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How safe would you consider NZ for a woman alone?
13 years ago, October 5th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #50820  
Hi,

Am considering a trip to NZ on my own. I am in my late 40s and have never really travelled alone before. I am obviously apprehensive.....but don't want that to stop me. Would be really interested to hear other peoples views on the safety aspect of travelling alone through NZ. I had considered an organised coach trip - but just know that if I did this that I would end up sitting next to the coach nutter! My funds would be limited so 4* hotels are out of the question, any suggestions for good, clean accommodation would be gratefully appreciated.

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13 years ago, October 5th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #50836  
Hello Karen 😊

As far as I know NZ is not a particularly threatening country for women.

Of course there is always the possibility you could end up having to sit next to somebody who is less than well mannered on the coach. That would be bad luck but probably wont happen.

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13 years ago, October 5th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #50875  
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Hi Karen,

Welcome to TravelBlog.

I've traveled by myself in NZ, at different times using public transport and a hire car. I wouldn't hitch-hike by myself, but that's a personal choice. Reply to this

13 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #50885  
Thanks for that. I feel a little silly now for asking the question. I spent a lot of time last night looking through the site and reading about other peoples adventures. Travel is something that I have always wanted to do.....but always found an excuse as to why I couldn't do it! It is only since I hit my late forties and I realised that 50 was not that far away, that I suddenly realised that it was now - or possibly never. I think I knew deep down that NZ was a pretty safe option.....perhaps I was looking for that excuse to bail out again. Reading this site has been the best possible cure I could have ever wanted. I envy you all and am determined to have my own experiences that I can pass on to others. Thanks a lot guys......lets hope that one day soon I too can be helping people with their travel questions. 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #50890  
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You probably can answer questions already - have a wander through the North America forum and see what questions are there on Canada :-) Reply to this

13 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #50891  
I will do......thanks again Reply to this

13 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #50939  

...excuse to bail out again



No bailing! Remember what you want out of life. 😊

Did you notice the New to Independent Travel Forum? You can post in there when you need some extra encouragement. It is a forum expecially for those who are new to travel. 😊
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13 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #50945  
I will definitely have a look at the new forum. Promise I won't bail......this time I'm going to do it! Thanks again 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, October 16th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #51784  
New Zealand is one of the safest countries I've traveled/lived in. New Zealanders are very proud of their country and are generally very friendly to foreigners and quite happy to show them around, that said, I wouldn't go hitch hiking, it doesn't matter how safe a country is, hitch hiking alone in a foreign country is never a good idea. Reply to this

13 years ago, October 16th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #51806  
Thanks Dominic.....I would never hitch hike.....always thought it was a bad idea, can't tell your kids not to talk to strangers and then hop in a car with one! I have been looking at lots of sights and books and am getting very excited about my trip. It may be a while before I get there....but I will get there. Another question.....how do NZ's feel about Brits, do they hate us as much as the Australians? Reply to this

13 years ago, October 16th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #51809  
The only time that NZ's hate the Brits is when they beat them in Rugby, since that doesn't happen very often you should be fine :p You will love it! New Zealand is a beautiful country! Specially the South Island! It's so beautiful, and beaches! It's not uncommon to find a nice beach and have it all to yourself and who ever you happen to meet along the way! Reply to this

13 years ago, October 16th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #51815  
Mmmmmmmm.......I'm there already.......now all I need to do is find my flip flops! Reply to this

13 years ago, October 17th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #51829  
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now all I need to do is find my flip flops!



We actually call them jandals ;-) Reply to this

13 years ago, October 18th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #51915  
Love it..........they will be known as jandals in my house from now on! Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #51977  
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Where did the profile pic go?? Are you swapping it for one of your jandals? Or maybe a hokey pokey icecream and jaffas? :-) Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #51980  
Now I'm completely lost.........just hope whatever you just said wasn't rude! ha ha Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 17 Msg: #51981  
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You need to attend a Kiwi101 class ;-)

Go to your local dairy (corner store - even if it's not on a corner) and ask for some hokey pokey icecream and some jaffas :-P Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 18 Msg: #51982  
I shall sign up immediately........where I come from hokey belongs with cokey and its a strange dance (uk style)....pokey, well we don't even want to go there! and jaffas are a very nice cake. 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 19 Msg: #51983  
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While you're there, don't forget the pineapple lumps and afghans :-) Reply to this

13 years ago, October 19th 2008 No: 20 Msg: #51989  

Or maybe a hokey pokey icecream and jaffas?



Never heard of hokey pokey icecream and I dont want to miss out on something. Please put receipe for it in the following thread. :D

Cooking
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