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17-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour - Auckland to Christchurch

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    What to Expect
    Auckland to Hahei

    Visit one of New Zealand's favourite holiday destinations and discover Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach (where you can dig your own spa in the sand).

    Hahei to Rotorua

    For Lord of the Ring fans, you have the option to visit Hobbiton (own expense) before an evening visit to Tamaki Maori Village for traditional performance and meal. 

    Full day in Rotorua

    Explore an area known for it's Maori heritage, adventure activities and geothermal wonders.

    Rotorua to National Park

    Hike the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing (19km) traversing a volcanic plateau via the Emerald Lakes. 

    Blue Duck Station to National Park

    Spend time on this high country station and learn about its strong sustainability and conservation projects. Buckle in for an educational and scenic 4WD Bush safari over the wild country side. 

    Blue Duck to Wellington

    Option to tour the Weta Workshop or spend your time at Te Papa National Museum

    Wellington to Abel Tasman

    Travel across the wild Cook Strait via the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. On route to Abel Tasman, stop via a cellar door to sample some of the regions wines. 

    Full day in Abel Tasman

    Explore one of New Zealand's most iconic coastal national parks. Walk the tracks along golden sand beaches or join optional activities like sailing or or sea kayaking.

    Abel Tasman to Franz Josef

    Drive along the West Coast of NZ to Franz Josef

    Full day in Franz Josef

    Option to do the Glacier Heli Hike or enjoy the local walks in the area. 

    Franz Josef to Makarora

    Visit the stunning blue pools

    Makarora to Doubtful Sound

    Overnight cruise to the Double Sound - go sea kayaking,  see and learn about the penguins, seals and dolphins.

    Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

    Leave the Fjordlands behind and head for the adventure capital of New Zealand in beautiful Queenstown.

    2x Full days in Queenstown

    Plenty of options here to bungy jump, skydive, go river jet boating, zipline or hike the mountains.

    Queenstown to Mt Cook

    Stop for a scenic bike ride around Lake Wanaka before continuing to the majestic Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain.

