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Stray - Moe Pass (National)

Stray - Moe Pass (National) - Stray Travel
Stray - Moe Pass (National) - Stray Travel
Alistair "As a gent in my early 50's I was a little unsure if getting on this bus tour was a good idea or not. I could not be happier that I did. Best decision I've ever made. Our driver Skins made the whole trip worthwhile, he went above and beyond what anyone would expect. Awesome dude. The other passengers were also great fun. So not only did I see the best scenery in the world and was taken to some ama..."
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Starts
Auckland
Destinations
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Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the hop on/off tour Stray - Moe Pass (National), you have a 23 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through Auckland, New Zealand and 20 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray - Moe Pass (National) includes an expert guide, transport.
Age range
18 to 49 year olds
Max Group Size
45
Transportation
Coach / Bus

22 Reviews

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  • N
    Written on March 19, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    Great for a guided bus tour and group travelling, but not a flexible hop-on - hop-off provider. When I booked with Stray, I looking for a mode of transport that allows me to get to all the big attractions of the country, and to be flexible on being able to stay for a few days longer whereever I liked the place. Stray certainly fulfilled the first expectation, but not the second, as I always had to plan my trip one week ahead, due to fully booked accommodation on the South Island (not Stray's fault) and fully booked busses. Here some Pros and Cons of my experience: Pros: - Easy travelling to the most famous attractions and national parks - If you stay on the same bus, you will be able to travel with the same group of people for a long time, which allows you to develop friendships. - Some of the Stray accomodations are really amazing (though not in the cities). Cons: - Stray does not really bring you off the beaten track as advertised, but is rather a bus going to the major NZ attractions. Of course, this cannot be expected from a tour bus (basically a tour bus makes a track 'beaten' :) ), but it is advertised as such. - Travelling mid-Feb to mid-March, Stray was not a flexible hop-on / hop-off bus, with most buses on the South Island fully booked a week in advance, meaning, you couldn't just stay somewhere spontaneously. - On some occasions, the bus drivers were drinking the night before driving, which strikes me as unprofessional and dangerous. (Having said that, I had several drivers and the majority was really good.) As a verdict, if you are looking to find a group for travelling New Zealand, on a quasi guided Tour, Stray is really good. For more independent an flexible travelling, the company did not fulfil my expectations.
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Kia ora Niko! Thank you for sharing your constructive feedback with us. I'm glad we were able to deliver on your first expectation, but understand how you feel about the second expectation. We try to keep the hop-on, hop-off flexibility throughout the year by putting more coaches on the road over peak season and encouraging people to continue to hop off, but this sounds like something we need to continue to improve. Regarding your comment about the bus drivers and drinking, we would greatly appreciate if you send more information about where and who you observed doing this to our Operations Manager Jimmy (email: jimmy@straytravel.co.nz) so we can investigate further. Thank you again - Lisa
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  • S
    Written on March 1, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Travelled with Romeoo from Auckland to Queenstown. Those 2,5 weeks were the best week of my life! I was on stand by almost every day, and still could hop on the bus. Even though I had to hop off for one day, the next day I was able to hop on that bus again! We were very lucky with the group. So many lovely people, younger and older it didn't really matter. The atmosphere in the bus was really chil. Romeoo is a relaxed busdriver with good music (yes yes!). He always wants to help you and is doing his best for everyone. Besides that he is joining the group as much as he can. I'm very happy to travel with stray. It's all sweeet
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  • L
    Written on January 15, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    we had such a great time in nz - saw all the places we wanted to see. it was so easy with stray. could decide very spontanous how long we want to stay and then just got the next bus (using the online booking page from stray). would definitely travel with stray again.
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  • C
    Written on December 27, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    I loved my trip with stray! I am 27 solo traveller and instantly found my stray family home. Easy to get along with people, amazing drivers and a diverse age range (average around 25 but we even had a 70 year old couple, and they were part of the family). Over all more relaxed, enjoying the nature and the country with social acticities often centered around fire, cooking and a deck of cards. Of course bars and clubs have been frequented as well :) Love it and would recommend it any time
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  • HL
    Written on December 6, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great way to get around new Zealand. If you're traveling solo for a limited time this is definite the best way to get around and meet other travellers. Went some places I was not so bothered about going and I think you do need to hop off in a few places or it's gets a bit too intense. But saw many places I could not have got to alone, met some great people, and booking activities through the driver meant you could fit loads in. Some drivers were better than others.
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  • Stray - Moe Pass (National) reviewer 6
