60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

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60 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

Start: Bathurst, Canada
Fly:  36​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
6
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Wellington, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
11
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
12
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Bathurst, Canada

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Bathurst, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bathurst in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane visit planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 4:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

7
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, & more) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, hike along Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

5
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Christchurch sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Blenheim). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in March since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wine Tours & Tastings, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

6
nights
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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in April, expect nights in Rotorua to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Change things up with a short trip to The Lost Spring in Whitianga (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sky Tower, explore the activities along Devonport, step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Lost Spring, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Subar Maniya.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nadi trip maker app .

You can fly from Auckland to Nadi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect Nadi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple ©
Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Bouma National Heritage Park and then identify plant and animal life at Lavena Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taveuni Island sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Nadi to Taveuni Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nadi in April, expect nights in Taveuni Island to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Suva.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:
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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.
On the 17th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Suva Municipal Market, view the masterpieces at 21K Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Fiji Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Suva online travel planner .

You can fly from Taveuni Island to Suva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In April in Suva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Suva

Museums Shopping Spas
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery
Spas

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Sigatoka with a short trip to Zipline in Pacific Harbour, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Natadola Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at Maui Bay Shopping Centre, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigatoka visit website .

Getting from Suva to Sigatoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Suva in April, you will find days in Sigatoka are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are slightly colder (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Robinson Crusoe Island, Maui Bay Shopping Centre, Zipline
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

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