The following is a list of women only tours, retreats
and women's accommodation
(female only dormitories in hostels). There are also links to some women specific travel books and websites.
Let's support our sisters, many of them are doin' it for themselves .....
Updated April 2015
Women's Adventures NZ
Women's Adventures NZ organises one day adventures in and around Auckland like horse riding, and indoor rock wall climbing. There are weekend trips to Rotorua, and longer adventures include walking the Queen Charlotte Track and 11 day cycle tours of Samoa.
Towanda Women Motorcycle Tours Ltd
Motorcycle tours for women by women. All motorcycles are hired from leading rental firms (or you can take your own) so you should be able to ride your motorcycle of choice. Subscribe to the newsletter if you would like to keep up to date with what's new. Women motorcyclists might also be interested in contacting the NZ division of Women's International Motorcycling Association
Trekking Adventures (formerly Trekking 4 Women Ltd) now offers trips for both men and women. International destinations include Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Tanzania and Egypt. New Zealand based cycling tours
are also an option.
Women's Holidays (formerly Bushwise Women) organise trips to Greece, France and Italy, and closer to home - Bay of Islands
Retreats / Surf Lessons
A Place To Be, Hawkes Bay
A Place To Be near Napier offers a one day silent retreat on the first Sunday of the month. Longer retreats include 'Wise and Sassy Women's Retreat' and 'Mindfulness Residential Retreat', see the website for further information.
Anahata Yoga Retreat, Golden Bay
Anahata Yoga Retreat in Golden Bay runs weekend and week long retreats, they also have an online Yoga Shop
Art Break, Waihi
Combine accommodation and painting on a two day art break in Waihi.
Fig Jam Retreats and Workshops, Thames
Depart Auckland and fly to Bali for a Spa Retreat with a Creative Twist
. Weekend retreats and workshops are also offered in Thames.
Retreats for the Soul, Otaki
A Women's Well-being Retreat is being held in October 2015, meditative retreats, and retreats for teenagers are also options.
ReVive Me Women’s Retreat, Taranaki
All inclusive weekend retreats in Taranaki for women who like to be inspired and give inspiration to others.
Surf Dames, Whale Bay, Raglan
Surf Dames is a women's only surfing and spa retreat - learn to surf (3 - 4 hour lesson
, surf board and wet suit provided, $99). Also check out the luxury surf camps
and retreat packages. If you would like to organise a hen party with a difference or create your own retreat package, get in touch with the Surf Dames on 07 825 SURF (7873).
Hibiscus, Mt Maunganui
Hibiscus organise hens surf parties
(and bachelor surf parties), a surf photographer can be on hand to snap some surfing shots. Private surf lessons are also offered.
Bliss Sanctuary for Women, Bali
Described as a Sanctuary where you can design your own experiences that can include spa treatments, yoga, meditation, surfing, bike and trekking tours. Link to NZ Herald
article about Bliss Sanctuary for Women.
Belly Dance Classes
A worldwide directory of Belly Dance classes - NZ classes.
Reel Chix Fish
Currently the site mainly lists Reel Chix Fish branded clothing and accessories, but you can show off your catches on the Facebook page.
HERmail.net is a service offered via the Journeywoman website, it enables women to connect worldwide. You can either provide your email details so that you can assist a female traveller who will be visiting your town, or if you are travelling you can connect with women who may be able to assist you.
Frocks on Bikes
Flocks of frocks pedal their way around many towns in NZ. Look out for events in Frocktober.
Cranksistas are a group of women on wheels in Auckland. Revolve Cycling is a down to earth cycling club for women road cyclists and mountain bikers in Wellington. A Revolve club has also been established in Rotorua.
Women's Lifestyle Expo
Each year the Women's Lifestyle Expo is held throughout the country, visit the website for dates and details.
EveryWoman Expo (Auckland)
Shop for hair and beauty products, attend a seminar session, watch a 'Beautiful You' catwalk show and eat and drink at the Bubbles and Cup Cake Bar.
