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1. Posted by jessiewru (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello fellow travellers.

Please can someone help me out here.

I have been let down by friends 3 times over the last 5 years now when it has come down to traveling, after this last time, I have thought long and hard about it and decided, poo to them, I am going anyway.

Just one thing... I never thought I would be doing it alone and I am a tad nervous.
I wish to go to NZ in September, but I am stuck now on how to move around that beautiful country.
I was going to hire a camper van with my friends, but I am not sure if this is the most cost effective way to travel when you are on your own. What are the camp site fees like? Do you still get to met other people this way? Would I be better taking the bus?

I need some advice from you peeps who have been there and got the T-Shirt.

Any help and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

2. Posted by shellb (Budding Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I wouldnt worry about being let down.....go and enjoy life!
Im affraid I havent been to Nz...yet...but I am planning to be there about dec time...I'll b on my own too so I know how your feeling.
Ive had friends go and they suggested hiring a camper van too, a brilliant way of getting around and seeing the country...but different when your on your own...lots of driving! Hey if your about in Dec then we could share!
Be great to hear of others travels to Nz....


3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jessie,
Although I normally recommend motorhoming in NZ, it would mean you'd be on your own a lot - depends whether you like that idea or not.
You can do similar by camping or using cabins. The campsites are all good and unlike the UK, they have lots of 'cabins'. These can range from the luxurious mobile homes that we have in Europe, to just basically a garden shed type thing with bunk beds in! These are nice and cheap!

You would get to meet more people if you went hostelling I suppose, but it depends what you're looking for.

4. Posted by kerry21 (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Im going to New Zealand for a month this September on my own too. Im a first-time backpacker and bought a kiwi experience bus pass as its quite cheap and i'll get to meet lots of other backpackers. How long are you there for?


5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

I've travelled through NZ on my own ( now I'm living here with my partner)

If you don't wanna spend too much money, you better stay away from renting cars/vans etc. because you don't have anyone to share the petrol/driving etc. with.

I was on the Stray Bus, wich was really cool (although there were some disadvantages, bec I did it in Winter). I met heaps of people and there was definitely less drinking than on Kiwi experience (I don't drink, so that was nice for me then)

Also staying in hostels helped a lot, because there are (of course) lots of Travellers there.

Travelling on your own can have many advantages (specially when you need some time for yourself, have to think about things in your life etc.). And although your 'travelling on your own' you are always surrounded by people and never really alone.
So if you are open enough you just go and start talking to them anyway...

Just one warning: after a few weeks you will get sick of the same questions (where are you from? How long have you been ehre for? where did you go before NZ? Where do you go after? What do you do abck at home? etc.)

Enjoy your trip ;)

6. Posted by jessiewru (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Jessiewru here!

Just thought I would let you lovely people know that I plan to travel New Zealand using the Kiwi Experience now.
I think it will be much, much better than being on my own in a van. I do not drink, but I am sure I can find other ways of having fun!

I hope to have the 'full monty' pass and do a bit of inderpendent travel mixed in, as I wish to visit Hobbiton (Matamata) and be a big geek and dance and sing around the 'Party Tree' on my birthday!
I do hope other people will join in! Hahaha...

Just thought I would let you know, and say thanks for the tips!


7. Posted by madmonkey (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I got went travelling on my own to NZ for just under 2months at the end of last year. Travelling on you own is the best thing to do, you get a better experience go where you want and meet loads of amazing people.

I found that the best thing for me was to jump on a bus as it made getting about and buses and trains there are not all that easy. There are tonnes and tonnes of bus companies all doing different things depending on what you want to get out of your trip. I used Flying kiwi which was camping and getting of the beaten track exploring. But there is magic which seemed ok, generally the people seemed slightly older and stayed in hostels. the kiwi experience is a party bus younger in age more drinking less exploring but thats some peoples bag i guess.

Lots of people hire, but car hire is expensive out there. Buying a van may be cost effective if you found a group to do it with. There are tonnes of backpackers and if you stay in hostels for a few nights you will meet so many people all in the same boat as you.

Take it as it comes and have fun, its a pretty safe country to get about in and every1 is really really friendly and helpful. Its the most amazing place ive have been.

8. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I travelled through NZ for a month with Magic bus - and so far it has been the best tour I've ever been on!
You'll meet lots of people this way! Also note that you can make it as independant as you like as its like a hop on hop off bus - you can pick where you want to go and how long for and theres no restriction the ticket is valid for 12 months! Worth having a look at their site even if its just to get an idea of where to

9. Posted by jessiewru (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Okay... magic bus sounds great, but it doesn't do the east coast of the North Island!
The Kiwi Expereince does! But Kiwi bus sound like a party bus!
Both do the great hop on and off thing and the booking of hostels and extra trips.......


This is harder than I thought it would be. LOL and I have to make my mind up in the next two weeks!

Has anyone done the Kiwi Expereince? Is it all drink and crazyness, or is there a real chance to go exploring... the 'Eastas' tour seems so great, but if I am doing it with crazy drunk people...hmmmmm....not sure.

Any other ideas?

Jessiewru or
Confused Kaye

10. Posted by madmonkey (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Do a bit of both, take a bus, hop on and of for a bit then if u meet cool peeps hire a van or something. just take it as it comes, once your out there everyone is doing the same sorta thing.
Have fun!