Is New Zealand Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

New Zealand is widely recognized as a safe destination for solo female travelers. It is known for its hospitable people, low crime rates, and well-established tourism industry. Both urban and rural areas are typically safe to explore, and there are numerous hostels and accommodations that cater to solo travelers. As with any travel destination, it's always important to stay vigilant, especially at night, but overall, New Zealand is generally considered securely safe.

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How safe is New Zealand?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

New Zealand generally has low crime rates and is considered safe for a solo female traveler. However, as in any location worldwide, it is important to maintain personal safety by staying in well-lit and populated areas, keeping valuable belongings secure, and avoiding walking alone late at night in unfamiliar places. Like anywhere else, always stay alert and attentive to your surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in New Zealand is generally very safe. The country has a reliable network of buses, trains, and ferries that runs efficiently and on time. The stations and vehicles are clean, well-lit, and regularly patrolled by staff and security. It is common for solo travelers, including women, to use public transportation. However, as with any area, be aware of your surroundings and keep personal belongings close at all times.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Very low

New Zealand is generally a very safe country for solo female travelers, with a friendly and respectful culture. Instances of street harassment are relatively low compared to many other countries, although as with any other place, it can occur on occasion. All the same, it is rare and is not commonly reported in most parts.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

New Zealand largely enjoys a safe and secure environment with a relatively low crime rate. However, like everywhere else in the world, petty crimes like pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft from vehicles do occur particularly in popular tourist areas and larger cities. It is always advisable to take general precautions such as keeping valuables secure and maintaining a vigilant eye on your surroundings.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

New Zealand's tap water is typically very safe to drink due to their strict water quality standards. It's sourced from pristine resources and is rigorously tested, complying with high sanitary measures. However, during heavy rainfalls, take advice from local authorities, as this might temporarily affect the water.

Is New Zealand safe to travel?

4.8 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Solo travel experience

I felt very safe my whole time in NZ, such friendly and helpful people. Stayed at a few different hostels and met a few great travel buddies along the way! Highly recommend. There are some absolutely stunning areas of natural beauty everywhere you look.

Posted: June 14, 2024Experienced: May, 2006
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Australia

Solo travel experience

Is New Zealand a safe country for women travelling alone? Yes, this country in Oceania is a perfect solo travel destination and is great for the first-timer. That's why I've given it 5 out of 5 stars. There are a choice of lodges, hotels, hostels or campsites and adventure tours to hop on hop off, or it’s just as safe to hire a rental car or a motorhome and just drive around the two islands. New Zealand is the perfect place for those who love the outdoors and is a model for eco tourism. With a North and South island to explore, this country has amazing landscapes, volcanic craters, hot springs, Scottish towns and wilderness islands, and plenty for adrenalin junkies. One of the highlight from my NZ solo trip was Tongariro Alpine Crossing located in middle of the North Island. If you love trekking, you can travel from Auckland to Tongariro National Park, the country’s oldest National Park and a World Heritage Site. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the must do’s in New Zealand for hikers with its alpine and volcanic landscape, and is a popular day trip and hike. You do need to be fit if you're thinking of hiking it. The hike is nearly 20 kms so allow at least eight hours to complete it and ensure that you arrange transport for either the beginning or the end of the route. You can pre-book a hike trail roundtrip shuttle. There are companies that offer 3 day hikes.

Posted: June 8, 2024Experienced: April, 2017
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Everyone in new zealand is so friendly and welcoming. The scenery is incredible. Transport to get around is difficult, so I would recommend buying a car if you will be there for a few months. Hitchhiking is also an option given how safe it is there.

Posted: April 9, 2024Experienced: December, 2022
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Group travel experience

New Zealand was very safe and accommodating. We stayed in Paihia and I went there as part of a travel group with Contiki. The trip was relatively not cheap considering the activities I decided to engage in included boat cruises and sky diving but the trip was well worth it. The views were spectacular.

Posted: December 20, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I travelled alone to New Zealand for 2 weeks. I never felt unsafe, people were very friendly and helpful. I flew into Auckland, and took a bus to Rotorua. I spent a day in Whakarewarewa, in the evening I enjoyed hot springs and a massage at Polynesian Spa. I took a long bus ride (9 hours) from Rotorua to Wellington. I chose the bus because I wanted to see the surroundings and I was not disappointed. I stayed at an AirBnB in Wellington (Te Papa museum, a cable car ride to the Botanic Garden, I also went to an All Blacks match). I flew from Wellington to Queenstown. I stayed at a YHA hostel (highly recommend a single room). I took a gondola to the top, then walked back down, took a lake cruise to a sheep farm, and also did a one-day trip to Milford Sound. I returned to Auckland for 3 days before leaving the country and a friend who lived there showed me around the city. I wish I could have stayed in New Zealand longer. There is so much more to see.

Posted: December 14, 2022
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Is New Zealand safe for women?

New Zealand is extremely safe, but obviously exercise the usual caution with following your gut instinct. Like most places, I wouldn’t recommend walking around quiet urban areas after dark. Hiking trails and huts I personally feel safe on, even walking after dark.

Posted: May 21, 2024
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Is New Zealand safe right now?

Before your visit to New Zealand, it's essential to check travel advisories for New Zealand, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States Government advises exercising normal precautions in New Zealand. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: September 8, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

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Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises exercising normal safety precautions in New Zealand. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 16, 2024

Is New Zealand worth visiting?

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 9 experiences

Family travel experience

We travelled around the South Island which included amazing experiences like Punakaiki Rocks, Dennison Mines, glaciers on the west Coast. Attending our first rodeo in Wanaka and enjoying a boat ride on the lake in Queenstown ( great skiing nearby in winter). The east coast had a butterfly enclosure in Dunedin, great art in Christchurch and whale watching in Kaikoura. A beautiful,diverse country from mountains to the sea.

Posted: June 1, 2024Experienced: November, 2010
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

New Zealand is amazing. I've been there three times and I definitely recommend renting a camper. New Zealand has some of the best free camping spots in the world and many fantastic campgrounds that encourage this. My favourite attractions are: * Waipoua Forest and its majestic trees * The Waitangi Treaty House (wonderful history of Māori relations with the whites) * Waitomo Caves * Rotorua - Gravity sledding (Luge) and thermal pools * Te Papa Museum (Wellington) * Kaikoura - the perfect bay for dolphins and whales * Franz Josef Glacier * Queenstown * Milford Sound Fiord

Posted: December 14, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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