New Zealand Hiking for the Solo Traveller

Travelling alone to New Zealand and love hiking? Thinking of joining a guided tour? Here's some useful information and answers to common questions.

Travelling Solo and love hiking?  Thinking about joining a small group hiking tour?
Here's some useful information and answers to common questions.

As a solo traveler in New Zealand, joining an organzied tour is a great way to meet others and travel safely. Often over half the folk you meet on small group tours will be travelling solo, while the other half are travelling as friends or as couples. New Zealand’s generally a pretty safe place to travel, but because our passion is getting you into those special wilderness areas, away from it all, then that does require some local knowledge and a bit of outdoor savvy, not to mention an extensive knowledge on the regional flora & fauna, history & culture  - that’s where we guided tours into the equation

Hiking and walking guides you will meet in NZ are consummate professionals and passionate about what they do - they are there to help smooth your way so you get to maximize your outdoor experience. You’ll enjoy it all the more, sharing experiences with a small group of like-minded people and not having to worry about the banal logistics. 

By their very nature, guided small group walking tours attract people who love the great outdoors, flora and fauna and nature – just like the guides.  We love taking people to see new places, introducing them to new experiences and people. Whatever your age and however experienced you are with travelling, you will be more than welcome as a solo traveler on one of our small group hiking tours. You may join alone, but by the end you’ll feel as though you’re travelling with a group of friends.

Frequently asked questions about joining a organized walking tours as a single traveller:

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

No, any company with a good number of single travellers joining tours generally won't have a compulsory single supplement if you are prepared to share a room (Two people sharing in a room with two beds) - so 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.

  • What if I want a single room?

Many companeis offer the option to pay a little extra for a room of your own (Single Room Option). On some tours a single room may not be available but generally if you are booking well in advance then this will not be an issue, a possible exception to this can be when staying at remote national park lodges, ask your tour company for specific details.

  • Will the group be full of couples or solo travellers?

For example, on our New Zealand Trails small group hiking trips the average ratio between solo travellers and others (whether couples or friends) is approximately 50/50.

  • Are other single travelers mainly women or men?

Generally the split between women and men travelling solo on our trips is 60:40, so you won’t feel outnumbered.

  • What age will the rest of my group be?

Again this depends on the type of tour you choose, our tours are small group, with four star accommodation, includes restaurant meals so we have a great mix of people of all ages on our tours, ranging from their 40s to their 70s – but hey this is more about attitude than age.

New Zealand Trails offer small group guided walking tours in New Zealand’s Southwest World Heritage Area - with 11 or 13 day tours starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown or back in Christchurch again.  You’ll love guided walks on the New Zealand’s best tracks including the Routeburn, Hollyford and Milford Tracks.  As well as the great hiking you’ll never forget iconic activities such as the TranzAlpine train, the Mt Cook night sky, Fiordland helicopter ride and backcountry jetboat.  Expert guides and all the comforts of home with four star accommodation and award winning dining.

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