Red Hat Society
An international society of women, usually aged over 50, who ofcourse wear red hats. A list of Red Hat Society contacts in NZ, although the list may be out of date, contact can be made via the Red Hat Society official website.
are in New Zealand and Australia. Some Base Backpackers
have what they call sanctuary dorms
- exclusively for the girls who want some extra comforts on their backpacking travels. Two examples are Base Bay of Islands, 18 Kings Road, Paihia
reviews) and Base Auckland, Level 3, 229 Queen Street (Trip Advisor
are another backpacker chain that have women only dorms. Two Auckland hostels with separate female dorms are Nomads Auckland
Backpacker Hostel, 16-20 Fort Street, and Nomads Fat Camel
Backpackers Hostel, 38 Fort Street. In Wellington
see Nomads Capital
Backpacker Hostel, 118/120 Wakefield Street. (See below for Nomads Queenstown
Hone Heke Lodge, 65 Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri
Hone Heke Lodge has ensuite motel rooms, double rooms with shared bathrooms, and beds in a female only dorm from $26. Dorms sleep a maximum of 5 and each dorm has a fridge and a table with seating.
Ponsonby Backpackers, 2 Franklin Road, Freemans Bay, Auckland
A maximum of 40 guests can stay at Ponsonby Backpackers, including 5 women in a female only dorm. If you stay in December Franklin
Road will be lit up with a stunning display of Christmas lights. (Trip Advisor
YMCA, corner Pitt Street and Greys Avenue, Auckland & City Lodge, 150 Vincent Street, Auckland
Stay in a four bed female dorm from $29 at the YMCA, weekly rates are offered for some room types. The YMCA also operates City Lodge
, a five star backpackers in Auckland. At City Lodge all rooms have ensuites and rates start at $89 for a single person. A group of four travelling together can book a quad share room with ensuite from $165. (Trip Advisor reviews for YMCA
and City Lodge
Turtle Cove Accommodation, 14 Bryce Street, Whitianga
Bikes can be hired and a lite self serve breakfast is included in the rate at Turtle Cove Accommodation. There are separate male and female bathrooms and dorms. (Top Trip Advisor
Loft 109 Backpackers, 109 Devonport Road, Tauranga
Located in up town Tauranga, Loft 109 is a short walk from the cinema and cafes. If you're looking for seasonal work they will give you a helping hand and weekly rates may be available for long term stays. Stay in the six bed female dorm from $30. (Trip Advisor
Crash Palace Backpackers, 1271 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
Spend the night in a 4 bed female dorm at Crash Palace from $23. Get free pancakes on Sunday, and popcorn and hot chocolate on Thursday - movie night. (Trip Advisor
Tiki Lodge, 104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo
You can book a bed in a female only dorm at modern Tiki Lodge from $27 per night.
Family and ensuite rooms are also available. Relax in the outdoor spa, enjoy the views over the lake and Central Plateau and take a short walk to down town. (Trip Advisor
Ducks & Drakes Boutique Motel & Hostel, 45 Lemon Street, New Plymouth
Ducks & Drakes is walking distance to the town centre and Pukekura Park. There are single rooms from $66, and beds in a female dorm from $34. (Trip Advisor
Station Lodge Accommodation, 60 Thames Street, Ohakune
Station Lodge has one bedroom apartments, chalets and backpacker accommodation. A bed in a female dorm
starts at $27 in summer. Skis, snowboards and mountain bikes can be hired onsite.
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers, 48 Emerson Street, Napier
The city is on your door step at Criterion Art Deco Backpackers. There are separate male and female dorms and a free breakfast is included, from $25pp. (Trip Advisor
Barnacles Seaside Inn, 3 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach
Enjoy the beach life at Barnacles, around an hour north of Wellington. Boat trips to Kapiti Island can be arranged. Book a bed in a four bed women only dorm from $29.
