After nearly 3 months in Australia, I departed for a new journey in New Zealand. Although I didn’t have nearly the same amount of time as I did in Australia to travel around, I got a taste of what New Zealand had to offer. Stray was the perfect way for me to see what New Zealand had to offer in such a short amount of time! With only three weeks in New Zealand, my fast track Stray Bus tour of the south island (Willy Pass) and north island (Tom Pass) was the creme de la creme of New Zealand. Hitting most of the best stops in New Zealand in a short period only made me want to see more.
Having never done a group hop on hop off bus tour before, I was ecstatic to give it a go with Stray in New Zealand. Stray’s motto is to take their passengers off the beaten path to explore unique destinations. Sounds about right to me. I am all about seeing stunning “secret” local places. Every traveler dreams about seeing a lot in a short amount of time; Stray arranged for me the ability to see New Zealand’s best in just three weeks. Their custom built tours can be adapted to any schedule. My tours were adjusted perfectly to work around my flight times and within the time I had to play with. With Stray, I was happy to know that I would get the best of both islands. No compromises necessary.
I was excited to travel around New Zealand with a group of people from all over the world. There is something special about experiencing new things with others who are also visiting for the first time. This is a new style of travel for me as I typically travel alone while arranging all of own transportation, accommodations, and activities. For the first time, all of the planning was done for me. No longer did I need to think about where I am going?, how I am getting there?, where to stay?, and what to do?. With each Stray pass, the meticulously planned routes stop in the best places, while still offering passengers the flexibility to choose their own lodging and excursions by providing a list of recommendations. Stray also offers discounts on lodging and activities if booked through Stray (which the driver can book prior to each stop) which saved me money and the hassle of booking it myself. I just needed to tell my tour guide what I wanted to do and how many nights I wanted in each scenic stop. How much easier can it get? This is what I call travel made easy. What a different change of pace (and a relief) compared to Australia.
Getting a tease of New Zealand only makes me want to go back. I wished I could have stayed for longer, but at least I can say the Stray Bus showed me all that was possible during my flashpacker-style visit in New Zealand. I would have loved to have seen more, but I saw more than what I had imagined. Now the question is, when will I be back?
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