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Travelling alone over Christmas in New Zealand
13 years ago, September 20th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #49293  
Hi everyone...

Has anyone been away over christmas and new year? I'm going travelling alone in New Zealand and just wondered if anyone has any experiences of this type of situation??? I have booked a ticket with Kiwi Experience and I have no worries about New Year, it's just I get the feeling already that Xmas will be a time for missing my friends and family (and figure it might be even worse if there's very little to do)..... Reply to this

13 years ago, September 20th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #49296  
Hello Rachel 😊

Maybe a trip to India, Thailand or someplace else in SE Asia would be an idea for you. Christmas hardly reaches that part of the world so you would not feel so bad about not being with family on that day.

I have been in Canada and Germany alone for Christmas. In Canada a few people invited me to their houses for Christmas day but I consider that to be lucky. In Germany I was alone. If you are going to stay in NZ for Christmas day then try to get together with other travellers to celebrate or else buy yourself some nice entertainment like books, games or whatever you like so you can independently keep yourself amused in case nobody is around and everything is closed.

Mel Reply to this

13 years ago, September 20th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #49299  
Maybe you will have an opportunity to work on Christmas day and New Years. Not only would that provide you with some company but many places pay extra to those who work on Christmas day and New Years day.

If you are interested in volunteering you could try voluntering at a homeless shelter to spread some of your good will at Christmas. Reply to this

13 years ago, September 22nd 2008 No: 4 Msg: #49469  
If you are looking for peolple to meet up with for Christmas, it may be worth putting a post in the Looking for Travel Companions forum Reply to this

13 years ago, October 23rd 2008 No: 5 Msg: #52373  
Rachel hi,

I spent my last Christmas in NZ, my first away from home, and loved it! All I can recomend is from my own experiance, Paihia in the bay of islands is a fantastic place to be. A christmas in the sun, at the Pipi patch hostel is brilliant. The only other place in NZ i would suggest is Queenstown, these two places were the highlight of my year in NZ and definatly the best places to be for Christmas and new year. Queenstown will be bigger and busier, Paihia is still very lively but set on the sea and quite chilled. Should you go to either, let me know, i still have great friends in both places who are very hospitable. All the best. Ian Reply to this

13 years ago, October 23rd 2008 No: 6 Msg: #52375  
Or thanks Ian, you've settled my mind... I have booked acom in Queenstown for New Year so will definitely be there then, glad of the reassurance :o) Reply to this

13 years ago, October 25th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #52541  
you'll have a brilliant time there! i worked as a doorman for the world bar (if u look under 25 u'll need a drivers liscence or passport to get in!) for 4 months. great people and if u see a young ginger headed barman he's called finn, tell him i say he's to buy u a free teapot! if u want to do the most extreme thing possible in QT, my friend Ivan flies the redbull stunt plane, might be able to knock a few dollars off a trip! have a wonderful tme, i miss QT.

ian Reply to this

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