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Stray - North to South Pass (National) - Stray Travel
19 days

Stray - North to South Pass (National)

From Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Operator:
Stray Travel
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Age range:
17 to 70
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US $665
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  • Explore how you like with this Hop On/Hop Off Pass
  • Step into Mordor at the rugged Tongariro National Park
  • Go off the beaten track and horse around at Blue Duck
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and performance


Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the hop on/off tour Stray - North to South Pass (National), you have a 19 day tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 14 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray - North to South Pass (National) includes transport
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  1. Introduction
  1. Auckland to Hahei
  2. Hahei
  3. Hahei to Rotorua
  4. Free Day in Rotorua
  5. Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
  6. Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station
  7. Blue Duck Station
  8. Blue Duck Station (via Tongariro) to Raetihi
  9. Raetihi to Wellington
  10. Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  11. Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  12. Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef
  13. Free Day in Franz Josef
  14. Franz Josef to Wanaka
  15. Wanaka to Queenstown
  16. Queenstown
  17. Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
  18. Mt Cook (via Tekapo) to Rangitata
  19. Rangitata to Christchurch
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  • S
    · January 10, 2020
    4 perfect weeks in New Zealand. Got to see and do everything I wanted and met a lot of great people at different ages. As someone who was travelling alone (for more than a few days) for the first time, it was probably the best decision I could have... Show more
    Trip date: December 2019
  • A
    · May 22, 2019
    Had an amazing time in NZ, did the pass in 4 weeks and enjoyed every second of it! Kakapo is the kind of guy who is quite clear about what he expects of you and will set boundries if needed but who is at the same time the life of the party. We had an... Show more
    Trip date: April 2019
  • X
    · November 24, 2018
    Great experience! It was nice to travel with the same group of people over more than 2-3 weeks. All the activites are great! I had 3 drivers: Skippy, Leftie and Romeoo. All were really nice and helpful and fun! The only thing is the new app which may... Show more
    Trip date: October 2018
  • KS
    · September 14, 2018
    AVOID AT ALL COSTS! The whole trip was awful... including being sweltered to death (nearly) in the bus- driver cranked the heat and there were no windows (MIDDLE OF SUMMER- I got a fever of 105 degrees F from this)- other travelers said the bus had been... Show more
    Trip date: January 2018
  • AH
    · March 15, 2018
    Organization, timeliness and friendliness of the bus drivers was top-notch! We didn't try hopping off the bus and back on (which I understand some people on our bus had problems with - especially getting onto a later bus as those were pretty heavily... Show more
    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Kia Ora! What an awesome review, Alexander - so good to hear that you had a blast with Gollum and Shorty. Thank you for Straying with us!
    Trip date: February 2018
  • A
    · January 04, 2018
    I did minimum days as was short on time. I loved all the stops. My favourites were Mount Cook, Ha hai, Abel Tasman, Blue Duck and Wanaka. I was with Stray over christmas and new year. Our driver Romeo took time to organise some extra activities so we... Show more
    Trip date: December 2017
  • S
    · June 06, 2017
    It's safe to say I had an amazing time with Stray, and would definitely use them again. I was on the bus almost every day and although I was only there for a short time, it didn't feel rushed at all. I enjoyed the stops we had on the way between stops... Show more
    Trip date: December 2016
  • EL
    · May 15, 2017
    Couldn't have asked for a better travelling experience! I did the Short Moe Pass with a friend and made so many more along the way! Accommodation was comfortable and affordable. The Stray bus was also pretty comfy and had nice big windows for you... Show more
    Trip date: July 2016
  • J
    · April 03, 2017
    From the minute we got on the bus it was a friendly group and friendly tour guide.. When your solo that makes a big difference to the start of your trip! New zealand is absolutely beautiful I never thought I would love somehhere as much as australia but... Show more
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    Trip date: February 2017
  • CL
    · April 01, 2017
    Stray is a very good way of getting to many places in New Zealand cheaply without needing to tired yourself driving. Accommodation is guaranteed for nights that you will be there but the cost is not included. You do have the flexibility to choose your... Show more
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    Trip date: March 2017

Dates & Availability

19 days
Stray - North to South Pass (National)
From Auckland to Christchurch
No credit card fees
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    • When and where does the tour end?

      This tour concludes in Christchurch City Centre at approximately 5 pm (traffic dependent). It is now time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and continue your journey or stay and explore parts of the South Island’s largest city.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Unfortunately, Stray Travel does not arrange airport transfers for this tour. You will, therefore, have to make your own way to and from pick-up and drop-off points.

    • Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Unfortunately, Stray Travel cannot help with booking additional accommodation for this tour, so you will need to arrange your own pre/post accommodation.

    • What is the age range?

      This tour has an age range between 18 and 49 years old. Please be aware that children under 18 years of age and more mature travellers above 49 years of age are not eligible to participate in this tour.

    • I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

      The accommodation that is pre-reserved for you is based on multi-share dorm accommodation, however, if you would prefer a private room for your stay please contact our Customer Support team to check if this is available for you for the departure you are interested in.

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      • For any tour departing before 16 April 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 16 April 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Stray Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 15 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Stray Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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