Many visitors who come to Queenstown do so alone. Travelling solo comes with its perks – you can be completely selfish and decide where you want to go and what you want to do yourself, you’ll meet loads of people and you’ll learn a lot about yourself. It can be daunting when it comes to finding things to do, so having a plan in place for your trip is a great idea.
In Queenstown, there are plenty of tours that allow you meet people and just as many activities that are amazing (and likely more peaceful) by yourself. Here are some of our top recommendations of things to do in Queenstown when you’re ridin’ solo!
Milford Sound Day Tour
A day tour to Milford Sound is one of the best things to do as a solo traveller in Queenstown. On one of our Milford Sound day tours from Queenstown, you’ll not only get a full day of adventure but also meet lots of other like-minded visitors along the way.
Our tours start with a coach ride and onboard you will have the chance to converse and enjoy the company of a group of visitors just as excited as you. The coach stops along the way to take in some stunning sights before arriving in Milford Sound for a nature cruise. Here, you can look out in awe at Milford Sound, listen to the guide’s informative commentary, and relax with a cup of coffee. Then, it’s either a coach ride back to Queenstown, or if you’re up for it, a plane ride!
By the time you make it back to Queenstown, you will have had an amazing day and may even have made some friends for life. A day tour to Milford Sound is a really awesome thing to do for any visitor, including solo travellers.
Jet Boating in Queenstown
Jet Boating is another great thing to do as a solo traveller in Queenstown. This activity is adventure packed and also a great way to see some parts of Queenstown you can’t any other way. KJet is a jet boat operator on Lake Wakatipu and their 1-hour adventure packed tours take you for a spin on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers.
The views from the jet boat are stunning and this is a group activity attracts plenty of other solo travellers jumping on for a thrill-seeking ride. By the end, it’s almost guaranteed you will have a huge smile stretched across your face and great memories for life!
K Jet tours depart from the centre of Queenstown every hour on the hour –you can learn more about the tour here!
Go Hiking in Queenstown
Hiking is one of those things that is sometimes more amazing as a solo traveller. Being out in the wilderness listening to only the wildlife and the sounds of nature is truly special. In Queenstown, there are lots of easy and safe hikes in the area. Some of these include Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill, Bobs Cove Track, and the Tiki Trail.
All of these hikes are popular so it’s likely you will see a few other people along the way. As a solo traveller, it’s also much safer on these trails as in the unlikely case of an emergency, someone is never too far to help. That being said, if you stick to the trail and hike in good weather conditions you should have no problems at all! You can learn a bit more about safety when hiking in Queenstown here.
Cycling around Queenstown is a great way to take in amazing views and cover more ground than hiking. It’s a very enjoyable activity and a great way to get active during your visit to Queenstown.
There are many places to ride your bike around Queenstown, however, one of the best and most unique is on our Station 2 Station Cycle Trail. This tour is self-guided and involves a scenic cruise to the other side of Lake Wakatipu to Mount Nicholas High Country Farm. Once there, you begin your leisurely 14 kilometre ride to Walter Peak Station, enjoying stunning views along the way. That isn’t the end of it! Once you arrive at Walter Peak Station you’ll jump on board the famous TSS Earnslaw for another scenic cruise back to Queenstown.
Join a Queenstown Pub Crawl
Queenstown is a nightlife hotspot and as a solo traveller, the best way to get amongst it is one of the organised pub crawls in town. These pub crawls get a group of likeminded partygoers together for a night of fun and socialising.
If you’re planning your solo trip to Queenstown, there are some great solo traveller apps that can help make your trip even better! Get downloading and you’ll be fully equipped for the solo trip of a lifetime! Queenstown is a place where strangers become friends and friends become family. We would love to share our little piece of the world with you – get in touch to book one of our Queenstown experiences!