Trek Global Backpacker, 9 O'Reily Avenue, Te Aro, Wellington
Trek have a girls only floor - "The Retreat". A toiletry set and free use of hair straighteners and hair dryers are included in the rate, from $29. (Trip Advisor
Hat Trick Lodge Backpackers Hostel Accommodation, 25 Wallace Street, Motueka
Hat Trick Lodge is 18 kilometres from the Abel Tasman National Park, there's plenty of off street parking if you would like to leave your vehicle and tramp in the Abel Tasman for a few days. The lodge offers a variety of room types including a women's only dorm. (Trip Advisor
Accents on the Park, 335 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Stay in a restored villa next to the Cathedral. Female only rooms are available as well as female only bathrooms, the bathrooms have heated floors, anti fog mirrors and hairdryers. Rated well by both girls and guys on Trip Advisor
Paradiso, 42 Weka Street, Nelson
Paradiso has facilities like a swimming pool, volleyball court and sauna. Tea and coffee are included in the rate. There is a women's only dorm - beds from $28. (Trip Advisor
YHA Rolleston, 5 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
YHA Rolleston is located opposite the Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Book a bed in a female only dorm from $36. (Trip Advisor
Onuku Farm Hostel, Onuku Road, Akaroa (6kms from Akaroa)
Gaze up at the stars through the glass roof of a Stargazer wooden tent or stay in the girls only dorm in the Farmhouse from $28. Please take care if you are driving from Akaroa to Onuku Farm, the road is unsealed and narrow in places. The hostel may be closed over winter. (Trip Advisor
reviews). To find more unusual accommodation options visit our Unusual Accommodation Guide
Kowhai Riding School, 711 Island Road, View Hill, Oxford (75 kms west of Christchurch)
All inclusive packages including accommodation (separate male and female dorm rooms), meals, horse riding lessons and horse treks are available at Kowhai Riding School. You can also book a farm stay that includes private accommodation, meals, horse riding lessons and farm trekking to suit. (Airport pick ups can be arranged). (Trip Advisor
Fox Glacier Inn, 39 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier Inn has a four bed 'Ladies Sanctuary Dorm', from $29pp, twin or double rooms cost from $70 per night.
in the South Island that have sanctuary dorms are Base Christchurch
(closed due to earthquake damage), Base Wanaka
and Base Queenstown
. (A blog post about my stay in a Sanctuary Dorm at Base Queenstown).
Rydges Lakeland Resort
in Queenstown has 'private backpacker style accommodation
' suitable for up to four women travelling together, or female flashpackers looking for a little bit of luxury. (Highly recommended - see my blog post - Backpacking Rydges style in Queenstown.)
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers, 5 - 11 Church Street, Queenstown
Nomads have female only dorms and rates include a light breakfast. The hostel has a sauna, ski storage and 24 hour reception. (Trip Advisor
The Last Resort, 6 Memorial Street, Queenstown
The Last Resort is a converted brothel located in a quiet spot in Queenstown, but still close to downtown. Women are welcome to stay in the female only 4 bed dorm
(there are no double, twin or single rooms). Minimum 2 night stay, from $30 per night. (Trip Advisor
Central Backpackers, 243 Moray Place, Dunedin
Central Backpackers is very close to the action in the Octagon. Book a bed in a female dorm that sleeps 8 from $27, breakfast included.
Travel Websites and Books For Women Travellers
A few resources to check out include Gutsy Women - Advice, Inspiration, Stories
by Marybeth Bond (4th edition published 2012). The author also has a website www.gutsytraveller.com
. Another website for women travellers that's worth a visit is Journey Woman
Unfortunately this book seems hard to find now but if you like to be super organised on your travels and you're looking for travel tips see The Intelligent Traveller - How to plan your perfect trip
by Jenny Herbert (published 2008). This book has thought provoking chapters on how you can make the most of your travel experience, discusses issues of authenticity and some do's and don'ts of responsible tourism.
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