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1. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 12y

peeps has indicated that this thread is about New Zealand

hiya,
has anyone here travelled on the stray travel bus around new zealand?
i heard of a few people giving out about the buses breaking down and having to sit in the aisle when its been over booked.
also if you did go with them do you have to be a very active person?

2. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 12y

Hi there!

I did the South isl.Round trip with Stray and I tell u why:

1.) it was cheaper than Kiwi Exp. and you even got more to see and do
2.)the average age group is 24-35
3.) the people r mostly very active (hiking, skydiving etc) and love the nature, but still party (on the Kiwi bus it's drinking and partying all the time and I heard some bad stories)
4.) on the kiwi bus it happens that the bus is too full and u cant hop on it, have never heard that it also happens on stray, bec usually kiwi exp.has more people
5.)the only bad thing was, that I traveled with Stray in winter and there were less buses on the road. so when u hopped off somewhere u had to stay at this place for 4 days (and not for 2) until the next bus was there. Nobody told us about it, or gave us the trip for cheaper.
6.) the accomodation u stay in (u can choose but like on the westcoast there is sometimes only 1hostel in the town where u r staying overnight) is not always that great.
7.) I had a great time and met many nice people and the busdrivers were really great as well.... although I was the 'baby' on the bus (age 20)

any further questions? ;)

Kathi

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y

I'm using Stray at the mo and they seem to be pretty good, touch wood. People who I have met using magic and kiwi don't seem to have too many complaints either, but kiwi people seem to be a bit younger generally and like their partying, magic bus is a bit cheaper but goes to a few less places along the way, depends what you're after really!

Don't go all the way round with them though, build yourself a few days in to do other stuff away from the bus - it gets a bit much feeling like you're 'on tour' all the time.

Plus don't worry about needing to be too active 'cause all the active stuff is pretty much optional.