16 days in Fiji, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

16 days in Fiji, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Fiji, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Foot + Fly + Bus:  28 h
1
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  25 h
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Step out of the city life by going to Natadola Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kula Wild Adventure Park and Vatukarasa Village. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, Head underground at Naihehe Caves, and look for gifts at Hot Glass Fiji.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sigatoka itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to Sigatoka is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Sigatoka due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Sigatoka reach 87°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

3
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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Step out of the city life by going to Ohope Beach and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells Gate, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Sigatoka to Rotorua by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Traveling from Sigatoka in December, expect Rotorua to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Ohope Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Hell's Gate
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to The Chasm Walk and Arrow River. Step off the beaten path and head to Deep Canyon and Gibbston Valley Winery. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Lakes District Museum, contemplate the long history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder.

Getting from Rotorua to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Arrowtown, The Chasm Walk, Deep Canyon
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Deep Canyon ©
Deep Canyon
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bondi Beach, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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