    Written on November 27, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    As I waited for my stray bus outside YHA in Auckland, I decided to pinch the wifi and call my brother. It was 7am, pickup was at 7.20. In the corner of my eye a gentleman was hovering near by, so I turned. A guy with green hair and a baseball cap, with a massive smile said 'sorry to interrupt, are you Carol, I'm your tour guide for the stray bus' 'I'll speak to you later Jason' I hung up the phone, 'hey, yes that's me' 'I'm Nipper' he replied as he instantly picked up my heavy bag and put it on his shoulder 'the bus is down here' As we walked down the hill he explained there had been two pick up addresses at the same time and he apologised for the short walk we had to make. He asked me what I preferred to be called. 'Baz' I said I got on the bus and he introduced me to everyone. 'Guys this is Baz' Throughout the next couple of hours we filled the bus, Nipper was upbeat the entire time and got everyone on the bus to do games. We had to find out about our fellow bus friends. We had two songs and in that time we had to ask three questions. 1. What's your favourite ice cream? 2. What's your hobbie? 3. Why are you in NZ? I think this was a great idea! It got people talking and by the end of it we had spoken to atleast 5 other people each. Nipper has gone above and beyond what I had ever expected. He not only keeps us motivated throughout are long exhausting packed days, he is our friend, he is one of us, he eats with us he talks with us, if something goes wrong along the way, he finds something for us to do. He try's to make everyone happy. This guy is an asset to stray and they would be silly to ever let him go. The accommodation from Auckland to Wellington has been great so far. Haihei was by far the best for me. They have an area set up only for stray passengers and they have really thought this through, whoever designed it, needs a medal and small touches are still to be added. I also liked Raglan - where you will surf and go to inspirational point for yoga. This night Nipper ordered us all fish and chips picked them up, then drove back up to grab us from yoga and took us to a surfers destination, where 48 strong of us watched the sunset, drank and ate. The only thing I am disappointed with, and I'm sad to leave this on a bad note, is I booked my trip on the 18th of November assuming I'd stay on the bus for 23 days from the 20th. I tried to book the buses for the rest of my trip on the 20th of November (two days from purchasing) from queenstown on the 11th of December and they where and still are fully booked even tho it was 2 days after buying this trip. Maybe they should of told me on purchasing that they had already overbooked there buses. I don't want to be on another bus and I don't have the time. P.S Nipper rules
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  • Y
    Written on November 16, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    The biggest mess ever! Don't book with them , I've been traveling for 16 days ,NO WI-FI on any of the busses(been in 2 so far) with them and literally every second all of us are managing their trips as there is always a problem with their schedule,no seats.THE WORST they left all of us in the national park and made us pay for public busses or flight ,even though we had a bus to Wellington,but they just said" no,this bus is not going to take you to Wellington,he is going back to Auckland" ,doesn't matter we were so close and we paid for this trip,they just didn't care and left us there and drove their bus up north. Will not recommend it to a friend.
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Hi Yoan, We are very sorry to hear that you are disappointed with your Stray experience. Your situation with staying in National Park is the result of the scheduled bus from National Park to Wellington being physically unable to travel due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding that occurred just after the earthquake this week. I know that the driver did try to get you to Wellington the other day, but had to turn around when the roads were closed. You were then given the options of staying in National Park to carry on via the next Stray bus or via public bus or returning to Auckland in order to adjust your journey from there. Stray's first priority is always customer safety and we would never leave someone without providing them with their best options for continuing their trip. We would appreciate if you can get in touch with Reservations at your earliest convenience (e: reservations@straytravel.co.nz / p: 09 526 2140) and they will be happy to assist you with your onward bookings.
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  • JO
    Written on October 28, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Traveled with Stray for more than a month, doing both islands in New Zealand. I highly recommend Stray because they literally go off the beaten track! Apart from offering the usual stops and activities, Stray gave us a unique experience and view of this beautiful country. For example: We stopped at Blue duck station, which is a farm/station in the middle of nowhere. Here we saw the real New Zealand. Going into the mountains on horseback was absolutely stunning. After that we went on a proper hunt through the bush, which taught us about conservation and the protection of the local Fauna. The bus driver(s) we had were all of them a good bunch, always friendly and trying to arrange the best deals for us. Even when something was cancelled because of the weather (which happens a lot in NZ), they tried there best to arrange alternatives.
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  • C
    Written on May 12, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    My stray experience was amazing.Loved every minute of it! Met amazing people from fellow travellers to the locals and of course our bus driver Lolly. Lolly was awesome - fun,friendly,informative,helpful. Couldn't say a bad word about her! Possum was also amazing! My only problem was it was too rushed but thats was due to time contraints on my side. Id advise to leave plenty of extra time to hop off to do extra activities and take the weather into consideration as a lot of activities are weather dependent. I will definitely be visiting New Zealand again!
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  • AH
    Written on April 29, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    As a gent in my early 50's I was a little unsure if getting on this bus tour was a good idea or not. I could not be happier that I did. Best decision I've ever made. Our driver Skins made the whole trip worthwhile, he went above and beyond what anyone would expect. Awesome dude. The other passengers were also great fun. So not only did I see the best scenery in the world and was taken to some amazing stop overs, I did it with a great group of people and driver. I would recommend your service to anyone who is going to NZ.
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Auckland to Hahei
  • Hahei
  • Hahei to Raglan
  • Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua
  • Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
  • Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station
  • Blue Duck Station
  • Blue Duck Station to National Park
  • National Park to Wellington
  • Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  • Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  • Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Westport
  • Westport to Franz Josef
  • Franz Josef
  • Franz Josef to Wanaka
  • Wanaka to Queenstown
  • Queenstown
  • Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp
  • Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island
  • Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown
  • Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Mt Cook to Christchurch

