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Stray Journeys - Cook (National)

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Hayley "My friend and I had a brilliant experience with stray.. It was catered for those travellers looking to go to places a little further of the beaten track and that's exactly what it did. The tour guides were knowledgeable and fun and knew exactly what they were doing. Stray is great. For those of us who aren't 18 anymore and aren't interested in a 24/7 party yet you still have loads of fun with li..."
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7 reviews
Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+19
Ends
Auckland
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Highlights

  • Take a wildlife cruise
  • Visit the famous Cathedral Cove
  • Explore the Huka Falls
  • Discover the incredible Franz Josef
Age range
18 to 50 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Lodge, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
24
Transportation
Mini-coach, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Discovery
Start and end in Auckland! With the adventure tour Stray Journeys - Cook (National), you have a 24 day tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 17 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray Journeys - Cook (National) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • A
    Written on May 5, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    From all of us on the Cook summer tour starting 14th April for 23 days, we have had a #lifechanging experience on the Stray NZ tour of both islands. We thoroughly enjoyed all the different fantastic activities in all the excellent and varied locations on both Islands. Our experience was only heightened by the excellence of our driver, Lego, who took care of all of us and brought the fun factor to the trip! Having 9 girls/ladies on the bus could be daunting for any driver but Lego knew when coffee & chocolate were a must! :) Stray NZ are blessed to have Lego as their employee and we were lucky to have him as our driver for the majority of the trip. Thank you Stray NZ & Lego for a fantastic time throughout! Ann, Annie, Larissa, Linda, Nicole, Hattie, Emily, Nami & Franzi. x
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Wow! Thanks for the review guys! It sounds like you had an epic time travelling NZ with Lego - he really is a great driver guide. Thanks so much for Straying with us - we're glad we could be part of that #lifechanging experience ;)
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  • A
    Written on March 4, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    We had a really amazing time in NZ with an amazing driver and a fun group, however, there were a few things I wish would not have been the way they were. We did not always have enough breakfast for everybody, loud music was played the entire bus drive, the bus was a little bit dirty (chewing gum on the floor which now sticks on my backpack) and we did not get a single cent back after one of our activities was cancelled due to bad weather. The activity was worth about 200-400$NZ (it was one of the activities included in the package) and they got the money back but did not pay us back. Last but not least, if Stray is not able to provide vegan food then that shoud be mentioned somewhere in my opinion. The vegan dinner was pretty much always the same: a very small portion of salad which was never enough to fill one up.
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Kia Ora! So glad to hear that you had an amazing time in New Zealand and that your driver and group were awesome! Could you please let us know what activity was cancelled and on what date so that we can investigate this further. We are also very sorry that we couldn't cater for your dietary requirements - we are still getting to grips with vegan options and we always welcome suggestions! It would be great if you could send all of this information to feedback@straytravel.co.nz . Thank you, Tara
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  • G
    Written on March 9, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Stray Journey is a great and responsible company. I had no problems travelling with them in the peak season. The drivers have a lot of knowledge of New Zealand, the accommodations are great and the activities also. I would reccommend to anyone who wants to travel and meet new people!
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  • SC
    Written on March 9, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Papa G made our trip around the South Island really enjoyable. Although many days we seemed to spend the whole day on the coach it gave us a great taste for the country & we will definitely return
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  • X
    Written on December 18, 2016
    2.5 - Average

    I did the "Cook Tour" where I could really visit the 98% of what you have to see in NZ. That's the tour you have to do if don't want to plant anything and just be taken to everywhere while having the chance to do a lot of activities like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Franz Josef Glacier, Swimming with Dolphins, Jet Boating, Canoying, an overnight stay in Milford Sound, a lovely bike trail in Central Otago and some other walks along the trip, and (mostly) staying in nice and unique accommodations like Blue Duck Station or a camp in Hahei. Unfortunately you spent too few time in Wellington and Christchurch. I found the last two days of non-stop drive back to Auckland really tiring and pretty uninteresting. If you don't really have a reason to go back by bus I suggest flying back to Auckland from Christchurch.
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Hello Xavi, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I'm sorry to hear that you weren't completely satisfied, but happy you were able to fit in nearly everything you wanted to see while you were here. I will share your comments with our team so we can continue to improve.
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  • HB
    Written on October 2, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    My friend and I had a brilliant experience with stray.. It was catered for those travellers looking to go to places a little further of the beaten track and that's exactly what it did. The tour guides were knowledgeable and fun and knew exactly what they were doing. Stray is great. For those of us who aren't 18 anymore and aren't interested in a 24/7 party yet you still have loads of fun with like minded people but truly get to explore new Zealand. Accommodation was great mostly with a few here or there that could be improved but the activities and range of activities were incredible. Highly recommend stray.
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  • Stray Journeys - Cook (National) reviewer 7
    Written on January 11, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had a fantastic 23 days with Stray. Our driver was completely on the ball at all times, never get annoyed at the people who were always late, knew which activities were worth doing and which weren't, really enjoyed it.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA
  2. PAIHIA TO HOKIANGA
  3. HOKIANGA TO AUCKLAND
  4. AUCKLAND TO HAHEI (COROMANDEL)
  5. HAHEI TO ROTORUA
  6. FULL DAY IN ROTORUA
  7. ROTORUA TO NATIONAL PARK
  8. NATIONAL PARK TO BLUE DUCK STATION
  9. BLUE DUCK STATION TO WELLINGTON
  10. WELLINGTON (VIA PICTON) TO ABEL TASMAN
  11. FULL DAY IN ABEL TASMAN
  12. ABEL TASMAN TO FRANZ JOSEF
  13. FULL DAY IN FRANZ JOSEF
  14. FRANZ JOSEF TO MAKARORA
  15. MAKARORA TO DOUBTFUL SOUND
  16. DOUBTFUL SOUND TO QUEENSTOWN
  17. TWO FULL DAYS IN QUEENSTOWN
  18. QUEENSTOWN TO MOUNT COOK
  19. MOUNT COOK TO CHRISTCHURCH
  20. CHRISTCHURCH TO HANMER SPRINGS
  21. HANMER SPRINGS TO KAIKOURA
  22. KAIKOURA (VIA PICTON) TO WELLINGTON
  23. WELLINGTON TO AUCKLAND

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 3,548 km.
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 185 km
  • Paihia (New Zealand)
  • 68 km
  • Opononi (New Zealand)
  • 194 km
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 93 km
  • Hahei (New Zealand)
  • 150 km
  • Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 132 km
  • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
  • 44 km
  • Whakahoro (New Zealand)
  • 244 km
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 156 km
  • Abel Tasman NP (New Zealand)
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