12 Days (Min)
New Zealand

New Zealand is a country full of incredible things to see and do – from sprawling lakes and snow capped mountains to black sand beaches and world class surfing.

If you’re looking to take in the best of the North Island then the Jill Pass with Stray New Zealand is for you!

This epic hop on, hop off bus pass takes is Strays New Zealands most inclusive North Island Pass, taking in all the top spots – from backpacker favourites like Taupo and Wellington to more off the beaten track destinations like Raglan, Whakahoro and Lake Aniwhenua.

With a minimum travel time of 10 days and a maximum travel time of 12 months you can tailor it to suit your own time scale and travel plans.

Loving Rotorua? Extend your stop off!

Need more time to relax and enjoy Blue Duck Station? Easy!

Stray New Zealand also includes heap of awesome free activities en route too – such as snorkelling, dune surfing, scenic walks, kayaking and Maori blessings, so its much more than just a bus trip!

Explore new places, meet some amazing new travel buddies and soak up all the goodness that New Zealands North Island has to offer!

Additional information

Recommended Travel Time2 Weeks +

Day 1

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Accommodation: Warm modern hostel

Optional paid activities: Whale watching by boat or by plane, swimming with dolphins, guided fishing trip

Free activities: Walk around the peninsula and up to the lookout


Day 2

Kaikoura to Picton

Accommodation: Cosy villa in Picton

Free activities: Queen Charlotte sound walk, fishing, biking around town, relax in the accommodation’s spa pool.


Day 3

Picton to Marahau (Abel Tasman)

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park

Optional paid activities: Wine tasting, skydiving

Free activities: Walks, mussel tasting around the fire, stargazing


Day 4

Marahau (Abel Tasman)

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park

Optional paid activities: Full day sailing trip, kayaking, skydiving, water taxi, stand-up paddle boarding, canyoning, hang gliding

Free activities: Walk in the national park, relax on one of the golden sand beaches, go for a swim


Day 5

Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest

Free activities:  Buller Gorge, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, Pancake Rocks and Blow holes, Hokitika greenstone store


Day 6

Franz Josef 

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest

Optional paid activities: Glacier heli-hike (entry to hot pools included), kayaking, skydiving

Free activities: Many excellent bush hikes (we recommend a guided one for safety), relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools at your accommodation


Day 7

Franz Josef (via Fox Glacier) to Wanaka

Accommodation: Central Wanaka hostel

Free activities: 


Day 8

Wanaka to Queenstown

Accommodation: Central hostel close to all the action

Optional paid activities: Puzzling World, skydiving, mountain biking, pilot your own stunt plane or learn to fly and take a friend for free, bungy jumping

Free activities: Walk Mt Iron, watch people jumping off a bridge!


Day 9


Accommodation: Central hostel close to all the action

Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…)

Free activities: Fabulous walks, take in beautiful views from this cool resort town


Day 10

Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook 

Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge

Optional paid activities: Argo tour of alpine region, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Free activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker glacial lake (weather dependent), stargazing


Day 11

Mt Cook (via Tekapo) to Rangitata

Accommodation: One of Canterbury’s original sheep stations

Optional paid activities: Tekapo Hot Springs, Ice skating (April-Sept), Snow tubing (June-Sept)
Free activities: Visit Lake Tekapo, Mt John observatory walk, Rangitata forest walks


Day 12

Rangitata to Christchurch

Optional paid activities: Rangitata rafting, horse trekking

Free activities: Explore Christchurch by foot check out the Re-Start Mall, Cardboard Cathedral and inner-city street art

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 Start: Christchurch*

Finish: Christchurch*

Minimum Days: 12-14

Recommended: 2+ weeks

*This Pass can start or finish anywhere on this route, but most people start/finish in Christchurch. 

All bookings must be re-confirmed at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact us on 0064 9 5262149 or support@straytravel.co.nz or visit our Stray Retail branch at 50 Fort Street, Auckland City.


For Stray Hop-on Hop-off travel passes, Stray Journeys and Stray Adventures.

Stray will charge the following fees in the event of booking cancellations:

8+ Days before departure (or open dated): 35% of fare

3-7 Days before departure: 50% of fare Less than 48 Hours: 100% of fare

Cancellations should be made with your original booking agent who may charge an additional fee. If you booked online please contact reservations@straytravel.co.nz

Please note our terms and conditions are subject to change so please check our website for the latest version.

Provider Details
Stray Limited
Free Phone: 1300733048 Phone: +64 95262140
P O Box 112 037 60 Walls Road Penrose Auckland 1642 New Zealand

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