Stray hop-on, hop-off travel network returns to Hahei

From November, Stray’s hop-on, hop-off travel network returns to the iconic New Zealand holiday hot spot of Hahei in the beautiful Coromandel. Stray has partnered with the local operators of The Hahei Holiday Resort to create a unique two-night experience in a custom built facility exclusive to Stray customers.

Ideally situated on Hahei’s beautiful water front, The Hahei Holiday Resort offers the classic New Zealand campground experience, as well as luxury accommodation, providing the perfect base to access the area’s popular attractions including Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

View of Hahei Beach

Grant Kilby, General Manager of The Hahei Holiday Resort, and his team have developed a stylish purpose built backpacker facility which sets a benchmark for what budget accommodation in New Zealand can look like. The site, which comfortably hosts up to 100 people, includes six new cabins along with a major refurbishment on the original facilities.

Stray bunks at Hahei Holiday Resort

Designed with the sociable traveller in mind, guests will enjoy generous common areas including an enclosed deck with comfortable furnishings, exclusive picnic and BBQ areas, gazebo with a brazier and a bespoke designed ablution block. Kilby’s wife Cathryn, owner of CK Interior Design, worked on the project to create a ‘coastal chic’ boathouse feel that utilizes natural timber and a clever use of upcycled materials.

Hahei Holiday Resort gazebo

Stray’s CEO Brett Hudson says, “We see Hahei becoming a flagship destination for Stray passengers. Not only will our guests be situated on arguably one of New Zealand’s most spectacular beaches, they can look forward to a luxurious night’s sleep in spacious cabins with top-class bedding. We are pleased to be working with visionary Operators who share our customer-centric stance. On top of this, Strays fundamental USP’s are the industry’s challenge right now. Hahei will not only blow our customers away, but also create further effective dispersal of our customers to the regions”.

Stray has committed to a two night stay in Hahei to ensure customers can make the most of the wide range of activities on offer. There is no shortage of options with Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach nearby, as well as kayaking, boat tours, snorkelling and walks to historical Maori sites in the area.


With Stray’s new season rates remaining unchanged, the addition of Hahei to Stray’s existing route offers significant value to what is already one of New Zealand’s greatest adventures. Customers will gain access to a whole new region at no extra cost, enabling them to ‘see more and do more’ whilst travelling New Zealand.

Stray’s success as an off the beaten track operator has been built around its ability to innovate and collaborate with quality partners in remote parts of New Zealand. Hahei is a great fit for Stray building on its already extensive support of regional destinations such as the East Cape, Raglan, Lake Aniwhenua, Blue Duck Station, Marahau (Abel Tasman), Gunn’s Camp (Fiordland) and Rangitata.

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