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Stray - Ron Pass (South Island)

Stray - Ron Pass (South Island) - Stray Travel
Stray - Ron Pass (South Island) - Stray Travel
Faith "We went on this trip as a couple and both really enjoyed the experience. We had four drivers, Flipper, Possum, Maverick and Moose. All were good but we enjoyed our time with Moose by far the most, he always got us involved on the bus and organised social events and dinners in the evening so we could all get to know each other. We were shocked to find out it was his first tour, and we wish him all ..."
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18 reviews
Starts
Christchurch
+15 Destinations
New Zealand South Island
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

  • Free fishing gear, mountain bike to enjoy Picton
  • Try wine tasting in Marlborough vineyard area
  • Check out the party scene in Queensland
  • Stunning coastal national park with golden sand
Age range
18 to 70 year olds
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Hop On/Off, Adventure, Christmas & New Year
Start and end in Christchurch! With the hop on/off tour Stray - Ron Pass (South Island), you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 14 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray - Ron Pass (South Island) includes transport.

18 Reviews

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42%
Good
50%
Average
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  • K
    Written on July 11, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had the best time travelling with Stray! I spent 3 weeks in the South Island on the Ron Pass and I loved every single day and place we went to. I did so many fun activities that I never thought I would do and the places we went to were breathtaking! I... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Kia Ora Krysti! Great to hear that you had so much fun travelling with us - sounds like you ticked a ton of amazing activities off the bucket list! Can't wait to have you on board with us in Asia and Australia one day :)
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  • SG
    Written on May 5, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Stray overall was pretty good. The busses could have been better considering you have some long days on them. The drivers are good and usually know what they are talking about. Do your research about the hostels they stay at, some are good but others like... Read more

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  • J
    Written on January 30, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Everything was great. I had such a great time at the South Island.

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  • FL
    Written on January 7, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    I really enjoyed my travelling around NZ. Stray is easy to handle and I liked the hop on-hop off system. The buses weren't that nice and WIFI wasn't available at all. Most of the accomodation were really really nice and comfortable. All in all a great... Read more

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  • NY
    Written on December 26, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    more communication and planing with stray may bring more good experience in your journey.

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  • RP
    Written on December 15, 2016
    2.5 - Average

    Compared to my experience with G-Adventures, I found my experience with Stray terrible. Our tour leader (Skins) would on occasion cook us meals but would not cook us the vegetarians on the tour a replacement meal and instead had to cook our own food. We... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Hi Rob, I'm really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your Stray experience. I will show your feedback to our Operations Manager. We would really appreciate it if you could give us more details about how we could have done better - please email catrin@straytravel.co.nz. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
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  • MM
    Written on November 29, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I cannot recommend Stray Travel enough. We were in Kaikoura when the earthquake occurred on 14/11/2016. Pickles our amazing driver kept us informed everyday on what was happening and Stray flew us out of on a chartered plane to Christchurch within 24... Read more

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  • KS
    Written on July 26, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    So much fun, fab drivers with special mention to Postie and his AMAZING bargain group meals - best way to bond with the rest of the bus! Accomodation mostly good too!

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  • Stray - Ron Pass (South Island) reviewer 9
    Written on March 2, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    I am so glad a friend told me to check out Stray. I was researching Kiwi Experience as it was the most obvious before she suggested Stray. Stray bus gave me the New Zealand experience I wanted. I wanted to be outside, hit the highlights and be off the... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    We're stoked to hear Stray gave you the holiday experience you were after! We know the online system can be challenging and we are working on making it more user-friendly. Thanks for your review!
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  • Stray - Ron Pass (South Island) reviewer 10
    Written on January 18, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    We went on this trip as a couple and both really enjoyed the experience. We had four drivers, Flipper, Possum, Maverick and Moose. All were good but we enjoyed our time with Moose by far the most, he always got us involved on the bus and organised social... Read more

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Christchurch to Kaikoura
  2. Kaikoura to Picton
  3. Picton to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  4. Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  5. Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef
  6. Free Day in Franz Josef
  7. Franz Josef (via Fox Glacier) to Wanaka
  8. Wanaka to Queenstown
  9. Free Day in Queenstown
  10. Queenstown (via Milford Sound) to Gunn's Camp
  11. Gunn's Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island
  12. Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown
  13. Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
  14. Mt Cook (via Tekapo) to Rangitata
  15. Rangitata to Christchurch

Travel guide

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  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers

Not included

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

Video

Destination Video: Milford Sound and Gunn's Camp

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • What is the age limit for this tour?

      This particular tour is suitable for anyone from 18-70 years old.

    • What is a hop-on,hop-off tour?

      This tour is "hop-on hop-off" bus network. What does this mean? You choose a bus pass, then make your way around its travel route in the time that suits you. "Hop" off the bus anywhere at anytime, to stay longer, visit friends or even work for a while. Then "hop" back on again. It is that easy! The buses run regularly (check the timetable) and all passes are valid for 12 months from your first day of travel.

      If you are short on time, you don't have to ever "hop off" - you can also use your Stray bus pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its "Minimum Days". With this you will still enjoy outstanding locations and unique attractions around New Zealand, and we have included some non-travel days to break up your journey and allow your driver-guide to rest.

      Stray is NOT an A to B bus service! We make stops along the way to show you amazing things, like a beautiful waterfall, short scenic walk, local food tasting or breathtaking views.

    • Is the accommodation included in the tour price?

      The Ron Pass does not include accommodation, activities or boat tickets - you have the flexibility to choose what suits your budget and pay-as-you-go.

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    • Diana14th November 2018
      There are a lot of tours to choose from and I found the perfect tour - just what I wanted to visit. Customer support was very professional when I called for questions. I will definitely look here first before I book my next tour.

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    Start and end in Christchurch.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Stray Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 15 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 3 January 2019 the full payment of $613 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 15 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $613 for Stray - Ron Pass (South Island), but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,935 km.
    • Christchurch (New Zealand)
    • 151 km
    • Kaikoura (New Zealand)
    • 126 km
    • Picton (New Zealand)
    • 95 km
    • Abel Tasman NP (New Zealand)
    • 355 km
    • Franz Josef (New Zealand)
    • 18 km
    • Fox Glacier (New Zealand)
    • 154 km
    • Wanaka (New Zealand)
    • 52 km
    • Queenstown (New Zealand)
    • 71 km
    • Milford Sound (New Zealand)
    • 21 km
    • Hollyford Valley (New Zealand)
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