I'm an "older" adventurous female traveller (48!) and going solo to NZ for 5 weeks next Jan/Feb. The organised trips are very expensive so I'm thinking of travelling around myself - how does Kiwi Experience, Stray Buses & Magic Bus compare - which is the best option? I want to cover most of the nth & Sth Island. I've been told that Kiwi experience is mainly 18 - 25 yr olds. Their schedule suits me best but I don't want to be the only oldie on it! Has anyone any views on this for me or suggestions? Is it difficult/expesnive to get a single room in a hostel/hotel? Would much appreciate!