If you’re a solo lesbian traveller who travels to immerse yourself in stunning natural landscapes, meet warm and interesting people, explore new cultures, and feel truly alive, then New Zealand is a fantastic lesbian travel destination for you. It’s safe, LGBTQ-welcoming, culturally rich, offers thrilling adventures in spectacular scenery… and has loads of local lesbians who want to make your trip truly special.
New Zealand Awaits is a company who focuses on creating itineraries for Gay and Lesbian Travellers. Owner Debbie Clarke loves putting visitors in touch with the real New Zealand and connecting with LGBTI travellers along the way.
Mary, a solo lesbian traveller, wanted to spend three weeks in New Zealand. As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, her “NZMust-Dos” included Hobbiton and other Lord of the Rings sites, time in nature, some unique and fun experiences, as well as connecting with as many lesbian locals as possible. She has created a photo journal of her trip which was organised by New Zealand Awaits.
First stop, Auckland: Staying in the gay enclave of Ponsonby gave Mary easy walking access to the city. It’s a funky local neighbourhood, and is also home to the Women’s Bookstore down the road. A room in an historical villa with a view over the city and the Sky Tower is a perfect introduction to New Zealand.
With two days in Auckland, Mary caught the ferry across the harbour to Rangitoto, an extinct volcano. The return climb to the top of the volcano can easily be accomplished in 3 hours, and passes through lush native bush.