New Zealand Solo Travel

New Zealand Hiking for the Solo Traveler

January 2014 | By New Zealand Trails

4 minute read

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When joining New Zealand Trails for a trip around New Zealand, you may want to travel solo, but you will never be alone! We have travellers spending their vacation with us from all around the world, and lots of people tell us that sharing the whole experience with other like-minded folk was one of the unexpected highlights of their tour. You get all the benefits of travelling with others, having fantastic company and guides, whilst still enjoying plenty of time to yourself too. The best of all worlds we reckon!

As a solo traveller with New Zealand Trails, you will be in great company. We generally have several solo travellers on our small group tours. Our passion is getting you into New Zealand's unique wilderness areas, special spots that are away from it all, off the beaten track and not accessible if you're travelling alone. To really experience the essence and heart of New Zealand does require some local knowledge and a bit of outdoor savvy, not to mention know-how on regional history, culture and flora and fauna - that’s where we come into the equation.

Helicopter tour of Tasman Glacier

When we say you'll experience the REAL New Zealand in comfort and style, we mean it! These guests enjoyed an incredible heli tour of the mighty Tasman Glacier.

Our guides are the best if we do say so ourselves! They’re super friendly, carefully chosen and trained, very knowledgeable and inherently passionate about what they do. Their job is to take care of pretty much everything for you. They will help smooth the way so you get to make the most of your precious time in New Zealand; our guests tell us they enjoy it all the more, sharing experiences with a small group of like-minded people and letting us organise absolutely everything.

Mou Waho Island, Wanaka

Sublime views await our intrepid guests atop Mou Waho Island, a wildlife sanctuary unlike any other.

New Zealand Trails trips attract people who love getting their feet on the ground and exploring the great outdoors, and those who want to see the very best of New Zealand's flora, fauna and nature while enjoying their home comforts at the same time. We love taking people to see new places, introducing them to new experiences and watching guests make new friends. Whatever your age and however experienced a traveller you are, you will be welcomed with open arms as a solo traveller on our trips. People tell us it's like travelling with a group of old friends!

Routeburn Track River, Fiordland

Marvel at crystal-clear alpine waters as they carve their way through the Routeburn Valley.

Frequently asked questions 

As a solo traveller do I have to pay a ‘single supplement’?

No, we don’t have a compulsory single supplement on our tours. The accommodation is on a twin share basis (two people sharing in a room with two beds) – so there is no additional charge. This means that as a solo traveller, you will share a room with someone else of the same sex and, as far as possible, of roughly the same age. Don't worry - you'll never be forced to pay a single supplement if we can't match you with another traveller.

What if I want a single room?

Yes, of course, we do offer the option to pay a little extra for a room of your own (single room option).

Will the group be full of couples or solo travellers?

We've never had a trip without any solo travellers! The average ratio between solo travellers and others (whether couples or friends) is approximately 25:75.

Are other single travellers mainly women or men?

Overall on our trips, the split between women and men is pretty even, so you won't feel outnumbered.

What age will the rest of my group be?

We have a great mix of people of all ages on our tours, ranging from the thirties to seventies, and they have all loved our trips. Most people tend to be in their fifties and sixties.

Read more trip FAQs here.

Walking along Milford Sound, Fiordland

Even this postcard-worthy shot doesn't capture the majesty of Milford Sound in the flesh; put yourself in this picture!

New Zealand Trails proudly operates five carefully crafted small group guided tours - read more about the one for you here. You’ll get to experience guided walks on New Zealand’s best tracks including the Routeburn, Hollyford and Milford. As well as the great hiking our itineraries are packed with iconic activities such as stargazing in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland backcountry jet boating, dolphin swimming and more. You will be led by friendly, expert guides and enjoy all the comforts of home with amazing accommodation and exemplary dining.

Want to speak to a solo traveller who has been on one of our trips recently? We can put you in touch with someone to discuss their experiences. Just get in touch now. We look forward to hearing from you!

To get a copy of our free brochure to your doorstep, click here!

Updated 30/11/2018

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