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There are a variety of ways to see New Zealand: campervans, hitchhiking (not recommended!), rent a car and camp, and then there is hop-on-hop-off buses. The latter option is one the the safest, hassle-free, sociable and generally best ways to see this beautiful country.
1. You'll meet like-minded travellers from all over the world!
While travelling, you will make friends with people from all corners of the globe, being on the hop-on-hop-off bus just makes it easier! You'll be surrounded by friendly and adventurous like-minded people, whether you are riding the bus or hanging out at one of the overnight stops around the country. As you travel through this beautiful country, experiencing all of its natural wonders, you will have plenty of time to bond with your fellow travel mates.
2. Travel at your own pace, manage your own schedule
Hop-on Hop-off gives you the flexibility to travel how you want to. You can “hop off” at any point and spend more time in the places you like. If you find a place you truly love, you can stop and work for some cash, then hop back on and continue adventuring through New Zealand. This gives you the ultimate flexibility while you travel. The hop-on hop-off passes issued by Stray are valid for 12 months and allow travelers to ‘re-travel’ the route as often as they like over that period. So flexible and handy if you're spending a gap year in New Zealand.
3. You don’t have to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road
Fun fact: New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road (and the drivers seat is on the right side). This makes driving more challenging for travelers from countries where you are used to driving on the right side. Also, many of the roads in New Zealand are two lane, narrow and windy roads that make driving much more exhausting than your typical multi-lane highway. Being on a hop-on-hop-off bus allows you to relax and enjoy some of the amazing views along the route. It also means you will arrive feeling rested and ready to tackle some of the exciting activities available at each destination around New Zealand.
4. See all the Must-See locations in New Zealand
One of the hardest parts of traveling is making sure you don’t miss out on any of the “must see” places. This means hours of research before travelling to plan your trip. Have all that added organisation required to plan a trip lessened when you book a hop-on hop-off travel pass. Also, you will have a friendly bus driver/tour guide onboard who can help you book accommodation, activities and point out what to see or do at each location. Having these local experts on hand is yet another perk of this travel option. Because the itineraries have been well researched for each region, you will spend more time having fun, and less time on the internet trying to figure it out yourself.
5. Experience meaningful travel and learn about the culture
One of the most incredible aspects of Stray – one of New Zealand’s most reputable hop-on-hop-off bus tour providers, is how they tie meaningful experiences into the trip. Two of their most popular stops revolve around true New Zealand culture and history. At one of their stops you learn about the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Another stop, Blue Duck Lodge, a high country farm station, you'll learn about (and can get involved with) conservation work in place to protect the Whio (Blue Duck), one of New Zealand’s endangered birds. Tying in meaningful experiences as you travel will make your adventure through New Zealand an even more rewarding trip!