36 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

36 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
— 7 nights
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Pacific Harbour, Fiji
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Nadi, Fiji
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Sulphur City

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 off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Step out of the city life by going to Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Ruakuri Walk. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, take a memorable tour with Tours, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online journey builder.

Toronto, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Rotorua is 17 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Kapiti Island Nature Tours and then get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and The Remarkables Ski Area. Visiting Coronet Peak and Kiwi Birdlife Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Mount Iron Track, Wanaka, &more). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip maker website.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

Melbourne, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kangaroo Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, then view the masterpieces at Australian Red Gum Gallery, and finally surround yourself with nature on Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Sahara, then identify plant and animal life at Kelly Hill Caves, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Sydney, Australia

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Palm Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock & The National Pass). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and get a sense of history and politics at Government House.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Sydney, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Gold Coast, Australia

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Currumbin Beach, kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, and then kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, and finally play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Cairns, Australia

— 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get in touch with nature at Michaelmas Cay and Birdworld Kuranda. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Off-Road Tours), Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga) and Yungaburra (The Peterson Creek Walking Track & Platypus Viewing Platform). The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nudey Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Pacific Harbour.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:

Pacific Harbour, Fiji

— 1 night
At the eastern end of Coral Coast, only a short drive from Suva, lies Pacific Harbour, Fiji's self-styled adventure capital.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pacific Harbour driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Pacific Harbour takes 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Pacific Harbour due to the time zone difference. In October in Pacific Harbour, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Pacific Harbour

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Sigatoka, Fiji

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Vatukarasa Village and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Naihehe Caves, take an exotic tour of Off-Road Cave Safari, and then steep yourself in history at Tavuni Hill Fort.

Discover how to plan a Sigatoka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pacific Harbour to Sigatoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Sigatoka, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nadi.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Nadi, Fiji

— 1 night
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nadi day trip planner.

You can drive from Sigatoka to Nadi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nadi can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.