New Zealand is one of the safest known countries for people wanting to travel solo because of our friendly locals and accessible adventures. So if you’re wanting to step outside your comfort zone New Zealand solo travel is where it’s at!
Hop on a backpacker adventure tour around NZ with a bunch of travellers doing the same thing as you and you’ll make friends instantly! There are heaps of adventure tours in New Zealand that put on great trips for 18-35 years olds so you can see the awesome scenery while also making friends. WildKiwi Tours, Stray, Haka Tours and FlyingKiwi put on a few of our favourite tours.
Although New Zealand is a small country there is so much to see! So you need to plan out all the mountains, lakes and beaches you want to visit strategically before you set off.
Backpacker Hostels in New Zealand are known for their communal areas and dorm rooms where you can bump into other solo travellers. This is perfect for meeting new friends as you spark up a conversation while cooking your dinner or when you check into your dorm room.
Do a little bit of research before you set off on your adventure on what the weather is like at that time of year. Make sure you bring the clothes and things you will depend on during your trip because it’s not fun having to spend money on extra clothes!
There are heaps of other solo travellers like you in NZ who also want to meet other solo travellers. You’ll find each other easily through transport, accommodation, work and activities. But even before you start travelling you can join an NZ backpackers Facebook group to connect with some people doing the same thing as you. Click here for an awesome group to join
Try staying in one place for a little while and get some work experience. Not only will it give you some spending cash but you can also use it as an opportunity to meet some new friends.
Games are a great way to bring you and a stranger together. Break the ice and offer to play a card game when people are looking a little bored. It’s a lot of fun and will give you the confidence to approach people!