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Stray NZ - Short Moe Pass (National)

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Ella "Met lots of new friends on the bus! Its easy to get to know people on the bus since you spend the nights together in a shared accomodation etc. Most of the drivers are really nice, some of them arent. Straymate booking system can be really fustrating sometimes, I also recommend booking almost every hop on and hop off in advance ( more than one week) unless you have a lot of time to spend there. Th..."
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27 reviews
Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+14
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the hop on/off tour Stray NZ - Short Moe Pass (National), you have a 19 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through Auckland, New Zealand and 15 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray NZ - Short Moe Pass (National) includes transport.
Age range
18 to 49 year olds
Max Group Size
45
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Hop On/Off, Adventure

27 Reviews

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  • KS
    Written on September 14, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    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 having issues for WEEKS! and they didn't pull it. One driver was good, the other was HORRID! Some of the locations were things you should take a miss on (out in the middle of nowhere or a place nicknamed "methport"); the "moari experience" was dreadful- definitely skip it- the owner there is CRAZY and knows nothing about cross contamination or food allergies; thinks you should treat her like the guest, etc (opt to take a local bus to Queenstown and do an experience there)- Stray refunded me the ENTIRE stay at the "moari experience" after receiving my email and consulting with this woman (it was THAT bad that they actually gave up money!). The other issues I had with Stray and the driver Tara (Trex) were met with a response that you have to contact them within 30 days after your "final" stop- nowhere stated in conditions or terms- (I say "final" because you can actually use the pass for up to 1 year- if you retake the route, you just have lower priority than first timers in booking- I contacted them within 2 months- and my pass was still valid for about 9 more months- I had continued on to other places in the South Pacific where there was limited or no wifi or internet available and didn't want to spend my vacation writing them a novel- I explained this to them and got no response).... They did say that Trex was no longer with the company (after only having been there a few months)... One guide I met elsewhere in New Zealand was horrified at my experience with Stray and apologized to me (guided for a Chinese tour group)! Look for another company (I met other travelers who enjoyed Kiwi Experience which does a similar route; or try greyhound, or car rental)
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  • AH
    Written on March 15, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 booked, especially on the south island) but went all the way through. The bus drivers were not too much in our faces about the optional (and somwtimes costly) activities which was good too. I recommend checking reviews on the hostels that Stray will reserve for you as some of those were not that nice. Especially Base Wanaka and the Rainforest Retreat in Raglan. Other than that, accommodation was fine and the duration of the bus trips was alright with many photo stops in between.
    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!
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  • A
    Written on January 4, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 had a fabulous time! We had many great Bbqs, cooked individually and as a group, made many many friends and did extra stops on the way to see other beautiful undiscovered or non touristy stops along the way. I loved visiting our maori hosts and the hangi was delicious, i learnt to fly a plane in wanaka, made gingerbread and had christmas films christmas eve, boat trip new years eve on wanaka, heli to glaciers, hot pool and waterfall off the beaten track in natural setting all to ourselves, and so much more. I would recommend signing up for as much as you can.....my Stray drivers were Romeo and Dumbledore who were so kind and friendly making the whole experience amazing!!
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  • S
    Written on June 6, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    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 almost as much as the activities (I'm now a skydiving addict). The bus driver I had the whole time was Dory, and he was a right laugh. He was sociable and fun, and often went out of his way to help. I heard a bit about other drivers as well, and it's clear they all love NZ and are loving showing people their country. I'm hoping to come back to NZ in Jan 2018 to see the Bay of Islands, and will definitely be booking with Stray!
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  • EL
    Written on May 15, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 to admire the amazing scenery through. Extremely organised schedules so you always knew where you were going and what time you were meeting etc. FANTASTIC tour guides with wacky names. Every tour guide was prepared with top tips, New Zealand knowledge and quirky anecdotes. Lots of jam-packed days with heaps of fun activities. Entertainment en route including quizzes, cool facts and a lot of really interesting background information relating to the day's activities. Highlights were: 1. Staying in Maori villages – it was a privilege to learn first-hand about the Maori cultures and take part in their traditions. Both visits were unforgettable experiences. 2. Bush Safari with Dan at Blue Duck Station - I learnt so much about the history of the wildlife in New Zealand and being a country-bumpkin, I just loved being surrounded by nature! 