Embracing solo travel in your 60s! Tick off New Zealand first

Jan 13, 2021
Explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran on an incredible solo adventure. Source: Supplied

Jetting off overseas on a solo holiday isn’t just for adventurous youth on a gap year. Many Baby Boomers are embracing their newfound retirement freedom and planning trips they’ve spent years dreaming about now they’ve finally got the time and the financial means.

Some choose to venture to Europe, soaking up the history of countries like Germany, France and Poland, while others prefer to road trip across the United States, or explore the ancient wonders of Asia.

But with the Australian borders closed to most of the world for now, there’s an option much closer to home that is sure to take your breath away: New Zealand. With its snow-capped mountains, enriching culture and delicious food, New Zealand is just a hop, skip and a jump (or flight) from Australia and if all goes to plan, Aussies may soon be able to travel there.

Already this year New Zealander’s are travelling to Australia quarantine-free, with the neighbouring country recording very few Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. And Travel at 60 is well-prepared for when the time comes for travel to resume the other way.

Board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Source: Supplied

In November this year, and again in February 2022, there’s a 16-day New Zealand holiday designed for solo travellers. It departs from Christchurch and heads all the way to Auckland with many adventures along the way including a Milford Sound cruise, a ride on the Skyline Rotorua Gondola, a visit to New Zealand’s national museum, a guided tour of Larnach Castle – just to name a few.

The holiday begins with an introductory city-sights tour in Christchurch, before travelling through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. You’ll see the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the famous Sheep Dog Statue.

Not to mention the spectacular mountain ranges that you’ll wind through by coach, train and boat along the way. You’ll see the stunning Bowen Falls, marvel at the magical Lake Wakatipu and of course, explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran.

Board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for dinner. Source: Supplied

Accommodation, food and travel are all included in the price of the tour – all you have to do is pack your bag and make your way across the ditch to New Zealand ready for the start date. Click here to find out more and secure your spot on the fun-filled getaway.

Meanwhile, if you’d rather stay closer to home Travel at 60 offers solo sharing on Starts at 60 community holidays. Single travellers willing to share a room can be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender. Click here to browse holidays within Australia.

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