39 days in Australia, Fiji & New Zealand Itinerary

39 days in Australia, Fiji & New Zealand Itinerary

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39 days in Australia, Fiji & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island, Australia
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Denver, United States

2
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club and then go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nadi trip planner .

Denver, USA to Nadi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Fiji Time, which is usually a 19 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in October, you will find days in Nadi are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are much hotter (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Denarau Island
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club ©
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant

1
night
Taveuni Island, Fiji

Taveuni Island ©
Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bouma National Heritage Park and then stroll through Lavena Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taveuni Island travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Nadi to Taveuni Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Suva.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Bouma National Heritage Park ©
Bouma National Heritage Park
Lavena Coastal Walk ©
Lavena Coastal Walk

1
night
Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Fiji Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Talanoa Treks, and then view the masterpieces at 21K Gallery.

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

Traveling by flight from Taveuni Island to Suva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In October in Suva, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Suva

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
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Talanoa Treks ©
Talanoa Treks
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery

1
night
Sigatoka, Fiji

Sigatoka ©
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 23rd (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Natadola Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigatoka trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Suva to Sigatoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October in Sigatoka, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Hamilton Island (Jetryder & Catseye Beach). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour and browse the exhibits of Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Sigatoka to Airlie Beach in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Sigatoka to Airlie Beach, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sigatoka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step out of the city life by going to Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Central Station Rainforest.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in November, Fraser Island is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Peregrine Wines and Vesta Design Boutique. Visiting Milford Sound and Coronet Peak will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: The Chasm Walk (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, do a tasting at Amisfield Winery, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Queenstown in 13 hours. Traveling from Fraser Island to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kotuku School Memorial and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga). Get in touch with nature at Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Hapuka Estuary Walk. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Pataka Art + Museum
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
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Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway

7
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kinloch Beach and Huka Falls Walkway. Do some cultural sightseeing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Tukairangi Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, & more) and Taupo (Taupo Market, Great Lake Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua journey maker tool .

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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