4143 Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Miles Holden
Nz mount cook helicopter flight 1
Nz te urewera treks day walk 2 family active
5508 Auckland City Auckland Matt Crawford
4143 Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Miles Holden
Nz mount cook helicopter flight 1
Nz te urewera treks day walk 2 family active
5508 Auckland City Auckland Matt Crawford
Roam beyond the ordinary

Solo travel through New Zealand

Close your eyes and picture yourself on your dream journey in New Zealand. Are you swimming in the blue waters of Lake Wakatipu? Wandering through ancient rainforests? Learning the Maori peoples' stories shared through word of mouth over centuries? Discovering Auckland or Queenstown? Kayaking through Fiordland National Park? Spotting the elusive Kiwi bird? Doing anything your heart desires? The possibilities are limitless.

Experience New Zealand like a local

Be welcomed by Kiwi friendliness, and experience the true meaning of kia ora. Travel at a relaxed pace in one of the world's safest and most friendly countries. Be astounded by the natural beauty and rich culture of New Zealand. Enjoy great adventures, stay with local hosts at unique locations, create new stories, and make long life friendships.

Soaking in a natural hot spring, Rotorua
Soaking in a natural hot spring in Rotorua
Conquer the Tongariro Crossing
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The TravelEssence guarantee:

  • Explore beyond the typical tourist destinations with a tailor-made holiday that is made just for you.
  • Engage and immerse with your welcoming local hosts and gain a deeper understanding of different customs.
  • Discover unique small-scale accommodations and activities.
  • Once in a lifetime kind of experience.
  • Rest assured with a 24/7 network of support for the duration of your holiday should you need us.
  • Speak to a travel expert when convenient for you - our team is available every day until 9 pm at our London office or online.
  • Complete peace of mind as we are full members of ATOL and ABTA.

How long do I need in New Zealand?

You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes: "How long do I have?" A great solo trip comes with enough time to truly reset and get into a new rhythm. When you don't have to rush or be on anyone else's agenda.

Travel at a relaxed pace

Six weeks is an ideal amount of time to venture deep into the depths of New Zealand and unravel the authentic Kiwi lifestyle. Or, if you have slightly less time, your travel specialist can help you choose the best regions that suit your wishes. We recommend travelling at a relaxed pace for a minimum of three weeks. Have a look at some of our favourite trips to get inspired for your own journey.

Holiday ideas for solo travellers

5 weeks from Central Otago to the Bay of Islands

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5+ weeks - 16200 £

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7 weeks from Canterbury to Far North

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3-5 weeks - 8500 £

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Where can I stay?

At TravelEssence, we focus on small-scale accommodation with local hosts renowned for their Kiwi hospitality. This is the greatest way to experience authentic New Zealand. A unique spot to experience the natural wonders of New Zealand and meet the locals. It's a place where you can truly unwind and escape the ordinary. Enjoy a barbecue with your hosts after an exciting day of exploring, sit around the fire and share stories with fellow travellers.

A place where you arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend

Whether you prefer to wake up to homemade brekky at a quirky bed & breakfast in the heart of Wellington. Get off the grid at a farm stay on the South Island or sleep between the fruitful vines in Marlborough. Experience unique accommodations that become an unforgettable part of your journey.

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Would you like to find out a little more?

We offer regular online presentations. Get to know New Zealand a little better. And see if you like what we offer and what we can offer you. It’s free, of course, and no obligation. You can find our next online presentations here.

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What can I see and do?

With the diversity of New Zealand, you can see and do just about anything your heart desires. Immerse yourself in the Maori culture with Indigenous guides. Spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin on a hike to the Caitlin Coast of South Island. Cycle along an old railway line, through tunnels and over bridges between Dunedin and Central Otago. Sail the waters as you spot whales, dolphins and albatrosses.

Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime activities and connect with the locals

Don't waste your time with tourist traps! Let your travel specialist know your interests and they will advise you on what is best for you as a traveller. We can take care of every detail, so you just have to show up and enjoy the new experience. There are private tours available as well as small group tours which offer a great chance to meet other travellers.

Best places to visit

Boat in a lake with towering mountain peaks in the background
Milford Sound
Situated within Fiordland National Park, it's a magical place considered one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions.
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Aerial view of a green mountain peak with a river winding around the bottom of it
Discover one of New Zealand's most thrilling destinations.
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People walking over a swing bridge
Rotorua is known for its volcanic wonders and rich Maori culture.
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A woman dressed in black looking over a turquoise blue crater lake
Tongariro National Park
Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand.
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Rock face with Maori engravings surrounded by water
Lake Taupo
The beautiful Lake Taupo is located in central North Island. Covering a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is considered more of an inland sea than a lake.
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Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.