so knowledgeable of the country always telling us fu...“
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Stray differs from traditional sightseeing tour operators by offering travellers a social, adventurous ‘road trip’ style experience with travel flexibility, access to remote regions and connections with local communities. This unconventional style of travel is known ...
Stray differs from traditional sightseeing tour operators by offering travellers a social, adventurous ‘road trip’ style experience with travel flexibility, access to remote regions and connections with local communities. This unconventional style of travel is known as Stray’s Freestyle Adventure Travel Network. Stray operates in 8 countries across Asia-Pacific (including New Zealand and Australia). Stray collaborates with quality partners to deliver a truly meaningful and varied travel experience. Stray’s customers ‘See More’ than the average tourist, ‘Do More’ to make a positive impact and will ‘Be More’, growing through the experiences they share.Read more
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- LHLynneStray Journeys - Beetham (North Island)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on February 6, 2020Excellent. Husky, our driver and guide, was the best.Stray Travel commented on this reviewHi Lynne, thank you for your review! We'll be sure to pass on your comment onto Husky :)
- PansyStray Journeys - Batten (North Island)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on January 6, 2020All the arrangements were good. the trip went smooth.Stray Travel commented on this reviewHi Pansy, Thanks so much for your review, I sincerely hope you had a blast Straying with us!
- VGVeronicaStray - Big North Pass (North Island)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 15, 2019What an awesome trip, route and choice of activities! It was the most exciting trip ever. Stray provide cool, knowledgeable and fun bus drivers/guides. Romeo ma…Read moreStray Travel commented on this reviewSo happy to hear you had such an awesome time! We'll be sure to pass your great feedback onto Romeo and Lightning :)
- LLisapotterStray - Short South Pass (South Island)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 3, 2019Chilli was an amazing driver, he was considerate. Went out of his way to welcome every single person on the group Even on his days off he was so approachable an…Read moreStray Travel commented on this reviewHey Lisa, Thanks so much for your amazing review of one of our newest drivers, Chilli! He'll be thrilled to hear he made your time in New Zealand so special :)
- HVHenningStray - Short North Pass (North Island)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on November 29, 2019Stray is an amazing way to travel around New Zealand and meeting new travel minded people in the same time. Highly recommended!Stray Travel commented on this reviewHi Henning! Thanks for the awesome review, we hope to have you on the bus again sometime soon :)
- JJerryStray Journeys Winter - Blake (National)3.5 - GoodWritten on October 6, 2019I cannot recommend booking with Stray. From the beginning, I had problems. Stray tries to force you to use their application. It took 3 emails just to get my ac…Read moreStray Travel commented on this reviewHi Jerry, Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that based on your experience you feel you can’t recommend Stray. We aim to make everyone's trip amazing and we're sorry we let you down. We'd like to respond to some of concerns. Our Stray App allows travellers to manage their trip. Freestyle travellers use it to book in their buses, and we have reserved beds and allocations at accommodation and activity providers along the way. Stray Journeys passengers (like yourself) can use it book in extra activities you want to participate in. We are sorry that you had initial problems with the set up and that one of the times in the app was incorrect. When it comes to selling optional activities, Stray acts as an Agent and so we need to obtain permission from the Supplier before processing a refund. Once we received confirmation that the supplier was happy for us to process it, we got this done. We consider a small group to be under 24 people, but have now updated our need-to-know section to be more clear for future travellers, thank you for this. We’re sorry to hear that you weren’t a fan of our wilderness lodge and cabin stays, these generally rate very well among our passengers as they align to our ambition to get "off the beaten track". We hope you were able to speak with your driver if you found the customer service at any of our accommodations to be subpar. Feedback collected in our feedback surveys is also sent on to accommodation and activity suppliers to assist them to make improvements. We're glad you had a great time with your Driver Guide and the travellers on the Stray bus, and we'll pass on your appreciation to Lego.'
- ShevonclaStray - Southern Gems Pass (South Island)4.0 - GoodWritten on September 3, 2019The itinary was great. The Gunn Camp, Stewart Island and Mount Cook overnights were a highlight of the trip. Backpacker accommodation can vary a great deal - Gu…Read moreStray Travel commented on this reviewThank you for the feedback about your trip. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!
- BerisStray - Big South Pass (South Island)4.0 - GoodWritten on August 22, 2019thoroughly enjoyed our tour. All bus drivers were very informative and helpful,accommodation varied but on the hole comfortable.The activities were extremely in…Read moreStray Travel commented on this reviewThank you for choosing us to show you around the South Island!
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Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
Is Stray a party bus?
Ultimately, Stray’s main priority is getting you out to see the real sites of the cities you are in, mixed with some early starts so that you can fit in as many sites as possible. What you do in your evenings is your own choice... However, of course, Stray are a sociable bunch and they do enjoy a beer or three! Many of the overnight stops are so "off the beaten track", you will find many of these fine beverages are shared around a campfire rather than in a bar, but we do have a couple of optional big nights out whilst on the trip if you wish.
Are we travelling on the bus every day?
Stray includes free days (non-travel days) in their itinerary, e.g. Byron Bay and Magnetic Island, so even if you’re completing your Stray trip in the “minimum days” required you will still have time to do activities and explore each of these areas. Stray also include free mornings or afternoons in most places for you to do local activities, just relax or even do some necessary laundry!
Will there be Wifi on the bus?
No Stray do not have WIFI on their buses and that’s for a couple of reasons but one of the main reasons is it discourages actual human connection and they love everyone getting to know each other. Share stories and make friends, be in the 'now'! This way your experience becomes even more memorable.
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with Stray as all the walks and activities on the tour are optional and there is something to suit everyone.
How many people will I be travelling with?
You will usually find that there will be around 15-20 people travelling with you, with summer being busier than winter. The main buses Stray use can seat up to 40 people if required.
I am travelling alone, is that ok?
It is not a problem to travel alone, in fact, you will find a lot of travellers arrive alone and others are with friends or partners. It doesn’t matter because by the end of day 1 you will have already made a great group of friends on the bus with you!
What is the average age of Stray travellers?
It may sound like a cliché, but Stray Travel are more about attitude than age. Anyone from 18-70 is welcome on their tours – with the majority of the like-minded passengers between 21 and 35.
Who travels with Stray?
Stray attracts adventurous travellers from all corners of the globe. When we say “adventurous”, we don’t mean we expect you to do a bungy jump or even a 10 mile hike… but an open mind and a thirst for exploration is important!