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  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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  • Meals

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Videos

  • Destination Video: Raglan - A Place to Stray
  • Ultime Travel Guide: New Zealand
Destination Video: Raglan - A Place to Stray

Questions & Answers

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

  • November 1, 2016

    How do meals work for vegetarians in this tour?

    There are no meals included on this trip with Stray travel, so you will be able to select what you choose to eat.

  • November 1, 2016

    Is it true that the pass is valid for a year?

    The Moe Pass from Stray is indeed valid for 12 months. They recommend at least 4 weeks to get the most out of your trip and to allow some time to hop-off and explore your favourite destinations for longer. This is why the dates are set up with a start and finish date - you don't necessarily HAVE to finish on that date, they just need to enter a finish date in the system so they have put the minimum recommended length in. You can hop and hop off the tour for the whole 12 months and take it slow if you would like (and what an awesome trip that would be!) or you can go faster for a shorter amount of time (still an awesome trip!).

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,570 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 93 km
    • Hahei (New Zealand)
    • 135 km
    • Raglan (New Zealand)
    • 55 km
    • Waitomo Caves (New Zealand)
    • 100 km
    • Rotorua (New Zealand)
    • 63 km
    • Taupo (New Zealand)
    • 54 km
    • Whirinaki Forest Park (New Zealand)
    • 149 km
    • Whakahoro (New Zealand)
    • 44 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 242 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
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