Travel Hacks

Ultimate Guide To Solo Travelling New Zealand and Australia

By Louise Burton
on  September 12, 2019

Adventure calls. But here’s the thing: your mates either can’t afford it, don’t have that same zest for adventure as you or you really want to challenge yourself and improve your confidence by trying a solo travel adventure. It’s not only doable, but it’s so commonly done. And there’s no better part of the world than Australasia to go solo.

As (primarily) English speaking countries, Australasia is certainly an easier option as your first port of solo adventure. And with adventure aplenty on offer in Australia and New Zealand, there’s no better opportunity to live wild and tick a few things off your bucket list, like jumping into waterfalls, kayaking to secluded bays and all the adrenaline activities you can handle.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to solo travel in New Zealand and Australia, featuring 8 things to consider for your awesome adventure.

#1 Join in with group activities

Be sure to get involved with group activities. While travelling alone is amazing, most of the time it’s really not about doing everything on your own. It’s about meeting new friends, gaining the confidence to talk to just about anyone, making new lifelong friends and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experiences with people from all walks of life. Whether that means getting a group together in your hostel or hopping on a group tour.

Group of Wild Kiwi guests making human pyramid on the beach

#2 Get that shot… with you in it

You have to prove you’ve been there, right? And unless you’re a self-timer sorcerer, getting a decent shot of you hanging out in the Shire at Hobbiton, gazing over turquoise waters in the Whitsundays or hiking on a glacier in Franz Josef can just become forced fun when solo travelling. But when you join in with the group, like on a Wild Kiwi trip, you’ll be snapping each other in the moment and sharing on social media in no time with plenty of proof you actually went to your bucket-list destinations. 

#3 Stay in hostels

The number one rule of solo travel to avoid the impending doom of loneliness and maxing out the credit card is to stay in hostels. Sure, there are times you’ll want to have some alone time to contemplate life and treat yourself to a private room, but doing that every day not only blows the travel budget but hinders the process of meeting travel mates. Say yes to going out for a couple of beers with them and hearing about other’s travel tales and recommendations which could be important for your next move.

Wild Kiwi guests hiking

#4 Travel with other people

Getting around in true travel style is always cheaper when you have more people. Whether that means renting a car or hopping on a solo travel tour. While buses can take you from city to city, they aren’t going to stop off at that waterfall you just drove past. We’d encourage a solo travel tour in this scenario, as you’ll always have a local guide to lead the way to the unexpected, along with ensuring your safety.  

#5 Balancing alone time with making friends

We all have our own reasons for heading out solo, and sometimes just navigating an airport and arrival city is achievement enough. When it comes to the adventure part, it’s always pretty mega to have mates to share the experience with; cue Wild Kiwi. Your travel mates can pinch you for those pinch-yourself moments, and they are witnesses that can always confirm you really did take on the highest bungy jump in New Zealand…  

Wild Kiwi guest bungy jumping in Queenstown

#6 Bring only the essentials

Packing up and heading out on the open road, Into The Wild style may have you excited about injecting your social media with lots of exotic adventure, but there are practicalities around that too. Travelling solo means there’s no sharing the load with things like first aid kits and toiletries. When it comes space left for clothing? There’s not much of it. So, pack the essentials. In both Oz and NZ, you’re sure to need something for all weather. Look at packing merino layers, go sparingly on the togs and choose compact travel towels to save on space.

#7 Going where no-one else goes

Be sure to go to unexpected places too. While renting a car and taking buses has its advantages, there is always that inside knowledge of a local that brings you true off the beaten track adventures. Besides blog posts and google maps showing you the way, we’d of course recommend a Wild Kiwi guide – you won’t spend hours searching for that dirt road from Google Maps and won’t ever face the worry of stepping on sacred land. And, sometimes you’ll just pop in to places you’d otherwise miss en route to each destination. 

Wild Kiwi Guest at the top of Ben Lommond

#8 Working holiday

Australia and New Zealand both offer epic opportunities to live, work and adventure via the working holiday visa (restrictions apply, so check the visa requirements for each destination). Find your feet with an adventure on a Wild Kiwi trip – meet like-minded travellers and potentially other people who have done or are doing the same as you.

If you’re ready to take a bold adventurous step and try New Zealand solo travel or solo travel Australia, check out Wild Kiwi options for all your solo travel tour needs!

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