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1. Posted by nice_ice (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


i`m Maik and i`m 20 years old.

I´ve a question refering to straytravel and kiwi experience. My plan is to travel around the south island of NZ between end of march and beginning of april. But i can`t decide between stray and kiwi.
I read that kiwi is known as the partybus and f**k bus only for those who are interested in the NZ nightlife not in the wildlife ;). So i found stray but on of my biggest worries are that, there are only a few people on the bus, because of the fact that i don´t travel in the highseason (december-february) anymore and because stray isn´t such a big company than kiwi so less people know stray.

Are my worries justifiable?


P.S.: English is not my native language. So i´m sorry for potentially mistakes ;).

2. Posted by hotdogfox (Budding Member 37 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Maik...

I went with Stray in December, and enjoyed it that much that I will be using there service in Asia in October!

These guys take you to all the best places in NZ, including some hidden secrets, and there is an emphasis on making friends and seeing the real New Zealand! They also take you to some brilliant hostels, all fairly cheap!

Dont worry about there not being many people, loads go with Stray... they dont advertise as much as Kiwi, purely because they like to attract people who want to see the real thing.

If you go Stray you will have so much fun guaranteed!

Hope that helps !!!

3. Posted by nice_ice (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


ok. Is it possible when I go with kiwi (between end of march and beginning of april) that they aren`t so overcrowded of party people?

Does anyone went with kiwi out of the summerseason(December-February)?

Does stray stop in the same towns or cities as kiwi? (I know that they mostly don`t use the same hostels)

Does stray stop only in small villages in the middle of nowhere or in bigger towns as well?


[ Edit: Edited on 17-Mar-2011, at 04:23 by nice_ice ]

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 550 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I travelled with Kiwi Experience when I went to NZ and a lot of the drivers were only bothered about their commission. A few of the drivers were sound and would tell you about cool activities which were also cheap, but most drivers would only push the expensive activities which made them more money.

The two buses go similar routes (as did Magic Bus which was also an option when I went) and I remember seeing the Stray bus once and it looked calm and chilled, so maybe not as partyish as Kiwi and more focussed on seeing the country.

But although Stray have a reputation as not being a party bus, I also did a free day tour of Auckland with Stray and the tour guide was still a good laugh. So just because they're not a party bus doesn't mean they won't still try to ensure everyone has fun.