All about the The Big South Island New Zealand Pass

Want to concentrate on the South Island? The "Big South" is for you – whether you have 2-3 weeks or 12 months, this includes our full South Island travel network. Here at Real Kiwi Adventures we recommend at least 2-3 weeks to get the most out of your trip and to allow some time to hop-off and explore your favourite destinations for longer.

With this pass you’ll get to spend time in Queenstown – The Adventure Capital, the West Coast (home of the famous glaciers), and time in the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Your pass gets you a driver guide who will ensure you see the best bits of the South Island and helps you book accommodation along the way. 


The Big South Island New Zealand Pass Itinerary - 15 days

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Hop off the bus anywhere along the route, even places in between the designated stops. Plan to hop off in advance or do it spur of the moment – it’s up to you! To hop back on, simply book your next travel dates and pickup location through Stray Mate. The buses run on a regular timetable with multiple departures a week. Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, meaning you can hop off and on as many times as you like for up to a year! Short on time? You are not required to hop off the bus – feel free to use your pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its ‘minimum days’.

The Big South Island New Zealand Pass Price information
NZD per person



Tour code: RON
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Adult. Travel 1 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020

Departure information


Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Christchurch or from Picton on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Minimum days: 15-18
Recommended days: 3 weeks


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Travel pass which covers the entire Stray route - Stray is NOT an A to B bus service- Stray makes stops along the way to show you amazing things, like a beautiful waterfall, short scenic walk, local food tasting or breathtaking views
Ultimate travel flexibility – your pass is valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, so hop on and off as many times as you like
Driver Guide to provide invaluable knowledge, support, and local insight and to assist with booking accommodation and activities at every destination (pay-as-you-go) - your first night's accommodation at each stop is always guaranteed.

Non-travel days vary depending on departure day

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The Short South Pass

Short South bus pass travels in a loop, showcasing the very best of the South Island. It includes our entire South Island travel network without the Far South.

This pass starts in Christchurch you will travel up the east coast to Kaikoura for whale watching and then head to Abel Tasman national park before heading down the west coast of the Island to Franz Josef glacier country. You'll travel as far south as Queenstown before heading back to Christchurch via the Rangitata River in Canterbury.