    Mt Cook to Christchurch

    Stroll around the mesmerising aqua blue Lake Tekapo. You have the option to join an adrenaline fuelled white water rafting adventure (own expense) before the tour ends in Christchurch.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Stray Travel, Shop 2, Shed 19/137 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    18 days
    Return Details
    All Stars Inn - Hostel & Hotel Accommodation, 263 Bealey Avenue, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    • Experienced Stray Guide throughout trip
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • 16 nights’ accommodation
    • Meals: Breakfast (16) Dinner (9) Lunch (1)
    • Experience Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village
    • Lake Aniwhenua: Kohutapu experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, Marae experience, afternoon tea, ground cooked hangi feast and buffet breakfast
    • Whakahoro: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour
    • Take the Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island.
    • Seal spotting in Kaikoura
    • Thrilling Jet Boat Ride in Mt Aspiring National Park
    • Overnight cruise on a custom designed ship in the Doubtful Sound - this is one of New Zealand's most premier off the beaten track experiences!
    • Scenic bike ride around Lake Wanaka
    • Goods and Services Tax included
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Extra optional activities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Tour pricing is based on Quad Share (except at Whakahoro which is 6 share). Twin or Single tour packages are available, however the upgrade packages exclude Hahei where the accommodation remains Quad Share.
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian and are subject to the full adult fare.
    • Luggage is limited to one bag or suitcase per person (maximum weight of 15kgs), plus one day pack to carry onboard with your valuables. The carriage of any excess of oversized luggage is at Stray's discretion and must be approved prior to travel.
    • Itinerary Disclaimer: Itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however the operator retains the right to alter the route or itinerary if required. If a product, service or activity detailed in our itinerary is changed, a suitable alternative will be offered where possible. Components of our trip are weather dependent and may not operate. No refunds will be given in the event of any delay or alternation in the trip resulting from severe weather conditions or a mechanical failure
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    In 2018, I spent a full year backpacking all around the world - across 26 countries. Throughout that entire year, hands-down the single best and most memorable experience that I had was traveling through New Zealand for a month with the help of the nice folks at Stray. While
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    The pass is not cheap at all however because in Winter the schedule is not often as summer, i purchased 3 tickets from inter city to other places by myself due to some of the dates not match Stray bus schedule. It is my fist time to try this style of bus tour due to in New
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    Response from JodineL6, Manager at 17-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour - Auckland to Christchurch
    Responded 8 Jun 2019
    Hi Janice, We're sorry that you feel you made the wrong decision to travel with Stray. Our travel itinerary consists of all the places we would consider to be the best destinations to give our travellers an ideal mix of culture, nature and fun and to showcase the very best of New Zealand. Our 'off the beaten track' destinations consistently rank as our traveller's favourite destinations in our feedback survey. In the winter we run 3 times a week as we have less people travelling. Our timetables for each season are always available on our website. Unfortunately the app doesn't work in China, we do have technical troubles there which we are working on. We're glad you had positive customer service experiences with our staff and we'll pass on your appreciation to the team.
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    Running away from work after no holiday for a few years, this was my first attempt at a backpacking package tour, and had some trepidation about it. What would the group be like? What would the accomodation be like? Is this a huge rip-off? If I hate it a few days in, can I
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    I had such a great experience traveling with Stray. It wasn't "toury" and the bus drivers never pressured me to purchase any activities or do anything I didn't want to do. All the people I met on the bus are some really great friends of mine now and I didn't want it to end. We
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    Response from Antonia N, Manager at 17-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour - Auckland to Christchurch
    Responded 23 May 2018
    Moose is certainly a bit of a dude. Thanks for travelling with us Kenzie. We're all about creating a care-free atmosphere where people can socialise, meet great people and share epic adventures. Glad to hear you had a great time!
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    Stray was amazing! I totally recommend them. They have such lovely drivers, who are also your guides. You really get to know them. With Stray you go to exclusive places. And it’s sooo easy to get into contact with other passengers. But unfortunately when it’s high season you’re
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    Response from Antonia N, Manager at 17-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour - Auckland to Christchurch
    Responded 7 Mar 2018
    Hi Lauri, glad to hear you had a great time. We're all about creating adventurous carefree trips for our travellers. Hope to see you again perhaps in another one of our destinations.
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    The south island with stray!
    After living for 5 months in Auckland, and Being on the north island I decided to to travel the south island with
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    Andreas L
    Amazing time in New Zealand
    I really enjoyed traveling with Stray with amazing stops all over New Zealand. The blue duck station was
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    Best bus tour ever
    Amazing trip. The drivers were amazing in helping out with activities, hostels and problems. Especially the driver
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    Shropshire, United Kingdom
    Loved it!
    Great experience with Stray as my first time travelling alone. Made so easy and fun by the drivers throughout.
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    Excellent and affordable!
    Really enjoyed travelling with Stray. Went from Auckland to Christchurch over four weeks o the Short Moe. Stayed
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    Not good service
    I'v heard we can change the accommodations in city but it means we have to walk to pick up point. Sometimes some
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    Henderson, Arkansas
    I love stray travel, featuring Rollex!
    I first landed in Christchurch sometime in October. I had no idea how I was going tour the spectacular amazing
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    Johannesburg, South Africa
    What an adventure!
    First trip to New Zealand. Did the 7 day North Island tour and was super impressed by the profesionalism of the
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    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Wonderful time
    Really enjoyed the stray journey. They are really helpful with everything. Lightning is the best!!!!
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    Worth every penny
    The Stray experience has exceeded my expectations. I thought I was getting a three week transportation service
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    Lovely way to travel
    I went tavelling whit the Stray busses for 3 weeks, at had a lot of good moments!! We was most of the time driving
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    First time with a tour bus
    This was my first time using a hop on hop off bus and I can say it was great. Everything from the towns we stopped
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    Franz Josef, New Zealand
    Great Time
    I have been using Stray for 4 weeks to get around the whole North- and South Island. Since I didn't always do
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    Mount Claremont, Australia
    Great trip with Stray!
    I did Stray ‘Dave’ pass, since renamed, which focused on the South island. Had two main drivers, Soxx and Cookie,
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    Cool trip
    Had a great time in de south island. Next north island Thnx mozzie for te amazing bus ride neenneeenneeen hahahah
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