3. Queenstown - one of my favourite moments was sitting on a bench overlooking the beautiful lake, warming my hands on a hot chocolate and watching the early-morning sun creep over the snowy mountains. So lovely that a second visit to the lake was required, this time with a Ferburger to watch the sunset. 4. Being in Middle Earth – as a Tolkein, Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings fan, I was so excited to visit New Zealand, the ‘real-life’ Middle Earth. It was fantastic to see locations used in the films such as the Forbidden Pool and Mount Doom. The Hobbiton tour was incredible and the only problem was that I didn't have enough eyes to take in all the wonderful detail! Weta Workshop in Wellington was an equally amazing experience. 5. Skydiving at Fox Glacier - perfect weather, stunning views and the funniest tandom master. 6. Flying a plane over Lake Wanaka - never thought I'd get a chance to do something like this! 7. Cooking with Kookie – ‘group meals’ is a fantastic idea! Just a couple of dollars from each person went a very long way, and we were able to have suppers of 'fush 'n' chups', burgers and a delicious goat curry (Kookie is a superb chef). However, it was even more fun when we were helping him to make the suppers (he is also a superb teacher)! As a group, we cooked famous NZ green-lipped mussels, made a variety of salads, pesto chicken...and the best apple crumble ever!!! 8. Walking - I love walking and thankfully I got to do lots of it with the Stray tour. Woodland walks, waterfall walks and even a frosty walk that turned into a snowball fight! 9. Star-gazing - we had some fantastically clear nights to enjoy the Southern Hemisphere’s Winter view of the stars. 10. Having fun with the Stray gang - it was great to have time in the evenings to just sit and play games with the rest of the tour group. We played word games, card games and told riddles and jokes - everyone got on so well and we always had a laugh. A huge thank you to Muesli for teaching me so much in such a short space of time, to Kookie for all the laughs, and to Lantern for inspiring me to keep on travelling!
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  • J
    Written on April 3, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 I did and I cannot wait to get back there! From North to South Island it is amazing .. My favourites ... the waitomo caves were magical, the tongorrio crossing is just unbelievable.. Franz josef and mt cook were breath taking what an experience ! Leaning how to fly in wanaka pretty expensive but worth it ! Queenstown will probably be one of the best sights you could ever see it is so picturesque and beautiful .. Stray met everything I expected and more would recommend to anyone Goin over to use these guys
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  • CL
    Written on April 1, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    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 own accommodation. You also can book activities with the driver with special Stray prices. What you need to do is just buy a Stray pass that suit your travel, then can sit down and relax enjoying the trip but do not forget to bring your credit card along as there are tons of exciting activities you can enjoy along the way. Just an awesome way to travel and have lots of fun.
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  • C
    Written on March 27, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I had a wonderful time with the Weka bus! The group that I travelled the most of the time was amazing and the driver, Weka, was the best one! He encouraged us to do and see as much as we can and to make our trip the best possible! I think most buses are a little bit old and need to be repaired. I also didn't like some accommodations. However, I just have to say that New Zealand is amazing!
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  • S
    Written on February 10, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was what I expected and more the first stop in Hahei set the bar high and it carried on getting better as the trip went on the driver pixie was amazing her local knowledge really helped out.
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  • E
    Written on November 24, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Met lots of new friends on the bus! Its easy to get to know people on the bus since you spend the nights together in a shared accomodation etc. Most of the drivers are really nice, some of them arent. Straymate booking system can be really fustrating sometimes, I also recommend booking almost every hop on and hop off in advance ( more than one week) unless you have a lot of time to spend there. The bus may be full if you dont do it.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Auckland to Hahei
  2. Hahei
  3. Hahei to Raglan
  4. Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua
  5. Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
  6. Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station
  7. Blue Duck Station
  8. Blue Duck Station to National Park
  9. National Park to Wellington
  10. Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  11. Marahau (Abel Tasman)
  12. Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Westport
  13. Westport to Franz Josef
  14. Franz Josef
  15. Franz Josef to Wanaka
  16. Wanaka to Queenstown
  17. Queenstown
  18. Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook
  19. Mt Cook to Christchurch

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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.

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

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,016 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)
    • 69 km
    • Whirinaki Forest Park (New Zealand)
    • 149 km
    • Whakahoro (New Zealand)
    • 44 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 242 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
    • 156 km
    • Abel Tasman NP (New Zealand)
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